The Pas Local News Archives for 2017-06

Meat Draw to Support The Manuliak Family

The Allouette Hotel will be holding a meat draw on July 7th. The goal of the draw is to raise funds for David Manuliak’s family to visit him in Winnipeg while he receives medical treatment.


The event begins at 5pm and you must be 18 or older to attend. For more information you can call Stephanie at 204-620-2885.

Citizens on Patrol Spotlight on Speed Week Findings

Findings from a recent speed awareness campaign found that 9,400 vehicles exceeded the posted speed limit. In total, 38,000 vehicles were monitored during the Citizens on Patrol Spotlight on Speed Week that ran in 29 communities from May 1-6.


The Citizens on Patrol Program is a grass roots initiative focused on community safety. Speeding claims about 21 lives a year in Manitoba and last year was the deadliest year for the provinces highways as many crashes were speed related.


The importance of safe speeds is heightened even more with the arrival of the Canada Day weekend.


The ultimate goal is to make roadsways safer for everyone this year.

Manitoba Public Insurance Safe Cycling Campaign

Manitoba Public Insurance, in partnership with Bike Winnipeg and the Green Action Centre are encouraging motorists to leave a safe distance when passing cyclists.


Some safety tips for drivers include: leaving a distance of at least one metre to ensure a safe ride, take extra caution at intersections and watch for cyclists when making turns, look for cyclists on sidewalks when entering and exiting roadways, and watch for cyclists before opening your car door when you are parked.


Cyclists are reminded to always follow the rules of the road and never pass stopped vehicles in the same lane. There is an average of 180 bicycle-vehicle collisions in Manitoba and education and heightened awareness about the one metre distance rule are positive steps in making cycling a safe experience for motorists and cyclists.


The program will also work to ensure children that they are able to safely bike to school and engage in healthy school travel. For more information you can contact Manitoba Public Insurance at 204-985-7300



Variation Applications For 330 Fischer Avenue and 1508 Gordon Avenue

Michael O'Rourke, the owner of True Blue Developments submitted two variation applications to the town of The Pas.  The variation application for 1508 Gordon Avenue was carried at Monday nights council meeting, but they voted to repeal the old application for 330 Fischer Avenue.


One of the issues with 330 Fischer Avenue is that it does not have enough parking spaces. O'Rourke has put a plan put together that would allow him to operate with four parking stalls. The new variation application for that building is expected to be passed at the next council meeting on July 12th.


O'Rourke, hopes to use the building at 1508 Gordon Avenue for his business and he hopes to turn the building at 330 Fischer Avenue into a retail store and two apartments upstairs.

Larose Avenue Project Update

The Pas Mayor Jim Scott announced that residents on Larose Avenue will be getting a letter detailing the schedule as to how their front street will be affected by construction.

The letter is expected to be given either this week or next week.

The Great Canadian Impersonation Contest

The Great Canadian Impersonation Contest will take place at Devon Park on Canada day here in The Pas


The contest involves choosing a song to perform by a Canadian artist and when you perform you must do your best to impersonate the singer that you chose.


The entry fee is 20 dollars and you can sign up by calling 623- 1954 or 623-6771. June 28th is the last day to register. If it rains, the event will be held at Christchurch Anglican Hall.

WSP Canada Information Session

UCN will be having an information session for a piece of land owned by Manitoba Housing near UCN. The workshop is being run by WSP and the goal is to get community feedback about what could be built and what the needs of the community are.


The workshop will run tomorrow from 11:30 Am to 2PM and from 4:30 to 6 PM.

RM of Kelsey Flooding Concerns and Extreme Mositure Conditions

RM of Kelsey Council members discussed the amount of rainfall that the area has been receiving at last weeks council meeting.


The RM is having extreme moisture conditions due the large amount of rain in the area

and livestock producers are affected with wet pasture conditions and that has created many challenges such as, finding forage for the winter and finding a place to put their cattle.


There isn’t a lot of preparation residents can do, but homeowners can use sump pumps in their basements to take care of the run off. The RM tries to make sure that drainage ditches are cleaned and working properly as well.

UCN New President and Vice Chancellor

Doug Lauvstad has been appointed as University College of The Norths new President and Vice Chancellor. He will be replacing Konrad Jonasson who is retiring after 30 years at UCN.


Lauvstad  is originally from The Pas and he brings a lot of experience to the role. He has served as Chair of the Board of The Northern  Health Authority for 10 years and was a member of the apprenticeship and Trades Certification Board.


He also holds a Master Degree in business administration and he has been heavily involved in local economic development issues throughout the north as well as education and training.


He will take over the senior leadership role on August First.

