The Thompson Local News

Pee Wee "A" King Miners, Air Cadets Among Groups To Receive ORN Funding

Operation Red Nose Thompson has announced five groups who will receive money from them this year.

 

Red Nose committee president Nelly Duarte spoke to Arctic Radio News this morning and announced five places where donations will be going this year; the Pee Wee “A” King Miners, Born to Dance, the Air Cadets, The Ma Mow We Tak Northern Circle of youth program and the TNT swim club.

 

Just because they’ve already started their seasonal service doesn’t mean it’s too late for you to volunteer with Operation Red Nose. Duarte said not only are volunteers still welcome, but that it’s actually a good way to meet new people.

 

If you’d like to volunteer, or find out more about Operation Red Nose, you can visit their page on Facebook and send them a message.

 

Operation Red Nose provides a safe ride home every Friday and Saturday night leading up to Christmas, as well as New Years Eve, between 9:00pm and 3:00am by dialing 204-778-8111.

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City Council To Meet Monday, Vote On 17 Resolutions

Monday night is the last city council meeting before the new year, and it looks to be a busy one.

 

Council is set to vote on 17 resolutions, including one to approve the 2019 meeting schedule and several to appoint representatives to various committees.

 

Council members will also be voting on a resolution to approve the 2019 Fee and Fine Schedule, which if approved will increase most costs by 1.9%.

 

There is also set to be a report on the November cheque register, and a letter from Jeff Wharton, the Minister of Municipal Relations, about the Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act.

 

The meeting is set to start in council chambers at City Hall starting at 7:0pm, following a meeting of the Thompson Planning District.

 

The full agenda can be found here.

 

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Mayor Says Final Council Seat Could Be Vacant Until February

A decision has been made that there will be a by-election to fill the eighth and final council seat; though it could be a while before the position is filled.

 

Mayor Colleen Smook told Arctic Radio News that while the decision to hold a by-election has been made, it could be a while before the position is filled.

 

She said that the City has to wait two weeks before the election is officially called, followed by a 30 day period to allow candidates to register. After that, there will be a 30 day campaign window before Thompsonites go to the polls.

 

At the end of the day, Smook said that it could be toward the end of February before the seat is finally filled.

 

The eighth council seat has been vacant since the October 25th election.

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Toy / Food Drive To Support Local Salvation Army Taking Place Saturday

You can help those in need have a happy Christmas this weekend.

 

There is a toy drive taking place Saturday from 1:00pm until 4:00pm in the City Centre Mall parking lot in front of Wal Mart.

 

This is the third year that the Thompson RCMP detachment and Thompson Fire Department have hosted the drive, with all donations given to the Salvation Army locally.

 

Last year, the drive filled the RCMP van and the back of a truck with food and toys and collected just under $900 in cash.

 

To learn more about the drive, tune in to Thompson Today tomorrow afternoon at 12:40pm and again at 5:10pm.

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RCMP Investigating Death Of St. Theresa Point Man

Island Lake RCMP are investigating following a death of a man from St. Theresa Point.

 

On the evening of November 29th, Mounties received a report of a 28-year-old man who had been transported to the nursing station with life-threatening injuries caused by an assault with a weapon.

 

The victim succumbed to his injures in Winnipeg two days later, and 28-year-old Cheryl Lynne Mason was arrested for manslaughter on December 1st.

 

Island Lake RCMP, as well as the RCMP Major Crime Unit, are still investigating.

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Ashton: "Our region deserves better"

Local Memeber of Parliament Niki Ashton rose in the House of Commons during question period yesterday to address the job situation not only in northern Manitoba, but Canada as a whole.

 

The NDP MP said that this past week was particularly bad, as it saw the announcement from Hudbay that they might end their Flin Flon mining operations in 2021, as well as the closure of the GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario.

 

She went on to say that the response from both the Provincial and Federal governments has been “totally inadequate”.

 

Ashton added that while communities like Thompson and Flin Flon have been working hard to diversify and find other job opportunities there can be no doubt that the loss of jobs is devastating.

 

She concluded by saying that these are tough times for the north, and that the region “deserves better, and that the governments have to be engaged”.

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237 Licences Suspended In First Month Under New Distracted Driving Rules

237 drivers here in Manitoba had their licence suspended in the month of November.

 

That’s following the introduction of new penalties for distracted driving on November first.

 

The commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP says that the new rules, which include an immediate roadside licence suspension and the possibility of a $672 fine, send a very clear message that distracted driving will not be tolerated.

 

According to Manitoba Public Insurance, distracted driving was a contributing factor in more than 15,000 collisions, while 30 people died in distracted-related motor vehicle collisions.

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Stats Say Majority Of Tourists In Manitoba Are Locals

It turns out that only 15%of tourists that visit Manitoba are from outside of the province.

 

That’s according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, who says that Manitobans accounted for 85% of all tourists in the province, with visitors from other provinces coming in at 10%, American visitors at 4% and overseas visitors at just 1%.

 

Despite only accounting for 1% of all visitors, those from overseas accounted for $124M, or 8%, of all tourism revenue ($1.6B).

 

The announcement of Manitoba being named to the Lonely Planet’s list of best travel destinations in the world for 2019 was met with excitement from many people, including the Premier, though some travel experts are saying they can’t take credit for anything other than providing funding for tourism and economic development agencies.   

 

Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle told Arctic Radio News that there will soon be a “renewed tourism strategy” that will “form part of the new economic development plan to align the roles played by tourism organizations, enhance tourism attractions and experiences, and increase tourism visitation and spending”.

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Tomorrow Marks National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Tomorrow is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

 

The day was officially created in 1991 by Parliament to recognize those who lost their lives in the Montreal Massacre and today it gives all Canadians a chance to take action to reduce all forms of violence against women and girls.

 

The day is being marked here in Thompson from 12:00pm until 4:00pm in the TRCC. Some of the activities planned include a wall of remembrance, information displays, and a vigil to honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre (at 2:00pm).

 

In addition, there will also be a chance for everyone to take action by making a suggestion as to how violence against women and girls can be reduced.

 

The event is being put on by the YWCA Thompson, with their partners at the Thompson Crisis Centre and the University of Manitoba Northern Social Work Program.

 

If you’d like more information you can give Nina Cordell, the YWCA’s women’s programs coordinator, a call at 204-778-1209. Alternatively, you can visit the YWCA Thompson’s website or Facebook page.

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2018 Manitoba Games Economic Impact Report Released

Over 13,000 took in the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games here in Thompson.

 

That’s according to an economic impact report, which was released earlier today.

 

The report also says that the total net economic activity from the games was $1.1M for Thompson, with $859,000 spent directly by out-of-town athletes, family members, spectators and other visitors to Thompson during the games.

 

Mayor Colleen Smook said that the boosts to local businesses and the many investments from Sport Manitoba were a huge benefit to Thompson, but that the chance to showcase the spirit of Thompson at its best might be the most important part of the Games experience.

