The Pas Local News Archives for 2022-04

NDP Leader introduces bill to protect workers-in-training

Treaty 1 and Dakota Territory, Homeland of the Red River Métis, Winnipeg MB –On the National Day of Mourning, NDP Leader Wab Kinew introduced a bill to restore the 1-1 apprenticeship ratio for workers training on the job.  


“Manitoba families want to know their child or loved one is safe when they begin their on-the-job training as an apprentice in the trades,” said Kinew. “But after the PCs changed the ratio, that’s no longer the case.


We need to grow our skilled workforce but we have to do it in a way that is safe so we can protect young workers and set them up for a successful career. Manitobans entering the trades should have full confidence that the standards for safety and learning are the highest they can be.” 


In 2006 the NDP government established a new rule that made 1-1 apprenticeship ratios mandatory in the trades. The move was applauded by workplace safety advocates and families. In 2020 the PCs reversed the NDP regulation, changing the requirement to 2-1. In 2021, 26 workers died in workplace accidents.  


Cindy Skanderbeg, whose son Michael was electrocuted on the job as an electrician’s helper in 1999, put her full support behind Kinew’s bill saying the legislation would signal “a return to caring.” She believes restoring the 1-1 legislation would save lives and ensure “there are no more stories like Michael’s.”  

Manitoba Government Investing 29 Million Dollars to Support Disability Services

As part of the budget 2022’s commitment to invest in communities The Manitoba government will be committing 29 million dollars for disability services and increasing wages for staff that provide them.


Premier Heather Stefanson says they are committed to reducing barriers and providing necessary support  services for those that have disabilities.


Families Minister Rochelle Squires says these investments recognise the essential work performed by front line service workers and ensures adults with disabilities are supported in living meaningful inclusive lives in the community.

Brody's No Frills Spring Food Drive Results

The local results of Loblaws Spring Food Drive have been finalized. Brody’s No Frills in The Pas raised a total of $292 for The Pas Friendship Centres soup kitchen surpassing their goal by $92.


The food drive was held from March 31st until the Easter weekend and No frills is committed to easing food insecurity in our region and thanks everyone for their donations.

Uptown Emporium

Cheryl Antonio, an artisan champion of Uptown Emporium spoke to Arctic Radio about some of the events they have planned for the near future.

Uptown emporium is a non profit organization that provides assistance to Northern Manitoba Artists.




Volunteer Manitoba 39th Annual Volunteer Awards Nominations Open Today

Nominations for Volunteer Manitoba’s 39th annual volunteer awards open today.


The awards honour volunteers that have made significant contributions to their communities.


Nominations will be open until May 31st and if you would like to nominate someone or would like more information about these awards visit

The Pas Friendship Centre Planning a Special Event on May 5th

The Pas Friendship Centre organized a special rock painting event at UCN on Wednesday. The rocks painted have the names of missing and murdered indigenous woman written on them.


These rocks will be displayed around a tree at Devon Park as part of a special event that will honour missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls and the plan is to have the event on May 5th.


Rhonda Head and other musicians are expected to perform at this event and you can follow The Pas Friendship Centres Facebook page for updates.


BRANDON—The Manitoba government is providing $9 million this year for the province’s Green Team program that gives young Manitobans work in the summer months, Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced yesterday.


“We understand the importance of young people finding summer employment to gain valuable work experience and to help them save for their future schooling and other opportunities,” said Clarke. “Today’s announcement will result in more than 2,200 jobs for youth this year and will help fund Green Team projects that benefit our province, and help build thriving and sustainable communities.”


Green Team grants are awarded to non-profit organizations, education authorities, Northern Affairs Community Councils (NACC) and municipal governments to hire youth between the ages of 15 and 29 to work on community projects between May and September.


The funding is provided to improve neighbourhoods, promote community involvement and help develop young leaders aged 15 to 29. These projects also stimulate local economic activity and improve job creation in urban and rural communities, particularly through the recovery from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Priorities for the 2022 summer season focus on:

  • community-based organizations and municipal governments that can offer full-time employment opportunities for youth;
  • projects that support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts; and
  • projects that can demonstrate community need and partnerships.

