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The Thompson Local News Archives for 2014-11

Mayor Reminding Snowmobilers to Stay Safe

The Thompson Trailbreakers expect to open snowmobiling trails soon.


Mayor Dennis Fenske is encouraging snowmobilers to get familiar with trails before riding. Maps can be found at the TRCC, Thompson Trailbreakers, and at most gas stations.


Fenske also said that safety is first, and reminds riders to keep off the Burntwood river system.


First Night for Operation Red Nose

For the next few weeks you won’t need a friend to be your designated driver.


Thanks to Operation Red Nose, residents will be able to call and have someone drive them in their own car after enjoying drinks. Although free, Operation Red Nose accepts donations which are then given back into the community. Last year they raised over $10,000.


You can reach them at 778-8111 starting tonight.


Thompson Airport Reveals Plans

The gears are slowly turning to build a new terminal at Thompson Airport.


President Curtis Ross says the new building would have a “northern lodge feel” and would include upgrades to the water and sewage treatment plants.


The new building would be built on the North-West side of the airport. Ross says they are currently talking to all levels of government to fund the $112 million dollar project.


If funded, ground would break mid-2016.





TRCC Fitness Centre

The TRCC Fitness Centre has been averaging around 25 visitors each day.


Director of Recreation, John Burrows says attendees have enjoyed the facility but have offered suggestions for improvements such as making the facility a "scent-free environment".


Burrows says they are still working on getting fitness attendants to assist patrons.


The Fitness centre was opened last month as an addition to the new TRCC building.


Thompson Trailbreakers

Get your snowmobiles ready.


The Thompson Trailbreakers say they are about 2 weeks ahead of schedule thanks to the snow and cold experienced in November. Along with preparing the trails, the Trailbreakers expanded this year with a maintenance building for equipment, and a warm-up shelter for the Kelsey trail.


The trails are expected to open before Christmas.


Manitoba Metis Federation Citizenship

An unprecedented decision by the Manitoba Metis Federation was made last week.


The MMF will now allow Manitoba Metis Community Citizens living outside of Manitoba to apply for citizenship with the Federation. The decision was made last week after an overwhelming pass.


President David Chartrand says now no matter where their Citizens live their right to join the MMF will be honoured.


Thompson Springboard Diving Club

A bathing suit and some nerves.   That’s about all you need to be part of the Thompson Springboard Diving Club.   Active for about 20 years until 1996, there is a move to restart the Diving Club. 


Rod MacLean, a former member of the group, has tried to get the club reactivated over the years, but hasn’t been successful in finding coaches.   Now a couple individuals have expressed interest in taking the training to become coaches and that means good news for the club’s prospects.  


MacLean is holding a meeting this Thursday at 7 pm at the Norplex Pool to determine the level of interest from athletes and parents.   If you can’t make the meeting but are interested in the club, call Rod at 679-0792.   For more on the Diving Club listen to Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.


Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town!


The Thompson Christmas parade is this Saturday. It starts at Cree Road and Hemlock St, and finishes at the TRCC where activities such as the tree lighting, face painting, and a perfromance by Russell Peters, Folk Rock will be taking place


National Childrens Day celebrations will also be taking place at the same time.


The parade starts at 2pm. Everyone is encouraged to come. 


Our Home Kikinaw Bowl-a-Thon

Vandalism won’t stop Our Home Kikinaw from completing a second house.


Over the summer 5 windows were broken and now the organization is hosting a bowl-a-thon to help cover costs.


Interested bowlers must register by this Friday. Participants are being asked to pledge a minimum of $25.


Find out more on Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10.


UCN Enrolment

Enrolment at UCN is steadily increasing.


Jim Scott from the school says the building at Thompson seems to have attracted more students.


University programs are seeing the largest growth with an 8% increase.


Scott says a challenge the school is currently facing is finding accommodation for students.


Water Main Breaks

The City has been hit with a string of water main breaks.


Wayne Koversky with Public Works says they are working on it, and their action plan is to remediate breaks as soon as possibe.


A combinaton of weather and old pipe lines are to blame.


Koversky says a challenge being faced is working with outside agencies, because all utility companies have to be on the same page before the City can dig.


Doctor Finder Program

Manitobans are having an easier time finding a health care provider.


The Northern Health Region says the province’s Family Doctor Connector Program is going well.


The service helps Manitoban’s get connected with a primary care provider. Find out more on Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10.


Salvation Army Kettle Launch

The Thompson Salvation Army launches its kettle campaign program today.


They will be collecting at 5 locations this year: Wal-Mart, Safeway, Family Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, and the Liquor Mart.


This is the 124th year the organization has collected donations to help millions of Canadians living in poverty. Money collected will help those living in poverty, get through the holidays.


Manitoba Road Fatalities Decreasing

Last year Manitoba saw the fewest auto related fatalities in the last 20 years.


Manitoba Public Insurance says the decrease in fatalities is continuing in 2014. There were 85 road fatalities in 2013, and as of October 2014 the province has seen 59.


80% of road fatalities occur in rural areas of Manitoba.


