Thompson Local News

Thompson RCMP traffic stop leads to seizure of a loaded handgun, drugs and large sum of cash

On May 17, 2024, at approximately 3:00 pm, RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Thompson Drive South, in Thompson.

 

The investigation led officers to conduct a search of the vehicle and the two occupants. Officers seized a loaded handgun with an extended magazine, which was in the passenger’s waistband, 113 grams of cocaine, approximately $10,000.00 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

 

The driver, a 69-year-old male from Thompson is facing a charge of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. He was released from custody with an upcoming court date.

 

The passenger, 27-year-old Abdi Sheybow of Windsor, Ontario, has been charged with over 10 drug and firearm offences including Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Possession of a Weapon Obtained by Crime.

 

He was remanded into custody.

 

Thompson RCMP continue to investigate.

 

Nelson House RCMP looking for missing man

On May 22, 2024, at approximately 11:20 am, Nelson House RCMP received a report that Christopher Travis McDonald, 32, of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation was missing since the morning of May 16, 2024.

 

McDonald had been camping in the bush with a group of people. The camp was on Highway 391 west of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. McDonald has not been seen since he reportedly left the camp on foot.

 

RCMP have conducted extensive patrols. RCMP Search and Rescue as well as RCMP Police Dog Services are en route to the community to assist with the search.

 

McDonald is described as 6 feet tall, 143 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black and white Ecko sweater and black pants.

 

If you have information, please call Nelson House RCMP at 204-484-2837, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

 

Proposed $20 per hour living wage will negatively impact small businesses according to CFIB

The push is on by labour and social groups and even some municipal governments to bring in a $20 per hour living wage.

This is not to be confused with the minimum wage individual provinces and territories require employers by law to pay workers .

A new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business analysed the impact a $20 per hour wage would have on small businesses.

Tyler Slobogian, a Senior policy analyst with the CFIB comments here.

“Within this report, we found that in Manitoba, mandating a $20 an hour living wage would cost the economy $2.7 billion and put over 23 thousand businesses at risk so it could be the last nail in the coffin for some of those.”

Slobogian said instead,  the CFIB is recommending all three levels of government support workers and small businesses by making sure rent, food and gas prices are affordable and stable.

For more on the report, catch Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 or go to cfib.ca.

Manitoba Blue Cross event to take place next Wednesday at TRCC

Manitoba Blue Cross has been a leading provider of dental, health and travel benefits in the province for 50 years.

To recognize this landmark occasion, Dave Thompkins, director of Sales with the group, talks about upcoming events.

“We are embarking throughout the communities throughout Manitoba to really emphasize that we are focusing on the health and wellbeing of all Manitobans and to make sure that all Manitobans are aware of our services, what we do and that we support the communities throughout the province.”  

Next Wednesday, Manitoba Blue Cross representatives will be in Thompson.

They will host a free come-and-go event from 11:30 to 2:30 pm in the multi-purpose room at the TRCC.

Everyone is welcome to attend to find out what Manitoba Blue Cross has to offer businesses and individuals alike.

Hear more on Thompson Today this afternoon at 12:40 and 5:10.

Alliance Maintenance Services offers apprenticeship opportunity Wednesday

If you like to work with your hands and enjoy problem solving, Alliance Maintenance Services has an opportunity that might interest you.

Tomorrow, they’re holding an Open House in Lecture Room 302 at the UCN campus here in Thompson from 6 to 8:30 pm.

Jason Fryza, Director of Quality, Service and Training with A-M-S, talks about the session.

“We’ll be presenting training opportunities for anyone interested in becoming an aircraft maintenance technician and to the apprenticeship program. We will talk about the apprenticeship requirements and the process to receive certification in aviation maintenance.”    

Fryza says they are looking for 8 candidates to begin the paid apprenticeship program on July 8th.

He added that candidates must have graduated from high school and have a drivers licence.

Upskilling necessary for employers and employees in businesses looking to AI to stay competitive

New research by employment agency Robert Half reveals there are critical skills gaps facing technology leaders and professionals when it comes to artificial intelligence.

While many companies look to add A-I to their operations, not every current employee or new recruit has the necessary skills to help them do so.