Changes to The Pas Canada 150 Parade

The Bring Your Own Chair Canada 150 events are set for next week but there have been a few changes to the parade.


The Float formation will begin at 10AM at the Roy H Johnson parking lot and the parade will start at 11AM. The flag raising ceremony will be held in Devon Park after the parade.


Registrations for the parade will be open until June 30th and everyone is encouraged to register.


If you wish to register you can contact Desarae Lambert at 623-4269. You can find the parade route map at the Bring Your Own Chair Canada 150 events facebook page.

A Busy Week for Niki Ashton

The past few days have been busy for NDP leadership hopeful Niki Ashton. Tonight she will be participating in The Toronto Leadership Debate: Labour Justice Our Future.


The goal of the debate is to hear what NDP Leadership candidates have to say about issues that affect workers, families and communities.


Tomorrow she will be present at the 2017 Trans march in Toronto and her next meet and greet is scheduled to take place in Brantford, Ontario on June 24th.


You can keep up to date with Niki Aston on her Facebook page.

NDP Urging Premier to assist Churchill

NDP MLA for Flin Flon Tom Lindsey is calling on the provincial government to send workers to conduct inspections to assess the extent of the damage along the rail line to Churchill. To make sure repairs can start as soon as possible.


Lindsey stated in a news release that there is still no action on the part of Omnitrax and there has been no meaningful support from the Pallister government to the people of Churchill.


The rail service may not run again until next spring.

Premier Healthy Living Award for Youth

Margret Barbour Collegiate Student Gabby Umpherville is the winner of this year’s premier healthy living award for youth.


Gabby volunteered at a program called Run and Reach a program that motivates kids to stay healthy and to exercise. Gabby received the award at a ceremony at the legislative assembly in Winnipeg.


She is currently in Grade 12 and she plans to attend UCN this fall.

The Pas Cats and Kittens Adoption Fair

The Pas Cats and Kittens held an adoption fair at Ace Hardware Last Weekend. The Pas Cats and Kittens is a small shelter that helps to provide homes to stray cats.


Raffle tickets were also sold at the fair to support the new animal shelter for The Pas. The first prize is Robert Bateman print and the second prize is a photograph by Andre Brant.


The draw for the raffle is going to take place on July 14th at the raise the woof comedy show at the Wescana Inn Event room. An event that will raise funds for the Animal shelter.




Mike Ranta's Cross Canada Canoe Trip

Canoe enthusiast Mike Ranta and his dog Spitz have embarked on a cross Canada Canoe trip. The goal of the trip is to show appreciation and awareness for PTSD for first responders and to say happy birthday to Canada on its 150 anniversary. 


Mike and Spitzes Journey began on April 1st in Bella Coola, British Columbia and will finish on Cape Breton Island. He recently made a stop in The Pas. You can learn more about Mike Ranta by following him on Facebook at "Mike Ranta’s Paddle."


Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Into The Wild Summer Camp

The “Into the wild” summer camp will be running for six one week sessions from July 4th until August 11th. The activities and programs at the camp include: field trips, arts and crafts, water games, and more.


You can register at The UCN Lobby on June 22nd, June 23rd and June 26th from 4:30 until 6:30 PM. Spots are limited and are granted on a first come first serve basis.


Cost is 25 dollars and the camp is open to ages 7 to 13. For more information call Darcy Hanchuk at 620-3371.

Beatrice Wilson Health Centre Clinics

The Opaskwayak Beatrice Wilson Health Centre will open a new physician clinic. The Clinics run from June 26th starting at 1PM and until 28th and from July 4th up to July 7th.


Appointments can be made by calling 204-627-7410. Please remember to bring your health card and any medications you are currently taking. Same day appointments will be made until the clinic is full.


All OCN members are welcome.

Niki Ashton Addresses The House of Commons on Churchill

Last Week, Churchill Keewatinook MP Niki Ashton spoke in the House of Commons to address the crisis in Churchill. 


She said Northern Manitoba has given a great deal to Canada and that it is time for the federal government to step up to nationalize the port and rail line.


She then asked the federal government what they plan to do to address the crisis in Churchill and Liberal Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau responded by saying that "a plan is being developed to ensure that both the Port of Churchill and the airport are capable of addressing the needs to resupply the people of Churchill."

Community Clean Up

The Pas Community Clean Up has been rescheduled for tomorrow night. Participants will meet at the legion 5 o clock and they will be provided with gloves and garbage bags.

Free hot dogs and water will also be provided to the cleaners.


The Pas Action Centre would like to thank their sponsors, Recycle everywhere, The Grub Box, and The Pas and District chamber of Commerce. 


