The Rotary Club of Thompson has been involved with many international programs.
This includes polio plus, shelter box, and the ripple effect.
President Elect Sandra Ross-Hitch tells us about their next project called Literacy Changes the World: "What we’re doing, is we’re asking anyone who has gently used children’s books or even new children’s books to come and visit our booth at the trade show and drop them off".
Ross-Hitch says they’ll collect all the books and then send them overseas.
A driver who fled the scene of an accident has been located by police.
The incident happened around noon on Monday at the intersection of Princeton and Station Road.
An 11 year old boy was crossing the street when the driver made a turn and hit the boy. The boy was sent to hospital with minor injuries.
Charges are pending under the highway traffic act for failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
Thompson RCMP are reminding drivers to keep an eye out for children playing and pedestrians crossing the road.
Niki Ashton says the proposed federal budget fails Aboriginal people.
The MP for Churchill says it doesn’t address missing and murdered aboriginal women, nutrition north, or Aboriginal education: "In the case of education which we know to be a key area, there’s a massive gap that aboriginal students face on reserves compared to any student off reserve and it's nowhere near the investment that’s required. In fact Steven Harper himself had made a pledge of 1.9 billion dollars. This budget invests $200 million over a series of years and we know this is nowhere near what is necessary to begin to bring up the standards".
Ashton says the budget does not show that the federal government is a willing partner to address the immense challenges that people on First Nations face.
Residents filled council chambers on Monday to hear whether the City would sign a letter of intent with Vale.
The letter means the City and Vale will continue negotiations, relating to the transfer of the Water Treatment Plant. Currently the mine operates the plant.
After discussion, council unanimously passed a resolution that takes the negotiations to the next step. This includes public hearings to get their opinion.
Mayor Dennis Fenske declared a conflict of interest and stepped out of chambers while the resolution was on the table.
Work is underway to launch Manitoba’s first community safety officer program in Thompson.
Justice Minister James Allum made the announcement at City Hall yesterday: "A program we hope in the future will make its way out all across the province, but it’s going to start right here. Now the program itself will involve 8 community safety officers, they will be hired by the City of Thompson, but will be in constant contact with us and with other social service agencies in Thompson".
The 8 community safety officers will be replacing the City’s 4 by-law officers, and will work with local RCMP to address crime prevention, youth services, and public safety.
They hope to have the program launched June 15.
Today the United Steelworkers Local 6166 will be remembering those who were killed or injured on the job.
Union president Murray Nychyporuk tells us about the National Day of Mourning: "Well it’s a day of mourning to recognize, to pay homage, and respect to all the fatalities that we’ve had across the country for the past year and year’s before that".
A ceremony will be held outside the union building at 19 Elizabeth Drive at 7pm.
Thompson YWCA honoured a number of women over the weekend.
Although they acknowledged all 8 nominees, Johanna Petrowski, Bea Shantz, Norma Leahy, and Brielle Beardy-Linklater were chosen as this year’s women of distinction.
This was the Y’s 7th year hosting the event, which honours extraordinary Manitoba women north of the 53rd parallel.
All 8 nominees
A search at a residence on Martin Bay has led to an arrest.
On April 23rd, Thompson RCMP seized a quantity of marijuana, large sum of cash, and various drug paraphernalia.
Brandon Crait, 19, of Thompson is facing charges of possession of marijuana, and possession of proceeds obtained by crime. He was released from custody and is to appear at Thompson Provincial court in May.
Police have also charged two underage youth aged 13 and 14 with breach of probation.
RCMP ask anyone with information regarding drug trafficking to call crime stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
Thompson is closer to having an Industrial Skills and Trades Training Centre built.
Manager of Corporate Affairs and Organizational Development at Vale, Ryan Land tells us more: "We’re now looking at getting commitment at provincial and federal levels, I think we’ve got that really at provincial and federal levels. And I think the province is looking at how big, how much money to invest, what the square footage would be like and of course most importantly what kind of programming, because the programming really dictates what the facility needs to be able to do".
Land says they are already offering programming through a committee and within the existing governance structure of UCN.
