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Info Fair in Thompson for Substance Use and Addiction Awareness Week

A Resource and Information Fair will be held next week as a part of Manitoba Substance Use and Addiction Awareness Week.


The fair will give community members an opportunity to learn more about ways to address substance abuse and addictions, as well as bring forward solutions for change.


The fair will be at the TRCC lobby this Monday from 3 to 8 PM, and will have guest speakers from Addictions Foundation Manitoba, Northern Regional Health Authority, and a city representative at 4 p.m. to kick-off the event.


AFM will also have a booth at the fair, along with the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic, Safer Choices Northern Network, and the NRHA.


FM's booth will have information on drugs and alcohol, as well as a display with this year's theme, "Sigma Ends with Me", showing that drigs do not discriminate and all people can be impacted by substance abuse.


The NRHA will have safe use supplies displayed or the community to learn about harm reduction practices as it relates to drug use. They will also have information on Nalxone kits and how it remedies an overdose.


In addition to a booth, Safe Choices Northern Network will be showing a screening of The Flood, a documentary on the overdose crisis in Canada. The screening will be in the multi-purpose room at the TRCC at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m, and is free to attend.


Safer drug distribution will be on site at the event as well.


Manitoba Substance Use and Addiction Awareness Week runs from Nov. 25 - Dec. 1.


Passengers back in Thompson after southbound bus ends up in ditch

Passengers of a bus from Thompson to Winnipeg have returned to the city following an accident on route to the province’s capital. Sid Varma, the Co-Owner of Thompson Bus and Freight, says according to the latest RCMP update he’s received, the accident occurred yesterday morning at approximately 3:15 south of Easterville. "Our bus was going... south. It was 20 to 25 kilometres south of Easterville." He explained that a pick-up truck was parked in the middle of the road, which wasn't running or had any of its lights on. "Our bus was coming from the back... and to avoid the collision, our driver turned the steering wheel towards the ditch, and that's how the bus got into the ditch." Varma added that there were no injuries reported from the accident, and that most of the passengers were taken to Grand Rapids’ Town Hall on a school bus around 30 to 40 minute after the accident happened, while a few passengers opted to hitchhike down to Winnipeg. The passengers who were in Grand Rapids have since returned to Thompson via a rescue bus sent from Winnipeg. He explains that the accident will not affect the passenger service, as all routes are operating on their regular schedule. The investigation into the accident continues.

CN Strike will affect freight cars delivered to and from HBR: Arctic Gateway

Arctic Gateway says the Canadian National Railway strike will restrict and/or stop rail cars on CN lines.


In a service notice, the railway explained the strike on CN lines will inhibit the supply of cars delivered to Hudson Bay Railway during the strike and vice versa.


Arctic Gateway adds that to their understanding, this strike will only affect freight services, and passenger services should remain the same.


CN workers went on strike midnight yesterday after they failed to reach a deal with the company.


Talks between CN and the union representing the rail workers are ongoing.

Sikh residents now have permanent temple in Thompson

The Sikh community in Thompson now has a permanent place of worship.


The Sikh Society of Thompson’s new temple is located at 111 Goldeye Crescent, where the Apostolic Church used to be.


Raj Thethy, a board member with the Sikh Society, says the religious organization was established in the city in the early 1970s.


Since the community was small at that time, Sikhs would congregate in their own homes, before renting out the Fish and Game Hall and and St. Lawrence Hall when the Sikh population  steadily increased. They would hold a service once a month.


Raj explains since the community has grown tremendously since then, board members decided it was the right time to find a building and make it a permanent Sikh temple.


Inderjeet Singh, a fellow board member with the Sikh Society, says the decision was made last Decemeber, and the organization began fundraising efforts to purchase the building where the Temple is now located. however, Singh adds that they have not collected the sufficient funds at this point to buy the building outright, and anyone interested in donating can do so through their GoFundMe page.


The first service at the new temple will be held this Sunday to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, which begins at 11 a.m.