Sandra Lavoy, a Regional Director with the company in Ottawa, tells us what employers are finding.

“79 percent of tech leaders today are indicating that they plan to implement initiatives involving AI this year and 47 percent cite lack of these skills and that’s the biggest barrier to success when we don’t have the skills in the organization to move our company forward.”

Lavoy says employers and employees must embrace upskilling - or upgrading tech skills - to stay competitive.

She said employers often provide reimbursement to employees who successfully  complete courses.   She added it is better to retain experienced employees with their historical knowledge of the company than to try and recruit new employees in the current market.

For more on upskilling, listen to Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.

City of Thompson's annual Community Cleanup campaign kicks off Tuesday

Win weekly prizes in the City’s annual Community Cleanup campaign.

It begins this coming Tuesday and continues to June 16th.

You’re asked to go around your neighborhood, picking up litter anywhere you see it.  Take before and after photos of the area you’re cleaning and send them to rec@thompson.ca.

When you do, you’ll be entered for weekly prize draws and the grand prize draw to be made June 17th.

Each week of the campaign will focus on specific neighborhoods, but you can begin cleaning up at any time.

Get your gloves and bags from City Hall, the Public Works Yard and the TRCC.

Governments of Canada and Manitoba Strengthen Ability to Prepare for and Respond to Wildfires

Wildfires are increasing in frequency and in severity across Canada because of climate change, and can have devastating effects on our health, economies, communities and wildlife. As another difficult wildfire season is underway in many provinces and territories, the governments of Canada and Manitoba are committed to continuing to support Canadians and Manitobans, while strengthening our ability to adapt to a changing climate.

Today, federal Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan, president of the King’s Privy Council for Canada and minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, was joined by federal Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal, on behalf of the federal Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, to make an announcement with Manitoba Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources Minister Jamie Moses, to jointly invest $38.4 million over four years under the Government of Canada’s Fighting and Managing Wildfires in a Changing Climate Program – Equipment Fund (FMWCC) to support Manitoba’s efforts to purchase wildland firefighting equipment to enhance provincial readiness and capacity to prepare for and respond to wildland fires.

 

Funding announced today will help Manitoba purchase and upgrade firefighting equipment to increase wildland fire preparedness and response efforts, improve safety for communities and firefighters alike, and strengthen capacities and capabilities for resource exchange across Canada. In addition, the funding will support the purchase of additional training equipment and materials to improve training and increase the number of skilled wildland firefighters and other staff.

 

Keeping Canadians safe and healthy is a top priority for the Government of Canada. By working together with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities and our international allies, the federal government continues to address and support the fight against wildfires and combating the effects of climate change, while ensuring public safety and protecting homes, livelihoods and lives.

 

Quotes

 

“After experiencing the most destructive forest fire season in our nation’s history in 2023, Canadians across the country are witnessing another spring of intense, early wildfires. The federal government is urgently working to respond to these fires by providing provinces, territories and partners with the support they need to meet the needs of Canadians where and when wildfires occur. Today’s announcement with the Government of Manitoba underscores our commitment to continue working with provinces and territories to bolster the procurement of life-saving equipment and personnel through the FMWCC. Through tangible and fast-flowing funding, the Government of Canada is helping firefighters respond to the current wildfire season and prepare for a future where the impact of climate change on the severity of wildfires is increasingly obvious.” — federal Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

 

“As we face another intense wildfire season, it's crucial that firefighters have the equipment and training they need to respond safely, quickly and effectively. This funding will help purchase critical equipment, upgrade existing resources and enhance training for firefighters, ensuring we're better equipped to protect communities and respond to the increasing threat of wildfires.” — federal Emergency Preparedness Harjit Sajjan, president of the King’s Privy Council for Canada and minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

“As we continue to see an increase in the severity of wildfires across the Prairies and North, protecting the health and safety of impacted communities is our government’s top priority. Today’s announcement with Manitoba will deliver necessary resources to mitigate the impacts of wildfires across the province while strengthening partnerships with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to deliver solutions that will help keep communities safe.” — federal Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal

 

“Ensuring the proper resources are available to our wildfire service is critical, as we can see right now in Manitoba. This investment will strengthen our ability to respond to these natural disasters that are increasingly more common. Our government will always prioritize the safety of Manitobans and we are pleased to see this timely support from the federal government that will bolster our ability to fight these wildfires.” — Manitoba Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources Minister Jamie Moses

 

Quick Facts

 

  • Both the governments of Canada and Manitoba are proving $19.2 million through a contribution agreement under the FMWCC Program – Equipment Fund.
     
