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
Chair: Ryan Land
Members: Sandra Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Lychuk
Education & Programming Committee
Chair: Leslie Tucker
Members: Ryan Land, Elizabeth Lychuk
Thompson Teachers’ Association
Elizabeth Lychuck and Janet Brady
United Steel Workers Negotiation
Sandra Fitzpatrick and Leslie Tucker
Board Representation to the Community
Adolescent Health Education Committee (AHEC)
Thompson Newcomer Settlement
Thompson Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (TAEAC)
Development Review Committee
Representative: Janet Brady
Alternate: Leslie Tucker
Recreation and Community Service Committee
Representative: Ryan Land
Alternate: Elizabeth Lychuk
Manitoba Winter Games Executive
Leslie Tucker, Janet Brady, Don Macdonald
Winter Bussing Committee
Don Macdonald, Ryan Land
Elizabeth Lychuk, Leslie Tucker, Don Macdonald
Sandra Fitzpatrick, Don Macdonald, Elizabeth Lychuck
City/School Board Liaison
Don Macdonald, Janet Brady, Guido Oliveira, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Ryan Land, Elizabeth Lychuk, Leslie Tucker
Thompson Teachers’ Association/School Board Liaison
Don Macdonald, Janet Brady, Guido Oliveira, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Ryan Land, Elizabeth Lychuk, Leslie Tucker
United Steelworkers Association/School Board Liaison
Don Macdonald, Janet Brady, Guido Oliveira, Sandra Fitzpatrick, Ryan Land, Elizabeth Lychuk, Leslie Tucker
City Council met last Friday for a special meeting.
The meeting was called in regards to the Thompson Cemetery, with the question before Council being whether or not Maple Leaf Construction should be awarded the contract to pave the interior roads.
The resolution was passed six to one.
Councillor Ron Matechuk was the lone councillor voting against the resolution, and said that he’d rather see the money go towards roads that are in worse shape and see more traffic.
The paving of the roads will cost the City of Thompson $85,000, which Councillor Blake Ellis said is manageable since $100,000 was originally budgeted for the job.
Councillors Wong and Byer were not able to make the meeting.
With tough economic times looming for Thompson, City Council sent a letter to the province in August, serving as notice that the City will be applying for funding through the Mining Community Reserve Fund.
The letter from Dyson was received for information by City Council last week.
Dave Dyson, the Acting Deputy Minister for Growth, Enterprise and Trade, recently replied to the letter to confirm that it had been received, and to say that the province is looking forward to discussing the applications for funding with the City as they are sent in.
Mayor Dennis Fenske told 102.9 CHTM that the next step is to meet with Dyson to discuss the process of applying for funding. He added that after that, the City, in conjunction with Thompson 2020, will work on applications.
The School District of Mystery Lake will be holding their first board of trustees meeting for the new school year tonight.
The agenda for the meeting is split in to two sub-meetings; the first being the re-organization of the board of trustees with the second half being the actual board of trustees meeting.
The meeting starts with the election of a chairperson and vice-chairperson, followed by choosing which trustees will sit on which committees.
The second half of the meeting, which deals with actually school board business, includes various committee reports, as well as information from the Manitoba School Boards Association.
The meeting will start at seven in the school board office.
All are welcome to attend.
Thompson RCMP were busy over the weekend, responding to just over 100 calls for service.
The calls included 19 missing person reports, 9 assaults, one Break and Enter to a residence, 20 calls of disturbing the peace, a report of shots fired, 5 false alarms, 3 reports of uttering threats, and 4 check on well being calls.
Officers also filed charges against an individual including impaired driving and drive while disqualified.
The driver will appear in Provincial court in October.
Thompson RCMP have a man in custody following two pellet gun attacks over the weekend.
19-year-old Jordan Lerat faces multiple charges, including two counts of assault with a weapon, failure to comply with probation, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon.
A 15 and 16 year-old were allegedly attacked by Lerat on Saturday evening in the Westwood area.
A spokesperson for the RCMP says that they take all firearms-related calls very seriously and that this should serve as an important reminder that there are serious consequences to recklessly handling and discharging any type of firearm.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Publicly celebrating the accomplishments of youth in the community is uplifting for everyone.
City Council started off last week with three certificates of appreciations being handed out. The certificates were handed out to Brandon McDonald, Dennita Cameron and Simon Hopton.
McDonald was recognized for competing in the Special Olympics in Southern Manitoba, where he took home a gold medal in the 50m event.
Cameron was the lone Thompsonite competing in the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg, and took part in the high-jump event.
Hopton was awarded his certificate of appreciation for being the Scholastic Achievement League Champion for Manitoba. This is the second year in a row a Thompson has been crowned in the contest.
Mayor Fenske told 102.9 CHTM that everyone who goes out from Thompson to compete in these events are seen as ambassadors for the city, which helps put the Thompson on the map.
With fall just around the corner and winter not far behind, construction season here in Thompson is almost over.
Speaking on City beat on 102.9 CHTM late last week, Mayor Dennis Fenske gave an update on the various projects happening throughout the city. He said that paving is currently underway on three projects: the multi-use path on Princeton Drive, Selkirk Avenue, and a section of Campbell Drive.
Fenske added that all paving projects should be done by mid-September if the weather cooperates.
With regards to the new $30M waste water treatment plant, the Mayor said that they are still on the foundation phase of the project, which he said they expect to last for a while longer.
Mayor Fenske also addressed the Beaver / Staghorn / Deerwood area, saying that now that work is complete, the City will be sending in street sweepers to clean up from the extensive work that was completed over the summer months.
City Beat is a weekly show that occurs Thursdays on 102.9 CHTM at 11:30 CST. If you have a question you would like answered by the Mayor (or a representative from city hall should the Mayor not be available), you can email them in advance to CHTMNEWS@Arcticradio.ca or by calling the stations’ on-air line 1 (204) 677-8181 during the show.
According to a report from the CBC, Opaskwayak Cree Nation has spent $3M on shares of a medical marijuana company.
OCN Chief Christian Sinclair said that the 10% ownership of National Access Canada is in preparation for the legalization of cannabis next year. Chief Sinclair added that in the past marijuana has been a part of the war on drugs, but now could be a part of the solution in the effort to end poverty in the community.
Sinclair added that the decision was one that has been unanimously accepted by OCN leadership and the Council of Elders.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced in the spring that marijuana will be legal across the country by July 1st, 2018.
