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.
If you're planning on taking VIA Rail, be prepared for beefed up security.
The national rail line recently announced that as of last week, they will be checking carry-on bags for any objects or products that could endanger passengers or employees.
Mayor Dennis Fenske said that it's the right thing to do, as it has become a problem for everyone.
The policy, which was already in place in other cities across the country, is being implemented here in the north after multiple incidents over the past three months where people riding the trains have consumed their own alcohol, which lead to assaults against VIA employees and other passengers.
Teachers and staff employed by the School District of Mystery Lake will have three floating, working holidays next year.
The increase is due to Remembrance Day 2017 falling on a Saturday, meaning that the day will be observed in workplaces during week.
There will also be one less teaching day during the 2017-2018 school year.
The loss of the day is due to the change of spring break to accommodate the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games.
The city is one step closer to getting a new handi-van and transit bus.
City council voted unanimously to allow administration to enter into a contribution agreement with the provincial government.
This will allow the city to have access to just over $71,000.00, which will be put towards the purchase of a new handi-van and transit bus.
The transit bus, which will cost around $400,000.00, will be a part of the 2018 financial plan.
The cost of the two vehicles will be offset by $157,000.00 in federal funding.
Nominations are now open for the annual Canadian Red Cross Manitoban Humanitarians of the Year awards.
Two awards will be presented on September seventh in Winnipeg, the Humanitarian of the Year and the Young Humanitarian of the Year.
The Red Cross is looking for nominations from across the province to recognize two individuals who have shown dedication to helping their fellow humans and to promote peace, human dignity and cooperation through volunteering.
Nominations must be in by May 29th, and can be submitted by visiting RedCross.ca/ManitobaPOH
Manitoba Hydro has issued a warning of possible high water levels on the Burntwood River.
While it's not expected to have an impact on the city or any residents, the situation is being monitored closely.
Manitoba Hydro added that significant precipitation could create complications, though there isn't any major precipitation in the forecast.
Water behind the Manasan Control Structure is near its maximum normal operating limit, and it is likely that the structure's emergency fuse plug will be activated.
This may result in a rise in water level of up to one meter over the course of a day.
With the end of the school year just around the corner, teachers are invited to bring their class to the library as a part of their end of year activities.
Library staff will give a presentation on the library, read an age-appropriate story and take part in an activity of the teachers' choice.
The students will also learn about the library's summer reading program, as the main goal of the visits is to keep the students reading over the summer.
Alternatively, teachers can request to have the library come to their classroom to give the presentation.
For more information, you can call the Thompson Public Library at 677-3717 and talk to Amanda Sanders.
The provincial government recently announced changes to the Northern Patient Transport Program.
While many are criticizing Pallister's Tory government, Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle took to Facebook to set the record straight. He said in a post that there is no change for both patients and escorts in the NPTP, provided that a doctor deems it medically necessary for both the patient and escort to travel by air.
He added that the only change is that escorts are not eligible for the flight subsidy if the patient was authorized by their doctor for land travel, but opted to upgrade to air travel.
The government will still be subsidizing the cost for both the patient and an escort if it is deemed necessary by the doctor authorizing the travel.
MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson said she reacted with shock and disbelief to the change as this is an essential service that people that don't have other means of getting health care should have access to. She added that this will especially affect First Nations people who do not live on reserves, as those on reserve have access to Federal funding for medical travel.
The opposition NDP says that the move is regressive and short-sighted.
The Provincial government estimates that the change will save about $1,000,000.00 per year.
City Council will be voting on a motion to rescind the already approved purchase of two new 3/4 ton trucks.
The tender was awarded back on April 10th to McKay GM, with a total cost of $83,037.49.
Councillor Duncan Wong spoke to 102.9 CHTM to explain why he brought forward the motion to rescind.
He said that when the city wants to spend money to buy new equipment, like what they're going to spending on the two trucks, he wants the equipment to be able to used here in Thompson.