  • The FMWCC program was launched in 2022 to support provinces and territories in strengthening fire management capacities and capabilities across the country by facilitating the purchase of wildland firefighting equipment such as fire crew trucks and personal protective equipment, to increase capacity to respond to wildland fires.
     
  • The Government of Canada is working with communities and organizations affected by wildfires to better understand the unique role the federal government plays in serving these communities, to offer nationally recognized equipment to support all firefighters to be better equipped to respond to wildland fires and to support a more sustainable approach to training, employment and all hazards management in Indigenous communities and beyond.
     
  • Under NRCan’s Fighting and Managing Wildfires in a Changing Climate Program’s Equipment Fund, provinces and territories can cost-share investments with the Government of Canada for equipment, such as vehicles, mobile units, avionics upgrades (parts), hoses, pumps, enhanced communications equipment, the repair of aging equipment and training.

City of Thompson provides update on pool construction

The City of Thompson advises residents that the sports field and outdoor track in the area next to the TRCC will become an active construction site this week.

Penn-Co Construction was set to start fencing off the site where the new Thompson Regional Aquatic Centre will be built as of yesterday.

The sports field and outdoor track will no longer be accessible to the public once this work begins.

In the meantime, the City of Thompson is looking for suitable locations to develop an equivalent outdoor track.

Pilot project to have temporary 24-hour washroom and garbage facilities installed along highway 6

Travellers heading up or down Highway 6 will find new washroom and garbage facilities along the way, just in time for the May long weekend.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Lisa Naylor said this is a pilot project aimed at reducing waste along the road and address safety concerns.

Naylor acknowledged there is only one 24-hour washroom facility between the St. Martin junction and Thompson,  and the new facilities will make it easier for commuters, travellers and truck drivers as we head into summer.

Temporary toilet and garbage facilities will be installed at the Devils Lake rest area and at a new location near Williams River.

These facilities are expected to be operational by this weekend.

Grand Rapids RCMP arrest wanted male

Grand Rapids RCMP received information that 42-year-old Kenneth Sanderson, who was currently WANTED on nine Canada-wide warrants for a number of charges, was hiding at a residence on River Road, in Grand Rapids.

 

On May 14, 2024, at approximately 1:00 am, Grand Rapids RCMP along with the assistance of Police Dog Services and the Emergency Response Team, executed a warrant to search at a residence on River Road, in Grand Rapids. As officers arrived, Sanderson ran out the back, fled to the river, where he then jumped in. Police Service Dog Phlex and his handler were able to assist with getting Sanderson back to shore where he was arrested.

 

Sanderson received minor injuries and was taken to hospital where he was treated and released.

 

Along with his warrants, Kenneth Sanderson, 42, has also been charged with Resisting Arrest and Failing to Comply x2. He was remanded into custody.

Manitoba Government Adding Paramedics and Ambulances to Improve Emergency Care

As part of Budget 2024, the Manitoba government is taking steps to improve emergency medical services by adding and training more paramedics, adding more ambulances and expanding emergency patient transport, Health, Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Uzoma Asagwara announced today.

 

“Our government is investing in paramedicine, so that Manitobans can feel secure knowing first responders will be there to assist in emergencies,” said Asagwara. “We are also making sure timely emergency care is available to all Manitobans no matter where they live, which is why we are supporting new training spots for advanced care paramedics to work in rural and northern communities.”

The province is providing an additional $124,000 to Red River College Polytechnic in 2024-25 to add 16 training seats for advanced care paramedics (ACPs) who will work in rural and northern communities.

 

The Manitoba government will incentivize more students to train as ACPs by investing more than $16 million to expand job opportunities including a third ambulance in Brandon. These investments will support the province’s goal of hiring 1,000 new health-care workers in 2024-25.

