The Pas Local News Archives for 2019-02

Brandon Man Arrested After an Incident North of Grand Rapids

A man from Brandon is in custody and faces multiple charges following an incident on Highway Six north of Grand Rapids.


RCMP members from the local detachment received a report of an erratic male standing in the middle of the highway that was making verbal threats to shoot people.


When officers arrived on scene, they were eventually able to apprehend the man without injury.


The investigation that followed led police to a car just north of where the man was arrested.


A female was seen heading towards the vehicle, and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.


Both individuals were determined to have been travelling together.

44-year-old Raymond Vidler faces charges including possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a controlled substance.

Charges are pending against the 42-year-old woman.

Niki Ashton Calling on Ottawa to Give Consumers a Break.

Our Member of Parliament is calling on Ottawa to quote give consumers a break.


In a recent report, Niki Ashton says that telecommunications companies are acting deliberately to limit the rights of consumers, and that the Trudeau Government needs to step up to the plate to protect Canadians.


Ashton says that a recent report from the CRTC shows that phone and internet companies are using aggressive and misleading marketing tactics at the expense of consumers.


She says that the report also reveals the unfair practices of 12 Canadian service providers which significantly impacted vulnerable members of society such as seniors, people with disabilities, and people whose first language is not English or French.


The NDP caucus is calling on Ottawa to launch an investigation into how the rights and privacy of citizens have been violated.

Aurora House Having an Early Celebration of International Woman's Day

Aurora House is having an early celebration of International Woman’s day on March 3rd. The celebration will feature a theatrical presentation from an independent theatre company based in Winnipeg called Sarasvati Productions. A company that’s dedicated to using theatre to promote human understanding.


The presentation here in The Pas will feature five pieces “Sunday Morning Brunch”, Talking about Ed, The Light fishers, I am not a victim, and Oracle Jane and it will be held at the Wescana Beverage room at one in the afternoon.


International woman’s day takes place every year on March 8th and the day provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to woman’s equality.

Niki Ashton Addresses Water Issues on First Nations During Question Period

During question period recently local MP Niki Ashton addressed the housing crisis on First Nations in Northern Manitoba and the rest of Canada.


In Garden Hill First Nation many people don’t have clean running water because their houses are not hooked up and they have not been able to get funding because they are not on a boil water advisory list as they don’t even have the water to boil.


She added that overcrowding and mould in houses are other issues that First Nations are dealing with.


Ashton concluded by saying that it’s time to cut the talk and act to end the housing crisis now.

A New Discovery of High Grade Ore Has Been Made Near Snow Lake

Hudbay has announced the discovery of 35.6 meters of high grade mineralization including both zinc rich massive sulphides and gold.


The deposit is located between the old Chisel North Mine and the producing Lalor Mine at a down hole depth of between 540 and 576 meters and includes 4.6 meters of 20.76 percent zinc and 6.2 meters of 6.34 grams per tonne gold.


Hudbay President Alan Hair says these zinc rich and gold rich intersections highlight the ever prospective nature of the Flin Flon greenstone belt and demonstrate the value of their Manitoba assets. 


Two drills will continue to operate in the immediate vicinity of this initial discovery in order to confirm the continuity of the mineralization and depending in its success they expect to develop an exploration drift off the ramp from Chisel North to the Lalor mine in order to drill this new discovery from an underground platform.

Kelsey School Divisions Board Meeting Gives Final Opportunity for People to Look at the Budget Draft

The Kelsey School Divisions Monday night board meeting gave the public one last opportunity to look at the school boards budget draft that has been developed for the last couple of months.


Chair Vaughn Wadeluis says that they set aside thirty thousand dollars for a possible study of the drainage problem at Margret Barbour Colligate and Scott Bateman Middle School on Wadeluis Drive. They also decided to remove the lunch fees from the early year’s school and they are putting in eighteen thousand dollars to subsidize the Winton pool.


He added that one of the biggest difficulties is that the provincial government has started to claw back a number grants which means in order for the school board to meet the commitment of a balanced budget they need to reduce staff.


The school board debated on whether they should use their special levy to raise some funds to offset some of the provincial claw backs but they decided against it.


The final budget will be approved at the next board meeting on March 11th before being sent to the provincial government.

Exploration Still a Priority for Hudbay

Exploration is still a priority for Hudbay.


