The Pas Local News Archives for 2019-12

Via Rail Train Derailment

More details have emerged regarding Tuesday Mornings Train Derailment near Portage La Prairie.

 

The train involved in the accident was a Via Rail Train Traveling from Churchill to Winnipeg and the train was traveling about 100 KM per hour before derailing around 6:45 AM.

 

Emergency crews attended to the train’s occupants and no one appeared to be injured seriously.

 

The train’s two locomotives and one car came off the line.

The exact cause of the derailment is not known as of news time.

 

Photo courtesy of Facebook

A business mentorship program to help new business owners in the north is in the works.

Communities Economic Development Fund’s Look North Initiative is looking to develop a business mentor ship network in our region.

 

A Look North Advisor with CEDF Ken Slobodian says what they’d like to do is create a network of business mentors and those are people who have been in business over the years in northern Manitoba and successfully been able to take care of themselves. 

 

He adds being that it’s so hard to start up and open a business in northern Manitoba it would be nice if someone who was going to try knew they had the ability to talk to someone who has already been a success in northern Manitoba whether it be fisheries, small business or manufacturing the fact that somebody out there has already done it and succeeded and will volunteer their time that’s the mentor they’re looking for.

 

Anyone who is interested in mentoring can call Slobodian at 204-307-0570.

Last Night of Operation Red Nose

Operation Red Nose will be running tonight to provide safe rides home for those that are planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a few drinks.

 

To get a safe ride home call 204-623-3300

Family Fun Night at the Kikiwak Inn

You and your family can celebrate the arrival of 2020 tomorrow at the Kikiwak Inn.

 

A family fun night will be held at the Bignell Room from 3PM until 7PM. There will be refreshments a dance, and prizes to be won. Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult.

 

The event is sponsored by the OCNCFS Family Enhancement program.

The Pas Kinsmen Comedy Night

Next month, The Pas Kinsmen will be having their comedy night at the legion.  The show will feature comedians Joel Jeffrey and Tommy Savitt.

 

Tickets are 60 dollars each or $600 for a table of 10.

 

The show will be held on January 25th and all proceeds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Clubs projects.

 

Call Kevin Bernstrom at 204-623-6657 to purchase tickets.

Applications Being Accepted for Moffat Family Fund

The Moffat Family Fund is accepting applications from charitable non profit organizations.

 

Application forms can be picked up at the front desk of the Wellness Centre and the deadline to submit applications is March the 6th.

 

Call 204-627-1134 for more information.

The Pas Town Council Goals for 2020

As 2019 comes to a close The Pas Mayor Herb Jacques spoke to Arctic Radio about what they are hoping to accomplish in the New Year.

 

Jacques says there are a number of capital items that have already been budgeted in 2019 and 2018 which they hope to finish.

 

Jacques says they would like to get the streets looking better and they hope to re instill community pride.

 

The plan is to tender 1.6 Million dollars from gas tax so the streets can be fixed without impacting resident’s taxes.

Manitobas Lieutenant Governor Has Praise for the People in the Province

In her annual Christmas message Manitoba Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon says this time of year always brings out the best in Manitobans of all ages and faiths as we all bask in the warm community spirit for which our province has so long been admired. 

 

She notes as we look forward to Manitoba 150 festivities we are reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a province that offers such an outstanding quality of life where citizens look out for each other and are always happy to lend a hand to those in need. 

 

Filmon concludes may the wonder of this special time light your hearts and your homes and further strengthen the bonds we share as citizens of this great province.

Northern Learning and Support Centre Webinar

The Northern Learning and Support Centre is having a special webinar next month. The webinar is a parent’s guide to social skills strategies for children with ADHD, Autism, or both.

 

The webinar is set to run on January 22nd from noon until 1PM and some of the things the webinar will cover include how autism affects social and emotional skills, and how to support emotional skills at home.

 

Seating will be limited to 20 people visit nlscmb.ca for more information.

