The Thompson Local News

Red Nose Raises Just Under $2000 Over Weekend

It was another successful weekend for Operation Red Nose.


Local committee president Nelly Duarte spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that the free service provided 99 rides over the two day period, travelling 958km.


Duarte added that they collected $1959 in donations, which will go towards local youth organizations.


That’s an increase of almost $500 over last weekend’s totals.


Operation Red Nose will be in operation again this coming weekend, as well as on New Year’s Eve.


RCMP Investigating Homicide In The Pas

The Pas RCMP detachment, as well as Major Crime Services and Forensic Identification Services are investigating a homicide in The Pas.


Officers responded to a call reporting a body in the community hear the Hudbay Rail Station early Friday morning, and upon arrival the body of a deceased female was located.


The body has since been identified as Darcie Lynelle Hayden Muchikekwanape, a 15-year-old who was in CFS care.


Police are investigating the death as a homicide, and anyone with information is asked to call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Northern Manitoba To Retain Four Representatives In Next Election

The ridings won’t be the same the next time Manitobans go to the polls for a provincial election.


The Manitoba Electoral Boundaries Commission recently released their 2018 report, which has Winnipeg gaining one seat while rural areas lose one seat.


Despite originally proposing the combination of Flin Flon and The Pas into one riding, the new boundaries have the two communities remain in different ridings, though the boundaries will be changing.


The Thompson riding will be expanding in size considerably to include communities like Nelson House, Gillam, and Churchill.


The Commission says that the new boundaries divide the north into four electoral divisions that have better balanced populations, are similar in size and respect travel patterns as well as communities of interest.


The map of the full changes can be found below.




Ross To Step Down From Vale

There will be a new boss for Vale’s North Atlantic division, which includes Thompson, come January first.


Alistair Ross, who has been in charge of the newly-formed division, will be stepping down at the end of the year when his contract expires, while Mike McCann will be taking his place.


McCann has been with Vale in Sudbury for the past six years, and according to a memo from Vale, he has quote done a superb job leading processing operations across the North Atlantic and Asia, while delivering value projects and achieving production and safety improvements in a number of areas.


The Brazilian mining giant also announced that Gary Annett, who has been in Thompson in a temporary management position, will be replaced sometime next year.


Ashton: Federal Liberals Need To Stop Sitting On The Sidelines

2018 was a hard year for the Nor-Man region.


That’s the message Niki Ashton conveyed when she spoke in the House of Commons last week.


Ashton between job losses in Thompson, the Churchill rail line situation and underfunding for First Nations that people have had enough.


She said that it’s not just northern Manitoba, but a problem across the country while the government sits on the sidelines.


Ashton went on to say that the government is fighting people like postal workers rather than fighting for good jobs and buying a pipeline instead of fighting climate change.


She added that the Prime Minister needs to stop giving benefits to “his rich corporate friends”, and that Canadians deserve better in 2019.


First Retail Cannabis Store Opens In Thompson

You can now by recreational marijuana here in Thompson.


Wednesday marked the official grand opening of the Meta Cannabis Supply Company store, located at the Mystery Lake Hotel on the NCN urban reserve.


Meta Cannabis is the retail arm of National Access Cannabis, who currently operates six retail locations in Manitoba.


NCN Chief Marcel Moody said that the new store may bring some much needed economic development for the community, and that it is "a step for us to attain sovereignty".


Thompson Mayor Colleen Smook was officially the first customer of the new business, though Mayor Smook said that while she was the first customer, she has never tried marijuana and does not have any plans to do so.


Norway House RCMP Seize Cocaine, Crack Cocaine In Two Drug Busts

Six people are facing drug-related charges following two drug busts in Norway House.


The first search warrant was executed last Friday, resulting in the seizure of 85 grams of cocaine, cash, cell phones and drug paraphernalia.


The bust resulted in charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime being laid against 29-year-old Colin Gamblin of Norway House.


The second, which took place Monday, resulted in the officers taking 85 grams of crack cocaine and a large sum of cash.


Two males from Winnipeg, ages 18 and 20, have charges pending against them in relation.


Norway House RCMP say that the investigation is ongoing.


