The Pas Local News Archives for 2023-03

Missing Girl Found Dead In Cross Lake

RCMP in Manitoba say an 18-year-old woman from Pimicikamak Cree Nation who went missing in the community last week has been found dead, and they say they believe she was outside for a period of time.

 

Police say the woman was last seen on March 21st and was reported missing a few days later on Friday morning.

 

Officers began searching, but just after noon that day, police say they got a report of a body being found near the lake in the community.

 

It was confirmed to be the missing 18-year-old.

Police say they're still investigating, and that there will be an autopsy.

RCMP Report Regarding Homicide

On March 25, 2023, at 11:00 pm, Manitoba First Nations Police Service responded to a report of an unresponsive male located in Opaskwayak Cree Nation

 

Police along with EMS located a 37-year-old male who was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police are seeking to speak to two individuals who stopped to assist the 37-year-old male in obtaining medical attention from EMS the night prior, on March 25, 2023, at approximately 1:30 am.

 

The death is being investigated as a homicide pending the results of the autopsy.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manitoba First Nations Police Service at 204-623-8200, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

 

Manitoba First Nations Police Service and The Pas RCMP continue to investigate.

Parent and Me Cooking

Healthy living and eating habits are the best way to prevent type 2 diabetes from emerging.

 

Tomorrow the Beatrice Wilson Health Center will be hosting a parent and child cooking class that aims to promote and maintain healthy eating habits.

 

The class is open to the public and no registration is required although there is a limited amount of space.

 

It will be running at the BWHC Classroom starting at 1:30 pm and running till 3:30.

 

Children must be accompanied by an adult, and you can contact Shawn at the Health Center at 204 627 7410 for more details.

 

4-H Donations

The 4-H Helping hands club is partnering up with the Christ Church in support of the “Care Closet”.

 

The Program is designed to provide the less fortunate in the community with access to toiletry and hygiene products that they may not otherwise have access to.

 

Currently, they are looking for donations in the form of soaps, deodorants, famine hygiene products, oral care products as well as other hygiene necessities.

 

There is a need for books and clothing items for all age groups both males and females.

Donations are being accepted till the end of the month.

Email antc@myMTS.net for more information on how to make a donation.

Friendship Center Activities

The Pas Friendship Center recently started offering on-site counselling weekday mornings.

Guitar lessons every Monday from 5 to 6, and a monthly free swim at the Winton pool next happening on April 1st, that and much more.

This month’s sweat is coming up this weekend and here Brenda Dahr Talks about some of the needs to make the traditional event happen.

 

 

 

 

The Friendship center is also currently hosting the first of 2 raffles to help support the lunch program with a chance to win a 2500-dollar furniture package from Shanes.

For tickets or details about programs contact the center at

204 627 7500.

Sexual Exploitation In Manitoba

The Pas Family Resource Center will be hosting an awareness session this evening on the realities of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Manitoba.

 

The Session will be running at the Metis hall at 6:30 tonight where topics about What sexual exploitation is, shared testimonies of human trafficking, how perpetrators pray on youth in Manitoba, prevention tools, and resources available for sexually exploited youth.

 

The presentations will be done by provincial sexual exploitation specialist Jackie Anderson and will be open to the public.

 

Moose Lake RCMP Report

Shots fired at a residence in moose lake led to the apprehension of a 17-year-old from the community.

 

As officers were responding to a report of shots fired on Portage Road they received a second report of an injured male from Stagg Crescent.

 

The injured male was transported to the nursing station and later out of the community with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

 

The suspect has been charged with aggravated assault, discharging a weapon with intent, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, possession of a firearm when knowing possession is unauthorized, and failing to comply.

RCMP Continues to investigate.

MLA Report – Amanda Lathlin – March 20th, 2023

The state of northern highways has reached a point far beyond what is acceptable. With The Pas’ council recently meeting to demand action from the province, the long-standing issues and concerns regarding the safety of Highway 6 need to be addressed.

 

Northern highways are the essential arteries of the north, as residents must regularly travel far out of their own communities to get medical treatment. The ‘Safer Highway 6 Citizen’s Action Group’ which was formed to pressure the municipality to act on making these roads safer for our communities to travel is amazing to see, however, it signifies the straw that broke the camel's back.

 

People are demanding action from the communities, and the communities in turn are demanding action from the province. What is so disappointing however is that the province has repeatedly ignored the calls of northern MLAs like myself, communities, and citizens, despite lives continually being lost.

 

These are the real results of the government's austerity and cuts to the north. Northern Manitoban families and communities affected by these dangerous roads have lived through the declining support of this government. The province has continually underspent funds for infrastructure investments, and the tangible effects of this are felt by community members as families are put in danger.