The City of Thompson will be a Goldeye Club level sponsor at that 2017 Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention.
The sponsorship, which will cost the City $500, was passed by resolution at City Council last week. The final vote count was six to three, with Deputy Mayor Valentino, Councillor Wong and Councillor Matechuk voting in opposition
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino spoke up in opposition to the resolution before the vote, saying that they should have reduced the amount of the sponsorship down to the minimum $250, with the extra money going towards personnel or other expenses related to the conference.
Councillor Judy Kolada voted in favour of the sponsorship, saying that the City should be going a step further with a booth at the event. She said that since there is both a communications and economic development officer in place, the City should start planning for some form of presence at the conference. She said that in past years they (the City) has scrambled at the last minute to put something together, and that she thinks that should be avoided this time around with the current situation facing the city with regards to Vale.
Councillor Penny Byer also spoke up in favour of the resolution and echoed what Kolada had said, saying that the City needs to determine their strategy for the convention in the near future. Byer added that sponsoring the event has been the standard practice for the City of Thompson in recent history.
Councillor Colleen Smook also spoke in support of the resolution, saying that it is always a good thing when the City is on display at events like this.
The 2017 Manitoba Mining and Mineral Convention takes place November 15th through the 17th at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg.
The Thompson Airport will be receiving close to $700,000 from the Federal Government for improvements.
The $662,000, which is coming from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, is going to be spent on replacing the main apron at the airport.
The paving work on the area where aircraft park before and after arriving is scheduled to be completed by mid-October.
Curtis Ross, the CEO of the Thompson Regional Airport Authority, said that they are very appreciative of the governments continued support and recognition of the importance of the airport in our region.
He added that the Airports Capital Assistance Program is an extremely important program for small airports in the country.
Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau said that the Thompson Airport is a vital link for residents and business in the North, and that the project will ensure continued safe operations for all.
Photo courtesy of Thompson Citizen
A report from engineering consulting firm AECOM says that the cost to repair the washed out rail line to Churchill is closer $40M than the $60M that Denver-based OmniTrax had originally quoted.
The recently released report also contains a 60 day plan to repair the line which could be completed by November should OmniTrax step up to the plate. The total cost of the repair, according to the report, is $43.5M.
The document was prepared for Omnitrax, and identified damage at 130 locations along the 249km line, as well as more than 20 washouts.
The report was given to the Prime Minister's Office, the Manitoba government and Transport Canada and companies such as VIA Rail and Missinippi Rail, but not anyone from the Town of Churchill.
Churchill Mayor Mike Spence calls the situation frustrating, but remains optimistic that the line will be fully functional by the time winter rolls around. He added that he’s upset that he learned about the report through the media.
OmniTrax has offered a technical briefing on the report to representatives from the Town of Churchill, but Mayor Spence says that he’s not sure whether or not it’s worth it to attend.
The Vale Regional Community Centre is now officially the Thompson Regional Community Centre once again.
City Council voted on a resolution at Tuesday evenings City Council meeting that would have seen Vale granted naming rights to the facility until 2021. Vale would have contributed an additional $50,000 dollars towards the City had the resolution passed.
The argument from the councilors’ who voted in favour of the resolution was that the centre would not have happened without the contribution of Vale. Councillor Penny Byer spoke in favour of the resolution, saying that Vale contributed $3,000,000 to the project, which was well above what the city had asked for. Byer added that Vale’s name on the building was a small thing to thank Vale for all they do for the city.
Deputy Mayor Valentino also spoke in favour of the resolution, saying that the corporate naming of facilities is the standard practice for municipal facilities across Manitoba. She gave examples of Credit Union Place in Dauphin and the Keystone Centre in Brandon. She also added that the facility would not have been possible without the help from Vale.
Councillor Judy Kolada voted against the resolution, saying that the name should be kept as the Thompson regional centre, since a lot of taxpayer money went into the facility. She added that Vale should be recognized for their contribution, but that recognition shouldn’t be more than their name on a boardroom or other room inside the facility.
Councillor Dennis Foley also spoke against the resolution, saying that he had thought long and hard about it, and had decided that he believes the name should be the Thompson Regional Community Centre. After a lengthy debate, Foley put forward a motion to table the discussion so the proper information could be given to all councilors. His motion was defeated.
Councillor Wong also spoke against the resolution, saying that the name change to the Vale Regional Community Centre was illegal.
The resolution was defeated, as the vote was 4-4 and a majority is needed to pass a resolution. Councilors Byer, Ellis, Smook and Deputy Mayor Valentino voted in favour, while Councilors Foley, Wong, Matechuk and Kolada voted against.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino was sitting in the Mayor’s seat for the vote, as Mayor Fenske had recused himself due to conflict of interest.
Thompson RCMP have laid charges against a lawyer.
Crown attorney Elizabeth Patts, also known as Elizabeth Laite, has been charged with public mischief, stemming from an alleged incident that she reported near Norway House back in April.
The 53 year old was served a summons to appear in court in Norway House in October.
Thompson City Council met last night for the first time since August 14th.
The meeting started out much the same as the last meeting, with four certificates of appreciation being handed out to individuals.
The agenda also included a letter from Minister Stefanson regarding the City’s request for provincial funding for the CSO program. Stefanson said that she was currently assessing the program’s impact on public safety and policing resources.
The City also received a letter from Minister Eileen Clarke. The letter informed the City that the land the new water treatment plant is on has officially become a part of the City of Thompson, rather than the Local Government District of Mystery Lake.
The next meeting of council will take place on September 18th.
The missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls Manitoba coalition will be hosting a meeting tomorrow evening in Winnipeg.
The meeting will take place from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Ma Mama Wi Chi Itata Centre, located at 445 King Street.
The meeting is to discuss issues related to the inquiry and as preparation for the scheduled hearings in Winnipeg the week of October 16th.
For those unable to attend in person, there is an option to attend by teleconference. To join in on the call, you should call 888-291-1036. The phone call can be found in conference call room #100, and the user access code is 1234.
Those attending in person are asked to RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.
The Thompson Chamber of Commerce biweekly lunch meeting is taking place tomorrow.
Their guest will be Heather Steinhoff from Service Canada.
Steinhoff will be discussing old age security and supplement.
The meeting will start at noon in the conference room at the Meridian Hotel.
City Council will resume their bi-weekly meetings tonight.
