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Nickel Days 2017 runs Thursday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 25th. Come out and welcome summer to Thompson.
St. Lawrence Church Rummage Sale runs Fri. May 26 from 2 - 8 pm and Sat. May 27 from 8 am to 4 pm. Donations welcome.
Ball for Life 3-on-3 basketball tournament runs June 2-3 at RD Parker. Teams must be registered by May 19th. Call 677-6236.
Gutsy Walk for Crohn's and Colitis Canada is June 4th, starting at 102.9 CHTM with registration at noon, followed by the walk at 1pm.
5th Annual Defeat Depression Walk starts at noon, June 10th at the Thompson Clinic at the Plaza Mall. Contact Jen at 778-6513.
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The Thompson Local News

Boating Tragedy On The Burntwood River


Four people are dead after a boating accident on the Burntwood River.

 

Thompsonites Shane Cripps and Conor Sykes, as well as two children, went out for their first excursion of the year yesterday and never returned.

 

RCMP and Thompson Fire launched the initial search after the four did not return home, and later several volunteers and a helicopter joined the search.

 

Their canoe was found overturned in the river, as well as the bodies of all four canoers.

 

The investigation is ongoing. All four were found wearing flotation devices.

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VALE TO SUSPEND OPERATIONS AT BIRCHTREE MINE


Vale Canada Limited announced today that it will suspend operations at its Birchtree Mine in Thompson, Manitoba, more than 50 years after it first opened in 1966. The mine will be placed on care and maintenance by October 1st, 2017.


“Birchtree Mine and the men and women who work there have been an important part of the Manitoba Operations for much of our 60-year history,” said Mark Scott, Vice President, Manitoba Operations. “The mine has been especially challenged over the past several quarters as it nears the end of its life of mine plan, and in light of the prolonged downturn in the nickel price cycle.”


Since opening in 1966, Birchtree Mine has produced nearly 23 million tonnes of ore and has been a leader in managing risk to as low as reasonably achievable through Vale Manitoba Operations’ SafeProduction risk management system. Since SafeProduction was launched in 2003, Birchtree Mine has earned six John T. Ryan Awards for lowest injury frequency, including four regional and two national awards.


The future of Birchtree Mine has been under review for some time. In 2012, facing an imminent suspension of operations at the mine, Manitoba Operations employees launched and led the $100 Million Challenge, whose success exceeded the cash flow improvement target set and afforded Birchtree more than four additional years of safe operation, despite falling nickel prices over that period.


Factors contributing to the decision at this time include low metal prices and ongoing market challenges, declining ore grades, and, more recently, challenges with mine infrastructure and production delivery. Birchtree Mine was previously on standby from 1978-1988, reopening in 1989. In the year 2000, a major capital project deepened the mine shaft and installed infrastructure required to increase the mine’s production. The projected life of mine date at that time was 2016.


The suspension of operations at Birchtree will result in an annual reduction of approximately six kilotonnes of nickel production from Manitoba Operations. Opportunities are being explored to offset a portion of that loss with increased production from Thompson Mine.


There will be a workforce reduction that will result in layoffs. There are approximately 150 employees directly employed at the mine, and it is expected that up to 50 additional roles in downstream processing, service and support functions will also be affected. Vale indicated that it will do all that it can to mitigate the number of people adversely affected.


The adjustment process will soon be established and a transition team will be formed to design and guide the process for Birchtree Mine in a safe, orderly and respectful fashion, and in accordance with the requirements of the existing collective bargaining agreement. Vale intends to continue to work closely with all levels of government and the local union representing hourly paid production and maintenance workers at the mine, USW 6166, throughout this process.


“We remain committed to a long-term mining and milling future in Thompson,” said Scott. “We are currently investing more than $80 million in our concentrate load-out facility, which is critical to our future as a mining and milling operation, while also completing a $40 million upgrade of our tailings management area to accommodate our life of mine plan production. While this announcement will present another challenge for our employees, our community and northern Manitoba, we are resilient, our people are strong, and it is through the distinctive SafeProduction action of active, genuine care for one another that we will persevere.”

 

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Community Meeting Tonight


A public meeting is taking place to discuss the provincial government's recent budget, specifically cuts to funding and how that will impact Thompson and the north.

 

The meeting is being held by unions and citizens concerned with the recently released budget, and is sponsored by the Thompson Labour Council.

 

Thompson resident Blair Hudson, one of the meeting organizers, said "Many people are concerned about cuts to health, including the cancellation of the new Northern Consultation Clinic and cuts to the Northern Health Region, the government has cut funding for education causing the elimination of jobs at the Mystery Lake School Division, increased class sizes from kindergarten to grade three. The UCN trades centre is now up in the air...no action from the government on the closure of the smelter and refinery, elimination of hundreds of Hydro jobs, threats of huge increases to your Hydro bill, cuts to the northern highways budget, the list seems to go on! We felt it was time to send a message to the provincial government that these cuts are unacceptable."

 

The meeting is taking place this evening at the SteelCentre, starting at 7:00.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Beefed Up VIA Rail Security


If you're planning on taking VIA Rail, be prepared for beefed up security.

 

The national rail line recently announced that as of last week, they will be checking carry-on bags for any objects or products that could endanger passengers or employees.

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske said that it's the right thing to do, as it has become a problem for everyone.

 

The policy, which was already in place in other cities across the country, is being implemented here in the north after multiple incidents over the past three months where people riding the trains have consumed their own alcohol, which lead to assaults against VIA employees and other passengers.

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Slightly Shorter School Year Next Year


Teachers and staff employed by the School District of Mystery Lake will have three floating, working holidays next year.

 

The increase is due to Remembrance Day 2017 falling on a Saturday, meaning that the day will be observed in workplaces during week.

 

There will also be one less teaching day during the 2017-2018 school year.

 

The loss of the day is due to the change of spring break to accommodate the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games.

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New City Vehicles A Step Closer To Reality


The city is one step closer to getting a new handi-van and transit bus.

 

City council voted unanimously to allow administration to enter into a contribution agreement with the provincial government.

 

This will allow the city to have access to just over $71,000.00, which will be put towards the purchase of a new handi-van and transit bus.

 

The transit bus, which will cost around $400,000.00, will be a part of the 2018 financial plan.

 

The cost of the two vehicles will be offset by $157,000.00 in federal funding.

 

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Nominations Open for MHOTY Awards


Nominations are now open for the annual Canadian Red Cross Manitoban Humanitarians of the Year awards.

 

Two awards will be presented on September seventh in Winnipeg, the Humanitarian of the Year and the Young Humanitarian of the Year.

 

The Red Cross is looking for nominations from across the province to recognize two individuals who have shown dedication to helping their fellow humans and to promote peace, human dignity and cooperation through volunteering.

 

Nominations must be in by May 29th, and can be submitted by visiting RedCross.ca/ManitobaPOH

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Warning Issued By Hydro About Burntwood River


Manitoba Hydro has issued a warning of possible high water levels on the Burntwood River.

 

While it's not expected to have an impact on the city or any residents, the situation is being monitored closely.

 

Manitoba Hydro added that significant precipitation could create complications, though there isn't any major precipitation in the forecast. 

