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The Thompson Local News Archives for 2016-09

Government of Canada Will Announce Support for Churchill Region


The Government of Canada is set to announce support for the Churchill region tomorrow at a press conference in Churchill.

 

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, will announce funding to support economic development in Churchill and the surrounding area.

 

Churchill was hit hard this past summer when OmniTrax closed down the Port of Churchill. The port employed one out of every ten people in Churchill.

 

The press conference will be at 12:30PM at the Churchill Town Centre Complex.

 

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Mayor Proclaims Senior's and Elders Month


The City of Thompson has proclaimed the month of October as Senior's and Elders month.

Mayor Dennis Fenske says it's a month to celebrate then pioneers of the community and the respect that should be offered to the elders.

 

He adds that the citizens add value to the community and that the city should use their wisdom and knowledge when approaching policies moving forward.

As of the moment there is no events planned during the month.

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Mystery Lake School Division Hosting BSSAP in Winnipeg


The Mystery Lake School Division will be hosting the Building Student Success with Aboriginal Parents at the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg.

 

On October 5th and 6th two students and one teacher from the school division will travel down to Winnipeg for the conference. The key note speaker will be singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. Sainte-Marie founded Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum to better understand Native Americans. 

 

The BSSAP initiative has partnered with specific school divisions to host an annual gathering of project sites. Each gathering showcases effective practices being implemented. It provides a foundation for ongoing work that focuses on enhancing the school system's ability to engage Aboriginal parents to have strong partnerships with schools.

 

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Search Still Ongoing for Christine Wood


The Winnipeg Police and the family of Christine Wood have made another plea to the public for information in the case of the missing 21-year-old.

 

The family says the amount of tips on her disappearance is drying up. Police were joined by Wood's mother and father, Melinda and George Wood, at a news conference Wednesday morning. They had little new information, but used the opportunity to ask everyone to keep an eye out for Wood and to contact authorities if they have any new information.

 

Wood disappeared August 19 while visiting Winnipeg with her parents from Oxford House First Nation. Although sightings of Wood have been reported, none have been confirmed.

A news release issued by police on Wednesday said Wood "is facing some personal challenges in her life causing ongoing concern for her well-being."

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Orange Shirt Day


Tomorrow school kids all around Canada will be encouraged to wear orange shirts in recognition of the harm residential schools did to children who attended.

 

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew from a story of a girl who had shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission.

 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. 

 

The teachers at Juniper School will be wearing orange tomorrow in honour of the day as well.

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KTC Looking for Donations to Give to Shamattawa


The Keewatin Tribal Council is looking for donations in order to help with Shamattawa after their only grocery store burnt to the ground.

 

KTC held a fundraiser last weekend and collected money, food and supplies which they sent to Shamattawa thanks to a free shipment from Perimeter airlines.

 

The grocery store Family Foods has donated thousands of dollars worth of supplies as well to the community.

 

Communities such as Gillam and Bird have also donated supplies to the community who is looking for diapers, baby formula and bottled water.

 

The North West Company has opened a temporary grocery store to the public in Shamattawa, but supplies are at a low.

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Lions Manor 55 Plans Announced


The Lions Club let the public in on one of their projects which would be the first over-55 residences in Northern Manitoba.

 

The over 55 housing would be transitional living option with affordable rents, which would allow residents to live in a comfortable housing complex without the stress of house maintenance.

 

30 suites are set to be constructed in the complex, 24 of those suites would be two bedroom suites, while the last six would be one bedroom complexes.

The complex would be staged as a co-operative and would have a board of directors. Residents would be a part owner of the complex which would include making decisions for the complex while being on the board of directors.

 

Residents would be required to buy 60 or 70 shares which would total up to $60,000 or $70,000.

 

To reserve a spot, a $500 deposit would be the cost.

 

The housing complex is expected to save residents around 2 thousand dollars a year compared to an average home in Thompson.

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Thompson Starting Plans for Canada's 150th


Canada will be turning the big one fifty next year and the City of Thompson is getting prepared to join in on the party.