The agenda for this evening includes three letters from Provincial Ministers, and five resolutions, including an agreement for the naming of the Thompson Regional Community Centre.
Councillor Colleen Smook spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that since they’re just getting back into the swing of things after the summer, nothing on the agenda should be controversial.
She added that it’s nice to see the public come out to attend the meetings, as in the past the gallery has been mostly empty.
The meeting will get underway this evening at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.
The complete agenda for the meeting can be found at Thompson.ca
The first three days of hearings in Winnipeg for the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls wrapped up late last week.
Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said that they came to Winnipeg to open a space where they could learn more about indigenous laws, because there are many that they don’t know yet.
The inquiry heard from six experts on Indigenous law and decolonization as a part of their information gathering process leading up to the fall community hearings.
The hearings were held at the Human Rights Museum, which some are calling a controversial location as the museum doesn’t use the word genocide when talking about the treatment of Indigenous Peoples by the Canadian government.
The next national hearing will be in Montreal on October 2nd, with a community hearing being held in Winnipeg the week of October 16th.
The Boys and Girls Club here in Thompson will be closed next week.
Executive director Regina DaSilva-Gibbons joined Jason Sonser on 102.9 CHTM late last week to explain that participation in programs during the first week of school is, for the most part, quite low.
She added that they will be using the time to have three full staff training days, which will help maintain standards for the club. DaSilva-Gibbons added that the training is also needed as there is a lot of turnover.
The club will resume all regularly scheduled programming starting on September 11th.
Last weekend, Thompson R.C.M.P. laid charges in 2 separate impaired driving incidents.
One male was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle over .08 resulting in a blood alcohol reading of twice the legal limit. He was also charged with driving an unregistered vehicle, having open liquor in a vehicle and driving without vehicle liability insurance.
In a separate incident, police responded to a construction zone Saturday morning where a male drove through a barricade, challenged the workers to a fight, and then drove away.
Police located and observed the vehicle travelling at high speeds through a residential area. He stopped and fled from police on foot.
The driver was charged with numerous charges, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, mischief under $5,000.00, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and having open liquor in a vehicle. 9 tickets were also issued.
Both are set to appear in Provincial Court next month.
City Council passed a resolution Monday evening to approve the installation of service connections on Brandon Crescent as a part of the City of Thompson Phase 2 Watermain renewal.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino spoke out in support of the resolution, saying that it was a smart thing to do
She said the area was designated as part of the paving program, but that it makes more sense to do the watermain work that needs to be done first, so that they don’t pave the road then rip it up to do the work.
She added that it’s good that the City has contingency money so they don’t have to go looking for funding elsewhere.
The recommendation from City administration is to defer the paving until next year.
Water will be shut off across the whole city starting at 10:00pm tonight.
The shut-off is taking place so that upgrades can be made to the water system.
The city expects water to be fully restored by 5:00am tomorrow, though it could be longer if any complications arise.
Following the restoration of water, there will be a boil water advisory in affect across the city until water safety levels are restored.
Anyone with questions is asked to call the city of Thompson at 677-7910 or the office of drinking water at 677-6704.
RCMP in Cross Lake have made a drug bust for the second time in less than a week.
Last Saturday evening, RCMP in Cross Lake conducted a traffic stop after spotting a quad with two occupants being driven erratically through the community. The occupants were not wearing helmets and not obeying road safety signs.
The 33-year-old driver, a resident of Cross Lake, was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
A further search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 42 grams of cocaine and a sum of Canadian Currency. Police also seized a case of beer from the quad.
The accused is facing charges of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and Resisting Arrest.
He was released on a Promise to Appear and will appear in court at a later date.
City council met last night for the only time in the month of August.
The meeting started out with three certificates of achievement presented to an individual and two businesses. They were handed out to the Thompson branch of the Assiniboine Credit Union in recognition for being awarded the 2017 National Credit Union award for social responsibility as well as the Best Western and Thompsonite Breann Pagee.
Councillor Dennis Foley spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that things like that are his favourite part of being a city councillor.
He said that often times people can be so focused on the finances, by-laws and negative aspects of municipal politics, so it’s important to highlight the achievements of business and residents in the city.
Foley added that one of the highlights every year for him has been the Volunteer of the Year awards, as they highlight all of the good going on in Thompson by Thomponsites.
The meeting also included letters from Eileen Clarke, the Manitoba Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations. The letters formalized funding from the province for work here in Thompson, including $400,000.00 which has gone towards the Selkirk road work.
Council will resume their bi-weekly meetings following their next meeting on September 5th.
Following an incident last week, the City of Thompson is reminding residents not to throw rocks at buses, cars, taxis or any vehicle.
If you are caught in the act, the penalty ranges from fines to prison time depending on whether or not people are injured.
Parents are encouraged to be aware of their childrens’ whereabouts and activities and to remind them to respect the property of others.
Taxi Cabs here in the city were pulled off the road late last week after some vehicles were damaged due to stones being thrown by minors. The incidents, for the most part, have been isolated to the Eastwood area, near the Highland Towers.
Anyone who witnesses any dangerous behaviour throughout the city should call the RCMP Thompson detachment at 204.677.6909 or 204.677.6911 if it is an emergency.
While there are a number of wildfires burning across the province, Gary Friesen, the manager of the wildfire program for Manitoba Sustainable Development, says that Thompsonites have nothing to worry about.
He said that while there are a large number of fires burning across the province, there are not any in the Thompson area and that Thompsonites shouldn’t feel concerned.
Friesen added that the haze in the city is from fires in British Colombia, the Northwest Territories and north-west Manitoba, and that the conditions should improve here in Thompson as they improve out west.
Thompson City Council will meet tonight for the only time in August, and the first time since July 17th.
Councillor Colleen Smook spoke to 102.9 CHTM and said that this meeting will have a positive note. The meeting will start out with the city, and council, recognizing Breann Pagee, the Thompson branch of the Assiniboine Credit Union, and the Thompson Best Western hotel with certificates of appreciation.
Smook added that she doesn’t expect the meeting to be long, as there are no major by-laws or resolutions on the agenda.
The full agenda for the meeting is available to the public, and can be found either online at Thompson.ca or can be picked up by visiting City Hall during business hours.
The meeting will start at 7:00pm upstairs in council chambers at City Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. Council will resume bi-weekly meetings in September, starting on September 5th.
