City Council passed a resolution Monday evening to approve the installation of service connections on Brandon Crescent as a part of the City of Thompson Phase 2 Watermain renewal.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino spoke out in support of the resolution, saying that it was a smart thing to do
She said the area was designated as part of the paving program, but that it makes more sense to do the watermain work that needs to be done first, so that they don’t pave the road then rip it up to do the work.
She added that it’s good that the City has contingency money so they don’t have to go looking for funding elsewhere.
The recommendation from City administration is to defer the paving until next year.
Water will be shut off across the whole city starting at 10:00pm tonight.
The shut-off is taking place so that upgrades can be made to the water system.
The city expects water to be fully restored by 5:00am tomorrow, though it could be longer if any complications arise.
Following the restoration of water, there will be a boil water advisory in affect across the city until water safety levels are restored.
Anyone with questions is asked to call the city of Thompson at 677-7910 or the office of drinking water at 677-6704.
RCMP in Cross Lake have made a drug bust for the second time in less than a week.
Last Saturday evening, RCMP in Cross Lake conducted a traffic stop after spotting a quad with two occupants being driven erratically through the community. The occupants were not wearing helmets and not obeying road safety signs.
The 33-year-old driver, a resident of Cross Lake, was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
A further search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 42 grams of cocaine and a sum of Canadian Currency. Police also seized a case of beer from the quad.
The accused is facing charges of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and Resisting Arrest.
He was released on a Promise to Appear and will appear in court at a later date.
City council met last night for the only time in the month of August.
The meeting started out with three certificates of achievement presented to an individual and two businesses. They were handed out to the Thompson branch of the Assiniboine Credit Union in recognition for being awarded the 2017 National Credit Union award for social responsibility as well as the Best Western and Thompsonite Breann Pagee.
Councillor Dennis Foley spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that things like that are his favourite part of being a city councillor.
He said that often times people can be so focused on the finances, by-laws and negative aspects of municipal politics, so it’s important to highlight the achievements of business and residents in the city.
Foley added that one of the highlights every year for him has been the Volunteer of the Year awards, as they highlight all of the good going on in Thompson by Thomponsites.
The meeting also included letters from Eileen Clarke, the Manitoba Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations. The letters formalized funding from the province for work here in Thompson, including $400,000.00 which has gone towards the Selkirk road work.
Council will resume their bi-weekly meetings following their next meeting on September 5th.
Following an incident last week, the City of Thompson is reminding residents not to throw rocks at buses, cars, taxis or any vehicle.
If you are caught in the act, the penalty ranges from fines to prison time depending on whether or not people are injured.
Parents are encouraged to be aware of their childrens’ whereabouts and activities and to remind them to respect the property of others.
Taxi Cabs here in the city were pulled off the road late last week after some vehicles were damaged due to stones being thrown by minors. The incidents, for the most part, have been isolated to the Eastwood area, near the Highland Towers.
Anyone who witnesses any dangerous behaviour throughout the city should call the RCMP Thompson detachment at 204.677.6909 or 204.677.6911 if it is an emergency.
While there are a number of wildfires burning across the province, Gary Friesen, the manager of the wildfire program for Manitoba Sustainable Development, says that Thompsonites have nothing to worry about.
He said that while there are a large number of fires burning across the province, there are not any in the Thompson area and that Thompsonites shouldn’t feel concerned.
Friesen added that the haze in the city is from fires in British Colombia, the Northwest Territories and north-west Manitoba, and that the conditions should improve here in Thompson as they improve out west.
Thompson City Council will meet tonight for the only time in August, and the first time since July 17th.
Councillor Colleen Smook spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that this meeting will have a positive note. The meeting will start out with the city, and council, recognizing Breann Pagee, the Thompson branch of the Assiniboine Credit Union, and the Thompson Best Western hotel with certificates of appreciation.
Smook added that she doesn’t expect the meeting to be long, as there are no major by-laws or resolutions on the agenda.
The full agenda for the meeting is available to the public, and can be found either online at Thompson.ca or can be picked up by visiting City Hall during business hours.
The meeting will start at 7:00pm upstairs in council chambers at City Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. Council will resume bi-weekly meetings in September, starting on September 5th.
Thompson RCMP are asking for the publics’ assistance.
Late Friday evening, Thompson R.C.M.P. received a report of a possible attempted abduction of two young girls.
The girls, ages 7 and 8, were at the Rotary Park on Deerwood Drive when a masked suspect exited a vehicle and approached them while they were on the swing set. The masked suspect then attempted to pull the girls off the swings. An unknown female that was driving by witnessed what was occurring and stopped to offer her assistance. The suspect fled the area in a pickup truck, possibly a blue Dodge Ram.
The girls were unharmed.
The witness who stopped the possible abduction attempt then helped them get their bicycles and stood watch as they safely made it back home but did not stay to speak with police. The R.C.M.P. would like to speak with this female witness. It is believed that she was driving a dark coloured Jeep and had a dog with her.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, have any information, or any residence in the area of the Rotary Park on Deerwood Drive that may have video surveillance, are asked to contact Thompson R.C.M.P. at 204.677.6909.
RCMP in Cross Lake have seized drugs and alcohol following a traffic stop in the community.
The Mounties searched the stopped vehicle and found one hundred and 54 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, 52 Tylenol three tablets and eleven bottles of liquor.
Garrett Ross (18), Tamar Thomas (25), Shannah Scott (27) and Dolores Thomas (50) have been charged each with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of property obtained by crime.
The four are being held in custody and are to appear in provincial court here in Thompson. The investigation is still ongoing.
The RCMP said that those who produce and traffic illicit drugs destroy lives, homes and communities, and that the RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent.
If anyone has any information regarding drugs or any other criminal activity, please contact the RCMP or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).
The Thompson Chamber of Commerce will be holding their bi-weekly lunch meeting today in the conference room at the Meridian Hotel.
The guest for the meeting is AuroraFest co-chair Hugh Fraser, who will be talking about the upcoming AuroraFest 150.
The meeting will get underway at 12:00pm.
The mission of the Chamber is to promote and improve trade, commerce and the economic well being in the city of Thompson and its trading area.
Premier Brian Pallister recently announced that the province is investing in Norway House.
Premier Pallister was recently in the community, and announced that a new cable ferry will soon be in operation, which will ensure safe and reliable access to Norway House.
He also announced that the province will be resurfacing a portion of PR 373, and that the province will be spending an additional $2,000,000.00 in 2018-19 to improve traffic signals and crosswalks at Rossville on PR 373.
Pallister said that the provincial government is committed to strategic infrastructure investments that directly support economic growth while enhancing access to northern communities. He added that the investment in a new cable ferry and the resurfacing of PR 373 are vitally important to the health, culture and economic prosperity of the people living in and visiting the region.
The announcements were made alongside Norway House Cree Nation Chief Ron Evans and the mayor of Norway House, Cristo Spiess, during Treaty and York Boat Days.
Photo courtesy of CBC
Police in Thunder Bay say they're looking for a woman from Thompson who has been reported missing.
Police say 37-year-old Amy Trout was last seen in Thunder Bay while she was visiting from Thompson.
Police described her as being Indigenous and about five-feet-two-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with long brown hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.