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Opposition Says New RAAM Clinics Are Not Enough

The Pallister Government has recently opened five new Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinics, though the move is seen as note enough by the opposition.

 

Manitoba Liberal leader Dougald Lamont says that the RAAM clinics, including the one in Thompson, are just “pop-up clinics”, as they are only open for a few hours, a few days a week.

 

Lamont also said that the approach is the government “pretending to care”, while NDP leader Wab Kinew says that the clinics are “too little, too late”.

 

According to the Province, over 325 people have used the RAAM clinics since the first one opened in September, and Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle says that the new clinics
“provide services for patients, including treatment programs and primary care physicians” and that the government is working on developing an implementation plan to guide improvements of mental health and addictions services.

 

The clinic in Thompson is open from 9:00am until 12:00pm on Tuesdays, and 1:00pm until 4:00pm on Thursdays.

 

The other clinics, two located in Winnipeg, one in Selkirk and one in Brandon, operate on similar schedules.

 

Photo courtesy of The Canadian Press.

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ORN Raises Over $750 In First Weekend

It was a successful first weekend for Operation Red Nose.

 

Josh Cain, from the Operation Red Nose committee, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that over the weekend, 36 volunteers gave a total of 46 rides and collected around $790 while travelling over 600km.

 

Cain added that the Operation Red Nose service will be every Friday and Saturday night leading up to Christmas as well as New Years Eve between 9:00pm and 3:00am by dialling 204-778-8111.

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Bindle: Throne Speech Highlights Pallister Government's Key Priorities

The recent Throne Speech from the Pallister Government highlights many key government priorities that they have accomplished and are continuing to work towards.

 

That’s according to Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle, who told Arctic Radio News that the document highlights the “largest investments Manitoba has ever seen” in areas like health care, education and families.

 

The rookie MLA said that the Province has surpassed a deficit reduction target, and that they are on target to balance the budget (if re-elected) during their second term. He said that the PC government decreased the provincial summary deficit to $695M, $145M lower than the budgeted deficit of $840M.

 

When it comes to families, Bindle said that the number of children in the care of Child and Family Services is down for the first time in 15 years, and that Manitoba is no longer the child poverty capital in Canada.

 

Bindle told Arctic Radio news that the Pallister Government has reduced MRI wait times by 30%, while announcing an increase of $5.3M for hip, knee and cataract procedures. He said that the increased investment shows that they have quote listened to the experts and rather than just throwing money, we are making strategic investments where it will make a difference.

 

Bindle added that for the first time in two decades, grade 12 test results at the school division level have been made public, something that will help provide context for the government’s upcoming review of Manitoba’s entire K-12 education system. That review is slated to start in 2019.

 

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Operation Red Nose To Start Operations Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night is the first night of operation for Operation Red Nose.

 

The free service will offer you a safe ride home tomorrow and Saturday, as well as every Friday and Saturday night leading up to Christmas as well as New Years Eve.

 

While there is no fee for the service donations are accepted by the teams, with all of the proceeds going towards local youth-based organizations.

 

To use the service, all you have to do is dial 204-778-8111, and a three-person team, consisting of a designated driver, a navigator and an escort driver, will pick up you up and drive you home in your own vehicle.

 

The service is available from 9:00pm until 3:00am on nights of operation.

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HudBay Says Days Of Mining Operation In Flin Flon Are Numbered

It seems that after nearly a century, the days of mining in Flin Flon are numbered.

 

There is no anchor mine to replace 777 and sustain operations in Flin Flon as they currently stand; that comes from a recent letter from Hudbay to employees.

 

The letter notes that despite the hard work of the past few years, the most likely scenarios is that mining operations in Flin Flon will cease in 2021. The note from the company goes on to say that as a result of the probable end to mining operations, the mill will also be closed.

 

The letter says that efforts to find new sources of ore from 777 did not pan out, and by 2020 the Zinc Plant will only have 50% of the current feed as only Lalor ore will be available. This will most likely result in the Zinc Plant joining the list of expected 2021 closures.

 

Hudbay added that while they are still working to figure out the effect that it will have on jobs, there is still going to be a need for more people at mines in the Snow Lake area.

 

In a recent report, MP Niki Ashton said that following this news, and the closure of the smelter and refinery in Thompson, that these are not exciting times for the north.

 

The full letter can be found by clicking here.

 

 

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Passenger Train Service To Churchill Set To Resume Early December

Passenger train service to Churchill is set to resume shortly.

 

Via Rail has confirmed that the first train along their Winnipeg-Churchill route will leave Winnipeg on December 2nd, and arrive in Churchill on December 4th.

 

Churchill Mayor Mike Spence says that the announcement is huge for the community, as everyone is excited to have the region returning to normal. He added that with the approaching holiday season, the restoration of passenger service will help connect families living in the north.

 

Mayor Spence also said that the Town of Churchill is now shifting focus to ensure that the investments made by the Federal Government will result in visitors and new opportunities for economic development.

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Humane Society Grand Re-Opening Set For Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the day for the official grand re-opening of the Thompson Humane Society.

 

Everyone is invited to visit the shelter, located at 27 Nelson Road, to see the renovated facilities.

 

The Humane Society says they will also be taking time to thank the individuals, businesses and funders who helped make the renovations possible.

 

The grand re-opening celebration is set to run from 12:00pm until 1:00pm.

 

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Manitoba Urban/Hometown Green Team Grant Applications Open

If your organization is looking to hire young people this summer, there may be grant money available.

 

Applications for the Hometown Green Team grant are now open, which provides grants to hire youth between the ages of 15 and 29 to work on community projects between May 1st and August 31st.

 

Those eligible include non-profit organizations and rural municipalities, though priority is given to children and youth recreation as well as volunteer projects that hire Indigenous youth, visible minority youth and youth with disabilities.

 

Non-profit organizations awarded the grant receive 100 % of wage costs and up to $250 per position for support costs, while municipal governments receive 50% of wage costs and up to $125 per position for support costs on a cost-share basis.

 

To find out more about the grant, you can click here.

 

 

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Mayor Smook, Family To Host Community Christmas Dinner

The annual Thompson community Christmas dinner will continue this year.

 

After the previous hosts decided to move on from the event this year, newly-elected Mayor Colleen Smook, along with her daughter Sharon Cordell and grand-daughter Tori Cordell, have taken up the mantle.

 

Mayor Smook said that she had decided to host the dinner prior to the recent election, but chose to keep the decision private until after.

 

The dinner has seen between 130 and 140 people annually, though Smook says she'd like to see even more people this year.

 

If you'd like to help out or make a donation towards the meal, you can call Sharon Cordell at 204-679-5119.

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RCMP Investigating Pedestrian Hit By Truck

A 24-year-old woman is recovering from injuries after being struck by a truck on Sunday.


The driver of the truck, a 20-year-old woman, says that she did not see the pedestrian crossing while making a u-turn in the Eastwood area near Princeton Drive and Carleton Place.

 

Multiple emergency vehicles responded to the collision Sunday evening, before taking the victim to Thompson General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Lindsey "Not Excited" By Throne Speech

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey is critical of what was missing from the Manitoba Government throne speech. 

