The Thompson Local News

Pedestrian and driver charged following traffic incident

A pedestrian and driver where both charged following a traffic accident on Saturday.

 

 

On December 7th at approximately 9:45 PM, the Thompson RCMP were on patrol at the intersection of Mystery Lake Road and Station Road when they observed a vehicle collide with a pedestrian in the intersection.

 

No injuries were sustained as result of this collision.

 

The driver of the vehicle was charged under the Highway Traffic Act for failing to yield to a pedestrian and the pedestrian was charged under the Highway Traffic Act for leaving the curb when it was not safe.

5 trees entered in Christmas Tree Decorating contest

The Thompson Chamber of Commerce and UCN will be holding their first Christmas Tree Contest and Auction this weekend.

 

The contest’s organizer, Charlotte Larocque, says five trees are entered into the contest, with four of them coming from organizations and businesses in Thompson.

 

Larocque explains that people who weren’t able to enter a tree can still volunteer on the day of the contest and auction or donate prizes and snacks for the event.

 

She adds that UCN and the Chamber of Commerce hopes this becomes a holiday tradition for years to come.

 

The Christmas Tree Decorating Contest and Auction will take place at UCN this Saturday at 11 AM.

 

Proceeds from the auction will be split evenly between the four organizations 100 Women Who Care Thompson will support next year.

Thompson Toy Drive for Salvation Army Christmas Hampers coming up Dec. 7

The 4th Annual Toy Drive is being held tomorrow.

 

The Thompson RCMP and Fire and Emergency Services are partnering with the Salvation Army for this toy drive.

 

The toy and food donations will go towards the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hampers, which will be distributed in our community later this holiday season.

 

The toy drive will be at the Walmart parking lot from 1 to 4 tomorrow afternoon.

Thompson RCMP looking for missing man

The Thompson RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating 23 year-old Jerome Montgomery Cook of Thompson.

 

Cook was the subject of a well-being check on December 1st, 2019 at approximately 3:53 AM.

 

Cook's last known located was reported to be on a highway outside of Thompson.

 

Cook is described as being 6'1 tall and weighing approximately 270 lbs.

 

Anyone with information on Cook's whereabouts is asked to contact the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Re-opening of ORs at Thompson General Hospital delayed until March 2020

The re-opening of the Thompson General Hospital’s operating has been delayed.

 

The Northern Health Region stated in an update that the ORs have been pushed from next month to early March.

 

Craig Hillier, the executive director of clinical services in the Thompson area, clarifies what those delays are.

 

"There are pieces within operating rooms that need to be specifically manufactured. IN this case we're talking about the doors," Hillier says, adding that each door is custom made for a specific space.

 

Hillier explains that OR doors are meant to hold pressure within the operating room, and that they have to be sealed shut and opened properly to maintain sterility in the room for patient safety.

 

He says the hospital is expecting the doors to arrive from Winnipeg late January to early February.

 

The NRHA says that surgical procedures remain limited to life and limb-saving surgeries and emergency c-sections, but Hillier explains that the hospital has set aside a space for minor, non-urgent procedures that don’t require the sterility of an OR to help shorten the hospital's waiting list.

 

Three of the four operating rooms in the hospital were shut-down in June, after faulty air conditioning units located above the ORs caused flooding, which resulted in significant water damage.

NFPA Winter Holiday safety Tips

With the holiday season among us, there is a greater risk of fire as holiday decorations can cause house fires.

 

That’s why the National Fire Protection Association would like to remind people to exercise caution to prevent the risk of starting a fire.

 

The association recommends that you choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant, replace strings of lights with worn out or broken cords, use clips instead of nails when hanging Christmas lights, and to keep decorations away from windows and doors.

 

They also remind people to keep lit candles away from decorations and other flammable materials and to blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.

A busy first weekend for Operation Red Nose in Thompson

The numbers are in for Operation Red Nose’s first weekend of Service.

 

The safe-ride-home service gave 46 rides in total on Friday and Saturday, and had 34 volunteers working throughout the nights.

 

Additionally, the organization received $990 in donations.

 

Operation Red Nose will run through the end of December.

 

If you and your vehicle need a lift home, just call 204-778-8111.

Grand Rapids RCMP investigating homicide

Grand Rapids RCMP are investigating a homicide in the community.

 

Officers responded to a shooting outside a residence Dec. 2 at approximately 4 p.m.

 

A 32-year-old man from Grand Rapids was taken to a nursing station, however he'd succumbed to his injuries.

 

Manitoba RCMP say more details are to follow, and police continue to investigate the incident.

Police looking for suspect in gas-and-dash theft

Local police are looking for a driver who sped off without paying at the pump.

 

The theft occurred Nov. 14 at the Shell Gas Station on Thompson Drive.

 

The suspect, who drove a gray Mitsubishi SUV, went inside the store and asked for a pump to be turned on, and that he would come back and pay.

 

The driver did not come back after fuelling this vehicle.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling  1-800-222-8477 or online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

 

 

 

Thompson RCMP searching for attempted kidnapping suspect

On November 29th, 2019, at approximately 4:21 PM, the Thompson RCMP received a complaint a 9 year-old child had been walking home from school by himself near Princeton Drive and Stanford Bay when he was grabbed by the arm by an unknown adult male wearing a mask and this male had tried to pull him into a vehicle.

