The Thompson Local News

Local authorities looking for missing man from Cross Lake

The Thompson RCMP are asking for help in finding a man who went missing from the Thompson General Hospital.


28-year-old Justin Reginald Muskego from Cross Lake is described as being 5'10" and 165 pounds with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt, gray sweatpants, and black and gray runners.


Anyone with information on Muskego's whereabouts is asked to call the Thompson RCMP detachment at 204-677-6909.

Police looking for Giant Tiger shoplifter who stole hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise

The Thompson RCMP are on the look out for a shoplifter who stole from Giant Tiger earlier this year.


On May 27 at around 4:30 p.m, the police were notifed from the store that a sholifter stole several hundred dollars of merchandise from the store.


Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the woman in the photo.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure a tip online at

RCMP reminding Manitobans to be aware of scammers following fraud investigation in Thompson

The Manitoba RCMP is reminding Manitobans to be aware of scam callers claiming to be from government agencies pretending to be government employees asking for large sums of money.


This comes after a Thompson resident received calls from a scammer pretending to be from the CRA and the Thompson RCMP detachment, asking them to send money through the mail by spoofing their phone number.


Spoofing is when a caller intentionally falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity.


Luckily, the victim’s family member noticed something was off, and prevented the parcel from being sent.


The RCMP and all government agencies, including Service Canada, will never call asking or demanding money for any reason.


Anyone who receives these types of calls or believes they may have been a victim of fraud is asked to call their local police detachment or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.


For more tips and information regarding current scams and how to protect yourself, visit The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) website.

RCMP looking for witnesses in relation to the Beaver Crescent shooting

The Thompson RCMP is seeking the general public’s assistance in locating witnesses who may have seen a white Dodge Dart driving around the Deerwood area on Monday afternoon at around 1 p.m.


This is related to the shooting on Beaver Crescent, where a man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Anyone with information or with surveillance of this vehicle is asked to call the local detachment at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

Manitoba MPs want decorated Indigenous war veteran on new $5 bill

Manitoba MPs have been calling for Tommy Prince, a man considered to be Canada’s most decorated Indigenous war veteran, to be featured on Canada’s new five dollar bill.


Although Prince received eleven war medals and served in World War Two and the Korean War, he dealt with racism and poverty and passed away as a homeless person. However, he has still been honoured by the Province of Manitoba and other parts of the world.


Arctic Radio News reached out to Churchill Keewatinook-Aski MP Niki Ashton and she believes having Prince on the new five dollar bill is a great idea, adding that it’s important that there is someone who is Indigenous featured on the currency.


Ashton went on to say that in the spirit of reconciliation and justice, this is a moment in time where we can take a look at who we are honouring as symbols of our country.


You can learn more about Tommy Prince by visiting

Lifesaving Society Manitoba stress importance of lifejacket use through Hooked on Lifejackets campaign

Coinciding with National Fishing Week, Lifesaving Society Manitoba has also been raising awareness on wearing a life jacket while out on the water.


Water Smart Coordinator Doctor Christopher Love says it’s especially important to talk about in Manitoba, as most people who die during a boating accident are not wearing a lifejacket.


About 50% of all boats sold in Canada are purchased with fishing as the main use of the boat. Lifesaving Society Manitoba says part of the reason why boating deaths involve a significant number of fishers is that those who fish don’t consider themselves boaters, so they don’t make boating safety top of mind when they’re out on the water.


Hooked on Lifejackets runs from July 4th to the 12th.


For more information on the Hooked on Lifejackets campaign, visit or listen to Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.

Two men arrested following shooting on Beaver Crescent

Local authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred on Beaver Crescent earlier this week.


On the afternoon of July 6 after 1 p.m, the Thompson RCMP was called to the scene, where they found a man suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.


The victim was taken to the Thompson General Hospital in stable condition.


Two men, a 33-year-old and a 35-year-old were arrested by police on Red River Drive after the shooting and face multiple charges.

MKO raising concerns following allegations of racial profiling of First Nations customers at Thompson Walmart

MKO is raising concerns regarding the alleged treatment of First Nations customers shopping at the local Walmart.


In a news release, Grand Chief Garrison Settee says he’s heard from First Nations customers that have been racially profiled.


Once incident Settee highlighted was when a First Nations man was told he wasn’t allowed into the store because he looked inebriated despite never using alcohol.


He explains Walmart and Impact Security should take steps to ensure Indigenous customers are respected while they shop, and adds that MKO has sent a letter to Walmart to request a meeting to talk about ways to improve the corporation’s plan to improve the service quality First Nations citizens can expect to receive.


