The Pas Local News Archives for 2019-06

Via Rail Not Expected to make Modifications to The Winnipeg Churchill Line Anytime Soon

With the announcement that Via Rail would be getting 71 million dollars to assist them with their plan to build dedicated tracks for a faster rail service in Southern Ontario and in parts of Quebec, Arctic Radio News reached out to Via Rail to ask if passenger rail service will be improved in any way in Manitoba.

 

According to a statement from Via Rail they remain committed to Serving Northern Manitoba Communities but they do not anticipate any modifications to the rail service in the near future.

 

Via Rail is expected to get a new fleet of trains from Siemens Mobility for the Quebec Windsor Corridor in the next couple of years and a modernized fleet with renovated cars is expected to make their way to various other routes outside the corridor as well.

RCMP Reminding Drivers to Drive Sober and Stay Safe on the Road

The RCMP is reminding all motorists to stay safe on the road this Canada day long weekend.

 

In the last few days nine Manitobans have lost there lives in motor vehicle collisions and with increased traffic expected the RCMP is reminding drivers, to drive sober, wear a seatbelt, refrain from using a cell phone or other hand held device, and to pay attention to the road and always be aware of your surroundings.

 

The RCMP wants everyone to reach their destinations safety.

International Youth Fellowship Running a Special Program on OCN Tonight

The International Youth Fellowship is having a special program at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate tonight from 7-9PM. 

 

IYF is a non profit organization that works mainly with students with the goal of creating strong hearts and strong minds for leadership.

 

Tonight’s program will focus on something called Family Mind Recreation which involves group activities that will help to develop leadership skills.

 

They will also have performances, and an info session about a camp they will be running in August as well as their youth camp.

Kelsey Community School Celebrates Indigenous Culture Week

Kelsey Community Schools Indigenous Cultural Week Ran from June 17-21st and it was a huge success with lots of positive feedback from the staff students, and community members.

 

Some of the activities and events held at the school included tipi building, basic Cree lessons, and bannock baking.

 

Teachers in all schools across Canada are encouraged to bring indigenous teachings into their curriculum and one of the best ways for teachers to learn about indigenous culture and traditions is to bring in knowledge keepers and elders to their classes.

 

The staff at Kelsey Community School would like to thank Heritage Canada for providing them with a grant that allowed them to put on these events and activities.

Moffat Foundation Donates $20,000 for the Spray Park

The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group has received another donation for the towns spray park. The Moffat Foundation has provided the group with 20,000 dollars.

 

The group is planning to use the grant funding to make upgrades to the area surrounding the spray park by adding picnic tables and benches.

 

The park is expected to be operational by the end of this week with a grand opening ceremony to be held later on.

 

You can keep up to date with the group on Facebook at The Pas Families BBC spray park and skate park. 

Aurora House and The Pas Friendship Centre Hold Spirit of the Red Dress Vigil

The Pas Friendship Centre and Aurora House held a spirit of the red dress vigil to commemorate the end of the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls.

 

The abduction and murder of Helen Betty Osborne was acknowledged during the event and our MLA Amanda Lathlin spoke about the impact of growing up during the time that Helen Betty Osborne’s murder was still fresh in everyone’s mind and how she overcame low self esteem and became an MLA.

 

They also had a pre recorded statement from Sandra Delaronde the co chair of the Manitoba Missing and Murdered indigenous Woman and Girls Coalition.

 

Dawna Prichard the executive director for Aurora House says the event overall exceeded her expectations.

The Second National HIV Testing Day being Recognized in The Pas and Area

The Second National HIV Testing Day will be Recognized in The Pas and Area.

 

The town of The Pas and communities across Canada will take part in National HIV Testing Day Thursday.  The goal of the day is to effectively target groups disproportionately affected by the virus. 

 

HIV rates are rising in Canada according to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s HIV Surveillance Report that notes there has been a 17.1 percent increase in the number of new HIV infections between 2014 and 17.  The theme for this year’s testing day is Know Your Status and the event is about normalizing HIV testing. 

 

On Thursday at the Primary Health Care Centre on Cook Avenue HIV tests will be administered giving results in under a minute.  People can get tested between 10 AM and 3PM on Thursday. For More Information call 204-623-9650

 

MP Niki Ashton Preparing For Re-Election

Local MP Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio News recently to talk about the upcoming election and plans she has for the future.