For more on the Sikh Society of Thompson, listen to Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon,

Vale announces $1 billion investment in mining operations in Thompson

Vale is planning on growing mining in Thompson.


The Head of Vale Operations in Manitoba, Gary Eyres, announced that Vale has plans to invest $1 billion in the city's mining operation from now until 2023.


The announcement was made during the Nov. 13 Thompson Chamber of Commerce meeting.


Eyres explains that Vale plans to expand their deep ore bodies to two different extensions, which would add another 25 to 30 years of mining in their underground ore bodies.


He also talked about the potential economic gains that the investment could bring to Thompson.


"With the $1 billion investment that we're talking about over the next five years, we're talking about the difference in the economic benefit of around $7.9 billion."


Eyres adds that the emergence and high investment in electric vehicles over the next few years will also mean a greater demand of high-grade nickel, which he says Thompson produces a high quantity of.

Responsible Pet Ownership by-law amendment back on city hall agenda later this month

One city councillor wants the mayor and council to give the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law Amendment a second chance.


Jeff Fountain wrote a letter to council, saying he would like them to review the decision made at the October 28th city hall meeting, where the second reading of the by-law amendment was defeated by a vote of six-to-two.


The by-law amendment would have introduced the Excess Animal Permit, which would have allowed Thompsonites to legally have up to five pets per household in most combinations of dogs and cats, with a cap of four dogs per home.


Red tape, lack of staff, and irresponsible pet owners were major reasons why the by-law amendment never made it past the second reading, but Fountain says council’s decision alarmed him, as he explains it leaves many pet owners wondering as to whether their pets will remain with them in the future.


The Responsible Pet Ownership By-law will be brought back to the next city council meeting as a resolution, which will be on Monday, November 25th.

Man wanted by Thompson RCMP believed to be in Winnipeg area

A man wanted on multiple warrants by the Thompson RCMP is believed to be in Winnipeg.


37-year-old Rodney Gordan Moise is wanted on three warrants for Assault with a Weapon, Forcible Confinement, and three assaults. He's also wanted for Choke to Overcome Resistance, Break and Enter, Uttering Threats, and more.


In a Facebook post, Manitoba RCMP say they suspect he may be in the Winnipeg area.


Anyone who has seen Moise or know his current whereabouts are asked to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909

Norway House RCMP seize gun and drugs during traffic stop

Police in Norway House found drugs and a gun during a traffic stop.


On Nov. 8 at approximately 3:30 pm, RCMP officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 373 and Paupanekis Point Road, in Norway House.


A search of one of the occupants resulted in the seizure of a .25 calibre pistol, cocaine and cash.


Josh Mink, 26, of Norway House has been charged with numerous offences including Possession of a Prohibited Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.


RCMP continue to investigate.

Teen with air gun arrested at TRCC

A wanted teen has been arrested, and was found with a air gun.


On Nov. 7th at approximately 9:42 AM, the Thompson RCMP received information that the wanted youth was at the TRCC.


Police arrived at the rec. centre and arrested the 17 year-old youth whom police knew had multiple warrants for their arrest for failing to comply with a court order.


Upon searching this youth and their back-pack, an air pistol was located and seized by police.


The teen faces an additional breach of a court order for being in possession of a weapon as well as a charge of Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace.


The youth is currently in police custody.

Les Ellsworth named Deputy Mayor, new chairs and youth members appointed in recent organizational meeting

There were some shake-ups during Wednesday night’s city council organizational meeting.


Les Ellsworth was appointed as Deputy Mayor, taking the reins from Councillor Kathy Valentino, who had served in the position three times before.


Ellsworth will also chair the Finance and Legislative and Government Affairs committees, and will co-chair the Development Review committee.


During yesterday’s City Beat, Mayor Colleen Smook explained the reason why she decided Ellsworth was up to the task was because he had the most amount of votes during last year’s municipal election, and worked hard during his first year as a councillor.