This year, approximately 700 projects across the province will receive funding for the program, with more than 2,200 youth expected to receive work, the minister said.


The program funds 100 per cent of wage costs for non-profit organizations, education authorities and NACCs and 50 per cent of wage costs for municipalities on a cost-shared basis. The first Green Team projects for 2022 are planned to begin in May.


For more information on the Urban and Hometown Green Team program, visit:


Province Announces Changes to Moose Hunting in Some Areas to Help Protect Moose Population

With the spring hunting season underway, Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development is highlighting opportunities and changes to the upcoming 2022 seasons.

Manitoba’s turkey season began April 16 and spring black bear hunting season begins April 25. Hunters are reminded to order their game-tag packs in advance and complete the hunter harvest surveys after the conclusion of their hunts.

The Manitoba government is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the province’s moose population. To help inform population management actions populations, hunting seasons in certain Game Hunting Areas (GHA) are being converted to draws. Affected regions include GHAs 2A, 4, 6A, 7, 7A, 9A, 10, 11 and 17A. Those looking to hunt moose within these GHAs will need to apply to the big game draw, which starts May 1.

These areas have been changed to draws to get a better understanding of the number of hunters seeking moose in each of the GHAs. Licence and game-tag availability for these GHAs for the 2022 season has been set to reflect what is known about recent hunter activity in these individual GHAs and is not meant to limit moose hunting opportunities.

Manitoba’s big game draw applications will be accepted from May 1 to 11:59 p.m. on May 31. Applications must be registered online at Draw results will be available June 21 and licence payments are due by 11:59 p.m. on July 15.

For information about draw application procedures, contact the e-licensing help desk at 1-877-880-1203 or visit

Avian Influenza Confirmed in Wild Bird Samples in Manitoba

Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development advises the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) has confirmed the presence of avian influenza in two different wild bird samples in Manitoba.

Samples from several snow geese were collected in southwestern Manitoba near Waskada and a single sample from a bald eagle was collected in the Dauphin area. A sample from each location has tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), subtype H5N1.

To date, no cases of avian influenza have been detected in poultry flocks in Manitoba.

Cases of HPAI H5N1 have been confirmed in a number of Canadian provinces and the United States including jurisdictions immediately south of Manitoba in North Dakota and Minnesota along the route for spring migratory birds returning to Manitoba.

The risk of avian influenza to human health is low. There are no known cases of transmission of this strain of the virus from birds to humans in North America.

This strain of avian influenza does not pose a food safety risk. Manitoba poultry and eggs are safe to eat when proper handling and cooking take place. Regular food safety and hygiene precautions should be followed when preparing wild game. Hunters should avoid eating birds that are visibly ill.

Although the risk of transmission of avian influenza to humans is low, people should not touch dead birds or other wildlife with their bare hands. Protective eyewear and masks are recommended as an additional precaution. Hands should be thoroughly washed before and after with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If a dead bird has to be handled, gloves should be worn and the dead bird placed in a plastic bag.

Manitobans are asked to contact the TIP Line (toll-free) at 1-800-782-0076 if they find any of the following:

  • clusters of six or more dead wild waterfowl (e.g., ducks, geese) or other water birds;
  • any number of dead raptors or avian scavengers (e.g., ravens, crows, gulls); or
  • large groups of dead birds, such as more than 20 of any species.

The public’s co-operation is appreciated to help monitor this developing situation.

Manitoba Agriculture advises small flock owners to take precautions. Small flocks are considered at high risk for HPAI infection as they often have access to outdoor pens or free range. This means there is a high probability of contact with wild birds that may be contaminated with the HPAI virus. Small flock owners are encouraged to confine their birds indoors, if at all possible, during this high-risk period of wild bird migration.

Manitoba’s poultry farmers are urged to follow strict biosecurity protocols including taking precautions with farm visitors and service companies. Producers are also advised to continue to monitoring information provided through their sector organizations and the Office of the Chief Veterinarian. 

For more information or help with animal health-related concerns, producers can contact the Office of the Chief Veterinarian or call 204-945-7663 in Winnipeg.

Additional information is available at

Updates on wild bird surveillance testing and results are posted on the CHWC website at

Carrot River RCMP asks for the public assistance locating missing 5-year-old boy

On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Carrot River RCMP received a complaint of a missing 5-year-old boy, Frank Young.