Mayor Herb Jacques Says The Pas has Had a Good Year

The Pas Mayor Herb Jacques spoke to Arctic Radio to talk about the accomplishments that the community has made in 2019.

 

Some of the things accomplished this year include the completion of the Spray Park and the Rotary Clubs completion of their outdoor rink.

 

Jacques believes that there are a lot more good things in our community then bad.

 

He says there are a lot of people in the community that are very generous when it comes to helping those in need and that the Federal Minister and the Lieutenant Governor visited The Pas and they both were very impressed with our community.

 

He added that the town has a solid and stable economy and we need to keep going.

 

Manitoba Hydro Scam Reports Jump in 2019

A report from Manitoba Hydro says they saw a five percent jump in the number of fraud related complaints they received in 2019, a sign that more customers are receiving fake emails and texts attempting to scam people out of their money.

 

As of mid December 904 text and email scam complaints were filed with the utility up from 862 last year and scammers are finding new ways to trick customers.

 

Scammers often inform customers that they need to pay their bills otherwise they will be disconnected. Manitoba Hydro does remind customers about payment but they do not threaten them with disconnection, and they do not request specific payment types such as pre paid debit cards.

 

Manitoba Hydro customers are urged to hang up the phone when they receive scam calls, and delete emails or text messages that threaten that they will have their service shut off if they don’t pay.

Extension for Eligibility Claims for Sixties Scoop Survivors

A Judge has granted Sixties Scoop Survivors more time to process their settlement eligibility claims.

 

The ruling comes after Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan raised the issue in the House of Commons.

 

The director of the Sixties Scoop Legacy of Canada stated in a news release that she was pleased that this extension was provided so that survivors and adoptees can establish their claims.

 

Gazan sent letters to the Minister of indigenous Services and the Minister of Indigenous Relations to ask for the extension and she says that this is just a small step and the survivors deserve justice.

Meta Growth Announces 11 Million Dollar Loan Agreement with Opaskwayak Cree Nation

META Growth has announced an 11 million dollar loan agreement with Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

 

OCN is one of the company’s biggest share holders and the company plans to use the proceeds from the loan to fund the build-out of its Ontario Portfolio of Cannabis retail locations and for working capital purposes.

 

The CEO of META growth stated in a news release that they are very grateful to have such a supportive investor like OCN.

NRHA Community Health Assessment

Teen births have decreased significantly in northern Manitoba.

 

That’s according to the Northern Health Region’s Community Health Assessment, which was released yesterday.

 

The adolescent birth rate went from 104.6 per 1000 females aged 15 to 19 to 85.6 between 2012/13 and 2016/17.

 

The NRHA says teen births can sometimes be related to negative outcomes for both the mother and the child, due to it being linked with social inequalities such as poverty.

 

The health authority says it’s worked on programs to support healthy pregnancy, including increased support in the prenatal programs by public health nurses.

 

The NRHA adds that teen clinics cater to the needs of the adolescent population and healthy sexuality programs, including provision of free condoms and discussions about safe sex practices.

 

The assessment also found that substance use continues to be significant issue in the area.

 

The NRHA saw nearly 56 hundred residents diagnosed with a substance use disorder between 2010/11 and 2014/15.

 

The health authority says that represents ten-point-eight per cent of the NRHA population aged 18 and older, and is higher than the provincial average of five-point-nine per cent.

 

The Northern Health Region says much work has gone into improving care for those with substance abuse disorders.

 

Rockcliff Continues to Find Mineralization Near Snow Lake

Rockcliff Metals has completed its phase three drill program at their Bur property near Snow Lake.  They note the Bur property hosts the historic Bur zinc copper deposit and the purpose of this drill program was to locate additional mineralized areas proximate to this deposit.

 

Rockcliff President and CEO Alistair Ross comments their drilling has confirmed the presence of significant zinc and copper mineralization along strike and at depth beyond the historic Bur zinc copper deposit.  He adds a phase four drill program planned this winter will focus on higher grade VMS mineralized areas proximate to the Bur zinc copper deposit.