 

Despite demands for action by Northern NDP MLAs, including Tom Lindsey, Eric Redhead, Ian Bushie, and myself, the province has not reversed cuts or committed to spending the allocated budget for northern infrastructure.

 

For years now we have been proposing bills which would establish standards for clearing snow from provincial roads which had the support of many northern communities, however, the government’s response has always been one of inaction. The government denied repeatedly that there have been no cuts or vacancies in northern road maintenance, but we know that this is a lie. They cut sixty road maintenance positions over the past four years and failed to fill 47% of long-standing vacancies in the northern region. 120 positions have not been filled as of yet, and the silence from the government is deafening.

 

This citizens committee has asked communities to call on the province to improve northern highway safety. The work of the citizen's committee is inspiring, and we can only hope that the Minister can respond in a meaningful and timely manner. This work done by community members seeks justice for those who have been injured or lost their lives due to the state of northern highways.

 

Highways should be invested in by this government, as they are essential for northern families' educational, medical, and personal needs. Without immediate and adequate attention being given to northern roads, we will continue to see families being put in danger, and the inaction of our government to not fix the problem shows they continue to leave the north behind.

 

If you have questions or concerns that you would like to speak to me about, please do not hesitate to contact our office. You can reach my office by email at amanda.lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca or by phone at 1(204) 623-2034. Kinanaskomitin.

 

Manitoba Government Looks To End Missing People Stigma

The Manitoba government has pledged 2.1 million dollars dedicated to establishing an integrated missing persons response.

 

The goal is to reduce the number of missing youth and adults across the province.

 

Over the last few years, Manitoba has seen an increased rate of missing persons, 64 percent of which are runaway girls.

 

Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen said this is an unacceptable number for the province.

 

This coincides with the national inquiry into the missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls report that was done.

 

It supports the need for community-based first response, and more responsive, transparent, and accountable policing.

Family Still Searches For Missing Loved One

On February 5, 2023, RCMP received a report of a missing 16-year-old male, Isaac Oleksiuk of The Pas.

 

Isaac was last seen on February 5 in the early morning hours leaving a residence on Dufferin Street, in The Pas.

 

He is 6’2”, 140 lbs, with long black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket with ‘trades’ written on it and blue plaid pyjama pants.

 

If you have information on his whereabouts please call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Fraud Losses in Canada Have Reached Another Historic Level

This is Fraud Prevention Month and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says they received fraud and cybercrime reports last year totalling 530 million dollars in victim losses.  This is nearly a 40 percent increase from 2021 but the Centre estimates only five to ten percent of people report fraud.

             

The RCMP’s Director General of the Anti-Fraud Centre Chris Lynam reports fraudsters are using increasingly sophisticated methods to victimize Canadians.  He encourages everyone to take time to learn the signs of a scam or fraud, know how to report it and share this information with the people around you adding it could take just one conversation with a loved one to prevent them from falling victim to fraud. The top three most reported types of fraud last year were phishing, extortion and personal information scams all designed to get you to pay or give away sensitive information like your social insurance number, passwords or banking details.

             

Anyone who believes they have been contacted by a scammer is aware of a scam or has become a victim is strongly encouraged to report it to authorities so they can warn others which may limit it from spreading.

 

Shamattawa Cree First Nation Assault

An investigation into a disturbance at a residence on Shamattawa Cree First Nation led to the arrest of a 23-year-old female.

 

On March 10th it was reported to the RCMP that a woman had been damaging things inside the home and was in possession of an edged weapon.

 

When officers arrived the woman had already left, and residents were advised to lock their doors and call the police if she returns.

 

Later that same night it was reported that she had returned and was damaging property.

 

When officers entered the female attempted to assault them and pulled a knife from her pocket.

 

It was at this time officers implemented the use of a conducted energy weapon in an attempt to subdue the suspect.

 

Officers were able to remand the woman into custody who has now been charged with 2 counts of assaulting an officer, and 1 count of resisting arrest.

Investigations are ongoing.

Moose Lake Investigation

An ongoing investigation into the death of a man at a residence on Moose lake has led to the arrest of 2 suspects.

 

On March 5th, 2022 RCMP was called to the residence and found an 18-year-old male with severe injuries, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

On February 24th, 2023 Dion Campbell age 22 of moose lake was Charged with manslaughter in connection to the homicide.

And on March 13th, a second individual, age 17 was also charged with manslaughter.

 

Both were remanded into custody.

Investigations continue.

 

Mayor Report - March 13, 2023

The recycling center, Building inspection, and how to support town-funded organizations were at the front of the discussion during this week’s council meeting.

Mayor Andre Murphy spoke about both the cost and challenges the town is under when it comes to maintaining local facilities.

 

Murphy also spoke about inflation and the province's recent addition to the town budget of 277 thousand dollars this year.