A new coalition in the province is arguing that carbon pricing is essential in the fight against climate change.
The Manitoba Carbon Pricing Coalition (M.C.P.C.) officially launched yesterday morning on the steps of the Legislature in Winnipeg and plan to push the Pallister government to put a price on carbon. The group is made up of climate change activists and public policy experts from groups such as the Green Action Centre and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
The group was launched less than a month after the Manitobans Against Carbon Taxes Coalition (M.A.C.T.C.) was founded. The M.A.C.T.C. is made up of members from the Canadian Wheat Growers Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The group believes that any sort of price on carbon will create strain on the economy, which in turn will hurt businesses.
The M.C.P.C. argues their claim, saying that while it will create a pinch on the economy, that pinch will be a good thing since it will drive change.
Manitoba is one of the two provinces not to have a deal in place with Ottawa with regards to carbon and a recent poll says more than half of Manitobans are against any form of carbon pricing or taxation.
Photo courtesy of National Geographic
Mayor Dennis Fenske recently spoke to 102.9 CTHM about the Selkirk Drive construction project and said that even though it’s frustrating sometimes, construction is a good thing for Thompson.
He said that it shows that there is an investment in Thompson which means improvement for the community. He added that the project is going to cost between $1,500,000.00 and $3,000.000.00.
Fenske added that the City is asking for everyone’s patience while the construction is taking place, and to be safe as there are large construction vehicles moving around the area.
The Mayor gave an update on the work being done, saying that they’re finishing up excavating down a few feet, and that the next step is going to be to build the road back up. The final step will be for the asphalt company to come and surface the road.
Fenske added that Selkirk Drive should be done by next month, and next years’ work will be on Station Road from Mystery Lake to Nelson Road.
The Public Interest Law Centre is raising a red flag with regards to the new hike in hydro rates here in the province.
While the crown corporation says that the increase will only be a few extra dollars on every bill, the centre is saying it could be up to $15.00 more when winter comes here in the north.
Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Kelvin Shepherd said that the rate increase is to help cover the cost of new hydro projects and to help reduce debt. He added that the interim rate increase is about half the rate increase Hydro would have liked to seen.
Shepherd said that if there aren’t more rate hikes, Manitoba Hydro’s debt will continue to increase.
The centre says that the raise in price will impose a significant hardship on consumers, businesses, and especially consumers who are either on a fixed income or have no choice but to use more electricity in the winter.
Manitoba Hydro is proposing a 7.9% rate hike for next year.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce recently polled its members with regards to the ongoing situation with Omnitrax and the rail line connecting Churchill to the rest of the province.
Over half of the respondents said the rail should be fixed by both the federal and provincial governments, while a quarter said that the rail line and port should be bought by a new private investor.
A little over 15% said that Omnitrax should be held responsible for fixing the damaged line.
Last week, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President Chuck Davidson met with business owners and local government officials in Churchill to hear first-hand the challenges facing the community.
The Chamber has requested a meeting with Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen to discuss the creation of a fund that could be used to offset the increased costs business owners are experiencing in affected area.
The community has been without the rail line for over two months.
Photo courtesy of CBC
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen has announced appointments to the boards of Manitoba's five regional health authorities.
Appointed to the eleven member board in the Northern Health Region are June Chu from Wabowden, Angela Enright from Snow Lake and Mary Head from OCN.
Thompson City Councillor Judy Kolada was reappointed to the board.
Goertzen noted the regional health authority boards guide the important work of providing the right care, adding these new board members will help guide health care as they work to strengthen the system and improve access to consistent quality care across the province.
Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press
City Council received a letter recently from the provincial government with regards to the Thompson 2020 project that contained some very good news.
The letter, which was signed by the CEO of Manitoba Housing Steven Spry, says that on behalf of Manitoba Housing he is pleased to assign Harold Smith to work on the project. Smith is currently the executive director of Northern Housing Operations for Manitoba Housing.
This will cover up to 25% of Harold Smith’s time for up to one year, and any non-salary related costs associated with his participation in the project will be covered by Thompson 2020, and not Manitoba Housing. The assignment of his time is renewable upon the written agreement of Manitoba Housing and the City of Thompson.
Mayor Dennis Fenske said that while the letter is fantastic news, it’s more a matter of housekeeping. He said that the deal was already in place, but needed the paperwork to come through on both ends before it could be finalized.
Fenske added that this letter is an example of the Provincial Government’s commitment not only to Thompson 2020, but also to the City of Thompson.
Harold Smith is the assistant project manager for Thompson 2020.
Photo courtesy of Thompson Citizen
Premier Brian Pallister has announced that his Progressive Conservative Government will be developing a new provincial mineral development protocol with First Nation communities. He says the protocol will enable them to establish a clear pathway forward on mineral development.
The process will be co-chaired by Chief Ron Evans from Norway House Cree Nation and Jim Downey, former Manitoba Deputy Premier. The two will engage First Nations communities that have immediate or potential mineral development opportunities and are interested in participating.
The new protocol will define how consultations will occur during phases of mineral development including grassroots exploration, mechanized disturbance, advanced exploration and mine development.
Pallister added it will also provide mineral exploration and mining industries with a clear understanding of the requirements and processes for mineral development projects in indigenous territories.
Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba NDP leadership hopeful Wab Kinew has received another endorsement, this time from former NDP minister of labour Erna Braun.
Braun joins Becky Barrett and Nancy Allen as the third former labour minister to back Kinew for the top job.
Braun said in a release that Wab is the leader we need to represent NDP values today. She added that working with families needs their support, and Kinew has the full support of the labour movement. She added that he (Kinew) is uniting party elders while bringing in the next generation of thinkers and organizers and that he will make an excellent leader and an outstanding Premier.
Manitoba’s largest private-sector union also announced that they are throwing their support behind Kinew.
UFCW local 832 represents over 19,000 people across a variety of industries including retail, food processing, hospitality, security, industrial, support centres and healthcare.
Jeff Traeger, president of the union, says that they clearly see that Wab is the best choice to renew the NDP. He added that Kinew is dedicated, driven and is willing to fight for positive change for all Manitobans.
Barrett said that labour is under attack by the Pallister government, and that the labour movements’ message to New Democrats is clear: if you want to help us resist Pallister, support Wab. She added that the party needs a leader with integrity and passion for the future, and that Wab is that man.
Kinew said that with the support of the unions, the NDP will bring the party together to focus on righting the wrongs of this Conservative government, and bring Manitobans together to fight for stronger families, and better opportunities for every kid wanting to build a brighter future.
He also added that he is honoured to have the support of those on the front lines of the labour movement, and long-time leaders like Erna.
City Council approved the recommendation of the purchasing agent to award the purchase of two new trucks at the last meeting of council.
This resolution brought forward a now old debate – two wheel drive or four wheel drive. Surprisingly though, this was not the most discussed resolution at council.
Councilor Duncan Wong once again found himself on the other side of a debate from the Mayor (and most of his fellow councillors), saying that to him it seems hypocritical that council would want the city to own 2WD trucks when they all own 4WD. He added that that it makes sense to him for the city to buy four wheel drives with a switch that turns them into two wheel drives, but that the city doesn’t need to be buying as many trucks as they are.
