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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chair: Kathy Valentino
Member: Colleen Smook
Chair: Blake Ellis
Member: Colleen Smook
Chair: Colleen Smook
Member: Penny Byer
Chair: Judy Kolada
Member: Dennis Foley
Chair: Dennis Foley
Member: Kathy Valentino
Chair: Collen Smook
Members: Kathy Valentino, Blake Ellis
Chair: Penny Byer
Member: Judy Kolada
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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