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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Jagmeet Singh, MPP - Bramalea—Gore—Malton
Charlie Angus, MP - Timmins—James Bay
Niki Ashton, MP - Churchill—Keewatinook Aski
Guy Caron, MP - Rimouski—Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques
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.
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.
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.
According to the RCMP, there has been in an increase in break and enters over the last few weeks.
Constable Sandy Deibert, from the RCMP Thompson Detachment, spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that there has been a sharp rise in the number of break and enters reported here in Thompson over the past few weeks. She said that this not only includes houses, but extends to sheds, garages and vehicles.
Constable Deibert added that if you are the victim of a break and enter, or think you could be, you should contact Thompson RCMP at 204.677.6909.
Saturday is Orange Shirt Day, a day to honour the survivors and remember the brutal history of residential schools here in Canada.
Cora Grant, a grade eight teacher from Westwood School, spoke to 102.9 CHTM about why it’s important for her to teach her students. She said that the history of residential schools is something that isn’t widely known, and that she feels it is her responsibility, as a teacher, to teach them about the subject.
Grant added that they will have a residential school survivor from Norway House, a relative of one of her students, visiting her class tomorrow.
The School District of Mystery Lake will be marking the day tomorrow, instead of on the actual day, since there is no school on Saturday.
CHTM will play playing audio tributes to survivors and reminders to wear an orange t-shirt, recorded by Grant’s students, throughout the day tomorrow.
Saturday will mark the last hoist at Birchtree Mine before Vale places it on care and maintenance.
Ryan Land, from Vale, spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that after the hoist, there will be a private event for workers and their families. He added that October 2nd will be the first shift of preparation to put the mine on care and maintenance, and that by November 16th asset recovery will complete, and the mine will officially be on care and maintenance by December 31st.
When asked for clarification on what “care and maintenance” meant, he explained that the mine isn’t being abandoned, but rather being maintened for when nickel prices improve and it’s economical to operate. He added that Vale believes there is a future for the mine.
To hear more from Land on the future of Birchtree, make sure to listen to Thompson Today tomorrow (Friday, September 29th 2017) on 102.9 CHTM at 12:40 and 5:10 in the afternoon.
The annual breastfeeding challenge is taking place this weekend.
The event will take place this Saturday at a new location, the Northern Health Authority administrative building beside the Thompson Hospital. The event was previously held at Wapanohk Community School.
Registration will start at 10:00am, with latch-on starting at 11:00am.There will be snacks and door prizes.
The challenge is to have the highest number of babies breastfeeding at the same time, and the results will be calculated in relation to the population of Thompson, and then compared with other participating communities.
For more information, you’re asked to call 204.677.5350.
Wapanohk is full.
That was the message from Superintendent Lorie Henderson at Tuesday evening's school board meeting.
The School District of Mystery Lake Superintendent for Educational Services and Programming said that the school currently has 513 students. Henderson said that that means there are three grades in almost every classroom.
The Superintendent added that with the high student population, there are double the number of students participating in the breakfast program, leaving it $3,000 short. She added that the program is going to have to stop serving hot breakfasts and switch to food like cereal until the funding is found.
One person had died following a trailer fire in Norway House.
The RCMP responded to a call Tuesday morning about a fire at a residence on Mission Island Drive. When officers arrived on the scene, the residence was engulfed in flames. Once the fire was under control, they discovered the remains of one person, while three others were injured.
The investigation is ongoing.
Thompson RCMP are looking for missing person
In the afternoon on September 15th, the Mounties recieved a report of a missing person here in Thompson. 51-year-old Arthur Fitzner was last seen in Thompson and has not communicated with friends or family since late August.
Fitzner is described as Indigenous, 5’9”, 185 pounds, has brown eyes, and a receding hair line. He was last known to be staying in Thompson, but may have travelled to The Pas, Flin Flon, or to the Winnipeg area.
The RCMP are concerned for his well-being and are asking anyone with information to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911.
The change in seasons marked the end of the graffiti cover-up program for the CMHA.
Samantha Comeau, from the CMHA here in Thompson, spoke to 102.9 CHTM about this years’ program. She said that it was a successful year, with unwanted graffiti being covered up 64 times.
Comeau added that 2018 will be a big year for the Canadian Mental Health Association, as they will be celebrating their 100th anniversary. She said that their mental health awareness week next year is something to look forward to.
The board of trustees for the School District of Mystery Lake will meet tonight for the second time this school year.
The agenda includes a report from the superintendent for Human Resources and Policy, an amendment to the 2017-18 district calendar with regards to board meeting dates, and a response from Scott Fielding, the provincial Minister of Families, with regards to a petition calling for a strong accessible education standard here in Manitoba.
