The Pas Local News Archives for 2022-03

#saferhighway6 Group Letter Presented to The Town of The Pas

A letter from the hashtag safer highway six group was presented at Monday night’s town of the pas council meeting.


The letter mentions a petition that they started to call on the provincial government to make safety improvements to Highway 6 in order to reduce collisions and fatalities.


Over 5200 people have signed the petition including 87 signatures from people in The Pas and OCN. 

Aurora House HIV Testing Kits

Dawna Pritchard the executive director of aurora house spoke to Arctic Radio about HIV testing kits they have available for distribution.




Manitoba Provides Update on the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force

The Manitoba government continues to implement initiatives that will improve timely access to health care through the work of the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force, including a plan to increase orthopedic surgeries at Concordia Hospital to support Manitobans who need hip and knee surgeries, Health Minister Audrey Gordon announced today.

“The task force is leading critical work in partnership with Manitoba’s health-care leaders to find solutions that will help to address the delays in surgeries and procedures caused by the demands of the pandemic,” said Gordon. “There are thousands of Manitobans whose quality of life is profoundly affected by this work, which is why it is critical we continue to make progress and find solutions.”

Concordia Hospital Expansion

Concordia Hospital is Manitoba’s leading site for joint replacement surgeries, including hip and knee, and a significant amount of patients have been affected as staff and other resources were focused on the pandemic response. The province will support the expansion of the orthopedic surgery program to add a fifth operating room, which includes recruiting an orthopedic surgeon, adding four inpatient beds and investing in anesthesia staff. These improvements are expected to be in place by the end of the year and will increase capacity by up to 1,000 surgeries per year, noted Gordon.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be able to identify and build solutions in partnership with Manitoba’s health-care leaders, patient representatives and many other partners who are focused on helping connect people with life-improving procedures sooner,” said Dr. Peter MacDonald, chair of the task force’s steering committee. “As an orthopedic surgeon, I know the profound benefits that hip and knee surgeries can have on a person’s quality of life and overall health, so that is a particularly meaningful initiative to see moving forward.”

The Concordia Foundation will be leading fundraising efforts to support the hospital renovations and improvements required to increase joint-replacement surgery capacity.

“This announcement today brings hope to so many people by significantly increasing joint-replacement surgery capacity at Concordia Hospital and serving as a legacy project that will benefit patients for years to come,” said Roger Gripp, board chair, Concordia Foundation. "Foundation donors and the Concordia orthopedic surgical team consistently rise to the occasion to make tangible improvements in the lives of people waiting for surgical relief from debilitating pain. This is a significant investment in our community that demonstrates our purpose and values, of putting patients first."

Spine Assessment Improvements

The minister noted the province is also putting new resources to improve access to care for about 900 Manitobans living with back pain who are currently waiting for an assessment by the Spine Assessment Clinic. The province will invest $400,000 in the clinic to increase the number of assessments completed in order to connect these patients with a treatment or care plan sooner, by adding four new physical therapists which will help provide more on-site, virtual and travel-based assessment services. About 90 per cent of patients referred to the assessment clinic can be helped through treatments other than surgery such as physiotherapy, chiropractic care or other pain management solutions.

It is expected these clinic resources will be in place in the coming months, with a goal of reducing the wait list spine assessment for these patients by next spring, noted the minister. Without these additional investments, it is estimated the wait list of patients awaiting assessment and related care could nearly quadruple over that period.

Mobile CT and MRI Unit Purchase

The province is also moving forward with the purchase and installation of a new mobile CT unit and two new mobile MRI unit. These will be placed in Winnipeg to improve outpatient access and reduce wait times for these diagnostic procedures. Once fully operational, the units will be able to deliver more than 11,600 CT scans and 7,200 MRIs annually.

Cataract Surgery Increases

The province is expanding services at Misericordia’s cataract program and issued a request for supply agreement to be run concurrently to increase baseline capacity within the province.