 

Ashton says that we haven’t seen positive changes in regions like ours from the federal liberals, people continue to struggle, jobs have been lost, and there continues to be a lack of infrastructure investment in our area as well. These are issues she is hoping to fix.

 

When asked about Cyara Bird and Judy Klassen, two indigenous candidates running for our riding Ashton stated that it’s important to have people from all backgrounds including indigenous peoples and woman in particular to be represented in parliament as its makes our democratic process more vibrant.

 

She went on to say that she looks forward to visiting Northern Manitoba Communities during the summer months. She is planning to visit The Pas and OCN later this week.

The Pas Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings Tonight

The Town of The Pas will be having their last committee of the whole and council meetings for the month of June tonight.

 

The council and committee of the whole meetings have a light agenda and they are set to discuss the new pride crosswalk for the community.

 

The meetings will begin at 6PM and the public is welcome to attend.

As of news time it’s is not known if town council will have meetings every second and forth Monday during the summer months or not.

Former Norway House Chief to Run For The Progressive Conservative Party in Our Riding in the Provincial Election

Ron Evans, The former chief of Norway House Cree nation will be running in the provincial election in our riding for the Progressive Conservative Party.

 

Evans is considered to be a leader for aboriginal peoples in Northern Manitoba and one of his main goals is growing the north.

 

He has an extensive political background already and was once elected as the youngest councillor in Norway Houses history.

 

An early election was called my Premier Pallister which will be held on September 10th.

 

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Opaskwayak Cree Nation National Indigenous Peoples Day Festivities

Tomorrow is National Indigenous Peoples Day and Opaskwayak Cree Nation is celebrating with many festivities.

 

The events will begin with a pipe ceremony tomorrow morning at 9 at the arbor site and the day’s activities include races, musical chairs, a pow wow, and a barbeque.

10th Annual Clearwater Lake Marathon

The 10th Annual Clearwater Lake Marathon will be held on July 21st. All pledges raised this year will go to the Rotary Clubs Local Kids with Cancer and Critically ill Fund.

 

All participants that raise 50 dollars or more will have their names put in a draw for Calm Air tickets for two.

 

The deadline for early bird registration is June 23rd.

 

More information on this year’s Marathon can be found at clearwaterlakemarathon.com

National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day and Kelsey Community School is having a variety of activities this week to celebrate.

 

Some of the events planned for the week include basic Cree language learning, bannock baking, tipi building and more. The school welcomes community members to stop by the school and check out the activities and events they have set up. These activities would not have been possible without the help of the Celebrate Canada Grant.  

 

The indigenous people’s day’s celebrations will wrap up on Friday with a big event at the Metis Hall from 5 until 9 in the evening. There will be a concession, a youth booth, and a live stage show with musicians, drummers, and dancers.

Aurora House Spirit of the Red Dress Vigil This Saturday

Aurora House and The Pas Friendship Centre will be having a Spirit of the Red Dress Vigil this Saturday. The vigil will commemorate the end of the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls.

 

As part of the national commemoration of this conclusion, funding was made available to organizations to hold community events including this one.

 

The vigil will begin at the Metis offices accross from the Wescana with a smudging ceremony at 12:40 and the participants will march to The Pas Friendship centre at 12:45.

 

The Friendship Centre will then have a special event with live music and other activities.

 

Along with the entertainment the friendship centre will also have a community meal, children’s self defense lessons, and a faceless doll project workshop.

 

You are encouraged to wear red, Métis Sashes, or ribbon skirts to the event and everyone is welcome to attend.

 

When asked about the decision to run this vigil Aurora House Executive Director Prichard said she felt it was necessary to acknowledge the tragic story of Helen Betty Osbourne a student in The Pas that was abducted and murdered and this story was one of the sparks that brought national attention to the crisis of missing a murdered indigenous woman and girls in Canada.

 

Corrections: An earlier version of this story said the march would begin at the Metis Hall, when in fact it is taking place at the Metis Offices across from the Wescana Inn.

 

 

Judy Klassen Running for the Federal Liberals in our Riding

Judy Klassen is running for the Federal Liberals in Our Riding. Klassen is an entrepreneur from St Theresa Point First Nation and is currently the Liberal MLA for the Keewatinook riding.

 

Klassen decided to run for the Federal Liberals because she said she was getting more things done for Northern First Nations Communities with Justin Trudeau compared to Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government under Brian Pallister.

 

Klassen also believes that Indigenous peoples are often underrepresented in the House of Commons and her focus is the needs of First Nations Communities including education.