Atom "AA" Hockey Hosting Carol-Gram Fundraiser

A group of young local hockey players is hoping to raise some funds while spreading holiday cheer.


The Atom “AA” hockey program is offering a carol-gram service this Saturday from 4:00pm until 9:00pm.


For only $20 per visit, the athletes will come and sing for you, or even your Christmas party.


The carol-gram service is a fundraiser for their program


If you’d like more information or would like to pre-book a visit, you can call Dayna Waring at 204-679-2973 or email


Local Elementary Students Decorate Liquor Bags With Messages To Discourage Impaired Driving

If you’re planning on buying anything from the local Liquor Mart over the next few weeks you may notice that your bags are more colourful than they usually are.


Officers from the Thompson RCMP detachment took 1,000 blank liquor store bags to elementary school students, who will cover them with drawings, Christmas wishes and pleas to avoid driving impaired.


The bags will be returned to the store and used for purchases over the coming weeks.



RCMP Check 25 Vehicles In First Weekend Of Holiday Check Stop Program, Three Alcohol Related Charges Laid

It was a busy weekend for the RCMP here in Thompson.


December 7th through the 9th was the first weekend of their annual holiday check stop program, which resulted in 25 vehicles being checked here in Thompson.


There were three alcohol related charges stemming from the checks, including two for impaired driving. The third charge was for refusing to provide a breath sample to the police.


Officers charged two drivers with failure to wear a seatbelt ($298 fine), and issued many other offence notices including speeding, using a handheld device and driving an unregistered vehicle.


Constable Sandy Deibert, from the Thompson RCMP detachment, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that as we head into the holiday season everyone should plan ahead and make the decision not to drive while impaired.


Constable Deibert added that possible options for a safe ride home include a designated driver and Operation Red Nose.


Annual RCMP/ Thompson Fire & EMS Drive Fills Cruiser, Collects $715 For Salvation Army

The annual RCMP and Thompson Fire and Emergency Services toy drive was a success.


Roy Bladen, the ministry director for the Salvation Army in Thompson, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that three hour toy drive collected enough toys to stuff an RCMP cruiser in addition to $715.75 in cash donations.


The toys collected will go towards the 140 Christmas hampers that will be given out by the Salvation Army to the 1281 people registered, a number that includes 996 children .


The cash donations will join the other funds raised through the annual Christmas Kettle campaign, which is used entirely to fund the operation of the food bank.


Bladen said that as of Tuesday morning the kettle campaign had brought in $21,200, which is just under $14k short of their $35,000 goal.


If you’d like to make a donation you can call Bladen at 204-307-2193.



Thompson And North Central Manitoba Second Only To Winnipeg In Number Of Drowning Deaths

There were 162 water-related deaths in Manitoba from 2009 to 2015; 29 (18%) of which took place in the Thompson and north central census region.


That’s second only to Winnipeg, which experienced 20% (33) of the 162 deaths according to numbers from the Lifesaving Society of Manitoba.


The society also released figures from 2006 through 2015, which show that 14% of all 231 water-related deaths in Manitoba happen near Indigenous communities, and that most victims (20%) are between the ages of 20 and 29.


Of those 231, 71% (163) happened in a rural area, while only 29% (68) happened in an urban centre.


The data shows that 23.3% (54) of all water-related deaths (2006-2015) were the result non-boat related transportation incidents, while just 22.5% (52) were related to boating.


Kevin Tordiffe, the acting CEO of the Lifesaving Society Manitoba Branch, said in a statement that many of the transportation deaths came from vehicles going through the ice or off the road into water. He added that more work is needed in preventing those deaths.


To hear more about the statistics, tune in to for the first half of a two-part Thompson Today interview on 102.9 CHTM at 12:40pm and again at 5:10pm.


The second half will play tomorrow at the same times.





Operation Red Nose Raises Just Under $1500 Over Weekend

It was another successful weekend for Operation Red Nose.


Operation Red Nose had 13 volunteers give 52 rides on Friday night, while 12 volunteers gave 30 rides on Saturday night.


The free service collected $831 in donations Friday and $631 on Saturday.


