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Thompson Progressive Conservative MLA Kelly Bindle’s address to the Thompson Chamber of Commerce Feb. 1 covered regional concerns about the state of the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill as well as provincial ones like the budget deficit and the tough choices dealing with that demands. Bindle said the government met with various mining and mineral exploration companies at the Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention in Winnipeg in November and that, while the desire to find mineral deposits is there, the market conditions and existing agreements mean the climate for doing so may not be. “Every economy’s based on world demand and right now base metals are down, they’ve been down for a long time,” Bindle says. “Their complaint is there’s a lot of areas that aren’t being explored, that aren’t open up for exploration that are being held by some of the majors, Vale and HudBay. In the past there’s been agreements to promote exploration by offering long-term claims on different properties so

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that has become a disincentive for exploration and it hasn’t been explored but those are coming up for renewal. We’ve informed them that we’re changing the requirement. They can’t just sit on them. They either have to explore them themselves or join with a junior to explore it or sell it.” Bindle says an encouraging sign is that mining and exploration companies are showing a greater willingness to consult and work with First Nations. “They’ve already taken a proactive approach to consultation with First Nations and they have them on board,” he said. “They’re taking an attitude that we don’t want to be patted on the back for consulting which is what we should do in the first place so it’s nice to see that the process is becoming an expected pattern.” On the topic of OmniTrax, which shut down the Port of Churchill for grain shipments last year and reduced the frequency of freight trains to Churchill, Bindle says the provincial government’s focus is on making sure that it isn’t trying to prop up a business with no chance of success. “They want to sell it but they want to sell it at a massive inflated price that nobody can afford or would want to afford so what they’ve done is set up an agreement with Mathias Colomb [Cree Nation],” said Bindle. “I expect that there’ll be more demands coming for public subsidy, provincial subsidy and the province isn’t going to subsidize something that’s unsustainable."

Kelly Bindle speaks to the Thompson Chember of Commerce Feb. 1. Bindle says the plan being put forward by a consortium of northern communities who do have a private investor willing to invest in the port is more feasible because it gives the people that the port and railway serve some say in their operation. He also pointed at the sale of the former Tolko Industries assets in The Pas as an example of the government working to keep jobs in the north without subsidizing company operations. “We allowed them to have two years without paying their pension con-

tribution amount but we gave them five years after to make it up so there’s different agreements like that that the government is willing to do to keep the businesses in Manitoba and keep them investing,” he said. Much of the blame for the province’s current fiscal position was laid at the feet of NDP. “The previous government, just before the last election, six months before the last election, awarded way more contracts and spent way more money than they did in the previous six years,” he said. “It was an

attempt to buy votes but it was also a scorched earth policy. Premier [Brian] Pallister’s calling it poisoning the water.” Past deficit spending means the current government needs to be more careful, Bindle said. “We’re paying about $855 million a year in interest servicing that debt,” he said. “We’re looking at a $1.164 billion defi cit. The only way to get rid of that is to be more efficient with the money that you do have and increase your revenues. We want to increase our revenues by encouraging investment in Manitoba, by encouraging businesses to come here, by reducing red tape.”

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Thompson’s population count up 4.2 per cent from 2011

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Thompson has 555 more residents than were recorded in 2011, pushing its ofďŹ cial population from 13,123 then to 13,678 now.

OBITUARIES GREGORY MAURICE LANE Gregory Maurice Lane was born on August 3, 1947 to Michael and Margaret Lane of Open Hall, Bonavista Bay. He was a man who loved Âżshing, berry picking and doing things in the great outdoors. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

DORIS HANSEN August 31, 1969 – February 8, 2017 In loving Memory of Doris Hansen, born August 31, 1969 at the Thompson General Hospital. The youngest daughter of Sylvia and John Hansen. Doris was the youngest of six children, who was called home to heaven on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Doris grew up in Thompson and attended Eastwood Elementary School. During her teen years she attended R.D. Parker Collegiate. In later years she attended Winnipeg Adult Education Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Recently she attended Y.W.C.A. in Thompson upgrading her skills in education. She worked at McDonalds for a short time then went on to work at Tim Hortons working as a cashier. Doris enjoyed going to church at the St. James Anglican Church. She was involved in Vestry work at the church. She had a compassion for people and never hesitated to talk to the homeless. She enjoyed going shopping and always helping around the house doing errands. Doris was a loving mother to her daughter Pauline and would give her daughter all she had. She tried to giver her all the goods she owned. She was very lively spiritually, reading her bible and praising the Lord. Doris was predeceased by her Dad Jorgen Neilson Hansen, Grandparents: Margaret and Malcolm McGillivary, Jorgenia and Anders Hansen, Uncles: Malcolm McGillivary Jr., Robert, McGillivary, Julius McGillivary, Cousins, Ellen Therese McKay, Martin Samuel McGillivary and numerous relatives in Denmark and Germany. Doris leaves to mourn her Daughter Pauline, Mother Sylvia Hansen, Siblings: Margaret, Arnold, Lisa (Chris), Sharon (Lawrence), John George (Rose). Nieces and Nephews: Brooke, Hailey, Aydon, Ariel, Anders, Axle, Claudia, Donny, Natalie, Kia, Felix, Granddaughters: Emilia and Harlow, as well as extended family members and friends, to numerous to mention. Funeral Service held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the St James Anglican Church in Thompson at 1pm, Rev Jean Arthurson ofďŹ ciating. Doris has gone to the place that Jesus promised “I go to prepare a place for you that where I am there you will be also.â€? I should have not listened when I was being ridiculed - now I have gone to a place where the angels are singing to the home of the free. I am free now, I am praising the Lord forever and ever so do not despair, rather have sweet memories of me.