Spine Surgeries (North Dakota)

The pilot project with Sanford Health in North Dakota is now underway. Nine Manitobans have received spinal surgery to date with additional surgeries scheduled for the coming weeks. This initiative is co-ordinated through Manitoba’s out-of-province medical referral program and helps to reduce the wait time for Manitobans who choose to travel, improving their quality of life as the province increases its capacity, noted the minister.

Health System Updates

The task force is also developing strategies to improve access and reduce wait times for other key procedures, with additional updates expected in the coming weeks.

Throughout the health-care system, staff that was deployed to support the COVID-19 response continue to return to previous sites and responsibilities. There are currently 146 reassigned or redeployed staff, which is the lowest number since the peak of the third wave in July 2021 and which has been declining weekly since early February.

This gradual transition helps to ensure the ongoing care needs of COVID-19 patients are met, while also supporting a return to normal capacity for many surgical and diagnostic procedures, the minister noted. Endoscopy services and bariatric surgery were fully restored to pre-pandemic levels as of last week.

The Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force was established in December 2021 to reduce waitlists and support access to care. The province committed $50 million to begin addressing the surgical and diagnostic backlog in Budget 2021. As part of the investments made in Budget 2021, the province entered into agreements with diagnostic imaging, public and private surgery service providers, resulting in thousands of procedures including cataract surgery, echocardiography, hernia surgery, pediatric dental surgery, spine surgery and endoscopy.

For more information about the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force, visit

Canada Post Has Issued an Important Reminder for Dog Owners

In a release Canada Post states every day their employees deliver to millions of homes across Canada.  An estimated 36 percent of these households have dogs and their delivery agents encounter them every day when delivering mail and parcels. 


They point out the risk of dog related incidents increases in the spring with school vacations like this week in Manitoba when people are more likely to be at home. They note it’s impossible for their delivery agents to know how any dog will react when they approach a home with dog incidents ranging from threatening encounters to being attacked and bitten.


Canada Post reminds dog owners to not open the door during deliveries or allow your dog to approach their employees suggesting keeping them in another room at the time of delivery.  They add they also see dogs wandering in neighborhoods which can cause further anxiety so make sure your dog is restrained and not roaming free.

Town of The Pas Special Meeting Of Council

The Town of The Pas announced that they will be having a special meeting of council on April 7th and 14th to discuss the 2022 financial plan and to give residents an opportunity to voice their concerns or ask questions.


There is also expected to be a public hearing on the matter on April 25th

Spring Food Drive tackles growing need at local The Pas food banks

The Pas, MB, March 31, 2022 – Across Canada, the rising cost of living means more people are having to turn to food banks to help keep themselves and their families fed. At the same time, food banks are also coping with rising costs in many key aspects of their own operations. On top of two years of pandemic and a long winter, this means many local food banks are now in dire need of community support in order to continue to help feed growing numbers of hungry Canadians. 


Loblaw Companies Limited is stepping up to help through the annual Spring Food Drive that launches this week. Loblaw grocery stores across Canada, including local Extra Foods locations throughout Manitoba, will be collecting donations of food and funds for two weeks beginning March 31 through to the Easter weekend. 


In The Pas, Brody’s No Frills is collecting food and cash donations for The Pas Friendship Centre Soup Kitchen. 

All donations made locally go directly to the local food bank to benefit community members in need.  


“As we look forward to warmer days ahead, the reality is that the need for food banks remains high coming out of the winter months, especially given the challenges of the current economic environment,” says Kirstin Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada. “That’s why we are so grateful for generous partners like Loblaw Companies Ltd., who step forward year after year to support our neighbours in need with initiatives like the Spring Food Drive.” 


We know how much impact food drives can have. The company’s 2021 Holiday Food Drive last December generated over $2.1 million in in-store cash donations and more than 2 million pounds of food for food banks across the country. In Manitoba, 45,300 dollars and more than 31,800 pounds of food were donated to local food banks in all parts of the province. 


For those who are unsure of what to give, monetary donations are an easy and highly effective option. Cash provides the most flexibility for food banks to fill gaps in their operations wherever they are most needed.  