The agenda also includes reports from the superintendent of educational serves and programming, as well as the secretary-treasurer.
The board will vote on travel to the region four meeting in Flin Flon, and hear reports from five committees.
The meeting will get underway at 7:00pm at the school board office.
The meeting is open to the public.
Thompson City Council continued what seems to be quickly becoming a new tradition at the start of council meetings; handing out certificates of appreciation.
The first two certificates were presented to Taylor and Morgan Hanson-Oliveira. They were being recognized for helping spearhead an effort to bring hope to youth in Cross Lake following a suicide epidemic. Taylor accepted both certificates on behalf of her sister.
The other certificates were handed out to Tasha Timmons, Shawn Hay, Peter Dumas, William Hart and Jemiha Hart. Timmons, Hay and Dumas represented Thompson provincially, while the Hart siblings competed in national events last winter, and all came back to Thompson with medals.
The next regular meeting of council will take place on October 2nd.
Photo courtesy of Thompson Citizen
The Manitoba Metis Federation is holding their annual general regional meeting Saturday in Thompson.
The meeting is being held in the Robert Parenteau Senior Memorial hall in the M.M.F. Thompson Office on Cree Road.
Registration will start at 8:00am with the actual meeting starting at 9:00am.
At the meeting, there will be consultations for night lighting and night hunting, as well as land claims. There will also be two mini youth conferences, one for children aged 4-12 and a second for youth aged 15-30. A silent auction will also take place.
For more information, you can call 1 (204) 677-1430
Terry Fox’ legacy will live on this weekend in Thompson.
Event organizer Josh Cain spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that the run will happen rain or shine.
Cain said that Fox ran until his final breath, so the organizing committee won’t let something like rain stop them. He added that the run is for everyone with no minimum donation, and that there will be food for everyone once the run is done.
Can also said that there will be prizes to be won after the event.
Registration for the event will start at 12:00pm, with the run starting at 1:00pm.
Mayor Dennis Fenske and Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle are scheduled to bring opening remarks before the run.
Photo courtesy of TerryFox.org
A police dog played a key role in an arrest made earlier this week for a man wanted across the country.
Egan, a police service dog, was able to locate 29-year-old Jonathan Boychuk in the backyard of a property on Red River drive Tuesday after the suspect had fled a traffic stop.
The stop was conducted by the Mounties on suspicion that Boychuk, the driver of the vehicle, was impaired.
Boychuk was wanted nation-wide for a parole violation, and now faces four additional charges; resisting arrest, being unlawfully at large, possession of a controlled substance and disobeying a court order.
Thompson RCMP say the investigation is ongoing.
The first board meeting for the trustees of the School District of Mystery Lake meant the reorganization of the board.
The meeting took place Tuesday night at the school board office, with Trustee Ryan Land and Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Knott sending their regrets.
The first half of the meeting was the reorganization meeting for the board, which saw a new Chairperson elected. Trustee Don Macdonald will serve as the Chairperson for the 2017/2018 school year, with Trustee Janet Brady serving as Vice-Chairperson.
The second half of the meeting saw the regular meeting of the board, with reports from both Superintendents as well as trustee comments. The highlight of the second half was a report from the Superintendent of Human Resources, in which Angele Bartlett welcomed the 43 new teachers in the School District of Mystery Lake. Bartlett added that it is the biggest number of new teachers at one time that she can remember.
In addition to recognizing the new teachers, the board also passed on congratulations to Superintendent Lorie Henderson for 20 years of employment with the School District. She was one of three to be recognized for her service.
The next meeting of the board will take place on September 26th.
FULL ELECTION RESULTS
Trustees: Don Macdonald, Janet Brady, Guido Oliveira, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Ryan Land, Elizabeth Lychuk, Leslie Tucker
Chairperson: Don Macdonald
Vice-Chairperson: Janet Brady
Chair: Sandra Fitzpatrick
Members: Leslie Tucker, Guido Oliveira
Chair: Elizabeth Lychuk
Members: Janet Brady, Ryan Land
Public Relations Committee
Members: Sandra Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Lychuk
Education & Programming Committee
Chair: Leslie Tucker
Members: Ryan Land, Elizabeth Lychuk
Thompson Teachers’ Association
Elizabeth Lychuck and Janet Brady
United Steel Workers Negotiation
Sandra Fitzpatrick and Leslie Tucker
Board Representation to the Community
Adolescent Health Education Committee (AHEC)
Thompson Newcomer Settlement
Thompson Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (TAEAC)
Development Review Committee
Representative: Janet Brady
Alternate: Leslie Tucker
Recreation and Community Service Committee
Representative: Ryan Land
Alternate: Elizabeth Lychuk
Manitoba Winter Games Executive
Leslie Tucker, Janet Brady, Don Macdonald
Winter Bussing Committee
Don Macdonald, Ryan Land
Elizabeth Lychuk, Leslie Tucker, Don Macdonald
Sandra Fitzpatrick, Don Macdonald, Elizabeth Lychuck
City/School Board Liaison
Don Macdonald, Janet Brady, Guido Oliveira, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Ryan Land, Elizabeth Lychuk, Leslie Tucker
Thompson Teachers’ Association/School Board Liaison
Don Macdonald, Janet Brady, Guido Oliveira, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Ryan Land, Elizabeth Lychuk, Leslie Tucker
United Steelworkers Association/School Board Liaison
Don Macdonald, Janet Brady, Guido Oliveira, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Ryan Land, Elizabeth Lychuk, Leslie Tucker
City Council met last Friday for a special meeting.