The company recently released their fourth quarter report for 2018, and president Alan Hair told Arctic Radio News that ore production in Manitoba was in line with their plan.


Hair said that here in Manitoba Hudbay overcame operating challenges and through ongoing improvements, the Stall mill achieved record throughput in 2018.


He added that the total amount of ore milled in the province was lower when compared to the third quarter due to the planned closure of the Reed Mine.

Hudbay also reports that they spent 14 million dollars in 2018 on major airborne and ground surveys, as well as surface exploration drilling in the Flin Flon and Snow Lake areas.


The work in those areas was instrumental in identifying several base metal and gold targets slated to be tested this year.

The company says they plan to spend around four million dollars on in-mine exploration at Lalor near Snow Lake.

Otineka Malls Family Foods Store Closed

According to a report from Opaskwayak Communications the Family Foods store at the Otineka Mall is now closed. The store is run by NCN and David Kobliski the Economic Development Manager for NCN says that they are not in a financial position to continue.


It is still unclear if the store will be closed permanently or not.

Ducks Unlimited Wing Night Turnout

A Ducks Unlimited Wing night was held at The Pas Billiards and Sports Bar last Saturday night.


Organizer Ryan Pillon says the purpose of the event was to get people to attend a Ducks Unlimited event and to let the community know that Ducks Unlimited is still active.


The event had a good turnout with lots of people playing games and winning great prizes while enjoying chicken wings.


Ducks Unlimited is a Non Profit organization that is dedicated to preserving and restoring wet lands and they have done a lot of work in The Pas and surrounding areas.


Ducks Unlimited will be having their Fall Banquet on September 28th at the OCN Veterans Hall.

Canadian Kraft Paper Provides $6,500 to Buy New Beds for St Paul's Personal Care Home

The Pas Health Complex Foundation has been working hard to raise funds for new beds for St Paul’s Personal Care home and Canadian Kraft Paper has provided $6,500 to the cause.


With the help of the donation from Canadian Kraft Paper, CJAR’s pledge show, and other generous donations the foundation has almost enough funding to pay off the costs of the beds. The beds have already been delivered and residents at St Paul’s are getting a comfortable sleep.


So far a total of $66,800 was raised and the total costs that are still outstanding are $67,200 dollars and The Pas Health Complex Foundation will continue to work towards that goal and CJAR will help them with this year’s radio pledge show which will run from May 16th to the 17th.

Flin Flon RCMP Investigating Single-Vehicle Collision

Flin Flon RCMP are investigating to single-vehicle fatal collision


At 11:50 last night , Flin Flon RCMP responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision on Third Avenue.


The investigation has determined that a vehicle was travelling eastbound when it went out of control and collided with a hydro pole and rolled.  A 21-year-old female, from Flin Flon, who was the driver and lone occupant, was ejected and later pronounced deceased at the hospital.


Officers believe the driver was not wearing her seatbelt and that speed may have been a factor in the collision.


Flin Flon RCMP continue to investigate.


Gold Mine near Snow Lake Soon to Become a Low Cost Gold Mines

A gold mine near Snow Lake is expected to soon become one of the lowest cost gold mines in the country.


Hudbay president Alan Hair spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that he expects an increase in gold production at the company’s Lalor Mine.


He said that as a result of their updated mine plan, gold production is expected to more than double once the New Britannia mill is refurbished.


Hair went on to say that the updated resource model at Lalor includes almost six million tonnes of inferred mineral resources, which has the potential to extend the life of the mine beyond ten years.


The move also provides a significant additional upside for further gold and base metal exploration.

Charges Laid in Carrot Valley Poaching Case

An investigation into a poaching incident has resulted in charges against two people. According to a report from Manitoba Sustainable Development the incident occurred last month where a moose was illegally shot on private land in Carrot Valley.


Another moose was killed south of The Pas. The investigation resulted in charges of hunting from a provincial highway, possession of illegally taken wildlife, and hunting on private land without permission.


Manitoba Sustainable Development would like to thank the public for their continued efforts and tips.


The names of the two poachers have not been released.

Aurora Sacred Healing Centre Grand Opening

The Grand Opening of the Aurora Sacred Healing Centre is February 28th. The healing centre offers yoga and meditation classes and they offer other activities designed to help people heal and make them feel good.


