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Pet Loss Support Group meets last Thurs. of every month 7 to 8:30 pm. Held at Thompson Veterinary Clinic, 40 Station Rd.
Kiddies Northern Preschool Christmas event on Dec. 16 from 1-3 at the TRCC. Tickets are $10 for kids 2 years & up. Call 778-7739 for tickets.
The Old Fashioned Christmas Concert is Monday, Dec. 18th starting at 6:30 at the Letkemann Theatre. Silver collection at the door.
An Evening of Music #2, Saturday, December 16, 7 - 9 pm at the Letkemann Theatre. Donations accepted at the door.
Steps to Success offers Keyboarding every Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. For info or to register call 677-5016.
Learn Job Search Skills with Steps to Success from 12:10- 12:50pm Monday to Friday @ the YWCA. These drop in classes are free. For info, call 204-677-5016.
Operation Red Nose 2017 is now underway and runs every weekend until December 31st (excluding Dec 29 & 30). To volunteer pick up forms at 102.9 CHTM at 103 Cree Road.
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Thompson RCMP Looking For Missing Woman


Thompson RCMP are asking for the publics' assistance in the search for a missing woman.
 
Lisa Marie Donkey was last seen Thursday in the Brandon Crescent area wearing black sweat pants and a black sweater.
 
She is described as indigenous, 5'6" and 140lbs. 
 
Anyone with information should contact the Thompson RCMP detachment at 1.204.677.6909.
 
 

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Red Nose Reaches New Heights For Season


Operation Red Nose continued to help local youth-based programs by donating over two thousand dollars this back weekend.

 

In their third weekend of operation, the service gave 86 rides, helping to keep intoxicated drivers off of the road.

 

So far this year, over 45-hundred dollars have been raised and over 180 rides given.

 

In their third weekend of operation, the service drove for over 600 kilometres, helping to keep intoxicated drivers off of the road, bringing the total number of kilometres this year to over fifteen hundred. 

 

Red Nose will be in operation again next Friday and Saturday night.

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School Board Meeting Tomorrow


The board of directors for the School District of Mystery Lake will be meeting tomorrow.

 

The agenda includes the board’s expenditures as of December first as well as various committee reports.

 

The board will aslo review a draft of the policy for accessibility standards for customer service.

 

The meeting will start at seven in the school board office.

 

The public is welcome to attend.

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Thompson RCMP Charge Three With Impaired Driving Last Week


Almost 60 Thompsonites have been given tickets or warnings from the RCMP, including three people charged with impaired driving.

 

The RCMP have ramped up check stop operations since the start of the holiday season.

 

40 common offence notices were handed out to drivers last week, in addition to 15 warnings.

 

The increased RCMP presence on the roads is an effort to curb intoxicated driving.

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UCN To Host Leadership Development Series


The University College of the North will be holding a leadership development series in the New Year.

 

Eddie Wood, the community education coordinator for UCN here in Thompson spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that the series is designed to help develop valuable personal and business skills in emotional intelligence, team building, decision making, strategic thinking, succession planning, communication and workplace inclusivity.

 

The series is being facilitated by Barry Jansen, the owner and President of Jansen HR.

 

The series is made up of one day and half day courses, which start on January 30th. There will be one or two courses per month, with the last coming on November 20th.

 

To learn more about the leadership development series, tune in to Thompson Today on 102.9 CHTM on Monday at 12:40pm and 5:10pm.

 

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Mayor Happy With Budget Meeting Turnout


The City of Thompson held their annual public budget consultation meeting on November 30th.

 

Speaking on City Beat on 102.9 CHTM yesterday, Mayor Dennis Fenske said he was happy with the turnout. He said that there were 18 people in attendance, not including members of City Council and City of Thompson employees

 

Mayor Fenske said that they received some good suggestions from the public, including some that the City was already looking at with regards to the ownership of large equipment.

 

He added that the City has officially launched their annual budget survey, which can be found here. Mayor Fenske said that a hard-copy version of the survey can be found at City Hall. He said that around 154 people responded last year, and that he's hoping for 500 responses this year.

 

The survey gives the public the opprotunity to let the City know how important various services are to them.

 

If you have a question for the Mayor that you'd like answered on City Beat next Thursday, email it in advance to CHTMNEWS@ARCTICRADIO.CA.

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City Council To Meet Monday


Tonight marks the last regular meeting of Thompson City Council before 2018.

 

The agenda for the meeting includes a report from the public works committee, a resolution to transfer the 2017 surplus to reserves, and the first reading of a by-law which would have a debenture cancelled.

 

Also on the agenda is the second and third readings of the Norplex Pool debenture by-law, and the third reading of the financial assistance program by-law.

 

The full agenda can be found here, or in hard copy at City Hall.

 

The meeting will start at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Fire Tears Through Gillam Recreation Centre


A fire broke out in Gillam Wednesday at the recreation centre, causing the nearby pool and homes to be evacuated.

 

No one was inside the building when it went up in flames, and no one was hurt.

 

Gillam C.A.O., Jackie Clayton, said that the fire damaged the part of the building where the bowling alley was, but doesn’t appear to have damaged the area where the curling and skating rinks are.

 

The Recreation Centre has been closed since May for renovations, so there was no equipment inside.

 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Thompson Recycling Centre Set To Pass Record For Materials Processed


Thompsonites have been recycling more than ever in 2017.

 

According to a news release from the Thompson Recycling Centre, the City is set to reach the 1,000,000 KG milestone for recyclable material processed for only the second time later this week.

 

The Centre estimates that they will pass the existing record of just over 1.03 million KG, which was set in 2014, by mid-December.

 

The milestone will be marked with a private ceremony on Monday for the staff and volunteers that keep the recycling centre running.

 

Every year the Thompson Recycling Centre diverts tonnes of recyclable materials out of the landfill here in the City.

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Council To Up Water Rates for 2018


You can expect your water bill to be a bit higher come January.

 

City Council approved a rate hike at the last regular meeting of Council last week. The proposed rates are in the table below. 

 

The Public Utility Board (P.U.B.) will have a hearing for the rates sometime in the New Year, so these rates approved by Council will be the interim rates. 

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that the rates reflect the cost of operation. He said that the City isn't in a money making business, and that the City has to break even at the end of the year.

 

Read: City Council Waives Fees For Three Local Organizations

 

The resolution to approve the rates was one of the more contentious issues at the meeting, with Councillor Duncan Wong raising his voice in opposition. He asked how Council was supposed to know that they were running a deficit and approve the rates without having figures in front of them. 

 

Before the meeting started, a question came the public as to what will happen should the P.U.B. reject the proposed rate increase. Mayor Fenske responded to the question on City Beat late last week by saying that the rates will be adjusted accordingly if that is what the P.U.B. decides, and the City will have to look for another way to make up the deficit. 

 

The next regular meeting of Thompson City Council will take place on Monday at CIty Hall starting at 7:00pm. It will be the last regular meeting until the New Year. 

