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NDP release their northern and Indigenous platform

Yesterday, Niki Ashton along with other federal NDP candidates across the country announced the party’s Indigenous Peoples and northern platform.


Ashton spoke of reconciliation and the failure of the Trudeau government to bring about effective change.


"Reconciliation is meaningless unless we talk about ending the housing crisis on First Nations and in northern communities. Unless we're talking about proper funding for healthcare that is badly needed across our north. Unless we're talking about fully supporting education, not just K-12, but also post-secondary, for people coming from First Nations, Metis, and northern communities."


Ashton also addressed the failures of the Conservative and Liberal governments when it comes to health care.


"Healthcare: a huge need across our north. Not just in Indigenous communities, but in all northern communities. We recognize that in many instances, there are more and more people that are falling through the cracks as we see provincial cuts and federal under-funding continue. Stephen Harper a number of years ago cut the transfers to healthcare to our provinces. Despite his commandments to reverse that, Justin Trudeau did not reverse those cuts."


Ashton said the NDP are committed to improving infrastructure, especially in northern communities where there are no airports and those than can no longer rely on winter roads due to climate change.


For the full announcement, listen to the podcast in the Thompson Today tab.

Jamming for Jackets is back tomorrow night

The fifth annual Jamming for Jackets will take place tomorrow.


The event will be live at the Juniper Centre from 6 to 9 PM.


The initiative is a way to address the issues of homelessness, addiction, and poverty in the north.


Jesse McKay, one of the organizers for the event, explains how he and his fellow organizers came up with the idea for Jamming for Jackets.


"As musicians... we were doing a lot of events, just thorwing shows and conerts in town.We wanted to grow from that,as well as wanting to do something for the community, just to birng everyone together in a sense."


While Jamming for Jackets is free to attend, they will be accepting winter clothing and non-perishable food items for donations.


The line-up can be found on our Event Calender, or on the Jamming for Jackets Facebook event page.

Items stolen from Simonhouse Bible Camp

Simonhouse Bible Camp announced on social media that several items were stolen from the camp recently.


Some of the items stolen include two outboard motors, a mitre saw, a chainsaw, an air compressor, and a jerry can of fuel.


Anyone with information about this theft is asked to call 204-472-4040.


Simonhouse Bible Camp is located near Cranberry Portage.


RCMP seized cocaine and dealt with vehicle break-ins last night

The Thompson RCMP dealt with two incidents last night.


On Wednesday night just before 11 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Grey Wolf Bay.


As a result of this traffic stop, approximately one ounce of individually bagged cocaine was seized by police. 


A 40-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, both from Thompson, face multiple drug trafficking charges.


In a seperate incident at approximately 12:43 a.m. today, RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of males breaking into vehicles on Cornell Place.


Police attended and arrested a 16-year-old male youth. 


Attempts are ongoing to locate and arrest another youth suspect, a 13 year-old male youth. 


Multiple charges are expected to be laid against both youth.


MPI survey reveals hundreds of Manitobans admitted to driving angry

Manitoba Public Insurance is encouraging drivers to be friendlier on the roads. In a recent survey, the agency found that three in ten drivers admitted that they've succumbed to road rage after experiencing feelings of anger. The Vice President responsible for Communications for MPI, Satvir Jatana, says angry drivers are more likely to engage in unsafe driving behaviours. Jatana goes on to explain that not only does angry driving lead to a higher risk of collisions, it's unsafe and unpleasant for other passengers, and sets a bad example for the next generation of drivers. He adds that those who drive anger-free are 35% less likely to be involved in a collision. Other findings in the survey include that of the 1, 500 people who responded, four in ten drivers admitted to weaving in and out of traffic, and nearly three-quarters of drivers admitted to speeding up to get through a yellow light.

Deputy Chief shares some safety tips during Fire Prevention Week

As we’re in the midst of Fire Prevention Week, our Deputy Fire Chief Steve Malloy spoke to Arctic Radio News about the theme of this year’s awareness campaign, and why it’s important to be prepared.


This year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape: Plan and practice your escape”, which Malloy says is important because everyone should have an evacuation plan for their schools, workplaces, and homes.


