RCMP officers were kept very busy ensuring the safety on Manitoba roads this summer.
From Victoria day long weekend to the Labour Day long weekend, Manitoba RCMP issued around 10-thousand tickets for traffic charges. Roughly 63-hundred of those were for speeding offences and around 500 charges were related to impaired driving.
Unfortunately, during that time, there were 30 deaths caused by 28 fatal motor vehicle collisions. Although that was down 21 deaths from the same period in 2013, the RCMP see room for improvement. They challenge drivers to drive the speed limit, buckle up and drive sober.
Alain Huberdeau, a Thompson lawyer, is one of Manitoba's newest judges. The appointment was confirmed last Wednesday by Justice Minister Andrew Swan.
He is the latest in a long line of judges that has come from the law firm currently known as Law North.
Huberdeau joined the law firm of Morrison, McDonald and Thompson in 1996 as an articling student, was called to the bar in 1997 and joined as a partner in 2001. He became the managing partner after Thompson and McDonald were appointed as judges, in 2003 and 2010 respectively.
Huberdeau's official swearing-in is tentatively set for October 31st, an event he will share with Judge Katharine Hembroff from The Pas. He will serve the northern judicial centre, including Thompson and the surrounding area.
This year's recipient of the Order of Thompson was announced Saturday night at the Thompson Community Foundation's 7th annual gala. Ted Smook is the fifth Thompson resident to receive the award.
Smook, who along with his brothers, owned Smook Brothers Contractors for around 30 years before selling it in 2010, was praised for his commitment to doing things right. Mayor Tim Johnston and Peter Paulic of Smook Contractors provided some background on Smook and his involvement in the city as both a businessman and a philanthropist.
The Order of Thompson recognizes people that have made a positive impact on the city, through a combination of volunteerism, community spirit and philanthropy. Upon receiving his award Smook was quick to thank his family members for their support in making his life a dream and the award a reality.
Smook joins Volker Beckmann, Gail and Arnold Morberg, Red Sangster, and Adrian DeGroot as recipients of the award.
The Thompson Community Foundation is a "savings account" for our community, using revenue generated from managed funds to provide grants to worthwhile community projects. In the past year, they've given over 76-thousand dollars in grants. Since its inception 18 years ago, the TCF has granted over 823-thousand dollars to local organizations. They also provide scholarships and bursaries to students.
Two candidates, two platforms. That’s what those attending the Mayoral Candidates Forum at the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre heard on Wednesday at noon.
Dennis Fenske kicked off opening remarks by stating his run for Mayor was based on leadership - how he had the proven experience to lead the City and council in the next four-year term.
Luke Robinson stated his campaign focused on inclusiveness, both within the council itself and for the members of the community looking to be involved in the decision-making process.
Questions from the floor related to the improvement of the business climate in the city, the possibility of a casino in or near Thompson, and the City’s extreme cold weather policy, among others.
A forum for candidates for council will be held next Wednesday at the same time and place.
Tickets are $20 from the Chamber office in the City Centre Mall.
Construction continues in Thompson with asphalt finally going down. Director of Public Works Wayne Koversky says residents need to slow down in construction zones.
“The construction zone under our municipal traffic by law is 30km/h going through. So be aware of that when there is construction. If they can stay out of those areas where they see asphalt crews working, and take a different route that way they won’t be delayed to their destination."
Workers are currently paving, doing some concrete work, and mending water breaks. All construction should be finished by next Tuesday.
For more information on what is getting fixed and when contact Public Works at 677-7973.
Thompson will be getting a new fire chief for a day, all thanks to fire prevention week!
Fire chiefs are asking students in grades 3 and 4 to draw an escape route from their home. The winning picture and artist will be spending the day with the Fire and Emergency Services seeing exactly what they do.
Fire prevention week is October 5th until the 11th. Deputy Fire Chief Rick Morris says it’s important that children know how to escape their home if a fire did start.
The pictures will be collected at the schools throughout fire prevention week.
Our Hydro Rates Will Continue to go up to Improve the System.
Manitoba Hydro held their annual northern public accountability meeting in Flin Flon Monday night. Their Vice-President of Customer Care and Energy Conservation Lloyd Kuczek says they are moving forward to meet the energy needs of the province with the load going up by about 1.5 percent each year.