 

If you have any questions you would like answered by Mayor Fenske on City Beat this week, email them in advance to CHTMNEWS@ARCTICRADIO.CA. 

 

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Manitoba Hydro and Shaw Communications Hope To Have Internet Back Today


Both Manitoba Hydro and Shaw Communications hope to have internet service in Thompson restored later today.

 

Bruce Owen, with Manitoba Hydro, spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said the outage is the result of a cable being unexpectedly damaged during construction along Highway 6. Owen added that the cable is owned by Hydro, and space is rented out to Shaw.

 

Any updates will be passed along as they become available. 

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Thompson RCMP Ask For Help In Search For Missing Teen


UPDATE: Chastelain has been found safely. 

 

Thompson RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in the search for a missing teen.

 

14-year-old William Albert Chastelain, who goes by Billy, was last seen here in Thompson on December 1st.

 

He is described as Indigenous, 5’3”, 100lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair.

 

The authorities believe Chastelaine is still in the Thompson area.

 

Anyone with information should contact the Thompson RCMP detachment at 204.677.6911 immediately.  

 

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National Day Of Remembrance And Action On Violence Against Women Tomorrow


Tomorrow marks the national day of remembrance and action on violence against women.

 

Mary Demare, from the Thompson Crisis Centre, spoke to 102.9 CHTM and explained that December 6th was chosen as it was the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

 

Demare said that there will be an event here in Thompson to mark the day, starting at 11:00am in the T.R.C.C.

 

There are many ways to participate in the event, including placing a red dress on the wall of remembrance in honour of a lost or missing woman or girl.

 

There will also be a screening of a film, called “A Better Man”, starting at 1:15.

 

The day is being put on by the YWCA, The Thompson Crisis Centre, and the University of Manitoba Northern Social Work Program.

 

For more information, you can call Carrie Stockburn at 204-778-1209.

 

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Operation Red Nose Brings In Over $1300 In Second Weekend


It was another successful weekend for Operation Red Nose (O.R.N.) here in Thompson.

 

The service, which helps keep drunk drivers off the roads while making sure your car makes it home with you, drove over 500km on December 1st and 2nd.

 

O.R.N. gave 32 rides on Friday night, collecting $767.30. Saturday night saw $533.95 on 30 rides.

 

Read: Operation Red Nose Completes First Weekend In Service

 

A total of $1,301.25 was collected this past weekend for local youth-based organizations.

 

So far this year, O.R.N. here in Thompson has given 95 rides and collected over $2300. 

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RCMP Officer Facing Two Lawsuits


An RCMP officer is facing multiple lawsuits following the shooting death of a Thompsonite two years ago.

 

Constable Abram Letkeman, who was charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence, reckless discharge of a firearm and dangerous driving, is being sued by Steven Campbell’s mother and girlfriend.

 

Lori Flett, the mother of Campbell’s youngest child, is not only suing Letkeman, but also the RCMP and attorney general for damages related to injuries she sustained, as some of the shots fired at the car hit her.

 

Campbell’s mother, Shirley Huber, filed a claim against the RCMP, the attorney general and Letkeman saying that they owe her money for general damages, loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and interest.

 

Read: Thompson RCMP Seize Drugs, Paraphernalia And Cash

 

Both lawsuits allege Letkeman’s actions while on duty mean the RCMP and the attorney general are both liable for what happened that night.

 

A trial date for Constable Letkeman has not yet been scheduled.

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Thompson RCMP Seize Drugs, Paraphernalia And Cash


Two teenagers are facing drug-related charges following a drug bust earlier this week

Early Wednesday evening, Thompson RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence located on Rainbow Crescent in the community.

Police located and seized approximately nine ounces of cocaine, various drug paraphernalia items and a small quantity of Canadian currency.

Read: Teen In Custody Following Robbery, Shootings

Police arrested two males at the scene, a 19-year-old and 16-year-old youth who are both from Thompson, and later released them on court imposed conditions for a January court date in Thompson.

They will face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and trafficking in a controlled substance.

The investigation is ongoing.

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The Salvation Army Is Looking For More Volunteers


The Salvation Army here in Thompson is looking for people to help with their Christmas Kettle Campaign.

 

Kettle co-ordinator Cheryl Harnum spoke to 102.9 CHTM, and said that shifts are two hours long. She said that there are four kettle locations; Safeway, Walmart, the Liquor Mart and Shoppers. The kettles are out every Thursday through Saturday.

 

She also said there’s an added bonus if you do three shifts; a voucher from KFC for a free two-piece meal.

 

100% of the money raised by the kettles stays in Thompson, and goes towards supporting the work of the food bank.

 

You can volunteer by calling Cheryl at 204-307-0709.

 

Photo from The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle launch at the City Centre Mall on November 25th. Courtesy of Thompson Citizen.

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City Public Budget Meeting Tomorrow Night


The City of Thompson will be holding a public budget meeting tomorrow night.

 

The meeting will start at 7:00pm in the T.R.C.C. multi-purpose room

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that the meeting is a chance for the public to give suggestions for revenue generation or cost saving in the City’s budget.

 

He added that the operating budget for the City of Thompson is around $23M.

 

Read: City Council Waives Fees For Three Local Organizations

 

Mayor Fenske said that the meeting will also serve as the launch of their annual budget survey. The survey will be available on the City's website, and in hard-copy at City Hall, after the meeting.

 

For more information, you can call City Hall at 204.677.7910.

 

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City Council Waives Fees For Three Local Organizations


City Council approved the waiving of the land lease fees for Thompson Trailbreakers, the Heritage North Museum, and the Thompson Wildlife Association at the last regular meeting of council.

 

Councillor Judy Kolada Voted in favour, saying that organizations like these are important to the quality of life in Thompson.

 

She said that Council needs to show their support for quality of life organizations as they will help retain citizens.

 

Read: City Council Approves 2018 Fee And Fine Schedule

 

The vote passed 7-2 for each resolution, with Councillors Matechuk and Wong voting against every time.

 

Councillor Matechuk spoke up against the waiving of fees for the Wildlife Association, as the fees are for two properties instead of one, which he said is a little much.

 

Councillor Wong spoke up in opposition, saying that the City shouldn’t be giving things away for free when we’re looking down the barrel of tough economic times.

 

He added that in the future he’d like to see the practice become the waiving of a percentage of the fee instead of the whole. Those thoughts were echoed later by Councillor Kolada.

 

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Thompsonite Awarded Senate 150 Medal


A Thompsonite is being recognized tomorrow in the Nation’s Capital for his work in promoting the north.

 

Volker Beckmann has been named one of the recipients of the Senate 150 Medal.

 

He is being recognized for his work in promoting Thompson, including AuroraFest 150 and the Spirit Way campaign that took place in England over the summer.