Smook also ran down the other new committee chairs and members, and appointed the new Youth Members from R.D. Parker Collegiate, who are listed below:


City of Thompson Committee Chairs 2019-2020


Finance and Administration

Chair: Deputy Mayor Les Ellsworth

Vice-Chair: Councillor Kathy Valentino


Human Resources

Chair: Councillor Judy Kolada

Vice-Chair: Councillor Earl Colbourne


Public Works and Infrastructure

Chair: Councillor Kathy Valentino

Vice-Chair: Councillor Andre Proulx


Public Safety

Chair: Councillor Brian Lundmark

Vice-Chair: Councillor Duncan Wong


Recreation and Community Services

Chair: Councillor Jeff Fountain

Vice-Chair: Councillor Kathy Valentino


Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs

Chair: Deputy Mayor Les Ellsworth

Vice Chairs: Councillors Duncan Wong and Brian Lundmark


Development Review

Chair: Councillor Judy Kolada

Vice-Chair: Councillor Brian Lundmark



Chair: Councillor Andre Proulx

Vice-Chair: Deputy Mayor Les Ellsworth


Board of Revision

Chair: Councillor Earl Colbourne

Vice Chairs: Councillors Judy Kolada and Andre Proulx

Secretary to the Board: Tammy Parobec, Executive Assistant


Youth Members of the Standing Committees

Kendra Martinussen: Recreation and Community Services Commitee

Jasraj Kullar: Communications Committee

Taylar Hanson-Oliveira: Public Safety Committee

Karisma Vyas: Finance and Administration Committee

Drew Heskin: Student Delegate to City Council

RCMP searching for dine and dash suspects

Thompson RCMP is asking for the public's help in finding two suspects in a dine and dash incident.


On Oct. 31 at around 4:35 in the afternoon, The Hub filed a complaint to the RCMP about two women who ordered food at the restaurant.


The women placed an order for approximately $85, and then took the food without paying.


Anyone with information on about the identity of the two women are asked to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909.


Tips can be submitted anonymously to CrimeStoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477, or online at

Deputy Mayor, committee chairs to be appointed at city hall's organizational meeting tonight

A special city council meeting is taking place later tonight.


It’s the annual organizational meeting, as Mayor Colleen Smook will appoint a Deputy Mayor, as well as assign various committee chairs. After that, council will then vote on committee members.


The full agenda can be found on


The organizational meeting begins at 7 p.m. at city hall, and will be in the council chambers.


Everyone is welcome to attend.

Vigil to be held Nov. 7 at UCN for 3-year-old Winnipeg boy who died after stabbing

A vigil is set to take place in town tomorrow (Nov. 7) after Hunter Straight-Smith was taken off life support over the weekend.


He is the three-year-old boy who had been stabbed as he slept by his mother’s ex-boyfriend in an attack last week.


33-year-old Daniel Jensen has been charged with aggravated assault and attempted murder. Those charges are expected to be upgraded once an autopsy is completed.


The vigil will be at the Aboriginal Centre at UCN from noon to 2 p.m.


In a Facebook post, organizers of the vigil say this is a way for Thompson residents to show their love, support, and compassion to Hunter’s family and friends during this difficult time.


Everyone is welcome to attend, and are encouraged to bring a teddy bear, drums, and rattles.

One youth arrested following noise complaint at Deerwood School

One youth was arrested following a noise complaint at Deerwood School.


Thompson RCMP were dispatched to the school Friday night at around 10:20 p.m. as a group of people were reported to be drinking and listening to loud music behind the school.


Police arrested a 17 year-old male youth for failing to comply with multiple court release conditions, namely for a breach of curfew as well as a condition to refrain from the consumption of alcohol.


This youth was taken into custody.

Tenants evacuated following fire at Forest View Suites South Tower

Thompson Fire and Emergency Services were able to contain a fire that broke out last night.


The blaze broke out on the 7th floor of the Forest View Suites South Tower just before 9 p.m.


The building was evacuated, and no injuries have been reported at this time.


RCMP is investigating the fire along with the Office of the Fire Commissioner.


This follows the fire that occurred at Forest View Suites North tower back in September.