Data from the 2016 census released Feb. 8 shows that Thompson has 555 more residents than were recorded in 2011, pushing its ofďŹ cial population from 13,123 after the initial 2011 estimates were revised, to 13,678 now, making it the fourth-largest city in the province, behind Winnipeg, Brandon and Steinbach. Northern Manitoba’s other two major municipalities, The Pas and Flin Flon, did not see positive results from the 2016 census, with Flin Flon’s population down 423 residents (7.8 per cent) and The Pas’s down 144 (2.6 per cent). Thompson’s increase was about 4.2 per cent. The ďŹ gure of 13,678 includes both city residents and those in surrounding non-urban areas. About

Operation Red Nose donates money to seven local organizations

He leaves to mourn with fond memories his wife Beverlee, his Âżve children; Roxanne (Osborne), John (Karen), Annette (Eddie), Watson (Lori) and Colette (Robert). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Gavin, Brett, Hannah, Nikeah, Patrick, Lorrinda and Emily. He will be also missed by his furry little buddy, Bailey. Friends Funeral Service, Winnipeg.

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Seven local organizations have received donations from the Operation Red Nose program in Thompson, which offers people who’ve been drinking rides home in their own cars driven by volunteers during the holiday season. The peewee A Thompson King Miners received $4,000, the Born to Dance

Born in Kemptville,ON March 20th 1945 Passed in Yorkton, Sk. February 7th 2017 Robert Allan (Papa) was the youngest of 4 Pre deceased (parents) James and Blanche (sisters) Velma Vorman (Hank) Lilian Margetts (Theodore) Allan retired after 30 years at Inco Ltd. in Thompson MB. Survived by Wife: Beverly Ann Blair Children: Darin Blair (Beverly-Ann) Bailee Blair-Graves (David) Sister: Joan Somerville (Keith) Grandchildren: Caitlyn, Devin, Kaylee, Ryden & Jersey

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800 people were recorded in the non-urban areas, leaving the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ cial population as 12,878. Manitobaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population rose 5.8 per cent from the 2011 census to last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, outperforming Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five per cent increase. The three biggest cities in Manitoba outpaced the province as a whole, with Winnipeg growing 6.3 per cent, Brandon 6.1 per cent and Steinbach, which had about 400 more residents than Thompson in the 2011 census, growing 17 per cent to now stand at 15,829. A Feb. 9 City of Thompson press release said the 555 additional residents would translate into about $100,000 per year in additional transfer payments to the municipality over the next ďŹ ve years or about $180 for each additional resident.

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Bylaw changes will allow redistribution of accommodation tax revenues BY IAN GRAHAM EDITOR@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NET

Council gave second and third reading to a bylaw amendment and first reading to a separate bylaw regarding the accommodation tax at its Jan. 30 meeting to make it easier to reallocate where those revenues can be directed in the future. The economic reserve bylaw was amended to include the words “and promoting tourism” in the first and third paragraphs and the words “and tourism” in sections one and two. Council also approved first reading of an amendment

to the accommodation tax bylaw to replace the previous wording in section 3.6 with the following: “The tax collected under subsection 3.1 remitted to the tax collector under subsection 5.2 and not refunded under section 6 is to be deposited appropriately into the according funds: the Infrastructure Reserve Fund of the City of Thompson, the Affordable Housing Reserve Fund of the City of Thompson, the Public Safety Initiatives Reserve Fund of the City of Thompson and the Economic Development and Tourism Reserve Fund of the City

of Thompson. Council will allocate the percentage of revenues to each fund through resolution on an annual basis for the said year. All deposited funds will be used only in accordance with the terms of each individual fund.” “The previous bylaw, the percentages were 60 per cent of the accommodation tax was submitted to the infrastructure reserve fund, 20 per cent was identified for the affordable housing reserve fund and 20 per cent was identified for the public safety initiatives reserve fund,” said city manager Gary Ceppetelli. “The

amendment that council has ... changes section 3.6 of the bylaw, which identified those percentages previously to eliminate those percentages in its entirety and to add a further stream where the money can be identified and placed within the economic development and tourism reserve fund, which just received third reading prior to this coming for consideration. Council, on an annual basis, will identify the percentages of funds to go into any one of those reserves. We’ve had the discussion with the province in regards to the change. The province has

indicated that they don’t have any issues with it. This amendment ... will give council a lot more flexibility on an annual basis to identify the priorities of the day.” Mayor Dennis Fenske, who was not present at the Jan. 30 council meeting, told the Thompson Chamber of Commerce at its Jan. 18 meeting that the goal of redistributing the revenues was to help increase the number of people staying in Thompson hotels. “Council will re-evaluate that distribution and we are meeting with the hotel accommodations group to

People disputing parking tickets will have to put money where their mouth is BY IAN GRAHAM EDITOR@THOMSPONCITIZEN.NET

Parking ticket recipients who want to dispute their tickets may have to make a $25 gamble now that the provincial court system will no longer adjudicate such cases. Council gave first reading to a bylaw to allow the enforcement of city bylaws under the Municipal ByLaw Enforcement Act at its Jan. 30 meeting. The bylaw is needed because, effective Feb. 1, parking ticket disputes can no longer be taken to provincial courts. Under its terms, the city will be responsible for hiring two screening officers, who will be the first people ticket recipients can appeal to for reduction or rescindment of the fine. “The courts are not going to be dealing with parking tickets any longer,” said the city’s director of public safety and Thompson Fire & Emergency services (TFES) Chief John Maskerine. “If you end up with a parking ticket and you feel that it’s not right, then you can make an appointment to see the screening officer. The screening officer has the right to bring the ticket down to a lower price, he has the right to disqualify the ticket or he has the right to say the ticket is right and you shall pay it.” Ticket recipients who still aren’t satisfied will then be able to take the ticket to a provincially appointed adjudicator, whose decision on the matter will be final.