 

He says that as a northern MLA, there’s really not a whole lot in there that would excite somebody from the north. 

 

Lindsey added that there’s no mention of stimulating the mining economy, and that health care is always a big issue in the north yet there’s really no mention of it at all. 

 

The NDP labour critic says they talked a little about their Look North initiative, which he said is a plan to have a plan to have a plan but it’s not doing anything.

 

Lindsey adds we need some positive steps for the north now, not just a plan to have a plan.

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Thompsonites Speak To House Of Commons Committee

Two Thompsonites brought their concerns on the state of local 911 services to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security with a little help from our MP.

 

In a recent report, Niki Ashton says that Geri Dixon and Alicia Bedford were invited to speak to the committee about Bedford’s experience of waiting on hold for the RCMP while someone was actively trying to break into her home.

 

Ashton said that she had asked for the House of Commons to talk to the two about this issue, after it was raised by Dixon and Bedford in September at a meeting of Thompson City Council.

 

The NDP M-P says that she has spoken out in support of those who have been put on hold while trying to report a crime in progress, and that she stands behind a petition calling for the establishment of an emergency call centre in Thompson to serve the north.

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Old Buses, Lack Of Increased Funding Contributing To Ongoing Transit Suspension

Buses nearing the end of their operating life and a lack of increased provincial funding are two of the reasons that the City says are behind the current lack of municipal bus services.

 

Mayor Colleen Smook says that after looking at the numbers from proposals submitted, council is quote surprised that Greyhound was even able to operate as long as they did at the rate they were charging.

 

Mayor Smook said that there is little room for error with the current economic situation in Thompson, adding that council doesn’t want to negate the efforts made by the previous council to trim the budget by making a rash decision.

 

According to a press release from the City, council is concerned about the long-term sustainability of city transit, and following a November 8th meeting it was determined that discussions must quote continue with stakeholders due to the magnitude of changes, both structural and financial, that a new transit provider will present.

 

There has not been municipal transit service since the end of October, when Greyhound pulled out of Western Canada.

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Today Marks National Day Of Remembrance

63 people have lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions here in Manitoba as of the end of October.

 

That number is very concerning according to MPI vice president Satvir Jatana, especially today on National Day of Remembrance.

 

Jatana says that the day is to raise awareness of the importance of road safety, a message that is important every single day of the year.

 

Around 30 people are killed annually due to distracted driving, and a person is 35 times more likely to be killed and five times more likely to be seriously injured when not wearing a seatbelt.

 

MPI recently launched a campaign aimed at eliminating fatal collisions by humanizing the annual fatality statistics called “save the 100”.

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Train Service To Churchill Could Resume This Week

The first freight train in well over a year could be headed to Churchill as early as this week.

 

The Arctic Gateway Group, who bought the rail line from OmniTrax and have been working hard to repair the washed out sections, says that they are taking orders to be delivered by rail to Canada’s only deep-water Arctic sea port.

 

The first train on the freshly repaired rail link to Churchill arrived in the northern town on October 31st, which was met with a street party attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

 

The rail line had been out of service since 2017, when spring flooding had washed out sections of the line.

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Two Charged With First Degree Murder In Death Of Nicholas Brophy

Two men have been found guilty of murdering Nicholas Brophy.

 

22-year-old Mark Bradley Thomas and 24-year-old Zach Edwin Linklater have been charged with first-degree murder; convictions that come with mandatory life sentences and no chance of parole for 25 years.

 

At the request of the Crown, sentencing has been delayed so that the hearing can take place in Thompson.

 

Crown prosecutors said that having the hearing in Thompson will give the community an opportunity to prepare and present victim impact statements.

 

Brophy disappeared in September 2015, and was jumped, kidnapped, taken to the woods and murdered as part of a gang initiation.

 

His body was discovered in the spring of 2016.

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H3 Group Hosting Winter Clothing Drive

A group of students from R.D. Parker Collegiate are looking to make a difference this winter.

 

Students from the school’s H3 group are hosting a winter clothing drive, and are looking for donations of gently used or new coats, boots, hats, mitts, scarves or anything that could help keep someone warm.

 

The donations will be distributed before the holidays to those who need them to try and stay warm.

 

Donations can be dropped off at R.D. Parker, or you can arrange for a pick-up by emailing astillie@MysteryNet.MB.ca.

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Council And Administration Working To Restore Transit Services

City Council and City administration are working hard to restore municipal bus services.

 

That’s what Mayor Colleen Smook said when she joined 102.9 CHTM for City Beat late last week.

 

Mayor Smook said that they are in meetings with companies, and that a press release will be sent out soon with an update.

 

She added that the cost of operating transit services without any further interruption would be “considerably higher than they were before”.

 

City Beat airs Thursdays at 11:30am on 102.9 CHTM, and any questions can be submitted to chtmnews@arcticradio.ca.

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NRHA: Flin Flon Delivery Suspension Not Money Related

The suspension of obstetrical delivery services in Flin Flon has nothing to do budget cuts; that’s according to the Northern Regional Health Authority.

 

The health region says that the closure is about patient safety, and has nothing to do with costs or money spent elsewhere.

 

The NRHA issued what they’re referring to as a fact sheet in response to community efforts, led by MLA’s and MP’s, asking the Pallister Government to reinstate the program.

 

Accord to the information from the health region, the past year has seen “unreliable unpredictable and unsustainable obstetrical delivery service due to lack of consistent obstetrical covering since the departure of Flin Flon’s lone obstetrician”.

 

The ward is set to close Sunday morning at 8:00am, and the suspension will be revisited once the Provincial women’s health clinical service plan has been completed in 2019.

 

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RCMP Searching For Missing Teen, Last Seen Nov 8 At RDPC

Thompson RCMP is asking for help in the search for a missing teen.

 

16-year-old Anika Thomas was last seen at R.D. Parker Collegiate last Thursday, November 8th, at 4:15pm.

 

Thomas is described as 6’0”, 120lbs with brown eyes and hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, black jacket and black shoes.

 

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

 

You can also submit a tip anonymously by texting TIPMAN plus your tip to 274637, or online at the Manitoba Crime Stoppers website.

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Postal Workers' Strike Reaches Thompson

There will be no mail delivery today.


The Canadian Union of Postal Workers series of rotating strikes has finally reached the nor-man region, with workers in Thompson, The Pas, and Flin Flon on the picket line until 6:00am tomorrow.


The rotating strikes are now in their fourth week, and according to Canada Post have now touched virtually every Canada Post facility and address.


Canada Post recently submitted what they call a significant, time sensitive offer to the CUPW, though the union says the deal is not good enough and leaves major issues unaddressed.
 

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Food, Paper Maps And Road Flares Recommended For Winter Road Trips

With our cold weather, any minor incident has the potential to become a serious matter simply because you are out in the elements

 

That’s why the RCMP recommends you have an emergency winter survival pack in your vehicle.