You can get full details about the council meeting here 

 

The next town council meeting will be held on March 27th at 6 pm in the town office chamber.

Manitoba First Nations Police Looking For Hit-And-Run Suspect

Manitoba First Nations Police in the OCN is looking for anyone who may have information in regards to a hit and run that took place on Kiche Maskanow on March 11th just before midnight.

 

It was reported that a 25-year-old man had been struck by a vehicle which then fled the scene.

 

The injured male was airlifted to a hospital in Winnipeg in critical condition.

 

The possible suspect vehicle may be a dark-coloured ford SUV with recent damage to the front licence placeholder.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the MFNPS at 1-833-978-0048 or leave a tip online at Manitoba crime stoppers dot ca.

Local Family Still Looking For Missing Family Member

A local family is looking for answers following the disappearance of Jayden Mercredi who went missing in December.

Mercredi travelled from Winnipeg to the pas between the 2oth and 22nd of December, and it was reported that he was involved in an altercation that occurred at the Alouette the night he arrived.

Mercredi has not been active on his phone, facebook, or bank account in several months which raises red flags.

Charlene Constant, Mercredis mother, said she was not on good terms with her son and hadn’t spoken to him since October; she was able to stay in contact through her other son until he lost contact as well a few months back.

Constant said “the worst part about it is not knowing”.

The RCMP continue to investigate, but if anyone has any information in regards to Mercredi’s whereabouts you can contact RCMP at 204-627-6200.

RCMP Made Further Arrests In Response Of Homicide Investigation.

RCMP made further arrests in response to a continuing homicide investigation.

 

Police arrested two more people in connection with the double homicide earlier this year, where two men later died from injuries due to blunt force trauma in January.

 

On March 7, a 15-year-old from Moose Lake was arrested and on March 8, 20-year-old Keith Campbell, 20, also from Moose Lake was arrested. Both males have been charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Murder and were remanded into custody.

 

Police continue to intestate. If you know more about this crime you can leave an anonymous tip by calling crime stoppers Manitoba at 1(800) 222 – 8477 or call The Pas RCMP detachment at 204 – 627 - 6200

RCMP Weapons Charge

RCMP in The Pas arrested 7 individuals when a house was searched

 

following the report of an alleged assault that took place on Mach 7th at approximately 2:45 am.

 

Officers responded to the complaint early in the morning and immediately observed numerous firearms strewn about

Some of the firearms were loaded and improperly stored.

 

One of the firearms was determined to be stolen during a break-and-enter that was reported last year.

 

a search warrant was prepared, and the firearms and explosives were seized.

allegations of the assault that occurred were unsubstantiated.

The Pas RCMP continues to investigate. If you know more about this crime, you can call The Pas RCMP detachment at

204 – 627 - 6200  or calling crime stoppers Manitoba

1(800) 222 – 8477

The Pas Recreational Sports Sign Up Sheets Return

The Kelsey Recreation and Wellness Centre are now taking registration for anyone wanting to play soccer and baseball in the spring.

 

Registration is open until March 31st to guarantee jersey size but will accept late registration until April 28th.

 

The cost is 35 dollars for the 2 sports; soccer games will be played every Tuesday and Thursday and will run from May 25th to June 27th.

 

Baseball games will be played every Monday and Wednesday and will run from May 24th to June 26th.

 

More details can be found on the Kelsey Rec Facebook page

A Fire Has Severely Damaged a Strip Mall in Thompson.

Residents are being told to avoid the area around Selkirk Avenue in Thompson as the local fire department works to extinguish the blaze.

                       

RCMP says they responded to the fire at a business at the strip mall on the street just before 2 a.m, and set up a perimeter around the area as Thompson Fire and EMS brought down the fire.

 

The fire started up again in the same location at 5 a.m.

 

Police say the fire doesn’t appear suspicious and the Office of the Fire Commissioner was notified.

 

The strip mall includes a storefront clinic operated by the Northern Health Region, a Shopper’s Drugmart, Royal Bank and Chicken Chef.

 

The Pas Handi Van Pledge Show - Day 1

Starting today and Friday The Pas Handi-Van will be holding its annual Pledge show, for the past 4 decades The Handi-Van has provided handicapped children and adults in the region a way of transportation for medical purposes, recreation, shopping and more for small fee.

 

For over a decade, the pledge has been broadcasted to help fund The Handi-Van for insurance, repairs, gasoline, and the perchance of a new van if needed.

 

Last year the pledge show raised twenty thousand dollars, and they ask the community to either break even or set a new record.

 

Donating can be made at the station, or through e-transfer using the email: van.office.manager@gmail.com

 

 

UCN Janice Seto Talks About Inflation

Inflation has always been around but for the past few years, it’s been skyrocketing.