 

Water behind the Manasan Control Structure is near its maximum normal operating limit, and it is likely that the structure's emergency fuse plug will be activated.

 

This may result in a rise in water level of up to one meter over the course of a day.

 

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Library Inviting Classes To Celebrate End Of Year With The Library


With the end of the school year just around the corner, teachers are invited to bring their class to the library as a part of their end of year activities.

 

Library staff will give a presentation on the library, read an age-appropriate story and take part in an activity of the teachers' choice.

 

The students will also learn about the library's summer reading program, as the main goal of the visits is to keep the students reading over the summer.

 

Alternatively, teachers can request to have the library come to their classroom to give the presentation.

 

For more information, you can call the Thompson Public Library at 677-3717 and talk to Amanda Sanders.

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Thompson MLA Says Not Much Has Changed With NPTP


The provincial government recently announced changes to the Northern Patient Transport Program.

 

While many are criticizing Pallister's Tory government, Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle took to Facebook to set the record straight. He said in a post that there is no change for both patients and escorts in the NPTP, provided that a doctor deems it medically necessary for both the patient and escort to travel by air.

 

He added that the only change is that escorts are not eligible for the flight subsidy if the patient was authorized by their doctor for land travel, but opted to upgrade to air travel.

 

The government will still be subsidizing the cost for both the patient and an escort if it is deemed necessary by the doctor authorizing the travel.

 

MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson said she reacted with shock and disbelief to the change as this is an essential service that people that don't have other means of getting health care should have access to. She added that this will especially affect First Nations people who do not live on reserves, as those on reserve have access to Federal funding for medical travel.  

 

The opposition NDP says that the move is regressive and short-sighted.

 

The Provincial government estimates that the change will save about $1,000,000.00 per year.

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City Council Meeting Tonight


City Council will be voting on a motion to rescind the already approved purchase of two new 3/4 ton trucks.

 

The tender was awarded back on April 10th to McKay GM, with a total cost of $83,037.49.

 

Councillor Duncan Wong spoke to 102.9 CHTM to explain why he brought forward the motion to rescind.

 

He said that when the city wants to spend money to buy new equipment, like what they're going to spending on the two trucks, he wants the equipment to be able to used here in Thompson.

 

Wong said that trucks, both of which are 2WD, are not the best option when it comes to dealing with winters here in Thompson.

 

He also said that because they are the 3/4 ton trucks rather than the usual 1/2 ton, the extra weight will make them harder to free when they get stuck in the snow.

 

Wong added that in life you don't usually get a second chance to fix mistakes, and his motion to rescind gives council a second chance to consider their decision.

 

Councillor Wong moved a motion to table the discussion back in April to allow more time to look in to buying 4WD trucks rather than the 2WD. Councillors Wong, Matechuck, Kolada and Byer voted in favour. The vote was 4-4, and the resolution was defeated as a majority is needed to pass a motion or resolution.   

 

City Council will meet this evening, starting at 7:00, in council chambers at City Hall.

 

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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McHappy Day 2017 A Success


McHappy Day 2017 in Thompson was a big success.

 

Owner Brett O'Meara told 102.9 CHTM that McDonald's had a record number of guests last Wednesday for McHappy day, and raised a total of $6,000.00.

 

He added that that is enough money for a family from the north to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg for 30 days.

 

McDonald's locations nationwide continue to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities throughout the year. 10 cents from every Happy Meal goes towards the charity, as well as all donations from the boxes at the drive through and cashiers.

 

$2,700,000.00 was raised across Canada on McHappy day.

 

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102.9 CHTM Trade Show Starts Today


The 28th annual 102.9 CHTM gets underway this afternoon at 4:00.

 

The trade show will feature around 100 booths with over 70 vendors selling everything from furniture to vehicles, food to office equipment and lots more.

 

The show will run this evening until 9:00, tomorrow from 10:00 to 8:00 and on Sunday from 11:00 until 4:00.  

 

The show is taking place at the Vale Regional Community Centre with parking available both at the VRCC and at R.D. Parker.

 

Admission is free.

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Gin Recall Expands To Manitoba


A recall which started in Ontario has expanded to Manitoba.

 

Bacardi Canada has voluntarily recalled 1.14L bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin as it contains the incorrect alcohol content.

 

The label says the bottle contains what it normally contains 40% alcohol, while the bottle actually contains 77%.

 

Only bottles with the lot code L16304W are affected by the recall.

 

If you have a recalled bottle, you're asked to bring them to the Thompson Liquor Mart

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RDPC Post-Tour Concert Tonight


Tonight is the post-tour concert for the senior music groups at R-D Parker.

 

The concert will get underway at 6:00pm in the Letkemann Theatre and will feature the music that the six senior music groups performed at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff, Alberta.

 

While there is no cost to attend, there will be a silver collection. The money raised from the collection will go towards offsetting the cost of future band trips for the students at RDPC.

 

Kevin Lewis, one of the music teachers from RD Parker, told 102.9 CHTM that the tour went very well and that the staff are very proud of the students for their hard work.

 

Lewis added that the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival is truly one of the premiere music festivals in Canada.

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Number Of Spots Expanded For New Library Storytime


The Thompson Public Library recently announced changes to their programming, coming next month, including a new baby story time.

 

The baby story time is currently scheduled to run on Friday mornings at 10:00 and will feature stories, songs and activities. The goal of the baby story time is to help get babies used to scheduled group activities and being at the library.  

 

There were originally 10 spots available, all of which were taken within two hours of the program being announced.

 

Amanda Sanders, from the Thompson Library, spoke to 102.9 CHTM about how they'll be handling the overflow.

 

She said that if up to 15 babies registered, they'll be running one story time. However, if they have 16 or more, they'll run a second group over the eight weeks. Sanders added that when parents call to register, they'll be asked what other day of the week works for the story time.

 

If you want more information, or to register, you can call the library at 204-677-3717

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Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Looking For Stories


The commission for the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is looking for people to share their stories.

 

Family members, loved ones and survivors of violence wanting to bring their story forward should get in touch with the commission.

 

Those wanting to have their story heard should send an email to info@mmwif-ffada.ca

 

The email should include your name, contact information and location.

 

While the deadline for standing has passed, family members and survivors do not require standing to share their stories and the commission will cover all reasonable expenses for attending a fact-finding meeting.

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City To Purchase New Tandem Gravel Truck


Other than Mayor Fenske's replacement on the grant-in-lieu committee, the "hot" button issue from city council last week was the resolution to approve the recommendation to purchase a new tandem gravel truck.

 

The recommendation is that the truck be purchased from Maxim Truck and Trailer, as their tender fell within the budget figure, and was just over $1,000.00 less expensive than the next company vying for the City's business.

 

The resolution was passed by a vote of six to three.

 

Councillor Duncan Wong was one of the three councillors to vote against the $183,901.12 purchase, saying that the reason for purchasing the new truck should have been avoided.

 

Wong said that by regularly washing the truck and other preventable maintenance, the city wouldn't have to replace it.

 

He added that he owns and operates some older machinery that still "works like a charm" because it's taken care of properly.

 

Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino responded to the comments, saying that she's sure they do regular maintenance on all city vehicles. She also added that this resolution is a part of the budget, which has been discussed by council since last fall.