The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba Classes Offered Last Week

The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba is pleased with the number of participants at their safety training classes last week.

 

The safety classes were open to people working in all industries, with participants having backgrounds in construction, manufacturing, education, and business.

 

Locally, the courses were held at the Kikiwak Inn on June 10th and some of these courses offered were Safety Skills for Supervisors, hazard recognition and control, and safety representative and committee training.  There are plans to have more of these courses in Northern Manitoba this fall.  

Niki Ashton Continues the Fight for Single Payer Pharmacare

Last week during question period, MP Niki Ashton called on the liberals to commit to single payer pharamacare. Ashton says that people in our north and across Canada have been forced to make impossible choices because of the high cost of medication and that it’s inconceivable that in 2019 people have to choose between buying food and medication.    

 

When she asked if the Liberal government would implement universal comprehensive public pharmacare Minister of Health Ginette Pititpas Taylor responded to Ashton saying our government is absolutely committed to making sure every Canadian has access to a national phramacare program and the work is underway.

 

35 million dollars was put towards the creation of a Canadian drug agency and a billion dollars towards the situation of rare deceases and the government will continue to work with provinces and territories, indigenous leaders and the health care sector to ensure that pharmacare becomes a reality for all Canadians.

 

The NDPs recently announced that their health care plan involves a universal public pharmacare program.

Ken Klyne Running for The Peoples Party of Canada for Our Federal Riding

Ken Klyne former resident of the Snow Lake Area and the current president of the Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association will be running in the Peoples Party of Canada in the federal election for our riding.

 

The Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association advocates for prospectors and tries to educate the public about prospecting issues.

 

When asked why he decided to run in the Federal election in the PPC. Klyne said it was mainly because of his position as president of the Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association and one of his biggest goals is to promote the mining industry in Manitoba.

 

Thompson RCMP is looking for a Missing Man

Thompson RCMP is looking for a missing man.

 

Police received a report about a missing 50-year-old man last week, who has not been seen or heard from by his family in over four months.

 

Blaine Ashley Birkholz is described as five foot ten and 180 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes, and is very transient in nature.

 

He is believed to be in Thompson, The Pas, or Winnipeg.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Three Candidates Running for Chief in This Year's Election on Opaskwayak Cree Nation

The candidates list for the upcoming election on Opaskwayak Cree Nation has been released.

 

As of now three candidates are running for Chief, Knutson and William McGillvary will be running against incumbent Chief Christian Sinclair who is seeking re-election.

 

A total of 15 candidates are running for councillor positions.

This year’s election is scheduled for September 19th.

A New Pride Cross Walk For The Pas

Plans are in the works to repaint the cross walk here in The Pas located near the Roy H Johnston Arena and Kelsey School. The cross walk was painted last year but it didn’t last long due to the poor quality of the paint used.

 

The plan is to repaint the cross walk in the next couple of weeks using a paint that is more durable that will last all summer and volunteers will continue to re paint the cross walk with pride colours every year.

 

Trent Allen, the president of The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce approached town council last week and the town is fully on board with this project. He says all they need is a donation of good quality paint that will last the town will provide them with the paint that they need.

A Mothers Ongoing Battle to Help Her Daughter

Former Resident of The Pas Olivia McCorriston is a hard working mother that always puts her children first no matter what especially her daughter Tina Hardman who was born with Global Delay and Attention Deficit and has had many ups and downs in her life.

 

McCorriston has always encouraged her daughter to work, to go to school and to volunteer because she believes everyone has something to contribute. Finding work for Hardman was a major obstacle, at first she was put in a work assistance program that had her working menial tasks for no money but despite this obstacle she did eventually get a part time job at an office and she has been attending Stevenson Britannia Learning Centre recently Graduating as valedictorian and earning her grade 12.

 

Working the part time job at the office inspired her to attend Red River College to learn office skills.  She informed her support worker that she was ready to attend only to find out that she will have to wait six months in order to get an appointment from marketabilities to help her with college fees and to help her get work. Without this funding assistance from marketabilities she will need a student loan and that will be hard for her to receive due to her disability.

 

McCorriston still firmly believes that we need to pay attention to people in society that aren’t being helped and she has no doubt her daughter will become successful in the end despite the lack of provincial support and she plans to contact education minster Kelvin Goertzen about this issue.