Wong said that trucks, both of which are 2WD, are not the best option when it comes to dealing with winters here in Thompson.
He also said that because they are the 3/4 ton trucks rather than the usual 1/2 ton, the extra weight will make them harder to free when they get stuck in the snow.
Wong added that in life you don't usually get a second chance to fix mistakes, and his motion to rescind gives council a second chance to consider their decision.
Councillor Wong moved a motion to table the discussion back in April to allow more time to look in to buying 4WD trucks rather than the 2WD. Councillors Wong, Matechuck, Kolada and Byer voted in favour. The vote was 4-4, and the resolution was defeated as a majority is needed to pass a motion or resolution.
City Council will meet this evening, starting at 7:00, in council chambers at City Hall.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
McHappy Day 2017 in Thompson was a big success.
Owner Brett O'Meara told 102.9 CHTM that McDonald's had a record number of guests last Wednesday for McHappy day, and raised a total of $6,000.00.
He added that that is enough money for a family from the north to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg for 30 days.
McDonald's locations nationwide continue to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities throughout the year. 10 cents from every Happy Meal goes towards the charity, as well as all donations from the boxes at the drive through and cashiers.
$2,700,000.00 was raised across Canada on McHappy day.
The 28th annual 102.9 CHTM gets underway this afternoon at 4:00.
The trade show will feature around 100 booths with over 70 vendors selling everything from furniture to vehicles, food to office equipment and lots more.
The show will run this evening until 9:00, tomorrow from 10:00 to 8:00 and on Sunday from 11:00 until 4:00.
The show is taking place at the Vale Regional Community Centre with parking available both at the VRCC and at R.D. Parker.
Admission is free.
A recall which started in Ontario has expanded to Manitoba.
Bacardi Canada has voluntarily recalled 1.14L bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin as it contains the incorrect alcohol content.
The label says the bottle contains what it normally contains 40% alcohol, while the bottle actually contains 77%.
Only bottles with the lot code L16304W are affected by the recall.
If you have a recalled bottle, you're asked to bring them to the Thompson Liquor Mart
Tonight is the post-tour concert for the senior music groups at R-D Parker.
The concert will get underway at 6:00pm in the Letkemann Theatre and will feature the music that the six senior music groups performed at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff, Alberta.
While there is no cost to attend, there will be a silver collection. The money raised from the collection will go towards offsetting the cost of future band trips for the students at RDPC.
Kevin Lewis, one of the music teachers from RD Parker, told 102.9 CHTM that the tour went very well and that the staff are very proud of the students for their hard work.
Lewis added that the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival is truly one of the premiere music festivals in Canada.
The Thompson Public Library recently announced changes to their programming, coming next month, including a new baby story time.
The baby story time is currently scheduled to run on Friday mornings at 10:00 and will feature stories, songs and activities. The goal of the baby story time is to help get babies used to scheduled group activities and being at the library.
There were originally 10 spots available, all of which were taken within two hours of the program being announced.
Amanda Sanders, from the Thompson Library, spoke to 102.9 CHTM about how they'll be handling the overflow.
She said that if up to 15 babies registered, they'll be running one story time. However, if they have 16 or more, they'll run a second group over the eight weeks. Sanders added that when parents call to register, they'll be asked what other day of the week works for the story time.
If you want more information, or to register, you can call the library at 204-677-3717
The commission for the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is looking for people to share their stories.
Family members, loved ones and survivors of violence wanting to bring their story forward should get in touch with the commission.
Those wanting to have their story heard should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The email should include your name, contact information and location.
While the deadline for standing has passed, family members and survivors do not require standing to share their stories and the commission will cover all reasonable expenses for attending a fact-finding meeting.
Other than Mayor Fenske's replacement on the grant-in-lieu committee, the "hot" button issue from city council last week was the resolution to approve the recommendation to purchase a new tandem gravel truck.
The recommendation is that the truck be purchased from Maxim Truck and Trailer, as their tender fell within the budget figure, and was just over $1,000.00 less expensive than the next company vying for the City's business.