Small businesses will benefit with the new proposed Federal budget.
CFIB Director of Provincial Affairs for Manitoba, Elliot Sims, tells us why the organization graded the federal budget with an “A”: "Our number one priority for Manitoba small businesses was to lower the small business corporate tax rate from 11 -9 %. So what this means for Manitoba small businesses, is that if you have $100,000 in taxable income, by 2019 when the tax cut is fully implemented, you’ll be paying $2,000 less in corporate taxes".
Sims says this is money small business owners will use to reinvest into their business or into their employees, either through higher wages, benefits, or training.
The Thompson Humane Society had their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday.
During this time, plans for the upcoming year were discussed.
President Oswald Sawh has more:"Encourage more adoptions. We're gonna be setting up some additional promotional activities, for instance we’ll be having an e-commerce board in the mall that will highlight animals that are up for adoption. We will also be re-launching our store operations this summer, and of course the board will be moving forward with establishing a committee to help with the construction of our new building".
The organization will be set up at CHTM’s trade show next weekend, with pictures and plans for the new building, and will be seeking the public’s feedback.
The RD Parker Jazz Ensembles have a special visitor this weekend.
Music teacher Kevin Lewis tells us about Music Professor Greg Gatien from Brandon University: "Greg’s coming up on April 24th and 25th. He is one of the professors at BU and he’s a regular clinician for us in the North. He’s a part of the Norman jazz festival that we host every couple of years, and just a really outstanding music educator. We’re lucky to have a guy like that in our province".
The bands will be performing with Professor Gatien tomorrow at their Java Jazz Coffeehouse.
Tickets are $10 to attend, which includes admission and refreshments.
The melted snow has unveiled months of littering.
Director of Public Works, Wayne Koversky tells us about the spring clean up program: "Basically it gives an opportunity for groups, individuals, or families, to come down to public works at 120 Seal Road. What we have is a little bit of a description of what’s involved, some safety precautions, and you're allowed to pick an area on our city map where you feel you can do your best look of Thompson and give a good prideful community cleanup".
The program runs from May 1-31st.
At the end of the month, you can bring what you’ve collected to public works and get $3 for every bag filled with garbage or recyclables.
Thompson resident Dylan Roberts took home a medal at the 2015 Skills Manitoba competition earlier this month.
The RD Parker student got silver for the outdoor power and recreation equipment category, which tests competitors knowledge on small engines and recreational vehicles.
This is Skills Manitoba 18th time hosting the Olympic style event, which attracted over 500 students from all across Manitoba.
The Canadian Blood Services One Match program recruits healthy people who are wiling to become a stem cell or marrow donor for non-relative patients.
Over the weekend, they were registering participants at Relay for Life.
Volunteer Barbara Henderson has more: "We had 36 people register with us on paper and we had probably 4 or 5 other people who said they would go online themselves. It was a real nice cross section of different ethnic groups, which is something they really needed so that was really good".
The volunteers are already planning for next year. They're in talks with Canadain Blood Services to have a blood drive next year instead, but it's still in the works.
People can register to become a stem cell donor at onematch.ca.
A unique competition will have kids learning about engineering with uncooked spaghetti.
Organizer and engineer at Vale Ben Harris, tells us about the Spaghetti Competition: "the spaghetti bridge competition is a competition for kids that allows them to build bridges and then we get to see who can make the lightest bridge and the strongest bridge".
Using a special machine, the bridges strength is tested. Kids can get a registration form at their school.
The competition takes place May 9th at the TRCC.
Volunteerism is alive and well in Thompson.
Monday night, council recognized the efforts of a number of volunteers in the City, during which time they also revealed the Volunteer of the Year.
There were 6 people and 1 organization up for the award, but resident Esther Latchman walked away with the distinction.
She’s been involved with the Multicultural Centre for over 30 years, and has volunteered for countless organizations in the City.
Mayor Dennis Fenske congratulated her for being this year’s recipient, and said its well deserved.
Thompson’s YWCA is gearing up for their fitness mash-up.