“Advanced care paramedics are a huge asset to rural health care,” said Rebecca Clifton, director, Paramedic Association of Manitoba. “With a deeper education and greater skill set, they can provide more acute care for patients, making them vital in critical transports or emergency rooms in remote, rural settings. For far too long, rural Manitoba just was not recognizing ACPs and enrolment suffered as a result. We are very happy to see the province invest in not only training but new positions as well, allowing paramedics to advance their education and improve care for Manitobans as a result.”

 

Budget investments will allow for the implementation of community paramedicine units across eastern, western and northern parts of Manitoba, the minister noted, adding, 21 clinical service leaders have been hired since January 2024 in Dauphin, Flin Flon, Lac du Bonnet, Ashern, Neepawa and The Pas. More staff have been recruited and are in varying stages of onboarding, the minister said.

To celebrate the value paramedics brings to the health-care system, the Manitoba government has proclaimed May 19 to 25 as Paramedic Week in Manitoba.

 

“Because paramedics are often first on the scene, they are the first link in someone’s health-care journey,” said Asagwara. “Paramedics have saved the lives of countless Manitobans and helped put them on a path to recovery. Next week our government will recognize paramedics as the backbone of our emergency health services. It is our opportunity to thank them for the work they do to go above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

The week is an opportunity to recognize all members of Manitoba’s emergency response services teams, including 911 dispatchers, volunteer first responders and patient transport professionals.

City Council and School Board to hold by-election in September

A new face will be added to both City Council and the School Board after a by-election on September 10th.

Resignations by former Councillor Earl Colbourne on April 29th and former School Trustee Mike Lawson earlier in April require a by-election be held.

The City and the School District have agreed to equally cost-share the by-election.

Rather than electronic tabulators, this by-election will use paper ballots which will be hand-counted.

Watch the City website at thompson.ca for Information about candidate registration dates and deadlines.

COS study says 71 percent of Canadians experience one or more symptoms regarding vision

This is Vision Health Month and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society has some warnings and advice on how to address your vision concerns.

A recent study by the COS shows that in the past two years, 71 per cent of Canadians have experienced one or more concerning symptoms regarding their eyes or vision.

Dr. Phil Hooper, President of the Society, shares those concerns here.

“The top concerns were too much screen time, over half the people responded with that as a concern. Exposure to UV and sunlight was about the same at 53 percent and environmental factors such as wildfires and that varied a little bit depending on where in the country you were.”

Symptoms of vision issues include dry, itchy and irritated eyes, headaches, eye strain, and blurry vision.

Hooper recommends taking breaks from screens every 20 minutes or so, to use lubricating drops to alleviate dry-eye symptoms, and to wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays.

For more regarding eye health, go to thompsononline.ca.

Chemawawin RCMP investigate homicide

On May 13, 2024, at approximately 1:25 am, Chemawawin RCMP was called to the Nursing Station in Chemawawin Cree Nation for a report of a 14-year-old female suffering from serious injuries. When officers arrived, the female was pronounced deceased. It was determined to be homicide.

 

A 19-year-old male was arrested later in the morning on May 13, 2024. Kingsley Lachose is charged with Second Degree Murder and Failing to Comply with a Release Order.

 

The RCMP Forensic Identification Section and RCMP Major Crime Services are in the community assisting with the ongoing investigation.

Manitoba Government Signs Historic Declaration to Transfer Responsibility for Indigenous Child Welfare to First Nations

The Manitoba government and First Nation chiefs from across the province signed a historic relationship declaration committing to the transfer of jurisdiction over child welfare to First Nations, Premier Wab Kinew and Families Minister Nahanni Fontaine announced today.

 

“Every child in our province deserves to grow up with the ability to answer who they are and where they come from,” said Kinew. “That is why our government is working with First Nations to ensure children in care maintain connection to their families, their culture and their language. Together, we can build a future in Manitoba where we don’t have to come back and apologize to the next generation of children.”

 

“First Nations children in care do better when they’re able to stay within community and connected to culture,” said Fontaine. “Every child in Manitoba should have supports to thrive and we know the current child welfare system needs to do better. First Nations are best placed to care for their own children and today’s declaration is an important step forward as we work collaboratively to return responsibility for child welfare.”