The resolution was passed by a vote of six to three.
Councillor Duncan Wong was one of the three councillors to vote against the $183,901.12 purchase, saying that the reason for purchasing the new truck should have been avoided.
Wong said that by regularly washing the truck and other preventable maintenance, the city wouldn't have to replace it.
He added that he owns and operates some older machinery that still "works like a charm" because it's taken care of properly.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino responded to the comments, saying that she's sure they do regular maintenance on all city vehicles. She also added that this resolution is a part of the budget, which has been discussed by council since last fall.
City Manager Gary Ceppetelli echoed the Deputy Mayor's sentiments, saying that the financial plan for the City of Thomson has already been approved by council, and that the purchase of the new truck was included in that process.
Councillor Judy Kolada, one of the other councillors to vote against the resolution, said that the city shouldn't be replacing equipment just because it reaches a certain age and that she would be siding with Councillors Wong and Matechuk, since they both own and operate similar equipment.
Councillor Matechuk's objection to the purchase was that there had been no input from the City's Public Works committee, a comment quickly countered by both Councillor Colleen Smook and Mayor Fenske.
Before the resolution was put to a vote, Mayor Fenske addressed all in attendance and repeated what the City Manager and Deputy Mayor had already stated, that this wasn't a new topic and the resolution is just a formality.
May is officially MS awareness month here in Thompson.
Mayor Dennis Fenske made it official this morning, issuing a Mayoral proclamation.
Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, with an estimated 100,000 Canadians, including 3,500 Manitobans, living with the diagnosis.
Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease currently without a cure.
The MS society of Canada does not receive any government funding and relies entirely on donations.
Tomorrow is the 15th annual Relay for Life here in Thompson.
The opening ceremonies will get underway at 5:00pm in the C.A. Nesbitt arena at the Vale Regional Community Centre. There will be a luminary ceremony at 9:00pm (can be purchased in advanced at the Relay), and the head shave at 11:00pm.
Donna Wilson, chair of the Relay for Life committee here in Thompson, told 102.9 CHTM that they're looking for people to help set up the C-A Nesbitt arena for the Relay.
Those wanting to help should be at the VRCC by 9:00am tomorrow morning.
Wilson also said that they're still looking for cancer survivors to honour. She said that if you have the disease, or had it in the past, you're a survivor and the Relay committee wants to honour you.
If you haven't gotten in touch with Donna before tomorrow and are a cancer survivor, you're asked to show up at the VRCC at 4:00pm, an hour before the opening ceremonies commence.
If you'd like more information or have any questions, you can call Donna Wilson at 204-939-1576
One trip has been approved, while another has been put on hold.
Tuesday night at the bi-weekly school board meeting, trustees voted in favour of approving in principal a planned trip by R.D. Parker students to Costa Rica for next spring.
The one condition to the trip is any travel advisories from the federal government.
The trustees then had discussion and voted on a second planned trip, to London, England.
This trip was not approved as trustees felt it did not comply with the school board's policies as they apply to international trips.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for May ninth.
The City of Thompson's website is getting a makeover.
One of the items included in the 2017 financial plan is just under $26,000.00 towards the redesign and hosting of the city's website.
The contract, which was awarded to All-Net Municipal Solutions, was very much music to the ears of Councillor Dennis Foley.
He said during council that All-Net is the system currently used by the city for many different purposes, and he's very happy they're the ones being recommended for the job.
Councillor Byer, the mover for the resolution, said that the city is often criticized for what the website doesn't do, and that she's looking forward to having the site totally refreshed. She added that she believes it's in good hands.
The $25,960.00 will be paid out over the course of four years.
Councillors Matechuk and Wong voted against the resolution.
Councillor Wong's opposition to the resolution was that the city should not be spending this much money on the website.
The city of Thompson will be looking to put on more children's entertainment shows in the future.