 

Constable Sandy Deibert (from the Thompson RCMP detachment) spoke to Arctic Radio news and said while that having a pack is really important for many reasons, the most important reason is that help is not always moments away.  

 

Constable Deibert said that when you’re on the highway, “it’s not like in a major city or even (like) in Thompson where if you need help it’s a few minutes away. You could be stranded on the highway for hours in reality, and I want to make sure that people are aware of that. Even with cell phones nowadays you might hit a spot that has no coverage, there may be no other traffic, you need to make sure that you have what you need in your vehicle during these cold weather months”.

 

She went on to say that some of the possible scenarios in which you’d need the kit include sliding off the roadway into a ditch and coming across another motorist who is having an emergency situation of their own. Deibert added that some other possible situations you could find yourself in are losing battery power or rolling a vehicle.

 

When it comes to the kit itself, Constable Deibert suggested that you possibly pack the following items:

 

  • Extra outer clothing for every person in the vehicle
    • Toques, boots, mittens, scarves, etc.
    • Constable Deibert recommends that the clothing be kept somewhere accessible so that you don’t have to “sneak into the trunk to get it
  • Sleeping bag
    • With extra batteries
    • Non-perishable, not requiring heating.
  • First aid kit
  • Road maps
    • Paper maps as your electronic maps may run out of battery
  • Matches or emergency candles
    • Constable Deibert recommends opening a window or door if you want to use them.
  • Tire chains
  • Sand or kitty litter
    • Constable Deibert recommends a small aluminium shovel (or other type of metal) over a plastic shovel.
  • Snow brush
  • Ice scraper
  • Road flares
    • Constable Deibert says that road flares will allow you to be seen by other vehicles and semi trucks who may not stop for you.

 

If you’d like to hear the full interview with Constable Deibert, it will air on 102.9 CHTM as a Thompson Today on Monday, December 3rd at 12:40pm and again at 5:10pm.

 

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National Child Day Celebrations Set For Saturday Afternoon

Saturday is the day set aside every year to celebrate children, and there will be more than just than annual Santa Parade taking place to mark the occasion.

 

Penny Brenton, from the Hello Parents network, spoke to Arctic Radio News and explained why National Child Day is important.

 

Brenton said that National Child Day celebrates our children, while reminding the community that children need support, encouragement and respect in order to grow to their full potential.

 

If you’re looking for a fun afternoon filled with family-oriented activities, she also took the time to talk about some of what is planned for Saturday.

 

Brenton said that festivities will start at 2:30pm in the TRCC following the Santa Parade, and will include activities like karaoke, mini-golf, face painting and crafts.

 

She added there’s also going to be free skating, free healthy snacks, and flu shots available on site.

 

Brenton will bring you more details on the National Child Day celebrations planned for Thompson, as well as more information on the day itself, during Thompson Today on 102.9 CHTM tomorrow at 12:40pm and 5:10pm.

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Ashton, Jolibois Join Effort To Keep Flin Flon Delivery Services Available

Two Members of Parliament are adding their voices to the public outcry in the wake of the Northern Health Region announcing the temporary suspension of the obstetrical delivery program in Flin Flon.

 

Niki Ashton says that the closure of the ward means the closure of a vital community service for the region, adding that the Province should be spending money on reopening the ward rather than on consultants.

 

She is joined by her NDP colleague and northern Saskatchewan MP Georgina Jolibois, who expressed concerns over the impact the closure will have on families in her riding.

 

Jolibois added that First Nations, and all communities, in the region are some of the youngest in the country and need access to birthing services in Flin Flon.

 

The MP’s are now part of a regional lobbying effort to have the Pallister Government to save the birthing services.

 

Other prominent voices working to save the unit are Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey and Saskatchewan MLA Doyle Vermette.

 

The ward is set to close at the Flin Flon hospital on Sunday, November 18th, after a clinical study showed issues dealing with volume and increasing gaps in service and resulting patient safety.

 

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RCMP Seize Over 300g Of Cocaine, Meth In Three Seperate Drug Busts

RCMP here in northern Manitoba seized over 300 grams of cocaine, in addition to other drugs and drug paraphernalia late last week. 

 

Officers in Thompson seized 58 grams of cocaine and drug trafficking paraphernalia from a Granite Crescent residences on November 8th. A 41-year-old female and 31-year-old male, both Thompsonites, have been arrested and face charges possession for the purpose of trafficking. They are set to appear in court in December 21st.

 

The next day, officers from the Thompson RCMP detachment seized 263 grams of cocaine, 76 grams grams of crack-cocaine and several pellet guns at a residence in Paint Lake Provincial Park. 45-year-old Nicole Pye and 45-year-old Tyrone Pye of Liz Lake have been arrested and face two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

 

Finally, on Saturday, officers in Norway House seized a quantity of methamphetamine, along with drug trafficking paraphernalia. Two males, ages 28 and 58, and two females, ages 51 and 58, were arrested at the scene and have charges pending against them.

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Food Bank "At All-Time Low"

The Salvation Army food bank is in desperate need of donations. 

 

According to Roy Bladen, the Ministry Director for the Salvation Army in Thompson, their stocks are at an all time low. 

 

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army thrift store in the Westwood Mall. 

 

If you’d like to make a cash donation, or would like drop off your donation at the Salvation Army church office, you’re asked to call Bladen at 204-307-2193.

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Bindle Named To Manitoba Hydro-Electic Board

Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle has been appointed as a member of the Manitoba Hydro-Electic Board. 

 

The board oversees the business and affairs of Manitoba Hydro, in accordance with its mandate and purposes. 

 

According to a press release, Bindle’s experience as an engineer and small business owner, as well as his perspective as a resident of northern Manitoba, will be valuable to the board. 

 

Bindle served as the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade from 2016 until recently, and has sat on various government committees including the venture capital committee and the fiscal review committee of cabinet. 

 

In an email, Bindle said that the position of Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade no longer exists.

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Five First Nations File Legal Action; Claim New Jr "B" League Creates Racial Divide

A Manitoba Junior “B” hockey league is facing a lawsuit and possible injunction early in its inaugural season. 

 

The Capital Region Junior Hockey League, which was formed in May when the Lundar Falcons, Selkirk Fishermen, St. Mall Warriors and North Winnipeg Satellites left the Keystone Junior Hockey league, faces legal action from five First Nations. 

 

Peguis First Nation, Norway House Cree Nation, Fisher River Cree Nation, Cross Lake First Nation and Opaskwayak Cree Nation have filed legal paperwork, and say that the new league creates a divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous players. 

 

The First Nations also allege that players were poached from the First Nations. 

 

The paperwork was filed on October 31st, and targets not only the new league, but also a number of teams in the Interlake region, the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba. 

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Pallister Government Says Cancellation Of MMF Payments Good For Indigenous Communities

According to the Pallister Government, the recent suspension of the Turning the Page Agreement is a good thing for Indigenous communities. 

 

The Province says that the agreement, which was signed by the previous NDP government, would have provided the Manitoba Métis Federation $20M in exchange for the withdrawal of challenges to the Bipole III and Keeyask projects. 