The meeting was called in regards to the Thompson Cemetery, with the question before Council being whether or not Maple Leaf Construction should be awarded the contract to pave the interior roads.
The resolution was passed six to one.
Councillor Ron Matechuk was the lone councillor voting against the resolution, and said that he’d rather see the money go towards roads that are in worse shape and see more traffic.
The paving of the roads will cost the City of Thompson $85,000, which Councillor Blake Ellis said is manageable since $100,000 was originally budgeted for the job.
Councillors Wong and Byer were not able to make the meeting.
With tough economic times looming for Thompson, City Council sent a letter to the province in August, serving as notice that the City will be applying for funding through the Mining Community Reserve Fund.
The letter from Dyson was received for information by City Council last week.
Dave Dyson, the Acting Deputy Minister for Growth, Enterprise and Trade, recently replied to the letter to confirm that it had been received, and to say that the province is looking forward to discussing the applications for funding with the City as they are sent in.
Mayor Dennis Fenske told 102.9 CHTM that the next step is to meet with Dyson to discuss the process of applying for funding. He added that after that, the City, in conjunction with Thompson 2020, will work on applications.
The School District of Mystery Lake will be holding their first board of trustees meeting for the new school year tonight.
The agenda for the meeting is split in to two sub-meetings; the first being the re-organization of the board of trustees with the second half being the actual board of trustees meeting.
The meeting starts with the election of a chairperson and vice-chairperson, followed by choosing which trustees will sit on which committees.
The second half of the meeting, which deals with actually school board business, includes various committee reports, as well as information from the Manitoba School Boards Association.
The meeting will start at seven in the school board office.
All are welcome to attend.
Thompson RCMP were busy over the weekend, responding to just over 100 calls for service.
The calls included 19 missing person reports, 9 assaults, one Break and Enter to a residence, 20 calls of disturbing the peace, a report of shots fired, 5 false alarms, 3 reports of uttering threats, and 4 check on well being calls.
Officers also filed charges against an individual including impaired driving and drive while disqualified.
The driver will appear in Provincial court in October.
Thompson RCMP have a man in custody following two pellet gun attacks over the weekend.
19-year-old Jordan Lerat faces multiple charges, including two counts of assault with a weapon, failure to comply with probation, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon.
A 15 and 16 year-old were allegedly attacked by Lerat on Saturday evening in the Westwood area.
A spokesperson for the RCMP says that they take all firearms-related calls very seriously and that this should serve as an important reminder that there are serious consequences to recklessly handling and discharging any type of firearm.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Publicly celebrating the accomplishments of youth in the community is uplifting for everyone.
City Council started off last week with three certificates of appreciations being handed out. The certificates were handed out to Brandon McDonald, Dennita Cameron and Simon Hopton.
McDonald was recognized for competing in the Special Olympics in Southern Manitoba, where he took home a gold medal in the 50m event.
Cameron was the lone Thompsonite competing in the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg, and took part in the high-jump event.
Hopton was awarded his certificate of appreciation for being the Scholastic Achievement League Champion for Manitoba. This is the second year in a row a Thompson has been crowned in the contest.
Mayor Fenske told 102.9 CHTM that everyone who goes out from Thompson to compete in these events are seen as ambassadors for the city, which helps put the Thompson on the map.
With fall just around the corner and winter not far behind, construction season here in Thompson is almost over.
Speaking on City beat on 102.9 CHTM late last week, Mayor Dennis Fenske gave an update on the various projects happening throughout the city. He said that paving is currently underway on three projects: the multi-use path on Princeton Drive, Selkirk Avenue, and a section of Campbell Drive.
Fenske added that all paving projects should be done by mid-September if the weather cooperates.
With regards to the new $30M waste water treatment plant, the Mayor said that they are still on the foundation phase of the project, which he said they expect to last for a while longer.