At City Council Monday evening, Councillor Dennis Foley, chair of the Recreation and Community Services Committee, delivered a report from the committee on activity and events from the start of 2017 until the end of the month.
Foley said that the committee found children's shows to be more popular than those aimed at adults, and that the city will be actively looking to hold more shows.
He said that "Munchbusters" was the best event hosted so far this year by the city.
He added that the city is looking to hold at least one special event per month at the Norplex Pool for all of 2017.
Colleen Smook has been named as the replacement for Mayor Fenske on the grant-in-lieu committee for the upcoming negotiations with Vale.
At city council Monday night, council voted in favour of approving Councillor Smook after her name was selected out of a pool of four councilors. Councillors Smook, Kolada, Matechuk and Wong all put their names forward.
The vote was conducted by secret ballot, voted on by council.
Councillor Duncan Wong moved a motion to amend the resolution, after Councillor Smook was selected, which would have doubled the size of the negotiating team from three to six, citing that none of the opposition were on the committee. Councillor Wong suggested that himself, along with Councillors Kolada and Matechuk should be the three others added as Councillors Ellis and Foley had shown "no interest" in the matter.
Councillor Wong called for a recorded vote on the matter. Councillors Byer, Kolada, Wong and Matechuk voted in favour while Councillors Foley, Smook, Ellis and Deputy Mayor Valentino voted against. The motion was defeated as a majority is needed to pass a resolution.
Councillor Foley spoke up after the vote, voicing his opinion of Councillor Wong's opposition comments. He said that there is no opposition within council nor should there be, as they are all there for the same reason.
After, Councillor Kolada commented saying that she has been told there is no experienced negotiators on the committee and that she has experience in negotiating for Thompson. Councillor Matechuck then spoke up with an amended resolution of his own.
Councillor Matechuk's amended resolution would have the resolution replace the existing committee with a new three-person team; the chairs of the finance and administration, public works, development review committees.
The amended resolution went to a recorded vote, where it was defeated. Councillors Kolada, Wong and Matechuk voted in favour while Councillors Foley, Smook, Ellis, Byer and Deputy Mayor Valentino voted against.
The final vote to pass the resolution appointing Councillor Smook took place almost 15 minutes after Deputy Mayor Valentino first read the motion.
The resolution was carried after a five to three vote.
Deputy Mayor Valentino sat in the Mayor's seat during all discussion of the grant-in-lieu, as Mayor Fenske had recused himself due to conflict of interest.
Spirit Way's scheduled UK promotions are now a bit more affordable thanks to the Thompson Regional Airport Authority and Calm Air.
At a ceremony Friday afternoon, Spirit Way President Marion Morberg was presented with cheques from the TRAA and Calm Air, totaling just under $20,000.00.
Curtis Ross, the president and CEO of the Thompson Airport spoke to 102.9 CHTM about the donation.
He said that Spirit way is very deserving of the money as they work hard to promote Thompson and the north to not only the rest of the province and country, but now internationally.
He went on to say that it's important to increase tourism in the Thompson area, as we have a lot more to offer than just wolves.
Spirit Way's planned promotion involves a painted wolf statue being displayed in Wolverhampton and London (England) this summer.
A seven year old boy from Split Lake has died following an incident at the Norplex Pool.
Thompson RCMP were called to the pool Sunday afternoon where officers found EMS workers performing CPR on the unresponsive boy.
The RCMP believe the boy was with a group of friends and may have wandered off when he entered the water in a deeper part of the pool and was not able to keep himself afloat.
The boy was later rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead as resuscitation efforts were not successful.
Foul play is not suspected and the investigation is ongoing.
Mayor Dennis Fenske's replacement on the grant-in-lieu negotiation committee for upcoming negotiations with Vale will be decided Monday at city council.
Mayor Fenske addressed the issue yesterday on City Beat on 102.9 CHTM.
He said that it is already on the agenda for the meeting, where a resolution will be put forward by council to choose his replacement.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino and Councillor Penny Byer are the other two city representatives on the negotiating team.
