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The Thompson Local News

New Rapid Access Clinic Opens In Thompson


The new Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinic is now open in Thompson. 

 

The facility is located in the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba’s Eaglewood site, and is designed to help patients navigate between addictions medicine specialists, primary care providers and community supports. 

 

Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle was in attendance at the grand opening, and said that the clinics provide assessment, counselling, prescribing the appropriate medication and connections for patients to community treatment and primary care physicians. 

 

Bindle added that the new Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine clinic is a key element in the provincial effort to help Manitobans who are seeking treatment for addictions or substance-related concerns. 

 

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living provided over $1.2M for the creation of the clinics, which were highlighted as a success model during extensive public consultations for the development of a provincial mental health and addictions strategy. 

 

There are currently three other clinics open across the province, with plans to open another in Selkirk later this year.

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Thompsonite Arrested For Driving Under The Influence Of Cannabis


It took just over 24 hours for Thompson to see its first arrest for driving while under the influence of cannabis. 

 

Thompson RCMP had a check-stop set up at the intersection of Cree Road and Deerwood Drive in the early hours of October 18th when officers witnessed an SUV headed for them make a sudden turn in the opposite direction. 

 

An officer was able to stop the vehicle, and noticed the odour of cannabis and signs that the driver was impaired.  

 

The 20-year-old, who admitted to using cannabis, has had his licence suspended.

 

Despite being arrested, charges cannot be laid until police receive the results of the tests.

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Ashton Calls On Ottawa To Launch Inquiry Into Death Of Abraham Donkey


The call for an inquiry into the death of NCN member Abraham Donkey has made its way to the House of Commons in Ottawa. 

 

During question period last week Niki Ashton told her colleagues that Donkey, a 58-year old heart patient, had died while on a bus headed to Winnipeg for an appointment ten days after receiving heart surgery.  

 

She said that both systemic racism and underfunding kill, and that Abraham’s family is seeking justice and wants to make sure this never happens again.

 

Ashton then called on Jane Philpott, the Minister of Indigenous Services, to meet with Donkey’s family and to investigate this quote inexcusable tragedy.  

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to Ashton’s question, saying that the Department of Indigenous Services is looking into the details of the matter.

 

He added that the tragedy confirms the need for improved health services designed, managed and delivered by and for Indigenous communities.

 

Trudeau said that that is something his government will continue to work towards. 

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Thompson RCMP Respond To Possible Shooting


Thompson RCMP responded to a possible shooting in the city overnight in the area of Quartz Street and Thompson Drive.

 

According to Constable Sandy Deibert, from the Thompson RCMP detachment, one male is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The investigation is ongoing, and police are asking residents to avoid the area at this time.

 

Constable Deibert said that there is no concern for public safety.

 

Information will be passed along as it becomes available.

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Cannabis In The Workplace Seminar Coming To Thompson


The Northern Manitoba Sector Council, along with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, are going to be offering a seminar on the legalization of recreational cannabis and the workplace here in Thompson. 

 

Jamie Grant, the executive director of the Northern Manitoba Sector Council, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that there are several questions about the anticipated impact on culture and safety in the workplace. 

 

She said that the event will cover topics like developing an effective drug use policy as well as how to identify someone under the influence. 

 

There will be two presenters, a lawyer from Taylor McCaffrey and an addictions and training specialist. Grant said that both are coming up from Winnipeg.  

 

The seminar is scheduled to take place in the TRCC multi-purpose room on November 2nd from 9:00am until 12:00pm. 

 

Space is limited, so if you’d like to attend you are asked to call either 204-677-6450 or 1-866-677-6450.

 

Alternatively, you can email th_reception@ucn.ca. 

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NDP Labour Critic Challenges Province On Workplace Health And Safety


Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey recently questioned the Pallister Government on safety in the workplace. 

 

He asked the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Blaine Pedersen, if he would reverse course and make investments to keep workers safe.

 

Lindsey said that the Province has cut the advisory council on workplace health and safety, and that workplace health and safety inspections have fallen by 60%. 

 

Minister Pederson responded to the question, saying that the government is targeting inspections against those who are most likely to have accidents.

 

He added that their system is “far better than trying to have as many inspections as possible with no real purpose.”

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NDP MP Says Stat Holiday To Remember Residential Schools Is Needed


Northern Quebec NDP MP Romeo Saganash says that he is hopeful that the Trudeau Government will follow through on creating a new statutory holiday to remember residential schools. 

 

Saganash spoke to Arctic Radio News during a recent visit to Thompson, and said that while he is hopeful that it will happen, the Liberals have a track record of not delivering on very important promises to Indigenous people. 

 

He said that as a former residential school attendee/ survivor, Canadians need the holiday to learn and educate themselves about residential schools. 

 

Reports came from Ottawa two months ago that a new stat holiday was in the works and would be announced shortly, but nothing has followed as of yet.

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Thompson Named Top-10 Destination In Expedia Survey


According to research done by a popular travel site, Thompson is one of the top ten destinations recommended by baby boomers. 

 

Expedia recently polled 1,000 Canadians on their top recommendations, and Thompson made the list at number nine, ahead of Hamilton, Ontario. 

 

According to the results, the Nor-Man region showed up on the survey multiple times, and when narrowing it down they quote couldn’t help but single out Thompson for its easy access to lakes and trails. 

 

Saint Thomas, Ontario came in at number one on the list, with White Rock, BC and Cavendish Beach, PEI claiming the second and third spots respectively. 

 

Thompson was one of three prairie cities to make the list, with Edmonton coming in at number four and Calgary number seven. 

 

Below is the full list in order. 

  • St. Thomas, Ontario 
  • White Rock, BC 
  • Cavendish Beach, PEI 
  • Edmonton, AB 
  • Cowichan Valley, BC 
  • Grand Manan Island, NB 
  • Calgary, AB 
  • Bonavista, NL 
  • Thompson, MB 
  • Hamilton, ON

 

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Bell MTS Phone Plans Being Phased Out


Bell has started to phase out MTS when it comes to mobile devices. 

 

Bell MTS spokesperson Andrew Parkinson says that customers will be switched over to a Bell Mobility plan come upgrade time, and that Bell MTS plans will not be available to them.  

 

He did not say when the changes came into effect, but did say that there are not currently changes to any other services such as home phone or internet. 

 

Parkinson said that even though upgrading customers will now fall under the umbrella of Bell Mobility, they will still be able to bundle their wireless service with existing Bell MTS services. 

 

He added that there are also no plans to change the recently-renamed home of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, Bell MTS Place. 

 

Bell bought MTS back in March of 2017 for $3.9B, and said at the time that they would maintain the then-offered wireless price plans for at least 12 months.

 

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Niki Ashton Celebrates 10 Years In Office


 It’s been just over ten years now since Niki Ashton was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Churchill - Keewatinook Aski.  

 

Ashton recently spoke to Arctic Radio News to reflect on a decade in office and said that it’s been a tremendous honour, and that she’s very proud to represent both her hometown of Thompson and all of northern Manitoba.  

 

She added that it’s been a privilege to work with inspiring northern and indigenous leaders, as well as community members and activists to address key challenges and bring to light opportunities in the region. 