“He will make an appointment with the adjudicator to the city,” said Maskerine. “It’ll cost him $25 for the appointment. When the adjudicator listens to your case, if he rules that the ticket was proper and he deems that you shall pay the full price, then you will pay the full price plus the $25 that’s given to the city. If he turns around and he looks at it and he says, ‘No, this ticket is wrong. I’m going to forgive this penalty,’ then the city will have to reimburse the recipient the $25.” If the adjudicator rules the ticket is correct, the fine must be paid right away, Maskerine noted. He said Winnipeg has had only three tickets taken all the way to the adjudicator since adopting the new system a couple of years ago. There were fewer than 100 parking tickets issued in Thompson in the first 11 months of 2016, according to a community safety officer report presented to the public safety committee at their last meeting Dec. 8. Coun. Duncan Wong asked if the screening officers would be hired by the city and if they required any particular qualifications. “They’re hired by the City of Thompson on a contract basis,” Maskerine said. “From talking to the City of Winnipeg, they have used retired police officers, they have used good upstanding citizens within their community, which could be anything from a fire-

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fighter to guy who owns a Chinese restaurant. The screening officer’s there just to listen, look at the ticket just to make sure it was filled out right, look at the picture to make sure he was in a no-parking zone while the officer issued the ticket and the ticket has to be in a place on that vehicle either under the windshield wiper or, if the car windows are open, placed in the car. It can not just be written out and laid on the hood of your vehicle. It has to be secure.” Coun. Blake Ellis noted that the bylaw was required to bring the city into compliance with provincial legislation. “I’m going to have to say I can’t support this and it’s got nothing to do with our staff,” said Coun. Penny Byer. “It’s more a protest vote against the province for downloading more costs and more work onto municipalities. I’ve got the confidence in our people, I just do not feel that the province is actually fair in this legislation.” First reading passed with Byer the sole vote opposed. Second and third reading are on the agenda for the Feb. 13 council meeting.

look at redistributing that fund,” he said. “We’re still in discussions as to what it would look like but basically, at the 30,000foot level, the goal would be to increase bed nights in Thompson through marketing.” If that can be achieved, he said, everybody wins. “If there’s more people in town that means the owners are seeing an increase in their business, that means the accommodation tax [revenue] is being increased as well and, to spin around, money being spent in our community is increasing.”

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here was good news and bad news for Thompson on the provincial budget front last week. The good news was that several capital projects for health-related infrastructure in the city are going ahead, like assessing work needed to address mould in the Thompson General Hospital’s crawlspace, repairing and upgrading heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems in the hospital, and installing a dedicated air-conditioning system for the hospital lab. Operating room lighting and the hospital’s water booster will also be upgraded. What the government wasn’t so keen to trumpet was the fact that other projects, like the $9 million renovation of the Northern Consultation Clinic here, were among more than $1 billion of health-care infrastructure projects that aren’t going to proceed. Which side of this debate that people fall on is often determined as much by their political allegiance as the strength of the arguments in favour of or against cancelling or proceeding with one particular project over another, but it is a little hard to swallow when people on social media claim that this isn’t what people voted for when they elected the Progressive Conservatives as the government in last spring’s provincial election or that they were idiots for doing so. For the most part, it seems likely that people knew exactly what they were doing and that they were doing it either because they supported the PC’s vision of stripped-down government bringing forward balanced budgets, or simply for a change. Cuts to planned improvements of health-care facilities may not have been exactly what they envisioned, but it’s hard to argue that they were unforeseeable either. Faced with an annual budget deficit that Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle told the Thompson Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of this month is now more than $1 billion, with more than $800 million of that being interest on debt, the government really has only two choices when it comes to bringing revenues and expenditures in line. They can either reduce spending or they can raise taxes. And you don’t have to be a political science major to know that a party with the word Conservative in its name is not exactly likely to opt for the latter. Once spending cuts were chosen as the method by which the government will achieve the fiscal goals it has set out for itself, the fact that health-care spending was one of the first targets of cuts was hardly surprising. Health care makes up the biggest single chunk of the province’s spending and, despite frequently heard claims that government wastes so much money that you can balance budgets without cutting core services, obviously even the PCs have realized that this isn’t true. The direction the government is moving doesn’t necessarily bode well for Thompson, which is already facing the unwelcome prospect of losing 500 Vale jobs in 2018 and absorbing at least some of the projected 900 job cuts that Manitoba Hydro says it needs to make in order to achieve sustainability over the long term. The city’s community safety officer program is still considered a pilot program and there is no guarantee that it will continue receiving the $300,000 in provincial funding that it got over its first two years. It may, in fact, end up being a victim of its own success. Many other communities would like similar programs and the province won’t want to dish out provincial money for all of them. At the same time, it might not like to be seen as playing favourites with Thompson by continuing to fund the program here at the same time as turning down other similar requests. Given what we’ve seen already this month from the provincial government, no one should be surprised if more cuts start coming down the line over the next few months. Slaying deficit dragons isn’t pretty, as anyone who remembers the federal government doing so in the 1990s can attest. Governments that take on that mission do so in the knowledge that, though it won’t make them popular in the short term, it might pave the way for a brighter future. The risk they run is that of alienating the people they need to support them when the next election rolls around.

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like peanuts or gluten, then these products cannot even be in the environment. This includes cosmetic products as well. A person that is allergic to gluten cannot purchase gluten-free bread in the baking aisle where there are other gluten products, but most often a person who is gluten-sensitive can. It is incredibly overwhelming for people to understand when they are not affected. What concerns me the most is when children are affected. It seems that only allergies are taken seriously and not sensitivities as well. Inclusion policies should include the elimination of all allergenic foods from environments where there are children, and not offer food or food-like products in general for rewards. Processed sugars and food dyes are known to cause hyperactivity in children. Sometimes we adults even joke about it. But they also cause digestive distress, headaches, dizziness, blood sugar fluctuations, rashes, behavioural issues, sleep disturbances and bedwetting in a lot of children. Let alone a parent,

activity leader or teacher wanting to deal with children in this state, imagine what it is like for the child. They don’t understand the correlation between what they eat and what happens after. What is also upsetting is that most adults don’t either. Let alone in my nutrition practice, as a children’s yoga teacher, Girl Guides leader and mother to two young children, I have seen many times where children are so negatively affected. Not only physically, but a child’s mental and emotional health is affected as well. An adult can merely choose not to participate, or prepare their own food when faced with these same issues. But not a child. Each family is different, and parents have the final say in how they raise their children. Parents teach their children about their food preferences if it is a cultural or ethical issue. As children’s leaders though, our programming must include a positive relationship with healthy food for all children. Please be sensitive to other children that might be

fighting their health every single day and help them and their families to feel included and most importantly, safe, when being in the care and control of others. Be mindful of your coworkers at your next potluck. I assure you, these people don’t want everyone to fuss over them. They just want to feel included and be able to participate like everyone else can. Do you know someone with food sensitivities or eats differently than you do? What can you do to help them feel supported? As always, check with your doctor or health practitioner for any medicalrelated questions. This information is to be used as a guide and not to replace medical advice. Kylie Matechuk is a certified, experienced yoga teacher, registered in gold status with the Canadian Yoga Alliance, and director of teacher training at Mo Tus Nua Wellness, the yoga studio she owns and manages in Northern Manitoba. She is also a registered holistic nutritionist with a passion for pediatric and digestive health.