Police looking for 2 suspects in Halloween armed robbery

Thompson RCMP is looking for two suspects in an armed robbery that took place Halloween night.


Police were dispatched to the robbery just before 9 p.m, which was reported in the wooded area behind Deerwood School, as two unidentified men wearing Halloween masks pointed a gun at a another man and took his property. The man who was robbed was not injured during the encounter.


One of the suspects was described as being between 6'2" and 6'4" tall with a slim build, and was wearing a Michael Myers mask with green hair attached to the top of it. This man was also wearing a dark navy parka.


The other suspect was described as 5'10" in height with a heavy build, and was wearing a green tuxedo jacket/suit, a purple tie and a black shirt over the tie. This man had white paint on his face to his neck, green painted eyebrows and red paint all over his mouth.


Anyone with information about these two men is asked to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at

Oxycodone, electrified knuckles seized during drug bust at Deerwood Dr.

Thompson RCMP have seized drugs, cash and electrified knuckles in a drug bust earlier this week.


On October 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm, RCMP executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a house on Deerwood Drive.


As a result of this search, officers seized oxycodone pills, cannabis, a large amount of cash and electrified knuckles.


53-year-old Todd Burton of Thompson has been arrested and charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.


Burton has been taken into custody, and RCMP continue to investigate.

Boreal Discovery Centre, Thompson Bus Line and Freight among recipients of SMD Employer Appreciation Awards

The Society of Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) held their fourth annual Employer Appreciation Awards yesterday.


Rayleen Rudnicki, the supervisor and rehabilitation counsellor at SMD, says the organization has the awards as a way to say thanks to the businesses and organizations they work with to help get students of the Thompson Supported Employment Program (TSEP) gain work experience.


Businesses who received awards include the Boreal Discovery Centre and the Thompson Canadian Tire.


Jo Huddle, the office manager at our local Canadian Tire, says the department store has employed four students since being involved with the program for a year, with one of the students currently working at the store.


Huddle also talks about what it’s like to work with SMD and the students from TSEP.


"All of the students that we've had over the year have been awesome. They all show up everyday on time. But working with the staff that gets them to us, they've paired them up so well to do the jobs we have for them," Huddle explains.


She goes on to say that Canadian Tire looks forward to continue working with SMD to help introduce more TSEP students into the workforce.


Another award recipient was Tyler Jennings, who received the Award of Excellence.


Rudnicki says Jennings was awarded because he worked hard to find the perfect placement for himself with Thompson Bus Line and Freight.


He's been working with the bus company since mid-August, and shares what it's like to work with them.


"They've been such a great company to work for. They've been pretty supportive, they teach me everything that I didn't even know like how to turn on the lights on the buses."


City Mayor Colleen Smook was also in attendance, and deemed October Disability Employment Awareness Month for Thompson.


The full list of award recipients are below:


  • Canadian Tire
  • Tim Horton's
  • Boreal Discovery Centre
  • Anything Grows
  • The Northern Inn and Steakhouse
  • Thompson Children's World
  • Thompson Bus Line and Freight
  • River View Restaurant
  • Quality Inn and Suites Thompson
  • and Tyler Jennings (Award of Excellence)

One man arrested following failed theft at Mark's Work Wearhouse

One man was arrested after a failed theft at a local retail store.


On Oct. 26 at around 1:14 a.m, Thompson RCMP received a burglary alarm complaint at Mark’s Work Wearhouse.


Police arrived at the scene shortly afterwards, and found a 23-year-old man inside the store trying to steal merchandise.


The man was arrested for break and enter, and has been released to appear in court at a later date.

Police seize coke, cash at Yale Ave. residence

Thompson RCMP seized coke while executing a search warrant over the weekend.


Police found approximately 1 kilogram of cocaine along with drug trafficking items and around $1, 000 in cash at a residence on Yale Avenue on Oct. 27.


38-year-old Charlene Louise Wilson face multiple charges, including Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Possession of Property obtained by crime under $5, 000.


Wilson is in police custody, and is awaiting an in-custody court appearance.