To sign up for the clean up or for more information call 623-5320.

7th Street Building Demolition

The Town of The Pas has decided to move forward with the demolition of a derelict residence on 7th street here in The Pas. According to Chief Administrative officer Randi Salamonowicz the property was acquired by the town through a tax sale and they have not been able to sell the property.


The demolition is expected to begin once their equipment they ordered arrives and time permits their crews to begin the work.

Opasquia Agricultural Society Poker Derby

The Opasquia Agricultural society is having an ATV and horse Poker Derby at the this Sunday.


The ATV’s will start at the AG grounds at 2PM and the horse will start at Ralls Island at noon. Their will also be a hot dog roast after the events are done For more information you can contact Steve at 204-978-0003.


Kin Year Ends with District Awards

The Pas Kinsmen Club has had a very successful year and has received a number of services awards.


The First Awards were handed out last Friday during the service luncheon and Achahk Dumas Ward and his mother talk to the delegates about how he has been dealing with his double lung transplant and how he appreciates The Pas Kinsmen and Kin Canada for continuing to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. 


The Club won the Kinsmen Service awards of the year for their annual dog races. Member David Harmon won the Frank Denner Kinsmen Senior Bulletin Award, the District Two Speakers, Award, and the District Two Kinsmen and Kinette Public Relations Award alongside Kevin Carlson.


Member Bruce Trampe received the Kin Joke off Award and all other awards went to the Thompson and Flin Flon Kin Clubs.




Requested Loitering By-Law for The Pas

The Pas Town Councilor and business owner Margret Commodore brought forward a request for the community to have a no loitering by-law.


Commodore says that she has been harassed by several intoxicated people and her business has suffered some damage. These problems are not confined to her business but to the downtown area of The Pas as well.


She feels that having a no loitering By Law people will feel more comfortable going to downtown businesses.


The Town of The Pas is looking at hiring a consultant to determine the best way to move forward with this issue.

NDP Urges Premier and Prime Minister To Address Crisis in Churchill and the North

Tom Lindsay the MLA for Flin Flon has sent letters to the premier of Manitoba and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging both levels of government to act immediately to address the crisis in the town of Churchill and the North resulting in the closure of the OmniTrax rail line.


Lindsay stated in a news release that residents of Churchill and other Northern Communities are running short of supplies and the regions economy is in jeopardy. He went on to say that they can’t afford the high cost of flying in supplies and they can’t wait a year for the line to be repaired.


In The short Term the province and the federal government must help to offset the costs of delivering supplies by air.

Churchill Mayor Responds to Hudson Bay Rail Closure

Churchill Manitoba’s Mayor Michael Spence said in a press conference yesterday that the closure of the Hudson Bay Railway is an unprecedented event for Canada’s only arctic seaport, the Kivillaq region and the Town of Churchill.


The Community is calling on all orders of government to ensure the work to repair and reopen the rail line begins immediately.


The town of Churchill wants to ensure all Canadians that the community is still open for business and that all governments must continue to support the town during the height of tourist season and the Canada 150 celebrations.


It could take up to five weeks for Omnitrax to assess the flood damage to the rail line something that mayor Pence thinks is unacceptable.

Petition to Close a Foot Path in The Pas

A petition and a letter was brought before the town of The Pas on Monday requesting that the town close the foot path between Trager Drive and Cudmore Street.


According to the letter there a number of reasons behind this request including vandalism, illegal drug use out of the public’s sight, and a disregard for cleanliness. 


Local property owners are also dissatisfied with the costly repairs as the walk way will be damaged again.


The town is expected to bring up this issue at the next committee of the whole meeting.

Variation Application for 1508 Gordon Avenue

Michael O’Rourke from true blue developments submitted a variation application for 1508 Gordon Avenue to the Town of The Pas.


He plans to use this location for his true blue constructions business. A public hearing was held on Monday night because the front of the building is 19ft and 19.05 feet from his property line and the towns zoning by law requires the building to be 30 feet from the front property line.


O’Rourke was present at the hearing but there were no concerns about the variation. The decision for the 1508 Gordon Avenue application will be made at the next council meeting on June 26th.

Flin Flon Pride Day

Flin Flon Pride will be having their first pride celebration this August from the 18th until the 19th. The celebration will feature a flag raising, a pride parade, a community fair and much more.


Flin Flon pride is extending their invitation to residents of The Pas to take part in the celebration. For more information you can follow Flin Flon Pride on facebook.


Photo Courtesy of Flin Flon Pride Facebook Page

Variation Application for 330 Fischer Avenue

A variation application brought to town council by Micheal O’Rourke from true blue developments was discussed at Monday nights committee of the whole meeting.