 

The first meeting was held last week to draw out a basic outline for what the city is planning to do during the year.

 

Committees will be taking shape in the coming weeks and months to help out for certain events and celebrations.

 

The city is asking for volunteers to help make the birthday celebration one of the biggest events Thompson has ever put on.

 

Other northern communities have started to make plans as well. Flin Flon will join their Flin Flon homecoming weekend with the Canada's 150th party.

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Red Cross Helping Shamattawa


After the tragedy in Shamattawa, the Red Cross is working to assist the residents of Shamatawa First Nation.

 

The Red Cross is working in behalf of the federal government to fulfill immediate needs that the community will require. The Red Cross is coordinating flights to fly in goods such as diapers, baby formula and bottled water which are the major needs to the community.

Shamattawa is only accessible by plane at this time of year.

 

Red Cross is not taking any donations at this time but anyone who wishes to help Red Cross with any future responses can make a financial donation to www.redcross.ca or 1-800-418-1111.

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A Youth Charged in Fire in Shamattawa


Shamattawa police have arrested a youth in relation to the fire that burned down the community's only grocery store and their band office.

 

Six youths were involved in with setting the fire. Five of the youths are under the age of 12, which means they cannot be charged because the Youth Criminal Justice Act establishes the age of criminal responsibility at 12 years old. One youth, a 12 year old male, was arrested and released on a promise to appear.

 

The investigation is still ongoing as the Office of the Fire Commissioner is helping with the investigation.

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Elks of Canada Brings In National Leader


This weekend at the Burntwood Hotel, a National Leader of one of Canada's oldest clubs will make their way up to Thompson.

 

The Thompson Elks Club will welcome in National Leader Denis Ellingboe for a meeting and supper at 2PM Saturday.

 

The Elks of Canada have been around since 1912 where they strive to working for good and welfare of the community. They have put up playgrounds, children camps, senior citizen housing and equipment for hospitals and regional health units.

 

The Thompson club only has four members at the moment, but throughout Canada, almost 15,000 members exist.

 

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Over $5 Thousand Raised For Missing Girl's Family


A community fundraiser brought in just over 5 thousand dollars to help a family look for their daughter in Winnipeg.

 

Christine Wood, who went missing in Winnipeg while on a visit from Oxford House, disappeared more than a month ago on August 19th. The Keewatin Tribal Council hosted a silent auction, bake sale, and hotdog lunch to raise money, to help Christine's parents with living arrangements when they are living in Winnipeg while conducting a search.

 

Winnipeg Police continue to investigate Wood's disappearance. A spokesman says there has been a reported sighting but nothing which has been confirmed.

The fundraiser brought out hundreds of people on a Friday afternoon. It was put on by the KTC and the Oxford House First Nation.

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Trivia Night at Pub 55 on Saturday


It'll be a night of trivia at Pub 55 on Saturday as the Thompson Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation to help their project Our Home Kikinaw with the fundraiser.

 

This will be the last fundraiser for the project before the change gears and go in another direction.

 

TNRC housing coordinator Delia Chartrand says the trivia will have questions of everything from different categories.

 

TNRC executive director Chris Bignell says that the event is expected to be a fun experience.

 

The event will start at 6PM with supper being served and Trivia will commence at 7:30.

To get tickets for the event go to the TNRC office at 101-55 Selkirk Avenue. For more info call 204-677-0760.

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Comments Wanted for Rate Application


The city is asking for your opinion on the Water & Sewer Utility Rate application before they submit the application at the end of this week.

 

The city is asking for concerns before the end of Friday on the rate application the council has chosen for the next three years. In the scenario that the council has chosen, taxpayers would spend less in the year 2019 on utilities while also getting higher cost each year while paying for utilities.

 

The plan for the Water Treatment Plant and repairs for the Treatment Plant would involve no provincial taxes and 1/3 of WTP reserve contributions which would be $278,000. Before the end of Friday the city is asking for any questions or concerns before they submit the application.