 

Senator Patricia Bovey said that the time and energy Beckmann has successfully put into bringing the news of Thompson and the awareness of Thompson across the country is significant  

 

There are a total of 1500 Senate 150 Medals being handed out to Canadians, including 12 from Manitoba.

 

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Thompson-Based Employment Programs To Get Over $500k From Province


The Provincial Government recently announced that Thompson will receive $508,738 for community-based training and employment services.

 

The money will go towards the Community Futures North Central Development self-employment program, the YWCA's MPI adult driver training, the Manitoba Metis Federation in Waboden's employment and training services as well as the Thicket Portage Community Council's resource centre.

 

Read: Premier Pallister injured While In The USA

 

Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle said that he’s pleased the government is investing in our region and that the investment will help keep unemployed and low-income Manitobans in the community. He added that by connecting Manitobans looking for work with jobs that are in-demand, the government is delivering on their commitment to improve people’s lives while growing the local economy.

 

The projects being supported are among 86 projects across the province being funded by a $25M investment.

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Teen In Custody Following Robbery, Shootings


Thompson RCMP have a 16-year-old in custody following multiple reports of an armed male.

 

Last Thursday, a male youth was removed from a hotel bar in Thompson. He threatened employees that he was going to return with a weapon and shoot-up the establishment.

 

Late the same evening, a taxi with it's emergency beacon activated entered the Thompson RCMP detachment parking lot. The taxi driver informed responding officers that as he was picking up customers, a male youth approached his taxi with a gun, threatened to shoot him, then shot at the cab. The driver fled and headed towards the RCMP detachment for safety.

 

Read: Thompsonite Wanted On Multiple Firearms Charges

 

Right after, Thompson RCMP received a report that a female had been robbed at gun point and that a vehicle parked at a local school had been shot with what appeared to be pellets from a BB gun.

 

Early Friday morning, the investigation led officers to a Thompson residence where a pellet gun rifle was located. The 16-year-old male youth was also located at the residence and arrested without incident. He has been charged with robbery with a firearm and uttering threats against a person. He remains in custody.

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School Board Meeting Tomorrow


There will be a regular meeting of the board of trustees for the School District of Mystery Lake tomorrow night.

 

The agenda for the meeting includes two revised field trip applications, as well as various committee reports and a report from both superintendents.

 

The board will also vote on the second and third readings of the borrowing by-law. The full agenda can be found here.

 

The meeting will start at 7:00pm at the school board office.

 

The public is welcome to attend.

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Operation Red Nose Completes First Weekend In Service


This past weekend was the first weekend for Operation Red Nose in 2017.

 

The program logged 358 kilometres over the weekend, giving a total of 32 rides.

 

They raised $1,004.35 for local causes and organizations.

 

Board member Tony Taylor told 102.9 CHTM that as the season progresses, the amount of ride requests will go up, and that they are always looking for more volunteers.

 

Volunteer applications can be picked up 102.9 CHTM, located at 103 Cree Road.

 

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Thompsonite Wanted On Multiple Firearms Charges


Thompson RCMP are asking for help in the search for a male with multiple firearms offences.

 

31-year-old Ian Mervin Paupanekisc is currently wanted for multiple firearms offences, including pointing a firearm and an attempted armed robbery at a business in Thompson on November 17th.

 

Paupanekis is considered armed and dangerous.

 

Read: Thompson RCMP Make Arrest On Halloween

 

If you see him, do not approach, but rather contact police immediately.

 

If you know of Paupanekis’s whereabouts, please contact Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909.

 

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Tips For Exercise During The Winter


Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising.

 

Bruce Krentz, from the Northern Health Region, joined Chris Walker on the 102.9 CHTM morning show this morning with some suggestions for outdoor winter apparel.

 

Krentz said that getting wet makes you cold a lot faster, so he suggested water proof (or resistant) clothing is recommended, especially in the cold. He added that dressing too warm is a mistake, as sweating could be an issue. He said that you should be dressing in layers so you can take them off as needed, and that if you start sweating, keeping sweating until you reach a place where you can be warm.

 

Read: Library Showcasing Local Artists

 

Krentz went on to talk about specific clothing that is suggested. He said that shoes and boots a half size too big would be a smart investment to make sure your extra large winter socks can fit. He added that reflective clothing is also a good idea, as the sun isn't out for long during the winter months.

 

Krentz added that there is no bad time to exercise, just bad clothes to be wearing.

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Salvation Army To Launch Christmas Kettle Campaign Tomorrow


Tomorrow marks the start of the annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign.

 

The Salvation Army in Thompson has four locations, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Safeway and the Liquor Store.

 

The Kettles, which serve as the main fundraiser for the Army, are out as of eleven this morning. The Salvation Army in Canada website has a list of frequently asked questions when it comes to Kettles, as it's a term not everyone may be familiar with.

 

All the money raised stays here in Thompson, and goes towards keeping the food bank stocked. If you don't have any change or cash to donate at the physicall kettle location, donations can be made online at fillthekettle.com

 

The official kettle kick-off event will be taking place on Saturday at the Walmart kettle, starting at 1:30pm.

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City Council Approves 2018 Fee And Fine Schedule


City Council approved the fee and fine schedule for 2018 at the last regular meeting of Council, but not without opposition from Councillor Duncan Wong.

 

Wong said he’d like to support the schedule, but couldn’t agree on the charges for a broken water meter.

 

He said that he doesn’t believe that a rate-payer would intentionally break the meter, and that there should be a discussion as to who would pay to replace a battery for a meter, since the actual meters are owned by the City.

 

Read: City, Fire and Emergency Services Agree On New Five-Year CBA

 

He added that if they can determine that the meter was damaged intentionally, he’s in full support of charging the guilty party.

 

The vote was recorded, at the request of Councillor Wong, and was passed by a vote of seven-two, with Councillors Wong and Kolada voting in opposition.

 

The full 2018 City of Thompson Fee and Fine Schedule can be found here.

 

The next regular meeting of Thompson City Council is scheduled for Monday.

 

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Library Showcasing Local Artists


The Thompson Public Library has started showcasing local artists.

 

Leila Graham, from the T.P.L., joined Chris Walker on the 102.9 CHTM morning show earlier today and said that they are hoping to do a weekly art show, starting on Thursday.

 

The first one, taking place this Thursday (November 23rd) will feature Meaghan Peters. Graham said that Peters is very talented and that her works are original. The show will start at 6:00pm.

 

The following week, on December 1st, the Library will showcase the work of Brontë Hendren. Hendren is no stranger to the library, as she usually leads the "Wine and Paint" nights.

 

In addition to the art shows, the Thompson Public Library is holding a Holiday Art Sale, which starts today and runs until December 23rd. The art will be on display at the library and will feature a different local artist every week.

 

For more information on all events happening at the library, or if you'd like more information, you can visit their Facebook page, visit them onilne or give them a call at 204.677.3717.

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Breakfast Program Gets A Boost From Crimestoppers


The breakfast programs at Burntwood School, Juniper School and Wapanohk Community school got a boost thanks to the Thompson Crimestoppers.