Thompson RCMP are asking for the publics’ assistance.
Late Friday evening, Thompson R.C.M.P. received a report of a possible attempted abduction of two young girls.
The girls, ages 7 and 8, were at the Rotary Park on Deerwood Drive when a masked suspect exited a vehicle and approached them while they were on the swing set. The masked suspect then attempted to pull the girls off the swings. An unknown female that was driving by witnessed what was occurring and stopped to offer her assistance. The suspect fled the area in a pickup truck, possibly a blue Dodge Ram.
The girls were unharmed.
The witness who stopped the possible abduction attempt then helped them get their bicycles and stood watch as they safely made it back home but did not stay to speak with police. The R.C.M.P. would like to speak with this female witness. It is believed that she was driving a dark coloured Jeep and had a dog with her.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, have any information, or any residence in the area of the Rotary Park on Deerwood Drive that may have video surveillance, are asked to contact Thompson R.C.M.P. at 204.677.6909.
RCMP in Cross Lake have seized drugs and alcohol following a traffic stop in the community.
The Mounties searched the stopped vehicle and found one hundred and 54 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, 52 Tylenol three tablets and eleven bottles of liquor.
Garrett Ross (18), Tamar Thomas (25), Shannah Scott (27) and Dolores Thomas (50) have been charged each with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of property obtained by crime.
The four are being held in custody and are to appear in provincial court here in Thompson. The investigation is still ongoing.
The RCMP said that those who produce and traffic illicit drugs destroy lives, homes and communities, and that the RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent.
If anyone has any information regarding drugs or any other criminal activity, please contact the RCMP or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).
The Thompson Chamber of Commerce will be holding their bi-weekly lunch meeting today in the conference room at the Meridian Hotel.
The guest for the meeting is AuroraFest co-chair Hugh Fraser, who will be talking about the upcoming AuroraFest 150.
The meeting will get underway at 12:00pm.
The mission of the Chamber is to promote and improve trade, commerce and the economic well being in the city of Thompson and its trading area.
Premier Brian Pallister recently announced that the province is investing in Norway House.
Premier Pallister was recently in the community, and announced that a new cable ferry will soon be in operation, which will ensure safe and reliable access to Norway House.
He also announced that the province will be resurfacing a portion of PR 373, and that the province will be spending an additional $2,000,000.00 in 2018-19 to improve traffic signals and crosswalks at Rossville on PR 373.
Pallister said that the provincial government is committed to strategic infrastructure investments that directly support economic growth while enhancing access to northern communities. He added that the investment in a new cable ferry and the resurfacing of PR 373 are vitally important to the health, culture and economic prosperity of the people living in and visiting the region.
The announcements were made alongside Norway House Cree Nation Chief Ron Evans and the mayor of Norway House, Cristo Spiess, during Treaty and York Boat Days.
Photo courtesy of CBC
Police in Thunder Bay say they're looking for a woman from Thompson who has been reported missing.
Police say 37-year-old Amy Trout was last seen in Thunder Bay while she was visiting from Thompson.
Police described her as being Indigenous and about five-feet-two-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with long brown hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.
A new coalition in the province is arguing that carbon pricing is essential in the fight against climate change.
The Manitoba Carbon Pricing Coalition (M.C.P.C.) officially launched yesterday morning on the steps of the Legislature in Winnipeg and plan to push the Pallister government to put a price on carbon. The group is made up of climate change activists and public policy experts from groups such as the Green Action Centre and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
The group was launched less than a month after the Manitobans Against Carbon Taxes Coalition (M.A.C.T.C.) was founded. The M.A.C.T.C. is made up of members from the Canadian Wheat Growers Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The group believes that any sort of price on carbon will create strain on the economy, which in turn will hurt businesses.
The M.C.P.C. argues their claim, saying that while it will create a pinch on the economy, that pinch will be a good thing since it will drive change.
Manitoba is one of the two provinces not to have a deal in place with Ottawa with regards to carbon and a recent poll says more than half of Manitobans are against any form of carbon pricing or taxation.
Photo courtesy of National Geographic
Mayor Dennis Fenske recently spoke to 102.9 CTHM about the Selkirk Drive construction project and said that even though it’s frustrating sometimes, construction is a good thing for Thompson.
He said that it shows that there is an investment in Thompson which means improvement for the community. He added that the project is going to cost between $1,500,000.00 and $3,000.000.00.
Fenske added that the City is asking for everyone’s patience while the construction is taking place, and to be safe as there are large construction vehicles moving around the area.
The Mayor gave an update on the work being done, saying that they’re finishing up excavating down a few feet, and that the next step is going to be to build the road back up. The final step will be for the asphalt company to come and surface the road.
Fenske added that Selkirk Drive should be done by next month, and next years’ work will be on Station Road from Mystery Lake to Nelson Road.
The Public Interest Law Centre is raising a red flag with regards to the new hike in hydro rates here in the province.
While the crown corporation says that the increase will only be a few extra dollars on every bill, the centre is saying it could be up to $15.00 more when winter comes here in the north.
Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Kelvin Shepherd said that the rate increase is to help cover the cost of new hydro projects and to help reduce debt. He added that the interim rate increase is about half the rate increase Hydro would have liked to seen.
Shepherd said that if there aren’t more rate hikes, Manitoba Hydro’s debt will continue to increase.
The centre says that the raise in price will impose a significant hardship on consumers, businesses, and especially consumers who are either on a fixed income or have no choice but to use more electricity in the winter.
Manitoba Hydro is proposing a 7.9% rate hike for next year.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce recently polled its members with regards to the ongoing situation with Omnitrax and the rail line connecting Churchill to the rest of the province.
Over half of the respondents said the rail should be fixed by both the federal and provincial governments, while a quarter said that the rail line and port should be bought by a new private investor.
A little over 15% said that Omnitrax should be held responsible for fixing the damaged line.
Last week, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President Chuck Davidson met with business owners and local government officials in Churchill to hear first-hand the challenges facing the community.
The Chamber has requested a meeting with Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen to discuss the creation of a fund that could be used to offset the increased costs business owners are experiencing in affected area.
The community has been without the rail line for over two months.
Photo courtesy of CBC
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen has announced appointments to the boards of Manitoba's five regional health authorities.
Appointed to the eleven member board in the Northern Health Region are June Chu from Wabowden, Angela Enright from Snow Lake and Mary Head from OCN.