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Thompson Citizen photo by Ian Graham From left to right, Jules Cruda, Jashan Sandhu and Matthew Stewart of the R.D. Parker Collegiate boys’ curling team during the first leg of the Zone 11 curling championship final Feb. 11. RDPC lost the game 7-4 to a team from Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute of The Pas. BY IAN GRAHAM EDITOR@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NET

R.D. Parker Collegiate’s boys’ curling team ran out of rocks to fall 7-4 to one of two teams from Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute in The Pas in the Zone 11 finals at the Burntwood Curling Club Feb. 10-11. With fewer rocks remaining than the number of points they needed to make up, the team of Matthew Stewart, Jules

Cruda, Jack Kennedy and Jashan Sandhu conceded in the seventh end. To advance to provincials, they would have needed to win that game and then to defeat the same team again in a second leg of the final. The Trojans started the tournament against the eventual champions, losing 6-5 Feb. 10. They rebounded in an early morning game Feb. 11, scoring six points in the seventh end en route to a 13-7 victory.

Correction Bonnie Bishop’s email in the “Wolves and public perception” article that appeared on Page 5 of the Thompson Citizen was incorrectly printed as bbosh@mun.ca. It should have read bbish@mun.ca. The Thompson Citizen apologizes for the error.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 2018 MB POWER SMART WINTER GAMES COORDINATOR BUILDING INSPECTOR The City of Thompson invites qualified applicants to submit a cover letter and resume for consideration: The successful candidate will administer and interpret Manitoba Building and Plumbing Codes, City of Thompson Zoning By-Laws and regulatory by-laws. The incumbent will review and approve building and plumbing permit applications, variations and zoning memorandums, and conduct routine field inspections to ensure compliance with plans, specifications, codes and by-laws. The Building Inspector will prepare and submit reports and maintain records, including statistics and reports and will issue summonses and notices, assist with land sales and inquiries and prepare required publicity on regulatory by-laws. The incumbent shall have a relevant post-secondary education in Engineering or Architectural Technology (Civil or Structural) or be a qualified tradesman in the field of Carpentry or certificate of competency in the field of building and plumbing inspections. The successful candidate will be certified for Part 9 and Part 3 of the Building Inspector Certification Program, and belong or be eligible to belong to the MBOA. The candidate will have a valid driver’s licence, and demonstrated time-management, record-keeping and computer skills, including experience with database and word processing programs. The Building Inspector will possess an ability to interpret plans, specifications, policies, procedures, codes and applicable by-laws, and communicate effectively, both orally and in written format. The candidate must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, general public, contracts and utilities both consistently and tactfully. The City of Thompson offers a highly competitive salary and benefits program. The starting salary for this 40 hour/ week position is $61,110. Please send detailed resumes outlining experience, education, qualifications and references by Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to the contact below:

WATER UTILITY OPERATOR IN CHARGE The City of Thompson invites qualified applicants to submit a resume for consideration for a full-time position in the Department of Public Works: The Operator in Charge is responsible for overseeing the operation and the tasks required for the safe and efficient operations of the City’s water treatment operations. The Operator in Charge oversees the operation, maintenance and repairs of the equipment that processes water to acceptable standards in the Treatment Facilities and holds a valid Operator Certificate for the Plant. The Operator in Charge (OIC) will oversee the operation of the City of Thompson Water Treatment Facilities, ensuring compliance with all related legislation, assist in the preparation of recommendations for Council regarding the Water Utility Department, participate in the supervision of subordinate staff, maintain records, service and repair, monitor, test and maintain all related records. The OIC will make decisions based on licence and regulatory guidelines. The successful candidate will possess Operator qualifications as described in the Province of MB Water and Wastewater Facility Operators regulations for Level 4 Plant, including Water Treatment Level 3 and Water Distribution 2. In addition, the candidate will have the ability to make analytical decisions, and evaluate, interpret and recommend solutions to process issues, be computer proficient, and work in a cooperative and consultative manner with other employees, departments and external agencies. The candidate must possess a valid driver’s licence and have the ability to work shift work. The City of Thompson offers a comprehensive benefits program and competitive salary for this out-of-scope position. Detailed resumes outlining education, experience, qualifications and references will be accepted up to and including Friday, February 24, 2017. Those interested may apply in confidence to: Deanna Kondakor, HR Manager City of Thompson - 226 Mystery Lake Road Thompson, Manitoba R8N 1S6 FAX: (204) 677-7981 • E-Mail: dkondakor@thompson.ca We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The City of Thompson is committed to providing a superior quality of life and unlimited opportunities. We are dedicated to supporting healthy growth and our northern urban lifestyle while providing our residents with high quality municipal services and facilities.

The 2018 Thompson Host Society is seeking a highly-motivated individual for the full-time position of 2018 Manitoba Power Smart Winter Games Coordinator, employed over a term of 12-14 months commencing immediately. The successful applicant will have experience in marketing and event management and a demonstrated ability to work with volunteers. A post-secondary education in recreation studies, business administration, or a background in sport and recreation is preferred. Applications must be submitted on or prior to February 24, 2017. Applicants may submit a cover letter and resume in confidence (including salary expectations) to: 2018 Thompson Host Society Inc., Attn: Games Co-Chairs, Email: mbwgthompson18@hotmail.com

VOLUNTEERS WANTED: MANITOBA POWER SMART WINTER GAMES The 2018 Manitoba Power Smart Winter Games Host Society is seeking volunteers to organize and execute the games in the spring of 2018. For more information, interested parties and individuals are encouraged to contact the host society by sending an email to mbwgthompson18@hotmail.com