 

The $1,000.00 donation was presented to the School District of Mystery Lake by Thompson Crimestoppers member Norma Lahey and RCMP Constable Sandy Deibert.

 

Crimestoppers run a silent auction every December in the City Centre Mall, and decided that a portion of the money raised should be re-invested in the community.

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Premier Pallister Injured While In The USA


Premier Brian Pallister is traveling back to Manitoba today to be re-evaluated following injuries sustained while on vacation in New Mexico.

 

The injuries occurred while hiking in the Gila Wilderness, including numerous cuts and bruises, as well as compound fractures in his left arm, all a result of a serious fall.

 

He spent the night in Silver City in hospital, and he'll be re-evealuted once he arrives back in the province to determine if surgery is needed.

 

Pallister will be resting at home with his family over the weekend.

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City, Fire And Emergency Servies Agree On New Five-Year CBA


The City of Thompson and the International Association of Firefighters (I.A.F.F.) local 2200 have reached a new five-year deal.

 

The deal is retroactive to January 1st, as the previous agreement expired at the end of 2016.

 

City Council unanimously approved the new collective bargaining agreement at the last regular meeting of council.

 

Read: Council Passes Amendment To Organizational By-Law Despite Fierce Debate

 

Mayor Fenske said that the City recognizes the hard and dangerous work that the fire department does every day, and the agreement makes sure they receive the compensation they deserve.

 

I.A.F.F. local 2200 President Jason Kuras said that the new agreement is the continuation of the excellent relationship between the City and the Fire and Emergency Services in Thompson.

 

 

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MP Niki Ashton Releases Statement On Churchill


Even though local MP Niki Ashton is now the mother of twin boys, she is still fighting hard in the House of Commons to restore rail service to Churchill.

 

She opened by saying that the situation started in 1997 when the federal government sold the port and rail line to Omnitrax.

 

Ashton said that our region is consistently ignored by Ottawa, and that we have to fight for what other Canadians take for granted, such as healthcare and basic infrastructure.

 

Read: Feds Moving From Words To Action With Omnitrax

 

She added that she has repeatedly called on the government for action, and even though they are starting that action now, it may be too little too late.

 

She ended her statement by saying that it’s time for the Federal Liberals to renationalize the port and rail line to get things back to normal for Churchill and everywhere along the line.

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Council Passes Amendment To Organizational By-Law Despite Fierce Debate


As of Tuesday night, any City Councillor who wishes to serve on a board in their capacity as a Councillor must be approved by Council.

 

The by-law saw its second and third readings at the last regular meeting of council, and was welcomed by strong opposition from Councillors Wong, Matechuk and Kolada.

 

The debate started with Councillor Matechuk stating that the by-law didn’t go through the proper channels before it came to council, a claim that Councillor Kathy Valentino said holds no water.

 

Valentino said that the by-law was discussed at the finance and administration committee meeting, then the LIGA committee, and then at council; the exact process that has been followed every year. She said that most councillors were not present at the committee meetings where it was discussed. She added that all councillors are welcome to attend every Council committee meeting. 

 

One of Councillor Wong’s arguments was that you didn’t have to go through the City to be a part of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, and that the by-law goes against his Constitutional rights. Both arguments were quickly refuted by Mayor Dennis Fenske.

 

Fenske said that the Constitution has nothing to do with the by-law, and that you have to be an elected official to serve on AMM. He added that he believes Councillor Wong was trying to confuse the subject by bringing the Constitution into the discussion.

 

The final argument from Councillor Wong was in the form of a questions; if it's such a good idea, why is no one else (no other municipalities) talking about it?

 

Mayor Fenske responded quickly, saying that that is just his (Wong's) opinion, as he can't speak to what other municipal councils are discussion. Deputy Mayor Smook, who joined the meeting via telephone, added that she's spoken to other AMM members who say that their municipalities already have a similar by-law in place.

 

Councillor Matechuk brought forward a motion to table the third reading. The motion was defeated five-four.

 

Both the second and third readings passed 6-3. Mayor Fenske, Deputy Mayor Smook, Councillor Byer, Councillor Ellis, Councillor Valentino and Councillor Foley voted in favour, with Councillor Kolada, Councillor Matechuk and Councillor Wong voting in opposition.

 

The next regular meeting of City Council will take place on November 27th.

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Province Announces $212,000 In Funding For Local Youth Programs


There’s over $200,000 in funding for youth programs coming to Thompson from the Provincial Government.

 

Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle made the announcement at the Boys and Girls club of Thompson yesterday morning that the Youth Build Program will be getting $200,000, while the club itself will get $12,000.

 

Bindle said that the money is in line with the Province's "Look North" initiative, in that it helps to engage youth in the community, through learning, to be involved in the local economy. He added that the government is committed to help youth in the north succeed.

 

Read: Look North Official Handed Over To Provincial Government

 

Regina DaSilva-Gibbons, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club in Thompson, said that the move by the government has left her at a loss for words. She said that while $200,000 is a lot of money, it's worth it for the youth whose lives are changed for the better.

 

Gibbons added that the club wouldn’t be able to do the work they do without the staff, who as she said, were tough enough to make sure the youth are ready for the real world, but soft enough that they’ll come to them with any questions. 

 

The Youth Build program has 363 young people in the past 15 years.

 

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City Council Meeting Tonight


There is a regular meeting of Thompson City Council tonight.

 

The meeting, which is the third last council meeting of 2017, will take place at 7:00pm in council chambers at City Hall.

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that council will recieve for information letters from various Provincial Ministers, all in response to inquiries from the City.

 

Fenske added that Council will vote on the second and third readings of the organizational by-law, as well as hear a report from the Development Review Committee.

 

Everyone is welcome, and encouraged, to attend.

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School Board Meeting Tomorrow


The board of trustees for the School District of Mystery Lake will meet tomorrow.

 

The meeting will include the 2016-2017 audited financial statements, as well as the first reading of the borrowing by-law.

 

The agenda also includes a field trip request for a trip to Fernie, BC, and an update to the board decision making matrix

 

The meeting will start at 7:00pm in the school board office.

 

The full agenda can be found here.

 

The public is welcome to attend.

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Annual Christmas Parade Still Looking For Floats


The annual community Christ Parade is coming this Saturday.

 

The parade will carry on the Canada 150 theme, with every float being a different province or territory.

 

The organizational committee is still looking for floats to join the parade.

 

A sign-up sheet can be found in the Santa Parade for Thompson facebook group.

 

For more information, you can head to the facebook group or call the TRCC at 1.204.677.7952.

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Feds Moving From Words To Action With Omnitrax


The war of words between Denver-based Omnitrax and the federal government seems to be reaching the next level as Ottawa says they’re planning on following through with legal action.

 

The federal Liberals told Omnitrax back on October 13th to fix the rail line to Churchill in 30 days or else.