 

Ashton said that there is still a lot of work left to do, and that she in many ways has become more idealistic over the years. 

 

If you’d like to hear from her on her time as an MP, as well as thoughts from both Ashton and northern Quebec NDP MP Romeo Saganash, tune in to Thompson Today on 102.9 CHTM tomorrow 12:40pm and 5:10pm for part one of a two-part interview

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Walmart Possibly Closed For Two Weeks


It may be a while before Walmart re-opens it’s doors. 

 

According to Anika Malik, the director of corporate affairs for Walmart in Canada, told Arctic Radio News that they quote roughly estimate a two week timeline to re-open. 

 

The retail giant’s Thompson location has been closed since October 12th, when embers from welding work ignited some clothing. 

 

According to Thompson Fire and EMS, who were called to the store around 4:00am last Friday, the smoke damage from the blaze was major.  

 

There were no employees or customers in the store at the time of the blaze, and Walmart says they will re-open after the necessary repairs are finished.  

 

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Renewed Calls For Changes To Patient Transport Program Following Death Of Heart Patient On Bus To Winnipeg


There is a renewed call for changes to be made to the Northern Patient Transfer Program following the death of a man earlier this month while en route to Winnipeg. 

 

58-year-old Abraham Donkey, from NCN, was travelling by bus to Winnipeg for a doctors appointment on October third when he became unresponsive and passed away when the bus was near Fairford. 

 

Ramona Neckoway, Donkey’s niece, said that she told workers at Thompson General a week before that trip that he should not be travelling alone, as well as the facts that his first language was not English and that he had a hard time hearing. 

 

She said that his request for an escort on the trip was denied, and that he wasn’t offered a flight to Winnipeg despite having recently had stents put in his heart. 

 

Neckoway added that a flight should have been the first choice, and that you don’t send a heart patient on a 10 hour bus ride. 

 

Cameron Friesen, the health minister for Manitoba, said that his department is reviewing the specifics of the case.

 

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Anne Frank Exhibit On Display At R.D.P.C.


The story of Anne Frank has come to R.D. Parker Collegiate.  

 

An exhibit detailing the life of the well-known Holocaust victim is now at the high school, and will be available for public viewing tomorrow night and next Wednesday night from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at R.D. Parker. 

 

Vice Principal Jeff French spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the exhibit features a 28-minute video, as well as a series of close to 40 panels that chronicle Frank’s life from birth until the time that the Allies liberated Europe. 

 

R.D. Parker student McKenna Brown, who is one of the student tour guides, added that there is also a display case of World War Two artifacts. The artifacts include two helmets (one from a Canadian soldier, one from a German SS soldier), a Mothers’ Cross, a tulip from the Netherlands and letters from Canadian soldiers. 

 

If you’d like to learn more about Anne Frank’s story, and the exhibit, tune in to Thompson Today on 102.9 CHTM tomorrow at 12:40pm and again at 5:10pm. 

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Library To Host "Speed Dating With The Candidates" Tomorrow


The Thompson Public Library is hosting a pre-election event tomorrow evening that is intended to give Thompsonites the chance to gain a very different perspective of those hoping to be elected.  

 

Cheryl Davies, from the Library, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that their speed dating with the candidate’s event will run tomorrow evening from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at the Thompson Public Library.  

 

She said that 25 of the 34 candidates running for office will be in attendance, and that each one will be at their own table. Those who attend the event will get between two and three minutes with each candidate, giving the opportunity to engage those who want their votes. 

 

Davies says that the event is an opportunity for transparency, and hopes that it will help voters make up their minds for who they want to represent them over the next four years.

 

The final pre-election event is slated for Wednesday, as the Ma Mow We Tak Friendship Centre will host a mayoral candidates forum starting at 7:00pm.  

 

Election Day is October 24th (next Wednesday), and the final advance poll is taking place this Wednesday (October 17th) from 8:00am until 8:00pm at City Hall.

 

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Niki Ashton "Deeply Disappointed" By Pallister Government's Move To Scrap Carbon Tax


Our Member of Parliament says that she isn’t happy with the way the Pallister Government is dealing with climate change. 

 

Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that she is “deeply disappointed” by the recent decision to scrap the carbon tax and “ultimately their failure to contribute to a collective agenda on fighting climate change”.  

 

She said that while a carbon tax isn’t the be all and end all as “a wide range of actions and tactic are needed to begin to fight climate change”, she is “very concerned” that “we have a provincial government that isn’t taking climate change seriously”.  

 

When it comes to the Trudeau Government, Ashton says that there is still a lot left to be desired.  

 

Ashton, who has been in office for ten years now, said that one side of their mouth (the Liberals) say their climate leaders, while on the other side they’re spending (our) money on a leaky pipeline. She added that the $4.5B purchase is not contributing to a solution, but rather is contributing to the problem.  

 

Ashton said that northerners know first-hand what climate change looks like, and that as we’re living in increasingly uncertain times now is the time for leaders to step up.

 

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CFIB Report Says Colleges Better Than Universities In Preparing Grads For Work In Manitoba


A new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says that high schools are not properly preparing graduates for work here in Manitoba. 

 

Emily Hayes, a policy analyst with the CFIB who co-authored the report, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that 61% of Manitoba employers polled said high school grads are not properly prepared for today’s jobs. Of those polled, only 30% said that they were satisfied.

  

The numbers for those dissatisfied in Manitoba is higher than the Canada-wide figure, which sits at 51%. 

 

According to the report, 50% of employers in Manitoba were either very or somewhat satisfied with how colleges prepare youth for employment (national figure is 51%), while only 31% were satisfied with how universities prepared students (national figure is 51%).  

 

Hayes said that there were two main recommendations from the report, one for high schools and another for government. 

 

When it comes to the schools, she said that they need to do a better job at removing any stigma attached to the trades and traditional “blue collar” jobs, as “the workforce both today and in the future will need tradespeople as much as it needs tech workers and white collar professionals”.  

 

On the government front, Hayes told Arctic Radio News that all levels of government need to address the higher hiring and training costs that small businesses experience when hiring inexperienced workers. 

 

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Final Council Meeting Set For Monday


Monday night is the final regular meeting for Thompson City Council before the upcoming election.

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske said that there will be a report from the legislative and intergovernmental affairs committee, as well as a report covering the City’s September cheque register.

 

Fenske added that there is a letter from Federal Minister Jim Carr on the agenda, as well as the normal general inquiries period.

 

The meeting will take place in council chambers at City Hall starting at 7:00pm.

 

The public is encouraged to attend.

 

The full agenda can be found here.

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Pedersen: Province Won't Interfere Politically With Any Investigation Into Death Of Smelter Worker In 2008


The Manitoba Government says that they’re not going to push for an inquiry into the death of a worker at the smelter here in Thompson back in 2008.

 

Blaine Pedersen, the provincial minister of growth, enterprise and trade, said that the Pallister government is not going to interfere politically, and that the Province thinks the any further action should be left in the hands of the workers compensation board.

 

A new report from a former chief medical examiner for Manitoba Doctor Peter Markesteyn was released this year, saying that the death of David Fifi was most likely caused by exposure to toxic gases.

 

The renewed call for an investigation first came from Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont just over a month ago.