BID OPPORTUNITIES Tenders/Proposals will be received by the Purchasing Agent at City Hall, 226 Mystery Lake Road, Thompson, MB. R8N 1S6 up to 11:00 a.m. local time on: Friday, February 24, 2017, for: RFP #10117 – REPAIRS OF MAINBOARD AND AC UNIT AT CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER AND REPLACING OF OLD AC UNIT AT CITY LIBRARY. RFP #10217 – INSTALLATION OF HEAT RECOVERY VENTILATION SYSTEM AT ENGINEERING BUILDING. RFT #10317 – PURCHASE OF ONE (1) UNIT NEW 2017 ½ TON REGULAR CAB TWO WHEEL DRIVE TRUCK. RFP #10417 – WEBSITE REDESIGN AND HOSTING. RFT #10517 – CONSTRUCTION OF SHOWER ROOM AT ENGINEERING BUILDING. RFP #10717 – NORPLEX POOL 2016 ELECTRICAL UPGRADES. Friday, March 17, 2017, for: RFP #10617 – 2017 ROAD RENEWAL PROJECTS. RFT #10817 – PURCHASE OF ONE (1) UNIT NEW FRONTLOAD GARBAGE TRUCK. RFT #10917 – PURCHASE OF TWO (2) UNITS NEW 3/4 TON 2WD TRUCKS. RFT #11017 – PURCHASE OF ONE (1) UNIT NEW TANDEM GRAVEL TRUCK. Bid documents may be obtained from the office of the Purchasing Agent, 120 Seal Road, Thompson, MB. Phone (204) 677-7974, email aadeyemi@thompson.ca between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, or downloaded from the City website at www.thompson.ca. The City shall have the right to disqualify Proponents from the bidding process if they have failed to complete their obligations under any prior contract with the City of Thompson or have been involved in litigation with the City. The lowest or any submission need not be accepted by the City of Thompson. The City shall have the right to evaluate competing bids in accordance with its own criteria for evaluation applied to the work being proposed, whether or not such criteria has been expressly related to the Proponents. The City of Thompson reserves the right to award work to the Proponent which it deems to be in the best interest of the City.


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The Norman Northstars offence and defence were no match for the Central Plains Capitals in their second-last pair of weekend games at home Feb. 11-12, with the visitors flying to 10-1 and 7-1 victories. Tyler Van Deynze and Chance Dickenson scored shorthanded goals in the first eight minutes of Saturday night’s game and Jared Hulme, Zak Smith and Jayson Brooks added even strength markers before the end of the period, which saw the Capitals get more goals than the Northstars had shots. Central Plains outshot the home team 22-4 in the first 20 minutes and 62-18 on the game. Reilly Funk, Lane Taylor and Jaxon Blight had second period goals for Central Plains, while Dennis Scatch avoided a shutout with a goal for the Northstars less than two minutes into the final period. Smith on a power play and Blight at even strength got their second goals of the game later in the third. Allan Kohli stopped 21 of 28 Capitals shots in just over 30 minutes before being replace by Braedin Melsted, who allowed three

goals on 24 shots the rest of the way. The Northstars played a better first period Feb. 12, allowing only a power play goal to Funk, but Dickenson, Smith and Jordan Rogers scored for the Capitals in the second period, with two of those goals coming on the power play. Dawson Braun and Mitchell Wilson scored early in the third for a 6-0 lead before Keith Blacksmith spoiled the shutout bid for the Northstars with about 13 minutes left in the game. Brooks closed the scoring midway through the third period when he got the Capitals’ fifth power play goal of the game. Final shots were 40-19 in favour of Central Plains and Melsted made 33 saves in the loss. Michael Venne and Ethan Stuckless were recognized for having played 100 games as Northstars prior to the Feb. 11 game getting underway. The Northstars close the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League season at home Feb. 18-19 when they take on the eighthplace Parkland Rangers, who are currently 19 points ahead of the Northstars in the standings.

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Candy Land Norman Regional STARSkate and FUNSkate a success Skate Thompson hosted the Candy Land 2017 Skate Canada Manitoba Regional STARSkate Competition & FunSkate Feb. 3-5 at the Vale Regional Community Centre. Eighty-two skaters from The Pas, Flin Flon, Gillam and Thompson attended the competition. Events started at 8 a.m. on Friday morning and ran through 5 p.m. on Saturday. An official opening ceremony was held at 1 p.m. on Friday. Members from the R.D. Parker Collegiate Junior band played “O Canada” and then the four Norman skating clubs were introduced to skate around the ice with their Norman banners. Skate Thompson CANSkaters dazzled and amazed the assessors with their glides, crosscuts, turns, jumps and spins. Skate Thompson was well represented in the CANSkate Element Event. This event is geared towards skaters in the CANSkate program. It is a great chance for the skaters to showcase their new skills in a fun and interactive environment. After each skater performs the element, the referee will call an assessment of gold, silver, bronze or merit according to the criteria for CANSkate standards. Skaters received a report card and a ribbon. Skaters also participated in the CANSkate team and CANSkate improv event. Awesome and amazing skating, Jace, Muhammad, Piper, Dharmendra, Emily, Jaclyn, Kayla, Kiarra, Amy, Jenna, Jaxon, Levi, Kayla, Ava and Regan! Very proud of you all! Megan Szabo and Ramona Pelland skated in the gold freeskate, spins and elements, team events, creative improv and duo freeskate and Megan also performed a STAR 9 short program. The skaters were scored CPC and will be ranked. Four components will be scored: skating skills, transitions, performance/execution and interpretation. The girls had really great skates and achieved personal best scores! Anna Krokosz-Boychuk participated in the gold team event.