O’Rourke sent an application for 330 Fischer Avenue.


O Roruke met with the town of The Pas’s chief administrative officer, and the assistant CAO and he agreed that he would have 4 parking spaces behind the property and to have just a retail business on the main floor.


Due to a town by-law that requires O’Rourke to have five parking spaces on the property and he only has room for four. He hopes to fix this issue with another variation application which is expected to be discussed at a public hearing on June 26th.


Correction: An early version of this story said 330 Fisher Avenue was to be turned into a Pizza Hut, that was not correct.

The Pas Kinsmen Club Awards

On June 3rd, The Kinsmen Club of The Pas presented the Kinsmen and Rookie of the year awards at the governor’s ball at the district convention.


The Kinsmen Club Rookie of the year award went to Josh Lamontange who served on the executive as a director and was instrumental at many of the clubs service projects throughout the year.


Kinsmen members Mike Roberts and Domenic Granata caught the interest of so many club members that they both won the kinsmen of the year award. This marked the first time that the kinsmen of the year award was won by a tie in 57 year history of the club.


Kinsmen Club President Kevin Carlson congratulates all three members and thanks the citizens of The Pas and the surrounding area for all the support they have provided to the Kinsmen Club.


Jason Oswald will be taking Carlsons place as president of the Kinsmen Club this coming year.

Kelsey Rec Centre Summer Day Camp

The Kelsey Recreation Centre is running a summer day camp called “Camp CallitwhatChawanna” from July 4th until August 25th


Each week at camp has its own theme with various activities for that your children can take part in. The theme for week one is called “Welcome Explorers” For more information call 204-627-1134.

55 Plus games in Manitoba

Killarney Manitoba will be running the 2017 55 plus games from June 13th till the 17th.  The games are an initiative with Healthy Manitoba to encourage seniors to get active and to interact with other people.


The participants will take part in non athletic games as well like Scrabble, and Cribbage for people who are not able to be fiscally active.


The Pas resident Linda Buchanan will be participating.

Sam Waller Museum 2017 Local Art Show

The 2017 Local Art Show is on display at the Sam Waller Museum. This year’s show is called “Building the Past, Celebrating the Future”.


There are two cases set out. One case has artifacts celebrating the indigenous past and immigrants of this area. The other case celebrates the history of the community building and courthouse with some artifacts from when the museum was the courthouse and community building.


There is also some objects from Sam Wallers collection that are not on permanent display. The exhibit will be on display from now until September 30th.

Aboriginal Day Film Festival

The Pas Regional Library will be running the National Aboriginal Day Film Festival on June 21st in the Annex.


The festival will feature some short films made by aboriginal people along with two feature length film. Admission is free and the festival runs from 6 until 10:30 PM.

Annual Pledge Show Results

The Pas Health Complex Foundation Held Their Annual Radio Pledge Show from May 18th and the 19th to raise money for equipment and services not funded by Manitoba Health in The Pas Facilities.


The total of 35,910 dollars was pledged this year thanks in part of former The Pas Resident Bill Hedberg who donated $16,000 in the memory of his Aunt Lena Glenn.


The Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to their physicians recognizing that their accomplished care makes it possible for patients to stay at home for treatment and diagnosis.

Monthly Mayor Report for May

The monthly mayor reports for The Town of The Pas and The RM of Kelsey have been released. During the month of May The Pas had total of 187 disturbances of the peace offences, 25 provincial traffic offenses and 32 assaults.


While RM of Kelsey had fewer disturbances of the peace offences and fewer assaults, they did have more provincial traffic violations, 61 in total.

The Pas Helping Hands 4H Garden Rescue Project

The Helping Hands 4H Club in The Pas will be running a Garden rescue project this summer. The goal is to harvest extra fruits and vegetables people have grown that they do not need and to donate these crops to people in need.


If you would like to get involved or if you have some crops that you would like to donate. You can call Club Leader Cheryl Antonio at 623-6771 and the garden rescue volunteers will help with the harvest.

Community Clean Up

This Saturday, The Pas will be having a community clean up. Participants will meet at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19 and the clean up runs from 11AM to until 2PM.


There will be free hot dogs and water for volunteers and garbage bags and gloves will be provided.


The Pas Action Centre would like to thank their sponsors, Recycle Everywhere, The Grub Box, and The Pas Chamber of commerce for their contribution to the event.


For more information or to sign up contact The Pas Action Centre at 623-5220.

2017 Quilt Show

The 2017 Quilt Show is set to take place at Metis Hall on September 30th. This year’s show will also feature a Black and White with a splash of colour quilt challenge.