School Board To Meet Tomorrow

The board of trustees for the School District of Mystery Lake will meet tomorrow night for the only time this month.


The agenda for the meeting includes a correspondence from the Turtle Mountain School Division about a pre-budget survey, and a field trip request for a history tour in 2020.


The meeting will also include a report from the secretary-treasurer, and correspondence from the Manitoba School Boards Association.


The meeting will also feature reports from various board committees, as well as both superintendents.


The meeting is scheduled to start at the school board office at 7:00pm and is open to the public.


The full agenda can be found here.


Lindsey Questions Pallister, Pedersen On Northern Issues

The opposition NDP are continuing to press the Pallister Government on the current and future job situation in the Nor-Man region.


In the Legislature last week, Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey said that northern Manitobans don’t know what this government is doing to grow the northern economy.


He said that the Premier has made it clear countless times that he knows job losses are coming and that he has know for a long.


Lindsey then asked when the Premier will “stop the evasions, take responsibility for helping northern Manitobans with a plan to grow the economy and maintain the services they need”.


Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pederson responded to Lindsey, saying that they are “ working very closely with the mining industry in the north as there is potential for discovery and they are working with communities to open those mines as well as working on a tourism strategy”. 


Lindsey then again asked when the minister will talk to northern Manitobans and give them a northern economic jobs plan.


Our Member of Parliament, Niki Ashton, raised similar concerns in the House of Commons calling on the Federal Liberals to do more about the job situation in northern Manitoba.



Pee Wee "A" King Miners, Air Cadets Among Groups To Receive ORN Funding

Operation Red Nose Thompson has announced five groups who will receive money from them this year.


Red Nose committee president Nelly Duarte spoke to Arctic Radio News this morning and announced five places where donations will be going this year; the Pee Wee “A” King Miners, Born to Dance, the Air Cadets, The Ma Mow We Tak Northern Circle of youth program and the TNT swim club.


Just because they’ve already started their seasonal service doesn’t mean it’s too late for you to volunteer with Operation Red Nose. Duarte said not only are volunteers still welcome, but that it’s actually a good way to meet new people.


If you’d like to volunteer, or find out more about Operation Red Nose, you can visit their page on Facebook and send them a message.


Operation Red Nose provides a safe ride home every Friday and Saturday night leading up to Christmas, as well as New Years Eve, between 9:00pm and 3:00am by dialing 204-778-8111.


City Council To Meet Monday, Vote On 17 Resolutions

Monday night is the last city council meeting before the new year, and it looks to be a busy one.


Council is set to vote on 17 resolutions, including one to approve the 2019 meeting schedule and several to appoint representatives to various committees.


Council members will also be voting on a resolution to approve the 2019 Fee and Fine Schedule, which if approved will increase most costs by 1.9%.


There is also set to be a report on the November cheque register, and a letter from Jeff Wharton, the Minister of Municipal Relations, about the Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act.


The meeting is set to start in council chambers at City Hall starting at 7:0pm, following a meeting of the Thompson Planning District.


The full agenda can be found here.



Mayor Says Final Council Seat Could Be Vacant Until February

A decision has been made that there will be a by-election to fill the eighth and final council seat; though it could be a while before the position is filled.


Mayor Colleen Smook told Arctic Radio News that while the decision to hold a by-election has been made, it could be a while before the position is filled.


She said that the City has to wait two weeks before the election is officially called, followed by a 30 day period to allow candidates to register. After that, there will be a 30 day campaign window before Thompsonites go to the polls.


At the end of the day, Smook said that it could be toward the end of February before the seat is finally filled.


The eighth council seat has been vacant since the October 25th election.


Toy / Food Drive To Support Local Salvation Army Taking Place Saturday

You can help those in need have a happy Christmas this weekend.


There is a toy drive taking place Saturday from 1:00pm until 4:00pm in the City Centre Mall parking lot in front of Wal Mart.


This is the third year that the Thompson RCMP detachment and Thompson Fire Department have hosted the drive, with all donations given to the Salvation Army locally.


Last year, the drive filled the RCMP van and the back of a truck with food and toys and collected just under $900 in cash.