The Deputy Chief also shared some safety tips.


"Always check your smoke detectors on a monthly basis. Typically, we change the batteries when our time changes in the spring and the fall, so be sure to change the batteries twice a year."


"When we're using wood-burn appliances such as stoves are gas, ensure that you have the carbon monoxcide as well as the smoke detectors on as well, because while we're asleep at home, they're our eyes and ears for our personal safety.


Malloy also recommends that every home have a small, portable fire extinguisher, saying that a fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, and that controlling it in the early stages is proven to be effective.


MKO and Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy to host event to commemorate northern residential school survivors.

The Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak will be hosting a special event tomorrow.


The event is to recognize children from Northern Manitoba who attended residential schools.


It will also be the soft launch of the historical residential school monument  to remember the legacy of the residential school system in our region.


The event will be tomorrow afternoon at 1, and will be held at Thompson Lions Park.


Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

Liberal Candidate Judy Klassen responds to Trudeau government tribunal appeal

The Liberal Candidate running for the Churchill Keewatinook-Aski Electoral District, Judy Klassen, released a statement regarding the Trudeau Governments decision to appeal a Canadian Human Rights tribunal ruling.


The ruling ordered Ottawa to pay compensation to first nation’s children and their families that were separated by the child welfare system.


Klassen stated that they believe that collaboration rather than litigation is the best way to advance reconciliation and in moving forward with compensation its critical to sit down and have these conversations with our partners something that isn’t possible during an election.


She added that she agrees with the need for compensation and that it should be part of the healing process to those that have experienced significant wrongs.


Klassen says she is committed to ensuring that these conversations occur in a way that will focus on reconciliation and healing if elected as MP.

Local RCMP respond to numerous incidents involving youths

Thompson RCMP is investigating numerous incidents involving youth crime.


In one incident early yesterday morning, police responded to a complaint of a taxi driver being attacked with a machete near Southwood Mall.


Multiple teenagers were arrested, and have criminal charges pending against them.


The taxi driver was uninjured.


Our local RCMP is also looking into multiple overnight break-and-enter reports in the city.


The break-and-enters were being reported in the Westwood and Deerwood areas.


There are currently seven youths arrested in relation to the incidents, including a ten-year-old child.


Anyone with information about these incidents, or who have surveillance footage of a break-and-enter or mischief taking place on your property, are asked call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at

Winnipeg man arrested following multiple gun shots reported at Paint Lake

A Winnipeg man has been charged with multiple firearm-related offences, following an incident in Paint Lake.


Early Sunday morning, the Thompson Rural RCMP was dispatched to a report of multiple gun shots fired at Paint Lake.


Police arrested a 21-year-old man from Winnipeg, who faces multiple charges including Careless Use of a Firearm, Discharging a Firearm while Being Reckless, and Pointing a Firearm. He was also charged with Uttering Threats to cause death to a person.


The suspect is currently in custody.

Thompson RCMP release update on multiple incidents over the weekend

The Thompson RCMP detachment had their hands full this weekend.


Thompson RCMP sent out a press release earlier today, outlining several incidents that took place between early Saturday and  Monday morning.


On Saturday, police arrested an intoxicated 45-year-old man from Winnipeg, who threatened to kill a patron at The Hub restaurant.


The man was arrested for uttering threats, breaching his court-ordered curfew, and as well as a condition to abstain from consuming alcohol.


Following his arrest, the man threatened to kill the attending officer as well as their family, and he was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges.


Also on Saturday afternoon, police responded to a complaint of an impaired driver, who was located at the intersection of Thompson Drive and Cree Road South.


The driver, a 33-year-old woman from Oxford House, was determined to be drunk, and provided breath samples nearly two and a half times the legal limit.


In another incident early Sunday night, RCMP was attending the scene of a separate case in Paint Lake, when they came across a 26-year-old man sleeping behind the wheel.


Police determined the man was inebriated, after he failed a roadside test and provided breath samples over the legal limit.


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


Additionally, RCMP investigated a break-and-enter at a Stanford Bay residence after 1 a.m. Monday morning.