The current grant-in-lieu with Vale is set to expire at the end of 2017.
The city's financial plan for 2017 is also on the agenda for Monday. Council hopes to be able to pass the second and third readings during the meeting.
City Council meets every second Monday at 7:00pm in council chambers at City Hall, located at 226 Mystery Lake Road.
A recent survey says that more than 90% of Canadians actively use a cell phone, and nearly two-thirds have a cell phone in their possession that they don't use.
If you're one of those people who have a cell phone that isn't being used, you can recycle the device.
You can either drop it off here in Thompson at The Source in the City Centre Mall or at MTS Connect in the Plaza.
For those who can't make it to one of those locations, you can go to www.recyclemycell.ca and print postage paid labels so you can mail your device at no cost.
The City of Thompson will be holding a public hearing this evening at City Hall.
The hearing will give Thompsonites a chance to ask council questions and raise any concerns they may have about the 2017 financial plan.
City Manager Gary Ceppatelli spoke to 102.9 C.H.T.M. and encouraged anyone who wants to come to the meeting to pick up a copy of the city's financial plan in advance.
He said that they're available at the front desk of City Hall.
All of council will be in attendance to answer questions.
The meeting will start at 7:00 upstairs in council chambers.
The city of Thompson will be adding a new transit bus and a new Handi-Van next year.
Almost $80,000.00 in provincial funding for transit projects in the city was announced at last week's city council meeting.
The city will be receiving $2,500.00 for transit signage, $5,000.00 for two bus shelters, $39,810.00 towards the purchase of a new bus and $31,250.00 towards the purchase of a new Handi-Van.
This provincial investment I sin addition to a $157,121.00 investment in the same projects by the federal government. The city will be contributing almost $320,000.00 towards the projects.
Speaking on City Beat late last week, Councilor Colleen Smook said it's an important investment by the province.
She said that with our harsh winters, bus shelters in the city could use some much needed improvement.
She also added that the Handi-Van has been out of service for quite some time, so being able to purchase a new one will go a long way towards making the city more accessible.
Smook added that there will be a public meeting coming up on tomorrow for Thompsonites to get a look at the city's 2017 budget.
Tomorrow, senior music groups from R.D. Parker head to Banff, Alberta for their annual senior music tour.
The concert band and jazz ensemble will both be taking part in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival, which as Kevin Lewis from R.D.P.C. explained, is exciting.
The festival, according to Lewis, is one of the most prestigious festivals in Canada and takes place at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.
To get into the festival, both the concert band and jazz ensemble had to make recordings and send them in to festival adjudicators.
Lewis told 102.9 CHTM that it's a festival that the school has been attending every few years for the past few decades.
He said that the festival brings together the top ensembles from western Canada, the western U.S.A., and occasionally around the world.
The tour will end next Tuesday.
The post-tour concert will take place at the Letkemann Theatre on May 3rd.
A 27-year-old is in RCM-P custody and is facing six charges, including assault causing bodily harm and robbery.
The charges stem from an incident back on March 31st, where Thompson RCM-P responded to a report of an assault.
A 22-year-old male sustained injuries from the incident as a result of being punched and bitten after the accused demanded money from him while threatening him with a knife. The 22-year-old was held against his will in an elevator while the assault took place.
Shamus Jackson appeared in provincial court Monday, and is being held in custody.
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is not being shown at the library today.
The Thompson Public Library had originally planned on showing the movie this evening, but had to change the date to accommodate new flooring being put in the basement.
The movie will now be shown next Wednesday, April 19th, at 5:00pm.
It's absolutely free to attend.
Mayor Dennis Fenske has removed himself from grant-in-lieu negotiations with Vale.
Mayor Fenske addressed the issue early in Monday's council meeting as he was asked yet again about conflict of interest.
He didn't answer the question, but rather gave this statement: "I'll save you the quesiton. In regards to the conflict of interest and in regards to the grant-in-lieu, I've advised council that I will be recusing myself from any further discussions".