Mayor Fenske also addressed the Beaver / Staghorn / Deerwood area, saying that now that work is complete, the City will be sending in street sweepers to clean up from the extensive work that was completed over the summer months.
City Beat is a weekly show that occurs Thursdays on 102.9 CHTM at 11:30 CST. If you have a question you would like answered by the Mayor (or a representative from city hall should the Mayor not be available), you can email them in advance to CHTMNEWS@Arcticradio.ca or by calling the stations’ on-air line 1 (204) 677-8181 during the show.
According to a report from the CBC, Opaskwayak Cree Nation has spent $3M on shares of a medical marijuana company.
OCN Chief Christian Sinclair said that the 10% ownership of National Access Canada is in preparation for the legalization of cannabis next year. Chief Sinclair added that in the past marijuana has been a part of the war on drugs, but now could be a part of the solution in the effort to end poverty in the community.
Sinclair added that the decision was one that has been unanimously accepted by OCN leadership and the Council of Elders.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced in the spring that marijuana will be legal across the country by July 1st, 2018.
The City of Thompson will be a Goldeye Club level sponsor at that 2017 Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention.
The sponsorship, which will cost the City $500, was passed by resolution at City Council last week. The final vote count was six to three, with Deputy Mayor Valentino, Councillor Wong and Councillor Matechuk voting in opposition
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino spoke up in opposition to the resolution before the vote, saying that they should have reduced the amount of the sponsorship down to the minimum $250, with the extra money going towards personnel or other expenses related to the conference.
Councillor Judy Kolada voted in favour of the sponsorship, saying that the City should be going a step further with a booth at the event. She said that since there is both a communications and economic development officer in place, the City should start planning for some form of presence at the conference. She said that in past years they (the City) has scrambled at the last minute to put something together, and that she thinks that should be avoided this time around with the current situation facing the city with regards to Vale.
Councillor Penny Byer also spoke up in favour of the resolution and echoed what Kolada had said, saying that the City needs to determine their strategy for the convention in the near future. Byer added that sponsoring the event has been the standard practice for the City of Thompson in recent history.
Councillor Colleen Smook also spoke in support of the resolution, saying that it is always a good thing when the City is on display at events like this.
The 2017 Manitoba Mining and Mineral Convention takes place November 15th through the 17th at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg.
The Thompson Airport will be receiving close to $700,000 from the Federal Government for improvements.
The $662,000, which is coming from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, is going to be spent on replacing the main apron at the airport.
The paving work on the area where aircraft park before and after arriving is scheduled to be completed by mid-October.
Curtis Ross, the CEO of the Thompson Regional Airport Authority, said that they are very appreciative of the governments continued support and recognition of the importance of the airport in our region.
He added that the Airports Capital Assistance Program is an extremely important program for small airports in the country.
Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau said that the Thompson Airport is a vital link for residents and business in the North, and that the project will ensure continued safe operations for all.
Photo courtesy of Thompson Citizen
A report from engineering consulting firm AECOM says that the cost to repair the washed out rail line to Churchill is closer $40M than the $60M that Denver-based OmniTrax had originally quoted.
The recently released report also contains a 60 day plan to repair the line which could be completed by November should OmniTrax step up to the plate. The total cost of the repair, according to the report, is $43.5M.
The document was prepared for Omnitrax, and identified damage at 130 locations along the 249km line, as well as more than 20 washouts.
The report was given to the Prime Minister's Office, the Manitoba government and Transport Canada and companies such as VIA Rail and Missinippi Rail, but not anyone from the Town of Churchill.
Churchill Mayor Mike Spence calls the situation frustrating, but remains optimistic that the line will be fully functional by the time winter rolls around. He added that he’s upset that he learned about the report through the media.
OmniTrax has offered a technical briefing on the report to representatives from the Town of Churchill, but Mayor Spence says that he’s not sure whether or not it’s worth it to attend.
The Vale Regional Community Centre is now officially the Thompson Regional Community Centre once again.
City Council voted on a resolution at Tuesday evenings City Council meeting that would have seen Vale granted naming rights to the facility until 2021. Vale would have contributed an additional $50,000 dollars towards the City had the resolution passed.
The argument from the councilors’ who voted in favour of the resolution was that the centre would not have happened without the contribution of Vale. Councillor Penny Byer spoke in favour of the resolution, saying that Vale contributed $3,000,000 to the project, which was well above what the city had asked for. Byer added that Vale’s name on the building was a small thing to thank Vale for all they do for the city.
Deputy Mayor Valentino also spoke in favour of the resolution, saying that the corporate naming of facilities is the standard practice for municipal facilities across Manitoba. She gave examples of Credit Union Place in Dauphin and the Keystone Centre in Brandon. She also added that the facility would not have been possible without the help from Vale.
