Spirit Way Inc (S.W.I.) has asked City Council for $30,000.00 to help with projects aimed at promoting tourism in Northern Manitoba, specifically Thompson and Churchill.
Board members made a presentation at city council earlier in the week highlighting the two projects they're looking for help with; a U.K. promotional campaign and the Wolf & Carnivore Conference.
S.W.I. was invited to participate in a tourism project in Wolverhampton, U.K. from May through September. There will be a video board showcasing Northern Manitoba and the opportunity for someone to win a $30,000.00 trip to Thompson and Churchill as well as a sale of trips for Northern Manitoba. Wolverhampton is just under 200km north-west of London.
The U.K. promotion is also slated to be displayed for four weeks at Charing Cross Station in London, with over 150,000 per day walking by.
S.W.I. has a total of 10 projects and events for 2017, with a total cost of $350,000.00, though they say the International Aurora Borealis Conference (Sept. 16-17, 2017) and Wolf & Carnivore Conference (Oct. 21-22, 2017) will bring in between $387,000.00 and $621,000.00 to the community.
Thompson RCMP responded to a report of mischief to vehicles in the city late last week. Numerous vehicles were damaged in efforts to steal property from inside. Tires were slashed on some of the vehicles damaged. 3 male youths were located and have been remanded into custody.
Thompson RCMP are stressing that the public needs to report these crimes to police. If you have had damage to your property, including vehicles, please call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909.
Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes is in Thompson today as the guest speaker for the Hope North Evening of Hope.
Hughes' talk is being called "Open Heart, Open Mind", which is also the title of her book. She will be talking about her own battle with depression, as well as how we can break the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging open dialogue.
Hughes, a native of Winnipeg, told 102.9 CHTM that the farthest north she's been in the province is Flin Flon, so she's looking forward to experiencing Thompson. She also added that she heard about all the snow we got last week, and is excited to see what the snow looks like in our community.
She said that the best advice she has received with regards to mental illness is no advice at all, and just to listen.
The event will get underway at 7:00 at the Letkemann Theatre at R.D. Parker.
Admission to the event is free and as a community event, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Red Cross training activity here in Thompson originally scheduled for last week has been moved to tonight.
A test exercise will be held this evening at the Lakeview Inn starting at 6:30.
The exercise will consist of volunteers simulating responses to individuals and families who are dealing with small-scale disasters, such as house fires.
For more information, call Jessie Horodecki, the community outreach coordinator for the Red Cross here in Thompson, at 204-390-0832.
At the regular meeting of city council Monday, council voted on a motion to rescind the resolution that appoint Mayor Fenske to the cities grant-in-lieu negotiating team for negotiations with Vale.
The motion, which was brought forward at the last meeting by councilor Wong, claims that Mayor Fenske would be in conflict of interest since he is a Vale employee and should be removed from the negotiations.
Councilor Foley voiced his opinion on the issue and did not mince his words. He said that this is only happening because a few member of council didn’t get their way in the original vote and that the only reason for the motion was to make a scene in front of the cameras.
Deputy Mayor Valentino said that it’s been 28 months of the same issue and it’s a never-ending cycling that she doesn’t want to see continue for the last 20 months of councils’ term.
Councilor Wong responded to his colleagues, saying that the law was set in stone and the fact is clear that it is a conflict of interest since the Mayor is an employee of Vale.
Councilor Byer responded to the remarks saying that in the past employees in management positions have negotiated with their companies on behalf of the city meaning there is precedent for Mayor Fenske to be on the committee negotiating with Vale.
After remarks had been made by every councilor, the motion was defeated 6-3 in a record vote.
Councilors Kolada, Matechuk and Wong voted in support while Mayor Fenske, Deputy Mayor Valentino, and Councilors Smook, Foley, Ellis and Byer voted against the motion.
The next meeting of council is on March 27th.
The World Day of Prayer here in Thompson has been rescheduled for tomorrow.
The event was originally supposed to take place last Wednesday, but was postponed due to the blizzard.
Things will get underway at 7:00pm at the Salvation Army, located at 305 Thompson Drive.
For more information, you can call Roy Bladen at 204-307-2193
A delegation from Manitoba will be making a presentation at the United Nations Monday.
The Institute for International Women's Rights Manitoba delegation will be hosting an event during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN.
The event is called "Risks for Canadian Indigenous Women Transitioning to an Urban Environment" and will focus on the session's emerging theme "the Empowerment of Indigenous Women."
The delegation making the presentation is comprised of a number of different Manitoba-based organizations who support the rights of women and are involved with the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
Mary Scott, co-founder and board member of the I.I.W.R.M., said "As a small NGO from Canada, it is good to see we can support this remarkable delegation, taking their stories to the United Nations"
The event aims to education the global community and Canadian Government representatives about the challenges Indigenous women face, such as marginalization, poverty and exploitation, as well as share some of the community-driven solutions that are taking place.
Tomorrow is International Women's Day.
To mark the day, the YWCA, in partnership with the Thompson Crisis Centre, is hosting a come-and-go event between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
Nina Cordell, the Women's Program Coordinator with the "Y" here in Thompson, spoke to 102.9 CHTM and explained what will be going on.
She said that this will be an informal open house and that they'll be providing coffee, tea, water and bannock muffins
Cordell added that everyone is also welcome to join in the moose hide activity by making their own moose hide pin to show support in ending violence against women and girls.
This is their own version of the nation-wide Moose Hide campaign (www.moosehidecampaign.ca)
For more information, call the Thompson YWCA at 204-778-6341 or visit www.ywcathompson.com
The World Day of Prayer is being marked here in Thompson Wednesday evening.
The event is being hosted this year by the Salvation Army, located at 305 Thompson Drive, right across from the VRCC.
The service starts at 7:00.
The theme of this years' International Day of Prayer is "Am I Being Unfair to You", highlighting the need for justice.
For more information, you can call Roy Bladen, the Ministry Director for the Salvation Army in Thompson, at 204-307-2193
An RCMP officer has been arrested and charged on six counts following an investigation by the Manitoba Independent Investigations Unit into a shooting and death in Thompson back in 2015.
Constable Abram Letkeman is being charged with:
- one count of manslaughter;
- one count of criminal negligence causing death;
- one count of reckless discharge of a firearm;
- one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm;
- one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm;
- one count of dangerous driving
The charges stem from an event where the constable discharged his firearm after a pursuit and traffic stop which resulted in the death of the male driver and serious injuries to the female passenger.
Constable Letkeman was released on bail and will head to provincial court in Thompson on March 31st.
The Independent Investigations unit will not be making any further comments on the investigation as it is now before the courts.
Yesterday morning it became official; Thompson is hosting the 2018 Manitoba Power Smart Winter Games.
The announcement was made at Deerwood school, with various dignitaries, including the Honourable Rochelle Squires, Provincial Minster of Sport, Culture and Heritage, who made it all official.
Other dignitaries on hand included Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle, Thompson Mayor Dennis Fenske and 2018 Host Society Co-Chair Sandra Ross-Hitch.
The games will start in 368 days.
Events taking place wll include hockey, curling, badminton, swimming, and for the first time ever, speed skating.
This is the second time Thompson has hosted the Manitoba Games, the first time was in 1994.