Thompson City Councillor Judy Kolada was reappointed to the board.
Goertzen noted the regional health authority boards guide the important work of providing the right care, adding these new board members will help guide health care as they work to strengthen the system and improve access to consistent quality care across the province.
Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press
City Council received a letter recently from the provincial government with regards to the Thompson 2020 project that contained some very good news.
The letter, which was signed by the CEO of Manitoba Housing Steven Spry, says that on behalf of Manitoba Housing he is pleased to assign Harold Smith to work on the project. Smith is currently the executive director of Northern Housing Operations for Manitoba Housing.
This will cover up to 25% of Harold Smith’s time for up to one year, and any non-salary related costs associated with his participation in the project will be covered by Thompson 2020, and not Manitoba Housing. The assignment of his time is renewable upon the written agreement of Manitoba Housing and the City of Thompson.
Mayor Dennis Fenske said that while the letter is fantastic news, it’s more a matter of housekeeping. He said that the deal was already in place, but needed the paperwork to come through on both ends before it could be finalized.
Fenske added that this letter is an example of the Provincial Government’s commitment not only to Thompson 2020, but also to the City of Thompson.
Harold Smith is the assistant project manager for Thompson 2020.
Photo courtesy of Thompson Citizen
Premier Brian Pallister has announced that his Progressive Conservative Government will be developing a new provincial mineral development protocol with First Nation communities. He says the protocol will enable them to establish a clear pathway forward on mineral development.
The process will be co-chaired by Chief Ron Evans from Norway House Cree Nation and Jim Downey, former Manitoba Deputy Premier. The two will engage First Nations communities that have immediate or potential mineral development opportunities and are interested in participating.
The new protocol will define how consultations will occur during phases of mineral development including grassroots exploration, mechanized disturbance, advanced exploration and mine development.
Pallister added it will also provide mineral exploration and mining industries with a clear understanding of the requirements and processes for mineral development projects in indigenous territories.
Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba NDP leadership hopeful Wab Kinew has received another endorsement, this time from former NDP minister of labour Erna Braun.
Braun joins Becky Barrett and Nancy Allen as the third former labour minister to back Kinew for the top job.
Braun said in a release that Wab is the leader we need to represent NDP values today. She added that working with families needs their support, and Kinew has the full support of the labour movement. She added that he (Kinew) is uniting party elders while bringing in the next generation of thinkers and organizers and that he will make an excellent leader and an outstanding Premier.
Manitoba’s largest private-sector union also announced that they are throwing their support behind Kinew.
UFCW local 832 represents over 19,000 people across a variety of industries including retail, food processing, hospitality, security, industrial, support centres and healthcare.
Jeff Traeger, president of the union, says that they clearly see that Wab is the best choice to renew the NDP. He added that Kinew is dedicated, driven and is willing to fight for positive change for all Manitobans.
Barrett said that labour is under attack by the Pallister government, and that the labour movements’ message to New Democrats is clear: if you want to help us resist Pallister, support Wab. She added that the party needs a leader with integrity and passion for the future, and that Wab is that man.
Kinew said that with the support of the unions, the NDP will bring the party together to focus on righting the wrongs of this Conservative government, and bring Manitobans together to fight for stronger families, and better opportunities for every kid wanting to build a brighter future.
He also added that he is honoured to have the support of those on the front lines of the labour movement, and long-time leaders like Erna.
City Council approved the recommendation of the purchasing agent to award the purchase of two new trucks at the last meeting of council.
This resolution brought forward a now old debate – two wheel drive or four wheel drive. Surprisingly though, this was not the most discussed resolution at council.
Councilor Duncan Wong once again found himself on the other side of a debate from the Mayor (and most of his fellow councillors), saying that to him it seems hypocritical that council would want the city to own 2WD trucks when they all own 4WD. He added that that it makes sense to him for the city to buy four wheel drives with a switch that turns them into two wheel drives, but that the city doesn’t need to be buying as many trucks as they are.
Mayor Fenske responded to the comments made by Wong about the City buying more trucks, saying that they are following the policy in place, which is to have the new trucks replace old ones in the city’s fleet, and to have the old ones sold at auction.
Fenske added that the city does have four wheel drive trucks in the city fleet for the fire and emergency services. He also said that a statement made in council that the City would come to a stop if we had a significant snowfall (like we had this past March) is factually untrue, as only a small portion of the work force would be using the vehicles and be affected.
The resolution, which passed 6-3, was a recorded vote at the request of Councillor Wong. Voting in favour of the resolution was Mayor Fenske, Deputy Mayor Valentino, Councillor Smook, Councillor Foley, Councillor Ellis and Councillor Byer. Councillor Kolada, Councillor Wong and Councillor Matechuk all voted against the resolution.
The recommended tender is from Rock Country G.M., and is for two new ½ ton regular cab 2WD 2018 Chevy Silverado’s at a total cost of $58,937.98.
The Health Products Stewardship Association (H.P.S.A.) is targeting expired or unused medications for aches and pains long forgotten.
A survey conducted by the H.P.S.A. shows 24% of Manitobans have unwanted or expired medications and of those who disposed of them 56% used their Take Back Program and returned them to their community pharmacy.
However 32% admitted they threw medications in the garbage and 11% reported they disposed of them in a sink or toilet which means more work needs to be done to keep these products out of landfills and local water sources.
The H.P.S.A. says the service is free and returning medication to a pharmacy ensures these products are disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
They report last year 15 tonnes of expired or unused medications were collected and safely disposed of through the Manitoba Medications Return Program.
In Thompson, medication can be returned to Shoppers Drug Mart, the Wal-Mart Pharmacy, and the Safeway Pharmacy.
On July 25 Swan River RCMP received a report that a 17-year-old male from Split Lake, Manitoba was missing from Steeprock Bible Camp near Lake Winnipegosis.
The male was seen swimming out to a floating dock, but he disappeared and witnesses did not see him resurface.
RCMP officers immediately attended, spoke with witnesses and called in Sustainable Development, who had a boat in the area, to search the water for the male.
The body of the 17 year old was found late last week by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, with assistance from Sustainable Development
The 2016 Crime Severity Index (C.S.I.) from Statistics Canada has been released, and Thompson finds itself in the top three.
Thompson places second in overall crime (with a score of 284.3), first in violent crime (index score of 414.95), and third in non-violent crime (score of 236.17). North Battleford was first in overall crime.