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Thompson Bus To Offer Freight Service For Snow Lake, Flin Flon And The Pas


Thompson Bus has announced that they are now offering daily freight service between Thompson and north-western Manitoba.

 

The route will begin in Thompson with stops in Snow Lake, Flin Flon and The Pas before returning to Thompson. The company added that they will add a stop in Cranberry Portage once they have secured a location, and that freight will depart for Winnipeg following their normally scheduled service upon arrival in Thompson.

 

Thompson Bus says that passenger service along the Thompson to Flin Flon route will follow in the near future.

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MFL Says Pallister Government Is Failing Manitobas


The Manitoba Federation of Labour says that the Pallister Government is failing Manitobans when it comes to minimum wage, and violating Charter rights with it’s public sector wage freeze. 

 

MFL president Kevin Rebeck spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that when it comes to minimum wage, the $0.20 increase that came at the start of October just isn’t enough.

 

Rebeck said that the solution is to pay a living wage, but that he understands that actually paying one isn’t simple.  

 

He said that one solution is to raise minimum wage to $15/hour, or “a substantial increase more than $0.20”. Rebeck said that paying a living wage will not only help people get by, but it will help create an environment where people are happy and proud to go to work. 

 

Rebeck also spoke on a law passed by the PC government, which he says limits unionized public sector workers to negotiate at best a 0.751% increase in total compensation over a rolling four year period.  

 

He said that the law is a violation of Charter rights, and that the government might have a goal of saving money, but that that isn’t at the root of the issue.

 

Rebeck said that the main issue they take with the freeze is that it eliminates the ability to sit down and talk to problem solve together. He said that unions have negated zeros in the past, but they did that by meeting with managers and employers to work out things like common ground and tradeoffs.  

 

Rebeck said that the law is “really disappointing”, and that they’re taking the Province to court next November.

 

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Operation Christmas Child Boxes Available Now


As the weather continues to get colder, it’s time to start thinking once again about the annual Operation Christmas Child campaign. 

 

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, where you fill a shoe box with goodies that they send off to children who are in desperate situations around the world. 

 

Laura Carter spoke to Arctic Radio News to talk about what should go in the boxes before they’re sent. She said that each box contains a pamphlet from Samaritan’s Purse with suggestions of hygiene items (toothbrushes, combs, cups, etc.), school supplies (rulers, pens, paper, calculators, etc.) and toys (cards, cars, dolls, etc.). 

 

Boxes can be picked up at 102.9 CHTM or the Thompson Public Library, and need to be returned by November 19th. 

 

If you’d like to hear more about the program and it’s history, Carter will be the guest on “Thompson Today” tomorrow afternoon at 12:40pm and 5:10pm. 

 

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Wilderness Committee: Pallister's 180 On Carbon Tax Is A "Dumpster Fire"


An environmental watch-dog is saying that the Pallister Government’s climate plan is a “dumpster fire”. 

 

Wilderness Committee wilderness and water campaigner Eric Reder says that the government took a step backwards when the Premier announced the cancellation of the planned carbon tax. 

 

Reder went on to say that our future and security have to be the first priority of our elected officials, and that the work the group has done with the Province over the past two years has been dismissed by Pallister as “apparently because his feelings were hurt by the prime minister”.  

 

He added that climate change is not a partisan issue, and that Manitobans need to take action now. 

 

The Wilderness Committee says that they have called for a joint meeting with Brian Pallister, Wab Kinew and Dougald Lamont to put together a joint statement of serious action to combat climate change.

 

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SDML Enrolment Down From 2017/2018 


Student enrolment in the School District of Mystery Lake is down this year. 

 

As of September 30th, there were 3093 students enrolled across six elementary schools and R.D. Parker Collegiate; a drop of 71. 

 

Below is a breakdown of student enrolment by school. 

 

R.D. Parker Collegiate: 1004 

Wapanohk Community School: 497 

Evolve Riverside School: 365 

Burntwood School: 364 

Westwood School: 347 

Juniper School: 272 

Deerwood School: 244

 

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City To Soon Offer Year-Round Hazardous Waste Disposal 


There are changes coming to household hazardous waste collection at the Thompson landfill. 

 

Kacper Antoszewski, the City of Thompson’s communications officer, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the waste disposal grounds on October 19th. He said that the staff will be spending the day in regulatory training so they can offer year-round disposal of hazardous waste. 

 

Antoszewski said that following the completion of the training, household hazardous waste can be dropped off every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 

 

When winter hours begin on November 1st, the landfill will accept the household hazardous waste on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am until 5:45pm. 

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Thompson City Council To Go Paperless In December


 Thompson City Council is going green.  

 

As of December 1st all regular council meetings, as well as all committee meetings, will be paperless. 

 

Kacper Antoszewski, the City’s communications officer, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the agendas for every meeting will be available on both the City’s website and the City of Thompson mobile app. 

 

He added that the change is being made in an attempt to reduce the amount of paper used. 

 

Antoszewski said that a paper copy could be printed on request at City Hall to accommodate those who don’t have internet access.  

 

Thompson City Council will meet Monday for the final time before the October 24th election. 

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Stabilization, Building For Future And Growth Top Priorities For Vale In Thompson


The new head of Vale’s North Atlantic division says that the Brazilian mining giant has three goals for their operations here in Thompson; stabilization, building for the future and growth. 

 

Alistair Ross, the manager of North Atlantic Mining Operations, spoke to Arctic Radio News during a recent visit to Thompson and said that the “very important” first step is to stabilize what the company has currently. 

 

Ross said that one main part of stabilizing is to finish the last transition of their workforce so that it is the right size for their new operations in the region. 

 

He added that another key aspect Vale is recovery from the delay of their annual capital development spend. Ross said that the spend is where they build out future portions of the mine so that the ore is accessible. He added that they are “far behind on that” and that it’s currently a limitation for the company. 

 

When it comes to building for the future, Ross said that the first major part of that is major infrastructure upgrades in areas like ventilation, underground electrical supply and backfill. 

 

He said that one of their goals for growth is to figure out how much the company should invest in exploration so that as operations stabilize, they know what their new goals should be.  

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School Board Hopefuls Showcased Tomorrow


With the municipal election less than two weeks away, there’s an opportunity for you tomorrow night to learn more about those running for school board. 

 

The candidates forum is set to take place in the Letkemann Theatre at R.D. Parker Collegiate starting at 7:00pm.  

 

Everyone is invited to attend, and those in attendance will have a chance to meet and ask questions of the 11 candidates. 

 

Of those 11 there are eight new faces and three incumbents, including current chair-person Don Macdonald.  

 

There are two more pre-election events set to take place before October 24th; a speed dating-style event for all candidates at the Thompson Public Library on the 16th, and a mayoral candidates forum at the Ma Mow We Tak Friendship Centre on the 17th. 

 

There are two more advance polling dates before Election Day. The first one is this Saturday from 10:00am until 6:00pm, with the second happening on the 17th from 8:00am until 8:00pm. Both advance polls are in the foyer at City Hall. 

 

On Election Day, October 24th, polls will be open from 8:00am until 8:00pm at all six elementary schools in the School District of Mystery Lake. 

 

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UCN Set To Shake Up Management Structure 


The University College of the North says that they are going to be trimming their administrative structure. 