“Manitobans are very community-minded. Even a two-dollar donation at the checkout goes a long way when many people contribute,” says Tonya Lagrasta, Senior Director, Sustainability and Social Impact, Loblaw. “Similarly, just one or two items added your cart for the in-store donation bin become hundreds of pounds of food when the entire community gets involved.”  


Along with monetary donations, food banks are most in need of healthy non-perishable items – the same items you would buy to stock your own pantry – such as wholegrain cereals, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauces, canned fish, meat, vegetables and fruits, baby formula and shelf-stable milk products. 


“It’s a hard reality that many Manitobans are in need this spring. Brody’s No Frills is committed to helping ease food insecurity across The Pas by mobilizing our customers and colleagues,” says Lagrasta. “If you are in a position to donate to the food drive, thank you in advance for your generosity.” 

The Pas Fire Crews Respond to Fire at Cathedral Avenue

The Pas Fire Department responded to a fire call at a building on Cathedral Avenue this past Tuesday.


The call came in around five in the morning and the crews were at scene within minutes.


The fire did not cause any significant damage and the blaze was contained to only one bedroom.


The cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious in nature.

OCN Member Appointed As a Judge in Thompson

The Manitoba government has appointed two judges in Thompson Provincial Court.


Vincent Sinclair, a member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation, has been a criminal law lawyer in the north since 2010, and has worked in The Pas, Moose Lake, OCN, Easterville, Pukatawagan, and Grand Rapids.


The province says Sinclair was picked from a list of candidates to fill a new position in the court, while Briscoe was appointed to fill a vacancy after a previous judge transferred to The Pas.


The other appointed judge, Curtis Briscoe had been practicing criminal law since 2013, and has worked in Thompson, Norway House, Shamattawa, and numerous court settings.

Funding Available to Assist the Homeless

The Brandon Neighborhood Renewal Corporations reaching home program has put out a call for proposals for rural and remote homelessness and indigenous homelessness projects, this means selected applicants could receive funding to assist the homeless population in their communities.


Indigenous stream funding can be used by indigenous organizations to assist the needs of their off reserve homeless population, and rural and remote stream funding can be used for homeless assistance projects anywhere in Manitoba except Winnipeg, Thompson, and Brandon.


For more information on submissions or for more information on this funding you are asked to contact Laura Wallis at 204-729-2490 extension 106 and you can also visit


The deadline to make a submission is April 13th

The Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation is an organization dedicated to the development of solutions to the homeless population.

The Pas Fire Department Responds to a Fire in Big Eddy

The Pas Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the Big Eddy area on Monday evening.


The fire crews arrived shortly after receiving that call around 7PM and crews managed to contain the fire.


The cause of the fire is suspicious in nature and is still being investigated.

Board of Directors Appointed for Shared Health Includes The Pas' Doris Young

The Manitoba Government appointed its first board of directors for shared health earlier this week.


Doris Young an OCN member is one of the new board members and she is a member of the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba and she will serve a two year term.


Audrey Gordon, Manitoba’s health minister says these board members bring a wide range of experience and expertise that will support the delivery of an accessible and responsive health care system for Manitobans.

Legal Aid Building Fire Update

Matt Pecar the fire captain for The Pas Fire Department spoke to Arctic Radio to provide details on the fire that destroyed the legal aid building in The Pas.


He says the fire crews responded to the scene at around three in the morning on March 20th and the OCN fire department was later called in to assist.


Three families living in the buildings apartments were displayed due to the fire but with the help of The Pas Friendship Centre and the community an overwhelming amount of donations were received to assist these families and the friendship centre would like to thank everyone for their generosity.


The cause of the fire at the legal aid building is still under investigation

The Pas Kinettes 10th Annual Day of Kindness

The Pas Kinettes celebrated the 10th  annual National Day of Kindness on March 12th a day that celebrates the founding of the Kinettes and spreads acts of kindness to community members and organizations.


The Kinettes spread kindness in the community by handing out gift cards and other donated items.


Local Kinette Kelly Barr would like to thank the local businesses that made donations and she hopes to have a bigger and better national day of kindness next year.