Councillor Blake Ellis, the chair of the public safety committee, said in a release that we cannot accept the increase as business as usual and that public safety continues to be a top priority for the city.
Mayor Fenske said that they don’t believe that the stated increase is an accurate reflection of the day-to-day safety of Thompson as whole.
He added that the C.S.I. uses census numbers in comparing a city’s population to the crime stats, a number which multiple city officials have disputed as a poor reflection of the population that Thompson serves.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is going to have to decide whether or not an environmental assessment is required for the proposed Lynn Lake gold project.
They are looking for comments from the public and indigenous groups on the project and its affect on the environment.
Alamos Gold has proposed the construction, operation, decommissioning and reclamation of an open pit gold mine and new metal mill near the town of Lynn Lake.
The project would involve the redevelopment of two historic gold mines; the Gordon and MacLellan sites. The new project would include new mine infrastructure, open pits and an access road.
The Prime Minister will be making an official visit to Manitoba this week, but won’t be stopping in Churchill.
Justin Trudeau will be in Winnipeg for the 2017 Canada Games, but despite from multiple requests from the Mayor of Churchill, won’t be visiting the remote community which has been without their rail line for over two months.
The federal government as a whole has also remained quite on the topic, despite multiple letters from Premier Pallister asking for support.
The Prime Ministers’ office responded to questions about the community by saying that it is looking for everyone to accept responsibility, including the province and Omnitrax. A spokesperson from the P-M’s office said that if Omnitrax doesn’t meet its obligations then the federal government will look at other options to making sure residents of Churchill get the food and other supplies they need.
Omnitrax recently announced that they will not be paying the cost to repair the rail line.
Photo courtesy of Maclean’s Magazine
The NDP are calling on the Pallister government to make an abortion pill available to women across Manitoba, free of charge.
The pill, which is free in four provinces across the country, is currently only available in Winnipeg and costs over three hundred dollars.
Opposition MLA Nahanni Fontaine said that Manitoba has been a leader in keeping essential medicines accessible and affordable for patients in the province, and that women have a right to have full control over their reproductive health, which includes access to the abortion pill.
The four provinces which currently provide the pill free of charge are Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Quebec.
Churchill Mayor Michael Spence said in a recent release that to his knowledge, Ottawa and the province have not sat down together to discuss the situation since the rail line flooded almost two months ago.
He added that he can’t understand why the Premier isn’t able to get his ministers to sit down with their federal counterparts, and that provincial government seems to have abandoned their plan to ship propane this winter.
The town of Churchill is saying that the current situation with the Omnitrax and the rail line connecting the remote northern community shows a lack of leadership in both the provincial and federal government.
Mayor Spence said that Omnitrax has said it can repair the rail in 60 days, and KRC could do repair it sooner. He added that the province is not showing leadership and that means more losses will come to Northern Manitoba.
The provincial New Democrats will be hosting what they're calling a leadership forum in Thompson this evening.
Manitoba NDP president David Woodbury spoke to 102.9 CHTM and sand that the forums, which are debates, are taking place across the province in the lead-up to their leadership race in the fall.
Previous stops on the circuit included Brandon and Gimli, with a stop coming in Winnipeg after tonight.
Both leadership candidates, Wab Kinew and Steve Ashton, will be in attendance.
The event gives both candidates the chance to share their view for the party (and province), debate points with one another, and answer questions.
Woodbury said that the event is for more than just party members, and that he hopes anyone with an interest in what's going on in Manitoba will come out.
The forum will take place at the V.R.C.C. starting at 7:00pm.
At city council last Monday, the meeting starting on a very happy note as Mayor Fenske and the rest of council acknowledged two young Thompsonites for the national and provincial awards they received.
Ellie Winship and Larissa Einarson were presented with certificates from the city and got their pictures taken with the Mayor before council got down to business.
Ellie was the recipient of the Girl Guides of Canada National Girl Greatness award, while Larissa was one of the recipients of the 2017 Premier's Healthy Living Award for Youth.
Mayor Fenske commented afterwards that moments like that are his favourite part of the job.
Thompson will be getting an internet and TV upgrade in the near future.
At city council this past Monday, council unanimously approved the resolution for BellMTS to install fiber optic cables here in the city.
At the previous meeting on June 19, council approved a similar resolution for Shaw.
The new cables will allow the telecommunication giants to offer expanded TV service and faster internet.
The resolution passed at council this past Monday for Bell-MTS states that the work be kept a minimum of three meters from the city's underground infrastructure and that any damage caused by BellMTS will be fixed quickly at their expense.
Thompson City Council will meet tonight for the first time since June 19th.
The agenda for the meeting includes letters from Minister Friesen and the C.E.O. of Manitoba Housing, as well as resolutions to approve the tabulation for lighting upgrades for the G.B. Arena and to approve the accommodation tax distribution.
The full agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found online at Thompson.ca. You can also pick up a hard copy of the agenda by visit City Hall.
The meeting will start at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Everyone is welcome, and encouraged, to attend.
The Thompson Community Foundation presented the 2017 Troy Anand Fund earlier today to the Sikh Society of Thompson.
The Thompson Community Foundation is an evergreen fund that hands out the interest from the fund to other organizations within Thompson.
The cheque awarded was for $600.00.
The Troy Anand Fund is awarded yearly to a recipient chosen by Dolly Anand.
The 2017 Troy Anand Scholarship has been awarded to Rachelle Halls, a recent graduate of R-D Parker Collegiate.
Rachelle will be attending University College of the North in the fall and plans to become a teacher. She is spending her summer working in the MKO office.
The scholarship is awarded yearly in memory of Troy Anand, a local entrepreneur who was very active in making Thompson a better place to live.
Today’s meeting of the chamber of commerce will be members only.
Chamber members will have a chance to talk about the impact of Vale’s downsizing, which starts in October and continues into 2018, as well as the Thompson 2020 project, which aims to mitigate the impact.
Tim Gibson and Harold Smith, the project managers for the Thompson 2020 project were guests of the Chamber at the meeting back on June 14th, where the two fully introduced the project to everyone in attendance.
All members are invited to come to the meeting to voice their concerns and opinions, which will form the basis for a dialogue between the Chamber and the City.
The meeting is taking place at 12:00pm in the conference room of the Meridian Hotel.