Mayor Fenske responded to the comments made by Wong about the City buying more trucks, saying that they are following the policy in place, which is to have the new trucks replace old ones in the city’s fleet, and to have the old ones sold at auction.
Fenske added that the city does have four wheel drive trucks in the city fleet for the fire and emergency services. He also said that a statement made in council that the City would come to a stop if we had a significant snowfall (like we had this past March) is factually untrue, as only a small portion of the work force would be using the vehicles and be affected.
The resolution, which passed 6-3, was a recorded vote at the request of Councillor Wong. Voting in favour of the resolution was Mayor Fenske, Deputy Mayor Valentino, Councillor Smook, Councillor Foley, Councillor Ellis and Councillor Byer. Councillor Kolada, Councillor Wong and Councillor Matechuk all voted against the resolution.
The recommended tender is from Rock Country G.M., and is for two new ½ ton regular cab 2WD 2018 Chevy Silverado’s at a total cost of $58,937.98.
The Health Products Stewardship Association (H.P.S.A.) is targeting expired or unused medications for aches and pains long forgotten.
A survey conducted by the H.P.S.A. shows 24% of Manitobans have unwanted or expired medications and of those who disposed of them 56% used their Take Back Program and returned them to their community pharmacy.
However 32% admitted they threw medications in the garbage and 11% reported they disposed of them in a sink or toilet which means more work needs to be done to keep these products out of landfills and local water sources.
The H.P.S.A. says the service is free and returning medication to a pharmacy ensures these products are disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
They report last year 15 tonnes of expired or unused medications were collected and safely disposed of through the Manitoba Medications Return Program.
In Thompson, medication can be returned to Shoppers Drug Mart, the Wal-Mart Pharmacy, and the Safeway Pharmacy.
On July 25 Swan River RCMP received a report that a 17-year-old male from Split Lake, Manitoba was missing from Steeprock Bible Camp near Lake Winnipegosis.
The male was seen swimming out to a floating dock, but he disappeared and witnesses did not see him resurface.
RCMP officers immediately attended, spoke with witnesses and called in Sustainable Development, who had a boat in the area, to search the water for the male.
The body of the 17 year old was found late last week by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, with assistance from Sustainable Development
The 2016 Crime Severity Index (C.S.I.) from Statistics Canada has been released, and Thompson finds itself in the top three.
Thompson places second in overall crime (with a score of 284.3), first in violent crime (index score of 414.95), and third in non-violent crime (score of 236.17). North Battleford was first in overall crime.
Councillor Blake Ellis, the chair of the public safety committee, said in a release that we cannot accept the increase as business as usual and that public safety continues to be a top priority for the city.
Mayor Fenske said that they don’t believe that the stated increase is an accurate reflection of the day-to-day safety of Thompson as whole.
He added that the C.S.I. uses census numbers in comparing a city’s population to the crime stats, a number which multiple city officials have disputed as a poor reflection of the population that Thompson serves.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is going to have to decide whether or not an environmental assessment is required for the proposed Lynn Lake gold project.
They are looking for comments from the public and indigenous groups on the project and its affect on the environment.
Alamos Gold has proposed the construction, operation, decommissioning and reclamation of an open pit gold mine and new metal mill near the town of Lynn Lake.
The project would involve the redevelopment of two historic gold mines; the Gordon and MacLellan sites. The new project would include new mine infrastructure, open pits and an access road.
The Prime Minister will be making an official visit to Manitoba this week, but won’t be stopping in Churchill.
Justin Trudeau will be in Winnipeg for the 2017 Canada Games, but despite from multiple requests from the Mayor of Churchill, won’t be visiting the remote community which has been without their rail line for over two months.
The federal government as a whole has also remained quite on the topic, despite multiple letters from Premier Pallister asking for support.
The Prime Ministers’ office responded to questions about the community by saying that it is looking for everyone to accept responsibility, including the province and Omnitrax. A spokesperson from the P-M’s office said that if Omnitrax doesn’t meet its obligations then the federal government will look at other options to making sure residents of Churchill get the food and other supplies they need.
Omnitrax recently announced that they will not be paying the cost to repair the rail line.
Photo courtesy of Maclean’s Magazine
The NDP are calling on the Pallister government to make an abortion pill available to women across Manitoba, free of charge.
The pill, which is free in four provinces across the country, is currently only available in Winnipeg and costs over three hundred dollars.
Opposition MLA Nahanni Fontaine said that Manitoba has been a leader in keeping essential medicines accessible and affordable for patients in the province, and that women have a right to have full control over their reproductive health, which includes access to the abortion pill.
The four provinces which currently provide the pill free of charge are Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Quebec.
Churchill Mayor Michael Spence said in a recent release that to his knowledge, Ottawa and the province have not sat down together to discuss the situation since the rail line flooded almost two months ago.
He added that he can’t understand why the Premier isn’t able to get his ministers to sit down with their federal counterparts, and that provincial government seems to have abandoned their plan to ship propane this winter.
The town of Churchill is saying that the current situation with the Omnitrax and the rail line connecting the remote northern community shows a lack of leadership in both the provincial and federal government.
Mayor Spence said that Omnitrax has said it can repair the rail in 60 days, and KRC could do repair it sooner. He added that the province is not showing leadership and that means more losses will come to Northern Manitoba.
The provincial New Democrats will be hosting what they're calling a leadership forum in Thompson this evening.
Manitoba NDP president David Woodbury spoke to 102.9 CHTM and sand that the forums, which are debates, are taking place across the province in the lead-up to their leadership race in the fall.
Previous stops on the circuit included Brandon and Gimli, with a stop coming in Winnipeg after tonight.
Both leadership candidates, Wab Kinew and Steve Ashton, will be in attendance.
The event gives both candidates the chance to share their view for the party (and province), debate points with one another, and answer questions.
Woodbury said that the event is for more than just party members, and that he hopes anyone with an interest in what's going on in Manitoba will come out.
The forum will take place at the V.R.C.C. starting at 7:00pm.
At city council last Monday, the meeting starting on a very happy note as Mayor Fenske and the rest of council acknowledged two young Thompsonites for the national and provincial awards they received.
Ellie Winship and Larissa Einarson were presented with certificates from the city and got their pictures taken with the Mayor before council got down to business.
Ellie was the recipient of the Girl Guides of Canada National Girl Greatness award, while Larissa was one of the recipients of the 2017 Premier's Healthy Living Award for Youth.
Mayor Fenske commented afterwards that moments like that are his favourite part of the job.
Thompson will be getting an internet and TV upgrade in the near future.
At city council this past Monday, council unanimously approved the resolution for BellMTS to install fiber optic cables here in the city.
At the previous meeting on June 19, council approved a similar resolution for Shaw.
The new cables will allow the telecommunication giants to offer expanded TV service and faster internet.
The resolution passed at council this past Monday for Bell-MTS states that the work be kept a minimum of three meters from the city's underground infrastructure and that any damage caused by BellMTS will be fixed quickly at their expense.
Thompson City Council will meet tonight for the first time since June 19th.
The agenda for the meeting includes letters from Minister Friesen and the C.E.O. of Manitoba Housing, as well as resolutions to approve the tabulation for lighting upgrades for the G.B. Arena and to approve the accommodation tax distribution.