 

City Manager Gary Ceppetelli echoed the Deputy Mayor's sentiments, saying that the financial plan for the City of Thomson has already been approved by council, and that the purchase of the new truck was included in that process.

 

Councillor Judy Kolada, one of the other councillors to vote against the resolution, said that the city shouldn't be replacing equipment just because it reaches a certain age and that she would be siding with Councillors Wong and Matechuk, since they both own and operate similar equipment.

 

Councillor Matechuk's objection to the purchase was that there had been no input from the City's Public Works committee, a comment quickly countered by both Councillor Colleen Smook and Mayor Fenske.

 

Before the resolution was put to a vote, Mayor Fenske addressed all in attendance and repeated what the City Manager and Deputy Mayor had already stated, that this wasn't a new topic and the resolution is just a formality.

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May Is MS Awareness Month


May is officially MS awareness month here in Thompson.

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske made it official this morning, issuing a Mayoral proclamation.

 

Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, with an estimated 100,000 Canadians, including 3,500 Manitobans, living with the diagnosis.

 

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease currently without a cure.

 

The MS society of Canada does not receive any government funding and relies entirely on donations.

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Relay For Life Tomorrow


Tomorrow is the 15th annual Relay for Life here in Thompson.

 

The opening ceremonies will get underway at 5:00pm in the C.A. Nesbitt arena at the Vale Regional Community Centre. There will be a luminary ceremony at 9:00pm (can be purchased in advanced at the Relay), and the head shave at 11:00pm.

 

Donna Wilson, chair of the Relay for Life committee here in Thompson, told 102.9 CHTM that they're looking for people to help set up the C-A Nesbitt arena for the Relay.

 

Those wanting to help should be at the VRCC by 9:00am tomorrow morning.

 

Wilson also said that they're still looking for cancer survivors to honour. She said that if you have the disease, or had it in the past, you're a survivor and the Relay committee wants to honour you.

 

If you haven't gotten in touch with Donna before tomorrow and are a cancer survivor, you're asked to show up at the VRCC at 4:00pm, an hour before the opening ceremonies commence.

 

If you'd like more information or have any questions, you can call Donna Wilson at 204-939-1576

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Trips Voted On At School Board Meeting


One trip has been approved, while another has been put on hold.

 

Tuesday night at the bi-weekly school board meeting, trustees voted in favour of approving in principal a planned trip by R.D. Parker students to Costa Rica for next spring.

 

The one condition to the trip is any travel advisories from the federal government.

 

The trustees then had discussion and voted on a second planned trip, to London, England.

 

This trip was not approved as trustees felt it did not comply with the school board's policies as they apply to international trips.

 

The next school board meeting is scheduled for May ninth.

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City Website To Be Revamped


The City of Thompson's website is getting a makeover.

 

One of the items included in the 2017 financial plan is just under $26,000.00 towards the redesign and hosting of the city's website.

 

The contract, which was awarded to All-Net Municipal Solutions, was very much music to the ears of Councillor Dennis Foley.

 

He said during council that All-Net is the system currently used by the city for many different purposes, and he's very happy they're the ones being recommended for the job.

 

Councillor Byer, the mover for the resolution, said that the city is often criticized for what the website doesn't do, and that she's looking forward to having the site totally refreshed. She added that she believes it's in good hands.

 

The $25,960.00 will be paid out over the course of four years.

 

Councillors Matechuk and Wong voted against the resolution.

 

Councillor Wong's opposition to the resolution was that the city should not be spending this much money on the website. 

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Children's Shows More Popular, Report Says


The city of Thompson will be looking to put on more children's entertainment shows in the future.

 

At City Council Monday evening, Councillor Dennis Foley, chair of the Recreation and Community Services Committee, delivered a report from the committee on activity and events from the start of 2017 until the end of the month.

 

Foley said that the committee found children's shows to be more popular than those aimed at adults, and that the city will be actively looking to hold more shows.

 

He said that "Munchbusters" was the best event hosted so far this year by the city.

 

He added that the city is looking to hold at least one special event per month at the Norplex Pool for all of 2017.

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Councillor Smook Named To G-I-L Committee


Colleen Smook has been named as the replacement for Mayor Fenske on the grant-in-lieu committee for the upcoming negotiations with Vale.

 

At city council Monday night, council voted in favour of approving Councillor Smook after her name was selected out of a pool of four councilors. Councillors Smook, Kolada, Matechuk and Wong all put their names forward.  

 

The vote was conducted by secret ballot, voted on by council.

 

Councillor Duncan Wong moved a motion to amend the resolution, after Councillor Smook was selected, which would have doubled the size of the negotiating team from three to six, citing that none of the opposition were on the committee. Councillor Wong suggested that himself, along with Councillors Kolada and Matechuk should be the three others added as Councillors Ellis and Foley had shown "no interest" in the matter.

 

Councillor Wong called for a recorded vote on the matter. Councillors Byer, Kolada, Wong and Matechuk voted in favour while Councillors Foley, Smook, Ellis and Deputy Mayor Valentino voted against. The motion was defeated as a majority is needed to pass a resolution.

 

Councillor Foley spoke up after the vote, voicing his opinion of Councillor Wong's opposition comments. He said that there is no opposition within council nor should there be, as they are all there for the same reason.

 

After, Councillor Kolada commented saying that she has been told there is no experienced negotiators on the committee and that she has experience in negotiating for Thompson. Councillor Matechuck then spoke up with an amended resolution of his own.

 

Councillor Matechuk's amended resolution would have the resolution replace the existing committee with a new three-person team; the chairs of the finance and administration, public works, development review committees.  

 

The amended resolution went to a recorded vote, where it was defeated. Councillors Kolada, Wong and Matechuk voted in favour while Councillors Foley, Smook, Ellis, Byer and Deputy Mayor Valentino voted against.

 

The final vote to pass the resolution appointing Councillor Smook took place almost 15 minutes after Deputy Mayor Valentino first read the motion.

 

The resolution was carried after a five to three vote.

 

Deputy Mayor Valentino sat in the Mayor's seat during all discussion of the grant-in-lieu, as Mayor Fenske had recused himself due to conflict of interest.

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Spirit Way Gets Help from Airport And Calm Air


Spirit Way's scheduled UK promotions are now a bit more affordable thanks to the Thompson Regional Airport Authority and Calm Air.

 

At a ceremony Friday afternoon, Spirit Way President Marion Morberg was presented with cheques from the TRAA and Calm Air, totaling just under $20,000.00.

 

Curtis Ross, the president and CEO of the Thompson Airport spoke to 102.9 CHTM about the donation.

 

He said that Spirit way is very deserving of the money as they work hard to promote Thompson and the north to not only the rest of the province and country, but now internationally.

 

He went on to say that it's important to increase tourism in the Thompson area, as we have a lot more to offer than just wolves.

 

Spirit Way's planned promotion involves a painted wolf statue being displayed in Wolverhampton and London (England) this summer.

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Boy Dies At Norplex Pool


A seven year old boy from Split Lake has died following an incident at the Norplex Pool.

 

Thompson RCMP were called to the pool Sunday afternoon where officers found EMS workers performing CPR on the unresponsive boy.