The grand opening will begin at seven o clock at 130 Third Street West and there will be a reception with door prizes and refreshments afterwards. Be sure to follow Aurora Sacred Healing Centre on Facebook or visit their website


Photo courtesy of Facebook



Niki Aston's Says Rich and Powerful Corporations Shouldn't Get Special Treatment

Niki Ashton’s latest MP report stated very clearly that rich and powerful corporations shouldn’t get special treatment.


In recent months, Ashton says there has been a lot of talk about how Canada is a rule of law country and how the Liberal government has used that phrase in comparing Canada to other countries.


However, Ashton feels the Federal Government sees two sets of laws,  one for rich and powerful corporations and one for the rest of us.


The scandal regarding allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Jody Wilson Raybould, the former attorney general,  into dropping charges made against SNC Lavalin is behind her reasoning for this.


Ashton says there needs to be an independent Public Inquiry into this scandal.

Big Changes Coming to The Health System Here in Manitoba

Big changes are coming to the health system here in Manitoba.


Around 12-thousand staff across the province will see their employer or contracting organization switch to Shared Health at the beginning of April, a move that the Pallister Government says will simplify the health system and lay the foundation for improved access and better care.


Doctor Brock Write, the C-E-O of Shared Health, says that the transformation is rooted in the need to improve the quality, consistency and efficiency of the health care services provided in Manitoba.


He adds that Manitobans pay more per capita than any other jurisdiction for a health system that is extremely complex, and that the complexity increases costs and impacts the delivery of care.


Northern Health Region C-E-O Helga Bryant says that the reshaping of the health system will be of great benefit to patients in the north, and that as services are better coordinated and organized the changes will improve the patient experience.

MP Bernadette Jordan Working on a Rural Economic Development Plan for Canada

Bernadette Jordan the MP for South Shore St Margrets Nova Scotia and Minister of Rural Economic Development spoke to Arctic Radio News last week about a rural economic development plan that she is working on.


The rural economic development plan will look at providing things like high speed internet and better cell service in rural areas since there are businesses that rely on the use of the internet and cell service is needed for those involved in dangerous work and for making emergency calls.  Jordan also hopes to provide things like affordable housing and reliable transportation to rural Canada as well.


Jordan stated the best way to determine what rural communities need is to visit them in person and she has already met with The Town of the Pas, OCN, and the RM of Kelsey and she plans to visit more rural communities across Canada.


She hopes to have the plan completed by June of this year.

"Munsch Topia" Play Coming to The Pas

Prairie Theatre exchange presents “Munsch Topia” a play that is based on the stories of Robert Munsch. The performance will be at the Kelsey School Gym on March 3rd at 1:30 PM.


Tickets are ten dollars at the door and if you want more information call Bonnie White at 204-620-2263.

Just Watch Me Video Contest Prairie Edition Winner

The winner of this year’s Just watch me video contest prairie edition is Jeff Stoneham from Beausejour, Manitoba. His Business, Jeff Stoneham’s Creative Planters specializes in arranging succulent plants in a unique way.


The contest was open to rural residents of Manitoba and Saskatchewan that have disabilities and own their own businesses.


Participants entered a short video that shared the success of their business for a chance to win some great prizes that could help them improve their businesses.

NDP MPs Send A Letter to Address Growing Mould Crisis on First Nations

Last week, NDP MP’s Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus, Romeo Saganash, and Georgina Jolibois sent a letter to Minster of Indigenous Services Canada Seamus O Reagan urging the government to address the growing mould crisis being faced by First Nations in Canada.


The letter stated that the federal government has a clear responsibility to ensure that on reserve housing is safe and affordable but this funding is still completely inadequate and an estimate from 2015 from the first nations financial management board assessed the on reserve housing infrastructure gap is between 3 to 5 million dollars.


The result of underfunding causes houses to be unsafe and overcrowded and overcrowding and a lack of funding for maintenance are the reasons why mould is a problem on reserve housing and exposure to mould can lead to numerous health problems including allergic reactions.

The letter concluded by saying that they expect the next federal budget to commit money to solve this crisis.


As of news time it’s not known if minster O 'Reagan responded to the letter or not.

The Best Way to Provide Health Services is Locally

The Best Way to Provide Health Services is Locally. That’s according to Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont.  While in Flin Flon last week he said their focus is on local jobs, local provision of services, local education and local health care as we need to engage with people in their communities where they live and not just be centralizing and dictating everything from Winnipeg. 