 

The relationship declaration was signed today at a roundtable meeting attended by almost 40 Indigenous leaders from across Manitoba, the premier noted.

 

“Our language, culture, and traditional ways of life will serve as the foundation for our programming,” said Chief Gordon Bluesky, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. “We will ensure our people have access to adequate capital infrastructure to support their needs. We will continue to uplift and support one another as we exercise our treaty and inherent rights, creating our own child and family services law that will benefit future generations to come.”

 

Bill C-92, an Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, became law in 2020. The federal act reaffirms the authority of Indigenous nations to pass and enforce laws related to the provision of child and family services to their citizens supported by co-ordination agreements with Canada and provinces or territories.

 

Manitoba signed its first co-ordination agreement in 2023 with Peguis First Nation and Canada in 2023. The government has supported the transfer of jurisdiction through amendments to the Child and Family Services (CFS) Act enabling collaboration and information sharing with Indigenous government bodies and CFS providers, prioritizing placements with family, kin or community for all children, and allowing new agreement-based supports to prevent children from coming into care.

 

The minister noted the relationship declaration responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action to reduce the number of Indigenous children and care and affirm the right of Indigenous governments to establish and maintain their own child welfare agencies.

 

The declaration also aligns with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which recognizes the right of Indigenous families and communities to retain shared responsibility for the upbringing, training, education and well-being of their children, consistent with the rights of the child, noted the minister.

 

As of March 31, 2023, 91 per cent of the 8,990 children in care in Manitoba were Indigenous, the minister said.

Vale Manitoba Operation firefighters provides support in the efforts to fight wildfire near Cranberry Portage

Vale Manitoba Operations has had a 5-member firefighting team in Cranberry Portage since this weekend.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner put out a call to all northern Manitoba fire departments looking for support to control the fire approaching the community, which has been evacuated to The Pas.

Vale sent a fire truck and four firefighters plus a fire advisor to help with those efforts.

The firefighters are supporting value protection in towns and near cottages, like setting up sprinkler systems, refueling water supply pumps, and shuttling water.

This crew will return to Thompson this evening.

Wildfires near Flin Flon and The Pas impacting residents in the region

Wildfires near Flin Flon and The Pas are still impacting residents in the region.

The RM of Kelsey has a reception centre at the Wescana Inn in The Pas to register evacuees from Cranberry Portage.     Residents were told to leave Sunday as the fire burned to within one and a half kilometres of the community.

In Flin Flon, a reception centre has been established at the Victoria Inn for evacuees.

Approximately 550 residents are affected currently.

The fire crossed a section of railway in the area and is impacting rail travel between Cranberry Portage and Pukatawagan.

There are also power and communication outages and technicians are on hand to restore both.

Air tankers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan are working on the fire.  Five additional crews from Ontario were expected to arrive Monday and another 5 today.

FIRE BULLETIN - May 13, 2024 11:50 AM

This is the latest fire bulletin to be released on the Flin Flon Fire situation from the Manitoba Government.

 

Manitoba Wildfire, The office of the Commissioner, Emergency Management  Organization and Manitoba Fire Services are currently responding to two fires in the area around Flin Flon and The Pas.

 

Evacuation orders have been issued for a number of houses and cottages in the area and people in the surrounding areas are being asked to be prepared to leave if the situation worsens.

 

As of yesterday the fire has grown to 35,000 hectares. At last report the fire is 38 km long and 12 km wide and has moved to 1 km of Cranberry Portage.  There have been intermittent power outages and Highway 10 South is closed starting at Bakers Narrows. The Sherriden road is also impacted. The fire did crossed a section of the railway in the area and could disrupt railway service in the area.

 

Air tankers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan  are working on the fire and additional crews from Ontario are expected to arrive at any time.

 

The fire near Wanless is now approximately 1,500 hectares and crews are working to protect the hydro line between Cranberry and The Pas. For residents of Wanless the fire will push nw due to se winds and wildfire services is confident it will maintain the break. Winds are expected to make the smoke thicker today and the RM advises residents with compromised conditions to close windows and stay inside.

 

You are advised to have 72 hour essential  family needs together  just in case.