To learn more about the drive, tune in to Thompson Today tomorrow afternoon at 12:40pm and again at 5:10pm.


RCMP Investigating Death Of St. Theresa Point Man

Island Lake RCMP are investigating following a death of a man from St. Theresa Point.


On the evening of November 29th, Mounties received a report of a 28-year-old man who had been transported to the nursing station with life-threatening injuries caused by an assault with a weapon.


The victim succumbed to his injures in Winnipeg two days later, and 28-year-old Cheryl Lynne Mason was arrested for manslaughter on December 1st.


Island Lake RCMP, as well as the RCMP Major Crime Unit, are still investigating.


Ashton: "Our region deserves better"

Local Memeber of Parliament Niki Ashton rose in the House of Commons during question period yesterday to address the job situation not only in northern Manitoba, but Canada as a whole.


The NDP MP said that this past week was particularly bad, as it saw the announcement from Hudbay that they might end their Flin Flon mining operations in 2021, as well as the closure of the GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario.


She went on to say that the response from both the Provincial and Federal governments has been “totally inadequate”.


Ashton added that while communities like Thompson and Flin Flon have been working hard to diversify and find other job opportunities there can be no doubt that the loss of jobs is devastating.


She concluded by saying that these are tough times for the north, and that the region “deserves better, and that the governments have to be engaged”.


237 Licences Suspended In First Month Under New Distracted Driving Rules

237 drivers here in Manitoba had their licence suspended in the month of November.


That’s following the introduction of new penalties for distracted driving on November first.


The commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP says that the new rules, which include an immediate roadside licence suspension and the possibility of a $672 fine, send a very clear message that distracted driving will not be tolerated.


According to Manitoba Public Insurance, distracted driving was a contributing factor in more than 15,000 collisions, while 30 people died in distracted-related motor vehicle collisions.


Stats Say Majority Of Tourists In Manitoba Are Locals

It turns out that only 15%of tourists that visit Manitoba are from outside of the province.


That’s according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, who says that Manitobans accounted for 85% of all tourists in the province, with visitors from other provinces coming in at 10%, American visitors at 4% and overseas visitors at just 1%.


Despite only accounting for 1% of all visitors, those from overseas accounted for $124M, or 8%, of all tourism revenue ($1.6B).


The announcement of Manitoba being named to the Lonely Planet’s list of best travel destinations in the world for 2019 was met with excitement from many people, including the Premier, though some travel experts are saying they can’t take credit for anything other than providing funding for tourism and economic development agencies.   


Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle told Arctic Radio News that there will soon be a “renewed tourism strategy” that will “form part of the new economic development plan to align the roles played by tourism organizations, enhance tourism attractions and experiences, and increase tourism visitation and spending”.


Tomorrow Marks National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Tomorrow is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.


The day was officially created in 1991 by Parliament to recognize those who lost their lives in the Montreal Massacre and today it gives all Canadians a chance to take action to reduce all forms of violence against women and girls.


The day is being marked here in Thompson from 12:00pm until 4:00pm in the TRCC. Some of the activities planned include a wall of remembrance, information displays, and a vigil to honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre (at 2:00pm).


In addition, there will also be a chance for everyone to take action by making a suggestion as to how violence against women and girls can be reduced.


The event is being put on by the YWCA Thompson, with their partners at the Thompson Crisis Centre and the University of Manitoba Northern Social Work Program.


If you’d like more information you can give Nina Cordell, the YWCA’s women’s programs coordinator, a call at 204-778-1209. Alternatively, you can visit the YWCA Thompson’s website or Facebook page.


2018 Manitoba Games Economic Impact Report Released

Over 13,000 took in the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games here in Thompson.


That’s according to an economic impact report, which was released earlier today.


The report also says that the total net economic activity from the games was $1.1M for Thompson, with $859,000 spent directly by out-of-town athletes, family members, spectators and other visitors to Thompson during the games.


Mayor Colleen Smook said that the boosts to local businesses and the many investments from Sport Manitoba were a huge benefit to Thompson, but that the chance to showcase the spirit of Thompson at its best might be the most important part of the Games experience.



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