This decisions comes after months of the topic being brought up and debated at almost every city council meeting since the committee was announced.
Thompson R-C-M-P responded to a report of a fight at the Regal Beagle bar, located at the Burntwood Hotel, early Saturday morning.
The bar was emptying as the Mounties arrived, and police were advised that the bar would be shut down for the night.
At this time no victims have come forward to the police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the R-C-M-P detachment at 677-6909
The Flin Flon School Division is hosting the Northern Manitoba Regional Science Fair this weekend.
It takes place at Ruth Betts Community School.
Thompson will be sending around 30 projects to the science fair, where students from grades four through eight will compete. Students and their projects will be judged from nine until noon and then public viewing will run from 1:30 to 2:30 with awards following immediately after.
Three projects will be chosen to represent the Northern Manitoba region at the Canada Wide Science Fair. This year’s national competition will run May 14th to 20th in Regina.
The city of Thompson has started pothole repairs on roads throughout the city.
City officials say the major thaw has slowed down, allowing crews to fix the holes.
Repairs will begin with priority areas, including Thompson Drive, Cree Road, Princeton Drive and Westwood Drive as well as access points for the RCMP, fire hall, schools and the hospital.
There is no timeline for completion of the work.
If you spot a road hazard, the city asks you to report it by calling 677-7970.
The First Thompson Pathfinders will be holding their drive-thru cookie sale tonight at a new location. The sale was originally supposed to happen in the Meridian Hotel parking lot, but after hotel officials told them they couldn't hold the sale at that location, it was moved to the parking lot of Doug's Source for Sports. The sale will run tonight from 6:30 to 8:30, or until all the cookies are sold. The money from sales goes to support the activities of the unit throughout the year.
Tomorrow evening, the 1st Thompson Pathfinders will be holding a cookie drive-thru sale in the Meridian Hotel parking lot.
Cookie sales are the primary fundraiser for Girl Guides, with the money going towards programing throughout the year.
The drive-thru will start at 6:30pm and will run until 8:30pm, or until they sell out of cookies.
The cookies sold in the spring are the classic chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies.
Each box is $5.00 and is a split of chocolate and vanilla.
The totals for donations made to the Heart and Stroke foundation through door-to-door canvassing are down this year.
This years' total for the Thompson area is just north of $11,600.00. The Heart and Stroke foundation is saying it has been a challenge this year due to the weather and other situations.
If you'd like to make a donation, call 204-571-4080 or visit www.heartandstroke.ca/give
Robin Hood Flour Recall
Smucker Food of Canada is recalling Robin Hood original all purpose flour due to a possible E. Coli 0121 contamination.
The recalled flour was sold in western Canada, including here in Manitoba.
At least one store in Thompson carried the recalled batch.
The bags being recalled contain the codes BB/MAA 2018 AL 17 or 6 291 548.
If you have one of the recalled bags, you should throw it out or return it to the store you bought it from.
There has been one reported illness from the flour.
Spirit Way Inc (S.W.I.) has asked City Council for $30,000.00 to help with projects aimed at promoting tourism in Northern Manitoba, specifically Thompson and Churchill.
Board members made a presentation at city council earlier in the week highlighting the two projects they're looking for help with; a U.K. promotional campaign and the Wolf & Carnivore Conference.
S.W.I. was invited to participate in a tourism project in Wolverhampton, U.K. from May through September. There will be a video board showcasing Northern Manitoba and the opportunity for someone to win a $30,000.00 trip to Thompson and Churchill as well as a sale of trips for Northern Manitoba. Wolverhampton is just under 200km north-west of London.
The U.K. promotion is also slated to be displayed for four weeks at Charing Cross Station in London, with over 150,000 per day walking by.
S.W.I. has a total of 10 projects and events for 2017, with a total cost of $350,000.00, though they say the International Aurora Borealis Conference (Sept. 16-17, 2017) and Wolf & Carnivore Conference (Oct. 21-22, 2017) will bring in between $387,000.00 and $621,000.00 to the community.