 

For ongoing updates on wildfires you can  go to the website if you are able to at gov.mb.ca and there is a toll free number at 1-800-782-0076

61st Manitoba Mine Rescue Competition takes place next week at Tanco Mine in Lac du Bonnet

Teams from Vale Manitoba, Hudbay and Tanco will test their skills in the 61st Manitoba Mine Rescue Competition May 24th and 25th in Lac du Bonnet.

These teams are the best of the best, according to Richard Trudeau, the co-chair of the competition’s organizing committee.

“There are six, highly skilled individuals on each team. There is a director of operations, he directs the team from a control centre, he provides the captain of the team who has his team underground, there is a vice captain that takes over duties of the captain as required. Then the team members who are responsible for thinks like demolition, gas monitoring and first aid.”

He said the competition is about safety and skill competency that the team members use during the event, but are trained to use during any emergency situation in their daily work.

A Mutual Aid team composed of two members from each mining operation also takes part in the competition.

Trudeau added that the Mutual Aid team is an example of what would happen if a real-life emergency were to occur in any of Manitoba’s mining operations.

For more on the competition, catch Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.

New Commanding Officer of Manitoba RCMP knows the value of community

May 10, 2024, Winnipeg, Manitoba – Assistant Commissioner Scott McMurchy is the new Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP. With 34 years of experience in the RCMP, with postings in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including several detachments, Provincial Support Services, Serious and Organized Crime, District Operations Officer for Manitoba North District, Officer in Charge of Community and Indigenous Policing Services, and most recently as the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations for Manitoba, Assistant Commissioner McMurchy brings a lot of knowledge and perspective to the position.

 

Assistant Commissioner McMurchy also brings something unique to the table – he was born in Rossburn, Manitoba and raised in The Pas. “As Manitoba is my home, I am deeply committed to serving Manitobans and am very honoured to be the Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP,” he said. “I am proud that much of my service has been in Manitoba. I believe that the opportunity for varied experience in this province exceeds almost anywhere else. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people in the RCMP in Manitoba. The people who work here truly care, and go the extra mile to help the communities in which they live and serve.”

 

As a Manitoban, Assistant Commissioner McMurchy knows where the focus needs to be. His number one priority is to address violent crime. “Policing in the RCMP really gives you the opportunity to know the people and truly help the community, and right now, people in communities across our province are concerned about high levels of violent crime. I am committed to working collaboratively to reduce the level of violent crime we are seeing currently and to engage the community in the process. Our goal is always the safety and security of Manitobans, and we want them to feel safe in their communities.”

 

Never one to back down from a challenge, Assistant Commissioner McMurchy knows tackling violent crime and addressing rising property crime is a formidable task. He also knows that much of what we are seeing in criminal activity has links to the drug subculture. “Drugs are in every community in Manitoba, but when illicit drugs are present on a larger scale, the relation to the rise in other types of crime is quite clear.” Working on drug enforcement and education is one way he plans to address the criminal activity within communities. Specialized teams, integrated units, and intelligence-led policing are other methods he is driving forward to address these concerns.

 

“It is very important to me to build relationships,” said Assistant Commissioner McMurchy. “Building and maintaining connections with Indigenous leadership is something I have been working on for many years on a personal level as well as through my various roles in the RCMP. As part of the Manitoba RCMP’s Reconciliation journey, I plan to continue wholeheartedly making those connections and listening to those perspectives.”

 

Assistant Commissioner McMurchy knows relationships are important to the work the RCMP does. “We are your provincial police, and I want to hear from Manitobans about what is important in their community. We meet regularly with leadership from all communities through our Detachment Commanders. Make sure your local leaders know what you think is important, and we can work together with them to set priorities and focus our engagement.”

 

The days, weeks, and months ahead will be very busy as Assistant Commissioner McMurchy moves forward in his new role, but he does hope to still find the time to do what he enjoys most – being outside in Manitoba. “If I’m in a boat on the water, I’m happy. I am lucky to live in Manitoba, and I promise all Manitobans that I will work hard every day, side-by-side with all the dedicated, talented employees of the RCMP, to keep you safe and happy in our beautiful province.”

 

 

Mayor Colleen Smook provides update on city transit services

On City Beat yesterday, Mayor Colleen Smook provided an update on city transit services.