Cyara Birds Campaign for The Federal Conservative Party

Little Black River First Nation resident Cyara Bird will be running for the Conservative Party on our federal riding in the upcoming federal election fulfilling a lifelong dream.

 

Bird was motivated to run even more after experiencing racism in her life for being indigenous. That’s when she knew that someone is needed in politics that won’t tolerate bullying, to make changes, and to be a voice for indigenous peoples and everyone else. She also feels that indigenous peoples are often underrepresented in the House of Commons.

 

Co-Op Donates $25,000 to Upgrade Centennial Park

Co-op Community Spaces has announced that they will be providing $25,000 to The Pas Families Building a Better Community to make upgrades to Centennial Park.

 

The funding will be used to upgrade the play structure near the new spray park allowing residents and visitors to have a safe and accessible place to play.

 

Davide Novo, President of The Pas Families Building a Better Community says the group is thrilled to receive this funding for the next phase of their project.

Information Session on Sixties Scoop Compensation

There will be an information session this coming Monday at the Kikiwak Inn’s constant room regarding compensation for survivors of the sixties scoop.

 

People eligible include treaty status or those eligible for status that were placed in non indigenous foster homes between 1951 and 1991.

 

The information session runs from 1 until 4:30PM and the deadline to submit claim forms is August 30th of this year.  

Niki Ashton Calls on The Federal Government to Stand Up For Indigenous Peoples in the Region in the midst of Life Flight Privatization

MP Niki Ashton Once again called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand up for indigenous peoples in our region during question period earlier this week. 

 

She stated that the privatization of the lightflight air ambulance service in Manitoba goes against the wishes of Northern residents including indigenous peoples and doctors.

 

When asked if the federal government would step in to ensure the health and safety of Northern Canadians this is what Prime Minister Trudeau praised Ashton for bringing the issue forward and stated that conservative premiers and politicians see health care as a business.

 

He added that access to health care is a fundamental right for all Canadians and they will continue to work with provinces and partners to ensure that access to health care is protected as a Canadian right for everyone.

Canadian Red Cross Community Barbeque at the Wescana Inn

The Canadian Red Cross will be having a free barbeque tonight at the Wescana Inn.

 

If you are interested in joining the Canadian Red Cross this is a good opportunity to learn more about the organization and how to become a member.

 

Canadian Red Cross is an organization dedicated to humanitarian aid and assisting vulnerable people in Canada and in other parts of the world.

 

The barbeque will be held from 5PM Until 7PM

Traveling Exhibit on Display at the Sam Waller Museum

There is a new traveling exhibit at the Sam Waller Museum on loan from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum called Canola: A Story of Canadian Innovation.

 

According to Museum Director Sharain Jones the exhibit was produced to mark the 50th anniversary of this made in Canada crop.

 

The exhibit is very interactive and it gives people a chance to learn how the crop was developed and how it has seen use in transportation and in the food industry and how it will benefit people in the future.

 

The museum is open daily from 1 until 5 PM and the exhibit will be on display from now until September 30th.

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Running the Sherry Bottle Recover Program Again

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce recently received a grant that will allow them to run their Sherry Bottle Recovery Program Once again.

 

The program will work by having volunteers collect empty triple X Sherry bottles in exchange for money. If you collect 100 bottles you will earn 10 dollars.

 

Everyone is welcome to take part and you can collect bottles any time. Jenn cook from the Chamber of Commerce will be at the Fire Department every Tuesday this summer from 12 until 1PM to collect bottles.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation History Recourses Book Launch

Opaskwayak Cree Nation has announced the completion of a history resource book for the students of Joe A Ross School and Oscar Lathlin collegiate that explores the rich history of the community. The book is called “Opaskwayak Cree Nation-Exploring and Reconnecting with Our Past”.

 

A special press conference will be held this afternoon at 1:30 at the OCN veteran’s hall where Chief Christian Sinclair, Education Director Bev Fontaine and the book’s author Blanche Cowley Head will speak about how the book will teach students about the history of OCN through the school curriculum.

2019 UCN Nursing Bursary Awarded at The Town of The Pas Council Meeting

During Monday night’s council meeting the Town of The Pas presented the 2019 UCN Nursing Bursary to Ama Foriwa. Foriwa relocated to The Pas in 2015 after completing the RPN program in Toronto and during her time in nursing school her plan was to work up north after researching the opportunities available to nurses in our region.

 

After working for three years she decided to return to school to learn more about the nursing world and she will be entering her third year of the Bachelor of Nursing Program at The Pas UCN campus this September.