He doesn’t think it’s efficient or effective because people need to have health care right in the community and some of it is better recruitment, some of it is more doctors noting there’s surprisingly few primary care doctors in Canada and Manitoba so we need to make sure there are doctors going through school and also that we’re compensating them properly.


Lamont added we have to do a better job of working with communities to attract and retain doctors.  He also noted they have an election readiness team working towards next year’s election and expect to be in the best shape they have been in quite a long time.

There is a Need for More Investment in the North

Manitoba Liberal leader Dougald Lamont while in Flin Flon Tuesday noted we need some economic assistance for northern communities that are losing jobs. 


He says we have people who are losing jobs and we need to step in and make sure if they can’t get the kind of jobs they want that there’ll the retraining they need but we also need to make sure that jobs are there so we need to invest in businesses and invest in projects that are going to put people to work and Manitoba Liberals are committed to investing into growth as that’s what we need to do to get out of this mess.


Lamont added there’s still lots of potential in the north and it doesn’t just have to be in mining so there really needs to be a focus on developing the north and in helping these communities to thrive.  One suggestion he has is the development of a Manitoba based Business Development Bank that will invest in Manitoba businesses to help them get off the ground and provide more full time jobs with benefits.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Awards Short Term Contracts to Band members to Help with Administration Restructuring

Opaskwayak Cree Nation has awarded short term contracts to Tiar Wilson Wheatle and Elaine Kadachuk to develop a modernized approach to the way that OCN operates. They will both be working closely with the OCN administration for the rest of the fiscal year.


Chief Christian Sinclair says while maintaining self sufficiency is the goal of OCN the path to reaching it is just as important which is why it’s good to hire and invest in OCN community members that have the skill set and capacity. Wilson Wheatle will be working as an interim communications manager.


She has decades of experience working in journalism and communications and has worked closely with commissioners of the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls as a communications advisor.


Kadachuk was hired to do a thorough job analysis of all the staff working for OCN. She has worked in Winnipeg with the Provincial Government in human resources and payroll and has worked in many OCN departments including finance, health, and child and family services.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Torchlight Parade Results

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Got off to a great start last night with the Torchlight Parade.


There were lots of colourful floats from local businesses and organizations.


The winners of this year’s parade have been announced.

In the commercial category the three winners are the Asseneskak Casino, OCN Natural Resources and McGillivary Care Home.


Miss Fat Boys Caylin Hopper, Manitoba Sustainable Development, and Miss Twin Motors Gianna Catalano are the winners of the non commercial categories.


UCN won in the school category and the two winners of the Family/ group category are Trappers Youth and Beavers.  

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Recommends Seven Conditions During Mediation Circle

Yesterday, Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced that they are recommending seven conditions that two non indigenous females from Flin Flon are required to abide by, following a conflict resolution mediation circle held last month.


The special mediation circle stemmed from an incident the occurred last summer when the two women posted racist and hateful remarks on social media toward indigenous peoples after one of the woman had her car vandalised The incident was investigated and the two women from Flin Flon and a woman from Denare Beach were charged.


Given that this was the first mediation circle of its kind in Canada OCN saw value in turning this incident into a teachable moment under the spirit of intent of reconciliation.


The seven conditions that these two women must follow include,


1. Writing an apology letter to news outlets through the RCMP,


2. staying away from social media platforms,


3. Taking culturally appropriate anger management and domestic violence workshops facilitated by OCN’s restorative justice system.


4. Writing an essay or research paper on indigenous issues.


5.working 80 hours of community service on a First nation


6. Seek counselling with a metal health therapist


7. Attend a cultural awareness residential school camp.


Chief Christian Sinclair says that this is a historic opportunity to deliver restorative justice from a first nation’s perspective and it allows them to use conditions based on the seven sacred teachings. Courage, Respect, Truth, Honesty, Love, Wisdom, and Humility.


If the two women do not accept the terms and conditions requested by OCN they will be referred back to the criminal justice system. 

Public Hearing on Possible Closure of Walkways in The Pas

A public hearing was held at The Pas Municipal Building on Monday night on the proposed closures of walkways A, B, and C here in town.