Frank is described as 4 feet tall, approximately 66 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing rubber boots, green pajamas, and a navy blue jacket.


Frank was last seen on April 19 at approximately 12:30 p.m., at his residence on Red Earth Cree Nation and was possibly seen at the local playground around 3:30 p.m.


Saskatchewan RCMP officers along with members of the community continue to actively search for Frank Young. Winter weather conditions are a concern at this time, including the possibility of snow, wind and low temperatures overnight.


The Saskatchewan RCMP will continue to deploy resources to assist in this ongoing search.


Anyone with information about Young’s whereabouts should call 911 in an emergency or the Carrot River RCMP at 306-768-1200.


Updates will be provided as they become available.

House Fire On Trager Drive

A house fire broke out on Trager Drive here in The Pas early this past Saturday, it happened at around 3:27 in the morning and much of the structure was engulfed.


The fire was said to have been extinguished a couple of hours later and the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature.


The Pas fire captain Matt Pecar wants to remind residents to have a fire evacuation plan in place in case of a fire and ensure you have working smoke alarms.

CaNickel Fine Mining Company Violates Federal Environmental Legislation

A Manitoba mining company is in hot water for violating federal environmental legislation.


CaNickel Mining Limited has been ordered to pay two hundred thousand dollars after pleading guilty to two offenses that were violations of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act.


In a statement by the federal government, the company was charged for releasing effluent containing higher than allowed levels of radium into Bucko’s Lake near Wabowden in 2017.


Additionally, it was deemed CaNickel failed to -quote- “follow requirement to collect and test effluent samples on scheduled dates in 2017”.


CaNickel is now listed under the Environmental Offenders Registry.

Sports Eye Awareness Month

April is Sports Eye Safety Month, and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society says those partaking in sports activities should consider investing in eyewear that can help lower the risk of sustaining an eye injury.


Doctor Bryce Ford says despite eye injuries being common, 38 per cent of Canadians say they rarely, or never, wear protective eyewear when participating in sports, especially at the recreational level.


Ford adds wearing protective eyewear reduces injuries like eyelid lacerations which can cause vision loss.


Ford recommends that athletes get protective eyewear that’s made with polycarbonate, as the material is more effective in protecting against projectiles like balls and pucks.

A Lot is Missing From the Manitoba Budget According To Northern MLA

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says he doesn’t see much in the budget for the north. He says our health care in Northern Manitoba is a disaster and he really didn’t see them commit to doing anything to fix that. 


He notes they talked about infrastructure money for highways but every highway they listed wasn’t anywhere close to us and certainly we know that number six and sixty all need attention. 


Lindsey added the spending on health care doesn’t even keep up with the rate of inflation and they generally under spend what they say they’re going to spend.

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

The Pas and Area Animal Shelter has raised a total of $371.96  through their Make it Sow fundraiser.


People purchased seeds and greenhouse starter kits from Make it Sow to raise money for shelter needs including hydro bills and vet bills.


The shelter would like to thank everyone for their contributions.

RM of Kelsey Financial Plan Public Hearing

The RM of Kelsey will be having their public hearing for this year’s financial plan on May 10th at their municipal office.

The goal is to start the meeting at 6PM and residents of the RM will have an opportunity to learn about the plans highlights and to voice concerns or ask questions they may have.

Aurora's Upcoming Events

Adrianna Sawchyn The owner and director of Aurora spoke to Arctic Radio about the program and the events that they will be organizing in the near future.

The program formally known as Aurora Sacred Healing Centre focuses on wellness by getting participants to take part in nature activities.




The Pas To Declare June 19th the Longest Day of Smiles

According to a document set to be presented at last night’s town of the pas council meeting, The Pas is set to declare June 19th as the “Longest Day of Smiles” in The Community.


The longest day of smiles encourages awareness and has fundraisers for children born with cleft condition.


You can learn more by visiting

MKO on Federal Budget

MKO’s Grand Chief welcomes the infrastructure investment announced in last week’s federal budget.


Garrison Settee says he’s hopeful the 2.4 billion dollars to support First Nations housing on reserve over the next five years will assist MKO citizens in making progress to address the housing deficit in northern Manitoba.