 

Rockcliff is earning a one hundred percent interest from Hudbay by spending three million dollars over a four year period on the Bur property. They have completed approximately 2.5 million dollars in expenditures.  This property is located 22 kilometers by road from Hudbay’s copper zinc concentrator in the Snow Lake camp.

Local Woman Participates in the International Aboriginal Youth Internship in Peru

Mary Sayese who works as a receptionist for the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre just got back from a 4 month long adventure in Peru.

 

She took part in the Canada World Youth International Aboriginal Youth Internship program where she built ecological kitchens and community gardens in a small community.

 

One of highlights of the trip was all the friends that she made that supported her when times were tough.

 

The goal of the program was to bring indigenous communities together to share their experiences and the program is expected to be offered sometime next year. 

Niki Ashton Meet and Greet in The Pas This Saturday

Niki Ashton our local NDP MP will be having a meet and greet this Saturday at the NDP office on Gordon Avenue.

 

The meet and greet will run from 3:30 until 6:30 and this will give you an opportunity to ask questions or bring up any concerns that you may have while enjoying some refreshments.

Niki Ashton talks about Transportation and Infrastructure Investments

Our NDP MP Niki Ashton has been appointed as Critic for Transport and Public Ownership and she spoke to Arctic Radio News to talk about what she hopes to accomplish with this new assignment.

 

Ashton stated that transportation infrastructure in Northern Manitoba is being impacted by climate change as it has made winter transportation unstable.

 

She has urged the Federal government to invest in all weather roads for our north and that more support is needed for the Port of Churchill and the rail lines something that many communities rely on.

 

A lot of Northern Manitobans rely on airlines for transportation which is becoming more expensive and Ashton wants to ensure that everyone has access to quality air travel.

 

Ashton will continue to push all of these issues to ensure that the north sees federal action when it comes to solving transportation issues.

December 23rd Sharing Circle

The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre will be holding a special sharing circle next Monday.

 

Marcella Fenner sharing circle coordinator spoke to Arctic Radio and said this sharing circle is an extension of the grief and loss workshop and place for woman to share their stories and to learn about how to deal with grief.

 

The sharing circle runs from 12PM until 2PM if you want more information call 204-627-7410.

The Pas and Area Monthly Mayor Reports

Novembers Monthly mayor reports have been released.

 

The Town of The Pas had 155 Disturbances of the peace, 139 mischief cases, 123 prisoners held, 128 index checks, and a handful of other offences.

 

The RM of Kelsey once again had mostly provincial traffic violations 50 in total.

 

The community of Cormorant had one breach of peace, one disturbance of the peace, and one prisoner held.

Manitoba Public Insurance Theft Prevention Tips

Manitoba Public Insurance says that 90 percent of stolen vehicles in the province involved the use of keys and that they are preventable.

 

With the colder temperatures many vehicle owners may be tempted to leave their vehicles unattended while warming up and stolen vehicles are often driven erratically putting people’s safety at risk.

 

MPI would like to remind drivers to never leave your vehicle unlocked or unattended while its running, never leave your keys in your vehicle, and ensure that your vehicle is locked when you are not around.

 

 

Amanda Lathlin Presents Private Members Statements at Christmas Meet and Greet

Our MLA Amanda Lathlin presented two private members statements during last week’s Christmas meet and greet.

 

Private member statements give an opportunity for an MLA to recognize a group or individual in the constituency. 

 

The First Private Members Statement was in recognition of the Safe Rides program provided by Pauline Ballantyne and other coordinators that provides safe rides home for woman.

 

The other private member statement presented at the event commemorated Opaskwayak Indian Days winning the Indigenous Tourism Award from Manitoba Tourism. The statement also recognizes the events founder Joe A Ross and how the celebration is still going strong.

 

Lathlin looks forward to visiting other communities in the constituency before Parliament resumes in March and would like to wish everyone happy holidays.

Beatrice Wilson Health Centre Grief and Loss Presentation

There will be a Grief and Loss presentation at the Beatrice Wilson Centre Classroom this Wednesday from 9AM until 12PM and it will be conducted by Elder Agnes Pronteau a former nurse with a lot of experience on dealing with personal loss.