 

The RCMP believe the boy was with a group of friends and may have wandered off when he entered the water in a deeper part of the pool and was not able to keep himself afloat.

 

The boy was later rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead as resuscitation efforts were not successful.

 

Foul play is not suspected and the investigation is ongoing.

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City Council Meeting Monday


Mayor Dennis Fenske's replacement on the grant-in-lieu negotiation committee for upcoming negotiations with Vale will be decided Monday at city council.

 

Mayor Fenske addressed the issue yesterday on City Beat on 102.9 CHTM.

 

He said that it is already on the agenda for the meeting, where a resolution will be put forward by council to choose his replacement.

 

Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino and Councillor Penny Byer are the other two city representatives on the negotiating team.

 

The current grant-in-lieu with Vale is set to expire at the end of 2017.

 

The city's financial plan for 2017 is also on the agenda for Monday. Council hopes to be able to pass the second and third readings during the meeting.

 

City Council meets every second Monday at 7:00pm in council chambers at City Hall, located at 226 Mystery Lake Road.

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Recycle Your Old Cell Phones


A recent survey says that more than 90% of Canadians actively use a cell phone, and nearly two-thirds have a cell phone in their possession that they don't use.

 

If you're one of those people who have a cell phone that isn't being used, you can recycle the device.

 

You can either drop it off here in Thompson at The Source in the City Centre Mall or at MTS Connect in the Plaza.

 

For those who can't make it to one of those locations, you can go to www.recyclemycell.ca and print postage paid labels so you can mail your device at no cost.

 

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City Hosting Public Budget Hearing Tonight


The City of Thompson will be holding a public hearing this evening at City Hall.

 

The hearing will give Thompsonites a chance to ask council questions and raise any concerns they may have about the 2017 financial plan.

 

City Manager Gary Ceppatelli spoke to 102.9 C.H.T.M. and encouraged anyone who wants to come to the meeting to pick up a copy of the city's financial plan in advance.

 

He said that they're available at the front desk of City Hall.

 

All of council will be in attendance to answer questions.

 

The meeting will start at 7:00 upstairs in council chambers.

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City Getting New Bus and Handi-Van Next Year


The city of Thompson will be adding a new transit bus and a new Handi-Van next year.

 

Almost $80,000.00 in provincial funding for transit projects in the city was announced at last week's city council meeting.

 

The city will be receiving $2,500.00 for transit signage, $5,000.00 for two bus shelters, $39,810.00 towards the purchase of a new bus and $31,250.00 towards the purchase of a new Handi-Van.

 

This provincial investment I sin addition to a $157,121.00 investment in the same projects by the federal government.  The city will be contributing almost $320,000.00 towards the projects.

 

Speaking on City Beat late last week, Councilor Colleen Smook said it's an important investment by the province.

 

She said that with our harsh winters, bus shelters in the city could use some much needed improvement.

 

She also added that the Handi-Van has been out of service for quite some time, so being able to purchase a new one will go a long way towards making the city more accessible.

 

Smook added that there will be a public meeting coming up on tomorrow for Thompsonites to get a look at the city's 2017 budget.

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RDPC Music Groups Head To Banff Tomorrow


Tomorrow, senior music groups from R.D. Parker head to Banff, Alberta for their annual senior music tour.

 

The concert band and jazz ensemble will both be taking part in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival, which as Kevin Lewis from R.D.P.C. explained, is exciting.

 

The festival, according to Lewis, is one of the most prestigious festivals in Canada and takes place at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.

 

To get into the festival, both the concert band and jazz ensemble had to make recordings and send them in to festival adjudicators.

 

Lewis told 102.9 CHTM that it's a festival that the school has been attending every few years for the past few decades.

 

He said that the festival brings together the top ensembles from western Canada, the western U.S.A., and occasionally around the world.

 

The tour will end next Tuesday.

 

The post-tour concert will take place at the Letkemann Theatre on May 3rd.

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Man In Custody Following Assault


A 27-year-old is in RCM-P custody and is facing six charges, including assault causing bodily harm and robbery.

 

The charges stem from an incident back on March 31st, where Thompson RCM-P responded to a report of an assault.

 

A 22-year-old male sustained injuries from the incident as a result of being punched and bitten after the accused demanded money from him while threatening him with a knife. The 22-year-old was held against his will in an elevator while the assault took place.

 

Shamus Jackson appeared in provincial court Monday, and is being held in custody.

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Movie Playing At Library Changed to Next Week


"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is not being shown at the library today.

 

The Thompson Public Library had originally planned on showing the movie this evening, but had to change the date to accommodate new flooring being put in the basement.

 

The movie will now be shown next Wednesday, April 19th, at 5:00pm.

 

It's absolutely free to attend.

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Mayor Fenske Removes Himself From Grant-In-Lieu Negotiations


Mayor Dennis Fenske has removed himself from grant-in-lieu negotiations with Vale.

 

Mayor Fenske addressed the issue early in Monday's council meeting as he was asked yet again about conflict of interest.

 

He didn't answer the question, but rather gave this statement: "I'll save you the quesiton. In regards to the conflict of interest and in regards to the grant-in-lieu, I've advised council that I will be recusing myself from any further discussions".

 

This decisions comes after months of the topic being brought up and debated at almost every city council meeting since the committee was announced.

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Bar Fight At Regal Beagle


Thompson R-C-M-P responded to a report of a fight at the Regal Beagle bar, located at the Burntwood Hotel, early Saturday morning.

 

The bar was emptying as the Mounties arrived, and police were advised that the bar would be shut down for the night.

 

At this time no victims have come forward to the police.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the R-C-M-P detachment at 677-6909

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The Best Science Projects in the North are heading to Flin Flon


The Flin Flon School Division is hosting the Northern Manitoba Regional Science Fair this weekend. 

 

It takes place at Ruth Betts Community School. 

 

Thompson will be sending around 30 projects to the science fair, where students from grades four through eight will compete.   Students and their projects will be judged from nine until noon and then public viewing will run from 1:30 to 2:30 with awards following immediately after.

 

Three projects will be chosen to represent the Northern Manitoba region at the Canada Wide Science Fair.  This year’s national competition will run May 14th to 20th in Regina.

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Pothole Repairs Underway


The city of Thompson has started pothole repairs on roads throughout the city.

 

City officials say the major thaw has slowed down, allowing crews to fix the holes.

 

Repairs will begin with priority areas, including Thompson Drive, Cree Road, Princeton Drive and Westwood Drive as well as access points for the RCMP, fire hall, schools and the hospital.

 

There is no timeline for completion of the work.

 

If you spot a road hazard, the city asks you to report it by calling 677-7970.

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Cookie Sale Location Change


The First Thompson Pathfinders will be holding their drive-thru cookie sale tonight at a new location. The sale was originally supposed to happen in the Meridian Hotel parking lot, but after hotel officials told them they couldn't hold the sale at that location, it was moved to the parking lot of Doug's Source for Sports. The sale will run tonight from 6:30 to 8:30, or until all the cookies are sold. The money from sales goes to support the activities of the unit throughout the year.