Councillor Judy Kolada voted against the resolution, saying that the name should be kept as the Thompson regional centre, since a lot of taxpayer money went into the facility. She added that Vale should be recognized for their contribution, but that recognition shouldn’t be more than their name on a boardroom or other room inside the facility.
Councillor Dennis Foley also spoke against the resolution, saying that he had thought long and hard about it, and had decided that he believes the name should be the Thompson Regional Community Centre. After a lengthy debate, Foley put forward a motion to table the discussion so the proper information could be given to all councilors. His motion was defeated.
Councillor Wong also spoke against the resolution, saying that the name change to the Vale Regional Community Centre was illegal.
The resolution was defeated, as the vote was 4-4 and a majority is needed to pass a resolution. Councilors Byer, Ellis, Smook and Deputy Mayor Valentino voted in favour, while Councilors Foley, Wong, Matechuk and Kolada voted against.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino was sitting in the Mayor’s seat for the vote, as Mayor Fenske had recused himself due to conflict of interest.
Thompson RCMP have laid charges against a lawyer.
Crown attorney Elizabeth Patts, also known as Elizabeth Laite, has been charged with public mischief, stemming from an alleged incident that she reported near Norway House back in April.
The 53 year old was served a summons to appear in court in Norway House in October.
Thompson City Council met last night for the first time since August 14th.
The meeting started out much the same as the last meeting, with four certificates of appreciation being handed out to individuals.
The agenda also included a letter from Minister Stefanson regarding the City’s request for provincial funding for the CSO program. Stefanson said that she was currently assessing the program’s impact on public safety and policing resources.
The City also received a letter from Minister Eileen Clarke. The letter informed the City that the land the new water treatment plant is on has officially become a part of the City of Thompson, rather than the Local Government District of Mystery Lake.
The next meeting of council will take place on September 18th.
The missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls Manitoba coalition will be hosting a meeting tomorrow evening in Winnipeg.
The meeting will take place from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Ma Mama Wi Chi Itata Centre, located at 445 King Street.
The meeting is to discuss issues related to the inquiry and as preparation for the scheduled hearings in Winnipeg the week of October 16th.
For those unable to attend in person, there is an option to attend by teleconference. To join in on the call, you should call 888-291-1036. The phone call can be found in conference call room #100, and the user access code is 1234.
Those attending in person are asked to RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.
The Thompson Chamber of Commerce biweekly lunch meeting is taking place tomorrow.
Their guest will be Heather Steinhoff from Service Canada.
Steinhoff will be discussing old age security and supplement.
The meeting will start at noon in the conference room at the Meridian Hotel.
City Council will resume their bi-weekly meetings tonight.
The agenda for this evening includes three letters from Provincial Ministers, and five resolutions, including an agreement for the naming of the Thompson Regional Community Centre.
Councillor Colleen Smook spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that since they’re just getting back into the swing of things after the summer, nothing on the agenda should be controversial.
She added that it’s nice to see the public come out to attend the meetings, as in the past the gallery has been mostly empty.
The meeting will get underway this evening at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.
The complete agenda for the meeting can be found at Thompson.ca
The first three days of hearings in Winnipeg for the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls wrapped up late last week.
Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said that they came to Winnipeg to open a space where they could learn more about indigenous laws, because there are many that they don’t know yet.
The inquiry heard from six experts on Indigenous law and decolonization as a part of their information gathering process leading up to the fall community hearings.
The hearings were held at the Human Rights Museum, which some are calling a controversial location as the museum doesn’t use the word genocide when talking about the treatment of Indigenous Peoples by the Canadian government.
The next national hearing will be in Montreal on October 2nd, with a community hearing being held in Winnipeg the week of October 16th.
The Boys and Girls Club here in Thompson will be closed next week.
Executive director Regina DaSilva-Gibbons joined Jason Sonser on 102.9 CHTM late last week to explain that participation in programs during the first week of school is, for the most part, quite low.
She added that they will be using the time to have three full staff training days, which will help maintain standards for the club. DaSilva-Gibbons added that the training is also needed as there is a lot of turnover.
The club will resume all regularly scheduled programming starting on September 11th.
Last weekend, Thompson R.C.M.P. laid charges in 2 separate impaired driving incidents.
One male was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle over .08 resulting in a blood alcohol reading of twice the legal limit. He was also charged with driving an unregistered vehicle, having open liquor in a vehicle and driving without vehicle liability insurance.
In a separate incident, police responded to a construction zone Saturday morning where a male drove through a barricade, challenged the workers to a fight, and then drove away.
Police located and observed the vehicle travelling at high speeds through a residential area. He stopped and fled from police on foot.