 

Elder Agnes Pronteau will talk about the stages of grief, how to overcome grief, and the resources that people can reach out to if they need help.

 

The presentation will be held in the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre Classroom from 9AM until 12PM.

 

Call 204-627-7410 for more information.

Manitoba Liberals Not Satisfied With Governing Tories Statistics

Manitoba’s Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont made a statement in response to Premier Brain Pallisters State of Province Address and he is not pleased with the latest provincial statistics.

 

He says things such as health, crime, and the economy are getting worse under the PC Government, Manitoba has seen a spike in crime that is worse than any other province as a result of cuts to funds for municipalities for police and mental health and addictions services and the number of people living in poverty in the province is at nearly 75,000, a record high.

 

Lamont also pointed out that Manitoba’s debt is much higher and the provinces unemployment rate has gone up.

Amanda Lathlin Meet and Greet Tonight

Our MLA Amanda Lathlin spoke to Arctic Radio News about tonight’s Christmas meet and great dinner and an open house that’s happening in Winnipeg this weekend.

 

Tonight’s meet and greet will be held at 1416 Gordon Ave at 5:30PM and there will be a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and those that attend will have a chance to meet with Lathlin and ask questions or raise concerns.

 

Lathlin added that this Saturday at the Manitoba Legislature there will be an open house and she encourages people planning to visit Winnipeg to attend.

Drug Bust in Norway house

The RCMP in Norway House executed a search warrant in the evening of December 7th at a residence in the community under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.

 

8 people were arrested and officers seized crack cocaine, cash, and drug paraphernalia.

 

Jared Hart aged 25 and John Omand aged 26 of Norway House were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.

 

The other six people will be facing similar charges.

Zoning By Law Open Houses

Open houses were held at The Pas Town Office and The RM of Kelsey Office this week on the Kelsey Planning Districts new development plan and zoning by laws.

 

The Kelsey Planning District is a partnership with The Pas and the RM of Kelsey and their Development Plan sets out the vision the two communities have for the future.

 

In regards to the proposed zoning bylaws, Adam Kroeker a Planner from HTFC Planning and Design says one of things they did was to try to make the The Pas’ bylaw easier for people to understand, the proposed changes to the bylaws will have to go through three readings before being implemented.

 

The open house gave people an opportunity to bring up concerns or ask questions about the Development Plan and the proposed bylaws changes and Kroeker says that people have given some great feedback.

 

Additional information on the Kelsey Planning District and their development plan and zoning by laws can be found at townofthepas.ca

Operation Red Nose December 6th and 7th Results

Operation Red Nose will be providing safe rides this holiday season in The Pas and last weekend was a success.

 

On Friday they had a total of 41 volunteers and 15 of them were Kinsmen Club members.

 

In total 78 rides were given over the weekend and $1,240 was raised in donations.

 

Operation Red Nose will run again on the 13th and 14th, 20th, 21st, and on the 31st.

 

To access the service call 204-623-3300

Niki Ashton Addresses Indigenous Issues in Our Region

Our local MP Niki Ashton spoke in the House of Commons recently where she accused the Minister of Indigenous Services of failing indigenous peoples on their promises.

 

Ashton says the Liberal Government broke their promise with the Dene to settle the north of sixty land claim, and accused them of failing to solve the housing crisis in our region and the suicide crisis in Gods Lake Narrows.

 

She then asked if the Minister of Indigenous Services will act urgently on the issues on first nations and Métis people and Marc Miller responded by saying that health teams work closely with their partners in Manitoba to coordinate crisis response and mental wellness supports.

 

He added that they are in regular contact with the community of Gods Lake Narrows and officials will be meeting with community leadership to support the needs of the community.

Ice Safety Reminder

With the recent incident on Lake Winnipeg this past weekend where five trucks fell through the ice, Lifesaving Society Manitoba is reminding people to exercise caution when traveling across it.