 

To look at the presentation that was given, go to Thompson.ca. Comments will be accepted until this Friday. Send comments to dfa.da@cogeco.ca or jkrentz@thompson.ca.

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OmniTrax Fails to Show Up to In Person Meeting


Executives of OmniTrax failed to show up in Winnipeg for a planned meeting with union members that would represent laid-off workers for the Port of Churchill.

 

The in-person meeting was instead changed to a phone meeting after OmniTrax's Chief operating officer said he was prevented from traveling because of an emergency.

 

A Union bargaining group paid for three members to fly in from Churchill to Winnipeg for Wednesday's meeting.

 

Even though OmniTrax laid off all of their employees, they are still required to negotiate a new contract as the old one has expired.

 

This is the second time a meeting has either been cancelled or delayed after OmniTrax cancelled a meeting in July. The two groups have yet to talk face to face since the layoffs.

 

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Daycare Moving to Westwood Mall


The Westwood Mall may be welcoming a new tenant after the Thompson Children's World Daycare applied to move to a vacant space at the location.

 

A 5,000 square foot space is available with possible space behind the building that would be a grassed over for the play area.

 

Council unanimously approved the application which would also change location of a Fire Department Connection to the mall which is currently behind the mall and in the way of the play area.

 

The application requested the connection to move to the front of the mall.

 

The play area will be 25 feet by 148 feet and will have a chain link fence installed on three sides of the property.

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School Board Chair Wants Equal Funding for Indigenous Schools


A Winnipeg School Division Chairperson is hoping to get her voice heard by the Federal government in order to fund Indigenous schools properly.

 

Sherri Collins says on-reserve schools are under-funded by $4,000 to $6,000 per student which hurts development for students, especially when the students move to urban areas and transfer schools.

 

Collins says that it's not only underfunding which is the problem for indigenous schools but also a lack of communication between governments and school boards.

 

Collins says schools are underfunded to because the government won't share funds equally because of location, size of schools and other contrasting qualities.

 

Collins notes that there are a lot of reserves without a high school which makes students transfer to urban centre. Educators say the biggest gaps in development are shown for transferees.

 

Collins said she has reached out to Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and has talked to her region's MP in trying to lobby Ottawa for changes.

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Public Safety Report Released


At the Council Meeting, the Public Safety Committee released their quarterly report which gives information on the 2nd quarter.

 

Numbers were given out by how much ambulance and fire services have been needed over the year so far. Both received an increase for up to date numbers from last year, with the fire services having a 1.67% boost. Ambulance numbers have jumped 10.31% with almost 300 extra calls through two quarters of the year.

 

The revenue that has been brought in from ambulances has generated near $1.3 million. 

The city will be discussing options about ATV use in the city which has caused near incidents in the city. It has been suggested that PSA's, signage and education of ATV use may be used in the future.

 

As well, Animal Control has seen an increase in dogs that are loose around the community. Animal control has extended hours to conduct patrols in the evening. Discussions have started up the Thompson Veterinary Clinic to start selling licenses to improve the number of animals with licenses.

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NCN and Thompson Celebrate Urban Reserve


Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the city of Thompson announced that there will be a celebration for the establishment of the new urban reserve in Thompson.

 

After fifteen years, the conversion was completed earlier this summer when the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development set aside Mystery Lake lands as an urban reserve in the city.

 

The celebration will take place on September 28th which will make an opportunity to acknowledge the historic milestone for the Nation and the City.

 

NCN is based in Nelson House and has a population of 4,800 which mostly reside in Nelson House and Thompson.

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Over $3 Thousand Raised at Terry Fox Run


72 runners and walkers went on a 4 and a half kilometre jaunt to raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation on Sunday afternoon.

 

Community members including the full teams of the Norman Northstars and the Norman Wild raised funds and ran or walked the loop that started and finished at the TRCC and went through Westwood Drive.

 

An early estimate of money raised was calculated at $3087.40 which was down from last year's event.