Organizer Charlene Dysart tells us about the annual fundraiser: "The fitness mashup is a fundraiser that we started last year to raise funds for the YWCA’s wise women centre. It’s a month long fitness session, so we have 4 classes a week and we have a variety of local certified fitness instructors coming in to offer their style of fitness".
Classes being offered are fitball, zumba, yoga, and HIIT.
To register, or to get more infromation call the Y at 204-778-1209.
Residents got together this past weekend to raise money for cancer research.
The Cancer Society’s Relay for Life saw 27 teams brave the 12 hour walk relay.
Organizer Donna Wilson says those teams raised over $116,000. With another $50,000 from gifts in kind, the Thompson relay raised a grand total of just over $165,000.
Throughout the night, local musicians entertained participants.
Organizers also hosted the Relay Head Shave, during which time several participants had their heads shaved to raise extra money for the charity.
More is known about the suspicious packages sent to 6 Manitoban court buildings earlier in the month.
Testing on the packages is complete, and results were negative for the presence of dangerous chemicals.
Police say the packages, which were delivered at courthouses in Thompson, Winnipeg, Brandon, Morden, Minnedosa, and Churchill, originated from China.
Earlier reports said the packages were envelopes with documents inside, but police still won’t say what those documents contained.
RCMP continue to investigate.
Wabowden RCMP have arrested a woman, trafficking alcohol into Norway House.
On Saturday, they stopped a car on Highway 373, near Highway 6. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 20 bottles of alcohol that were headed to the dry community.
Since February, RCMP have made several seizures of drugs and alcohol that were headed to Norway House.
RCMP are reminding people, that those who traffic, destroy lives, homes, and communities. They ask anyone with information regarding drug trafficking to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
A handful of residents attended last week’s public hearing on the year’s proposed budget.
During this time, capital projects were presented. Cree Road from Fox Bay to Thompson Drive North is proposed as this year’s road renewal project, with Broadway Street to Cree Road getting multi-use paths.
Plans for this year’s water main renewal projects include Cree Road from Burntwood Road to Fox Bay, and Selkirk Avenue to Thompson Drive North. Ospwagon Drive from Burntwood Road to Thompson Drive South is also getting water main renewal.
Legal costs, accommodation tax, and the transfer of the LGD were some of the issues members from the public brought up.
The proposal will mean a 1.5% increase on the residential mill rate. This means an additional $53 a year in taxes for a residential house worth $200,000.
Mayor Dennis Fenske thanked the public who attended, and thanked administration and council for their work in putting together the budget.
The budget is expected to go through its second and third reading on April 27th.
Residents are gathering at the TRCC tonight to honour those who go above and beyond for this City.
The Volunteer Appreciation Reception takes place at the TRCC from 5:30 to 7pm.
During this time, the City will recognize volunteers, volunteer groups, and announce the City’s Volunteer of the Year.
Food will be provided and everyone is invited to attend.
Maybe second time’s the charm for Thompson’s Vale.
They’re one of 3 finalists up for the Community Engagement and Environmental Excellence Award from the Mining Association of Canada.
The award recognizes mines for their innovation, involvements, and engagement with communities and project outcomes.
Vale’s involvement with TEDWIG along with their contributions towards other diversifications projects in the City got them nominated.
The winner will be announced at a Mining Awards Gala in Montréal next month.
The Senior Ensembles at RD Parker Collegiate have an exciting trip planned.
Music teacher Kevin Lewis tells us what they will be doing when they visit Toronto next month: "The choir will be performing and competing at the Festival of Music at Canada’s Wonderland. We’re going to be looking to audit at Music Festival Canada Nationals, have a chance to go and hear some of the top ensembles in the country, and then get some clinics at the University of Toronto, which is one of the premier music education facilities in our country".
As part of their pre-tour concert, the group will be performing alongside the Thompson Community Band in the Letkemann Theatre on May 6th.
Learn more later today at 12:40 and 5:10 during Thompson Today.
Young scientists are gathering in Thompson this weekend, for the Regional Science Fair.
75 students from Thompson, Flin Flon, and The Pas will be showing off their ideas, creations, and inventions to judges today and tomorrow.