 

Now that the deadline is passed, Ottawa says they will make good on their threat of suing Omnitrax over breach of contract.

 

The federal government says that Omnitrax is in breach of a contract, signed in 2008 with the Federal and Provincial government.

 

Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said that they expect swift action from the Government, as gas prices in the northern community are over $2.00/L and the cost of living continues to rise.

 

A resident of Churchill says that two bags of groceries cost over $130.00.

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Provincial Government Approves Annual Post-Secondary Tuition Hike


If you’re planning on going to a post-secondary institution here in Manitoba be prepared to start paying more.

 

An annual post-secondary tuition increase was among the topics and bills discussed, and passed, during a marathon session to close out the sitting of the Manitoba Legislature that lasted from 7:30pm until 4:15am.

 

The bill that was passed with regards to post-secondary tuition costs will raise tuition by 5% plus the rate of inflation annually.

 

This will increase the price of tuition by hundreds of dollars every year.

 

NDP leader Wab Kinew says that the current government is making education less affordable for families trying to make ends meet. He added that putting food on the table while paying tuition will become harder each and every year under Premier Pallisters government.

 

The legislature will resume with a new sitting on November 21st.

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Northstars Vale Night Once Again A Success


Last Saturday was the annual Vale night for the Norman Northstars.

 

Ryan Land, from Vale, spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that they had around 800 people at the game, with around 200 taking part in the pre-game festivities and Vale open-house.

 

Instead of having to pay the usual admission for the game, those in attendance were encouraged to make a donation towards The Salvation Army.

 

Land said that $515.65 was donated, in addition to 157 food items.

 

The donations will be brought to The Salvation Army in Thompson tomorrow.

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RCMP Seize Cocaine In Nelson House, Arrest Three


Nelson House RCMP have three in custody following a drug bust in the community last week.

 

29-year-old Trapper Linklater, 26-year-old Patrick Linklater and a 15-year-old youth all face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.

 

The Mounties entered the residence in Nelson House on November 1st, where officers found 39 grams of cocaine and large quantity of Canadian currency. 

 

The three will remain in custody and will appear in Provincial Court in Thompson tomorrow. 

 

RCMP say the investigation is ongoing.

 

 

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RCMP Search Apartment, Seize Cocaine And Arrest Three


Thompson RCMP have laid charges against three adults following the execution of a search warrant of an apartment in the city yesterday.

 

The search was conducted by several units, including Thompson G.I.S., general duty members and the Manitoba North District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team (C.R.E.S.T.).

 

Inside the apartment, officers found crack cocaine. 

 

The three adults, who were all in the unit at the time, were arrested and face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking. 

 

They were later released, and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date. 

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Emergency Landing At Thompson Airport


Two investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) are being deployed to Thompson following an emergency landing last night.

 

A Perimeter Metroliner aircraft was involved in the incident, which according to Perimeter VP Carlos Castillo, happened at 7:30pm.

 

The RCMP were called just after 8:00pm, and Thompson Fire and EMS were already on scene when they arrived.

 

There was no one on board, other than two pilots, for the re-position flight. A re-positioning flight is when an airline moves a plane from one airport to another.

 

No one was injured, though there was damage to the plane. Both pilots were brought to Thompson General Hospital as a precaution. 

 

The aircraft was inbound from God's River. 

 

The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be passed along as it becomes available.

 

 

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Mayor Dennis Fenske Appoints New Deputy Mayor And Committee Chairs


The City of Thompson has a new Deputy Mayor.

 

Earlier this evening, the City of Thompson held a special organizational meeting of City Council at which Mayor Dennis Fenske appointed a new Deputy Mayor, as well as chairs of the various City committees. Following the appointments, council voted on represetatives to sit as seconds on the committees. 

 

The meeting starting with an opening prayer from Elder Jack Robinson, followed by remarks from Mayor Fenske.

 

Fenske gave highlights of accomplishments of council, including the start of construction on the new Waste Water Treatment Plant. He then thanked the citizens of Thompson for their imput and participation at council meetings and on social media. He also took the time to thank administration and all of council for their continued hard work. He concluded his remarks by publicly announcing that he would not be seeking re-election.

 

The first appointment of the evening by the Mayor was Colleen Smook as the new Deputy Mayor of the City. 

 

Below is a list of the committees. 

 

Finance

Chair: Kathy Valentino

Member: Colleen Smook

 

Human Resources

Chair: Blake Ellis

Member: Colleen Smook

 

Public Works

Chair: Colleen Smook

Member: Penny Byer

 

Public Safety

Chair: Judy Kolada

Member: Dennis Foley

 

Recreation

Chair: Dennis Foley

Member: Kathy Valentino

 

LIGA*

Chair: Collen Smook

Members: Kathy Valentino, Blake Ellis

 

Development Review

Chair: Penny Byer

Member: Judy Kolada

 

Communications

Chair: Blake Ellis

Member: Dennis Foley

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske will join 102.9 CHTM tomorrow morning at 11:30 on City Beat, where he will discuss the organizational meeting and answer any questions the public may have. Questions may be submitted in advance via email to chtmnews@arcticradio.ca or during the show by calling 1.204.677.8181

 

 

 

 

 

* The LIGA committee chair is always the Deputy Mayor, and always has two councillors appointed.

 

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Thompson RCMP Make Arrest On Halloween


Thompson RCMP arrested three youths last night on multiple charges.

 

The report came in the evening that the three were causing mischief my throwing garbage inside a local restaurant and harassing staff members. The youths, aged 13 to 16, were later located, identified, and arrested.

 

During the arrest, bear spray was found on the person of one of the suspects. 

 

The charges laid are: possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, possession of a prohibited weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, causing a disturbance and three counts of mischief. 

 

All three were released to their parents and will appear in court at a later date.  

 

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Thompson Playhouse Holding Auditions


The Thompson Playhouse is holding auditions tonight for their latest production, The Dixie Swim Club, at the request of the Winter Games committee.

 

Donna Wilson, the director of the playhouse, spoke to 102-9 CHTM with a bit of back story on the play. She said that it is about five southern women whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team. They get together once a year to recharge the relationships. The play spans a period of 33 years.

 

Wilson added that they are looking to fill the roles of five lead female characters. Below is a list of the characters with a brief description.

 

- Sheree: The spunky team captain who is desperate to maintain her organized, perfect life.

- Dinah: The wisecracking overachiever and career dynamo whose victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations in her personal life.

- Lexie: Pampered and outspoken, Lexie is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married - over and over again.

-Vernadette: Acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos.

- Jeri Neal: Sweet and eager to please, she experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

 

Auditions will take place at the Quality Inn and Suites starting at 6:00pm. Anyone with questions or who would like more information should call Donna Wilson at 1.204.939.1576.

 

 

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Greyhound Makes Changes Following Complaints


Greyhound Canada is making changes following complaints of overbooking in September.  