While many residents support the proposed closure of these walkways others in attendance voiced their opposition to this proposal as well.


Residents in favour of the closure complained that people have left things like condoms, drug paraphernalia, and other waste along these paths and people that hang out in these walkways have vandalized properties.


Some that opposed the closure said that children use these walkways to walk to school so that they are safe from traffic and closing them due to property damage and vandalism makes little sense because things like that can happen anywhere and it’s not fair to the children and other people that like to use these walkways.


One of the residents in attendance suggested putting cameras on the walkways so that vandals and loiterers can be identified. Having Citizens on Patrol Members observing these walkways was another suggestion brought to the table.


Mayor Herb Jaques suggested that residents meet with him to work out a solution to this problem before the final decision is made.

Local School Boards Play an Important Role

Manitoba Liberal leader Dougald Lamont was in Flin Flon yesterday.  One of the issues we discussed was the provincial public education review and the possible dissolving of locally elected School Boards.


Lamont says he is very concerned about it as having local input into education is really important but he also doesn’t see that there’s going to be a lot of savings.  He says what they’ve seen before when the amalgamation of School Boards was tried is it didn’t really improve the quality of education and it didn’t improve costs either. 


He added the real focus on the challenges in our education system need to be about what we can do better to make sure our kids are reading, writing, doing their arithmetic and learning properly rather than focus on funding.


Lamont says this is about the future generation of Manitoba and how they are going to grow up and the kind of skills they’re going to bring to the workforce and this is something we need to invest in.  We’ll have more from Lamont on newscasts later this week.

New App by Northern Adventure Guides Called "The Pas Guide"

Northern Adventure Guides has released a new App called “The Pas Guide”.


The app is designed with visitors to the area in mind and It provides useful information about the Tri Area with lists of restaurants, tourist attractions, and other places of interest.


The app can be downloaded for free at the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Ecole Opasquia School Request for Handi Cap Loading Zone Signage

A letter from Ecole Opasquia School was brought up by town council at Mondays Committee of The Whole Meeting.


According to the letter the school is requesting signage to be put up for their Handi Cap pick up and drop off zone in front of the school on 8th Street for accessible parking.


Right now the school doesn’t have enough space to pick up and drop off handi cap students which means that parents and caregivers have had to park further away or wait for a parking space to open up.


Town council has shown support for this request and it is expected to move forward at a later date.

Twenty-two Manitoba Communities Now Have Access to Winter Roads

Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler has announced all northern communities now have access to the winter road system allowing for the delivery of supplies.  In our area the 138 kilometer winter road from Pukatawagan to Highway Ten is reported to be in good condition.


Schuler says winter roads not only facilitate the hauling of freight to northern and remote communities but also provide the residents with temporary inter-community travel as well as road access to the rest of the province.  He adds the government will spend 4.5 million dollars providing 22 northern Manitoba communities access to the 24 hundred kilometer network. 


In a typical season more that 25 hundred shipments are delivered to a large number of isolated northern communities from mid-January to mid-March.

Wear Your Jersey Fundraiser Social for Ryder Armstrong

There will be a Jersey Fundraiser Social for Ryder Armstrong at the Kikiwak Inn on February 22nd.


Ryder is a local boy that is in Winnipeg receiving treatment in a hospital and all proceeds raised will go towards Alyssa Whitehead and family so that they can stay with him.


The social will run from 8PM until 1AM and there will be music by DJ Derek. Advanced tickets are ten dollars. Tickets at the door are fifteen dollars if you don’t have a jersey and ten dollars if you are wearing one.


Tickets can be purchased by calling 204-978-0153 or 204-978-0025

Just Watch Me Video Contest Prairie Edition Finalists

The four finalists for the Prairie Edition Just Watch Me Video Contest have been announced. The contest was open to rural residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba who own their own business and live with a health condition or disability. None of these finalists are from the Tri Area but three of them are from Rural Manitoba.


Participants submitted a short video that shared the success of their business for a chance to win a cash prize and other prizes for their business.


The video submitted that gets the most public votes will win the top prize of one thousand dollars and other prizes for their business.


The Four Finalists are Jeff Stoneham the Owner of Jeff Stoneham’s Creative Planters in Beausejour, Manitoba.


Julie Paseschnikoff the owner of Bee Boyzz Honey in Oak Bluff, Manitoba.