Education about high risk driving behaviour, tough drinking and driving laws, and technological advances in cars are all believed to be contributing factors to the decrease.




Ten Thousand Villages Sale

The Ten Thousand Villages sale wraps up this weekend.


The non-profit organization sells handcrafts made by fairly paid artisans from developing countries.


Extra profits are going towards the Wapanock Breakfast Program and Rotary Splash Pad.


The sale is being held at the Lutheran United Church today and Friday from 2-8pm, and from 10am-4pm on Saturday which is the last day.


Bullying Awareness Week

Bullying Awareness Week was started to help prevent kids from getting bullied.


Here in Thompson, schools like Wapanohk are doing their part to join in the 12th year of the initiative hosting a presentation, and poster competition.


Other events in other schools will be taking place as well.


64 percent of Canadian kids have been bullied at school.


Winter Tire Program

More than 10,000 Manitoban’s have signed up with the province’s new winter tire program.


Brian Smiley with MPI says winter tires are best for Northern winter driving.


The pilot program offers low interest loans up to 48 months to a maximum of $2,000. Smiley says there are 7 participating retailers in Thompson. 


Spirit Way Annual General Meeting

The 10th Annual General Meeting for Spirit Way will be taking place tonight.


The meeting will go over projects Spirit Way has been working on such as the wolf exhibit and making Thompson the Wolf Capital of the World.


Everyone is invited to the meeting which is taking place at the Heritage North Museum at 7:15pm.


RCMP Update

Thompson RCMP have been focusing on 4 policing priorities, and Officer in Charge, Will Tewnion believes it has been going well.


Tewnion also said the RCMP have seen a decrease in prisoners arrested for intoxication and substance abuse, since the start of the downtown strategy project.


For more updates from Thompson RCMP, listen to our interview with Officer Will Tewnion today at 12:40 and 5:10 during Thompson Today.


Operation Red Nose Kick-Off Recap

Operation Red Nose had their kick-off event last week. Coordinator’s told the public it’s accomplishments since operating in Thompson.


Deputy Mayor Penny Byer also spoke at the kick-off, urging residents to use the free service after spending a night out.


The first night Operation Red Nose will be driving is November 28. You can call them at 204-778-8111 to use their services.  


Operation Christmas Child

Put your empty shoeboxes to good use.


Nadine Murphy from The Thompson Pentecostal Assembly says they are collecting filled shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox program.


Boxes can be filled with gifts, school supplies, hygiene items and hard wrapped candy.


Shoeboxes can be picked up or dropped off at 126 Goldeye Crescent until November 23.


Canadian Blood Services

Costs and strict time frames are to blame for the lack of a Canadian Blood Services mobile donation site coming up to Thompson.


Pamela Mullens with the Canadian Blood Services says that there are ways Thompsonites can still help, such as becoming an organ and tissue donor or providing financial donations at


"Opening Doors" Parents Career Info Expo

Parents wanting to get tools and resources to assist their child’s future, have a chance to do so.


The “Opening Doors” Parents Career Info Expo will be held tomorrow.


Vale, Manitoba Hydro, and Manitoba Construction Sector Council, are just some of the exhibitors in attendance.


The expo will be at the TRCC from 10am-3pm.


Leaf Rapids Explosive Device Threat

RCMP are currently investigating after a false explosive report was made on Wednesday in Leaf Rapids. 


The threat caused an evacuation of around 230 people from the Town Centre Complex for around 4 hours.


Although the threat was false, RCMP say the perceived threat was real.


RCMP Explosive Device Unit are assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information is encourage to call the Leaf Rapids RCMP at 204-473-2944.


Operation Red Nose Kick-Off

Operation Red Nose is coming back.


The service, aimed at giving people an alternative to drinking and driving will be kicking November 28.


They are still looking for volunteers. People over the age of 18 can volunteer as a Designated Driver, Navigator, or Escort Driver.


The kick off event and volunteer informaiton session is happening tonight at 6:30 at the Lakeview Inn and Suites.


Tetaskweyak Election Results

Tetaskweyak Cree Nation held elections for their council last week.


Duke Beardy was elected as Chief with 312 votes. There were 7 people running for chief. Elected councillors were Norma Flett, Nathan Neckoway, Mary Flett, Elijah Dick, Alwyn Keeper, and Doreen Spence.


Around 700 people came out to vote, out of 1200 eligible voters.


First meeting of council will be on Monday.


War Amps Annual Label Campaign

  The War Amps are conducting their annual address label campaign in Manitoba and across the country. 


Their Public Affairs Officer Jamie Lund says funds raised by these address labels support their child amputee programs.  She says she grew up in the Child Amputee Program with the War Amps Champs program and she has benefited from the program since her birth.  She says they have provided her with artificial limbs and also emotional support so she’s able to lead a normal active and healthy life.


The War Amps receive no government grants so their programs are funded solely by public support of their key tag and address label services.  For information you can visit their website at



Northern Manitoba Research Network Forum

The first northern Manitoba Research Network will be held this Saturday.


The event gives an opportunity for residents to share experiences and ideas in a safe and inclusive space. Participants will also attend workshops and explore how research can be a means to make positive changes. 