If you wish to display your own quilts, you can drop them off at the Metis hall on September 29th from 5-7PM.



The Pas Canada Day Parade

Next month its Canada’s 150th birthday and The Pas is celebrating with a Canada Day parade.


Business, organizations, families, and marching groups are encourage to take part in the parade Registration forms can be picked up at the visitor information centre at 1559 Gordon Avenue. The deadline to register is June 30th.


For more information on this year’s parade you can call Desarae at 632-4269. You can submit your registration forms by Fax at 623-2589 or email






Missing Girl Found

The RCMP has announced that they have located 15 year old Waywayseecappo First Nation resident Kavinisha Bone. She was first reported missing last Friday and the police would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.

Variation Application Public Hearing

Next Monday, The Town of The Pas will be having a public hearing regarding a variation application for 1508 Gordon Avenue.


Mayor Jim Scott says, "The person who owns the building is looking to have a one stop shop for a bunch of diffrent operations, the current By-Law has issues with the distance from the road."


The general public is welcome to attend to ask any questions or bring up any concerns that they may have. The public hearing begins at 6PM at the town hall.


RM of Kelsey Water Levels and Flooding Information

The Rural Municipality of Kelsey is reminding residents not protected by the dyke system that the water levels are high in The Saskatchewan and Carrot River and the levels may increase from an Alberta Spring melt.


RM of Kelsey Emergency Coordinator Lori Forbes says residents can prepare for high water levels by putting blocks underneath a low level building.


If there are high water levels in your area you can report them by calling Lori Forbes at 204-623-0899. Updates on flooding and water levels can also be found at

Northern Workplace Safety Forum

There will be a Northern Safety Forum session at the University College of the North on June 19th here in The Pas. The session will be run by Safe Work Manitoba.


They will be taking about the importance of brining safe practices to workplaces and promote the prevention rebate that Safe Manitoba is rolling out next year.


There will also be a question and answer period and refreshments will be served. The session will be held in room 255B at UCN from 10 until 11:30 AM.

OCN Annual Pow Wow

The OCN traditional Pow Wow is set to take place this August. Events Coordinator Jonathan Weenusk  says its a time when they get together during the summer to meet releatives and meet new friends.


He also invites people from The Pas to come and particpate as well.


If you are interested in performing in the Pow Wow you can contact Jonathon at 620-8064. The Pow Wow will be held on August 12th and the 13th

Burn Permits Cancelled in Central and Eastern Manitoba

Manitoba Sustainable development and the office of the fire commissioner advise that hot dry and windy conditions have brought the wildfire danger levels up in many regions of the province. As a result burn permits have been canceled in Central and Eastern Manitoba.


Open burning is not permitted without a permit from April 1st until November 15th. If you have any questions about burn permits and restrictions in your area you can call your local Sustainable Development office.


Wildfires can be reported by calling 911 or the fire tip line at 1-800-782-0076.

Pay it Forward Day Camp

The Little Sprouts Pay it Forward Day Camp will be running for two session next month. The purpose of the camp is to teach children to give back to the community with acts of kindness. without expecting anything in return. 


The first session will run from July 4th until the 14th and the next session will run from July 17th until the 28th. The cam[p is open to children 4 and up. Cost is $25 a day and you can message Kayla Wyonzek on Facebook if you would like you sign up your kids.

Defeat Depression Walk

Hope North the Pas and area is holding the second annual defeat depression walk on June 10th.


Defeat depression is a national mental health awareness campaign and the goal of the run is to recognize people that are living with depression.


The walk takes place at the Scott Bateman Middle School on June 10th. Warm up and registration begins at 10AM. This year the fund raising goal is $2500 and all funds raised go towards Hope North events.

MBCI Sports Program Presentation

Margret Barber Collegiate Athletic Director Wendy Cull was present at Monday night’s Kelsey School Board meeting where she did a presentation to update the school board of the progress of the MBCI sports program.


The presentation  determined that only 12 girls and 15 boys in Grade 12 took part in school sports which is considered to be a low number in the upper grades. Cull, is hoping to encourage more students to get involved in sports at school and to get parents involved as well.


Cull says there are opportunities to earn bursaries and scholarships through sports and it’s a great way to meet people.

OCN Child and Family Services Parent and Teen Workshop

If you are a parent that is having conflicts with your teenager The OCN Child and Family Services can help. They will be having Parent and teen conflict workshops at the kikiwak Inn from June 12th until the 13th.


The workshops will run from 6 until 8 PM on the 12th and the 13th. For More information call 204-627-7157.



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