The Pas RCMP weapons complaint leads to numerous arrests & charges

On March 18, 2022, at approximately 2:40 pm, The Pas RCMP received a report of three unknown males standing outside a residence on Tremaudan Avenue in The Pas who were seen flashing what appeared to be handguns at other residents in the area.

Officers responded and gained entry into the home to find numerous people inside who were immediately placed under arrest and taken into custody. The three suspects seen earlier outside may have departed prior to police arrival.

A search of the subjects and residence located a small amount of cocaine, cash, bear spray and a stolen firearm.

The investigation led to the arrest of eleven males (eight adults and three youths), with ten of them charged with numerous firearm and drug related offences. Officers also executed three provincial Warrants of Arrest as well as a Canada Wide Warrant of Arrest.

All the accused were later remanded into custody.

The Pas RCMP continue to investigate.

Investing in Our Futures Grant Update March 21st

Community Futures Cedar Lake recently presented cheques to local community members and organizations on behalf of the investing in our futures grant, a grant that was created to support community projects that add to the general well being of the community while stimulating economic growth.


Sharain Jones with the Sam Waller Museum received a grant of $5000 that will be used to update the museum collection storage, Dave Ferguson with The Ralls Island community Centre received a $5000 grant that will be use to make improvements to their hockey rink and to purchase a snow blower, Roberta Marlow with the Carrot Valley Community Centre received a grant of $3700 to go towards a cell phone booster for the community centre and for playground equipment upgrades, and Desarae George and Holly Lajambe with The Pas Community Renewal Corporation  received a $5000 grant that will be used for certificate courses that will be taught by local instructors.


The Community of Cormorant is expecting to receive some grant funding later on to make improvements to their fire halls shower.


Community Futures Cedar Lake is still available to assist people in the region to start or expand their business and you can learn more at

The Pas and Area Animal Shelter Having a Make it Sow Fundraiser

The Pas and Area Animal Shelter is having a Make it Sow Fundraiser. Make it Sow is a gardening company that provides good quality seeds and greenhouse starter kits.


A percentage from each sale will go towards the shelter and you can purchase your items by following this link


The customer code is:  pas_animal_shelter_2022


The orders will be delivered to the shelter in April before being distributed to those that made orders.


Proceeds raised will help the shelter with things like vet bills and hydro bills.

A Canada Post Foundation is Accepting Applications for Grants

The Canada Post Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2022. Canadian charities, schools and community organizations that strive to make a difference in the lives of children and youth up to the age of 21 can apply for grants up to25 thousand dollars.  


The Foundation welcomes applications from all communities across the country and values local grassroots initiatives, including literacy and language programs, youth outreach services, programs supporting Indigenous youth, gender diversity programs and arts and recreation projects.


This year, the Foundation has introduced a new annual Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant valued at 50 thousand dollars. The Grant will support educational initiatives for children and youth that increase the understanding of Indigenous culture and foster meaningful conversations in the spirit of Reconciliation.


Local and regional groups that represent First Nation, Métis, Inuit or Urban Indigenous people and that offer programs supporting these communities are invited to apply.


Applications will be open until April 8th and can be submitted through the Community Foundation website at

The Pas Friendship Centre Looking for Donations to Help Families Displaced by Fire

The Pas Friendship Centre is asking for donations to assist families that were displaced due to a fire that destroyed the legal aid building at the 200 block of Edwards Avenue over the weekend.


Three families were living in the buildings apartments at the time and the friendship centre is asking for donations of personal hygiene items, gently used or new clothing, toys, cleaning supplies, and monetary donations.


Donations can be dropped off at The Pas Friendship Centre location at 81 Edwards Avenue or you can call 204-627-7500 for more information.


The cause of the fire is not known as of news time.

Norway House RCMP Investigates Aggravated Assaults

On March 17, 2022, at approximately 11:45 pm, Norway House RCMP responded to a stabbing at a residence on Jack River Road, on Norway House Cree Nation.