The public can check out what the students have to offer tomorrow from 1:30-2:30 pm at Burntwood School. Awards will be presented to the top projects after the public viewing.
Science projects that are unique and innovative have a chance to go to the Canada-Wide Science Fair set to happen in New Brunswick next month.
Les Ellsworth came out on top, beating out Murray Nychyporuk for President. Phil Hayden was elected as Vice President, Jim MacIntyre got Inside Guard and Ian Harman was elected for Outside Guard.
All other executive positions were acclaimed. This includes Sheila Thompson for Financial Secretary, Warren Luky for Recording Secretary, Gord Medwid as Treasurer, Tony Colbourne, Richard Sanche and Balt Flores as Trustees and Justin Lefebvre as Guide.
The new members will be officially sworn into their new positions in the 3rd week of May.
Juniper Elementary School found out they throw out 135 lbs of waste a day through a garbage audit.
The audit also revealed 66% of the schools waste products go to the landfill site, but only 14% of it actually needs to.
It’s all part of their commitment to reducing their waste. Principal Lucy Mayor has more "Right now we're in the process of starting some composting here at the school. We have just purchased some materials to do that, and two classes in the school are going to start leading that one. We’re also gonna do some vernier composting as well, with the worms".
The school is one of 18 in Manitoba participating in Green Action Centre’s 3 year school reduction waste program.
A number of residents are giving Thompson a good name.
Nick Di Virgilio, Owen Settee, and Quality Inn and Suites were all given awards last month.
Nick Di Virgilio received a Distinguished Leadership Award from the International Lions Club, Owen Settee was given the Student Citizenship Award from the Manitoba School Board Association, and Quality Inn and Suites were given a Platinum Award from Choice Hotels.
During Monday’s Council meeting, Mayor Dennis Fenske, and Deputy Mayor Penny Byer presented the residents with Certificates of Appreciation for their contributions to the City.
The federal government has announced funding for addictions prevention and treatment services in First Nations communities in Manitoba.
Minister Shelly Glover made the announcement on Tuesday. The $2.96 million dollars will be given to the First Nation communities over five years, and will help fund a prescription drug abuse crisis intervention team.
Glover said the funds will ensure there is access to culturally relevant care and support in First Nations communities.
The City didn’t use the Cold Weather Policy this year, as much as it did last year.
There were 45 nights this winter, where temperature dropped below -35 degrees, but the policy was only utilized 11 times, to serve 52 people who needed it. Compare that to last year, where the Cold Weather policy was activated 69 times to house 697 people.
The Public Safety Committee is reporting Project Northern Doorway as having played a significant role in reducing the need for the policy. They say 16 clients that would have been occupying mats at the Homeless Shelter, were housed at 95 Cree Road instead.
A detailed report on the findings from phase 1 of the wolf perception study, has been released.
Memorial University student Bonnie Bishop spent three months in Thompson last summer to study the attitude residents have on wolves.
Under the guidance of Professor, Dr. Alistair Bath, Bishop found 45-60% of the residents surveyed were slightly or strongly in favour of all aspects of wolves and wolf initiatives.
Phase 2 of Bishop’s research takes place this summer, and will focus on Aboriginal and youth respondents.
A summer camp stopping by Thompson will have kids exploring, experimenting, and inventing.
WISE Kid-Netic Energy has been coming to the City for a number of years, but Program Administrator Jill Lautenschlager says there’s something different every year: "Our camps are designed for kids in grades 4-6 or ages 9-12 and they are science and engineering based. We have a different theme each day and this years camp includes agriculture days, chemistry day, how its made, in sickness and in health and code makers".
The camp aims to get kids more interetsed in science and engineering. It will run from July 6-10, but registration is now open online at wisekidneticenergy.ca.
This is the 7th year the YWCA Thompson is honouring women through their women of distinction awards dinner.
Planning committee member Kate Fenske tells us who this year’s nominees are: “So this year we received 8 nominations, 6 of those nominations are for our women of distinction award category and those women this year are Bea Shantz, Betsy Kennedy, Esther Latchman, Johanna Petrowski, Michelle Smook, and Norma Leahy. The names of the two nominees for the young women category in memoriam of Chantelle Chornoby are Brielle Beardy Linklater and Rebekah Hudson".