Thompson RCMP responded to a report of mischief to vehicles in the city late last week. Numerous vehicles were damaged in efforts to steal property from inside. Tires were slashed on some of the vehicles damaged. 3 male youths were located and have been remanded into custody.
Thompson RCMP are stressing that the public needs to report these crimes to police. If you have had damage to your property, including vehicles, please call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909.
Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes is in Thompson today as the guest speaker for the Hope North Evening of Hope.
Hughes' talk is being called "Open Heart, Open Mind", which is also the title of her book. She will be talking about her own battle with depression, as well as how we can break the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging open dialogue.
Hughes, a native of Winnipeg, told 102.9 CHTM that the farthest north she's been in the province is Flin Flon, so she's looking forward to experiencing Thompson. She also added that she heard about all the snow we got last week, and is excited to see what the snow looks like in our community.
She said that the best advice she has received with regards to mental illness is no advice at all, and just to listen.
The event will get underway at 7:00 at the Letkemann Theatre at R.D. Parker.
Admission to the event is free and as a community event, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Red Cross training activity here in Thompson originally scheduled for last week has been moved to tonight.
A test exercise will be held this evening at the Lakeview Inn starting at 6:30.
The exercise will consist of volunteers simulating responses to individuals and families who are dealing with small-scale disasters, such as house fires.
For more information, call Jessie Horodecki, the community outreach coordinator for the Red Cross here in Thompson, at 204-390-0832.
At the regular meeting of city council Monday, council voted on a motion to rescind the resolution that appoint Mayor Fenske to the cities grant-in-lieu negotiating team for negotiations with Vale.
The motion, which was brought forward at the last meeting by councilor Wong, claims that Mayor Fenske would be in conflict of interest since he is a Vale employee and should be removed from the negotiations.
Councilor Foley voiced his opinion on the issue and did not mince his words. He said that this is only happening because a few member of council didn’t get their way in the original vote and that the only reason for the motion was to make a scene in front of the cameras.
Deputy Mayor Valentino said that it’s been 28 months of the same issue and it’s a never-ending cycling that she doesn’t want to see continue for the last 20 months of councils’ term.
Councilor Wong responded to his colleagues, saying that the law was set in stone and the fact is clear that it is a conflict of interest since the Mayor is an employee of Vale.
Councilor Byer responded to the remarks saying that in the past employees in management positions have negotiated with their companies on behalf of the city meaning there is precedent for Mayor Fenske to be on the committee negotiating with Vale.
After remarks had been made by every councilor, the motion was defeated 6-3 in a record vote.
Councilors Kolada, Matechuk and Wong voted in support while Mayor Fenske, Deputy Mayor Valentino, and Councilors Smook, Foley, Ellis and Byer voted against the motion.
The next meeting of council is on March 27th.
The World Day of Prayer here in Thompson has been rescheduled for tomorrow.
The event was originally supposed to take place last Wednesday, but was postponed due to the blizzard.
Things will get underway at 7:00pm at the Salvation Army, located at 305 Thompson Drive.
For more information, you can call Roy Bladen at 204-307-2193
A delegation from Manitoba will be making a presentation at the United Nations Monday.
The Institute for International Women's Rights Manitoba delegation will be hosting an event during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN.
The event is called "Risks for Canadian Indigenous Women Transitioning to an Urban Environment" and will focus on the session's emerging theme "the Empowerment of Indigenous Women."
The delegation making the presentation is comprised of a number of different Manitoba-based organizations who support the rights of women and are involved with the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
Mary Scott, co-founder and board member of the I.I.W.R.M., said "As a small NGO from Canada, it is good to see we can support this remarkable delegation, taking their stories to the United Nations"
The event aims to education the global community and Canadian Government representatives about the challenges Indigenous women face, such as marginalization, poverty and exploitation, as well as share some of the community-driven solutions that are taking place.