Officers immediately attended and located two adult males suffering from stab wounds. The victims, a 44-year-old and a 24-year-old, both from the community, were taken to hospital with serious injuries. They were later transported to Winnipeg for further treatment.


A suspect was identified and on March 19, 2022, he was arrested.


Aaron Paupanekis, 26, of Norway House Cree Nation, has been charged with Aggravated Assault x2 and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose. He was remanded into custody.


Norway House RCMP continue to investigate.

The Pas RCMP make arrests and seize firearm

On March 16, 2022, at approximately 12:10 am, The Pas RCMP received a report of threats. The exact location of the incident was unknown but officers determined an approximate location and immediately began making patrols.


Officers located several individuals walking on Trager Drive, in The Pas. When they were stopped by police they took off on foot. After a brief pursuit the individuals were arrested.


One of the individuals, a 24-year-old male, was searched and found to be in possession of ammunition. He was also wanted on several outstanding warrants.


Officers conducted a search of the area and located a loaded shotgun.


Wyatt Campbell, 24, of Moose Lake, has been charged with Resisting Arrest, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Careless Use of a Firearm, Weapons Possession Contrary to Order, Fail to Comply x 7 and more.


He was remanded into custody.


The other individuals were released without charges.


The Pas RCMP continue to investigate.

2022 Down Payment Assistance Program

The Pas Community Development Corporation has opened applications for their down payment assistance program.


CDC economic development coordinator Jackie Rechenmacher tells us who eligible for this program.




Province Issues Thin Ice Advisory for Rivers and Lakes Across Manitoba

The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure is advising the public of hazardous ice conditions on rivers, lakes, drainage ditches and retention ponds throughout Manitoba as the spring thaw commences.

While ice may appear like normal winter ice, it may be very thin and no longer support people and objects, such as snowmobiles and vehicles.

Daily temperatures are warming gradually and deteriorating ice thickness and strength. The quality of river ice within communities is also uncertain and Manitobans are advised to stay off rivers, lakes, drainage ditches and retention ponds.

The Hydrologic Forecast Centre cautions:

  • snowmobilers, skiers and others not to venture onto rivers and lakes due to the dangers of falling through;
  • thin ice is often covered by snow, which produces weak spots due to its insulating effect;
  • areas of fast-flowing water tend to have thinner ice than other areas, which may not be visible; and
  • people living near waterways should prevent children and pets from wandering onto the ice.

Bear Witness Day T Shirt Contest

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Jordan’s Principle is inviting you to take part in a special bear witness day T shirt design contest.


They are looking for a design that best represents Jordan’s Principle and the spirit bear. The winning design will be printed on the t shirt and it will be distributed to community members.


The t shirt design contest is open until March 22nd and the winner will be announced on March 25th.


The winner will receive a 300 dollar prize and more information on the contest and how you can submit your entry is available on the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre facebook page.


Bear witness day is on May 10th and it commemorates the day that Jordan’s principle was implemented. Its a principle that ensures first nations children have the services and supports that they need when they need them.

Last Day to Vote for The Sled town Show Down March 20th

The last day of voting for the semi final round of sled town show down is this Sunday and the town of the pas is competing against Flin Flon for the best place for snowmobiling in the province.


To vote for the pas vist


The city of Thompson is also in the semi finals against Snow Lake.

Northern Health Region Looking For Feedback from Patients

The Northern Health Region is asking patients and their families to share their stories about their experience with the Northern Health Region and how they felt about the service they received.


This is being done to allow the Northern Health Region to determine how to make improvements to the services they provide in the future.


To submit your story, complaint, concern, or feedback email or call 204-687-9320



CAA Manitoba Worst Roads Campaign

CAA Manitoba’s annual campaign to highlight the worst roads in the province is back.


Spokesperson Heather Mack is encouraging northern Manitobans to take part in the campaign, as northern roadways tend to be under-represented in the results.


She says the criteria for what makes a bad road has evolved over the years since the campaign was launched a decade ago, stating that what initially started as highlighting potholes has now focused on aspects such as snow clearing, speed limits, and lack of infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.