The full agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found online at Thompson.ca. You can also pick up a hard copy of the agenda by visit City Hall.
The meeting will start at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Everyone is welcome, and encouraged, to attend.
The Thompson Community Foundation presented the 2017 Troy Anand Fund earlier today to the Sikh Society of Thompson.
The Thompson Community Foundation is an evergreen fund that hands out the interest from the fund to other organizations within Thompson.
The cheque awarded was for $600.00.
The Troy Anand Fund is awarded yearly to a recipient chosen by Dolly Anand.
The 2017 Troy Anand Scholarship has been awarded to Rachelle Halls, a recent graduate of R-D Parker Collegiate.
Rachelle will be attending University College of the North in the fall and plans to become a teacher. She is spending her summer working in the MKO office.
The scholarship is awarded yearly in memory of Troy Anand, a local entrepreneur who was very active in making Thompson a better place to live.
Today’s meeting of the chamber of commerce will be members only.
Chamber members will have a chance to talk about the impact of Vale’s downsizing, which starts in October and continues into 2018, as well as the Thompson 2020 project, which aims to mitigate the impact.
Tim Gibson and Harold Smith, the project managers for the Thompson 2020 project were guests of the Chamber at the meeting back on June 14th, where the two fully introduced the project to everyone in attendance.
All members are invited to come to the meeting to voice their concerns and opinions, which will form the basis for a dialogue between the Chamber and the City.
The meeting is taking place at 12:00pm in the conference room of the Meridian Hotel.
One of the commissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indeigenous Women and Girls has resigned. Poitras’ decision comes quickly after Michele Moreau, the inquiries executive director, also resigned her post.
The announcement came this morning from Ottawa that Marilyn Poitras had tendered her resignation, saying that she is unable to do her job with the currently level of scrutiny. Poitras is the fifth high ranking member of the inquiry to resign in the past month.
Poitras was selected for the position last summer along with three others, including chief commissioner Marion Buller.
The Federal government has set aside almost $60,000,000.00 and two years for the inquiry, though Buller says more time and money will be required.
MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson called for the resignation of Buller one week ago in an interview with CBC, saying that the inquiry needs a reboot
There is an ongoing search for a missing Thompson resident.
40-year-old Bradley Johnson was last seen in the early hours of July 1st near the best western in Thompson.
Later that morning, Thompson RCMP were notified of an abandoned vehicle parked near the Miles Hart Bridge over the Burntwood River.
Some items belonging to Bradley Johnson were located on the bridge.
Police Dog Services attended the scene, but a thorough search did not turn up any further evidence.
Anyone with information should contact Thompson RCMP at 677-6909 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
An eight point four million dollar project here in Thompson is now complete.
Manitoba families minister Scott Fielding was in Thompson last week for the official soil turning for the Lions Manor 55 Seniors’ building project, and took the time to announce that the affordable housing project on Cambridge Street is now complete.
Fielding said that “This investment reflects our government’s commitments to families in northern Manitoba and to improve the supply and quality of affordable housing throughout the province,” and added that “the goal is to get families into safe, secure homes and we are certain this new option will be a welcome addition to the region.”
The 24 units, which are being managed by the Keewatin Housing Association (K.H.A.I.), had their first residents move in last October. K.H.A.I. CEO George Neepin said that the organization is pleased to have 24 new units come to Thompson and the north, and to house 24 more Indigenous families.
The K.H.A.I. was established in 1983 by the Keewatin Tribal Council, and operates more than 100 rental units in Thompson. They aim to provide housing that improves the quality of life for urban Indigenous families.
The Thompson R.C.M.P. detachment was extremely active over the weekend, responding to around 140 calls for service. Two children under 12 years of age were found responsible for mischief to a local business, and 15 youth were reported missing, though all returned or were located. Officers also charged a twenty year old with impaired operation of a motor vehicle. He is set to appear in provincial court in August.
Other police activity in Northern Manitoba over the weekend included The Pas traffic services pulling over a vehicle travelling at 186km per hour on Hwy 39 near Snow Lake. The male driver from B.C. was charged with speeding and received an $1176.00 fine. In addition to the speeding charge, he was charged under the criminal code for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and possession of under 30 grams of cannabis under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. The passenger was charged for possession of methamphetamine under the CDSA
The numbers are in, and the city of Thompson paid out over $2,000.00 during clean community month for bags of garbage collected by Thompsonites.
Over 400 bags were collected on June 10th, clean community day, for a total payout of just over $1,200.00. Another $975.00 was paid out for 325 bags picked up for the rest of the month.
The city waived residential tipping fees at the landfill from June 5th through the 10th, and Thompsonites took advantage. Over $10,000.00 worth of waste disposal fees were waived, and extra city staff had to be brought in to handle the crowds, which cost the city just over two grand.
Mayor Dennis Fenske said in a news release that the City of Thompson is proud to have residents that take such pride in the community and that the city is grateful for the help they get every year.
The shovels are now officially in the ground for the new waste water treatment plant. The new plant, which is being constructed at the end of Nelson Road, is replacing the current waste water plant and sewage lagoon, which have been in place since 1958 and 1970 respectively.
The new facility will be equipped to serve a population of 15,000 residents, with the ability to accommodate facility expansions in the event of a population increase.
Construction will include a new lift station on Cree Road, a new sanitary force main connecting the lift station to the plant, and the decommissioning of the old plant. The project expected to cost over $30,000,000.00 and take around two years to build. The cost is being split between the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.
The City says that once the project is complete, residents can expect a significant reduction in the smell of sewage being emitted from both the waste water treatment plant and its associated lift stations. Mayor Dennis Fenske said that with the new plant, the City of Thompson is taking steps to secure the future health of our community, not only for the residents, but also for the environment.
The bi-weekly lunch meeting of the Thompson Chamber of Commerce will take place today.
The meeting will feature Councillor Dennis Foley, who will be talking about the off-road park located to the south of Thompson and why it’s important for the community.
Councillor Foley, who serves as the president of the Northern Manitoba Off-Road Association, recently gave a presentation at the V.R.C.C. in an attempt to start a motocross club here in the city. At the meeting, Foley said that one of the main reasons that the park is important is to provide outdoor enthusiasts a safe place to enjoy their vehicles without doing so on city streets.
One of the other reasons Foley says both motocross club and off-road park are important is that the space could be used as a tourist attraction, as the land could be used for many different events, such as potentially hosting a music festival without worrying about noise complaints or mud runs.
The Chamber of Commerce meeting starts at 12:00pm in the conference room at the Meridian Hotel.
Registration for the July summer reading program at the Thompson Public Library closes Friday.
The theme for this year is Canada 150, and the July session will focus on eastern provinces. The July summer reading program runs from the 11th until the 15th at 2:00pm daily, and will focus on a different province every day.
For more information, you can contact the library by calling 1.204.677.3717.
Registration for the summer reading challenge also closes on Friday. The challenge is also running a “Canada 150” theme.
There will be a meeting of the trustees for the School District of Mystery Lake tonight at 7:00pm. The meeting will be at the school board office on Thompson Drive beside the Giant Tiger Mall, and will be the last meeting for the 2016-2017 school year.