Amazing layback, Anna! Amy Shier skated in STAR 6 freeskate, STAR 7/8 spins and elements, STAR 7 short program, team event, creative improv and introductory interpretive to “Playing Outside with my Friend.” Super skating, Amy! Emily Penney and Taylor Chartrand skated STAR 6 freeskate, spins, elements, team events, creative improv, duo freeskate and Emily performed a bronze interpretive to ”Waking up Christmas Morning.” Emily earned a gold for this performance. Great skating, Emily! Megan Wischnewski skated in the STAR 6 freeskate, elements and team event. Megan had a superb performance! Kassia Wolanski-McGirr skated in the STAR 5 freeskate, spins, elements, team event and a silver interpretive performance themed the “The Hatter’s Tale.” Kassia earned gold for this interpretive program. Congratulations, Kassia! William Hart performed a Level 3 Special Olympics program. William achieved his personal best score. William also skated in STAR 2 spins, elements, team events and creative improv. Great skating, William! Hailey Fudge, Ava White, Bridgette Caddy, Sydney Power, Jenna Shier, Elizabeth

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Phillips, Avery Lagimodiere, Kaitlyn Krentz and Sara Phillips skated STAR 3 freeskate, spins, elements, creative improv, team events and duo freeskate and group shadow skating. Ava and Sydney delighted the audience with their STAR 3 duo freeskate skated to “Lime in the Coconut!” Wow, what a performance that was! Elizabeth and Jenna, Avery and Kaitlyn skated STAR 3 duo freeskate the girls wowed the audience with their speed and grace on the ice! Bridgette, Summyr and Sara performed a group shadow to Lady Gaga. The girls had the audience dancing and singing. Awesome skating, girls! Hailey Fudge performed an introductory interpretive to the theme ”My Journey through the Forest” that was very well skated! Jessica Smud and Summyr Fudge skated STAR 2 freeskate, STAR 3 spins, elements, team events and creative improv. It was Jessica’s first time performing an interpretive program and she received gold for her performance, “Auditioning for the Circus.’’ Great skating, Jessica! Arianna Vokey performed STAR 2 spins, elements and team event. Arianna and Jessica performed a STAR 3 duo

freeskate to “Chandelier.” What a magical skate! Jade Brooks and Harper Caldwell competed in the STAR 1 freeskate. Each skater completed eight elements including: stroking exercise (forward crosscuts on the centre circle in both directions) three jumps (a Waltz jump, Salchow and a toe-loop), two spins (forward and backward upright spin). The skaters had to do a forward spiral sequence on a circle and a creative expression routine. The skaters in the STAR 1 freeskate element scored to standard (merit, bronze, silver or gold). Well done, girls! Jade also skated in STAR 2 spins and elements. Ava Rose and Regan Dunn competed in the Stage 6 CANSkate Events. Ava and Regan also skated in the STARSkate 1 duo freeskate. The girls had an amazing performance! The 2017 Skate Canada Manitoba Norman Region Achievement Awards were presented at the banquet Friday night by Betty Anne Wilkinson (Norman regional rirector) and Erin Krokosz (regional competition chair). This year’s recipients are: best new program a ssistant - Emily Penney; most enthusiastic CANSkater Piper Hibbs; most dedicated

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deeply appreciated. A honey of a thank you to our divine coaches for their commitment and dedication to the sport of skating. Thank you for guiding and supporting our skaters to help see them through to personal successes. A mountain of scrumptious good fortune to all skaters with a cherry on top! We wish you the most tangy and sweet of luck in your skating! Keep smiling and cheering yourselves on. On behalf of the Skate Thompson organizing committee! Thank you! Skate Thompson is busy preparing for an ice review and Stony Mountain Competition in March. And our final test day for the season will be in April. To register for Pre-CANSkate, CANSkate, CANPowerSkate, STARSkate and adult skate contact us at thompsonskate@gmail.com.

The Norman AAA Northstars wish to advise anyone who purchased our cash calendars; Licence number - LGA - 953RF the draw which was to take place January 31, 2017 has been postponed to February 18, 2017. We are experiencing delays with gathering the last remaining tickets from outlying communities. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused however the organization wishes to ensure all ticket purchasers have an opportunity to be entered in the draws. Should you have any questions, please contact Allyson McKie at 204.778.8981.

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LIGHT OF THE NORTH CHURCH 32 Nelson Road GATEWAY BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Dave Cook 159 Cree Rd 204-677-3000 Sunday School 10:00 am AM Service at 11, PM Service at 7 Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 7 pm THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS everyone welcome sundays at 10 AM 83 Copper Rd For more information, church tours or home visits call the Missionaries at 204-939-4382 or visit Mormon.org THE SALVATION ARMY Thompson Corps (Church) 305 Thompson Dr. - 204-677-3658 Worship services every Sunday at 11 am APOSTOLIC FAITH CHURCH 111 Goldeye Crescent Sunday 11:00 am Worship Service 3:00 pm Sunday School 7:00 pm Evening service Wednesday: 7:00 pm Bible study followed by prayer time. Contact us at 204-679-2693 or 204-677-5003 BURNTWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH 39 Beaver Crescent Thompson MB R8N 1C5 204-778-4494 Pastor Lee Pickett Sunday morning service 11:15 a.m Sunday evening service 7:00 p.m Wednesday prayer meeting 7:00 p.m

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ST. JAMES ANGLICAN Rev. Jean Arthurson-Ouskan 10 Caribou 677-4652 11 am Sundays ST. JOSEPH UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC 340 Juniper Drive 778-7547 ST. LAWRENCE ROMAN CATHOLIC Fr Shantha Gandamalla and Fr Guna Sekhar 114 Cree R. 677-0160 Sat. 6:30 pm & Sun. 10 am THOMPSON PENTECOSTAL Pastor Dan Murphy Youth Pastor Colton Murphy Children’s Pastor Karen O’Gilvie 126 Goldeye 677-3435 Sunday school 9:45 am, Coffee time at 10:40 am Church Service at 11:00 am thompsonchurch.ca ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN 249 Thompson Drive 204-677-2799 Pastor Murat Kuntel Regular Hours: 11 am Church Service CHRISTIAN CENTRE FELLOWSHIP 328 Thompson Dr. N. 677-4457 Pastor: Arnold (Arnie) Pedersen Sun. School 9:45 am • Service 11 am FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 456 Westwood Dr. S. Ph. 778-8037 Service @ 11 am LUTHERAN - UNITED CHURCH OF THOMPSON Congregations worship at 52 Caribou Rd. at 10:30 am Sundays. Phone 204-677-4495 LIVING WATER CHURCH Pastor Archie McKay Ph: 677-2469 Sunday services @ 7:00pm.