He says their plans are all about meeting that future need in a reliable and safe manner and at the lowest cost possible. So part of the plan is to build the Keeyask which got approved, as well as another inter-connection which improves the reliability and helps them keep rates lower in Manitoba by exporting surplus electricity to the states.
Kuczek adds they had a good year financially due largely to higher water flows but are still looking at an increase in rates of 4 percent per year going forward due to capital expenditures to meet future needs as well as having to upgrade their current system.
A walk in support of ending violence against women, children and families is happening tonight in Thompson.
The walk which is an international event started globally in the 1970’s.
Tonight it’s starting at Robins Donuts and people will be uniting together to take back the night, and make the community safe for everyone. It begins at 6 o’clock.
You’re invited to the first Thompson Downtown Biz meeting happening tonight.
The idea behind Thompson Downtown Biz is to bring Thompson business owners and workers together to work and promote positive changes in our downtown.
Stores inside the two malls and in the surrounding areas will be able to join in on the conversation.
The meeting takes place tonight at 8pm at the Riverview Restaurant.
For more information you can check out Thompson Downtown Biz on Facebook.
A town hall meeting took place this past weekend to speak about saving Canada Posts door to door service.
MP Niki Ashton was there via video message; The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, People First Manitoba, the City of Thompson and Steve Ashton MLA for Thompson were all in attendance.
Issues brought up about community mail boxes included traffic congestion, snow clearing, where the boxes would be put and what will happen to the postal workers jobs.
Gord Fisher, National Director for the Prairie Region of The Canadian Union of Postal Workers was there to speak.
Fisher says if CP ends this service 15,000 workers will be out of a job.
Kristopher Blake with People First Manitoba said during the meeting 1 in 6 Manitobans have a disability making door to door service essential.
Canada Post was invited to the meeting, but did not intend. If approved Thompson would see the end to home to home delivery in 5-6 years.
The Lalor Mine near Snow Lake was officially opened last week.
Mayor Clarence Fisher of the community says this mine will ensure a generation of stability to Hudbay employees and members of the community.
This Hudbay mine will bring a profit into Snow Lake and will strength the quality of life there as well as all of northern Manitoba.
Fisher says mines have brought people from across the country and around the world to Snow Lake. He thanks Hudbay for their confidence in the region.
The second annual Run for Mums took place this past Sunday.
100 runners took to the pavement to show their support and to raise awareness for post partum illnesses. 2,000 dollars was raised and it will go to the MOOD Disorders Association of Thompson and the women’s wellness group.
Tonight Cora Grant will be speaking at the women’s wellness group about her experience. Everyone is welcome to attend and it begins at 6:30pm at the AFM building.
Walk a Mile in her Shoes was this past weekend. Men from around the city grabbed some red heels all while raising awareness and some money.
Walk a Mile in her Shoes is put on around the world to help raise awareness and money for ending violence against women.
This year Thompson raised $7,500.00 which will go to the Women’s Centre and 54 men took part.
With the start of school that means the possibility of head lice. Edith-Rose Cairns, Communicable Disease Control Coordinator for the Northern Health Regional says parents should be checking their kids head every week.
If your child does end up with lice, lice shampoo can be bought at the local pharmacy. The medication needs to go through your hair twice and for 14 days after parents are recommended to check and clean the nits out of the hair with a lice comb. As well it’s important to wash clothing, bedding and bathroom essentials in hot water.
Parents should take the time and sit down with their children and explain the bugs. Cairns says kids should be taught not to share personal clothing along with hair pins and brushes and that having lice does not mean someone is not clean.
To learn more visit http://www.northernhealthregion.ca/
The Thompson Humane Society is holding their annual property tax draw currently. Tickets are $20 each and there are 3 prizes to be won.
This year top prize is $3,000 paid onto your property tax bill, 2nd place is 2 return tickets from Thompson to Winnipeg from Calm Air and 3rd is a recliner from the Brick.
If you do not owe a property in the city but win top prize, you will get a payout of 3 grand.
Tickets are on sale at the City Centre Mall and the Thompson Humane society. The winners will be named on Sunday.