 

MLA for Thompson Kelly Bindle made an appearance at the event and gave a speech before the run where he included many quotes from Terry Fox during his 1980 run across Canada.

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Pride Week Recap


As much as 25 people were on hand to march throughout the city of Thompson on Saturday to conclude Pride Week in the city.

 

Pride Week was declared last Monday by Mayor Dennis Fenske along with MP Keewatinook-Aski Niki Ashton.

 

Ashton made a return for the march and even spoke at the event saying that more political leaders should make appearances for Pride activities across the province and country.

 

Local bands played music at McLean Park later on during the afternoon to continue the activities and a social took place at the Legion later on in the night.

 

This was the first ever Pride March that took place in the City of Thompson, although a few activity-filled days have taken place.

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Salvation Army Update


With cool and frigid weather on the way in the City of Thompson, the Salvation Army is hoping for donations to help the unfortunate.

 

This fall the Salvation Army is looking for more donations for the food drive with an emphasis on cereal goods.

 

To donate, you can drop off your items at the Thrift Store in the Westwood Mall and in the box in Safeway.

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Visa Banned in Wal-Mart After October


With the dispute between Visa and Wal-Mart and the announcement that all Manitoba stores will not be taking VISA, it will obviously affect the box store in Thompson.

 

After the month of October, Wal-Mart will stop accepting Visa cards and says that all other credit cards will still be accepted. Among the other cards, will be American Express, MasterCard and Discover.

 

The dispute was created when Wal-Mart said it pays up to $100 million for annual credit-card fees.

 

The first three stores stopped the service in Thunder Bay; all 16 Wal-Marts in Manitoba will stop the service at the end of October.

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Just Under $10 Thousand Raised For Walk A Mile


The YWCA held their 7th annual Walk a Mile fundraising event on September 10th and the final results have come through.

 

Just under $10,000 were raised for the YWCA Women's Centre and services. 39 people took place in the walk that went around the YWCA. The top walker raised $4,006.

Vale donated $1,000 and USW local donated $100 to the YWCA. Added fund were picked up from 50/50 and canteen sales.

 

Women's Program Coordinator Nina Cordell thanks everyone for the support and is excited to for next year's event.

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Bike Jam Tonight


The HOPE NORTH Suicide Prevention Committee in recognition with World Suicide Prevention Day will be doing their 3rd annual Bike Jam in at the Boys and Girls Club.

 

The event will start at 6PM this evening while the ride or walk will commence at 7:15. Food and drinks will be served along with music blasting throughout the evening.

Organizer Bruce Krentz says that the event will hopefully have people starting the conversation about Suicide prevention.

 

People who are bringing bikes are encouraged to decorate the bike and even costumes are allowed for the event.

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Janet Brady School Board Chairperson


The Mystery Lake School District had their first board meeting on Tuesday with that, came a lot of re-organization.

 

The election of chairperson and vice-chairperson took place with Janet Brady taking over the chairperson position for the 2016-2017 school year. Vice-chairperson went to Guido Oliveira once again.

 

Committees were also given to trustees that would look after the specific jobs.

 

Part of the superintendant report was numbers such as enrollment is up this year and mostly in the younger years and there are 29 new teachers in the school division.

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Hazardous Pickup Day This Saturday


It only comes once a year, at that day will be this Saturday for the Household Hazardous Waste Day.

 

Down at the City Hall from 10AM to 2PM will be the once a year day to get rid of hazardous supplies which should not be thrown out with normal garbage.

 

Billy Joe Thompson who is the manager at the Thompson Recycling Centre says that this day does some good for the community and the environment.

 

She said that the Recycling Centre has been in discussions with the province, in hoping they could find a better solution instead of a once a year plan.

 

Until then, Thompson says that the Household Hazardous Waste Pickup is the only way to get rid of the hazardous waste the proper way.

 

One of the things thrown at the most that should be brought to the Hazardous Waste pickup is paint. It is commonly picked out of recycling bins on garbage days.