 

In a letter, Crown Services Minister Colleen Mayer says that they are discontinuing the practice of benefit agreements that secure support from Indigenous communities for developments in exchange for their agreement not to participate in consultation and regulatory processes. 

 

Mayer added that in place of the agreement, the Province will “negotiate adverse effects agreements to address real impacts on treaty or Aboriginal rights where those effects cannot be avoided, minimized or mitigated through project design, regulatory conditions or other accommodation measures”.  

 

Mayer concluded by saying that she is a proud card carrying member of the Manitoba Métis Federation, and that the actions by the government underscore their commitment to respecting treaty and Aboriginal rights while being open and transparent. 

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Bindle: Kinew Should Appologize For "Trying To Gain Political Points On The Back Of Tragedy With Fake News And Fear Mongering"

Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle says that NDP leader Wab Kinew should apologize for trying to gain political points on the back of tragedy with "fake news and fear mongering".

 

In an email to Arctic Radio News, Bindle said that the actions of the opposition in the wake of the death of Abraham Donkey are extremely unfortunate, as Bindle says that “they know as well as the we do that it is a federal issue”.

 

The lone northern Progressive Conservative MLA also took time to comment on the Northern Patient Transportation Program itself, saying that it is the exact same program that has been in place for many years including under the previous government and currently remains in place unchanged.

 

Bindle added that talks of cuts to the program is “misinformation being spread in the media by the opposition”.

 

NDP MLA Tom Lindsey, who represents Flin Flon, tabled a freedom of information request in the Legislature, which Lindsey says shows that the Province cut $1M from the transportation program escort subsidy.

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Mayor And Council Officially Sworn In

Mayor Colleen Smook and seven members of Thompson City Council were officially sworn in Wednesday evening.

 

Following the swearing in ceremony, Mayor Smook addressed those in attendance and said that improving communication is one of her top priorities.

 

She said that there are opportunities to improve communication between mayor and council, as well as between city hall and the commutiy.

 

Smook said that they want open minds and feedback, though she added that there are policies and protocol in place for comments from the public.

 

The Mayor said that councillors can listen tothe public and pass messages along, but that council should not be making any promises on changes as there are people in place to get that process going.

 

Mayor Smook also took time to speak about the City as a whole, saying that Thompson is more than just the 13,000+ who live within the boundaries.

 

She said that the City should be supporting the outlying communities such as Nelson House in addition to them supporting Thompson.

 

The Mayor added that she hadn’t even realized that she was the first female mayor for the City of Thompson until it was brought up at City Hall once the final election results came in.

 

Thompson City Council is set to meet Tuesday evening at 7:00pm, their first meeting where normal business will take place.

 

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Manitoba Named Top 10 Place To Visit In 2019

An internally recognized travel company has named Manitoba as one of their top ten regions in the world to visit next year.

 

Lonely Planet, a travel media company who is well known for publishing travel guidebooks, put Manitoba at number 8 on their list.

 

The list also includes the Scottish Highlands (#5), Normandy, France (#9) and Northern Peru (#3).

 

Alan McLaughlin, who works as a consultant for Travel Manitoba on the Northern Tourism Strategy, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that making the list will mean big things for the entire province in 2019.

 

He said that one of the best ways for the province to prepare is to think like tourists.

 

McLaughlin said that doing that will help the province put the best foot forward to give visitors the best experience possible in areas that we anticipate tourists would enjoy.  

 

The Lonely Plant website feature on Manitoba highlights the history and “multicultural flavour” of Winnipeg, as well as the wildlife visitors can experience in Churchill.

 

Manitoba is the only Canadian location in their lists for 2019, and the complete lists can be found by clicking here.

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Two Thompsonites Back After Managing Red Cross Shelter In North Carolina Following Hurricane Florence

Two Thompsonites just got back from spending time managing a shelter for displaced residents in North Carolina.

 

Louise Hodder, who has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for around five years, spoke to Arctic Radio News about how she and her husband Mark Szyszlo ended up helping in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

 

Hodder said that the call came from the American Red Cross to the Canadian Red Cross in September, but that they did not respond.

 

When the call came around a second time, however, the reitred couple did respond and submitted an application to go.

 

One day later, Hodder said they recevied the green light to go, and the Red Cross had them on the ground within three days.

 

To hear from both Hodder and Szyszlo about their time in North Carolina, tune in to Thompson Today tomorrow afternoon.

 

Part one of the two-part interview air on 102.9 CHTM at 12:40pm and 5:10pm tomorrow (November 8th), with part two airing at the same times on Friday (November 9th).

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Northern Economic Development Conference Starting Tomorrow In The Pas

There is a conference taking place in The Pas starting tomorrow dealing with economic development here in the north.

 

The Linkages in Northern Economic Development Conference is taking place tomorrow and Thursday, and is being put on by UCN, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Look North.

 

Topics that are on the agenda for the conference include discussions on northern economic development strategies, how to thrive in a time of change, innovation, and connecting the north to the rest of the world.

 

Guest speakers for the two-day event include OCN Chief Christian Sinclair and the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pederson.

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New Mayor To Be Sworn In Tomorrow Night

The new mayor and council will be sworn in tomorrow night.

 

The meeting will start with an opening prayer, followed by the swearing-in of Mayor-Elect Colleen Smook and the appointment of a deputy mayor.

 

The rest of the evening will be filled with the appointment of board chairs, as well as the election of board members.

 

The inaugural meeting will take place at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, and the public is welcome to attend.

 

The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

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Kasper Transportation Cancels Plans For Thompson To Winnipeg Route

There is one less option for Thompsonites when it comes to catching a bus to Winnipeg.

 

Kasper Transportation, who was the first to announce they would take over the route abandoned by Greyhound, has said that they have pulled the plug on the route.

 

A spokesperson for the Ontario-based bus line said that the Province made a serious mistake by giving out as many licenses as they did for the route, saying that since Kasper got their license, they’ve been handed out like a “free dinner voucher”.

 

Accord to the company, the market for the route has become too crowded and the company would rather save money until the other companies are “tapped out, burnt out and beat up” while Kasper can “take their sweet time doing it right”.

 

Both Thompson Bus and Maple Bus lines continue to offer overnight service to Winnipeg multiple times every week.

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People First Thompson To Re-Open Office Tomorrow

Tomorrow marks the official re-opening of the People First of Thompson office.

 

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30pm tomorrow at the Harmony House Co-op common room.

 

Harmony House Co-op is located at 15 Arctic Drive.

 

People First is a worldwide self-advocate organization for people living with disabilities to promote education, accessibility, and community involvement.

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MLA Provides Document Showing $1M In Cuts To NPTP, Contradicts Pallister Governments Statement That No Cuts Have Been Made

The opposition NDP continued to press the Pallister Government last week on changes to the Northern Patient Transfer Program.

 

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey tabled a freedom of information request in the Legislature, which he says shows that the government cut $1M from the transport program escort subsidy.