 

The organization’s Water Smart Coordinator Doctor Christopher Love says the ideal ice to travel on is what is called new, clear, hard ice; which forms a solid sheet of ice when there’s a consistent period of cold weather with no precipitation.

 

People should plan ahead in case your vehicle falls though the ice and into cold water.

 

For more on ice safety, head over to lifesaving.mb.ca

A Flin Flon Man has Been Returned to Nigeria

Festus Odua crossed the border at Emerson, Manitoba into Canada in April 2017 with other refugees. 

 

He married Rikki Petersen last January, their daughter was born in August and they were living in FlinFlon when Rikki says he got notice he had to return to Nigeria as they had waited for information that didn’t arrive until November. 

 

She explains what they did is they took some legal advice that maybe wasn’t the best route to go and they believed that they were safe to wait to put in their spousal sponsorship until they received their daughter’s birth certificate and now in hindsight there’s been an error made in Festus’s case that caused them to speed up the removal of him.

 

Rikki says she now has to start over and file a new spousal sponsorship application to prove she can support him for three years even though he was working here when he got notice to leave.

Marigold Preschool Festival of Trees Turnout

Marigold Preschool held their Festival of Trees fundraiser last week. About 900 people attended and Lenora Kerr the director of the preschool says it was a wonderful community event.

 

They raised about $5,500 at the event and the funding will go towards the preschools programs including events and activities for the children. Kerr would like to thank everyone that helped to run the event.

Zoning Bylaw Open Houses This Week

Residents of The Pas are reminded that there will be a zoning by law public open house tonight at the town office.

 

The open house begins at 5PM and it will wrap up at 7PM.

 

The RM of Kelsey office will also have a zoning by law open house from 5PM until 7 on Tuesday.

 

These open houses are drop in events and you can stop in at any point to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the new zoning by laws.

Snowmobile Safety Message from The RCMP

The RCMP would like to remind snowmobilers to stay safe this winter as officers are called to snowmobile collisions every year.

 

The RCMP advises snowmobilers to exercise caution, be alert, and slow down on unfamiliar terrain, ride in groups and let people know where you are going and when you expect to be back, and don’t operate under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs.

 

Be cautions of ice thickness when crossing frozen water bodies, wear protective clothing including a helmet, and always look ahead and be ready for unforeseen obstacles.

30th Anniversary Ecole Polytechnique Massacre

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre where 14 young woman were killed, Aurora House will be at the Otineka Mall today to provide information and literature with information about their shelter and they will have some large posters on display as a reminder of the tragedy.

 

Executive Director Dawna Pritchard says the massacre was a huge waking moment for Canada about the horrors of gender based violence.

 

Aurora House will be at the mall from 10AM until 3 this afternoon.

Amanda Lathlin MLA Christmas Dinner Meet and Greet

Our local MLA Amanda Lathlin announced the date of her MLA Christmas Dinner Meet and Greet.

 

It will be held on December 12th at 1416 Gordon Avenue at 5:30 in the evening and turkey dinner will be served.

 

This is a good opportunity to ask Lathin about any questions or concerns that you may have.

OCN Land Authority By Election Results

The by election results for OCN Land Authority are in. Dale Knutson won the by election with a total of 76 votes. The two runners up were John Paul Martin with 57 votes, and Cynthia Young with 55 votes.

Ace Academy Travelling Exhibit Opens Today at the Sam Waller Museum

The Sam Waller Museum has a new traveling exhibit on display called “Ace Academy”.

 

It’s an interactive exhibit that is a simulation of a world war one aircraft and it’s on loan from the Canada Space and Aviation Museum.

 

The exhibit opens today and it will be at the museum until February 28th

Manitoba 150 A Medal to Mark Honour 150

Manitoba artists are being invited to share their talents as part of the Manitoba 150 celebrations.

 

A medal to mark Honour 150, which will celebrate the work of 150 volunteers from throughout the province, has been commissioned.  

 

Artists are encouraged to submit their ideas for the medal.  