The driver was charged with numerous charges, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, mischief under $5,000.00, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and having open liquor in a vehicle. 9 tickets were also issued.
Both are set to appear in Provincial Court next month.
City Council passed a resolution Monday evening to approve the installation of service connections on Brandon Crescent as a part of the City of Thompson Phase 2 Watermain renewal.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino spoke out in support of the resolution, saying that it was a smart thing to do
She said the area was designated as part of the paving program, but that it makes more sense to do the watermain work that needs to be done first, so that they don’t pave the road then rip it up to do the work.
She added that it’s good that the City has contingency money so they don’t have to go looking for funding elsewhere.
The recommendation from City administration is to defer the paving until next year.
Water will be shut off across the whole city starting at 10:00pm tonight.
The shut-off is taking place so that upgrades can be made to the water system.
The city expects water to be fully restored by 5:00am tomorrow, though it could be longer if any complications arise.
Following the restoration of water, there will be a boil water advisory in affect across the city until water safety levels are restored.
Anyone with questions is asked to call the city of Thompson at 677-7910 or the office of drinking water at 677-6704.
RCMP in Cross Lake have made a drug bust for the second time in less than a week.
Last Saturday evening, RCMP in Cross Lake conducted a traffic stop after spotting a quad with two occupants being driven erratically through the community. The occupants were not wearing helmets and not obeying road safety signs.
The 33-year-old driver, a resident of Cross Lake, was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
A further search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 42 grams of cocaine and a sum of Canadian Currency. Police also seized a case of beer from the quad.
The accused is facing charges of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and Resisting Arrest.
He was released on a Promise to Appear and will appear in court at a later date.
City council met last night for the only time in the month of August.
The meeting started out with three certificates of achievement presented to an individual and two businesses. They were handed out to the Thompson branch of the Assiniboine Credit Union in recognition for being awarded the 2017 National Credit Union award for social responsibility as well as the Best Western and Thompsonite Breann Pagee.
Councillor Dennis Foley spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that things like that are his favourite part of being a city councillor.
He said that often times people can be so focused on the finances, by-laws and negative aspects of municipal politics, so it’s important to highlight the achievements of business and residents in the city.
Foley added that one of the highlights every year for him has been the Volunteer of the Year awards, as they highlight all of the good going on in Thompson by Thomponsites.
The meeting also included letters from Eileen Clarke, the Manitoba Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations. The letters formalized funding from the province for work here in Thompson, including $400,000.00 which has gone towards the Selkirk road work.
Council will resume their bi-weekly meetings following their next meeting on September 5th.
Following an incident last week, the City of Thompson is reminding residents not to throw rocks at buses, cars, taxis or any vehicle.
If you are caught in the act, the penalty ranges from fines to prison time depending on whether or not people are injured.
Parents are encouraged to be aware of their childrens’ whereabouts and activities and to remind them to respect the property of others.
Taxi Cabs here in the city were pulled off the road late last week after some vehicles were damaged due to stones being thrown by minors. The incidents, for the most part, have been isolated to the Eastwood area, near the Highland Towers.
Anyone who witnesses any dangerous behaviour throughout the city should call the RCMP Thompson detachment at 204.677.6909 or 204.677.6911 if it is an emergency.
While there are a number of wildfires burning across the province, Gary Friesen, the manager of the wildfire program for Manitoba Sustainable Development, says that Thompsonites have nothing to worry about.
He said that while there are a large number of fires burning across the province, there are not any in the Thompson area and that Thompsonites shouldn’t feel concerned.
Friesen added that the haze in the city is from fires in British Colombia, the Northwest Territories and north-west Manitoba, and that the conditions should improve here in Thompson as they improve out west.
Thompson City Council will meet tonight for the only time in August, and the first time since July 17th.
Councillor Colleen Smook spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that this meeting will have a positive note. The meeting will start out with the city, and council, recognizing Breann Pagee, the Thompson branch of the Assiniboine Credit Union, and the Thompson Best Western hotel with certificates of appreciation.
Smook added that she doesn’t expect the meeting to be long, as there are no major by-laws or resolutions on the agenda.
The full agenda for the meeting is available to the public, and can be found either online at Thompson.ca or can be picked up by visiting City Hall during business hours.
The meeting will start at 7:00pm upstairs in council chambers at City Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. Council will resume bi-weekly meetings in September, starting on September 5th.
Thompson RCMP are asking for the publics’ assistance.
Late Friday evening, Thompson R.C.M.P. received a report of a possible attempted abduction of two young girls.
The girls, ages 7 and 8, were at the Rotary Park on Deerwood Drive when a masked suspect exited a vehicle and approached them while they were on the swing set. The masked suspect then attempted to pull the girls off the swings. An unknown female that was driving by witnessed what was occurring and stopped to offer her assistance. The suspect fled the area in a pickup truck, possibly a blue Dodge Ram.