One of the commissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indeigenous Women and Girls has resigned. Poitras’ decision comes quickly after Michele Moreau, the inquiries executive director, also resigned her post.
The announcement came this morning from Ottawa that Marilyn Poitras had tendered her resignation, saying that she is unable to do her job with the currently level of scrutiny. Poitras is the fifth high ranking member of the inquiry to resign in the past month.
Poitras was selected for the position last summer along with three others, including chief commissioner Marion Buller.
The Federal government has set aside almost $60,000,000.00 and two years for the inquiry, though Buller says more time and money will be required.
MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson called for the resignation of Buller one week ago in an interview with CBC, saying that the inquiry needs a reboot
There is an ongoing search for a missing Thompson resident.
40-year-old Bradley Johnson was last seen in the early hours of July 1st near the best western in Thompson.
Later that morning, Thompson RCMP were notified of an abandoned vehicle parked near the Miles Hart Bridge over the Burntwood River.
Some items belonging to Bradley Johnson were located on the bridge.
Police Dog Services attended the scene, but a thorough search did not turn up any further evidence.
Anyone with information should contact Thompson RCMP at 677-6909 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
An eight point four million dollar project here in Thompson is now complete.
Manitoba families minister Scott Fielding was in Thompson last week for the official soil turning for the Lions Manor 55 Seniors’ building project, and took the time to announce that the affordable housing project on Cambridge Street is now complete.
Fielding said that “This investment reflects our government’s commitments to families in northern Manitoba and to improve the supply and quality of affordable housing throughout the province,” and added that “the goal is to get families into safe, secure homes and we are certain this new option will be a welcome addition to the region.”
The 24 units, which are being managed by the Keewatin Housing Association (K.H.A.I.), had their first residents move in last October. K.H.A.I. CEO George Neepin said that the organization is pleased to have 24 new units come to Thompson and the north, and to house 24 more Indigenous families.
The K.H.A.I. was established in 1983 by the Keewatin Tribal Council, and operates more than 100 rental units in Thompson. They aim to provide housing that improves the quality of life for urban Indigenous families.
The Thompson R.C.M.P. detachment was extremely active over the weekend, responding to around 140 calls for service. Two children under 12 years of age were found responsible for mischief to a local business, and 15 youth were reported missing, though all returned or were located. Officers also charged a twenty year old with impaired operation of a motor vehicle. He is set to appear in provincial court in August.
Other police activity in Northern Manitoba over the weekend included The Pas traffic services pulling over a vehicle travelling at 186km per hour on Hwy 39 near Snow Lake. The male driver from B.C. was charged with speeding and received an $1176.00 fine. In addition to the speeding charge, he was charged under the criminal code for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and possession of under 30 grams of cannabis under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. The passenger was charged for possession of methamphetamine under the CDSA
The numbers are in, and the city of Thompson paid out over $2,000.00 during clean community month for bags of garbage collected by Thompsonites.
Over 400 bags were collected on June 10th, clean community day, for a total payout of just over $1,200.00. Another $975.00 was paid out for 325 bags picked up for the rest of the month.
The city waived residential tipping fees at the landfill from June 5th through the 10th, and Thompsonites took advantage. Over $10,000.00 worth of waste disposal fees were waived, and extra city staff had to be brought in to handle the crowds, which cost the city just over two grand.
Mayor Dennis Fenske said in a news release that the City of Thompson is proud to have residents that take such pride in the community and that the city is grateful for the help they get every year.
The shovels are now officially in the ground for the new waste water treatment plant. The new plant, which is being constructed at the end of Nelson Road, is replacing the current waste water plant and sewage lagoon, which have been in place since 1958 and 1970 respectively.
The new facility will be equipped to serve a population of 15,000 residents, with the ability to accommodate facility expansions in the event of a population increase.
Construction will include a new lift station on Cree Road, a new sanitary force main connecting the lift station to the plant, and the decommissioning of the old plant. The project expected to cost over $30,000,000.00 and take around two years to build. The cost is being split between the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.
The City says that once the project is complete, residents can expect a significant reduction in the smell of sewage being emitted from both the waste water treatment plant and its associated lift stations. Mayor Dennis Fenske said that with the new plant, the City of Thompson is taking steps to secure the future health of our community, not only for the residents, but also for the environment.
The bi-weekly lunch meeting of the Thompson Chamber of Commerce will take place today.
The meeting will feature Councillor Dennis Foley, who will be talking about the off-road park located to the south of Thompson and why it’s important for the community.
Councillor Foley, who serves as the president of the Northern Manitoba Off-Road Association, recently gave a presentation at the V.R.C.C. in an attempt to start a motocross club here in the city. At the meeting, Foley said that one of the main reasons that the park is important is to provide outdoor enthusiasts a safe place to enjoy their vehicles without doing so on city streets.
One of the other reasons Foley says both motocross club and off-road park are important is that the space could be used as a tourist attraction, as the land could be used for many different events, such as potentially hosting a music festival without worrying about noise complaints or mud runs.
The Chamber of Commerce meeting starts at 12:00pm in the conference room at the Meridian Hotel.
Registration for the July summer reading program at the Thompson Public Library closes Friday.
The theme for this year is Canada 150, and the July session will focus on eastern provinces. The July summer reading program runs from the 11th until the 15th at 2:00pm daily, and will focus on a different province every day.
For more information, you can contact the library by calling 1.204.677.3717.
Registration for the summer reading challenge also closes on Friday. The challenge is also running a “Canada 150” theme.
There will be a meeting of the trustees for the School District of Mystery Lake tonight at 7:00pm. The meeting will be at the school board office on Thompson Drive beside the Giant Tiger Mall, and will be the last meeting for the 2016-2017 school year.
The meeting will include a presentation by Hugh Fraser and Volker Beckman about Aurora Fest, as well as a presentation from Bella Moose, the winner of CBC Kids “Prime Minister for a Day” contest.
The agenda also includes the secretary-treasurers report and a piece of correspondence from the Manitoba School Boards Association. Other items on the agenda are an invitation to attend the fourth annual northern health summit, and the second and third readings of a procedural by-law
City crews are working hard to get the roads around Thompson clean, but there have been delays.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino spoke to 102.9 CHTM late last week during City Beat, and said that the street sweeping has been slowed down, as one of the two crews has been re-tasked to deal with pot-holes.
She said that even if both crews were focused solely on the street sweeping, it would still be a lengthy process.