 

Foriwa looks forward to what the future holds in The Pas and area. The bursary of $1000 was provided to UCN by the Town of The Pas.

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is Accepting Nominations for their Annual Manitoba Business Awards.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is accepting nominations for their annual Manitoba Business Awards.  The organization has six Chamber awards and two Lieutenant Governor Awards. 

 

If there are businesses out there who you think are doing an outstanding job whether they’re a small, medium or large the organization would like to see them nominated for these awards.

 

The deadline for nominations is June 30th and the awards will be presented at a gala in late October.

 

You can find nomination forms at their website www.jointhechamber.ca or www.mbchamber.mb.ca.

Press Conference on the Latest in Information technology upgrades for Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Opaskwayak Cree Nation is celebrating the successful completion of phase one of a critical network infrastructure upgrade.

 

Before this upgrade was made OCN had used an outdated network that could not provide the best technological and communication services to its members. The upgrade will allow for high speed internet, Wifi in public spaces, and an improved phone system to name a few.

 

A press conference was held in the O&O Chambers this morning where OCN Chief Christian Sinclair and Bell MTS Vice President Ryan Klassen spoke about the importance of this project.

Royal Canadian Legion Chase The Ace Winner

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19’s Chase the Ace was held last weekend.

 

The winner was legion member Norine Sinclair who is now over four hundred thousand dollars richer.

 

Sinclair was not available for comment.

Mays Monthly Mayor Reports

The monthly mayor reports for May have been released. The Town of The Pas had mostly Disturbances of the Peace and Mischief cases a total of 177 and 129 respectively and 206 prisoners held.

 

The RM of Kelsey once again had mostly provincial traffic violations 75 in total and the community of Cormorant had one assault, one mischief case, one disturbance of the peace case and one case of uttering threats.

A Big Night For Vincent Squires Crew Chief for the Canadian Snowbirds

Vincent Squires, the Crew Chief for the Canadian Snowbirds will be taking part in a snow bird flyover at the Toronto Raptors NBA Finals Game tonight.

 

Squires grew up here in The Pas and in Thompson and is a graduate from RDPC.

 

His interest in aviation began in his teen years while flying with his uncle in The Pas igniting a desire to see the world.

CJAR Pledge Show for Ryder Armstrong Results

102.9 CJAR held a pledge show last week in support of Ryder Armstrong a local boy that is fighting Grade 4 Brain Cancer in his spine.

 

The pledge show raised a total of $9.300 and Ryder’s Friend Evander Richards helped to collect $362 worth of donations.

 

Donations are still being accepted and if you would like to make a donation call Alyssa Whitehead at 204-617-7899 or find her on Facebook as Lissa Whitehead.

6th Annual Northern Health Summit

The Northern Health Region has announced that the 6th annual Northern Health Summit will be held on September 24th at the Kikiwak Inn.

 

The theme for this year’s summit is Awakening Cultural Awareness the Road to Reconciliation.

 

This year’s summit will be a continuation from last year and they will talk about and explore how the region can address the calls to action in the truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report.     

 

If you want to attend you are asked to RSVP by August 30th. For more information call the regional office at 204-627-6800

Nomination Meeting for Opaskwayak Cree Nations Upcoming Election Held Last Night

The nomination meeting for Opaskwayak Cree Nations upcoming election was held last night at the Kikiwak Inn’s Bignell room. 5 chief candidates were nominated and 23 councillor candidates were nominated.

 

As of news time Dale Knutson and William McGillivray have accepted their nominations as chief candidates and 11 out of the 23 councillor candidates have accepted their nominations.

 

Candidates have until June 13th to accept their nominations and voting for this year’s election will be on September 19that the Kikiwak Inns Bignell Room with advance polls at the Otineka Mall on September 10th.

2019 Community Wellness Challenge Results

The Community Wellness Challenge was held from April 29th until May 26th allowing people in the tri community to improve their lifestyles in a fun way.

 

The challenge worked by having participants follow a check list of healthy habits such as getting exercise and eating healthy for a chance to win some cool prizes.

 

A celebration for the challenge was held on Wednesday night at the Roy H Johnston Arena and a number of prizes were awarded.

 

Jim Lamontagne won the water bottle challenge and received a Fit Bit Courtesy of Shane’s and Grant Buchannan won the grand prize of the wellness challenge which was a round trip for two to Winnipeg provided by Calm Air and a two night stay at the Clarion hotel.