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Construction Nears End


Construction in the city of Thompson hasn't had the best year when discussing weather delays, but the hope is to be finished up by the end of October.

 

Thanks to large cushion periods when projects are expected to be completed, most or all of the city projects should be finished before snow hits the ground.

 

City Planner Matt Boscariol says that the year has mirrored what happened last year, and that he has confidence that projects will be complete.

 

As construction is getting ready for the last stretch of time before winter hits, even businesses are finishing up their renovations.

 

Petro-Canada on Churchill drive will be undergoing some maintenance which will close a part of Churchill Drive for the remainder of this week. Boscariol explains that the gas station is changing valves underground which will cause the delay.

 

Other construction that will be hopefully done by the end of the week is T-valves that are getting made up for business around the Selkirk Avenue and Station road intersection. Friday is the estimated time of completion for that project.

 

And Cree Road construction has reached the phase of molding the curbs for the road. That process is expected to last about around 7-9 business days to complete.

 

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Lions Manor 55 Luncheon Planned


The group that will be starting up a project to build an over 55 building in the City of Thompson is holding an information session on September 24th.

 

The manor which will hold residents who are 55 and older is in the early stages for the project and will have a luncheon to hear more information and how to secure a spot.

 

The building will be called the Lions Manor 55 which is intended to be a home who would be interested in living in a location without the responsibilities of a normal home.

Treasurer Penny Byer says it will be a place that will help with the residents as they start to get older.

 

To hear more information on Lions Manor 55 tune into Thompson Today at 12:40 PM or 5:10 PM. The Session will take place at the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre from 11 AM to 1 PM.

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School Zones Update


In the first two weeks of the new speed limits along schools, Thompson motorists have been responsible.

 

That was the message that was given by the Thompson RCMP when asked if there have been many incidents around school zones.

 

Every September 1st, in school zones, the speed limits change to 30 km/h except for R.D. Parker which stays the regular limit as it is all year long.

 

The Manitoba introduced the speed limit change to all elementary schools in the province back in the fall of 2014.

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Rainbow Flag Raised at City Hall


A rainbow flag was raised to the sky on Monday afternoon in front of City Hall to start Pride Week in the city of Thompson.

 

The Mayor of Thompson Dennis Fenske, MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski region Niki Ashton and Stacy Martin who represented MLA Kelly Bindle were all on hand for the flag-raising ceremony.

 

Mayor Fenske sympathized with the LGBTTQ faithful that was on hand by sharing personal experiences of challenges from family members.

 

Niki Ashton said that every day we should stand with LGBTTQ members as they try to advance the rights of so many.

 

Pride week will continue with a march planned on Saturday along with a social later on during the night.

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Terry Fox Run


The 36th annual Terry Fox Run will be going on this upcoming weekend once again.

 

Sunday September 18th is when it's scheduled to take place at the TRCC. The run will start at 1PM and registration will start at noon. The event will be accessible for wheelchairs, bicycles and rollerblades and will be a 5km route.

 

For more information call recreational director Tracey Williams at 204-679-3492.

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First Nation Communities Get Imagination library Program


The Dollywood Foundation of Canada has announced that the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program will be replicated in 63 First Nation communities this year.

 

New additions to the program will be Nelson House and Peguis. Peguis is the only First Nation community that provides free books for their residents.

 

Each month children receive books that are selected carefully by a group of experts in education, child development and early child literacy. This is to help ensure that books will help support them appropriately at every stage of their development.

 

The Library Program will be available to just under 10,000 on-reserve children under the age of five.

 

The next goal for Manitoba is to replicate in the city of Winnipeg for 2017.

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Business Incentives Could Be on the Way for Thompson


The City of Thompson has been looking at creating business incentives to help benefit growth in the city.

 

A week after The Pas offered Tolko tax breaks with the agreement that the company would stay in the city, Mayor Dennis Fenske says that the city is looking at creating breaks for businesses in the community.