Last week, the contract between the City and Maple Bus Lines for transit service was cancelled as the company was unable to fulfill their obligations.  

Smook said the city is considering hiring temporary drivers for the short term, but first the condition of the buses is being evaluated.  

When asked, Smook provided these details about the ridership on the transit buses.

"During the week, especially during the winter, there is upwards of five hundred plus students a day on there. The school district pays us a set fee to have students ride so that they don't have to walk in the cold. Other then the students, ridership is actually very low."

She said discussions are ongoing as to whether the City will provide its own bus service or if it will contract out the service as it has since the 70's.

Grand Rapids RCMP make arrest after firearms complaint


Early Tuesday morning,  Grand Rapids RCMP Detachment received a complaint of threats being made to shoot up a residence, located in Misipawistik Cree Nation.

In speaking with the occupants, officers were told that a 25-year-old male and an unknown individual were planning to come to the residence with firearms.

While there, a disturbance was heard in a nearby home to which the officers immediately responded.

When they entered the home, they located the 25-year-old male suspect attempting to hide from police.

Royce Storm Fontaine, 25, who was also wanted on several Warrants of Arrest, was arrested without incident and later remanded into custody on charges including Assault, Pointing a Firearm, Uttering Threats and Failure to Comply with a Release Order.

Grand Rapids RCMP continue to investigate.

Tim Horton's Smile Cookies Campaign raises over 19-thousand dollars for the Thompson Regional Humane Society

Last week’s Smile Cookie Campaign at Tim Horton’s was a huge success.

And 100 per cent of the proceeds are going to the Thompson Regional Humane Society.

According to Board Chair, Oswald Sawh, 12-thousand 873 cookies were sold, meaning the organization will receive over 19-thousand three hundred dollars.

Their goal was to raise 25-thousand dollars to purchase equipment for their animal clinics.

Sawh thanks all the individuals and businesses who purchased cookies and the local businesses who allowed the Humane Society to sell cookies at their locations.

Manitobans Urged to be Vigilant During Tick Season

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Long-Term Care is reminding people to be vigilant about ticks, take steps to prevent bites and know when to seek treatment. Blacklegged ticks, often called deer ticks, are a risk to human health because they can transmit diseases like Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Powassan virus disease. These diseases can all be serious, particularly in older adults, young children or people with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions.

 

Public health officials recommend visiting a health-care provider within 72 hours of removing a tick to receive preventative treatment for Lyme disease if:

 

  • the bite was from a reliably identified blacklegged tick; and
  • the tick was attached for 36 hours or more, or the tick was engorged (filled with blood).

 

Blacklegged ticks may be found anytime snow is not on the ground, with peak activity in spring and fall. Due to the health risk posed by blacklegged ticks, it is important to be able to distinguish between them and the more common wood tick. While wood ticks are a nuisance, in Manitoba these species do not transmit diseases. Blacklegged ticks have a red-orange body, black legs and a black spot on their back, and are smaller than wood ticks. Adult females are about the size of a sesame seed. When attached and feeding, blacklegged ticks become larger and change colour to grey and brown. Wood ticks are larger, brownish in colour, with white markings on their back. Photos comparing wood ticks and blacklegged ticks are available at: www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/tickborne/about.html

 

Anyone who finds a tick on animals, humans or in various habitats can submit a picture to have it identified by experts, to confirm if the tick belongs to a species capable of transmitting diseases. For more information or to submit a picture of a tick, visit www.etick.ca.

 

Reduce your risk of tick bites and disease exposure by:

 

  • applying an appropriate tick repellent on exposed skin and clothing, following label directions;
  • wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts;
  • tucking in clothing to create a barrier;
  • staying to the centre of walking trails;
  • inspecting yourself, children and pets after spending time outdoors;
  • removing ticks as soon as possible from people and pets, using tweezers; and
  • keeping grass and shrubs around homes cut short to create drier environments that are less suitable for tick survival.

Milder winters and shifting weather patterns caused by climate change means ticks are expanding their geographical range to more regions of the province, although southern Manitoba remains the highest-risk area.

 

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. To learn more about blacklegged ticks, tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease, prevention and treatment, visit: 
www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/tickborne/.

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