Christina Hopper the owner of Backcountry Fitness and Conditioning in Warren, Manitoba,


and Michelle Janzen the owner of Michelle Janzen Signature Cakes and Cookies in Waldheim, Saskatchewan.


The winner will be announced this Friday.

Niki Ashton Addresses the House of Commons on the Federal Government Reusing to Extend Sick Benefits

Niki Ashton spoke in the House of Commons last week regarding the federal government’s decision not to extend sick benefits for workers. The current number of weeks that people can take to recover from an illness or injury is 15 weeks and Ashton doesn’t believe that this is long enough.


Ashton pointed out that people in Northern Manitoba and across the country are in need of this kind of help but this government isn’t there to give it to them.


Ashton continued her statement by saying when rich American Billionaires want pipelines built this government goes the extra mile, but when regular Canadians who are being forced to return to work sick or injured or quit their jobs because their too sick to perform this government doesn’t even budge an inch.


Politics that privileges style over substance is typical of this government and It is seen in their attitude towards reconciliation and indigenous peoples, the environment, and the sick and injured.

Niki Ashton Addresses Mould Contamination and No Running Water in First Nations Communities

MP Niki Ashton spoke in the House of Commons during question period yesterday and stated that the Federal Government is ignoring communities like Garden Hill that doesn’t have running water and Mathias Colomb Cree Nation that has over 500 students that can’t go to school because of mould contamination at the school.


She asked when the Prime Minister will stop the empty words about reconciliation and relationships and urgently work with first nations to deal with the serious crisis that they are facing right now.


Dan Vandal, the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services responded to Ashton by saying that all children deserve a safe and healthy environment to learn in and work is under way to remediate mould at the school and it’s expected to be completed by the end of this week.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festivals Decorating and Snow Slash Ice Sculpture Contests

Winter in the North would not be the same without snow sculptures and the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festivals Decorating and Snow Slash Ice Sculpture Contests will be held again this year.


The cost is five dollars to enter and the entry forms can be picked up at trapper’s headquarters. Registrations can be made before noon on February 14th


Call 204-620-2279 for more information.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festivals Junior Jigging Contest

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festivals Junior Jigging Contest will be held at The Pas Friendship Centre on February 16th from one until two in the afternoon.


The contest has four different age categories. Tiny jigging for ages zero to three, Junior Junior Jigging for age’s four to seven, Junior Jigging for ages eight to twelve, and teen jigging for ages thirteen to seventeen.


A complete list of cash prizes up for grabs in the contest can be found at


For more information call 204-627-7500

People Interested in Manitoba History Can Receive a Special Award

The Manitoba Historical Society is accepting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award.  The award recognizes people interested in the preservation and promotion of the province’s history.


The Society’s Gordon Goldsborough says nominations are open to anyone.  The award is intended primarily for people serving in the promotion of Manitoba’s history.


Anyone who’s done things like writing books, various art projects, running museums, anything that has an aspect of preserving and promoting Manitoba’s history would qualify.


Nomination forms and more information are available on the websites of the Manitoba Historical Society or the Lieutenant Governor at  The deadline is March 1st. 

Niki Ashton Not Pleased With Liberals Response to the Housing Crisis

During Question Period recently local MP Niki Ashton brought up the housing crisis in Northern Manitoba and across the country. She said that 85 percent of First Nations in Manitoba report mould in their homes and houses are often overcrowded.


She asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau if he knows that the housing crisis is literally making people sick and when the Liberal Government will move from talking to taking action to address the housing crisis.


Prime Minister Trudeau responded to Ashton’s question by saying that when they got elected in 2015 they heard loudly and clearly from Canadians that they wanted a renewal of the relationship and investments in Indigenous people to close the gaps and inequalities that exist in Canada something they have been committed to doing since the very beginning.


Trudeau went on to say that they have lifted 78 long term boil water advertises in indigenous communities, opened hundreds of new schools, invested in new health centres, and they are investing in a number of new housing units across the country in indigenous communities.


Ashtons MP Report Stated that the Liberal Government voted against a plan aimed to bring immediate relief to Canadians in these communities affected by the housing crisis and even though the Liberal government calls the housing situation a crisis they don’t act on it when they should. Instead they give billions in corporate tax giveaways.


The NDP’s motion called on the government to act with urgency and create 500,000 units of affordable housing within ten years and commit in the budget to completing 250.000 of these units within five years.