Walk a Mile in her Shoes is tomorrow.
Nina Cordell with the YWCA explains what the event is.
“Walk a mile is a YWCA initiative. It started out as a march and it was brought about internationally. This is Thompson’s 5th year doing Walk a Mile in her Shoes."
All money raised this year is going to the YWCA women’s centre to help end violence against women. Cordell says it’s a problem in Thompson. In 2011 21% of female high school students reported being a victim of sexual assault.
All walkers are to meet at the YWCA at 11am tomorrow with shoe fitting starting at 11:30am.
“We provide all the shoes so a man can come and register the day and then go in for the shoe fitting. We have shoes from size 7-14 red and silver."
The walk starts at noon and everyone is welcome to attend and cheer the gentlemen on as well.
It’s time to lace up your runners for a good cause. The second annual Run for Mums is happening tomorrow. Last year more than 160 runners took to the streets to help raise awareness for post partum illness and this year it’s going to be bigger and better!
All funds raised will go to the MOOD disorders association, and the mums wellness support group. You can register online at www.events.runningroom.com or register tomorrow.
Registration starts at noon at the TRCC.
You’re invited to a town hall meeting to talk about Canada Post and the elimination of door to door services. It will be happening on Sunday at 2pm at the Juniper Centre.
There will be a panel of speakers, then the floor will be open for discussion. MP Niki Ashton, The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, and Thompson Local 839 will be hosting the event.
If you need more information please call 677-1333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Today the full list of candidates running for mayor, council and school board was released.
Head of Council
McCarthy (Lopez), Erika
Thompson is heading to the polls on October 22nd.
Tomorrow morning a walk is happening to commemorate all the missing and murdered aboriginal women and children. Anyone who wants to take part in the walk is to meet at KTC at 8:30am. They will be walking to McLean Park.
Keewatin Tribal Council & Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will also be hosting a grandmother’s council all day Friday and Saturday at Riverlodge Place.
During the days there will be roundtable discussions and other activities.
For more information contact Lillian Saunders at 677-2341 or Kathleen Bluesky at 987-4591.
Next Wednesday is your chance to ask mayoral candidates your questions. The local Chamber of Commerce is holding a debate at the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre.
Doors open at 11:30am and the debate starts at noon. To buy your ticket for the debate visit the Thompson Chamber of Commerce office in the City Centre Mall or call 677-4155.
The chamber is holding a councillor debate on October 1st also at the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre. Tickets are on sale for that debate as well.
102.9 CHTM will also hold a mayoral candidates forum
on Wednesday October 15th from 10am until noon. Any questions can be emailed to email@example.com
The ground breaking ceremony is happening today for École Communautaire la Voie du Nord. People are welcome to come to the construction site on Weir Road at 12 pm.
The ceremony will be about 20 minutes long.
Minister James Allum and President of la Commission Scolaire Franco Manitobaine, Bernard Lesage, will both be attending the function.
The Thompson RCMP are on the watch for speeders in school zones. Approximately so far they’ve written 20 tickets since the start of school; mostly in front of RD Parker. A number of warnings have also been issued.
The current focus is on education says Staff sergeant Kevin Lewis. Lewis says the RCMP want to give residents time to adjust to the speeds, but excess speed will always result in a ticket.
The school speed zones are in effect 24/7.
Sunday was the Terry Fox run.
One hundred and twelve people joined together in remembering Terry Fox while raising money for his foundation. So far this year the Thompson Terry Fox Run has raised $3,600 with not all the pledges in just yet.
A final amount will be released in the next couple of weeks. All money raised will be going to the Terry Fox Foundation to help fund research for curing cancer.
The Northern Health Region is looking to grow a local health involvement group.
CEO Helga Bryant says the group will work together with the board. It’s to get the community's perspective on their health needs and how the current health care is being provided.
Anyone who is not a staff member for the Northern Health Region can apply to be part of the group. You can call 677-5350 or visit www.northernhealthregion.ca
The deadline is next Monday.
The membership of United Steelworkers Local 6166 ratified a new deal with Vale. Murray Nychyporuk, local Steelworkers President , made the announcement last night.