The nominees will be awarded on April 25th at Riverlodge Place.
You can get tickets to attend at Scotiabank.
Registration for September 2015 kindergarten is now open at the School District of Mystery Lake.
Parents or legal guardians of children, who will be 5 years old by December 31st of this year, are invited to visit the designated school for their area.
To register your child, you’ll need to bring their birth certificate and your Manitoba health card, as well as a proof of residence.
The School District is planning to welcome the soon-to-be kindergarten students, with events at each of the schools in June.
A local resident has been elected for a second term as the Provincial President for People First of Manitoba.
Kristopher Blake first got involved with the organization after starting a chapter in Thompson. He says he’s ready for another term: "I got another 2 year term as president for the province of Manitoba. The first term was kind of ok, a lot of mix-ups, but now we’re settled, we have a new coordinator for the province of Manitoba to assist us".
People First of Canada is an organization that represents and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities.
A landmark that’s been in Thompson since the1980’s is facing problems.
At last week’s Chamber of Commerce meeting, President of the Heritage North Museum Dale Shantz, revealed that rot is affecting base logs at a number of places around the building.
Testing concluded that the logs need to be replaced before the problem gets worse.
They’ve already located an expert who has cut and prepped new logs that will be used towards a project in May and June to replace the old logs.
Currently, the museum is looking for donations and extra funding for the $26,000 project.
Thanks to the spring meltdown, winter roads are now closed in the North.
The roads which opened in December connect remote communities to main roads and allow for the transportation of fuel, building supplies, and other goods.
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation say the roads are no longer being inspected or maintained and should not be considered safe for travel.
There is around 800km of winter roads around Thompson that open every year.
Setbacks continue to prevent Our Home Kikinaw from completing a second house.
The non-profit organization works to build safe housing for low-income families. One house has already been built but vandalism and flooding is slowing the construction of another.
To raise money they are hosting a Ladies Night on April 24th. All proceeds will be going towards the organization. Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased at the Thompson Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation office.
Learn more during Thompson Today this afternoon at 12:40 and 5:10.
RCMP are investigating after courthouses in Thompson, Winnipeg, Brandon, Morden, and Minnedosa received suspicious packages Wednesday evening.
In a press briefing today, RCMP Assistant Commission Kevin Brosseau said the packages were large envelopes that contained documents but wouldn't say whether they were mailed or delivered to the doorsteps.
The first of the packages were received in Thompson where two people experienced shortness of breath, believed to be caused by the packages.
Air quality testing done at the buildings showed no signs of contamination and police say the public is not at risk.
NHL star Theo Fleury is coming back to Thompson next week.
The Stanley cup winner is the keynote speaker for the 6th annual HOPE North Forum. He shares what he’ll be talking about: "For many years I lived in this emotional pain and what I discovered is I’m not the only one who lives in this deep emotional pain. When I started talking about it, openly, the thing I discovered is that something I thought was uncommon for many many years is actually the most common thing tnat happens to people in the world".
Fleury will be speaking at the Letkemann Theatre in an open community event on April 15 at 7pm.
Hear more of our interview with him later today at 12:40 and 5:10 during Thompson Today.
Less snowfall this winter means the City is on track for its budgeted snow removal costs.
Last year’s heavy snowfall had the City go over its budgeted figure of $609,500 by over $22,000 for snow clearing and hauling.
For this year the City is planning to budget around $646,000 according to the proposed 2015 financial plan.
Deputy Mayor Penny Byer says the City is well within that number for the year.
While Sunday’s fire at Vale gave staff and management a scare, the safety measures in place proved to be efficient.
Ryan Land, Manager of Corporate Affairs, shared some information about the safe rooms used by the miners “it has its own oxygen supply, there would be water in the facility as well and so it really is about basic needs. Some of them are lunch rooms that would be sealed off with double seal system, others would be small spaces depending on the number that were in there. I know in some instances we may have one person in a room, in other instances there may be several".
Those in the safe rooms are able to communicate with the surface.