 

UCN president Doug Lauvstad said that the school was “clearly told that it’s approach was not meeting the needs of their students, industry or Indigenous and northern communities”. 

 

As of the beginning of the month, UCN has said that they will be reorganizing their current structure so that there is only one vice-president and a chief administrative officer instead of the current system that has four vice-presidents.  

 

Lauvstad added that by making the changes, UCN is proactively redefining it’s approach to organization and delivering education in the north. 

 

The changes are expected to be in place by April 2019. 

 

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October 7-13 Is Fire Prevention Week 


This is Fire Prevention Week across Canada. 

 

Steve Malloy, Deputy Fire Chief for Thompson Fire and Emergency Services, spoke to Arctic Radio News about this years’ theme. He said that it is: look listen learn be aware, fire can happen anywhere.  

 

Malloy said that Thompson Fire and EMS will be visiting students through grade four during the week to promote fire safety, starting this morning at Westwood with a visit to Deerwood slated for this afternoon. 

 

He added that they are running a “junior chief of the day” contest. The contest is aimed at grade four students, and Malloy says that the contest is for the best home evacuation plan that the students can come up with. 

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Event Set For Today To Honour Murdered, Missing Women 


There is an event taking place today to honour murdered and missing women and girls. 

 

The event is being called “Tying The Bridge Red”, and those taking part will be tying red ribbons to the Miles Hart Bridge started around 4:30pm. 

 

Organizers say that those taking part will meet near the bridge, and walk down together. 

 

People are invited to bring neck ties to the event in honour of murdered and missing men. 

 

Everyone is welcome, and you can find more information on the event’s Facebook page.

 

 

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First Advanced Poll Set For Monday 


Monday will be your first chance to vote in the 2018 municipal election. 

 

October 8th is the first of three advanced polls, with the other two taking place on the 13th and the 17th. 

 

Those who are eligible to vote can do so between 10:00am and 6:00pm in the foyer at City Hall. 

 

If you need to register as a voter or if you have any questions, you can call the senior election officer, Dave Turpie, at 204-679-1000. 

 

To vote in the election, you need to be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years of age, and have been a resident or property owner in the City of Thompson for at least six months prior to Election Day. 

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Flin Flon RCMP Seize Drugs, Firearms And Cash 


A man in his 30’s is facing multiple charges following the execution of search warrant in Flin Flon. 

 

On September 26th, Flin Flon RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence on Princess Boulevard. 

 

The police seized 12 long barrelled firearms, a large sum of Canadian money, three kilograms of cannabis, three kilograms of cannabis edibles, and three kilograms of cannabis jam. 

 

Mounties arrested 36-year-old Andrew Lyle Wotton at the scene, and he was remanded into custody. 

 

He was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, trafficking a controlled substance and a handful of other charges. 

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City Council Approves New Deal With Norman Northstars 


It was another short City Council meeting Monday evening. 

 

October 1st was the second last meeting of the current council, and the third consecutive meeting where all resolutions passed unanimously and without much debate. 

 

Outside of general inquiries, the largest portion of time was spent on a resolution to approve a new one-year agreement with the Midget “AAA” Norman Northstars for the use of the T.R.C.C. 

 

The new deal will have the hockey clubs rental costs increased by 2.5% over the previous agreement, which was signed back in 2015. 

 

On top of that increase, the new rental agreement does not include the use of the Mary Fenske boardroom, and the club will have to pay 50% of the current fee charged by the City for it’s use.  

 

Councillor Blake Ellis spoke in support of the one year deal, saying that it’s a fair arrangement and that they’re still showing their support of the team by giving them a discount. 

 

City Council rejected the idea of a five year deal, like the one that the team had requested, as they did not want to make a decision for both future councils and recreation committees. 

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Annual Community Christmas Dinner In Jeopardy 


There’s a chance that there won’t be a community Christmas dinner in Thompson this year. 

 

Harlie Pruder, who has helped organize the meal fo the past few years, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the dinner is for everyone in the community. She said that it’s a place for people to gather together when they might have been spending Christmas alone,  and that it gives newcomers a chance to learn about Canadian Christmas traditions. 

 

Pruder added her family is proud to have been able to host the dinner for the past five years, but that they won’t be organizing this years event and someone else needs to step up.  

 

To learn more about the dinner and how you can help, tune in to 102.9 CHTM this afternoon at 12:40pm and 5:10pm for Thompson Today.

 

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Union Calls For Coroner's Inquest Into Fatal Train Derailment


A union is saying that they want a coroner’s inquest done following a train derailment that killed one of its members. 

 

Teamsters says that they have written to Manitoba’s Chief medical examiner asking for the inquest as the 38-year-old conductor who lost his life after paramedics weren’t allowed near the site for nine and a half hours. 

 

The request says that the reason behind the decision, and the body that made the choice not to allow paramedics on site, is still unclear. 

 

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference vice-president Roland Hackl says that their hope is that an inquest will shed light on how this incident could have been prevented, and at the very least how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.  

 

The train that derailed south of Ponton on September 15th was part of Arctic Gateway’s efforts to repair the Hudson Bay rail line. 

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Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Set For Tomorrow


The ninth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, hosted by the Thompson YWCA, is set to take place tomorrow afternoon. 

 

The event, which first launched in California back in 2001, is a fundraiser awareness walk meant to spark a discussion on violence against women and girls.

 

Here in Thompson, the YWCA uses the walk to help raise funds towards programs that help prevent that violence. 

 

Freddy Routhier, from the YWCA, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the walk itself is set to start at 4:30pm tomorrow, with pre-walk activities starting around 2:00pm.

 

Routhier said that those who have registered to take part should arrive before the walk starts to hand in any money raised and to find a pair of shoes that fit. 

 

If you’d like more information on the walk here in Thompson, you can call 204-778-1209 or email ywcawcoffice@mymts.net 

 

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Annual Vale Open House To Take Place Tomorrow


The annual Vale community open house is taking place tomorrow afternoon. 

 

The event is set to run from 2:00pm until 8:00pm at the Heritage North Museum, and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be free admission to the museum, kid’s activities, bus tours of the Vale plant site and a display of the company’s annual community report. 

 

Tara Ritchie, from Vale, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the date of the open house is coordinated every year with the launch of the report. She said that the report provides an update on environmental monitoring, exploration, health and safety, as well as community investment.  

 

Ritchie added that when it comes to the bus tours of the site, the public was asked to register in advance but that there still might be spaces available.

 

If you’re interested in going on one of the tours, you are asked to email valeevents@vale.com or drop by the open house to see if there is space available.  

 

This will be the last time that public tours of the smelter and refinery are being offered. 

 

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Niki Ashton Calls For Ottawa To Act In Response To Housing Crisis


Niki Ashton is once again pushing Ottawa for action on housing in First Nations communities.  

 

Our local Member of Parliament, who will shortly be celebrating a decade as our elected representative, recently spoke in the House of Commons about a visit she made to Red Sucker Lake over the summer. She said that she met a mother who told her she was happy that it was summer, as it meant that she could stay in her partially tarp-covered, bathroom-less house. 

 

Ashton then asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau why his government is failing First Nations people across the country and failing to act on the housing crisis that Canada is facing.  