Opaskwayak Community Meeting Lands Exchange Presentation

Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced that there will be a community meeting on Monday at the Veterans Hall and they will be having  a Lands Exchange presentation.


The meeting will run from 6 until 9 in the evening. Call the Lands Division at 204-627-7148 for more information.

RCMP Looking For Applicants For Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program

If you’re a young First Naitons, Metis or Inuit adult, the RCMP has an opportunity that could be for you.


They’re currently looking for candidates to take part in the Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program, set to take place in Regina from May 13th until the 31st.


The program is open to Canadian First Nations, Metis or Inuit people between the ages of 19 and 29, and offers transportation, meals, accommodation, a uniform and three weeks of training pay.


Other requirements include being in good physical condition, a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent, and a valid Canadian driver’s license.


The program itself, which aims to provide an inside look at the life of a police officer, will include focused teaching in areas such as collaborative problem solving skills, law enforcement, public speaking and cultural diversity.


There will also be elements of physical fitness and drill included, which help promote teamwork while providing those in the program with long-term strategies to meet personal fitness goals.


If you’d like to apply for the program, or would like more information, you can call Sergeant Barry Ledoux at 639-625-4221. Alternatively, you can email Sgt Ledoux by clicking here.


The application deadline is February 22nd.

Antarctica: Layers of Time, Beautiful Monsters at The Sam Waller Museum

There is a new exhibit on display at the Sam Waller Museum called Antarctica: Layers of Time, Beautiful Monsters.


The exhibit is borrowed from the Manitoba Arts Network that features photos of Antarctica taken by artist Hugh Conacher.


Museum Director Sharain Jones says it’s a really amazing exhibit to see, especially live.


The museum is open daily from 1 until 5 in the afternoon and the exhibit will be on display until March 30th



Kelsey School Board Public Budget Consultation Meeting

Last week the Kelsey School Division had a Public Budget Consolation meeting for their 2019-2020 budget in conjunction with their regular board meeting.  


Chair Vaughn Wadelius told Arctic Radio news that the public presentation lasted half an hour and they reviewed the standing of the school division over the last several years in various budget categories and compared them to three other nearby school divisions.


There is another budget preparation meeting scheduled for 19th and the finance committee will present a preliminary budget to the school board on February 11th and the 25th.


The next step would be to bring the budget to the board in March for final approval.


The highlights from the meeting can be found at

King and Queen Trappers Competitions

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is next week and now you can register for the King and Queen Trappers Competitions.


The King Trappers Competition is open to men 18 and up with an entry fee of fifty dollars and the Queen Trappers Competition is open to woman 18 and up with an entry fee of twenty five dollars.


Both competitions involve challenges like moose and goose calling, trap setting, log throwing and more. Participants have a chance to win some cash prizes.


For more information call 204-623-4579 or 204-620-4947 and if you want to sign up for the Queen Trappers Festival call 204-620-5475 or visit

Snowmobile Safety Tips From The RCMP

In the midst of snowmobile season Pelican Narrows RCMP offer a friendly safety reminder to snowmobile operators. They note drivers and passengers must always wear safety gear that is property fitted and weather appropriate.  Ensure your snowmobile is well maintained and in good operating condition.


Check weather conditions and tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back. Make sure your snowmobile is equipped with an emergency kit and first aid supplies.  Ride to your comfort and ability. Parents make sure your children are old enough and trained to operate the snowmobile.  Ride with a buddy and never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


The RCMP reminds you to enjoy the outdoors and make it home safely.

Volunteer Award Nominations

If you know a volunteer in the community who deserves recognition for their work, Friday is the deadline for you to nominate them for an award.


The Manager of Communications and Outreach for Volunteer Manitoba, Dawn Bourbonnais, tells Arctic Radio News that there are eleven awards to be presented at the Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner in Winnipeg April 11th.


She says those include the Premier’s Volunteer Service Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Make a Difference Award and the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Family Award,


Bourbonnais adds that there are two new awards this year; the CTV Champion of Mental Health Award and the William Norrie Arts and Culture Award.