The event will be taking place at the TRCC on November 15 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. It is free to attend.


Manitoba Aboriginal Health Careers Website Launched

There is online help for First Nations and aboriginal people in Manitoba, wanting to start a career in the health field.


Launched last week, the website offers career advice, resources for finances, chid care, and other additional help.


Administrative Director Wayne Heide hopes the website will motivate First Nations and aboriginal high school students to think about and plan their future.


The website can be reached at


Diabetes Day: November 14

This Friday is World Diabetes Day.


To mark the month, the Northern Health Region is hosting a diabetes walk and cooking demonstration.


Both events will be on November 14, with the Diabetes Walk starting at 11am in the TRCC and Cooking demonstration to follow at noon.


The NRH will also be hosting a healthy holiday eating education session on November 26 at 6:30pm in the TRCC.



National Child Day: November 29

The day for celebrating children will be celebrated once again here in Thompson.


In addition to the Christmas parade, there will be flu shots, musical entertainment by Russell Peters, face painting, hot chocolate, and snow sliding depending on the weather.


The day is a reminder that children need support, encouragement and respect in order to grow to their full potential. 


This year National Child Day will be celebrated on November 29th at the Thompson Regional Community Centre from 2:30pm-5:00pm.


Remembrance Day Tomorrow

The Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting the Remembrance Day ceremony tomorrow.


Veterans and the public will gather to honour those who served out country. The commemorative ceremony will be taking place at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena at 10am. All are welcome.


To mark the day schools will be closed, and Liquor Mart will be closed until 1pm.


Wheelchair Ramp and Platform Built

People First Thompson officially thanked the Thompson Regional Community Centre for building a wheelchair accessible ramp and platform last week.


John Burrows from the TRCC told us that residents who tried watching a game at the Gordon Beard Arena weren't able to, and submitted a request for the ramp and platform to be built.


The TRCC also plans to make the doors to the Gordon Beard Arena automatic, making the arena wheelchair accessible.


Thompson RCMP Search Warrant

Thompson RCMP have made an arrest after executing a search warrant last week.


Ryan Dean Abele of Thompson is currently in custody and is to appear in court today. He is being charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana with the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen goods and unsafe storage of a firearm.


The RCMP say they are fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the RCMP at 204-677-6909.


High Radon Gas Levels in Manitoba

1 in 4 Manitoba homes have higher than acceptable radon gas levels. This is higher than the national levels.


That is why the Canadian Cancer Society is urging Manitobans to get their homes tested for Radon Gas. Residents can pick up a radon test kit from a hardware store or radon testing professional.


Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer.



Movember kicked off this week.


The month long initiative encourages men to grow their moustache in order to raise funds and bring awareness to men’s health issues like prostate cancer and mental health.


Men are encouraged to set up a profile to show off their stache and raise funds at


Women, also known as Mo Sistas can join in Movember by supporting the men in their life, throughout the month.


Operation Red Nose Launch

Drivers will have a safe way to get home after a night out with Operation Red Nose.


The service, which drives people home in their car after a night of drinking, will be back in operation November 28.


The service is free however donations are accepted and then given to youth organizations in the city. Any youth group interested in receiving funds are encouraged to contact Operation Red Nose at


The kick off is happening November 14 at 6:30pm at the Lakeview Inn and Suites. People interested in joining as a volunteer are encouraged to pick up a volunteer application form at CHTM or the Boys and Girls Club. 



Salvation Army Christmas Hampers

The Salvation Army starts accepting toy donations today for this year’s Christmas Hampers.


People who think they need a Christmas hamper this year are encouraged to go to the Salvation Army:


Toy donations will be accepted every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm until Dec 4.


The Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign. Interested individuals should contact the Salvation Army.


Boreal Discovery Viewing

Residents can get a sneak peek at how the Boreal Discovery Centre will look like when completed.


Chairperson Keith MacDonald told us that from November 4- November 6 from 4pm-10pm nightly, the Thompson Zoological Society will be projecting an animated video.


The video will be projected on the wall of the Best Western Hotel, so residents are reccomended to park at the City Centre Mall to get a good view of the 4 1/2 minute long video.


Diabetes Month

Newly elected mayor, Dennis Fenske has proclaimed November to be Diabetes Month in the city of Thompson. He has also proclaimed November 14 to be World Diabetes Day here in the city.


To mark the month, Northern Health Region will be hosting events on November 14 starting at 11am, including a Diabetes Walk and a cooking demonstration to follow at the TRCC.


Cancer Navigation Services Launched

New services have been rolled out in Northern Manitoba for cancer patients.


Cancer Navigation Services will provide cancer patients with access to a community engagement liaison, a nurse navigator, and psychosocial oncology counsellor.


The services are a direct result of In Sixty- Manitoba's Cancer Patient journey initiative aimed to get patients from suspicion of cancer, through diagnosis, and to their first treatment faster-in sixty days or less- and to do so in a way that also provides a smoother experience for patients.


If someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, you can call the toll free number 1-855-740-9322.


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