The meeting will include a presentation by Hugh Fraser and Volker Beckman about Aurora Fest, as well as a presentation from Bella Moose, the winner of CBC Kids “Prime Minister for a Day” contest.
The agenda also includes the secretary-treasurers report and a piece of correspondence from the Manitoba School Boards Association. Other items on the agenda are an invitation to attend the fourth annual northern health summit, and the second and third readings of a procedural by-law
City crews are working hard to get the roads around Thompson clean, but there have been delays.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino spoke to 102.9 CHTM late last week during City Beat, and said that the street sweeping has been slowed down, as one of the two crews has been re-tasked to deal with pot-holes.
She said that even if both crews were focused solely on the street sweeping, it would still be a lengthy process.
Valentino added that crews will continue to paint intersections as long as the weather permits, and that the provincial contractors are supposed to be here later in the summer to paint the road lines.
Mayor Dennis Fenske and City Manager Gary Ceppetelli are in Winnipeg today as representatives of the city at the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Look North MBiz breakfast meeting.
The meeting will feature a presentation by Chuck Davidson and Chief Christian Sinclair, the co-chairs of the Look North strategy.
The presentation will include findings from the Look North summits which took place in three different northern communities earlier in the year.
After the breakfast meeting, the Mayor and City manager will be meeting with various provincial ministers.
The trip was approved by city council 8-1 Monday evening, where Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino said that this was an important event for the city to be at.
McLean Park will be getting a new canopy for the stage.
City Council voted seven-two on Monday evening to approve the reallocation of $32,600.00 from the air conditioning capital project for the McLean Park redevelopment.
The city had originally budgeted $50,400.00 for the project, so council had to approve the reallocation of $32,600.00 dollars from the air conditioning capital project. $6,400.00 of the original budget for the project is a grant from the Manitoba Community Places program.
Councillor Byer was one of the councilors’ to voice her support for the resolution, as McLean Park is well-used, and this would make it even more attractive.
Councillor Kolada also voiced her support of the project, saying that while the city has previously sunk a lot of money into the project, she believes A&B builders will do the job correctly.
Councillors Foley, Smook, Ellis, Byer, Kolada, Deputy Mayor Valentino and Mayor Fenske voted in support, while Councillors Wong and Matechuk voted against.
The vote was recorded at the request of Councillor Wong.
(Pictured is a sketch of the proposed canopy design)
City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Thompson 2020 mast project charter at the regular meeting of city council Monday evening.
The project is a combined effort by the City of Thompson, the Province of Manitoba, Vale Canada, Service Canada, Community Futures North Central Development, Community Economic Development Fund, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, the Thompson Chamber of Commerce and Churchill Regional Economic Development to deal with Vale’s 2018 closure of the smelter and refinery in order to mitigate the economic impacts on the city.
The project will focus on four buckets; workforce utilization, retain and attract residents, business (re)development and infrastructure.
Creating meaningful opportunities for people affected by the smelter and refinery closures, as well as staff effected by the recent Birchtree announcement
Retain and Attract Residents:
Seeking new opportunities for residents of all ages in an attempt to keep them in the north.
Will provide the tools and environment for new and existing businesses to thrive in Thompson and the north, as most assets in the region have been underutilized.
Infrastructure (All-weather roads):
Will push to initiate the construction of all-weather roads in the NorMan region, which will reduce the cost of goods and further solidify Thompson as a regional hub.
Mayor Dennis Fenske said in a release that as the new decade approaches the city will be faced with its greatest challenge yet. He added that prompt and deliberate action is needed to ensure that the city mitigates the impact on the workforce and residents and that Thompson 2020 will be the city’s compass.
Tim Gibson is spearheading the efforts as project manager, while Harold Smith is the assistant project manager.
Gibson is an industrial engineer by trade, and holds an MBA in natural resources, energy and economics, and a Master’s in project management. He has over 25 years in project management and sits on the board of directors for the Thompson Recycling Centre.
Harold Smith is a former city councilor and long-time resident of Thompson. He has extensive experience in public housing, project management and land claims implementation and negotiation.
There will be an open house in the V.R.C.C. multi-purpose room starting at 7:00pm to discuss the formation for a community motocross club.
The club would be focused around the off-road park, which is located to the south of Thompson. The proposed purpose of the club is to provide motosport enthusiasts with a safe and unobtrusive facility while enhancing the possibilities for skills and community development.
The meeting is being hosted by the City of Thompson, in partnership with the Northern Manitoba Off-Road Association (N.M.O.R.A.).
The City is encouraging all residents to come and discuss their concerns and desires for the future club and its role in the park. The City and the N.M.O.R.A. are also looking for potential active members who are willing to help make the club a reality.
Monday evening a letter was presented to city council requesting that Councillor Duncan Wong apologize for sexist remarks made at a previous council meeting.
Councillor Wong responded to the letter with a prepared statement, saying that the issue should have been solely brought to him instead of to council, and that he wouldn’t be apologizing. Councillor Wong added that the letter was a defamation of his character.
Councillor Dennis Foley responded to his remarks, saying that process was followed and that the letter did go to him directly. He said that the letter, which was dated May 30th, had been sent to all councilors and that Councillor Wong did have the opportunity to deal with the matter privately.
During his response to the letter, Councillor Wong brought up another letter, which was not included in the agenda for the council meeting, in which the YWCA Thompson board of directors requested that Councillor Judy Kolada not give greetings from the City of Thompson at the Women of Distinction dinner since she did not object to Councillor Wong’s remarks. Wong said that Councillor Kolada deserved an apology more than anyone else in this matter.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino responded to those comments, saying that what happened with the YWCA Women of Distinction event was not in the letter before council, and it had nothing to do with what was being discussed. The Deputy Mayor also added that sometimes it’s the right move just to say “sorry” and that the grandstanding needs to stop.
Councillor Wong responded to the latter comment, saying that he’s been given the opportunity to grandstand thanks to the letter coming before council.
Multiple times throughout the meeting, Mayor Dennis Fenske had to restore order, as members of the public were being obstructive and interrupting the meeting.
After the meeting, some of Councillor Wong’s supporters were outside of City Hall yelling at the father of the person who wrote the letter and at those who voiced displeasure with the councilors’ original remarks.
Tomorrow is National Indigenous Day. The day will be marked here in Thompson, as it is every year, with a day-long celebration at McLean Park.
Festivities will get underway at 5:00am with a sunrise ceremony at city hall and will conclude with fireworks at night.
Most of the activities are taking place in the afternoon, starting with free hotdogs, starting around noon.
The events will be led by masters of ceremony Sylvia McKay (MKO) and Ken Bighetty (KTC).
Below is a full list of all activities taking place:
Pancakes & sausages
Start of children’s activities
Oh Canada (Wapanohk School)
Songs by Margaret Dumas
Opening prayer (Elder)
Opening remarks (MKO)
Mayor Dennis Fenske, City of Thompson
Kelly Bindle, Thompson MLA
Thompson Aboriginal Accord
Mathias & Marcel show featuring Trapper
$97,949.30 was awarded yesterday afternoon as a part of the Thompson Community Foundation’s annual general meeting.