To nominate a volunteer or for more information on the eleven volunteer awards, you can go to

9th Annual Bannock Slap Street Hockey Tournament

The 9th Annual Bannock Slap Street Hockey Tournament will take place on February 16th near the legion at 11AM. The entry is 120 dollars per team and the prizes are $300 for first place, $175 dollars for second place, and $120 dollars for third. Teams that don’t show up will not be refunded.


The games are 15 minutes and they will be played in 2 to 7 minutes periods with a one minute intermission and its open to people 18 and older.

You must register on or before February 13th and if you would like to sign up or if you want more information call Terry McKellop at 204-620-1265.

Januarys Monthly Mayor Reports

January’s monthly mayor reports have been released. The Town of The Pas had a total of 102 disturbances of the peace cases, 72 mischief cases and a handful other offences including assaults, breaches of the peace, and provincial traffic violations. The Pas also had 84 prisoners held.


The RM of Kelsey had mostly provincial traffic violations 28 in total and the community of Cormorant had one break and enter and one assault.

Trappers Festival Arts and Crafts Show

As part of the Northern Manitoba Trappers festival there will be an arts and crafts show at the Opasquia School gym and lunchroom.


The registration for the show will be held on February 14th at Opasquia school from 6:30 until 8PM and the show will run on February 15th from 10 AM until 8PM and the 16th from 10 AM until 5PM. The entry fee for the art show is one dollar per item.


So far there are about 43 registered exhibitors at the show and there is also going to be a baking contest. Those that enter the show can win some cash prizes.


There will also be a concession run by the Midwest Karate Club. Visitors to the show will have to pay a 3 dollars entry fee.


For more information you can call 204-623-5400.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festivals Logging Events

The Northern Manitoba trapper’s festival logging events take place at the extra foods parking lot on February 16th. The carving competition will be held from 10 AM until 2PM and the auction for the sculptures is set to be held at 2:30.  The first prize winner will receive a saw and cash and the second and third place winners will receive cash prizes.


Another competition is the speed cutting race which is open to the public and it begins at 12PM, the entry fee for this race is only 10 dollars.  You can find out more about the logging events at

School Boards Across the Province are Nominating Students for Special Awards

Nominations are being accepted until February 6th for the Manitoba School Boards Association Student Citizenship Awards.  Their Director of Education and Communication Services Heather Demetrioff says nominations are made by schools through the school board and are open to all public school students Kindergarten to grade twelve. 


She explains the awards are actually a citizenship award so they’re not based on academic performance necessarily although they have some high performing students that are nominated for them but it’s based on their service within the school and the community. 


Demetrioff adds an award is given to a student in each of the Association’s six geographic areas and one provincial award for a student group. 

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Community Meeting

Opaskwayak Cree Nation held a community meeting on Wednesday evening at the Kikiwak Inn.


Chief Christian Sinclair said quote OCN is moving forward in a new direction strengthening their governance and becoming masters of their own house as Opaskwayak Cree Nation and they’re prioritizing what their needs are as it relates to social and infrastructure needs.


He added that OCN is doing really well financially and one of the goals is to make Cree the official language of OCN by 2025. He also praised the work that the bear clan patrol has done to make the community safe.


During the meeting they gave OCN members updates on their aerospace project, the lagoon upgrade, the sale of the OCN Blizzard, Housing, and other community projects.


Housing is the number one priority and OCN is conducting a new housing strategy and pursuing the construction of approximately 34- 50 houses this fiscal year.

Trappers Festival Stage and Talent Show

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festivals stage and talent show will be held at the Margret Barbour Collegiate gym on Friday February 15th at 7:00.


There are three age categories for the show, 18 and up, 13-17 and 12 and under and all participants will be eligible for cash prizes.


You can pre register at 5:30 at the gym or by calling Rona Bignell at 204-620-4514.

Niki Ashton's MP Report Addresses Canadian Challenges

Niki Ashton’s latest MP report says that the Challenge facing Canadians is becoming increasingly clear.


She says that for decades governments have stripped away basic things that Canadians count on like health care, jobs, clean air and water, and a secure retirement.


Ashton added that people in our region have been frustrated time and time again that the Federal government has ignored them and instead of bringing relief for people affected by the housing crisis and personal debt the liberal government has been giving billions of dollars in corporate giveaways.


Ashton concluded her statement by saying that the NDP’s are determined to make sure that people have access to things that they need in their daily lives. They hope to build new housing units and expand the public healthcare system to cover costs of medication for all Canadians.


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