Tim Horton's Camp Day Local Results

Opaskwayak Cree Nations Tim Horton’s participated in the annual Camp Day on Wednesday, All Proceeds went towards Tim Horton’s Foundation Camps giving less fortunate children an opportunity to attend summer camp.

 

They held a barbeque and a game with prizes to be won and a total of $4,775 was raised locally. The total amount raised across Canada is yet to be determined.

The Pas Committee for Women in Crisis Receiving Grant Funding From The Provincial and Federal Governments Updated

The Canadian and Manitoba Governments have provided grant funding to enhance the quality of child care services in the province.

 

A total of $538,000 was provided to 12 community based organizations that serve vulnerable families including The Pas Committee for Woman in Crisis which operates Aurora House and My Sisters House, places that offer a safe haven for woman. Each organization that obtained the funding will use it to cover staffing costs and other supportive materials.

 

Dawna Pritchard, the Executive Director for Aurora House says they are truly thankful to receive this grant funding and the funding will go towards a short term Early Childhood Educator Position at Aurora House.

Niki Ashton Addresses Seamus O'Regans visit to Grassy Narrows First Nation

During question period recently local MP Niki Ashton brought up Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan’s recent visit to Grassy Narrows First Nation.

 

Ashton says he went to the community to sign an agreement based on a two year old promise to a community that has been ravaged by Mercury poisoning only to return empty handed. She then accused O’Regan of blaming the chief saying that he changed his mind and said that Grassy Narrows is calling for what they were promised include a Mercury care home and treatment centre.

 

When she asked if the liberal government will keep their promise to the people of Grassy Narrows, O’Regan responded by saying that building a health facility in grassy narrows first nation is a priority and the hope was to sign an agreement to move forward in addressing the needs of the community.

 

He added that conversations are ongoing and they will continue working with Chief Turtle and his council until they agree on a solution that meets the health needs of Grassy Narrows First Nation.

Manitobans taking action against Auto Insurance Fraud

Manitoba Public Insurance is committed to reducing auto insurance fraud and earlier this year a public awareness campaign was launched called “Fraud: We All Pay” which focused on how auto insurance fraud in Manitoba affects rate payers, about $50 a year per person. The campaign was successful in creating more awareness about auto insurance fraud.

 

A recent survey reported that more than 50 percent of respondents stated that they are more likely to report a fraud after seeing the Fraud We all pay ad and more than 50 percent of respondents had a heightened awareness about MPI’s TIPS line

 

For the first five months of this year MPI”S TIPS line has received a 63 per cent increase in calls. A total of 290 calls were handled resulting in 52 investigations being opened by MPI’s Special Investigation unit.

 

The Tips line is a resource for unearthing fraud claims and the increase in calls is attributed to a heighted awareness about auto insurance fraud.

 

If you know of someone that has committed auto insurance fraud you are asked to call the tips line at 204-985-8477.

Donna Carriere Named As Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Engagement at UCN

Donna Carriere of Cross Lake has been named the new executive director of indigenous initiatives and engagement at UCN.

 

According to UCN president and Vice Chancellor Doug Lauvstad She will be responsible for working with the learning council and to help ensure that academic and training activities reflect UCN’s indigenous context, and will help to ensure that UCN’s strategic plans, polices, and processes have a foundation in indigenous values and principles that incorporates input from indigenous peoples and communities in the north.

 

Lauvstad stated in a news release that he is happy that Carriere accepted this senior leadership position and she brings executive level skills and experience and Carriere says she looks forward to taking on this new role.

 

Carriere was previously vice president of Community Based Services.

MLA Amanda Lathlin Says Health Care is out Number One Priority for the NDP's

A news letter sent out by local MLA Amanda Lathlin stated that health care is a number one priority.

 

According to Lathlin, Premier Brian Pallisters plan is failing and has nothing to do with improving health care for families in Northern Manitoba and he has made many cuts to health care in the north despite promising that he would not make such cuts.

 

If elected the NDP’s health care plan would focus on keeping families healthy and ensuring that people are able to see doctors and nurses closer to their home towns.

 

Despite the accusations of cuts being made to health care the provincial government has invested nearly 28 million dollars in health care capital projects across Manitoba’s health care system.

 

This funding will go towards Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades, Pharmacy Security upgrades, medical device reprocessing flooring upgrades, and flooring replacement at The Pas Health Complex.

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