 

The Prime Minister responded by saying that his Liberal government is pushing forward with their $40B national housing strategy to ensure that “more Canadians have affordable and safe places to live”. 

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Council Candidate Forum Set For Wednesday


If you have a question for those hoping to serve on City Council, you’ll get that chance later this week. 

 

The Ma Mow We Tak Friendship Centre is hosting the first candidates forum on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm, where the public will get the chance to meet those campaigning for office and ask them questions.  

 

There are similar events planned for school board and mayoral candidates later in the month. The school board forum is scheduled for October 11th at 7:00pm in the Letkemann Theatre, while the Friendship Centre will play host to the mayoral candidates on October 17th again at 7:00pm. 

 

The Thompson Public Library has their own candidates event on October 16th, which they’re calling “Speed Dating with the Candidates”. From 7:00pm until 9:00pm, voters will spend between two and four minutes in a one-on-one with each candidate to ask questions and learn about their platforms.  

 

Election Day is October 24th, with advance polls open on October 8th, 13th and 17th. 

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Rebeck: Pallister Government Is Failing Working Families In Thompson


The President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour says that the Pallister Government is failing working families here in Thompson. 

 

Kevin Rebeck spoke to Arctic Radio News during a recent visit to Thompson, and said that he is extremely disappointed by the “deafening sound” coming from the Province on the job situation here in northern Manitoba. 

 

Rebeck said that the Mining Community Reserve Fund was set up for situations like Thompson is facing, but that the Pallister Government isn’t prepared to invest in the community. He added that the community at large is being impacted by the loss of good jobs, and that Thompson needs strong voices speaking out and calling for action.  

 

When asked about the Province’s response to the job situation, namely the ‘Look North’ initiative, Rebeck said that tourism can be a component of a solution, but that it can’t be the only one. He added that there is a lot to focus on a do to try and mend the situation, and that the Premier and his government are failing the City of Thompson. 

 

The elected head of the MFL also took time to address the Greyhound situation, saying that it’s a “disgrace that the government can write off $82M for a football stadium but are unwilling to ensure safe transportation for those living in remote communities”.  

 

The Manitoba Federation of Labour acts as the province’s central labour body and represents the interests of unions here in Manitoba affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress.  

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Mint Girl Guide Cookies For Sale


Mint Girl Guide cookies are back.

 

Local District Commissioner Christine Nevistiuk spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that there will be units selling door to door over the next few weeks.

 

Nevistiuk said that today girls will be out in the Westwood area, Tuesday around Juniper School, and Thursday in the Riverside, Southwood and Centennial areas. She added that cookie sales in the Eastwood area will take place either this week or next. Girls have already gone around in Burntwood, but will be back around October 18th.

 

Deputy District Commissioner Rebecca Walter said that they will also be set up in the City Centre Mall at TD Bank on October 13th for ‘Cookie Days in Canada’. Walter said that they will be there from open until close.

 

Cookies cost $5 per box, and a portion of the money goes to fund the activities the girls take part in over the year.  

 

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Humane Society Property Tax Draw This Weekend


The 7th Thompson Humane Society Property Tax Draw will be wrapping up this weekend.

 

Oswald Sawh, from the Humane Society, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the grand prize is $2500, with other prizes including a Jasyn Lucas painting and a barbecue.

 

The draw is happening Sunday afternoon, and tickets can be purchased either at Don Johnson’s Jewellers today, or at the Humane Society booth in the City Centre Mall over the weekend.

 

Tickets are $10 each, or three for $20.

 

All funds raised going towards the work of the humane society in the Thompson area.

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Girl Guides Invite Community To Take In New Programming


There’s a new program in place this year for Girl Guides called “Girls First”, and they’re inviting the entire community to come see what it’s all about.

 

The new Girls First program allows the girls to have more input on the different programs and activities that take place, and switches to a more paperless online model.

 

Christine Nevistiuk, the local district commissioner for Girl Guides, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that some of the activities planned for the launch party include an obstacle course, slime, and making dream catchers

 

Deputy district commissioner Rebecca Walter said that the event will run on Saturday in the TRCC gym from 2:00pm until 8:00pm.

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Inspector Lewis: Some Statistics In RCMP Report Can Be Misleading


According to the officer in charge of the Thompson RCMP detachment, some of the stats in their recently released quarterly report can be misleading.

 

Inspector Kevin Lewis delivered the report to Thompson City Council recently, as the document details the detachments activities over the last quarter.

 

Inspector Lewis later spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that one of the potentially misleading statistics is the sharp rise in calls to service over the same time period two years ago.

 

Lewis said that after two years, some of the less urgent calls for service are purged from the system.

 

That means when they went to compile the report, calls from 2016 had been purged. He said that while the number of calls did not double, as the report indicates, it did rise slightly here in Thompson.

 

Lewis added that a call for service is logged every time a youth in a group home isn’t back by curfew, as RCMP members are called at that point to locate them.

 

Inspector Lewis also spoke on the rise in damp house visits, a statistic that he said is a very good thing.

 

He said that the damp house, which is located at 95 Cree Road, is transitional housing that is run in partnership with the CMHA. The house provides a place to stay for those who may have addictions issues, as well as chance to regain control of their lives.

 

Lewis said that visits to the damp house allow the RCMP to have a positive interaction with people who they normally would not have one with.

 

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City Council To Meet Monday


Thompson City Council will meet monday night with only 23 days until Election Day.

 

The agenda appears to once again be on the lighter side, with council only set to vote on four resolutions.

 

One of the four resolutions on the table includes a resolution to enter into a one-year agreement with the Norman Northstars for the 2018 – 2019 season.

 

Other items on the agenda include a report from the recreation and community services committee, and a letter from Colleen Mayer, the Minister of Crown Services for the Province of Manitoba.

 

The meeting will start at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall and the public is encouraged to attend.

 

A link to the complete agenda can be found here.

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Third Company To Offer Thompson-Winnipeg Bus Service


A third bus company has stepped forward to help fill the void when Greyhound packs up shop.

 

Maple Bus Lines, whose main office is located in Selkirk, will be offering trips between Thompson and Winnipeg daily Sunday through Thursday.

 

The company has said that they are going to be hiring at least two local Greyhound employees as of October 31st.

 

Maple Bus Lines says that their buses are equipped with washrooms, and their Thompson to Winnipeg route will leave at 9:00pm, with arrival in Winnipeg scheduled for 5:45am.

 

There will also be a route in service between Thompson and Cross Lake come November, with plans to expand service to include The Pas in 2019.

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Breastfeeding Challenge This Weekend


Calling all breastfeeding mothers.

 

There will be an attempt to break the world record for the most mothers breastfeeding at the same time this weekend here in Thompson.

 

On Saturday morning, Wapanohk School will open up at 10:15am for those wanting to take part, with ‘latch-on’ set for 11:00am.

 

Snacks will be provided, and there are prizes to be won.

 

The challenge is for the most mothers feeding simultaneously in a set geographic area as a percentage of the birth rate.

 

If you’d like more information, you can call the Thompson Public Health Unit at 204-677-5350.

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Man Fined Over $1000 For Travelling At 190KM/H On Highway 6


A man is facing a hefty fine for speeding south of Thompson along Highway 6.