 

Lindsey added that the cuts were made at the Cabinet table, and that it contradicts the statement from the Progressive Conservative government that no cuts have been made.

 

The northern MLA said that the same request shows that the Northern Health Region was quote forced to find an additional $450k in savings from the program, which make it harder for northerners to get escorts on medical trips.

 

Health Minister Cameron Friesen responded by saying that they became aware of quote all kinds of abuses to the program, which is why the rules must be enforced to make sure that the program continues to be able to have the capacity to respond to those who legitimately need the travel subsidy.

 

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Manitoba Families To Receive $339 On Average From New Climate Action Incentive

While in Churchill last week to celebrate the restoration of rail service, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took time to address climate change and what that will mean for Manitobans.

 

Trudeau said that communities like Churchill know firsthand what climate inaction looks like, and that starting in 2019 Manitobans will directly receive a climate action incentive.

 

He said that the incentive will help Canadians adjust to an economy in which pollution isn’t free, and that the average family of four in Manitoba will receive around $339 per year.

 

The Prime Minister added that the rest of the money collected will be used for energy efficiency projects in schools, hospitals businesses and Indigenous communities.

 

He said that this will allow the country to protect the environment while continuing to strengthen the local economy.

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Trudeau Announces Over $50M From Ottawa For Churchill

While in Churchill yesterday following the arrival of the first train in 17 months, the Prime Minister announced funding for the community.

 

Justin Trudeau said that his Federal Liberal government is putting more than $3.8M towards 40 projects that will increase tourism, provide skills training, and help offset the freight costs stemming from the rail closures.

 

He said that Ottawa is also committed to investing $43M over the next ten years to make sure that the rail line continues to operate properly.

 

Prime Minister Trudeau added that by opening the railway, Churchill is open to outside investments from companies like Bell.

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Oxford House RCMP Investigate Homicide

Oxford House RCMP is currently investigating a homicide in the community.

 

Early yesterday morning, officers received a call of an assault in progress outside a residence, which resulted in the death of a 21-year-old male.

 

Police have a 21-year-old man in custody, and the investigation is ongoing with support from RCMP major grimes and the forensic identification unit.

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Canadian Red Cross Honours Three Girls In Grand Rapids With Rescuer Award

Three young girls are being honoured today in Grand Rapids with the Canadian Red Cross rescuer award.

 

Eden Walker, Jaylynn Chartier and Phoenix Chartier spotted a young girl floating face down in the Saskatchewan River back in July, and fished out her out of the river, called for help and performed CPR until helped arrived.

 

Chris Brown, from the Canadian Red Cross, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that it was important for the Red Cross to recognize the girls. Brown said that they are being recognized for how they reacted safely in response to an emergency, and also because of how they handled themselves in the face of an extremely stressful situation.

 

He added that the three girls were able to save the younger girl using CPR, which they had learned from watching TV.

 

The Rescuer Award is award to non-professional rescuers with some training, off duty first responders or children who demonstrate bravery in response to a hard situation.

 

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Registration For Salvation Army Christmas Hampers Starts Tuesday

Tuesday is the first day to register for the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas hamper program.

 

Registration will take place from 10:00am until 12:00pm every Tuesday and Thursday until December 6th, with hamper distribution taking place on December 12th.

 

The hampers are free of charge, and provide those less fortunate with the chance to have an enjoyable Christmas at home with their families.

 

If you’d like more information on the hampers, or would like to donate, you can contact Roy Bladen at 204-307-2193.

 

The annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign is set to kick off at the end of the following week.

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First Train In 17 Months Arrives In Churchill

Churchill has rail service once again.

 

The first train in 17 months arrived in the community yesterday evening just before 7:00pm, though it wasn’t expected to arrive until today.

 

The train was met at the station by many residents, including kids in costume, who according to reports were smiling, taking pictures, and hugging one another.

 

The arrival was celebrated today by a street party and barbecue with high profile attendees including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

 

Full rail service is expected to resume along the line later this month.

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Diabetes Month 2018 Focuses On Family

Today marks the start of diabetes month.

 

The theme for 2018 is the family and diabetes, and the goal is to spread the word that diabetes concerns every family.

 

Jennifer Freeman, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator with the Northern Health region, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the focus this year is on families.

 

She added that less than one in four family members have access to diabetes education training programs.

 

Freeman, along with fellow RN and diabetes educator Ibolya Hennessey, will join 102.9 CHTM for Thompson Today tomorrow afternoon at 12:40pm and 5:10pm with more information on the month.

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Far Resources Prepares To Drill 15 New Targets Near Snow Lake

Far Resources has finalized plans for the upcoming drill program at its Zoro Lithium Project near Snow Lake, where 50 lithium targets have been identified.15 of the lithium anomalies will be tested during the winter season.

 

Final preparations are underway for mobilization of equipment to target the anomalies, which is expected to commence ahead of schedule and prior to the ground freezing.

 

Far Resources president Toby Mayo says that the company knew they had a fantastic opportunity to expand known mineralization at Zoro, but the results of last summer’s program have been better than they had imagined.

 

The fall program contract has been awarded to Westcore Drilling, with rotary air support provided by Gogal Air Servies.  

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Juniper Parent Advisory Committee AGM Set For Tomorrow

The Juniper Parent Advisory Committee (JPAC) annual general meeting is scheduled for tomorrow evening at 6:30pm.

 

JPAC says that the meeting will give parents a chance to be involved with their child’s school, as well as a chance to get to know ahead of time what is going on.

 

The council added that it is a good place to share ideas and to meet other parents.

 

All are welcome to attend, and free child care will be provided.

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New Distracted Driving Penalties Start Tomorrow

Be prepared for a bigger penalty if you’re caught driving while distracted.

 

The new rules, which come into effect tomorrow, say that a driver’s first offence will lead to a roadside suspension of their license for three days, a fine of $672, and five demerit points.

 

Constable Sandy Deibert, from the Thompson RCMP detachment, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that distracted driving isn’t limited to just using your cell phone.

 

She said that distractions are anything that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off the job of driving.

 

Deibert said added examples outside of cell phones include grooming, eating, drinking, smoking and adjusting audio or climate controls.

 

When it comes to cell phones, however, she said that you can possibly get a ticket for holding your device in a position in which it may be used or looking at the screen.

 

Constable Deibert added that the only exception is if you are calling emergency services in the event of an emergency.

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Movember Starts Tomorrow

Gentlemen, start your mo’s.

 

Tomorrow officially marks the start of Movember, which aims to raise awareness of men’s health.

 

The issues that Movember highlights in particular are prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.

 

To take part, guys simply need to grow a moustache.

 

For those who can’t grow one (or for women who would like to take part), you can help by raising money and awareness.

 

To learn more about Movember, tune in to Thompson Today tomorrow afternoon at 12:40pm and again at 5:10pm.  

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New Mayor, Council To Be Sworn In Next Week

The newly elected mayor and council are set to start in their new roles officially next week.

 

City Manager Anthony McInnis spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that at the inaugural meeting, a deputy mayor will be appointed and committees with be formed.