At this time, Walmart Canada has not responded to a request for comment.

RCMP confirm presumed missing man from Split is safe in Winnipeg

UPDATE: Thompson RCMP were able to confirm late Friday afternoon (July 3) that Kirkness has spoken to his family and is safe in Winnipeg.


The public is being asked to help locate a missing man from Split Lake.


46-year-old Saul Steven Kirkness was reported missing to the Thompson RCMP on June 26. He was last seen in Winnipeg one week earlier.


Kirkness is described as being 5’11” and 176 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kirkness is asked to contact the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure a tip online at

MP Ashton calling for federal disaster assistance for northern highways and roads damaged by rainfall

With the north having had a rainy summer so far this year, MP Niki Ashton is calling on Ottawa to step in on the negative impacts the weather is having on northern communities.


Ashton says the region has seen record rainfall, and that it's affecting northern infrastructure, especially roads and highways.


She also called out the provincial government, saying that the cuts they’ve made to the budget were “part of the problem”.


Ashton goes on to say many northerners rely on roads and highways to travel to and from their communities, and that federal disaster assistance must be made available to address the damage done to them by the weather conditions we’ve seen so far.

High school in Cranberry Portage damaged following break-in

Cranberry Portage RCMP is investigating a break-in at their local high school.


Just after 3:30 Monday morning, the police were called to the high school in the community for a disturbance.


When officers arrived, they found 105 windows had been broken, and entry had been made into the computer lab where 42 computers were destroyed.


The damage is estimated to be $200, 000.


On Tuesday, a 27-year-old man from the community was arrested , and will be facing charges of breaking and entering, mischief over $5, 000, and possessing break-in instruments.

PR 280 between Split Lake and Keeyask closed due to washout

Provincial Road 280 between Split Lake and Keeyask has been closed until further notice.


The road was closed due to washout.


The closure was announced through a press release from the Town of Gillam.

Celebrate Canada Day virtually this year with the Canada Day in Thompson event

Community members in Thompson have put together a virtual event to celebrate Canada Day this year.


Holly Gossfeld, an organizer for the event, says there will be a number of activities people can take part in to commemorate Canada’s birthday, such as the Canada Day selfie contest, a balcony and yard decorating contest, and a Bike Rodeo hosted by the Kin Club of Thompson.


Another activity is the Move Your Barbeque celebration that encourages households to move their grills from the backyard to the front yard so that people can enjoy the day with their neighbours while still phycial distancing, as well as performances from local talent in town which will be available to watch online.


Residents can register for contests or find more information by visiting the Canada Day in Thompson Facebook page.


Or you can tune in to Thompson Today this afternoon at 12:40 and 5:10.

NRHA extend visiting hours at hospitals and health centres

The Northern Health Region has expanded visiting hours at their hospitals, including the Thompson General Hospital effective today.


The health authority reports visiting hours are now from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.


They advise patients will only be allowed one pre-identified visitor and those visitors must maintain social distancing while in the hospital.


All visitors will be screened before entering any Northern Health Region facility.


For up-to-date information on NRHA policies, visit

Three people arrested following drug seizure on Parkway Crescent

Three people are under arrest following a drug bust over the weekend.


On June 27 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Thompson RCMP executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a residence on Parkway Crescent.


As a result of this search warrant, approximately one ounce of crack cocaine, multiple individual rocks of crack cocaine and dime bags of illicit cannabis, various air pistols and knives and approximately $6,000 CDN were seized by police.


Two men, a 19 year-old and a 30 year-old, both from Thompson, and a 26 year-old woman from Winnipeg, face drug trafficking and proceeds of crime charges.

RCMP investigating death in Pukatawagan as homicide

RCMP say they're investigating a woman's death in a First Nations community in northern Manitoba.


Police say members in the Pukatawagan detachment responded to a report Friday evening of a body found in a wooded area in the community.


Officers attended and located a 22-year-old woman who was pronounced deceased.


Police say the death is being treated as a homicide.

Children First Canada welcome senate bill introduced to establish a Children and Youth Commissioner in the country

The CEO and founder of Canada’s child advocacy group says she welcomes the senate introducing a bill to establish a Commissioner of Children and Youth in the country.


Sara Austin with Children First Canada says the idea of a children’s commissioner is not new, and that the bill has been long overdue as over 60 countries around the world have instated one.


Austin explains that a children’s commission would serve an important purpose in helping to ensure there’s somebody independent in the government who would promote the rights and wellbeing of children.