To submit a nomination on what you think is the worst road, visit

The Pas Fire Crews Address Concerns at Town Council Meeting

Members of The Pas Fire Department attended Monday night’s town council meeting to address their concerns after the resignation of the local fire chief and fire prevention officer.


The crew members firmly believed they need leadership and they wanted to know how the town plans to replace the vacant fire chief and fire prevention officer position.


The town will be working to address this issue going forward but no decision has been made as of now.

Slides and Ladders Board Game

Holly Lajambe, from The Pas Community Renewal Corporation, spoke to Arctic Radio to talk about a board game she created called “Slides and Ladders”




Safer Highway 6

The civilian group looking to get the province to improve safety on Highway 6 has reached its goal when it comes to getting signatures on its petition. They now have more then 5000 signatures and the petition will be up until the end of the month.


Volker Beckman, one of the petition organizers has the details



You can find the petition here

University College of the North Announces New Governing Council Board Chair

(The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) today announced Becky Cianflone, previously a member of the Governing Council since 2018, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board. Effective immediately, Cianflone succeeds Cam Mateika, who recently retired after serving as Chair for the past 3 years.


“I’m excited to continue the positive work of the board for northern learners,” Cianflone said. “UCN has an important role to play in facilitating conversations and creating solutions. Post-secondary education is intrinsically tied to economic development and I’m excited to contribute my experience.”


Becky Cianflone has spent her career empowering entrepreneurs and communities to create and build and is the Executive Director of Community Futures Greenstone. Her extensive board experience includes Communities Economic Development Fund/Look North, Northern Manitoba Tourism Advisory Committee, Flin Flon Women’s Resource Centre, Flin Flon & District Chamber of Commerce.


“Becky’s appointment is positive for UCN,” said UCN President and Vice-chancellor, Doug Lauvstad. “She is a champion of living and thriving in the North and she has a deep understanding of the unique role UCN plays in empowering northern residents.”


A resident of Flin Flon, Cianflone’s favourite part of living in Northern Manitoba is the access to year-round outdoor family activities including camping, fishing, snowmobiling, and hiking.


University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.

UCN Early Childhood Educator Program

The University College of The North’s Early Childhood Education Program coordinator Laura Ayres spoke to Arctic Radio about the course and why it’s a good field to get into.





St Anthony's Hospital Loses Three Acute In Patient Care Beds

Due to staffing shortages St Anthony’s hospital in The Pas has had to shut down three of its acute in patient care beds.


The beds were not occupied at the time they were shut down and the Northern Health Region is working hard to fill the vacant shifts.

Moose Lake RCMP Investigate Homicide

On March 5, 2022, at approximately 2:30 am, Moose Lake RCMP responded to a report of an injured male, at a residence in Moose Lake.


Officers attended and located a severely injured male. The 18-year-old male from Moose Lake was pronounced deceased at the scene. His death is being investigated as a homicide.


RCMP Major Crime Services, along with Moose Lake RCMP and the Forensic Identification Services, continue to investigate.

Multi Faith Vigil for Ukraine

A special multi faith vigil for Ukraine will be held this Thursday evening at 7 o clock. Jan Brooks the Rector for the Christ Church Anglican church has the details in this interview.





The Pas Kinettes is celebrating Kin Canada's 10th Annual National Day of Kindness

The Pas, Manitoba (March 12, 2022) – The Kinette Club of The Pas will be participating in Kin Canada’s 10th Annual National Day of Kindness.


Kin Canada is the nation’s largest all-Canadian service club organization, and National Day of Kindness is an initiative representative of its core mission: “serving the community’s greatest need”. On this day, Kin Clubs celebrate people and community by spreading kindness through small service projects.


National Day of Kindness also celebrates the founding of the association by Hal Rogers on Feb. 20, 1920. February marked Kin’s 102nd anniversary. Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across the country work to better their local communities and enhance the well-being of Canadians. For more general information, see Kin Canada’s website:



The Pas Kinettes will be spreading kindness by partnering with local businesses and organizations to give away donations, create awareness and spread acts of kindness throughout the community on Saturday March 12 between noon and 1pm. We hope to see many people out spreading kindness on this day.