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Girl Guid Cookie Sale Tomorrow


Tomorrow evening, the 1st Thompson Pathfinders will be holding a cookie drive-thru sale in the Meridian Hotel parking lot.
 
Cookie sales are the primary fundraiser for Girl Guides, with the money going towards programing throughout the year.
 
The drive-thru will start at 6:30pm and will run until 8:30pm, or until they sell out of cookies.
 
The cookies sold in the spring are the classic chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies. 

Each box is $5.00 and is a split of chocolate and vanilla.

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Heart and Stroke Donations Down


The totals for donations made to the Heart and Stroke foundation through door-to-door canvassing are down this year.

 

This years' total for the Thompson area is just north of $11,600.00. The Heart and Stroke foundation is saying it has been a challenge this year due to the weather and other situations.

 

If you'd like to make a donation, call 204-571-4080 or visit www.heartandstroke.ca/give

 

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Robin Hood Flour Recalled


Robin Hood Flour Recall Smucker Food of Canada is recalling Robin Hood original all purpose flour due to a possible E. Coli 0121 contamination. The recalled flour was sold in western Canada, including here in Manitoba. At least one store in Thompson carried the recalled batch. The bags being recalled contain the codes BB/MAA 2018 AL 17 or 6 291 548. If you have one of the recalled bags, you should throw it out or return it to the store you bought it from. There has been one reported illness from the flour.

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Spirit Way Inc. Asks City For $30,000


Spirit Way Inc (S.W.I.) has asked City Council for $30,000.00  to help with projects aimed at promoting tourism in Northern Manitoba, specifically Thompson and Churchill.

 

Board members made a presentation at city council earlier in the week highlighting the two projects they're looking for help with; a U.K. promotional campaign and the Wolf & Carnivore Conference.

 

S.W.I. was invited to participate in a tourism project in Wolverhampton, U.K. from May through September. There will be a video board showcasing Northern Manitoba and the opportunity for someone to win a $30,000.00 trip to Thompson and Churchill as well as a sale of trips for Northern Manitoba. Wolverhampton is just under 200km north-west of London.

 

The U.K. promotion is also slated to be displayed for four weeks at Charing Cross Station in London, with over 150,000 per day walking by.

 

S.W.I. has a total of 10 projects and events for 2017, with a total cost of $350,000.00, though they say the International Aurora Borealis Conference (Sept. 16-17, 2017) and Wolf & Carnivore Conference (Oct. 21-22, 2017) will bring in between $387,000.00 and $621,000.00 to the community.

 

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Three Arrested Following Vehicle Break-Ins


Thompson RCMP responded to a report of mischief to vehicles in the city late last week. Numerous vehicles were damaged in efforts to steal property from inside. Tires were slashed on some of the vehicles damaged.  3 male youths were located and have been remanded into custody.

 

Thompson RCMP are stressing that the public needs to report these crimes to police.  If you have had damage to your property, including vehicles, please call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909.

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Clara Hughes In Thompson Today


Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes is in Thompson today as the guest speaker for the Hope North Evening of Hope.

 

Hughes' talk is being called "Open Heart, Open Mind", which is also the title of her book. She will be talking about her own battle with depression, as well as how we can break the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging open dialogue.

 

Hughes, a native of Winnipeg, told 102.9 CHTM that the farthest north she's been in the province is Flin Flon, so she's looking forward to experiencing Thompson. She also added that she heard about all the snow we got last week, and is excited to see what the snow looks like in our community.

 

She said that the best advice she has received with regards to mental illness is no advice at all, and just to listen.

 

The event will get underway at 7:00 at the Letkemann Theatre at R.D. Parker.

 

Admission to the event is free and as a community event, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Red Cross Training Today


The Red Cross training activity here in Thompson originally scheduled for last week has been moved to tonight.

 

A test exercise will be held this evening at the Lakeview Inn starting at 6:30.

 

The exercise will consist of volunteers simulating responses to individuals and families who are dealing with small-scale disasters, such as house fires.

 

For more information, call Jessie Horodecki, the community outreach coordinator for the Red Cross here in Thompson, at 204-390-0832.

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Infighting At City Council


At the regular meeting of city council Monday, council voted on a motion to rescind the resolution that appoint Mayor Fenske to the cities grant-in-lieu negotiating team for negotiations with Vale.

 

The motion, which was brought forward at the last meeting by councilor Wong, claims that Mayor Fenske would be in conflict of interest since he is a Vale employee and should be removed from the negotiations.

 

Councilor Foley voiced his opinion on the issue and did not mince his words. He said that this is only happening because a few member of council didn’t get their way in the original vote and that the only reason for the motion was to make a scene in front of the cameras.

 

Deputy Mayor Valentino said that it’s been 28 months of the same issue and it’s a never-ending cycling that she doesn’t want to see continue for the last 20 months of councils’ term.

 

Councilor Wong responded to his colleagues, saying that the law was set in stone and the fact is clear that it is a conflict of interest since the Mayor is an employee of Vale.

 

Councilor Byer responded to the remarks saying that in the past employees in management positions have negotiated with their companies on behalf of the city meaning there is precedent for Mayor Fenske to be on the committee negotiating with Vale.

 

After remarks had been made by every councilor, the motion was defeated 6-3 in a record vote.

 

Councilors Kolada, Matechuk and Wong voted in support while Mayor Fenske, Deputy Mayor Valentino, and Councilors Smook, Foley, Ellis and Byer voted against the motion.

 

The next meeting of council is on March 27th

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World Day of Prayer Rescheduled


The World Day of Prayer here in Thompson has been rescheduled for tomorrow.

 

The event was originally supposed to take place last Wednesday, but was postponed due to the blizzard.

 

Things will get underway at 7:00pm at the Salvation Army, located at 305 Thompson Drive.

 

For more information, you can call Roy Bladen at 204-307-2193

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Manitoba Delegation to Present At United Nations


A delegation from Manitoba will be making a presentation at the United Nations Monday.

 

The Institute for International Women's Rights Manitoba delegation will be hosting an event during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN.

 

The event is called "Risks for Canadian Indigenous Women Transitioning to an Urban Environment" and will focus on the session's emerging theme "the Empowerment of Indigenous Women."

 

The delegation making the presentation is comprised of a number of different Manitoba-based organizations who support the rights of women and are involved with the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

 

Mary Scott, co-founder and board member of the I.I.W.R.M., said "As a small NGO from Canada, it is good to see we can support this remarkable delegation, taking their stories to the United Nations"

 

The event aims to education the global community and Canadian Government representatives about the challenges Indigenous women face, such as marginalization, poverty and exploitation, as well as share some of the community-driven solutions that are taking place.

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International Women's Day


Tomorrow is International Women's Day.

 

To mark the day, the YWCA, in partnership with the Thompson Crisis Centre, is hosting a come-and-go event between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.

 

Nina Cordell, the Women's Program Coordinator with the "Y" here in Thompson, spoke to 102.9 CHTM and explained what will be going on.

 

She said that this will be an informal open house and that they'll be providing coffee, tea, water and bannock muffins

 

Cordell added that everyone is also welcome to join in the moose hide activity by making their own moose hide pin to show support in ending violence against women and girls.