 

There is also a mural project and Five communities will receive funding for murals, with special consideration being given to rural and northern communities.  Submission deadline is January 31st.

 

For more on how to apply, go to Manitoba150.com

Michelle Langlois Rushton Still Urging the Town to Address Homelessness in the Community

The Pas Resident Michelle Langlois Ruston addressed town council during Monday night’s council meeting.

 

The main points she addressed were the issues of people loitering and getting drunk on the streets and people using an old abandoned building near her home as a place to party and cause mischief.

 

She has also been unable to use her bank at convenient times because it is closed after hours and on weekends possibly due to vagrants.

 

Mayor and council assured Langlois Rushton that they are not ignoring the problem and that they will continue to figure out a solution.

 

The town is considering the possibility of hiring community safety officers to patrol the community to prevent mischief.

Grand Rapids RCMP Investigating a Homicide

The Grand Rapids RCMP is investigating a Homicide.

 

On Monday afternoon at around 4 o clock the police responded to a shooting outside a residence in the community.

 

A 32 year old male was taken to a nursing station where he succumb to his injuries.

 

The investigation is ongoing.

Open House for New Zoning By Law December 9th

The Town of The Pas will be having an open house for the new zoning by law.

 

The planned date for the open house is December 9th and the by law is expected to go through its first reading on the 16th.

 

According to an issue sheet from the town this is in relation to the Kelsey Planning District working on a new development plan.

The Pas Friendship Centre Annual Toy Drive

The Pas Friendship Centres Annual Toy Drive is now accepting donations of unwrapped gifts for children 0 to 17 years of age.

 

Donations can be dropped off at Home Hardware, Red Apple, Giant Tiger, and the Fire Hall.

 

The gifts will be collected on 13th and they can be dropped off at the Friendship Centre until the 17th.

 

For more information call 204-627-7506 or visit The Pas Friendship Centre on Facebook.

Jordon's Principle Name our Mascot Contest Winner

The Jordan’s Principle program on OCN has announced the winner of their name our mascot contest and the name of their mascot.

 

Harls Young is the contest winner and the name chosen for the mascot is Sipiko which means blue in the Cree language.

 

Sipiko is a cute blue teddy bear with a big smile.

 

The Jordan’s Principle program is for first nation’s children with learning difficulties and medical needs.

 

Photo from Facebook

National Fire Protection Association Winter Holiday Safety Tips

With the holiday season among us there is a greater risk of fire as holiday decorations can cause house fires and The National Fire Protection Association would like to remind people to exercise caution to prevent the risk of starting a fire.

 

It is recommended that you choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant, replace strings of lights with worn out or broken cords, use clips instead of nails when hanging Christmas lights, and to keep decorations away from windows and doors.

 

You are also reminded to keep lit candles away from decorations and other flammable materials and to blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.

Town of The Pas Council and Committee of the Whole Meeting Tonight

The Town of the Pas will be having their council and committee of the whole meeting tonight and resident Michelle Langlois Rushton is planning to be there to bring up the issue of vagrants getting drunk and causing mischief and the abandoned building near her home that people use as a place to party.

 

Langlois Ruston added that another problem she faces is that her bank is no longer open on weekends or outside office hours possibly due to vagrants loitering around the business which has prevented her from doing banking at convenient times.

 

She spoke with town council about these issues before and she firmly believes that these issues have gotten out of hand and would like the mayor and council to do something about it.

 

The council meeting will begin at 6PM tonight.

Using Cannabis Edibles Safely

Cannabis edibles are expected to hits the shelves in Canada very soon. David Kogan, the founder of 420way.ca spoke to Arctic Radio News about how to consume cannabis edibles in a safe way.

 

Cannabis edibles take time for the effects to kick in and the effects can also be stronger then smoking especially in larger doses.

 

It’s recommend that you consume edibles in small doses only and if you feel the effects of an overdose the best thing to do is to stay calm. Even though the effects are uncomfortable it will pass.

 

If you are unsure of your condition after consuming edibles it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.

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