Police attended and arrested an intoxicated 41-year-old man from Thompson, who is in custody and may make an in-custody court appearance at a later date.

Some Forest View Suites residents still without permanent homes

Almost two weeks after the Forest View Suites fire, a number of residents are still unable to retrieve their possessions or find other living arrangements.


One of those residents stated at Monday’s City Council meeting that they were living in quote “third world conditions” and nothing had been done about it.


On City Beat yesterday, Mayor Colleen Smook shared this advice.


“One of the issues that still remains is that, even though we’ve seen a lot of stuff on social media, the tenants really need to file official complaints with the Residential Tenancy Board so that action can be taken because they need documentation.”


“We have reached out to MKO, KTC, Ma Mow We Tak and those agencies, so if you have trouble writing a letter or need help, please go to one of the agencies and they will help you.”


Smook said the city is also suffering from a lack of available apartments.

Manitoba 150 Committee invites Communities to Celebrate the Province's Anniversary

Our province is set to mark its 150th anniversary in 2020 and the Manitoba 150 committee has three ways for Manitobans to participate.


The first is with the Build 150 fund. Through local community foundations, groups can apply for funding to create legacy projects.


Monique LaCoste, co-chair of Manitoba 150, explains how to get involved.


“We’re going to have a pot of about $2.5 million across the province and people are going to be able to apply to their community foundation - so the people of Thompson can do that in their area - and they would receive and review applications andd approve them based on community need.”


LaCoste says Build 150 projects can be for new structures and initiatives or to refurbish existing ones.


Next is Celebrate 150. Communities can access partial funding for one-time events such as festivals, food fairs or concerts.


Grant applications are available at with the deadline being November 12th to apply.


LaCoste shares how the funds can be used.


“We’re looking for one-time event-based initiatives. These are picnics or food festivals or something a little different for your community. So in the name of Manitoba 150, we’re inviting people to think a little differently and come up with great opportunities to engage their community.”


Last is Honour 150, which will honour 150 Manitobans who have made outstanding contributions to their communities. For all the details on nomination criteria, go to


Deadline to nominate a worthy volunteer is January 31st.

Break and Enter at local Church

On Monday afternoon, Thompson RCMP received a report of a break and enter into the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints on Copper Road.


The investigation determined a window had been smashed between Sunday evening and the time the incident was reported.


Entry was forced into an office. A computer monitor along with donations were reported to have been stolen.


If you have any information on this incident, please call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at

MKO to host event to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Manitoba Keewatinook Okimakanak will be having an event this Friday to commemorate Missing and Murder Indigenous Women and Girls.


The evening will include speakers, performers, a feast, and a candlelight vigil.


Hilda Anderson-Pyrz, who manages the Liaison Unit for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at MKO, explains why it’s important for our community to come out and support this cause.


"It’s to bring the community together to support families who have been impacted, as well as to raise awareness for others to know that this is a crisis and that we all have to work together collectively to prevent all forms of violence against indigenous women and girls."


The event will be held at River Lodge Place beginning at 5:30 PM.

Niki Ashton Expresses Solidarity with Climate Strikers

MP Niki Ashton has expressed solidarity for the climate strikers that took to the streets of Canada last week.


Ashton says young climate activists like Autumn Peltier are calling on us to become a champion for the environment and we must answer the call of climate strikers.


The NDP has announced a "New Deal for Climate Action and Good Jobs."


Part of this deal is to make sure that indigenous peoples are full and equal partners in Canada’s efforts to confront the climate crisis.


The deal would also ensure that Northern Manitoba workers and communities reap the benefits of a clean economy in the future.

Deerwood School Presentation tonight

Deerwood School and its Parent Advisory Council will be hosting an information session for parents.


The presentation will cover talking points regarding your children’s online and social media use, and how you can talk to them to ensure they stay safe online.


The session is open to all parents in the community who have children attending school in the community.


The presentation by will take place at Deerwood School this evening at 6:30 PM.

Orange Shirt Day to take place this Monday

Orange Shirt Day takes place in Thompson and across the country this Monday.


The day has officially been recognized since 2013 but in reality began in 1973, when six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in BC.