 

Officers noticed the vehicle travelling at ahigh rate of speed, and pulled it over after clocked the car going 90km over the post speed limit of 100km/h.

 

The driver of the vehicle cooperated with the RCMP members on the scene, and produced a UK driver’s licence while explaining that he wasn’t sure if the posted speed limit was in kilometres or miles.

 

The man was issued a serious offence notice to Manitoba Public Insurance, as well as a ticket for $1228.

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Street Reach Workers, Thompson RCMP Return Youth To Placement


Mounties here in Thompson had some help recently from a Winnipeg-based program. 

 

Members of the Thompson RCMP detachment spent time with Street Reach workers, and had nearly thirty interactions with youth late last week. 

 

During those interactions, fourteen youth were returned to their placement and one 14-year-old female was returned to a parent having been found outside a local hotel with an adult female. The adult was issued a ticket for over $670 for having open liquor in her possession. 

 

Several youth were found intoxicated, including one who was taken to Thompson General due to a high level of intoxication. 

 

The efforts of the two organizations resulted in one youth being returned to their placement after having been missing for four days. 

 

Street Reach is a part of Tracia’s Trust, the Manitoba Government strategy to prevent sexual exploitation of children and youth. There is no permanent Street Reach program here in Thompson.  

 

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Thompson YWCA AGM Today


The Thompson YWCA is hosting their annual general meeting today.

 

The meeting will get underway at noon in their building and will be followed by an open house, starting at 1:30pm.

 

The open house will highlight recent upgrades and changes, as well as provide a chance to visit program areas and learn more about what the “Y” has to offer.

 

YWCA memberships will be available, and a light lunch will be served.

 

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Thompson RCMP Seize Over 200g Of Cocaine


Over 200 grams of cocaine are off the streets thanks to the Thompson RCMP detachment. 

 

Members of the detachment executed a search warrant almost two weeks ago in the Caribou Road area, where the seized a large amount of cash and drug paraphernalia along with the drugs. 

 

32-year-old Jeffrey Langenau was arrested on charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. 

 

He was scheduled to appear in court last Monday, and is still in RCMP custody.  

 

The investigation is still ongoing. 

 

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Ryan Brady Withdraws From Mayoral Race


A candidate has withdrawn his name from the upcoming election in the wake of his previous online activity.

 

29-year-old Ryan Brady was one of four people who submitted papers ahead of the October 24th election, but says he is withdrawing from the mayoral race after comments he made online almost a decade ago came to light.

 

Brady posted to his personal Facebook page earlier this afternoon, saying that he hates to withdraw, but that he is doing what he has been asked by his wife and others.

 

He added that he “just wanted to do great things” for his community, and that “people don’t want these issues worked on, or repaired”.

 

Brady came under fire over the weekend for comments he made on a white supremacist website in 2009, and were posted to a popular Thompson-centric Facebook group.

 

In an interview with the Thompson Citizen, Brady said that he was trolling when he posted the comments, but admitted that what he said was both wrong and disgusting. He added that what he said does not reflect who he is as a person today.

 

According to the City of Thompson’s Senior Election Official, Dave Turpie, Brady’s name will still remain on the ballot.

 

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Last Call For Public Tours Of Vale Smelter, Refinery


Next week will mark your last chance to take a public bus tour of the smelter and refinery.

 

Vale will be offering the tours during their annual open house next Wednesday, though you’ll have to register in advance if you want to go.

 

Tara Ritchie, from Vale, says that if you’d like to go on one of the tours, you should register in advance by sending an email to valeevents@vale.com.

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Cannabis, Provincial Road Funding Focal Points Of AMM Cities Caucus Meeting


It’s not just the City of Thompson that is upset with the cuts made this year to the Provincial Municipal Road Improvement Program.

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that it was one of the things discussed at the recent Association of Manitoba Municipalities fall Cities Caucus meeting.

 

Mayor Fenske said that there is an emergency resolution going forward to AMM as a whole, as the program was cut from $12M in 2017 to $2.25M in 2018. Along with the large cut in amount of money available, Fenske said that while over 100 municipalities and RM’s received funding last year, less than 61 are getting money this year.

 

Mayor Fenske, who is not seeking a second term, said that the timing of the announcement was unacceptable, as crews were already on site working on the projects. He reiterated that the City had been told by Minister Wharton’s office that they would be receiving $400k, but only received half that amount.

 

Fenske said that the meeting also focused on cannabis, as municipalities will foot any extra enforcement and social impact costs without receiving any of the tax applied to the narcotic.

The tax is currently set to be split 75/25, with the larger chunk going to the Provinces, while Ottawa collects the rest.

 

The meeting took place last week in Flin Flon, with Mayor Fenske and City Manager Anthony McInnis in attendance.

 

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School Board Trustees To Meet Tomorrow


The school district of Mystery Lake board of trustees will meet tomorrow.

 

Tomorrow evening’s agenda is on the lighter side, with only one field trip request and a review of the borrowing by-law added to standing agenda items, such as reports from various board committees.

 

The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

 

The board of trustees currently sits at six members, with Guido Oliveira taking over as Vice-Chairperson following the resignation/ retirement of Janet Brady.

 

There are two more scheduled school board meetings following tomorrow before the election. The new board will be elected from the pool of eleven hopefuls, including three incumbents, on October 24th.

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Lamont: State Of 911 System In Northern Manitoba "Unnacceptable"


The leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party says that the current state of 911 services here in the north is unacceptable.

 

St Boniface MLA Dougald Lamont spoke to Artic Radio News and said that while he doesn’t know if the Pallister Government will take action on the situation anytime soon, the Liberal Party will be pressing them for action.

 

Lamont said that emergency services are something that the current government “really doesn’t seem to take very seriously, or seriously enough. He added that there have been cuts to services all across the province, and that services like police and fire/ems need to be ready and available outside of bankers’ hours.

 

Lamont said that his party has been pressing, and will continue to press for, quality local services across Manitoba including emergency services.

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Manitoba NDP Call On Province To Scrap Air Service Privatization


The Manitoba NDP are calling on Premier Brian Pallister to stop the privatization of LifeFlight and other government-run air services.

 

The party released footage of an emergency landing at the Thompson Airport on September 9th, when an Island Lake-bound flight (responding to a medical call) had to circle back when the crew was unable to get the landing gear to lock. The plane’s landing gear collapsed upon landing, rupturing the fuel system.

 

NDP leader Wab Kinew says that the footage was released as it shows that it is owned by SkyNorth, one of the 12 companies who have bid on the request for proposal to take over LifeFlight. The Fort Rouge MLA added that the footage is “harrowing to watch”, as the plane could have been transporting a patient in critical condition.

 

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the footage is significant, as it highlights “the fact…that some of the private carriers have had more incidents in the past than what government air services have ever had”.

 

Lindsey said that since 1994 there have been around 30 incidents, 23 fatalities and 33 serious injuries involving private air carriers. He added that there has only been one incident with a government air service in that time, which the Transportation Safety Board ruled was caused by directions of the air traffic controllers.