 

A company spokesperson says that the ticket agent in Thompson wasn’t previously able to see tickets generated and sold in communities like Waboden, occasionally leaving passengers behind due to overbooking.  

 

The spokesperson said that they have addressed the issue to make sure customers travelling with tickets that hold the correct date and time have a seat on the bus.

 

Photo courtesy of Thompson Citizen

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Drugs Tossed From Car On Highway 6, Thompson Man Arrested


A Thompsonite is facing multiple charges following an incident on Highway 6 earlier this month. 

 

RCMP were alerted to a vehicle driving erratically, which they later discovered was using stolen plates. 

 

During the brief pursuit, 26-year-old Abraham Saunders tossed multiple items out of the vehicle, including money and marijuana. 

 

The pursuit ended on foot, with an RCMP dog playing a key role.

 

Saunders faces mulitple charges including fleeing from police, possessing property obtained by crime and driving while disqualified.  

 

He remains in custody.

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Thompson Woman Killed In Crash


One person is dead and another is in hospital following a single-vehicle collision in Norway House.

 

The driver, a 29-year-old woman from Thompson, was thrown from the vehicle following the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The 33-year-old passenger was found at the scene with his seatbelt still on.

 

The RCMP say that not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol played a factor in the incident

 

The investigation is ongoing.

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School Board Meeting Tonight


Tonight marks the last meeting of the board of trustees for the School District of Mystery Lake for the month of October.

 

The meeting, which will start at seven in the school board offices, is open to the public.

 

The board will review a field trip request for a proposed history of cars tour of Germany in 2019.

 

They will also vote on procedural by-law 05/17 for the second and third times.

 

The board will be reviewing a masters thesis proposal, the exepditures for the school board as of October 6th, as well as correspondence from the RD Parker music department.

 

Auditors for 2017-2018 will also be appointed.

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RCMP Locate Missing Hiker


Over the weekend, Wabowden RCMP were advised of a missing 19-year-old female hiker from Thompson in the area of Pisew Falls.

 

The hiker had been heading towards Kwasitchewan Falls when she communicated that she was lost. It became dark, and the weather deteriorated with rain and snow.

 

RCMP officers, including a police dog service officer, and a sustainable development conservation officer searched throughout the night for the lost hiker. At daybreak, more RCMP officers joined the search, and search and rescue teams began to converge on the area. Several resources were deployed, including search teams from Winnipeg and Cross Lake, Canadian Rangers from Snow Lake and Gillam, as well as representatives of the Office of the Fire Commissioner. A helicopter was deployed to the area, but had to be called off due to bad weather.

 

By mid-afternoon, RCMP ground search teams had located the lost hiker. She was cold, wet and hungry, but able to move on her own power. A boat was deployed to transport the hiker out of the area.

 

"With the deteriorating weather, we were becoming quite concerned for the hiker,” said Sergeant Ben Sewell of the RCMP in Manitoba North District. “We were able to use a number of resources and thankfully, this was a successful outcome as we were able to get her off the trail safe and sound.”

 

The RCMP thanks the public who volunteered to assist in the effort.

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Manitoba Liberals Have A New Leader


The Manitoba Liberal Party has a new leader.

 

Dougald Lamont was elected over the weekend at a convention in the second ballot, defeating Winnipeg MLA Cindy Lamoureaux 296 to 288.

 

Lamoureaux was leading by a wide margin after the first ballot, and received an endorsement from Jon Gerrard after he bowed out of the race, but couldn’t come away with the victory as less than 300 people stuck around for the second ballot.

 

Lamont, a 48-year-old communications specialist and lecturer at the University of Winnipeg has a long family history with the Liberals, but has never held elected office.

 

Lamont said the he plans on having a seat before 2020, and that he expects to be in the legislature regularly to scrum after question period.

 

The Liberals currently hold three seats in the legislature.  

 

Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press

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Rogers Brings LTE-Advanced To Manitoba


Rogers has announced that they are expanding their service here in Manitoba.

 

The Canadian telecommunications giant Rogers has announced that L-T-E- Advanced is now being offered in many communities, including Thompson, Flin Flon, Churchill and Winnipeg.

 

Colin Bartlett, the Prairies Regional leader for Rogers, says that the company has a long and proud history in the province of bringing continued improvements that help improve connectivity.

 

The company also announced they will be working to improve service in hard to reach places such as basements and elevators.

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RCMP Thompson arrest male for attempted murder


On October 18, 2017, Thompson RCMP were called to a residence for a report of a male being shot.

 

When police arrived, a 23-year-old male from Thompson was located with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Winnipeg hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

 

David Baker, 19, from Winnipeg, was arrested at approximately 12:30 pm this afternoon. He is charged with attempted murder and discharge firearm with intent. He remains in custody.

 

The investigation continues with the assistance of RCMP Major Crime Unit, RCMP Police Dog Services, Northern Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team and Forensic Identification Services.

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Look North Report Officially Handed Over To Provincial Government


The report and action planned aimed at bringing tourists to northern Manitoba is officially in the hands of the Province.

 

The Look North tourism strategy report and action plan was officially handed over from strategy co-chairs Chuck Davidson and Christian Sinclair to Minister Blaine Pedersen (Provincial Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade) at an event in Thompson last night.

 

Before the report was officially given to Minister Pedersen, Chief Sinclair said that the training of Indigenous peoples is part of the solution to keeping the north strong.

 

Eileen Clark, the provincial mister of northern and indigenous affairs, as well as Jeff Wharton, provincial minister of municipal relations, were also in attendance.

 

The full report can be found online at www.gov.mb.ca/looknorth

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Supplies To Come To Churchill In Winter Via Truck


Supplies will be brought to Churchill this winter, but not by train.

 

A winter ice road is expected to be carved, allowing supplies to be brought to the remote northern community through the winter months.

 

Work is expected to start on the road around Christmas, with the hauling of supplies starting in January.

 

Polar Industries, Remote Area Services and Fox Lake Cree Nation are the three groups behind the plan, which has been in the works since June.

 

The work is currently based on private funding, though the group is hoping the province will step up to the plate and help cover the costs.

 

It’s expected the drive, from Gillam, will take 20 to 30 hours to complete.

 

Photo courtesy of CBC Manitoba

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$100 Stolen And Window Smashed At Beastly Boutique


A donation box with roughly one hundred dollars was stolen last week from the Beastly Boutique.

 

According to owner Vickie McNevin, the break-in and robbery took place last Monday around seven P-M while she was still in the building.

 

McNevin says she was in the back filling water bowls when she heard the window break, and witnessed the crime before the culprit fled.

 

The suspect is described as five foot six, aged 25 to 30, wearing a black toque, grey hoodie, and dark pants.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Thompson RCMP detachment at 1.204.677.6909.

 

Photo courtesy of Thompson Citizen

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Churchill Caught In Middle Between Omnitrax and Ottawa


The war of words between Denver-based Omnitrax and the Federal Government continues as Churchill stands helplessly in the middle.