The girls were unharmed.
The witness who stopped the possible abduction attempt then helped them get their bicycles and stood watch as they safely made it back home but did not stay to speak with police. The R.C.M.P. would like to speak with this female witness. It is believed that she was driving a dark coloured Jeep and had a dog with her.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, have any information, or any residence in the area of the Rotary Park on Deerwood Drive that may have video surveillance, are asked to contact Thompson R.C.M.P. at 204.677.6909.
RCMP in Cross Lake have seized drugs and alcohol following a traffic stop in the community.
The Mounties searched the stopped vehicle and found one hundred and 54 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, 52 Tylenol three tablets and eleven bottles of liquor.
Garrett Ross (18), Tamar Thomas (25), Shannah Scott (27) and Dolores Thomas (50) have been charged each with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of property obtained by crime.
The four are being held in custody and are to appear in provincial court here in Thompson. The investigation is still ongoing.
The RCMP said that those who produce and traffic illicit drugs destroy lives, homes and communities, and that the RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent.
If anyone has any information regarding drugs or any other criminal activity, please contact the RCMP or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).
The Thompson Chamber of Commerce will be holding their bi-weekly lunch meeting today in the conference room at the Meridian Hotel.
The guest for the meeting is AuroraFest co-chair Hugh Fraser, who will be talking about the upcoming AuroraFest 150.
The meeting will get underway at 12:00pm.
The mission of the Chamber is to promote and improve trade, commerce and the economic well being in the city of Thompson and its trading area.
Premier Brian Pallister recently announced that the province is investing in Norway House.
Premier Pallister was recently in the community, and announced that a new cable ferry will soon be in operation, which will ensure safe and reliable access to Norway House.
He also announced that the province will be resurfacing a portion of PR 373, and that the province will be spending an additional $2,000,000.00 in 2018-19 to improve traffic signals and crosswalks at Rossville on PR 373.
Pallister said that the provincial government is committed to strategic infrastructure investments that directly support economic growth while enhancing access to northern communities. He added that the investment in a new cable ferry and the resurfacing of PR 373 are vitally important to the health, culture and economic prosperity of the people living in and visiting the region.
The announcements were made alongside Norway House Cree Nation Chief Ron Evans and the mayor of Norway House, Cristo Spiess, during Treaty and York Boat Days.
Photo courtesy of CBC
Police in Thunder Bay say they're looking for a woman from Thompson who has been reported missing.
Police say 37-year-old Amy Trout was last seen in Thunder Bay while she was visiting from Thompson.
Police described her as being Indigenous and about five-feet-two-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with long brown hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.
A new coalition in the province is arguing that carbon pricing is essential in the fight against climate change.
The Manitoba Carbon Pricing Coalition (M.C.P.C.) officially launched yesterday morning on the steps of the Legislature in Winnipeg and plan to push the Pallister government to put a price on carbon. The group is made up of climate change activists and public policy experts from groups such as the Green Action Centre and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
The group was launched less than a month after the Manitobans Against Carbon Taxes Coalition (M.A.C.T.C.) was founded. The M.A.C.T.C. is made up of members from the Canadian Wheat Growers Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The group believes that any sort of price on carbon will create strain on the economy, which in turn will hurt businesses.
The M.C.P.C. argues their claim, saying that while it will create a pinch on the economy, that pinch will be a good thing since it will drive change.
Manitoba is one of the two provinces not to have a deal in place with Ottawa with regards to carbon and a recent poll says more than half of Manitobans are against any form of carbon pricing or taxation.
Photo courtesy of National Geographic
Mayor Dennis Fenske recently spoke to 102.9 CTHM about the Selkirk Drive construction project and said that even though it’s frustrating sometimes, construction is a good thing for Thompson.
He said that it shows that there is an investment in Thompson which means improvement for the community. He added that the project is going to cost between $1,500,000.00 and $3,000.000.00.
Fenske added that the City is asking for everyone’s patience while the construction is taking place, and to be safe as there are large construction vehicles moving around the area.
The Mayor gave an update on the work being done, saying that they’re finishing up excavating down a few feet, and that the next step is going to be to build the road back up. The final step will be for the asphalt company to come and surface the road.
Fenske added that Selkirk Drive should be done by next month, and next years’ work will be on Station Road from Mystery Lake to Nelson Road.
The Public Interest Law Centre is raising a red flag with regards to the new hike in hydro rates here in the province.
While the crown corporation says that the increase will only be a few extra dollars on every bill, the centre is saying it could be up to $15.00 more when winter comes here in the north.
Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Kelvin Shepherd said that the rate increase is to help cover the cost of new hydro projects and to help reduce debt. He added that the interim rate increase is about half the rate increase Hydro would have liked to seen.
Shepherd said that if there aren’t more rate hikes, Manitoba Hydro’s debt will continue to increase.
The centre says that the raise in price will impose a significant hardship on consumers, businesses, and especially consumers who are either on a fixed income or have no choice but to use more electricity in the winter.
Manitoba Hydro is proposing a 7.9% rate hike for next year.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce recently polled its members with regards to the ongoing situation with Omnitrax and the rail line connecting Churchill to the rest of the province.
Over half of the respondents said the rail should be fixed by both the federal and provincial governments, while a quarter said that the rail line and port should be bought by a new private investor.
A little over 15% said that Omnitrax should be held responsible for fixing the damaged line.
Last week, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President Chuck Davidson met with business owners and local government officials in Churchill to hear first-hand the challenges facing the community.
The Chamber has requested a meeting with Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen to discuss the creation of a fund that could be used to offset the increased costs business owners are experiencing in affected area.
The community has been without the rail line for over two months.
Photo courtesy of CBC
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen has announced appointments to the boards of Manitoba's five regional health authorities.
Appointed to the eleven member board in the Northern Health Region are June Chu from Wabowden, Angela Enright from Snow Lake and Mary Head from OCN.
Thompson City Councillor Judy Kolada was reappointed to the board.
Goertzen noted the regional health authority boards guide the important work of providing the right care, adding these new board members will help guide health care as they work to strengthen the system and improve access to consistent quality care across the province.
Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press
City Council received a letter recently from the provincial government with regards to the Thompson 2020 project that contained some very good news.
The letter, which was signed by the CEO of Manitoba Housing Steven Spry, says that on behalf of Manitoba Housing he is pleased to assign Harold Smith to work on the project. Smith is currently the executive director of Northern Housing Operations for Manitoba Housing.
This will cover up to 25% of Harold Smith’s time for up to one year, and any non-salary related costs associated with his participation in the project will be covered by Thompson 2020, and not Manitoba Housing. The assignment of his time is renewable upon the written agreement of Manitoba Housing and the City of Thompson.
Mayor Dennis Fenske said that while the letter is fantastic news, it’s more a matter of housekeeping. He said that the deal was already in place, but needed the paperwork to come through on both ends before it could be finalized.
Fenske added that this letter is an example of the Provincial Government’s commitment not only to Thompson 2020, but also to the City of Thompson.
Harold Smith is the assistant project manager for Thompson 2020.
Photo courtesy of Thompson Citizen
Premier Brian Pallister has announced that his Progressive Conservative Government will be developing a new provincial mineral development protocol with First Nation communities. He says the protocol will enable them to establish a clear pathway forward on mineral development.
The process will be co-chaired by Chief Ron Evans from Norway House Cree Nation and Jim Downey, former Manitoba Deputy Premier. The two will engage First Nations communities that have immediate or potential mineral development opportunities and are interested in participating.
The new protocol will define how consultations will occur during phases of mineral development including grassroots exploration, mechanized disturbance, advanced exploration and mine development.
Pallister added it will also provide mineral exploration and mining industries with a clear understanding of the requirements and processes for mineral development projects in indigenous territories.
Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba NDP leadership hopeful Wab Kinew has received another endorsement, this time from former NDP minister of labour Erna Braun.
Braun joins Becky Barrett and Nancy Allen as the third former labour minister to back Kinew for the top job.
Braun said in a release that Wab is the leader we need to represent NDP values today. She added that working with families needs their support, and Kinew has the full support of the labour movement. She added that he (Kinew) is uniting party elders while bringing in the next generation of thinkers and organizers and that he will make an excellent leader and an outstanding Premier.
Manitoba’s largest private-sector union also announced that they are throwing their support behind Kinew.
UFCW local 832 represents over 19,000 people across a variety of industries including retail, food processing, hospitality, security, industrial, support centres and healthcare.
Jeff Traeger, president of the union, says that they clearly see that Wab is the best choice to renew the NDP. He added that Kinew is dedicated, driven and is willing to fight for positive change for all Manitobans.
Barrett said that labour is under attack by the Pallister government, and that the labour movements’ message to New Democrats is clear: if you want to help us resist Pallister, support Wab. She added that the party needs a leader with integrity and passion for the future, and that Wab is that man.
Kinew said that with the support of the unions, the NDP will bring the party together to focus on righting the wrongs of this Conservative government, and bring Manitobans together to fight for stronger families, and better opportunities for every kid wanting to build a brighter future.
He also added that he is honoured to have the support of those on the front lines of the labour movement, and long-time leaders like Erna.