Since the foundation started, they’ve handed out $1,149,654.59 to various causes around Thompson.
The largest grant was awarded to the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, who received over $14,000.00 towards classroom renovations and expansion.
List of all grants awarded:
Boys & Girls Club of Thompson
Approved under the Moffat Family Fund.
$3,000.00 towards railing and signage.
Thompson Children’s World Daycare
Approved under the Moffat Family Fund.
$5,000.00 towards renovations and expansion.
Approved under the Moffat Family Fund.
$5,424.00 to purchase and install a gazebo at Children’s Adventure Playgound.
2018 Manitoba Games
Approved under the Moffat Family Fund.
$12,879.78 for two sets of bleachers for the V.R.C.C. Wellness Centre .
R.D. Parker Collegiate Envirothon Club
Approved under the Moffat Family Fund.
$4,176.90 towards teaching materials for the R.D.P.C. Environmental Club.
Approved under the Moffat Family Fund.
$12,000.00 for new flooring.
Approved under the Joe Brain Fund & Moffat Family Fund.
$8,471.40 for tables and appliances for their breakfast program.
Northern Regional Health Authority
Approved under the Hospital Health Foundation Fund & Moffat Family Fund.
$4,709.40 to purchase seating in the Public Health reception area and a four-wheel walker.
Thompson Zoological Society
Approved under T.C.F. Fund.
$13,422.32 towards flooring in the aquarium exhibit.
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities
Approved under T.C.F. Fund.
$14,408.00 towards classroom renovations and expansion.
Wapanohk Community School
Approved under the T.C.F. Fund & Moffat Family Fund .
$14,457.50 to develop an outdoor classroom and green space.
The 2016/2017 school year is rapidly coming to a close, which means the year-end concerts for the music department at RD Parker are in full swing.
Senior music groups wrapped up their season (and for the graduates, their high school music careers) with the 32nd annual R.D.P.C. Cabaret last Tuesday. The theme of this years’ Cabaret was “A Tribute to the Post-War 40’s”.
There are two concerts left this year, the first of the two taking place tonight.
Tonight’s concert will feature the grade eight and nine concert bands, the grade eight and nine massed band, as well as the junior jazz ensemble and the grade seven and eight choirs.
Tomorrow evening’s concert will mark the final appearance of the grades six and seven bands, the intermediate jazz ensemble, and the grade nine choir.
Both concerts are taking place in the Letkemann Theatre at R.D. Parker and start at 7:00pm. The concerts are absolutely free to attend and everyone is encouraged to attend.
For more information on the concerts and the music department at R.D.P.C., head to www.rdparkermusic.com
With the news that rail line to Churchill will be closed until winter, Calm Air is stepping up to help bring much needed tourists, and supplies, to the remote northern community.
Calm Air President Gary Bell spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that the company will be scheduling two flights a week, currently on Mondays and Fridays, from Thompson to Churchill to bring people north.
Bell added that Calm Air will be meeting with Via Rail and the Town of Churchill today, and that the flights might change to accommodate the existing Via Rail schedule. Bell said that if the flights are changed, passengers would arrive in Thompson on the train Monday and Friday, then spend the afternoon exploring Thompson before catching their flight to Churchill the next morning.
Bell added that the airline will be increasing cargo shipments to Churchill. He said that Calm Air is currently up to three freight shipments a week, and will add more if the demand is there.
Ultima Foods has recalled some products due to concerns that there may be pieces of plastic in their product.
All of the affected products are iögo drinkable yogurts and are sold in 1L bottles and six-packs of smaller 93ml bottles.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has launched an officially investigation into the matter. At this point, no one has reported an injury due to the recalled products.
Below is a full list of the recalled products, as well as the code on the product and the UPC
iögo nanö Raspberry Drinkable Yogurt, sold in a six-pack of 93 ml bottles
Product Code: 2017 JN 16 C to 2017 JL 26 C
UPC: 6 29025 35004 6
iögo nanö Raspberry Drinkable Yogurt, sold in a six-pack of 93 ml bottles
Product Code: 2017 JL 04 C and 2017 JL 05 C
UPC: 6 29025 35006 7
iögo nanö Vanilla Drinkable Yogurt, sold in a six-pack of 93 ml bottles
Product Code: 2017 JN 30 C and 2017 JL 01 C
UPC: 6 29025 35007 7
iögo nanö Banana Drinkable Yogurt, sold in a six-pack of 93 ml bottles
Product Code: 2017 JL 12 C and 2017 JL 14 C
UPC: 6 29025 35005 3
iögo Smoothie Mango Yogurt Based Drink, sold in a 1L bottle
Product Code: 2017 JL 20 C
UPC: 6 29025 32000 1
iögo Smoothie Strawberry-Raspberry Yogurt Based Drink, sold in a 1L bottle
Product Code: 2017 JN 10 C
UPC: 6 29025 32001 8
iögo Protein Strawberry Protein Yogurt Based Drink, sold in a 1L bottle
Product Code: 2017 JN 17 C
UPC: 6 29025 35002 5
If you have purchased any of the affected products, you are advised to either throw them out or return them to the store you bought them at.
A Thompson man’s quest to get his family into Canada from Nigeria has now garnered national attention, as a petition started by Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle made its way to the floor of the House of Commons in Ottawa.
Video of the petition being introduced in the House of Commons
Abiodun “Abbey” Ogunbanwo has been in Canada for the past 13 years, and works here in Thompson full-time with the Canadian Mental Health Association in addition to being a pastor.
The petition is for the Federal government to keep the ball rolling when it comes to Abbey getting his family here in Canada, something that’s been in progress for years. Ogunbanwo wants his family to come to Canada as quickly as possible, as attacks against Christians in Nigeria are increasing.
Ogunbanwo first submitted the application for his wife and two step-children to come to Canada over five years ago. The family has had to go through interviews, DNA tests, and has had to spend large amounts of money on legal fees and travel expenses.
The petition, which was spearheaded by Bindle with assistance from Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon and Assiniboia MLA Steven Fletcher, was read in the House of Commons last week by Conservative MP Ted Falk, who represents the southern Manitoba riding of Provoncher.
Bindle said that Ogunbanwo brought the situation to his attention after almost a year of trying (without success) to get help from local MP and NDP leadership hopeful Niki Ashton.
Clean Community Day is taking place tomorrow.
It was originally scheduled for late May, but was pushed due to bad weather.
The city say’s tomorrows clean-up is taking place no matter what the weather is.
The event is set to run from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and gloves, bags and bottled water will be handed out at Robin’s Donuts to everyone taking place.
The city will be on hand to give you $3.00 cash on the spot for every full bag of garbage.
The Defeat Depression walk and run is taking place this Saturday.
The run will start at the Thompson Clinic in the Plaza at noon. This years’ goal is to raise $10,000.00.
Those who have registered are asked to get there early, and those who have made purchases through the online store can pick up the items purchased before the run starts.
The run has been going on here in Thompson for five years, with all funds going towards mental health initiatives.
The run also helps spread awareness about mental health issues and de-stigmatize mental illness.
For more information or to register for the event, you can visit Thompson.DefeatDepression.ca or call Jen Whalen at 204.778.6513.
On the website, you can see a map of the run route, download a poster for the event, and download an offline pledge form.