She wore a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school but it was taken away and replaced with the school’s uniform.


Marie Highway, the Indigenous Student Advisor at R.D. Parker collegiate, and coordinator for the local event explains what this day means.


“It’s a day to honour residential school survivors, to learn about residential school survivors, to work toward reconciliation and learning from past mistakes. It’s an opportunity for First Nations and non-First Nations to come together in the spirt of reconciliation."


This year, R.D. Parker students will leave the school on a walk around 11:15 and when they return to the school, a mural by Jasyn Lucas will be unveiled in the forum and dedicated to residential school survivors.


That will be followed by a feast for students, staff and parents in the forum.


According to Rob Fisher, Principal at the high school, the mural is an honest representation of the residential school tragedy, but focuses on the positive message that we are all treaty people.


Fisher said the mural was a gift to the school from the Grad classes of 2015 through to 2019.

Residents can retrieve items after Forest View Suites fire

Residents of Forest View Suites can make appointments with Armour Management to begin retrieving their belongings.


n a press release, the City of Thompson says for the time being, this will be limited to smaller items that can be collected and removed within an hour, and that residents will be escorted with an Armour representative.


Residents must have their name on the rental agreement in order to set up an appointment to access your suite, and people are elderly or disabled are allowed to bring an escort.


o set up an appointment, call 204-677-9880.

Thompson Fire & Emergency Services Celebrates 60 Years

The Thompson Fire and EMS will be celebrating its 60th anniversary tomorrow with a day full of events.


In the morning, the fire department will be hosting an open house at the fire hall from 10 AM to 3 PM.


Captain Travis Mirus says it’s a free event for the entire family, which will include tours of the station and apparatus, bouncy houses, and treats.


There will also be a pancake breakfast for the community that begins at 10 as well. Later in the evening, there will be the formal Firefighters Ball, which Fire Chief Mike Bourgon says is an event that happens once every ten years.

Niki Ashton says Federal Government is failing First Nations

NDP candidate Niki Ashton says the current Liberal government has failed Indigenous people in northern Manitoba.


In a press release, Ashton says that northern residents are still facing a housing crisis that has yet to be addressed, and that many are struggling to reach health care facilities outside their communities.


She goes on to explain that federal government could have used the money used to purchase the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion to invest and address these issues in the north.


The NDP say they will work on reconciliation efforts, including supporting services and programs that they say would increase the quality of life for Indigenous communities.

Forest View Suites fire is a suspected arson

Thompson RCMP has released more information about the fire that broke out at Forest View Suites North Tower early Monday morning.


The entire building was evacuated, and while there were no injuries reported, one person was transported to Thompson General Hospital for smoke inhalation.


Police say the cause of the fire is suspected to be arson, and that the investigation is ongoing.


Anyone with information about this fire, is asked to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Voter Information Cards are now being mailed

Elections Canada is reminding eligible voters to check if they’ve registered to vote.


The agency says you can check to see if you’re registered online at elections dot CA, call the Public Inquiries Unit at 1-800-463-6868, or visit the Elections Canada office located on 133 Knife Crecent.


People can also vote by special ballot at any elections Canada office until October 15th, but you must know the name of the candidate you want to vote for, because you will have to write it on the ballot.


Voter Information Cards were mailed out starting Wednesday.

2-year-old boy dead following dog attack in Gods Lake

This past Monday, Gods Lake RCMP received a report that a 2-year-old boy had been attacked by dogs in the community.


Officer responded and located the child a short distance from his residence with serious life-threatening injuries.


It’s believed the child wandered away from his home when he was attacked by several dogs. The child died at the scene.


As officers conducted their investigation on scene, members of the community entered the forest and were forced to shoot several dogs that were seen returning to the area.


Gods Lake RCMP continue to investigate.

Youth arrested for possessing BB gun

This Monday night around 10 PM, the Thompson RCMP received a complaint of BB guns being shot between trailers in the Burntwood Trailer Court.


Patrols were made and police located a 16 year-old boy with a BB handgun concealed under his shirt in the waistband of his pants.


He was arrested for multiple weapons offences and released to appear in court at a later date.


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