Valentino added that crews will continue to paint intersections as long as the weather permits, and that the provincial contractors are supposed to be here later in the summer to paint the road lines.
Mayor Dennis Fenske and City Manager Gary Ceppetelli are in Winnipeg today as representatives of the city at the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Look North MBiz breakfast meeting.
The meeting will feature a presentation by Chuck Davidson and Chief Christian Sinclair, the co-chairs of the Look North strategy.
The presentation will include findings from the Look North summits which took place in three different northern communities earlier in the year.
After the breakfast meeting, the Mayor and City manager will be meeting with various provincial ministers.
The trip was approved by city council 8-1 Monday evening, where Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino said that this was an important event for the city to be at.
McLean Park will be getting a new canopy for the stage.
City Council voted seven-two on Monday evening to approve the reallocation of $32,600.00 from the air conditioning capital project for the McLean Park redevelopment.
The city had originally budgeted $50,400.00 for the project, so council had to approve the reallocation of $32,600.00 dollars from the air conditioning capital project. $6,400.00 of the original budget for the project is a grant from the Manitoba Community Places program.
Councillor Byer was one of the councilors’ to voice her support for the resolution, as McLean Park is well-used, and this would make it even more attractive.
Councillor Kolada also voiced her support of the project, saying that while the city has previously sunk a lot of money into the project, she believes A&B builders will do the job correctly.
Councillors Foley, Smook, Ellis, Byer, Kolada, Deputy Mayor Valentino and Mayor Fenske voted in support, while Councillors Wong and Matechuk voted against.
The vote was recorded at the request of Councillor Wong.
(Pictured is a sketch of the proposed canopy design)
City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Thompson 2020 mast project charter at the regular meeting of city council Monday evening.
The project is a combined effort by the City of Thompson, the Province of Manitoba, Vale Canada, Service Canada, Community Futures North Central Development, Community Economic Development Fund, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, the Thompson Chamber of Commerce and Churchill Regional Economic Development to deal with Vale’s 2018 closure of the smelter and refinery in order to mitigate the economic impacts on the city.
The project will focus on four buckets; workforce utilization, retain and attract residents, business (re)development and infrastructure.
Creating meaningful opportunities for people affected by the smelter and refinery closures, as well as staff effected by the recent Birchtree announcement
Retain and Attract Residents:
Seeking new opportunities for residents of all ages in an attempt to keep them in the north.
Will provide the tools and environment for new and existing businesses to thrive in Thompson and the north, as most assets in the region have been underutilized.
Infrastructure (All-weather roads):
Will push to initiate the construction of all-weather roads in the NorMan region, which will reduce the cost of goods and further solidify Thompson as a regional hub.
Mayor Dennis Fenske said in a release that as the new decade approaches the city will be faced with its greatest challenge yet. He added that prompt and deliberate action is needed to ensure that the city mitigates the impact on the workforce and residents and that Thompson 2020 will be the city’s compass.
Tim Gibson is spearheading the efforts as project manager, while Harold Smith is the assistant project manager.
Gibson is an industrial engineer by trade, and holds an MBA in natural resources, energy and economics, and a Master’s in project management. He has over 25 years in project management and sits on the board of directors for the Thompson Recycling Centre.
Harold Smith is a former city councilor and long-time resident of Thompson. He has extensive experience in public housing, project management and land claims implementation and negotiation.
There will be an open house in the V.R.C.C. multi-purpose room starting at 7:00pm to discuss the formation for a community motocross club.
The club would be focused around the off-road park, which is located to the south of Thompson. The proposed purpose of the club is to provide motosport enthusiasts with a safe and unobtrusive facility while enhancing the possibilities for skills and community development.
The meeting is being hosted by the City of Thompson, in partnership with the Northern Manitoba Off-Road Association (N.M.O.R.A.).
The City is encouraging all residents to come and discuss their concerns and desires for the future club and its role in the park. The City and the N.M.O.R.A. are also looking for potential active members who are willing to help make the club a reality.
Monday evening a letter was presented to city council requesting that Councillor Duncan Wong apologize for sexist remarks made at a previous council meeting.
Councillor Wong responded to the letter with a prepared statement, saying that the issue should have been solely brought to him instead of to council, and that he wouldn’t be apologizing. Councillor Wong added that the letter was a defamation of his character.
Councillor Dennis Foley responded to his remarks, saying that process was followed and that the letter did go to him directly. He said that the letter, which was dated May 30th, had been sent to all councilors and that Councillor Wong did have the opportunity to deal with the matter privately.
During his response to the letter, Councillor Wong brought up another letter, which was not included in the agenda for the council meeting, in which the YWCA Thompson board of directors requested that Councillor Judy Kolada not give greetings from the City of Thompson at the Women of Distinction dinner since she did not object to Councillor Wong’s remarks. Wong said that Councillor Kolada deserved an apology more than anyone else in this matter.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Valentino responded to those comments, saying that what happened with the YWCA Women of Distinction event was not in the letter before council, and it had nothing to do with what was being discussed. The Deputy Mayor also added that sometimes it’s the right move just to say “sorry” and that the grandstanding needs to stop.
Councillor Wong responded to the latter comment, saying that he’s been given the opportunity to grandstand thanks to the letter coming before council.
Multiple times throughout the meeting, Mayor Dennis Fenske had to restore order, as members of the public were being obstructive and interrupting the meeting.
After the meeting, some of Councillor Wong’s supporters were outside of City Hall yelling at the father of the person who wrote the letter and at those who voiced displeasure with the councilors’ original remarks.
Tomorrow is National Indigenous Day. The day will be marked here in Thompson, as it is every year, with a day-long celebration at McLean Park.
Festivities will get underway at 5:00am with a sunrise ceremony at city hall and will conclude with fireworks at night.
Most of the activities are taking place in the afternoon, starting with free hotdogs, starting around noon.
The events will be led by masters of ceremony Sylvia McKay (MKO) and Ken Bighetty (KTC).
Below is a full list of all activities taking place:
Pancakes & sausages
Start of children’s activities
Oh Canada (Wapanohk School)
Songs by Margaret Dumas
Opening prayer (Elder)
Opening remarks (MKO)
Mayor Dennis Fenske, City of Thompson
Kelly Bindle, Thompson MLA
Thompson Aboriginal Accord
Mathias & Marcel show featuring Trapper