79.8% of members voted yes to the new contract. This contract covers the next five years whereas previous contracts were for a three- year period. The deal affects 1,100 employees in Vale’s Manitoba Operations.
Manitoba Hydro will be working with MAPS Thompson to clean up the Burntwood River. Oswald Sawh with Men Are Part of the Solution talks here about the benefits of this partnership.
“We are going to do some training for the men in regards to the training aspect. They will also get an activity so they aren’t just sitting at home they’ll be actually getting out and doing things, and thirdly they will be getting some income from this as well.”
Training for the men begins this week.
“Well the training for the men begins this week in regards to the safety part because they will be handling chainsaws. We start the week after, Monday morning bright and early. It will take about 4 to 5 weeks. We are looking at wrapping it up by late October.”
Sawh says this happened because of a lot of different people.
“I do want to thank the City of Thompson and I want to thank Hydro for working with MAPS on this. It really fits well with what we are trying to do with the guys. I think it’s a great partnership plus we’re going to clean up this area.”
The debris clean up project will be a multi year program. This year they will be focusing on the north shore between Manasan Falls to the Miles Hart Bridge.
The Fabulous Fitness Fundraiser is happening Thursday night at the Burntwood School gym.
It’s a fitness fundraiser to help raise money for the YWCA in partnership with Walk a Mile in her Shoes. From 6pm until 8pm learn about Tabata training, zumba and cardio kickboxing.
It’s $25 at the door, or advanced tickets are $20. Call the YWCA at 778-1209 for tickets and more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vale and USW Local 6166 announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement. The agreement is for a new five year collective bargaining deal.
The United Steelworkers will hold membership meetings today in the city to present the offer.
Details on the offer of settlement can not be disclosed until employees have the chance to vote.
On Monday a ratification vote will be held.
Manitoba’s municipalities are losing control of their operating spending, according to a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Elliot Sims with the CFIB shares some of their findings.
“CFIB decided to look at the operating spending of municipalities to see how they’re doing in terms of spending increases. CFIB believes that the reasonable benchmark for spending to increase by is the rate of inflation plus population growth. What we found is that Manitoba’s largest municipalities have actually far exceeded that benchmark and the costs have been nearly $412 million dollars for residents in those municipalities.”
Thompson was included in this list.
“While inflation-adjusted spending increased by 9% over 5 years, actually the inflation-adjusted costs for labour increased by 23%. So, far higher than population growth which saw a decline by 2% over that same period.”
Sims says one of the biggest costs affecting municipalities is labour.
“We did a study called Wage Watch a few years ago which indicated that Manitoba municipal workers receive a 34% wage and benefits advantage compared to individuals working in the private sector in the same job.”
Sims says with elections just around the corner, Manitoba taxpayers should ask candidates for their plans on how they’ll bring spending under control.
Grand Chief David Harper survived a non-confidence vote yesterday, allowing him to stay on as the head of the MKO.
Seven chiefs of Manitoba’s northern first nations voted in favour of removing Harper from office, while 15 voted for him to stay.
Mathias Colmb Chief Arlen Dumas was not pleased in the result. Dumas called the non-confidence vote, accusing Harper of refusing to cooperate with auditors called in to examine the agency’s books more than a year ago. Dumas said the main reason Harper survived the vote is because Harper hasn’t given the auditor any of the documents requested, and therefore the auditor told chiefs Tuesday he couldn’t draw any conclusions.
Harper couldn’t be reached for comment though he said earlier he was “pretty confident” he would survive the vote and that he had done nothing wrong.
The annual September 11th memorial parade will be today from 10:30am until 11:30am. Opening ceremonies put on by the Fire and Emergency Services and the RCMP will begin at 10:30am at the Fire Hall.
The route for the parade will start at the fire station, turn onto Elizabeth Drive which then continues onto Mystery Lake Drive and will finish on Thompson Drive North at the fire fighters tribute.
For more information call 677-7816. Everyone is welcome to attend.
At this week’s city council meeting Penny Byer announced Thompson’s bloom rating for 2014. It was 4, just like last year, but we were only 2.5% away from reaching 5 out of 5 blooms. That’s 12 and a half points higher than last year’s rating.