We invite you to come out and cover the event. 

Saturday March 12, 2022

12PM – 1PM

Fischer Ave (we are meeting by the liquor store to get started)



For more information, please contact:


Kelly Barr, The Pas Kinettes

Phone: 204-623-0898


Club Facebook Page: The Pas Kinettes


Or listen to this interview with Crystal Morrish



MKO Statement on Winnipeg Taxis Following an incident

A local First Nations organization is asking its citizens to remain vigilant when using taxis in Winnipeg.


A press release from MKO says this comes following an incident last month when Loretta Caribou from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation requested a Unicity Taxi to give her a ride in the city.


Caribou states her driver stopped the vehicle about two kilometres from where she was picked up and said she had to pay a cash deposit before taking her to her destination.


She states she was lucky that she had cash on her that day as the temperature was cold outside, and Caribou believes racism played a role in the incident.


Grand Chief Garrison Settee is calling on all taxi companies and the City Winnipeg to ensure First Nations people can access safe taxi services, and that all levels of government should implement the Calls for Action regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Food Hamper Drive Volunteers Needed

The Pas Friendship Centre is looking for volunteers to help them deliver their food bank hampers to their clients.


The work is expected to begin to tomorrow at 10AM and will finish when all the boxes are delivered.


The food bank hamper boxes contain non perishable food items and other essential items to help seniors and other community members in need.


Volunteers must have their own vehicle and if you wish to volunteer you can send a message on the The Pas Friendship centres facebook page or call 204-627-7500 or 431-355-2400

Your Children Can Help Name Future Police Dogs

The RCMP are inviting young people across the country to help name thirteen German Shepherd puppies that will be born at the Police Dog Service Training Center this year.  Administrative Clerk Kim Mann says the rules are simple. 


The contestants can suggest one name, it can be for a male or female puppy, the name must start with the letter “R” and be no more than nine letters and it should be one or two syllables, the contest is open to kids that are between 4 and 14 years old, they must live in Canada and entries must be received by March 17th submitted online as they are not accepting mail in entries this year.


The thirteen children whose puppy names are selected will each receive a laminated 8 by 10 inch photo of the puppy they named, a plush dog called Justice and an RCMP water bottle.  For information on how to enter online go to your favorite search engine and type in Name the Puppy Contest 2022.  Although there can be only 13 winners the names not selected for the contest will be considered for other puppies born during the year.

SnowShoe Trail opens at Grace Lake

The Board of Opasquia Trails Inc.  announced today that a snowshoe trail has opened at Grace Lake.


Over the last weekend Board members and volunteers “broke” a trail across the lake to the boreal trail for people to snowshoe.


“We have placed flags from Kelsey Watershed District Office along the west shore of Grace Lake, this is the area where the floating boardwalk will go”, said Marilyn Meyers, board member. “From there people will enter the forest at the site of the boreal trail”.


The area was designed to be a four-season recreational area and the snowshoe trail is the first winter activity that has opened.

“When we snowshoed through the area we were amazed to see the large number of animals that call the area home.” “There were typical animals including grouse, squirrels and other ground rodents, but we also encountered the tracks of a lynx”, commented Shawn Sexsmith, a board member. “The tracks in the snow have a story to tell!”

The snowshoe trail is a self guided trail and you are asked to stay on the trail. Should you not have snowshoes, they are available to rent at the Wellness Center for a nominal amount.


Opasquia Trails is a non-profit organization dedicated to building educational and recreational trails near The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba. Members of the organization come from government, education, service groups and interested citizens.

Adopt a Fire Hydrant Contest Results

The Pas Fire Chief Randy Manych spoke to Arctic Radio about the results of the Adopt a Fire Hydrant contest.


You can learn all about the contest by listening to an interview with Manych here



Kelsey School Division Meeting February 28th

The Kelsey School Division Chair Vaughn Wadelius to spoke to Arctic Radio talk about what was brought up at their recent board meeting held this past Monday.


You can lear more by visiting


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