 

McInnis added that chairs and co-chairs of the committees will also be selected.

 

He said there will also be a number of housekeeping items on the agenda.

 

The meeting is scheduled for November 7th at 7:00pm in council chambers. 

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Province Makes NRHA Appointments

The Province has made appointments to the boards of the regional health authorities.

 

Cal Huntley of Flin Flon was re-appointed as chair of the Northern Health Region board, while Carrie Atkinson of The Pas was re-appointed as vice-chair.

 

Also re-appointed to the board were Anne Kenny Thompson of Lynn Lake and Elaine Kobelka of The Pas.

 

The health region boards are responsible for directing the management and affairs of the region to ensure the delivery and administration of health services. 

 

Health Minister Cameron Friesen said that the health system relies on boards to guide the safety and quality of care that is available in communities across the province.

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Information Sessions For New Programs Aimed At People On Employment And Income Assistance

There are information sessions both tomorrow and Wednesday for those who receiving employment and income assistance and are interested in a job in the tourism industry.

 

The sessions, which are being put together by the Northern Manitoba Sector Council and the Manitoba Tourism Education Council, will provide information on three new training programs.

 

The tourism council says that the three-week programs will have you working in the industry in eight weeks.

 

The three programs train those who take them for jobs as housekeeping room attendants, front desk clerks, line cooks, and food and beverage servers.

 

Those jobs were chosen as there are immediate and future opportunities available here in Thompson.

 

The sessions are taking place in the main floor boardroom of the Thompson Provincial Building tomorrow at 10:30am and 2:00pm, and Wednesday at 10:30am.

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Ashton Calls For Action From Feds On Impacts Of Climate Change In The North

Niki Ashton has called on the Federal Government to recognize the need for "urgent action" to deal with the impact of climate change on access into remote Indigenous communities.

 

Ashton said that as Ottawa is currently dealing with the Pallister Government’s refusal to impose a carbon tax, they need to recognize that climate change is having an immediate impact on many Manitoba First Nations.

 

She added that it is unacceptable that the Manitoba Government walked away from a previous commitment to extend all-weather road access to the east side of Lake Winnipeg.

 

Ashton said that while the country is "desperately seeking to reduce green house gas emissions", Indigenous communities in northern Manitoba are already paying the price for damage done.

 

She added that it is time for the federal government to step in and put some of the available funding to fight the impacts of climate change.

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City of Thompson 8th Council Seat goes to Judicial Review

October 26, 2018

 

News Release from the City of Thompson


THOMPSON, MB – Following a review of the results by City officials, Elections Manitoba, and the candidates tied for the 8th council seat, the results of the City of Thompson’s 2018 Municipal Election will be subjected to a judicial recount, where the results will be reviewed by a provincial judge. All other results are now declared official.


A review of the ballots collected during the 2018 Municipal Election found that a single ballot was rejected due to improper marking on the ballot: The City of Thompson’s By-law 1912-2014, s. 6(c) states that “the elector may vote only by making an acceptable mark on the ballot.” Section 2 of the same bylaw defines an “acceptable mark” as a mark “made by an elector on a ballot in the space provided opposite the name of any candidate, which the vote tabulator unit is able to record.”


Both candidates have objected to the rejection of the ballot, the rejected ballot will be subjected to the review of a provincial judge, as per Section 120(1) of The Municipal Councils and School Boards Elections Act (MCSBEA). The review will likely be restricted to a review of the individual ballot, and a judgement will be made whether the marking is considered valid.


Should the reviewing judge deem that the rejection stands, the seat will be declared vacant, and a city-wide by-election will be formally called following the declaration in order to fill the position, as per Section 118 of the MCSBEA.

 

 

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Possible Transit Service Disruption As Of November 1st

It’s looking like there will be no municipal transit come November 1st.

 

Greyhound Canada is currently responsible for both municipal transit routes, but will not continue that operation when the company leaves western Canada as of October 31st.

 

Councillor Duncan Wong was the head of a special transit ad-hoc committee before the recent election, which met with multiple bus companies before issuing a request for proposals.

 

City Manager Anthony McInnis spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that City administration is currently analyzing proposals from companies hoping to take over the operation of the two bus routes.

 

McInnis added that the earliest that the newly elected council could look at the proposals is during their first real meeting on November 13th.

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Manitoba NDP Says They Will Keep Pushing Pallister Government On MCRF

 The leader of the Manitoba NDP says that they are going to continue pressing the Province when it comes to Thompson getting money from the Mining Community Reserve Fund. 

 

Wab Kinew recently spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that few communities have paid more into the MCRF than Thompson, and now that the city is facing tough times it ought to be able to access the funds. 

 

Kinew, who represents the Winnipeg riding of Fort Rouge, said that his party has been very clear about their interpretation of the Mining Tax Act, which governs the fund. He added that after speaking to City officials, he understands that Thompson now has some backing to their claim that the City does in fact qualify for money from the fund. 

 

The governing Progressive Conservative government has maintained that that Thompson does not qualify. They have given multiple answers, including that the money isn’t accessible if the fund is under $10M, and that the fund is only for communities affected by ore depletion.  

 

Kinew said that his party is going to continue focus on this issue, and will be asking the finance minister to help the City of Thompson out.  

 

He added that there is a real job loss that is being felt here, and that the money is there to help mining communities during periods of job loss.  

 

The broadcaster-turned-politician said that there is no more deserving community that fits the description of what this fund is supposed to do than Thompson.

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Ashton: New Free Trade Agreement Is Problematic

Our Member of Parliament says that the new North American free trade agreement doesn’t help the average Canadian. 

 

Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that while the deal does help some people, it does not help the average Canadian.  

 

She said that with the deal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put Canadians’ health at risk. 

 

Ashton added that the Federal Government has bent regularly to the Trump administration, and that Canadians need a government that will “defend Canadians to the end”.  

 

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Colleen Smook Elected Mayor

Thompsonites have spoken, and Colleen Smook is now the Mayor-Elect.

 

Smook, who is coming off a four-year term on City Council that saw her spend a year as Deputy Mayor, received 1223 votes yesterday. Those votes represent 44.15% of the 2770 ballots cast for the role of mayor.

 

Ron Matechuk, who is also coming off of four years serving on council, led the mayoral race after the advance poll numbers came in. That changed as soon as the first of the Election Day numbers came in, as Smook took the lead and didn’t look back. Once all the votes were tallied, Smook won over Matechuk by 264 votes.

 

Penny Byer, who spent multiple terms on council before this election, finished third with 18.74% of the vote. Ryan Brady came in fourth place, with only 69 votes in his favour.

 

Mayor-Elect Smook spoke to Arctic Radio News shortly after winning the election, and said that it is both exciting and humbling to have been chosen by the people of Thompson.

 

When asked about the difference between this and her previous unsuccessful bid for the top job, Smook said that she thinks it was mainly her experience over the past four years on council. She said that her passion for the City of Thompson, however, is just as strong then as it is now.