 

Merv Tweed, the president of Omnitrax Canada, recently wrote a letter in which he said that the Liberals are letting down the people in Manitoba’s north, and went on to say they’ve avoided helping as much as they could.

 

Federal transportation Minister Marc Garneau responded quickly, saying that Omnitrax wouldn’t get another dime until they do the work that they are obliged to do.

 

Garneau added that the Feds sent a letter to Omnitrax last week saying to fix the rail line or else.

 

Tweed responded saying that the company doesn’t have the resources to do any repairs.

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Ford To Recall 1.34 Million Trucks


Ford has announced that they will be recalling over a million F-150 trucks, from model year 2015 through 2017, as well as 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks.

 

The recall is to address the possibility of a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable that may result in the door not working.

 

Ford is planning on fixing the problem by adding water shields to side door latches.

 

The Detroit-based automaker has now recalled more than five million vehicles since 2016 for varying door-latch related issues, though Ford says this issue is different than the others.

 

Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said that those impacted by the recall would be notified next month, but the company does not have a timeline in place for when parts will be available.

 

The recall and repair is estimated to cost the motor company upwards of $267M across North America.

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Thompson RCMP Ask For Help In Search For Suspect


Thompson RCMP are asking for the public’s help in the search for Chuck Spence.

 

The 25-year-old is wanted for three outstanding warrants, including possession for purpose of trafficking cocaine.

 

If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call the Thompson RCMP detachment at 677-6909. You can also call Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

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Janes Chicken Products Recalled


A popular brand of frozen breaded chicken products is facing a recall due to possible salmonella.

 

Jane’s uncooked pub style chicken burgers and pub style snakcs popcorn chicken are the two products facing the recall according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

 

The burgers affected carry a code of 2018 MA 12 and the popcorn chicken carry a code of 2018 MA 15.

 

If you have a box of affected chicken, you’re asked to throw it out or return it to the store you bought it from.

 

The C.F.I.A. warns that food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled, but can still make you sick.

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Chamber Of Commerce Meeting Today


The Chamber of Commerce will be holding their bi-weekly lunch meeting today.

 

The guests for the meeting will be Kelly Faubert and Jonny Loewen, from BDC, and will be talking about improving the productivity of businesses to help them become more profitable, efficient and competitive.

 

The meeting will get underway at 12:00pm in the conference room at the Meridian Hotel.

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Rail Line Could Be Fixed Within A Month, At Least Temporarily


A report says that the rail line to Churchill could be fixed, at least temporarily, within a month.

 

The AECOM report, which was prepared for Omnitrax, says that the temporary repairs would take no more than 30 days and would cost between $5M and $10M.

 

The repairs would allow supplies to arrive in the remote northern community by train for the upcoming winter.

 

Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said he doesn’t think Denver-based Omnitrax is serious about the plan, and that the company is just playing games with the community.

 

The estimated cost to fully repair the line is in the ball park of $40M.

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Law Enforcement Review Agency Releases Annual Report


The Province of Manitoba recently released their annual law enforcement review report.

 

The report, which comes from the Law Enforcement Review Agency in Winnipeg, says that formal complaints were down in 2016 from 2015; 139 to 122.

 

Max Churley, the Commissioner of the L.E.R.A., said that the average timeframe for completion of an investigation increased from seven months to nine months from 2015 to 2016.

 

The 122 formal complaints included discrimination, making a false statement and using unnecessary violence or excessive force. Below is a full list of the categories that all complaints fell into:

 

  • Breaches of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Making an arrest without reasonable or probably grounds
  • Using unnecessary violence or excessive force
  • Using oppressive or abusive conduct or language
  • Being discourteous or uncivil
  • Discrimination
  • Making false statement
  • Improperly disclosing information
  • Damaging property or failing to report damage
  • Failing to provide assistance

 

The report added that of the 214 files opened in 2016, 92 were resolved at intake or following preliminary enquiries, no complaints were resolved through mediation, two were referred to a hearing, while others were abandoned as there was not enough evidence.

 

The full unabridged report can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/justice/lera

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Thompson Chamber Of Commerce To Mark Northern Business Week 2017


Sunday is the official start of Northern Business Week 2017, which will run until Saturday October 21st.

 

It will be marked here in Thompson with three main events, hosted by the Thompson Chamber of Commerce.

 

The first event is taking place at City Council Monday evening, with a presentation to Mayor and Council.

 

There will also be the regular lunch meeting of the chamber on Wednesday at the Meridian Hotel in the conference room. The guests will be Kelly Faubert and Jonny Loewen, who will be talking about productivity.

 

The highlight of the week will be Thursday, when the Chamber will be hosting an event at the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre. The evening will feature the honorable Blaine Pedersen, Provincial Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade speaking about the Province's "Look North" initiative. Those in attendance will also be hearing from Chuck Davidson, the President and C.E.O of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. Laura Finlay will be speaking on the Thompson Tourism Strategy and Tim Gibson will be talking about the Thompson 2020 initiative. Eileen Clark, the Provincial Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations, Jeff Wharton, the Provincial Minister of Municipal relations, and Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle will also be in attendance. The event will start at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20.00 for Chamber members and $30.00 for non-members. The Chamber advises everyone that there will be limited seating, and to call 1.204.677.4155 for tickets.

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N.R.H.A. Hires Six New Doctors


The province has announced that the Northern Health Region has recruited six new doctors.

 

Two will be based in Flin Flon, while four will work in Thompson.

 

Provincial Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said that recruiting doctors to come work in the north can be tough, and that the new doctors will ensure consistent, reliable care for patients in communities across the north.

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Northern Health Region Marks Mental Illness Awareness Week 2017


This week is mental health awareness week.

 

The Northern Health region is marking the week with two events, the first of which is happening tomorrow.

 

From 1:30pm to 4:00pm, there will be a tea and bannock “come and go” event at the Plaza Mall. Everyone is welcome to stop by for a free snack and some information.

 

The second event will take place on Friday, a barbecue at the new Hope North facility on Princeton Drive. The BBQ will kick of at 12:00pm and run until 2:00pm/ Everyone is welcome to come by for food, fun and informaion.

 

More information can be found by calling Jennifer Whalen at 1.204.778.6513 or by emailing her at jwhalen@nrha.ca.

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City Council Hears Presentation From 2018 Manitoba Winter Games Committee, Recreation Committee Report


Thompson City Council met earlier tonight for the first time in October.

 

Councillors Penny Byer and Dennis Foley sent regrets as they could not attend the meeting, though Foley joined via telephone. The majority of council, and administrative staff, were wearing their 2018 Manitoba Winter Games hoodies and shirts in support of the games. 

 

As is per usual, the meeting was preceded by general iquires from the public. Three Thompsonites came forward with questions, the topics of which ranged from the bike lane on Selkirk Avenue to the pool debenture and the CSO's. 