The judges noted that there was no litter on the grounds, and the community gardens at Wapanohk School were a positive addition to our efforts.
Communities in Bloom reviewed the report Tuesday night which will be released to the public soon.
On Friday night there's a special event taking place in Thompson… it's called Wellness on Wheels. Judy Slaney Education & Training coordinator at the CMHA talks here about what W.O.W is.
“So the Wellness on Wheels is going to be a bike jam. A youth and family party that will roll through the streets of Thompson on September 12th. It begins and ends at the Boys and Girls Club.”
The evening is in conjunction with world suicide prevention day which is tomorrow. The wheels part of this evening is to show people how exercise can change your thought process.
It all starts at 6:30pm at the club with speeches, a skateboard demonstration, and lots of fun activities planned for after the ride.
Anyone can take part in Wellness on Wheels. Just come by the Boys and Girls Club Friday evening and bring a non motorized mode of transportation.
The Norplex Pool has closed down for maintenance and will reopen on September 22nd. The building shuts down annually to drain the pool and fix needed repairs.
Swimming lesson registration will be on September 12th from 9am until 12pm. This day only.
For more information on the shutdown you can call the Recreation, Parks & Culture department at 677-7952.
Beginning today you can learn the steps to success!
The Thompson YWCA is holding an open house until 4pm. During the open house they will talk about what will be offered starting this month to adults wanting to prepare for school, work or just life in general!
Some classes will include computer training, essay writings, and even driver’s learners’ prep.
For more information on when the classes will be held call 677-5016 or drop by the YWCA today.
The municipal election is next month. Last week in a press release Deputy Mayor Dennis Fenske put his name into the race. Fenske says Thompson’s two biggest issues are currently around water. The delivery of treated water and the disposal of waste water.
Mayor Tim Johnston officially stated late last week he will not be rerunning. The sole other name that has been confirmed is Luke
Robinson who announced he was running for mayor in May.
The official list of all candidates for mayor, council and school board will be released on September 16th.
There are some new classes starting soon focusing on healthy living. Kathleen Hodgins a community dietitian speaks here about the classes.
“We’re calling them the change for healthy living classes and this is the second set of classes we’ve held. We ran one last spring and it was popular so we thought we would run it again. It’s a series of five sessions which starts Tuesday September 16th and will run every second week."
The classes use different types of learning including self reflection and independent work along with group activities.
Lynn Watkins, Health Promotions Coordinator says there are different focuses of the classes and everyone can gain something from them.
“Well the classes build on one another and the content is primarily based on healthy eating and physical activity; so changing your lifestyle activities around those two things. It could be one or the other or if people don’t have both as a concern it doesn’t matter the process we are taking people through will be relevant."
Watkins says a healthy lifestyle is important for many different reasons.
“We can prevent disease. We can not only live longer, but we can live healthier while living longer. We can have a better quality of life. We have more energy and get better sleep, we can feel better about ourselves and interact better with family and friends. It prevents things like heart disease and strokes.”
The classes will be held at the Thompson Regional Community Centre. To register call Lynn Watkins or Kathleen Hodgins at 677 1780 or 677 1788.
Thompson, get ready for the 5th annual Mud Bogs! They're happening this weekend on September 6th and 7th. President of the Northern Manitoba Offroad Association, Dennis Foley talks here about the race classes.
“We have multiple race classes going from your everyday truck, or we have the guys that have built the trucks in the back yard going into the open or modified class. We also have the trucks with the 1000 horsepower coming in to take part.”
The bog is a 150 foot pit behind the ball diamonds at the TRCC. Trucks will take to the mud on Saturday and ATVs run on Sunday.
To register visit Northern Manitoba Offroad association on Facebook. And make sure to stop by and listen to the free local music taking place all weekend long too.
It’s time to lace up your shoes for a good cause.
The second annual Run for Mums is happening on September 20th. Last year more than 160 runners took to the streets to help raise awareness for post partum illness and this year it’s going to be bigger and better!
All funds raised will go to the MOOD disorders association and the mums wellness support group. You can register online at www.events.runningroom.com or register on the day of the walk.
Registration starts at noon at the TRCC.