She says contrary to popular belief, Canada is currently ranked 25th out of 41 wealthy nations when it comes to being a world-leading country for kids.


For more on what Children First Canada has in the works right now, listen to Thompson Today this afternoon at 12:40 and 5:10.

RDPC to host graduation ceremony, will following public health orders

To put a bow on a rather unconventional final school year for grade twelve students at RD Parker Collegiate, they will be taking part in a graduation ceremony at the end of the week to celebrate the end of their high school careers.


The school’s principal, Rob Fisher, says the ceremony will take place at the TRCC arena at 8:30 p.m on June 26.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only graduating students will be allowed into the arena, and will be given a parking pass to allow family members to park in the TRCC parking lot.


The grad band will also be performing during the ceremony, and the graduation will conclude with a fireworks display.


The grad will be live streamed to the public online.

Break and enter at the Norplex Pool leads to court date for two suspects

Two men were taken into custody after they allegedly broke into the Norplex Pool.


Early in the morning on June 23, the Thompson RCMP was alerted to a break and enter at the old pool building, and when they arrived at the scene they saw multiple people fleeing from a smashed glass door.


Police say two men, an 18-year-old and 19-year-old from Thompson, were arrested for break and enter after a brief foot chase.


Both suspects will be released to appear in court at a later date

MKO to host Pride Month event to honour Two-Spirit and Gender Diverse community

MKO’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison Unit will be hosting an event to celebrate Pride Month.


The event is called “Diversity is Our Strength, and MKO says it’s is a great way for Thompsonites to show support to the Two-Spirit and gender-diverse community.


It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the community, as the liaison’s Two-Spirit and Gender Diverse coordinator Heidi Spence will be there to chat and provide information.


The event will be held June 25 at the MKO office side parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


MKO adds that the event will be following public health guidelines, and that everyone is to follow the proper physical distancing and sanitizing procedures.

Man taken into custody following alleged assault outside Walmart

A man was taken into custody after allegedly assaulting someone outside Walmart.


The incident took place June 18 in the afternoon, and multiple bystanders reported seeing a man punch another man and then rob him.


Two days later, the Thompson RCMP arrested a 23-year-old man from the city.


The suspect faces a number of charges, including robbery and uttering threats.

Four youths arrested for alleged armed robbery

Four people, including three youths, were arrested after an alleged armed robbery.


On june 19 night just after 11:30 p.m., the Thompson RCMP was dispatched to a report that a man had been stabbed and robbed outside a gas station on Thompson Drive South.


The victim was transported to the hospital in stable condition with multiple stab wounds.


Four suspects were quickly found and arrested by police.


An 18-year-old woman and three male youths ages 17, 15, and 13 face multiple charges, namely robbery and failing to comply with their respective court orders

You can help form a back to school plan

Planning is underway for what the next school year will look like for students, staff and families.


Manitoba Education, in consultation with education partners, is developing a re-entry framework to guide schools in their planning guided by the advice of Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. 


Additionally, in collaboration with the Manitoba Teacher’s Society, an online survey of teachers was conducted in early June with the results pending. 


They are now seeking input from families and students in the development of their plan. 


The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and individual responses will be kept confidential.


You can fill out the survey by visiting

3 people face coke trafficking charges after two separate search warrants were carried out

Three people from Thompson were arrested for alleged drug trafficking this week after two search warrants were executed in the city.


On June 17 at approximately 8:20 PM, the Thompson RCMP executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a result on Stanford Bay. 


As a result of this search warrant, a quantity of cocaine, weapons such as a bear spray and machete, drug trafficking paraphernalia and Canadian currency were seized police. 


A 26 year-old man and a 36 year-old woman face multiple charges, namely, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.


Then, on June 19 at approximately 12:45 AM, the Thompson RCMP executed another Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant, this time at a hotel on Thompson Drive. 


As a result of this search warrant, a quantity of cocaine, drug trafficking paraphernalia and Canadian currency were seized by police. 


A 24 year-old man from Thompson was arrested by police.  Police queries determined this man had a warrant for his arrest.  This man faces multiple charges, namely, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Impaired driver pulled over, breath sample 3 times legal limit

A driver has been charged with impaired driving earlier this week.


On June 16th at approximately 9:24 PM, the Thompson RCMP received a report of an impaired driver on Mystery Lake Road in Thompson. 


Patrols were made and the driver, a 35 year-old woman from Thompson, was arrested for Operation of a Conveyance while impaired by alcohol. 


The driver failed a roadside screening device and later provided samples of her breath which were more than 3 times the legal limit. 


The driver was released to appear in court at a later date.


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