 

The NDP say that they are concerned that there will be a lower standard allowed with private companies than what the current government-run services meet. A release from the party says that the Pallister Government’s RFP includes a provision which allows flight crews to not meet minimum safety requirements, while another would allow for the use of unpressurized aircraft.

 

The Province’s RFP to replace LifeFlight closes on September 23rd.

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Annual Terry Fox Run Raises Over $1100


Another Terry Fox Run has come and gone here in Thompson.

 

Local organizer Josh Cain spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that $1155 was raised by the 64 participants and seven volunteers.

 

According to Cain, both of those numbers are up from 2017 but could have been higher.

 

Cain said that the Norman Northstars are usually in attendance for the run, but were unable to due to a weekend tournament down south.

 

The focus, according to Cain, now shifts to next year’s event.

 

He said that the current organizing committee will be sticking together to host the 2019 run, but that they are always looking for more people to join them.

 

If you’re interested in joining the committee, you can give Cain a call at 204-793-8429.

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Take Back The Night To Take Place This Evening


Tonight marks Take Back the Night.

 

The annual event is marked all around the world, and is organized locally in communities to unify everyone in bringing awareness to violence in the streets.

 

The event is described as a coming together of individuals who are ready and willing to take a stand against violence in the streets and in homes, while trying to make the community a safer place.

 

Mary Demare, from the Thompson Crisis Centre, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the event here in Thompson is set to start at 6:00pm at Robin’s Donuts.

 

Demare added that there will be free treats provided, and that the guest speakers are Helen Trudeau (Jordan’s Principle) and Colin Bonycastle (Director of the Faculty of Social Work).

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Pride March Set For Tomorrow Morning


Pride week here in Thompson will wrap up tomorrow with the annual Pride North of 55 pride march.

 

Nelly Allen, one of the organizers, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that those taking part are asked to meet at the TRCC at 10:30am tomorrow so that they can start the march by 11:00am.

 

The march will head around the Thompson Drive loop and up Cree Road before heading to MacLean Park.

 

Allen says that there will be a barbecue at the park following the arrival of those marching, with the money raised going towards Pride North of 55.

 

She added that in addition to the barbecue, there will be live local music and dancing.

City of Thompson Mayor Dennis Fenske proclaimed September 16th through the 22nd as Pride Week, which started with a flag raising at City Hall on Monday morning.

 

Yesterday morning on City Beat, Mayor Fenske said he was both glad and proud to have been part of the flag raising once again.

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Independent Investigation Unit To Investigate Thompson-Based RCMP Officer


Manitoba’s police watchdog is investigating after an alternating where a man was punched in the face several times by an RCMP officer here in Thompson. 

 

Two officers were responding to a call of an intoxicated woman when a member got into an altercation with a bystander. 

 

According to the Independent Investigation Unit, one of the officers punched the man several times in the face. 

 

Although the man did not suffer serious injuries, the agency concluded that it is in the interest of the public to conduct an investigation. 

 

The investigative body said it has surveillance footage of the incident.  

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Two Local Schools Focus On Green Initiatives


Two schools here in Thompson are making an effort to reduce their impact on the environment. 

 

Both Burntwood and Westwood schools are taking different steps this year to promote the planet. 

 

Burntwood school has said that they are teaching by example from the top down, with educators and administration making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of paper used. 

 

Principal Wanda Einarson says that while they’re going digital as much as possible when it comes to things like newsletter and parent correspondence, they recognize that not everyone has internet access and that paper copies are available upon request. 

 

The staff at Westwood have decided to rework the curriculum to bring more awareness to water sustainability both locally, nationally and around the world. 

 

Principal Donna Johnston said that all classes throughout the year will focus on a question about water, including what it’s like for places that don’t have access to clean water. 

 

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Red Cross Provides Tips To Help Prevent And End Bullying


With school now back into full swing, it’s time to continue the conversation about bullying. 

 

Rebecca Ulrich, the provincial respect education manager fo the Canadian Red Cross in Manitoba, spoke to Arctic Radio News to explain why now is the time to talk about Bullying. She said that at the core, bullying is a relationship issue, and that the renewal of relationships at the start of a new school year makes it the perfect time.  

 

Ulrich also said that parents should not try to stop cyber bullying by taking away their children’s screens, as that device could also serve as their support system. She added that taking away the devices might also make children lose faith in their parents, and not tell them about future bullying situations. 

 

If you’d like to hear more from Ulrich on bullying and tips to prevent it, make sure you listen to Thompson Today on 102.9 CHTM tomorrow and Thursday.  

 

Thompson Today plays every weekday at 12:40pm and 5:10pm. 

 

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Chuck Davidson: Economic Development Key To Northern Economy


The President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce was in attendance at the annual Northern Chambers meeting held in Flin Flon last weekend. 

 

Chuck Davidson told Arctic Radio News that it is important for the Manitoba Chamber to get a sense of what issues Chambers in the north are facing, as well as what the provincial body can do to help. 

He said that there was a lot of discussion on economic development, which Davidson says is a key pillar and challenge here in the north. 

 

The former broadcaster said that the discussions were focused on how to press the Pallister Government so the north remains a priority.  

 

Davidson added that regional meetings are held to make sure that the Manitoba Chamber as a whole remains connected to the local chambers across the province. 

 

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Centralized RCMP Communications Centre, Lack Of 911 Infrastructure Part Of Issues Behind Delayed RCMP Response Times


Last night’s regular meeting of Thompson City Council was dominated by an outcry from those in attendance for a more efficient system of contacting the RCMP in emergency situations.  

 

Three Thompsonites spoke up during general inquires at the start of the meeting. They asked Mayor and Council to explain both what the City is doing to combat recent mischief and violence, and why there isn’t a local 911 service. 

 

One concern brought forward is that when you call the RCMP at 204-677-6911, you’re often put on hold. Mayor Dennis Fenske addressed the issue, saying that it’s not just Thompson that has to deal with the issue. He said that the Provincial Government made the decision years ago to close the RCMP communications centre that was in Thompson and centralize to one centre in Brandon. 

 

Fenske said that all calls made to the RCMP the province on emergency lines are divided into three geographical regions (east, west, north) within the Brandon centre, and that wait times there are based on the volume of calls. 

 

Mayor Fenske said that the current system isn’t acceptable, but is rather the current reality in Manitoba.  

 

Fenske said that the lack of infrastructure for 911 services in the Nor-Man region and the lack of a local communications centre are issues he’s been raising for years, and brought them up when he met with the Justice Department in Winnipeg two weeks ago. 

 

The outgoing mayor said that while he hopes the situation will improve with the recent installation of a new cell tower near Wabowden, the best thing to do is to make sure that those needing assistance stay on the line.  

 

Those thoughts were echoed later by Inspector Kevin Lewis, the officer in charge of the Thompson RCMP detachment. Inspector Lewis said that if you’re on hold and decide to hang up and try again, you automatically go the back of the line on the new call.  

 

With a report from the City’s Public Safety Committee on the agenda, council candidate and former USW 6166 president Les Ellsworth asked if the problem of youth violence and mischief is being talked about in the committees meetings.  

 

Councillor Judy Kolada, who chairs the committee, said that the issue has been discussed at the meetings. Kolada added that they are looking for solutions, and that the public is more than welcome to attend their meetings. 