 

They hope the incentives would be able to entice businesses to Thompson.

 

The process is at the development review committee at the moment and will have to go through a few more phases before being presented at council.  

 

This is in preparation of the smelter and refinery closing down at Vale in 2018. Mayor Fenske says that many cities and towns have done this, and it will be a new direction for the city of Thompson.

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Pride North of 55


Thompson Pride North of 55 is getting set for a week of activities which will start this afternoon at City Hall.

 

A rainbow flag will be raised in front of City Hall to symbolize the start of the week of activities which will culminate on Saturday when a Pride March will take place.

 

Organizer Susannah Mueller says the city has been on board with the Pride events ever since it started three years ago.

 

Along with the March and flag raising event, a dance and social is also planned during the weekend.

 

Monday September 12th - Flag Raising @ City Hall 2pm


Friday September 16th - Youth Dance Party


Saturday September 17th - Rally/March and Mini Festival

 

Saturday September 17th � Pride North Rave Social +18 @ Royal Canadian Legion

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Suicide Prevention Week


Mayor Dennis Fenske has proclaimed the week starting on September 10th as 'World Suicide Prevention Week' in the City of Thompson.

 

Communities across Canada and the world will be recognizing the week which will raise awareness for suicide.

 

Fenske urges citizens to connect, communicate and care as called for by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.

 

Eleven Canadians die by suicide everyday and another 275 Canadians attempt suicide each day.

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FASD Day


Every September 9th is FASD Day, and the Alliance in Thompson will be setting up information tents on tables in restaurants around town.

 

The tents will be there for just the day or for the whole month, depending on the business. It will set out to help spread information and awareness about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

 

In many cases FASD is caused before the mother even knows she's pregnant, says co-chair of FASD alliance Shelly Anderson.

 

Information tents help spread awareness to a disorder that is avoidable.

FASD can cause physical or developmental disabilities and every child has a different disability from the disorder. Up to 30% of women drink alcohol when pregnant.

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Ashton Calls for Action


MP of the Churchill-Keewatinook Aski region Niki Ashton has a very simple message for the region after a tough summer.

 

Ashton said the region needs to fight for their jobs, since the provincial and federal governments have been unresponsive to the closures.

 

The northern region has been hit hard after Omnitrax decided to shut down in Churchill and Tolko announced they would be leaving the region in December.

 

She says the solution is obvious and that the Canadian government should look at buying and then selling Omnitrax to a First Nations group. She also demanded the governments do their best to save the mill in The Pas.

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Health and Leisure Mart Starts Tomorrow


The Health and Leisure Mart is schedule to start up tomorrow at the Gordon Beard Arena.

The event will run tomorrow from 5PM to 9PM, while it will continue on Saturday from 10AM to 2PM. The mart is meant to put all programs and groups in a one-stop location for individuals to check out activities which will interest them.

 

Organizations and programs will be lined up wall to wall so the public can visit each table and sign up and register for activities.

 

To hear more about the Health and Leisure Mart, tune in for Thompson Today at 12:40PM and 5:10 PM.

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Blockade Continues


A blockade has been in place for almost a week now on the junction of Highway 6 and Highway 39 south of Wabowden in protest.

 

The protest has been put on by the OCN Fishers and Trappers who are demanding compensation from damage that was caused by the Grand Rapids generating station in 1960 to territorial land of four different First Nations and OCN.

 

Protest organizer John Morrisseau says that the group has no chance to get their way with Manitoba Hydro except to block supplies from going through.

 

He says a representative from Manitoba Hydro has visited the site, and discussions have materialized, but they will not take down the blockade until they get the compensation.

Regular traffic is not being stopped, and is just encouraged to slow down for the safety of the protesters.

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Highway 6 Blockade


Highway 6 had a bit of a hold up last week when OCN Fishers and Trappers set up a protest as they were disagreeing with Manitoba Hydro.

 

The disagreement stems from damage that was caused by the Grand Rapids generating station in 1960 to the territorial land of four different First Nations and OCN. The damage severely impacted commercial trapping and fishing industry that they depended on before the Grand Rapids Station.