 

This is their own version of the nation-wide Moose Hide campaign (www.moosehidecampaign.ca)

 

For more information, call the Thompson YWCA at 204-778-6341 or visit www.ywcathompson.com

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World Day of Prayer 2017


The World Day of Prayer is being marked here in Thompson Wednesday evening.

 

The event is being hosted this year by the Salvation Army, located at 305 Thompson Drive, right across from the VRCC.

 

The service starts at 7:00.

 

The theme of this years' International Day of Prayer is "Am I Being Unfair to You", highlighting the need for justice.

 

For more information, you can call Roy Bladen, the Ministry Director for the Salvation Army in Thompson, at 204-307-2193

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Charges Laid Following Investigation Into 2015 Police Shooting


An RCMP officer has been arrested and charged on six counts following an investigation by the Manitoba Independent Investigations Unit into a shooting and death in Thompson back in 2015.

 

Constable Abram Letkeman is being charged with:

-  one count of manslaughter;
- one count of criminal negligence causing death;
- one count of reckless discharge of a firearm;
- one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm;
- one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm;
- one count of dangerous driving

The charges stem from an event where the constable discharged his firearm after a pursuit and traffic stop which resulted in the death of the male driver and serious injuries to the female passenger.

 

Constable Letkeman was released on bail and will head to provincial court in Thompson on March 31st. 

 

The Independent Investigations unit will not be making any further comments on the investigation as it is now before the courts.

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It's Official Now: Thompson Is Hosting The Manitoba Games


Yesterday morning it became official; Thompson is hosting the 2018 Manitoba Power Smart Winter Games.

 

The announcement was made at Deerwood school, with various dignitaries, including the Honourable Rochelle Squires, Provincial Minster of Sport, Culture and Heritage, who made it all official.

 

Other dignitaries on hand included Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle, Thompson Mayor Dennis Fenske and 2018 Host Society Co-Chair Sandra Ross-Hitch.

 

The games will start in 368 days.

 

Events taking place wll include hockey, curling, badminton, swimming, and for the first time ever, speed skating.

 

This is the second time Thompson has hosted the Manitoba Games, the first time was in 1994.

 

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Budget Set For School District of Mystery Lake


The budget for the School District of Mystery Lake has been set at just over $44,000,000 for the 2017-2018 calendar year.

 

The school board will be receiving just under $35,000,000 from the province and almost $8,500,000 from property tax.

 

Over 75% of the budget, around $33,225,000, will be spent on teachers’ salaries.

 

School board Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Knott, who presented the budget late last week at the school district office, said that school board spending is up 0.64% and that balancing the budget with a surplus is not an option.

 

She said that the school board expects a surplus of just over $850,000, or 1.9% of the budget.

 

The surplus is kept as emergency funding for the school board should it be required.

 

The maximum surplus allowed by the province is 4% of the yearly budget.

 

Knott said that enrolment is up by 68 students and that the school district is receiving funding from the province for 2925 students, when in fact they have over 3100.

 

Knott added that enrolment is up and that the resources at the school district’s disposal aren’t sufficient.

 

She also added that the school district has a stable staffing situation, and are possibly looking at a staffing increase for student support staff.

 

The budget must be submitted to the province by the end of March.

 

The School District of Mystery Lake’s next school board meeting is taking place tomorrow night.

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Salvation Army Helps Refugees


As refugees continue to cross the border near Emerson and get transported to Winnipeg, The Salvation Army is continuing their efforts to support them.

 

Major Rob Kerr, a spokesperson for the Salvation Army, spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that they were contacted by Welcome Place and asked to help.

 

The Salvation Army opened up beds for those who needed it.

 

Kerr said that if the Army hadn't provided the beds, the refugees would be out on the streets of Winnipeg, as they are unsponsored immigrants and do not qualify currently for government assistance and can't get jobs.

 

Major Kerr added at the best way people can help is by making financial donations, as the refugees aren't sponsored.


Because of that, they don't currently qualify for government assistance and cannot get a job.

 

If anyone wants to make a donation, you can do so by calling 204-975-1033

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Thompsonite Wins Provincial Award


A Thompson man was awarded with a prize recently after winning the Entrepreneurship Manitoba Start-up category in the "Just Watch Me" video contest.

 

Donald Glenn's business success story video, highlighting Shorty's Upcycling Studio, features how he repurposes materials in to one-of-a-kind household objects, such as mirrors, coffee tables and beverage dispensers.

 

Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle, as well as city councilor Penny Byer, were on hand for the event to present awards from the provincial and municipal governments.

 

The "Just Watch Me" video contest celebrates the success of entrepreneurs with disabilities or health concerns.

 

The category Glenn won in is sponsored by Entrepreneurship Manitoba and is for a Manitoba business that started less than a year ago.

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Student At RDPC Diagnosed With Active Tuberculosis


A student at R.D. Parker has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

 

The Northern Health Region said in an emailed statement that there is only one confirmed case at the school.

 

The health region will be in the school conducting a contact investigation to assess any possible spread of the disease.

 

The NHR says they have been working closely with school administration and that a letter has been given to staff and students at RDPC with information about the disease and explaining the investigation that public health staff will be giving.

 

Staff from the health region will be at the school tonight at six to host an education session on TB.

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Five Confirmed Cases Of Mumps In 2017


According to a recent report, the number of mumps cases in the province has doubled and the outbreak is expected to continue for months.

 

Mumps is spread by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person such as coughing, sneezing, sharing drinks, or kissing.

 

The virus causes fever, headaches, muscle aches and swollen glands, often next to the jaw line in your cheek.

 

Most people who contract the disease will recover after one to two weeks.  

 

Doctor Michael Isaac, the Medical Health Officer with the Northern Health Region, says that all health regions in the province have had cases of the mumps, including five confirmed cases here in Thompson since the start of 2017.

 

Doctor Isaac said that the best way to prevent mumps is immunization.

 

He added that other preventative actions that you can take include covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, as well as not sharing personal items.

 

For more information on the disease, head to http://gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/diseases/mumps.html

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Manitoba Historical Society Accepting Nominations For Award


The Manitoba Historical Society is accepting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor's Award.

 

The Society's Gordon Goldsborough says nominations are open to anyone.

 

He explained the award is intended primarily for people who have done service in promotion and preservation of Manitoba history.  

 

That includes activities such as writing books, various art projects or being involved with a museum.

 

Nomination forms and more information are available online at www.mhs.mb.ca

 

The deadline for nominations is February 28th.

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February 22nd Is First Pink Day Of 2017


More than 200 schools in Manitoba and Nunavut will be taking part in the first Red Cross Pink Day of 2017, which takes place on Tuesday February 22nd.

 

All elementary schools in Thompson are taking part in the event, which highlight the importance of bullying prevention and respectfulness.

 

Schools will be marking the day mainly with assemblies, and everyone is encouraged to wear pink clothing.

 

Provincially, the day will be highlighted by the third annual Canadian Red Cross Pink Day Film Festival, which will showcase videos made by students in Manitoba and Nunavut. The festival is being held in Winnipeg at the Park Theatre.

 

The provincial event starts at 10:30am on Tuesday, and can be live-streamed online at http://bit.ly/2knlw52.