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Mayor And City Manager Headed To Flin Flon For AMM Cities Caucus Meeting


Thompson has a strong voice at the table tomorrow for a meeting of municipal leaders from around Manitoba. 

 

Mayor Dennis Fenske and City Manager Anthony McInnis will be in Flin Flon for the Association of Manitoba Municipalities fall Cities Caucus meeting, where cannabis is expected to be front and centre. 

 

Mayor Fenske spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that one of the main discussions will be on enforcement and the costs that come with it.  

 

Under the federal marijuana tax law, 25% of all revenue from the tax is set to go to Ottawa, with the rest going to the provinces. There is not current a portion of the tax going to municipalities, who will be footing the bill for enforcement once cannabis becomes legal.  

 

The Cities Caucus is an AMM sub-committee made up of mayors and CAO’s from all cities in Manitoba, including Winnipeg.  

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Annual Defeat Depression Walk/Run Raises Awareness, Over $5300 For Local Mental Health Services


Around 50 people took to the streets Saturday afternoon as part of the annual Defeat Depression Walk/Run. 

 

Those participating raised over $5300, down from the over $6000 raised last year. Organizers say that the awareness the event raises of mental health issues and resources available is just as important to them as the money. 

 

The funds collected are staying within the region to help local mental health services, namely the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba Burntwood region and the Hope North Suicide Prevention Committee. 

 

This years’ walk/run marked six years since the event was started locally by Ron Buchanan. 

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Thompson Community Band In To New Season


The Thompson Community Band is up and running for another season. 

 

The group is under new leadership this year, as director Kevin Lewis is taking a sabbatical from his role in the R.D. Parker Collegiate music department.

 

Taking over the reigns in his absence is another member of the RDPC music department, and his wife, Sarah Lewis.

 

Sarah Lewis spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that new members are always welcome, even if someone may not have touched an instrument since high school. Lewis added that that making connections within the community is as important as music. 

 

The Thompson Community Band will have their first performance of the year later this month as part of the Thompson Community Foundation Gala on September 29th.

 

Lewis said that if someone is hesitant to join close to a performance date, they are welcome to start attending for the first practice in October.

 

The group practices Tuesdays at 6:30 in the RDPC band room.  

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Annual Northern Manitoba Chambers Of Commerce Meeting Takes Place In Flin Flon


The annual Northern Chambers of Commerce meeting took place in Flin Flon over the weekend. 

 

Dianne Russell, past president of the Flin Flon Chamber of Commerce, spoke to Arctic Radio News about what was on the agenda. 

 

She said that they discussed the federal funding announcement for the new Churchill rail line owners, as well as how tourism connects to economic development. 

 

The meeting was attended by chamber members from Flin Flon, The Pas, Swan Valley as well as Thompson. 

 

Last years’ meeting was held in Thompson, and there is not yet a location for next year.

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One Dead, One Seriously Injured Following Train Derailment Near Ponton


One person is dead and a second has sustained serious injuries following a train derailment near Ponton. 

 

Three locomotives and 27 rail cars, some carrying liquefied petroleum, went off the tracks Saturday evening when a rail bridge gave out.

 

The Arctic Gateway Group, who is working to repair the Hudson Bay Railway, says that they do not believe that any o the cars carrying petroleum were compromised, and that there does not appear to be any significant environmental damage. 

 

Murad Al-Katib, the president of one of the partner groups that make up Arctic Gateway, said that the group will not compromise speed for safety when traveling the line, and that the groups’ hearts go out to the families of those affected. 

 

Al-Katib will be meeting with municipal officials in both Thompson and The Pas to coordinate a response. 

 

Arctic Gateway has said that they will run an internal investigation into the derailment, which will run in parallel with the investigations of the RCMP and other relevant emergency services. 

 

The Transportation Safety Board says that they are aware of the situation, but have not yet decided if they will conduct their own investigation. 

 

Grief counselling for all employees and their families is being made available by Arctic Gateway. 

 

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RCMP: Remember To Use 10-Digit Number Instead Of 911


With no local three-digit nine-one-one service available here in Thompson, the RCMP want to remind everyone of how they can get a hold emergency services should they be needed. 

 

Constable Sandy Deibert, from the Thompson RCMP detachment, said that the emergency number here in Thompson for police is 677-6911. The call will go to the RCMP call centre in Winnipeg, and officers will be dispatched.

 

Constable Deibert added that 204-677-6911 also serves as the after-hours numbers for the RCMP here in Thompson. 

 

Deibert emphasized that even if you’re placed on hold after calling 6911, you need to stay on the line. She said that if you hang up and call again, you’ll be placed at the back of the line despite the urgency of your situation.

 

She said that if you need police after hours in a non-urgent situation, you should call the same number and let the operator know that it isn’t an emergency. 

 

204-677-7911 is the emergency number for Thompson Fire and EMS.

 

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Terry Fox Run This Sunday


The annual Terry Fox Run is taking place this weekend. 

 

Registration will start Sunday at 12:00pm in the TRCC lobby, with the run itself beginning at 1:00pm. 

 

Those participating have the option to do a family walk/ run of either one or two kilometres, as well as the regular four KM run. 

 

There will be prizes and snacks following the run back at the recreation centre.  

 

If you’d like to find out more about the run, you can message the organizing committee on Facebook through the Terry Fox Run Thompson page. 

 

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Sixth Annual Defeat Depression Run/Walk Set For Tomorrow


Tomorrow marks the sixth annual Defeat Depression Run/Walk here in Thompson.

 

Registration for the event is set to start at 11:00am near the Thompson Clinic (in the Plaza), with the run/walk starting up around noon.  

 

Stephanie Third, from the Mood Disorder Association of Manitoba Burntwood region, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that it’s not too late to participate. She said that there is a $25.00 registration charge which will get you a swag bag at the start of the race. Third added that you are also able to raise funds on top of that registration fee. 

 

Realizing that the registration fee may present a barrier to some participating, Third said that if you’d like to take part without paying the fee or raising funds, you can simple show up and run/walk with everyone.  

 

All of the money that is raised will be divided between the local Mood Disorder Association of Manitoba region and the Hope North Suicide Prevention Committee. 

 

Organizers say that they are still looking for volunteers to serve as crossing guards for the event. Those interested in volunteering are asked to show up at 11:30 for information and set-up.  

 

If you’d like more information on the event, you can click here. 

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Deadline Tuesday For Those Wanting To Run In Election


 Thompsonites will know Wednesday who is running for Mayor, Council and School Board. 

 

Tuesday September 18th marks the deadline for those who intend to run to have their papers turned in to the Senior Election Official, Dave Turpie.  

 

If you’d like to get papers, or have questions regarding the election, you can get a hold of Turpie by calling 204-679-1000 or sending an email to SEO@thompson.ca. 

 

The election is set for October 24th 

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Thompson City Council To Meet Monday


There is a regular meeting of Thompson City Council Monday. 

 

The agenda is on the lighter side with four reports, one piece of correspondence as well as three resolutions. The full agenda can be found here, or can be picked up from the front desk at City Hall.  

 

The meeting will take place starting at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, and everyone is welcome to attend. 

 

This will serve as the third last meeting of the current council before the upcoming election. 

 

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