 

The meeting started off with a presentation from the 2018 Manitoba Winter games committee. Sandra Ross-Hitch and Murray Kissick, the co-chairs of the Host Society, gave the presentation. Ross-Hitch and Kissick said that even though things are progressing well, they still need volunteers. Ross-Hitch said the main issue is getting people to register online, which is a neccessity to volunteer. She added that they have far more volunteers than are currently officially registered, and it's now a question of getting them into the system. 

 

The meeting also included a report from the recreation and community services committee, chaired by Councillor Dennis Foley. The report was presented by Councillor Blake Ellis as Foley was not physically in attendance.

 

Council received for information a news release in regards to the Association of Manitoba Municipalities Cities Caucus Meeting, which took place in Portage late last month. Mayor Dennis Fenske was in attendance at the meeting. 

 

There were two widely-discussed issues on this weeks' agenda; a resolution to approve the transfer of outstanding utility accounts to taxes and the first reading of by-law 1956-2017 (debenture to go towards imporvements of the Norplex Pool). 

 

In a recorded vote, Councillor Duncan Wong was the lone member voting aginst the resolution to approve the transfer of outstanding utility accounts to taxes, as he said it's unfair to people who don't own land believes that utility bills and taxes should be separate. Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino responded to Wong's comments, saying that the practice is not uncommon, and was discussed at a meeting of the City's finance committee. 

 

The first reading of by-law 1956-2017 which dealt with a debenture going towards imporvements of the Norplex Pool. The total cost of the debenture is $340,000, and will go towards multiple areas as outlined by multiple reports from engineers. jenny Krentz, the C.F.O. for the City, outlined in a memo (and again verbally to council) that the debenture was approved as a part of the 2017 budget. Councillor Duncan Wong asked questions of administration with regards to the upgrades, the main one at the start being whether or not the upgrades are a result of the fire which closed the pool for most of the summer. Wong also asked why the City would get a debenture for the work when there was money in reserves. Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino once again stood in opposition of Wong, stating that she was worried that councillors don't understand how reserves can be used in their fourth year in office. Councillor Blake Ellis noted that the pool was as old as he is, and that it's time for repairs. The vote on the reading was recorded, as per request from Councillor Wong. Mayor Fenske, Deputy Mayor Valentino, Councillors Ellis, Kolada, Smook and Foley voted in favour while Councillors Matechuk and Wong voted against. The by-law will have a second and third readings at a later date.

 

The next regular meeting of City Council will take place on October 16th.

 

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Two Manitobans Among Those Shot In Las Vegas


Two Manitobans are among those injured after a gunman opened fire at a concert in Las Vegas.

 

Jody Ansell of Stonewall and Jan Lambourne of Teulon were attending the Jason Aldean concert as part of the Route 91 Harvest Country Festival when Ansell was shot in the arm and Lambourne in the abdomen.

 

Jody Ansell and Jan Lambourne. Photo courtesy of CJOB

Jody Ansell and Jan Lambourne. Photo courtesy of CJOB

 

Ansell described the situation as crazy after the shots starting raining down on the country fans, who started stampeding to get away.

 

The shooter, who has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen paddock, opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel just after 10:00pm local time on Sunday night.

 

Photo courtesy of CBC 

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Chamber Of Commerce Meeting Location Changed For This Week


The bi-weekly meeting of the Thompson Chamber of Commerce will take place Wednesday afternoon.

 

The meeting will take place at the Juniper Centre, instead of the conference room of the Meridian Hotel where it usually takes place.

 

Rachel Templeton, from the Juniper Centre, will be speaking to members about the centre. The talk will be followed by a brief tour.

 

There will be a special lunch, and the meeting will start at 12:00pm.

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Niki Ashton Defeated Again In Federal NDP Leadership Race


Jagmeet Singh is the new leader of the Federal NDP. 

 

The MPP From Brampton, Ontario defeated Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus and Guy Caron in a surprise first-ballot victory. His message, which won him the landslide victoy, was simple; love and courage. 

 

The the UWO and York University educated lawyer from Scarborough, Ontario was originally considered to have an outside shot at the leadership, but gained considerable momentum as the leadership race went on. His popularity sky-rocketd (both in Canada and around the world) after a video went viral from one of his campaign events. The video shows Singh being interupted by a protestor, to whom he responds by saying that she is both loved and welcomed. 


Singh captured just over 53% of the over 60,000 votes to come away with the victory. Northern Ontario MP Charlie Angus came in second with just under 20%. Niki Ashton finished third with just over 17% while Quebec MP Guy Caron came last with under 10%. 

 

Niki Ashton had a better showing in the 2017 race than the 2012 race, but it was not enough. She was eliminated in the 2012 leadership race in the first ballot, only receiving 3,737 votes (5.7%). Ashton lead a strong campaign this time around, garnering more than double the votes cast in her name five years ago. The loss comes less than a month after her father, Steve Ashton, lost the Manitoba NDP leadership race to Fort Rouge MLA Wab Kinew.

 

Ashton had the following message on Facebook for her supporters following the results of the election.

Ashton released a new, longer statement Monday morning which can be found here.

 

 

Full Results:

Jagmeet Singh, MPP - Bramalea—Gore—Malton

35,266 (53.8%)

 

Charlie Angus, MP - Timmins—James Bay

12,705 (19.4%)

 

Niki Ashton, MP - Churchill—Keewatinook Aski

11,374 (17.4%)

 

Guy Caron, MP - Rimouski—Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques

6,164 (9.4%)

 

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New Wolf Statue Unveiled


There’s a new wolf in town.

 

Thompson RCMP unveiled the newest edition to Thompson’s wolves, located right in front of the detachment.

 

The wolf, titled protector of the community, is painted like a Mountie. The wolf is meant to represent the RCMP’s commitment to the community.

 

The wolf was painted by local artist Jan Hall, and the names of all members and employees of the RCMP currently posted to Thompson are engraved on a plaque on the side.

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Winter Games Fundraiser Tomorrow


The 2018 Manitoba Winter Games, powered by Manitoba Hydro, are holding a fundraiser behind the TRCC tomorrow afternoon.

 

Festivities will get under at 2:00pm and will include face painting, kids games (with prizes), a bump-up baseball game (where anyone can join in at any time), and a fundraising BBQ.

 

The cost for the BBQ will be $1.00 per drink and hotdog.

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Food Drive Saturday At Westwood Mall


The Salvation Food Bank supports hundreds of people in the community, including three hundred children.

 

Because of the high demand, it’s low on food, and needs your help to restock it’s shelves.

 

Roy Bladen, the Ministry Director for the Salvation Army in Thompson, spoke to 102.9 CHTM about the event taking place Saturday.

 

He said that the food drive, called Feeding the Hunger, will take place at the Westwood Mall from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. They will be looking for donations of non-perishable food items.

 

Bladen added that the food bank serves over 60 families in our community, including over 300 children.

 

If you’d like more information or have any questions, you can call Roy Bladen at 204.307.2193.

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