Thompsonite talks NSI Northern Voices program

With the National Screen Institute’s Northern Voices pilot program finished up, one student from Thompson talks about what her experience with the program was like.


Ten northern Manitoba students took part in the four-week pilot program where they learned to develop storytelling skills across film, TV, and digital media.


The Northern Voices program was presented in partnership with University College of the North, and the pilot program took place at the institute's The Pas campus.


Tricia Bland says she’s always been interested in helping people, and found storytelling through art and media to be a compelling way to reach out.


As one of the main purposes of the program was to help creators produce stories from a northern Manitoba perspective, Bland explains what she decided to write about during the course.


"The script that I had wrote, and I think I'm going to keep pursuing, is centered on domestic violence." She adds that she feels this is an issue not just in northern Manitoba, but across Canada.


"I had an incident around it, and I got away. One of the instructors actually told me go forward with, since there's another program coming up where the final project is a 10 minute documentary, so I'm applying for that."


Bland adds that she is looking for people in and around the Thompson area who’ve had similar experiences and are comfortable in sharing them, as she feels it could help those get out of the situations that they’re in.


She says those who are interested in participating in her project can reach her through email at, by phone at 431-337-2140, or through Facebook.


Bland goes on to say she found out about the program through social media, and adds that she hopes the program is brought back soon and made available in Thompson, as there are many people with storytelling potential in the city.


Neither NSI or UCN have said whether the proragm would be returning or expanding to other campuses.

RCMP seeking assistance in investigation of Bobbie-Lynn Moose case

Manitoba RCMP have released an update on their investigation into the homicide of Bobbie-Lynn Lee Moose.


On October 1, 2019,  29-year-old Moose of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation was dropped off by her sister at the Walmart located on Mystery Lake Road in the city of Thompson. This would be the last time she would see Bobbie alive.


Police believe Moose was staying with friends in Thompson over the three week period, and was last seen wearing a plain black winter coat over top a grey North Face jacket with red trim, black tights and black boots.


"We believe community members may have seen Bobbie between October 1 and October 17 and are asking them to come forward and speak with the RCMP," said Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP. "We are also asking anyone who recalls seeing someone who may have been wearing clothing that matches this description to contact us."


If anyone has information related to this homicide, Bobbie Moose's activities, or anyone matching the description, please call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909, call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at


Thompson RCMP along with Major Crime Services continue to investigate.


Three people in custody after home invasion on Silver Cres.

Three people are facing multiple charges after they were arrested for a home invasion.


Early this morning before 4 a.m, Thompson RCMP was called to deal with a break and enter in progress on Silver Crescent.


As police attended the scene, two 18-year-old men and a 17-year-old male attempted to escape in a vehicle, but RCMP were able to intercept and arrest them.


The 17-year-old youth who drove the vehicle was impaired, and provided breath samples more than double the legal limit.


The charges the three males face include break and enter, possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, mischief under $5, 000, possession of break-in instruments, in addition to possessing coke. The 17-year-old driver also faces impaired driving charges, as well as a charge of resisting arrest.


The three suspects are in police custody, and in-custody court appearances are pending.

Candle light vigil tonight for Bobbie-Lynn Lee Moose

There will be a candle light vigil held tonight for Bobbie-Lynn Lee Moose.


Moose was found dead near Nelson Road last week, and RCMP and the Major Crime Services unit are investigating her death as a homicide.


The vigil will be held at 23 Nelson Road at 6 p.m. to honour her.


Family, friends, elders, and community members are welcome to attend, and are asked to bring candles and to dress for the weather.


More information about the candle light vigil can be found on MKO's Facebook page.

Body found near Nelson Road on Oct. 17 has been identified

Thompson RCMP has confirmed the identity of a body found last week.


The body of 29-year-old Bobbie Lynn Lee Moose from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation was located near Nelson Road on Thursday, and her death is being investigated as a homicide.


Police are requesting anyone who may have information in relation to the homicide, as well as her activities between October 1st and October 17th, 2019, to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909.


RCMP, along with the Major Crime Services unit, continues to investigate.


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