Wabowden RCMP are investigating after a break and enter at My's Place Gas Station this past weekend.
The business was closed at the time, and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. No one was reported injured.
This is the second time in the last few months the gas station has been robbed and the RCMP believe the two could be connected. The first robbery took place between April 13th and 17th of this year.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wabowden RCMP detachment at 204.689.2685 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.
The annual commuter challenge gets under way this Sunday (June 4th) and runs until June 10th to coincide with Canadian Environment Week. It is a friendly challenge between cities and workplaces across the country aimed at encouraging people to leave their cars at home.
The challenge has been undertaken here in Thompson for the past few years, and according to Bruce Krentz from the Northern Health Region, the city has placed first in the country on multiple occasions and fourth last year for communities our size.
To participate in the challenge, you need to register at CommuterChallenge.ca and log your activity every time you go somewhere without using a motorized vehicle, in a car pool, or via public transit. To be included in the final results, you have to have make at least one sustainable commute.
Stats are calculated and available for viewing daily to see the progress in the different cities participating, as well as for the businesses participating.
The challenge is run nationally by a team of volunteers.
The last of the 615 evacuees of Red Sucker Lake First Nation are returning home today
They had been evacuated their homes last week following a nearby forest fire. The evacuation was voluntary, as the First Nation leadership, as well as Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, determined on May 25th that those in the community whose health could be at risk due to the fire should be evacuated.
The Canadian Red Cross had been providing assistance in Winnipeg to the evacuees, providing them with lodging, food, clothing, personal items and anything else they needed.
Cailin Hodder, the senior manager of disaster management for Manitoba and Nunavut said in a statement that "The Red Cross team of volunteers and staff has worked very closely with the leadership of Red Sucker Lake First Nation to make sure the evacuees have received all of the support they have needed. We are happy it is now safe for the residents to return and we are working with the community leadership to ensure that happens smoothly so that everyone can get back home to their daily lives."
The return home is taking a few days to complete; as the Red Cross is flying all of the evacuees from Winnipeg back home to Red Sucker Lake, and the plane being used has a limited seating capacity. The expenses incurred by the Red Cross in assisting the evacuees will be covered by the Federal government.
With June starting tomorrow, the Thompson Public Library has released their schedule for the month, which includes four different workshops.
Wine and Paint
This is an 18+ event as alcohol will be served. The event takes place on Friday, June 9th at 6:00pm, and will be lead, as before, by Bronte Hendren.
Teen Paint session
Taking place on Saturday June 10th at 4:00pm, this session will be lead by Audrie Brooks (Brooks lead the painting workshop at this past Relay for Life). The event is for those ages 12-19.
This workshop is being lead by Robyn Shlachetka and is taking place on Saturday June 17th from 10:00am-6:00pm. The cost of the workshop is still to be determined, as it depends on materials.
Taking place on Wednesday June 28th at 5:30pm with Bronte Hendren and is open to all ages.
June will be the launch of the libraries’ new baby story time, but with only one session per week.
The library had previously said they would have multiple sessions if more than 15 babies were registered. Though 16 were registered by their parents, staff at the library have decided to stick with the lone session due to expected sporadic attendance.
In addition, the Thompson Public Library will be showing the feature film “Sing” on Wednesday, June 7th, starting at 5:00pm. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane and Scarlett Johansson among others. The movie is set in a city of humanoid animals competing in a singing competition in an attempt to save a theatre.
For more information on the workshops or anything else going on at the Thompson Public Library, you can give them a call at 204.677.3717 or by visiting ThompsonLibrary.com
The City of Thompson is breaking ground on a new waste water treatment plant. Construction starts tomorrow and is expected to continue until the end of March 2019.
The project includes the construction of the waste water treatment plant, installing a new main sewer line from the Cree Road lift station to the new plant along Princeton Drive, and restoring areas disturbed during construction.
The city is building the new treatment plant to meet provincial standards when it comes to treating municipal waste water.
There is expected to be heavy machinery and trucks along Princeton Drive while construction is taking place. The city has also said that residents should expect reduced traffic lanes and restricted parking during construction. They also said in a release that access to driveways will be interrupted from time to time, though local access and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
If you want more information on the project or have any questions, you can contact Harkamaljeet Gill, the Manager of Infrastructure at 204.677.7900 or Mathew Boscariol, the Director of Planning and Community Development at 204.677.7922.
(The red line on the map indicates where construction will be taking place, with the dot being the location of the new waste water treatment plant)
True North Sports and Entertainment has announced that the MTS Centre will be changing its name to Bell MTS Place.
The name is effective as of today, though the signage will take a few weeks to go up. True North estimates that all signage will be in place by the start of September, in time for the start of both the NHL and AHL pre-seasons.
In addition to Bell MTS Place, the training facility for the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose will be renamed to the Bell MTS Iceplex.
In a press release, the Winnipeg Jets said that Bell MTS Place hosts over 140 events annually and is consistently recognized as one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in North America.
(Photo courtesy of NHL.com)
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (C.A.P.) is applauding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who made a request for the Pope and the Catholic Church to apologize for their role in Residential Schools.
Previously, Pope Benedict XVI had expressed sorrow for the deplorable conduct by some members of the Catholic Church.
The request was made earlier this week during an official visit to the Vatican, during a private meeting between the Pontiff and the Prime Minister.
C.A.P. National Chief Robert Bertrand said that while there is still a long road to reconciliation, an apology from the Catholic Church would go a long way to healing old wounds.
National Chief Bertrand added that even though this is a step in the right direction, the federal government must make further efforts towards reconciliation.
It was three for three on Saturday evening at the Women of Distinction Awards Dinner presented by YWCA Thompson.
Cecile Martin, Sharon Cordell and Audrey Beaton were all recognized by the YWCA for their contributions to our community and region.
Martin has long been involved with the Thompson Relay for Life, the Burntwood Curling Club, Junior Achievement and the YWCA. Her passion is financial literacy for everyone.
Cordell was given the nod for her work with children, youth and families through a number of prevention and intervention programs.
And Beaton is well-known for advocacy for rights for seniors and persons with disabilities along with volunteering for numerous church and community groups.
All three women and their accomplishments were recognized at the 9th annual awards dinner at the Riverlodge Place.
The ninth annual YWCA Women of Distinction awards dinner is taking place tomorrow evening. The dinner honours women whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of her community.
Nina Cordell, the Women’s Program Coordinator with the YWCA Thompson, spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that many people have asked her if men are allowed to attend. She told the station that men are more than welcome to attend, as the event is for everyone.
Everyone is invited to the event, which starts with cocktails at 5:30 at Riverlodge Place. The cocktails will be followed by a dinner, catered by Jose Pereira, which starts at 6:30. The evening will feature local entertainment, with sound provided by Music Makers.
Audrey Beaton, Sharon Cordell and Cecile Martin are this years’ nominees for the Woman of Distinction award.
There were no nominations this year in the Chantelle Chornoby Memorial Award for Young Women of Distinction category.
Tickets cost $30.00 each and are available until the end of the day at Scotiabank, located at 35 Thompson Drive.