 

Smook, who will become the first female mayor in the history of Thompson, said that she will be getting to work before she is sworn in. The Mayor-Elect said that she plans on reaching out to those elected to council, with hopes of talking to all eight and trying to start out on the right foot.

 

More votes were cast for council candidates than mayor, with Les Ellsworth, Kathy Valentino and Jeff Fountain each receiving over 1240 votes each.

 

Brian Lundmark, Earl Colbourne, Duncan Wong and Judy Kolada round out the remaining members of council that were elected last night.

 

The eighth and final council seat is still technically vacant, as both Chiew Chong and Andre Proulx tied with 1008 votes each.

 

City Manager Anthony McInnis spoke to Arctic Radio News earlier today during City Beat, and said that the City of Thompson is currently discussing the situation with the Province. McInnis said that once a decision has been made as to how to proceed, they will let the public know.

 

On the school board side, all three incumbent who ran were easily re-elected. Guido Oliviera received 1610 votes, while Leslie Tucker and Don McDonald received 1529 and 1332 votes respectively.

 

Joining them on the board will be Michelle Tomashewski, Lindsay Anderson, Samantha Chartrand and Saima Aziz.

 

According to the City, 37.5% (2785) of the 7422 eligible voters turned out to cast a ballot. Despite those numbers showing 278 les votes than those cast in the last election, the percentage of voters actually rose from 2014, when turnout sat at 33.14%.

 

The new mayor and council will be officially sworn in on November 7th at City Hall.

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Manitoba NDP Calls For The Pas, Flin Flon Ridings To Remain Separate

The leader of the Manitoba NDP says that he’s against the proposed amalgamation of the ridings of The Pas and Flin Flon. 

 

Wab Kinew spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that the north deserves proper representation. 

 

He said that if one MLA has to serve a large geographic area, that each community will not get proper representation in the Legislature.  

 

The Fort Rouge MLA said that amalgamation of the two ridings would not be respecting the diversity in different communities.  

 

Kinew added that the Electoral Division Boundaries Commission has until the end of the year to present their report, but that he expected them to release a report in the near future. 

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Riverside Students Raise Record Amount For Terry Fox Foundation

Despite a drop in enrolment, students at Ecole Riverside School raised more money than ever for the Terry Fox Foundation this year. 

 

Principal Jonathan Wamboldt said that the 370 students had a goal of $1500, but ended up bringing in $5132. 

 

The highest student fundraiser, a kindergarten student, raised $200. 

 

The students were motivated by a chance to soak volunteers, including RCMP Inspector Kevin Lewis, as every $25.00 raised meant one water balloon was theirs to throw. 

 

In total, 170 balloons were thrown.

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Small Business Lobby Group Calls For "Quick Resolution" To Canada Post Strike

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is calling for a quick resolution to the rotating Canada Post strikes, saying that small businesses are once again being left in the cold. 

 

CFIB president Dan Kelly said that while the rotating strikes may be less harmful than a general strike, they create additional uncertainty for businesses. He added that by even threatening a strike, more small business customers move to alternative couriers and may never return to Canada Post. 

 

Kelly went on to say that while many Canadians have become less reliant on traditional mail, it is still an important service for smaller businesses. He said that over half of small firms pay each other by paper cheque, and that nearly two thirds send more than 20 pieces of mail per month.  

 

Kelly added that it’s time for Canada Post to “bring its spending under control, instead of handing growing costs on to consumers and businesses who are already facing postal rate hikes in January.”  

 

The CFIB says that they recommend small businesses consider using e-transfers and also consider using alternative shipping services in response to the work stoppage. 

 

A spokesperson for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who represents those striking, told Arctic Radio News that they cannot comment on if there is any labour action planned for workers here in Manitoba.  

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RCMP Seize Explosives, Weapons During Westwood Area Drug Bust

More than a dozen firearms and a quantity of suspected mining explosives were seized by police here in Thompson earlier this week. 

 

Thompson RCMP executed a warrant in the Westwood area on Monday afternoon, and found suspected mining explosives, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash. Officers also located 14 firearms at the residence, including one that was loaded.  

 

The RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit from Winnipeg was consulted after the explosives were discovered, and an outside expert attended the scene to secure and properly remove them from the scene. 

 

Two Thompsonites, 43-year-old Shawn Gelasco and 41-year-old Ruth Gelasco, face charges of possession of explosives without lawful excuse (two counts), possession of property obtained by crime (two counts) and unsafe storage of a firearm (three counts). 

 

The investigation is ongoing, and drug charges are pending. 

 

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Tomorrow Is Election Day

Tomorrow is the day for Thompsonites to decide who will lead the City of Thompson for the next four years. 

 

Polls will be open at all elementary schools in the School District of Mystery Lake from 8:00am until 8:00pm. Those locations are Westwood School, Deerwood School, Ecole Riverside School, Juniper School, Burntwood School and Wapanohk Community School. 

 

In order to cast a ballot, you must be a Canadian citizen of at least 18 years of age and either a resident or property owner of/in the City of Thompson for at least six months as of tomorrow. 

 

Outgoing Mayor Dennis Fenske spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that the vote tally will be “quite quick”, and that he hopes that there will be an announcement of the new mayor and council “not too much later than 9:00pm”. 

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Kinew: Training Doctors Locally Could Help With Doctor Retention In The North

The leader of the Manitoba NDP says that the best way to ensure that northern communities have doctors is to train them locally. 

 

Wab Kinew spoke to Arctic Radio News during a recent visit to Thompson and said that in the long term, having locally trained doctors is one of the best ways for communities like Thompson and Flin Flon to retain health care professionals. 

 

Kinew said that in the short term, there are options to attract doctors from other parts of the province (and country) such as offering a stronger financial incentive.  

 

He also took time to address the decision by the Pallister Government to scrap the planned “Made in Manitoba” carbon tax, something that Kinew says is a mistake. 

 

The former journalist said that his party had recently delayed the introduction of the tax because they wanted a plan that helps Manitobans be more environmentally friendly, as “what Pallister was proposing was basically just to take the money and run”. 

 

Kinew added that now the Province is doing nothing for the environment. 

 

To hear from Wab Kinew on these and other topics, tune in to Thompson Today tomorrow afternoon for part one of a two-part interview.

 

It will air on 102.9 CHTM at 12:40pm and 5:10pm, with part two airing at the same times on Thursday October 25th. 

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Advance Poll Numbers Up 5% Over 2014

There was an increase this year in the amount of votes cast during advance polling dates over 2014. 

 

According to Dave Turpie, the senior election official, 460 people took advantage of the early voting dates. He said that 121 people voted on October 8th, 124 on October 13th and 215 on October 17th. 

 

Turpie said that it was a good turnout, and that the numbers represent around a five percent increase over advance polls from 2014. 

 

Election Day is Wednesday, and polls will be open from 8:00am until 8:00pm at all Mystery Lake School Division elementary schools. 

 

In order to cast a ballot, voters should have a piece of government-issued photo I.D., or two other pieces of identification.

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