 

This incident was reported to have occurred at approximately 3:40 PM.

 

This man is described as being in his 20s, having a darker complexion with black, curly hair and brown eyes. He is also described as being approximately 170 centimetres in height. This man was wearing a black hoody with the hood up and wearing a dark green bandana as a mask. The man was also reported to have had blood shot eyes.

 

The vehicle is described as being a grey Chevrolet minivan or SUV with tinted windows.

 

After the child had been grabbed, the vehicle drove towards Highland Tower.

 

It is believed multiple children may have witnessed this incident.

 

Anyone with information about this incident or with residential video surveillance in the area, 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 www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Two Winnipeggers arrested after meth was found in local hotel room

Two people are in custody after police found meth in a room at a local hotel.

 

Thompson RCMP executed a search warrant on Saturday morning at one of the suite in the Mystery Lake Hotel, where they found approximately 16 grams of meth along with drug trafficking paraphernalia.

 

39-year-old Cory Couture from Winnipeg was arrested during the drug bust, and provided a false name to police.

 

After police found out Couture’s correct identity, they learned he had three warrants for his arrest.

 

He along with fellow Winnipegger, 48-year-old Melanie Allison Pasaluko, faces multiple charges for drug-related offences.

Split Lake man in custody following weapons complaint

One man from Split Lake is in custody following a weapons complaint.

 

Thompson RCMP responded to the complaint on Nov. 29, as First Nations Safety Officers in Split Lake reported a man had shot a firearm at a residence.

 

As a result of the dispatched information and initial evidence gathered by investigators, the community school, nursing station and band office were requested to initiate their lockdown procedures.

 

Multiple Thompson detachment members attended the community and the suspect, 29 year-old Sean Alfred Spence of Split Lake, was arrested without incident at a residence in the community.

 

Spence was found in possession of an air rifle, and faces multiple weapons offences.

 

 

TUAS to present Northern Art Exhibit with art series by Jasyn Lucas

The Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy will be presenting an Indigenous art series tomorrow.

 

Charlene Lafreniere, the chairperson for the Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy, says the Art Series of Northern Manitoba Exhibit is by local artist Jasyn Lucas, who was commissioned to do seven pieces by the group.

 

Each of piece of art represents one of the seven sacred teachings that reflects the history of the traditional land of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

 

This is the first time the organization is holding the Northern Manitoba Exhibit in the TRCC multi-purpose room.

 

The exhibit will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again in the evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Three people arrested in drug bust on Juniper Drive

Three people were taken into custody after Thompson RCMP seized cocaine at a local residence.

 

On Monday, the police along with the Manitoba North District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team executed a search warrant on Juniper Drive.

 

As a result, officers found coke and drug trafficking paraphernalia such as digital scales, and plastic baggies, along with bear spray.

 

Two people from Thompson, a 20-year-old woman and 48-year0old man, as well as a 31-year-old man from Wabowden, were arrested at the residence and face multiple drug trafficking charges.

 

The 31-year-old man faces an additional charge for being in possession of oxycodone for the purpose of trafficking and possession of bear spray contrary to a court order. 

 

Both men were remanded into custody and the woman was released to appear in court at a later date.

 

 

Timber wolves spotted on the Millennium Trail

Two timber wolves were spotted on the Millennium Trail this morning.

 

The wolves were in the Burntwood area near Manasan Drive at 8 a.m.

 

The City of Thompson is advising residents to take extreme caution when using the trails in the area, especially when you’re with pets.

 

The city is working with Manitoba Sustainable Development to locate the wolves and relocate them in a non-lethal way if possible.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes Collected for 2019

Thompson’s Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are on their way.

 

Two-hundred-sixty-three boxes were collected in the city and were shipped to Winnipeg on Monday by Maple Bus Lines free of charge.

 

They are now on their way to Calgary and from that depot they will be sent to children in India, Africa and South America.

 

Since 1993, 157-million shoe boxes have been shared with children in over 130 countries.

 

Last year alone, Canadians donated over half-a-million shoe boxes for this cause. If you missed the collection deadline here in Thompson, you can still fill a box online. Just go to samaritanspurse.ca.

Thompson city council votes against reconsidering Pet Ownership by-law amendment

City council decided not to reconsider the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law Amendment by a vote of 5-4.

 

Councillor Jeff Fountain requested the by-law amendment be brought back to council after it was defeated in its second reading last month.

 

Fountain cited that the decision to vote against the amendment was a mistake, saying that it leaves pet owners with three or more dogs wondering if their pet will be taken away.

 

He also said that the amendment would bring revenue to the city, and that despite council’s reasoning that the animal control officer would be overworked, he said there were stats available to the public that show that’s not the case.

 

Other councillors spoke up against the by-law, saying that the by-law gives irresponsible pet owners an opportunity to have up to five pets in most combinations with the Excess Animal Permit, with a cap of four dogs.

 

Additionally, they did not feel the permit would bring in a large amount of revenue into the city.

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.

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