 

OCN Fishers and Trappers are looking for compensation for the damage.

The blockade won't stop the normal public, but Manitoba Hydro has been stopped, and anyone delivering Manitoba Hydro supplies will be stopped.

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School Starts Tomorrow


It's that time of year again, as the first day of school is just around the corner. All six elementary schools and R.D. Parker will commence their school season tomorrow morning.

 

For R.D Parker, a grade 9 assembly will take place at 8:45 in the morning to welcome all new students to the school. Grade 10 to 12 students will get their welcome to school assembly at 1:15PM. All regularly scheduled classes will begin on Thursday after a day or organizing students on Wednesday.

 

For elementary students a parents, school speed zones are back in effect and the school division asks everyone to use designated areas when dropping kids off for school.

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Burgers to Beat MS Raise $1.75 Million


Burgers to Beat MS had its most successful year to date last week when it collected a record-breaking $1.75 million dollars in donations.

 

$1 from every teen burger sold last Thursday went to the MS Society of Canada. After its eighth year, the campaign now has raised close to $10 million.

$20,000 was donated to the MS Society after a video from A&W was shared 20,000 times on Facebook.

 

Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, which makes it commonly known as Canada's disease. It is a common neurological disease among young adults.

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RCMP and StreetReach Complete Project Home Deliver


Over the past weekend, RCMP in conjunction with North District CREST and StreetReach initiated Project Home Deliver.

 

Project Home Deliver was intended to target suspected offenders that may have been harbouring children for the purposes of exploitation. Over the two days, 14 children were located and brought home.

 

All of the kids were at the addresses voluntarily, and Inspector Kevin Lewis says there is no problem with children leaving group homes as long as they aren't getting in illegal situations.

 

Thompson RCMP and StreetReach checked on the well-being of 61 children over the weekend.

 

This isn't the first time Project Home Deliver has been completed in the province. Brandon RCMP used the same Project.

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Health and Leisure Mart


Next weekend will be one of the busiest times at the TRCC when the Gordon Beard arena hosts the annual Health and Leisure Mart.

 

The two day event brings all organizations and programs together for a one-stop destination for the public to sign up and get information.

 

Facility and events coordinator Corey Sparkes says the event will have anything to help you for leisure time during the winter.

 

He also says the event is very important to the city, as it shows leisure opportunities to the public.

 

The event will take place on September 9th and 10th. For more information call the TRCC at 204-677-7952.

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No Check Stops Planned For Long Weekend


The RCMP has announced that there will be no planned check stops for Labour Day weekend, but that police will be out in full force, for one of the busiest times on the highway.

 

Only one check stop was set up last long weekend in August and it resulted in no criminal charges during the six hour period.

 

The RCMP encourages drivers to drive the speed limit and use caution as there will be increased traffic.

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City Finishes Summer with 'Bash'


Just in time for school, the City of Thompson is ready pull out all the stops for one big bash for the end of summer.

 

On Friday, instead of the usual Concert in the Park, local musicians will be playing at the Back to School Bash. The event takes place at Maclean Park from 12 to 2PM. If it rains, it'll be at the TRCC.

 

Tracy Smith is set to be the headlining act, while DJ dance music will play the rest of the time. Karaoke will be set up for anyone that wants to test out their vocals.

Prizes will be handed out throughout the afternoon.

 

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Inquest Called For Steven Campbell


Two inquests have been called by Manitoba's Acting Chief Medical Examiner after deaths in the past year.

 

One of them was surrounding a homicide in Thompson which happened last November. Steven Douglas Campbell was killed he allegedly tried to run over an RCMP officer who had pulled him over for impaired driving. The cause of the death was multiple gunshot wounds.

What will be investigated are the circumstances relating Campbell's death and to determine if anything can be done to prevent similar deaths of occurring.

 

Information of the date, time and location of the inquests will be determined and released t a later date.

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