 

The Canadian Red Cross has been the lead organization for Pink Day in the province since 2012 and recently helped bring two Winnipeg Blue Bombers to Thompson to present anti-bullying campaigns.

 

Everyone is encouraged to wear pink on the 22nd, whether you're a student or not, to raise awareness.

 

If you want to purchase an official Canadian Red Cross Pink Day shirt, you can do so online at www.redcross.ca/PinkMB_NU.  

 

The second Pink Day of 2017 will take place on April 12th.

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Red Cross Could Use Some Volunteers


Louise Hodder and Jessie Horodecki, local volunteers with the Red Cross, spoke at Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting about the two primary services the organization offers.

 

Personal Disaster Assistance covers small scale disasters such as house fires and provides emergency assistance for up to 72 hours.   This covers such items as food, clothing and shelter.   The Fire Department or family members activate the PDA by contacting the Red Cross.

 

The second service is the Emergency Response Team or E-R-T which is activated when a whole community is affected.   Some communities which had the Red Cross help out last year were War Lake and Shamattawa when they faced water shortages.  Long Plain, Dakota Tipi and Waywayseecapo First Nations all experienced tornados and received help from the Red Cross.  A fire at Shamattawa and power outage at York Factory also brought in E-R-Ts from the Red Cross. 

 

So far in 2017, the Red Cross has responded to two disasters in our northern region.  The first was a sewer backup at a seniors residence at OCN and the second was an apartment fire in The Pas. 

 

Horodecki and Hodder also addressed the desperate need for volunteers in our area.  Here we have a breakdown of the numbers of volunteers in Manitoba.

 

“Currently in Canada the Red Cross has more than 25-thousand volunteers.  Manitoba has the lowest number of volunteers.  Winnipeg has just over 200 and we have 9.  Brandon has 14.  They just put a team together in Dauphin.  But for us in Thompson - our 9 volunteers -    we take care of Thompson and all the surrounding communities.”

 

Volunteers can be called upon to help with emergencies and disasters in our area, around the province and even across Canada.   To apply go to red cross.ca. 

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15 Year Old Arrested In Stabbing Incident


A 15 year old has been taken into custody by Thompson RCMP following a stabbing in the city.

 

Police were responding to a call near the Southwood Plaza Wednesday night when the teen was arrested. 

 

A 16 year old youth was treated for injuries.

 

The 15 year old has been charged and will remain in RCMP custody until his court date."

 

No names will be released as both are under aged. 

 

No other information is available at this time.

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Free Ride Weekend Across The Province


This weekend is a free ride weekend on all trails thanks to Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. The event starts on the 18th and runs until Louis Riel Day on the 20th.

 

This is the second year that Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has hosted the weekend.

 

Those wanting to take part in the weekend need to head to www.snoman.mb.ca to register for a pass and then have that pass on their phone or affixed to their snow machine while they ride.

 

It's also "Sled Without Boarders" weekend, which is focused on encouraging riders from Ontario, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Minnesota to ride Manitoba trails.

 

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City Council Responds To Provincial Health Care Funding Changes


Thompson City Council met on Monday night and one of the topics addressed was the recent changes from the provincial government with regards to health care funding.

 

The province announced an investment of over $500,000 towards four projects in Thompson, specifically at the Thompson General Hospital.

 

The projects being funded are:

  • Assessing the scope of work needed to address mould in the hospital's crawlspace
  • Repairing and upgrading existing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in the hospital
  • Installing a dedicated year-round air-conditioning system for the lab at the hospital and upgrading existing heating, lighting and ventilation
  • Upgrading the operating room theatre surgical lighting, upgrading security for the seclusion rooms and upgrading the water booster in the hospital

 

Thompson city councilor Penny Byer said that while she's glad the money is coming to Thompson, it's not going to the right place.

 

Byer said that the root of the issue is a leaky roof, and that money is going to keep being spent doing these spot repairs until they fix the overlying problem.

 

Deputy Mayor Valentino spoke after Councilor Byer, and said that Thompsonites should be focused on the money that is coming to Thompson, rather than the loss of the Consultation Clinic and other projects that were cut.

 

She said that it's easy to focus on the negatives, but that the projects being funded are good for the city, and that the chemo ward is going to continue being funded and is nearing completion.

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Census Says Thompson Population Has Increased


This morning, Statistics Canada started releasing the information gathered from the 2016 census.

 

This was the first 'data dump' by StatsCan following last May's national census.

 

The information, which focused on population, revealed that Thompson showed an increase of 555, or 4.5%, from 2011 to 2016.

 

Thompson city manager Gary Ceppetelli spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that he was relieved by the numbers.

 

Ceppetelli said that the increase should mean additional funding for the city's budget.

 

He also added that he thinks the growth is sustainable, as Thompson is diversifying the economy in town.

 

Snow Lake and Churchill were two other northern regions that recorded population increases.

 

Despite the increase in Thompson , Churchill and Snow Lake, Stats Canada says that communities in northern Manitoba reported some of the largest population loses between 2011 and 2016.

 

The census concluded that the total population in Manitoba is up over 70,000 people to 1,278,365 from 2011.

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Co-Chairs Appointed for Thompson 2018 Manitoba Winter Games


Sandra Ross-Hitch and Murray Kissick have been appointed as the co-chairs for the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games host society.

 

Both have been heavily involved in many different aspects of Thompson and both were involved in the winter games when were last here in 1994. Ross-Hitch currently serves as the president of the Thompson Rotary Club, and was on the torch relay committee leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Kissick has been involved in minor hockey, the Thompson Golf Club and the school district of Mystery Lake.

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske said that the co-chairs were selected for their continuing record of excellence in serving our community as leaders and organizers. He also added that they are confident that Ross-Hitch and Kissick will bring out the best in us as we move forward with the games.

 

Thompson was awarded the games after the town of Virden had to withdraw as a host due to lack of volunteer commitment.

 

The games are set to take place a little over a year from now and will include events such as archery and hockey among others.

 

If you are looking to get involved with the 2018 Manitoba Power Smart Winter Games or just to get more information, you can send an email to mbwgthompson18@hotmail.com

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2016 Operation Red Nose Donation Totals Finalized


Operation Red Nose has released their final donation totals for the 2016 season in Thompson.

 

The program runs during the holiday season to make sure everyone (and their vehicles) can get home safely by providing a ride home for anyone who has either consumed alcohol or doesn’t feel fit to drive. The program here is coordinated by the City of Thompson.

 

The program is free, but donations are encouraged. All money collected in Thompson goes towards various youth programs in the area.

 

Below is a full list of where the 2016 donations are going:

 

  • Pee-wee A King Miner hockey: $4000.00
  • Born to Dance Committee: $2600.00
  • Thompson Area Scouts: $2500.00
  • Society for Manitobans with Disabilities: $1900.00
  • Albert’s Fund: $500.00
  • Troy Anand Fund: $500.00

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Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Public Information Meeting Monday


Monday night, Canadian Kraft Paper Industries from The Pas will be holding a public information meeting here in Thompson in the Mary Fenske boardroom at the VRCC.

 

The meeting will start at 7:00pm and everyone is encouraged to attend.