 

From the aftermath of The Corona-Virus Pandemic to The Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Canadians have been dealing with high prices for everyday services such as groceries and gasoline.

 

Janice Seto, (seat-o) an instructor of business and administration at UCN explains what habits people can pick up.

 

 

 

 

The Full Interview with Janice Seto can be found on The Pas Today

 

Sled Town Certification

The Town of The Pas has been given the sled-friendly citification.

 

This is to help promote awareness of the trails, as well as the needs and challenges faced by snowmobilers in the north.

 

Jackie rechenmacher with the Pas community development corporation explains what it means to be sled friendly.

 

 

 

 

Maps, trails, warm-up facilities and more can be found in their online database.

 

To find details on all the communities north of the 53 that have been certified click here

Manitoba NDP calls on the provincial government to invest more in Northern health care, infrastructure, and education

With the final sitting of the Legislature before the fall provincial election beginning this week, Thompson’s MLA says the governing PCs are in -quote- “damage control mode”.

 

Eric Redhead says the Manitoba NDP will hold Premier Heather Stefanson to account, citing the closure of birthing services in some communities and the privatization of Lifeflight as examples of cuts made to northern health care.

 

A press release from the party says staffing health care facilities in the region is something they’re calling on the government to do, saying the Thompson General Hospital is seeing nurse vacancy rates are as high as 25 percent and personal care homes lack adequate staff for seniors.

 

This comes as the PCs are set to unveil their upcoming fiscal budget this spring.

 

The Northern Health Region Has a News CEO.

Northern Regional Health Authority Board Chair Cal Huntley has announced the appointment of Raj Sewda as the Region’s new Chief Executive Officer replacing Helga Bryant who is retiring.  The appointment by the Board of Directors is effective April 1st.

             

Huntley stated we believe Mr. Sewda has the right combination of experience, education and management skills to provide great benefit to the Region as we move forward adding our national search yielded a number of high-quality candidates and we are pleased Raj has accepted the challenge of leading the Region into the future.

             

A release states Sewda is a Registered Nurse with wide and diverse leadership and managerial experience in Ontario most recently employed as a Clinical Partner at Sienna Senior Living providing support to Long Term Care Communities across Ontario and British Columbia.

             

Huntley added on behalf of all our citizens the Board again thanks retiring CEO Helga Bryan for her years of faithful, dedicated and valued service to the people of northern Manitoba.

Youth Voices Of The North Podcast

Youth Voices of The North is a newly created podcast by The Christ Church of The Pas to help youths have a safe place to talk and express their feelings.

 

3 episodes have been released and the episodes detail the challenges of growing up north as two-spirited youths, newcomers to Canada who moved to rural communities, and the challenges of  proper education and career opportunities

 

The goal of the podcast is to engage both indigenous and non-indigenous youths by travelling to remote communities with the next stops hopefully being Flin Flon, Pukatawagen, and Churchill.

 

Full episodes will be available  here

Your Children Can Help Name Future Police Dogs.

The RCMP is 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. 

 

The rules are simple. Only kids between the ages of 4 to 14 years old may enter, contestants can suggest only one name, the name must start with the letter “S”,  the name must be one or two syllables and must have no more than nine letters, contestants must live in Canada and entries must be received online by March 16th.

 

Kids should always get their parent's or guardians' permission before submitting personal information such as their name and phone number to any website.

 

The thirteen children whose puppy names are selected will each receive a laminated 8 X 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 favourite search engine and type in Name the Puppy Contest 2023.  Although there can be only 13 winners the names not selected for the contest will be considered for other puppies born during the year.

 

Chase The Ace Finale

It was over 3 years ago that the current Chase the Ace was started. The Royal Canadian Legions Chase the Ace this weekend is expected to bring in a huge crowd with only 1 card remaining in the deck, and a guaranteed prize of nearly a quarter of a million dollars up for grabs.

Last weekend Brad Sanderson won the consolation prize of over 16 thousand dollars, but the ace of Hearts eluded him and remained hidden.

Angie Nikolychuck spoke about this weekend’s event and wanted to remind everyone to safely line up ahead of the doors opening to the club room at 11 am, and the hall at noon.

Nikolychuck also wanted to remind everyone that no outside food or drink will be permitted, and the legion ladies will have the canteen open throughout the day, and full event details can be found on the legions Facebook page.

The Final Town Council Meeting For February

The Town of the Pas had their final town meeting for the month of February Monday evening.

 

Mayor Andre Murphy began the meeting by recognizing the volunteers and town staff that made this year’s trapper festival possible.

 

Mayor Murphy said the council meeting discussed such topics as bigger office space for The Pas/OCN Chamber of Commerce, better truth and reconciliation training, providing support on making highway six safer and providing additional community safety officers.

 

The full interview can be found on the pas today, the next town meeting is March 13th.

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