Some of the miners from Sunday’s incident were in their safe rooms until around noon on Monday.
The investigation into the fire is in progress
Residents can take a look at the City’s Financial Plan for the fiscal year of 2015.
The draft is available at the front desk of City Hall, ahead of the public hearing happening next week.
It will give residents a chance to ask questions, make a presentation or object to the plan.
The public hearing is on Thursday, April16 at 7pm at City Hall.
Residents are encouraged to attend.
More than 335 schools and workplaces across the province are celebrating the Day of Pink, and that includes schools in Thompson.
The day, organized by the Canadian Red Cross, raises awareness to stop bullying across the country.
Students in Thompson will be wearing pink t-shirts to school, and participating in school assemblies where they will learn more about the importance of the day.
This is the 4th annual day of pink in Manitoba.
Home Routes will be making its last stop in Thompson for this season.
Musician Jaron Freeman Fox plays the violin, fiddle, and banjo. He tells us about his unique sound: "most of the weird techniques or the different electric acoustic stuff I make, it's by accident, and I think “oh that’s cool”. But usually there’s a sound in my head, and I sort of try and chase after it and recreate that sound in some way, as opposed to it happening on the instrument and developing it that way".
Fox has numerous years of experience, and even played for Prince William and Princess Kate during their visit at Parliament Hill.
The concert is on April 12. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at the door.
You can get more information at 677-3574.
The Province has not given Thompson a firm commitment that they will help finance the community safety officers.
Deputy Mayor Penny Byer says it’s a concern: "It’s a little more difficult to plan and to budget for these things, if you’re not going to get a firm commitment from the province. That’s the main issue that were working on. The province still seems to indicate that we will be able to get the work that needs to be done, in order to roll this out for the may long weekend but to be honest that window is getting smaller all the time so were a little concerned".
Byer says the City plans to hire the officers as by-law enforcement officers for now, and once they receive commitment from the province, the officers will be transitioned to community safety officers.
Making that campsite reservation is a sign warm weather is around the corner.
Booking services for campsites, including transient campsites, opens this Monday at 7am.
Manager of Recreation and Education Services, Elizabeth Ostrop says reservations can be made online at prspub.gov.mb.ca or over the phone at 1-888-482-2267.
Ostrop recommends campers browse the website ahead of time and make a list of potential campsites they want to book.
Hear more from Ostrop later today at 12:40 and 5:10 during Thompson Today.
Spring may be here but Wabowden says otherwise.
The community is hosting their Winter Festival all day tomorrow and Saturday at their arena.
Events include snow sculpture contest, bannock contest, jigging, snowmobile drag races, and king and queen trapper competitions.
Coordinator Shannon Mallet says they encourage all Thompsonites to come down for events the whole family can enjoy.
Students at Juniper School have raised money for Winnipeg’s Dream Factory.
The charitable organization fulfills dreams for kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. The school council raised around $150 by selling fruit kabobs and organizing a school dance.
This is the fourth year the school has raised money for the foundation. The students now have their eyes set on raising money for The Global Fund.
The Thompson Peewee AA King Miners are representing Thompson in the Rogers Hometown Hockey Cheer Like Never Before contest.
The local hockey team is up against 23 other teams for a grand prize that will send the wining team to an NHL game, and a meet and greet with the NHL players.
To vote go to hometownhockey.com and vote for the Thompson Peewee AA King Miners. You can vote once a day, every day until April 4th at 4pm.
Thompson Unlimited has a new General Manager.
The City’s economic development corporation has chosen Paul Desjardins to take over.
Desjardins moved to Thompson in 2009, and has experience in sales. He says he plans to work closely with the region to implement the Economic Development Action Plan and explore every possible opportunity Thompson has.
Thompson Unlimited works with the City to promote investment and development opportunities in commercial, industrial and residential developments.
Thompson has extended its boundaries.
In a letter to City Council, Minister Drew Caldwell says the annexation of the Wier Road subdivision from the Local Government District of Mystery Lake to the City of Thompson has been approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
The land is the third parcel the City has added over the last couple of years, and adds approximately 35 acres to the City boundaries.