 

Area planner Mike Paddock of Canadian Kraft Paper says they’ll discuss their forest harvest and renewal plans for the next two years starting as of June 1st. Discussions will include topics such as timber harvesting, forest renewal, road construction and road decommissioning.

 

They will also be updating the public on new initiatives that are being undertaken by the company.

 

Canadian Kraft Paper says that they hope people who have questions or information to share will come out and voice them at the meeting.

 

Canadian Kraft Paper Industries bought the Tolko paper mill in The Pas last November. Tolko had announced the closure of the mill in August, citing the inability to operate the company at a profit.

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2017 Relay for Life Officially Kicks off Tomorrow


The Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life officially kicks off in Thompson tomorrow.

 

The kick-off event, which will be taking place at the Quality Inn and Suites between 12:00 and 2:00, will be an opportunity for people to meet the members of the Relay board and ask them questions.

 

Coral Bennett, the chair of the registration committee, told CHTM that if you can't make it out to the event, you can give her a call at (204) 679-2072 and she will be more than happy to pass on any information you require.

 

Bennett also said that Thompson has been more than generous in the past, with over $1,000,000 being raised through the Relay over the past 14 years going towards cancer research.

 

She also added that it's an important cause and every dollar counts, as every three minutes one Canadian is told they have cancer.

 

For more information on Relay for Life, head to www.cancer.ca/relay

 

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MLA Bindle Guest at Thompson Chamber of Commerce Meeting


Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle was the guest speaker at the Thompson Chamber of Commerce meeting today, which took place at the Meridian Hotel.

 

Two of the big things Bindle talked about were the state of health care in the province and the new carbon tax coming soon to the country.

 

As far as health care goes, the provincial government says that spending is the issue, not revenue, when it comes to health care.

 

Bindle said that the health care costs are too heavy at the top, like a water tower.

 

He added that two task forces working on the system. One is working on wait time reduction and the other on medical procedures. Their recommendations are due by June.

 

When speaking about the carbon tax, Bindle said that if the Province doesn’t have its own strategy to implement the tax by the end of the year, the federal government will implement one for them.

 

He also added that agriculture will be the hardest hit industry in the province and that most people will feel the tax at the pumps. He also added that that price of energy shouldn’t go up too much since Manitoba Hydro uses hydro to generate electricity rather than fossil fuels.

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New parking ticket bylaw read at City Council


Monday was the first reading of the Municipal By-Law Enforcement Act Enabling by-law at Thompson City Council.

 

If passed during the second and third readings, parking tickets would become a strictly municipal matter.

 

Currently, tickets for parking by-law infractions can be argued in court.

 

Under the new system currently on the table, if you want to fight a parking ticket you would have to go to city hall and request the ticket be reviewed by a screening officer. The screening officer will be a new position at City Hall. John Maskerine, the City of Thompson Fire and Public Safety Director, said that in other Manitoba cities, like Winnipeg, they have hired retired police officers or upstanding citizens to fill the role.

 

If you want to dispute the screening officers’ decision, you will have to pay a $25.00 fee and submit a written request to have the ticket reviewed by a provincially-appointed adjudicator. The adjudicator’s decision is final and cannot be reviewed or overturned.

 

If the ticket is brought to the adjudicator and they rule that the ticket is valid, the fine must be paid immediately and the $25.00 goes to the city. If the adjudicator forgives the ticket, the $25.00 is reimbursed.

 

The municipal by-law enforcement act first came about in the Legislature back in 2013, in an attempt to provide an alternate approach for processing and resolving minor by-law (specifically parking) infractions.

 

At council on Monday, Maskerine said that the legislation is good for everyone involved and will free up the courts. He also added that Winnipeg has been using this new system since 2014, and has only had three cases go before an adjudicator.

 

The first reading was passed by all members of Council, with the exception of Councillor Penny Byer, who joined the meeting via telephone. Byer opposed the by-law out of protest as she feels the Province is dumping the costs from the provincial government to the municipal level.

 

The second (and possibly third) readings of the by-law are scheduled for the next Thompson City Council meeting on February 13th.

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Burntwood Elementary School offers a place for students to escape, at least temporarily


Last night's School District of Mystery Lake board meeting took place at Burntwood Elementary School.

 

The meeting started with a presentation from two Burntwood junior high students in the school's sensory room.

 

The presentation included information about different fundraisers, such as Movember and chocolate milk sales, as well as various programs and events at the school like their breakfast program and We Day.

 

The sensory room itself is relatively new to the school. It's a place for students to go when they need a break from the regular structure of the classroom.

 

The room features a tent, multiple sensory boards, various balls and blankets.

 

Burntwood vice-principal Jaynie Burnell added that they're looking to add an exercise bike or treadmill to the room if anyone wants to make a donation.

 

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YWCA Thompson Women of Distinction award nominations now open


Nominations are now open for this years YWCA Thompson Woman of Distinction Awards. The annual event recognizes women in our community (any women north of the 53rd parallel) who go above and beyond to lead, be a role model or just make the community a better place to live, work and play.

 

Nina Cordell, the programs coordinator at the Thompson YWCA told CHTM that the awards are a chance to honour the achievements of women in the community, regardless of education or work experience. The only requirements to be up for the award is to consent to the nomination (as well as the publicity that comes with it) as well as be available to attend the awards dinner.

 

Cordell said that nomination packages are available online (www.ywcathompson.com), via email (ywcawcoffice@mymts.net), by dropping by the YWCA Thompson reception desk (39 Nickel Road) or by calling Nina (204-778-1209).

  

The full eligibility list and addition information are available for review on the application.

 

The nominations are due by Monday April 3rd, while the awards dinner is on May 27th at the River Lodge place.

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Ambulance Service purchase agreement


Last night at Thompson City Council, John Maskerine, the director of Fire and Public Safety, presented the new revision of the ambulance service purchase agreement.

 

The agreement, made between the city of Thompson and the Northern Regional Health Authority, has been in place for decades. Maskerine says that the agreement gives first responders in Thompson a mandate with regards to training and making sure that the care they provide is at the highest level possible.

 

Maskerine said that the only thing worth noting that has changed from the previous agreement is the price of an ambulance for those without private health insurance. He told CHTM that the cost had previously been going up every two to three years. Manitoba Health has said that over the next four years they want to see the cost reduced to $250 for those without coverage.

 

The last revision of the agreement came back in 2014.

 

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Chamber of Commerce to contact their MPs


The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce is asking Chambers and their members to write to their Members of Parliament.

 

It’s to ask them to oppose the Federal government’s proposal to tax employer paid health and dental benefits.   Many fear a tax would cost employees hundreds or thousands of dollars a year, and result in fewer employers willing to provide coverage. The Thompson Chamber has provided its members with a letter to sign and send to Niki Ashton and federal Minister of Finance Bill Morneau.   

 

Back in December 2016 the government had identified health and dental benefit packages as a possible source for additional revenue. 

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Propane prices on the rise


Starting February 1st, Stittco customers will be paying more for their propane.

 

The Public Utilities Board announced Wednesday that the price is being raised from 97 cents per cubic metre to $1.22 a cubic metre.     The new rate is projected to increase the average residential bill by approximately ten per cent, depending on consumption.

 

The P-U-B says the propane rates will be reviewed again on May 1st of this year.

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