For more information, you can call the YWCA at 1.204.778.1209
Around 300 residents of Red Sucker Lake First Nation were evacuated by the Canadian Red Cross to Thompson yesterday afternoon due to a forest fire in the region.
Due to potential health concerns stemming from the fire, it was determined those community members whose health would be at the greatest risk should be evacuated.
The flights began early yesterday afternoon. Evacuees were flown to Thompson to await larger flights to Winnipeg, where they will stay during the evacuation. They came to Thompson first to ensure that everyone at risk gets out of the community as quickly as possible.
The support is part of an agreement between the Canadian Red Cross and the federal government to provide disaster assistance to Manitoba First Nations.
Since Red Cross disaster assistance to First Nations is supported by the federal government, the expenses for these responses are covered.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help the Red Cross prepare for future disasters can go to www.redcross.ca or call 1-800-418-1111.
Individuals who want to learn about how they can volunteer to help with future disasters can go to www.redcross.ca or call 204-982-7330.
The city is kicking off their annual community clean up for 2017 this weekend.
Saturday, everyone is invited to take part in clean community day. Those wanting to participate should meet at Robins Donut’s at 9:00am. Everyone will be given gloves, bags and bottled water. The city will be paying $3.00 for every full bag of garbage.
The business challenge is tomorrow afternoon, at city hall, from 1:00-4:00.
For more information, you can call public works at 204.677.7970
The purchase of a new Handi-Van is now one step closer after council Tuesday night.
Council approved the recommendation of the purchasing agent to award the purchase of the Handi-Van to Warner Bus Industries Ltd. at a cost of just over $95,000.00.
Jenny Krentz, the CFO for the City of Thompson, said that the bid from Warner Bus Industries Ltd. was recommended as their bus includes a second heater (for the comfort of the riders), as well as the fact that they would deliver the bus much sooner than any of the other bids. She added that the City is paying $500 per month for the use of the Juniper Centre Handi-Van.
Councillor Colleen Smook voiced her pleasure with the decision, as the bus recommended for purchase is a 2017 model year.
Although he was in support of the resolution, Councillor Duncan Wong voiced a bit of displeasure before the vote took pace.
He said he was disappointed that the School District of Mystery Lake isn't contributing funds to the purchase, as he says they represent 80% of ridership.
The cost of the Handi-Van will be split between the municipal, provincial and federal governments, and is a part of the City of Thompson's 2017 financial plan.
The Salvation Army food bank is low on food and is looking for donations from the community.
Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, or at Safeway in the City Centre Mall.
For more information on what the food bank needs or if you'd like to help out financially, you can call Roy Bladen at 204-307-2193
The city will be receiving just over $30,000.00 less from the province in 2017 than in 2016.
The reduction can be attributed to the two grants, which are based on the census numbers; the per capita grant and the municipal programs grant.
City Council received a letter from Acting Assistant Deputy Minister Mike Sosiak, which was presented at City Council last night.
The letter says that the province is simplifying the way it gives money to municipalities, saying that the new approach will maximize value for money, provide municipalities with a fair say, and ensure that strategic outcomes are achieved.
The new system consolidates the money from all grants, and provides the city with the money in one new unconditional operating grant.
The city will receive $2,997,641.01.
Four people are dead after a boating accident on the Burntwood River.
Thompsonites Shane Cripps and Conor Sykes, as well as two children, went out for their first excursion of the year yesterday and never returned.
RCMP and Thompson Fire launched the initial search after the four did not return home, and later several volunteers and a helicopter joined the search.
Their canoe was found overturned in the river, as well as the bodies of all four canoers.
The investigation is ongoing. All four were found wearing flotation devices.
Vale Canada Limited announced today that it will suspend operations at its Birchtree Mine in Thompson, Manitoba, more than 50 years after it first opened in 1966. The mine will be placed on care and maintenance by October 1st, 2017.
“Birchtree Mine and the men and women who work there have been an important part of the Manitoba Operations for much of our 60-year history,” said Mark Scott, Vice President, Manitoba Operations. “The mine has been especially challenged over the past several quarters as it nears the end of its life of mine plan, and in light of the prolonged downturn in the nickel price cycle.”
Since opening in 1966, Birchtree Mine has produced nearly 23 million tonnes of ore and has been a leader in managing risk to as low as reasonably achievable through Vale Manitoba Operations’ SafeProduction risk management system. Since SafeProduction was launched in 2003, Birchtree Mine has earned six John T. Ryan Awards for lowest injury frequency, including four regional and two national awards.
The future of Birchtree Mine has been under review for some time. In 2012, facing an imminent suspension of operations at the mine, Manitoba Operations employees launched and led the $100 Million Challenge, whose success exceeded the cash flow improvement target set and afforded Birchtree more than four additional years of safe operation, despite falling nickel prices over that period.
Factors contributing to the decision at this time include low metal prices and ongoing market challenges, declining ore grades, and, more recently, challenges with mine infrastructure and production delivery. Birchtree Mine was previously on standby from 1978-1988, reopening in 1989. In the year 2000, a major capital project deepened the mine shaft and installed infrastructure required to increase the mine’s production. The projected life of mine date at that time was 2016.
The suspension of operations at Birchtree will result in an annual reduction of approximately six kilotonnes of nickel production from Manitoba Operations. Opportunities are being explored to offset a portion of that loss with increased production from Thompson Mine.
There will be a workforce reduction that will result in layoffs. There are approximately 150 employees directly employed at the mine, and it is expected that up to 50 additional roles in downstream processing, service and support functions will also be affected. Vale indicated that it will do all that it can to mitigate the number of people adversely affected.
The adjustment process will soon be established and a transition team will be formed to design and guide the process for Birchtree Mine in a safe, orderly and respectful fashion, and in accordance with the requirements of the existing collective bargaining agreement. Vale intends to continue to work closely with all levels of government and the local union representing hourly paid production and maintenance workers at the mine, USW 6166, throughout this process.
“We remain committed to a long-term mining and milling future in Thompson,” said Scott. “We are currently investing more than $80 million in our concentrate load-out facility, which is critical to our future as a mining and milling operation, while also completing a $40 million upgrade of our tailings management area to accommodate our life of mine plan production. While this announcement will present another challenge for our employees, our community and northern Manitoba, we are resilient, our people are strong, and it is through the distinctive SafeProduction action of active, genuine care for one another that we will persevere.”
A public meeting is taking place to discuss the provincial government's recent budget, specifically cuts to funding and how that will impact Thompson and the north.
The meeting is being held by unions and citizens concerned with the recently released budget, and is sponsored by the Thompson Labour Council.
Thompson resident Blair Hudson, one of the meeting organizers, said "Many people are concerned about cuts to health, including the cancellation of the new Northern Consultation Clinic and cuts to the Northern Health Region, the government has cut funding for education causing the elimination of jobs at the Mystery Lake School Division, increased class sizes from kindergarten to grade three. The UCN trades centre is now up in the air...no action from the government on the closure of the smelter and refinery, elimination of hundreds of Hydro jobs, threats of huge increases to your Hydro bill, cuts to the northern highways budget, the list seems to go on! We felt it was time to send a message to the provincial government that these cuts are unacceptable."
The meeting is taking place this evening at the SteelCentre, starting at 7:00.
Everyone is welcome to attend.