Settee also acknowledged the lack of affordable housing for off-reserve citizens, and is urging those in the housing sector to continue to make it more accessible.


Other areas the Grand Chief deemed to be highlights include additional funding for legal access, investments into the Jordan’s Principle program, and the establishment of a national dental care program.

How to Use Rapid Antigen COVID 19 Tests Properly

Doctor William Libich from the Northern Health Region spoke to Arctic Radio about COVID 19 rapid antigen tests and how to use them properly and he gave some tips on how to continue to stay safe from COVID 19 




Kelsey Learning Centre Course Registration

Tara Manych the Kelsey Learning Centres education director spoke to Arctic Radio about some the programs that the centre will soon be offering.



Monthly Crime Stats for March

The monthly crime stats for the month of March have been finalized. The Town of The Pas had mostly disturbance of the peace cases a total of 175.


The RM of Kelsey had mainly provincial traffic violations 92 in total and the community of Cormorant did not have any reported crimes committed

NDP wants to help communities in the fight against the climate crisis

OTTAWA —Today, NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill–Keewatinook Aski) held a press conference ahead of the first hour of debate on her bill that aims to use public ownership in the fight against climate change. If passed, the bill would modify the mandate of the Canada Infrastructure Bank to prioritize public investments to help communities, particularly Indigenous and Northern communities, in the fight against the climate crisis instead of maximizing corporate profits. 
“We have seen many climate disasters across the country including in northern Manitoba where wildfires have forced communities to evacuate to stay alive,” said Ashton. “And, just this week, the IPCC came out with a damning report highlighting the urgency needed to fight climate change. The window for climate change adaptation is quickly closing. The Liberal's failure to act is threatening communities and their way of life. My bill aims to bring infrastructure and tools to these communities to help them with mitigation and adaption where they live.”
In its current form, the Canada Infrastructure Bank is putting the profits of rich investors ahead of the needs of people who face the dangers of the climate crisis. And the Canada Infrastructure Bank has failed to complete one project since its creation almost 5 years ago. The bill aims to remove the part from the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s mandate that allows it to seek out private investment in the interest of rich CEOs and encourages the federal government to fund public projects that foster climate change mitigation and adaptation. These projects can include winter roads and sustainable homes that Indigenous and northern communities need. The bill will also ensure Indigenous and northern communities participate on the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s board so that their realities are addressed directly.
“We must act now. Time is running out,” said Ashton. “We must invest in Indigenous, northern and all our communities to help build the infrastructure they need and to support their efforts for a just transition. Enough empty words, we need action. We need everyone supporting the communities at the forefront of the climate crisis. This bill does just that and I invite all parliamentarians who value the right of Canadians to live in a healthy and clean environment to support this bill.”

Autism Awareness Month

This month is Autism Awareness month and this past Saturday was world autism day. Local autism mom Melanie Young spoke to Arctic Radio about what world autism day means to her.



The Pas RCMP looking for suspect in aggravated assault

On March 30, 2022, at approximately 8:30 am, The Pas RCMP received a report of a 40-year-old male from Opaskwayak Cree Nation who had been shot, sustaining serious, but non-life threatening injuries.


Investigation has determined the shooting occurred on Hone Street in The Pas. RCMP Police Dog Services attended the scene to assist with the search for a suspect.


Shane Knutson, 30, from Opaskwayak Cree Nation is wanted in relation to the assault. There is a warrant for his arrest. It is believed he is still in the area. Knutson is described as 6 feet tall, 220 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He sometimes wears glasses.


Knutson is considered dangerous and may be armed. Do not approach. If you have any information regarding the investigation or Knutson’s whereabouts, please contact The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at

Manitoba First Nations Police Service Confidential Tip Line

Members of Opaskwayak Cree Nation are encouraged to use The Manitoba First Nations Police Services confidential tip line to report crimes that have been committed.


The service is completely anonymous and the information you provide could lead to an arrest of a wanted criminal, help someone that has been victimized, and assist with the recovery of drugs or stolen property.


More information is available at


The number to call to make your report is 1-833-978-0048 and the tip line is available 24/7


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