Due to the upcoming Louis Riel Day holiday some of our deadlines have changed. For the February 22 edition of the Thompson Citizen all ad materials must be received no later than Thursday, February 16 by 3:00 pm

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WAREHOUSE--STORAGE SPACE for rent, 73 Hayes Rd., 600 sq. ft. of storage or work space. Available Sept. 1/2016. Off of main hallway with access to washroom, next door Iron Fitness. Hydro included. Tenant cost shares water. For more info, contact: Carolyn Turpie, 31 Oak St., Ph: 204-677-3516. Friuli Suite Rentals/Bianchini Warehousing. Email: manager@friulirentals.com. 28-tfn-nb

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University College of the North (UCN) is committed to building a workforce that is representative of the populations we serve. Applications are invited from individuals who have a demonstrated interest and ability to work with Aboriginal learners and mature students. Preference will be given to Aboriginal candidates.

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If you are looking for a lifestyle change in your nursing career, we can offer you the chance to work in a true community environment. This is an exciting opportunity to apply your expertise while building relationships with residents and staff in our twenty four bed long term care facility. You will also find that you will be encouraged to have greater input into decisions and policies affecting resident care, and varied leadership and educational opportunities to enhance your skills. We have an ongoing need to recruit caring, skilled Registered Nurses and Registered Licensed Practical Nurses who share our commitment to delivering quality care in a home-like setting. Applications are always welcome! POSITION DESCRIPTION Position Title: Reports To: Posted: Start: Salary:

Casual - Licensed Practical Nurse/or Registered Nurse Chief Executive Officer/Director of Nursing February 7, 2017 As soon as possible As per Manitoba Nurses Union Local 138

Please send your resume with a covering letter to: Melanie Wastesicoot E-mail: mwastesicoot@gmail.com Ph: 204-484-2350 Ext 2 Fax: 204-484-2011 Mail: Box 460 Nelson House, MB R0B 1A0

The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Social Work at Thompson is now accepting applications for the Northern Social Work Program. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2017. The program is scheduled to begin September 2017. Students may complete the Northern Social Work Program as a fulltime or part-time student. The program provides post-secondary education for Residents of Northern Manitoba, in particular those who have not had the opportunity due to economic and cultural reasons, lack of formal education, linguistic barriers or residence in remote areas. Relocation to Thompson will be required. Individuals can apply either under ACCESS or EXTERNAL categories. The ACCESS category is for mature students, 21 years or over, who have under 30 credit hours of university level courses. The EXTERNAL category is for regular students who have 30 credit hours or more of university level courses and are in good academic standing. For both categories, applicants must have resided in Northern Manitoba for 6 months or more prior to the application deadline or have been a long term resident of the North. For information or applications contact the Faculty of Social Work at Thompson at 204-677-1450 or No Charge Dial 1-866237-5509 or visit http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/social_work/ programs/northern/591.html

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Royal Canadian Legion Burntwood River Branch #244, Thompson, Manitoba

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Our full-service garage requires a FULL-TIME MECHANIC Full benefit package & competitive salary. Apply in person or by email: 35 Moak Crescent Thompson, MB R8N 2B8 minutemuffler@mymts.net

The Royal Canadian Legion is seeking an Operations Manager who will be responsible for the ¿nancial accounting functions including payroll, HR Management and coordinate organizational and program budgets in collaboration with the Executive. The primary responsibility is to ensure organization effectiveness by providing leadership for the Legion’s ¿nancial functions. A job description is available at the Royal Canadian Legion main of¿ce or at the bar from staff Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm. Submit your resume to the attention of the Hiring Committee/ President at the Royal Canadian Legion, 244 Elizabeth Drive, and Thompson, fax 204-677-1652 or email to BR244@mymts.net Subject: Operations Manager. We thank everyone in advance for your interest, but only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY HUMAN RESOURCE COORDINATOR (HRC)

Service Advisor needed: Seeking a bright individual to join our service team with computer experience. Job description: Greet customers, and listen to their description of the problems or service needed, administrative and customer relations, prepare service orders, Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, taking time to understand the points being made, handle the functions of the service department. Please drop off resume to Minute Muffler 35 Moak crescent

Nikan Awasisak Agency Inc. is seeking one (1) full time Human Resource Coordinator to be based out of Cross Lake Office. A satisfactory Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check are conditions of employment.

REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER Thompson Citizen Location: Thompson, Manitoba Description The Thompson Citizen has an immediate opening for a journalist in Thompson, Manitoba. The Thompson Citizen is a part of the Prairie Newspaper Group, which is a division of Glacier Media. This position would be a great starting point for an enthusiastic graduate as well as it would be a great opportunity for an experienced reporter looking for an exciting change from the regular day to day workload. The successful applicant will be expected to cover a wide range of topics spread between two publications. He or she will find himself or herself reporting on current events, writing Q & A’s, business features, personal interest and taking lots of photos. Qualifications This editorial position requires an organized individual who works well on his or her own as well as with a team. They need to be dedicated and diligent with a strong work ethic. He or she must have a degree or diploma in journalism or have at least five years experience in newspaper journalism. Experience in photography is necessary. He or she must have a valid driver’s licence and a reliable vehicle. Kilometres are tracked and the journalist will be reimbursed. Please send resume with cover letter to:

The HRC is directly responsible to the Executive Director. The Human Resources Coordinator is responsible for promoting and implementing all areas of human resources including employee relations, benefits, pension, health & safety, recruitment and selection and organizational development through a team in support of all operational goals, values and vision. Qualifications: • Post-secondary education in Human Resources • A minimum of 5+ year of experience in Human Resources with progressive responsibilities • Certificate or Diploma in Human Resource Management; • Human Resource Management experience; • High degree of professionalism and integrity; • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality & use sound judgement; • Ability to prioritize work, multi-task and adapt to changing priorities; • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; • Ability to work well in a team environment or independently as required; • Ability to interpret and work within a policy framework; • Knowledge of applicable legislation and standard (Federal, Provincial and child welfare) • Must be proficient at Computer Software, Word, Excel, Microsoft outlook; • Must have the ability to perform duties independently; • Must pass Child Abuse Registry Check and Satisfactory Criminal Records Check; • Must have a valid class 5 driver’s license; • Ability to converse fluently in Cree (preferred) Responsibilities: • Workplace Safety and Health • Employee Communication Program • Personnel Policy • Training & Development • Benefits and Pension Administration • Maintains a positive employee work environment through safe and progressive workplace practices and acts as a liaison with management and employees on issues and resolutions • Guides managers on human resources issues including hiring, performance management, disciplinary action, terminations, recruitment, employee engagement, and Workers Compensation • Identifies training needs, rites curriculum, and delivers training at all levels • Manages the recruitment strategy for the organization • Provides direction and support for updates on compensation salary structure • Liaisons with finance department for all payroll needs and deadlines • Undertakes special projects, surveys, investigations and other activities as requested Your cover letter and résumé must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications. Please submit three references at time of application. Salary: P5 $57,969.00 - $71,662.00 Deadline for Applications: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m. Apply to: Advertisement # NAA90 Attention: Hiring Committee Nikan Awasisak Agency Inc. P.O. Box 388 Cross Lake, MB. R0B 0J0 Or for more information contact: Sonya Kennedy, Executive Assistant Fax: 204-676-3251 Email: skennedy@nikanaa.ca Phone: 204-676-3902 “We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.” Employment Equity is a factor in selection. Applicants are requested to indicate in their covering letter or resume if they are from any of the following groups: women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

The Boys and Girls Club of Thompson (BGCT) has a position available on its Board of Directors.

Lynn Taylor, Publisher Thompson Citizen, P.O. Box 887, Thompson, Manitoba R8N 1N8 or email generalmanager@thompsoncitizen.net

If you are community-oriented, Áexible, innovative, compassionate, practical, and reliable, this is a terriÀc opportunity to volunteer your time. Previous board experience is preferred but not mandatory. For more information, please call (204-778-7575 #1) or email (director@bgcthompson.ca).

EXTERNAL CAREER OPPORTUNITY

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Health Care Aide

AWASIS AGENCY OF NORTHERN MANITOBA REGIONAL CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES WORKERSHAMATTAWA UNIT LOCATION: THOMPSON CENTRAL OFFICE, THOMPSON, MB

Summary The Health Care Aide (HCA) is a member of the Nisichawayasihk PCH. Working under the direction of the Registered Nurse and or/Licensed Practical Nurse. The HCA is responsible for performing and assisting with duties related to meeting the Residents personal needs in accordance with the established polices and procedures. The HCA must be able to function effectively in a dynamic and demanding environment utilizing the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.

Regional Child & Family Services Worker One (1) Full-Time Permanent Position

Reporting to a Unit Supervisor the Regional Child & Family Services Worker is responsible to implement the policies, procedures and specific directions/directives of the Awasis Agency of Northern Manitoba when working with families and children in the field of child protection. The duties would include managing a case load, conducting interviews and assessments, compiling case particulars for Court, investigating/follow up on allegations of child protection issues, maintaining regular visits, ensuring accurate and timely documentation, developing long/short term case plans, developing/facilitating workshops, community education/ networking with collateral resources/services. The Regional Child & Family Services Worker will be working with the Shamattawa Unit out of the Thompson Central Office and will be required to travel to the community at the request of the supervisor. Qualifications: • Bachelor of Social Work Degree • Combination of experience in a related field along with the completion of 2 years in the BSW program may be considered • Previous Experience in child welfare is preferred • Knowledge of CFS legislation, Regulations and Provincial Standards • Knowledge of Child & Family Services Information System (CFSIS) would be an asset • Excellent assessment, interviewing, and counselling skills • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Demonstrated crisis intervention and conflict resolution skills • Good organizational, time management and prioritizing skills • Demonstrated ability to prioritize workloads and meet deadlines • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook • Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently as well as a team setting • Sensitivity to and an understanding of First Nations culture and values • Ability to speak and/or understand the Cree language would be considered an asset Working Conditions: • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment • Must demonstrate a strong work ethic and be reliable • Must be able to travel • Must have satisfactory Prior Contact, Child Abuse Registry Check, Criminal Record Check and Driver’s Abstract • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle Salary: Salary will commensurate with education and experience Closing Date: February 22, 2017 A cover letter indicating the position applying for, an updated resume and three references can be sent to: Human Resources Awasis Agency of Northern Manitoba 701 Thompson Drive Thompson, MB R8N 2A2 Fax: (204) 778-8428 Email: hr@awasisagency.ca Awasis Agency provides continuous training and a great benefits package to employees. We thank all applicants who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Qualifications • Grade 12 education or equivalent • Health Care Aide Certificate from a recognized Educational Institute • Current BLS / CPR or willing to obtain same within three months of commencing employment; maintenance of certification is required • Willing to obtain Safe Patient Handling within three months • Willing to obtain Non-Violent Crisis Intervention within three months • Knowledge of the techniques and procedures of patient/resident care related to activities of daily living LOCATION FACILITY DEPARTMENT JOB STATUS WAGE RANGE UNION AFFILIATION

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The Norman Wild lost their last two games of the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League regular season to the visiting Pembina Valley Hawks Feb. 1011, falling 5-2 in the first game and 9-2 in the second match. Kali Cummings and Rachel O’Toole had the goals for the Wild in the opener, with Toni Conrad, Erin Doherty, Makenzie McCallum, Sage McElroyScott and Karsty Nicolajsen getting the Hawks’ tallies. Shayna Moore made 38 saves in the Wild net as her team was outshot 43-18. Kelly-Rae Zdan outscored the Wild on her own in the Feb. 11 game, scoring two goal in the first period and another with less than 10 seconds left in the second period for the hat trick. McCallum also had a pair of goals for Pembina Valley, with Alyssa Alderson, McElroy-Scott, Hannah Petrie and Kaila Powell getting singles. Marley Quesnel played the first and third periods in net for the Wild, giving up five goals on 21 shots for the loss, while Moore allowed four goals on 22 shots in the second period. The Wild finished the regular season in sixth place with a 9-18-1 record for 19 points. They’ll take on the Winnipeg Avros, who were 20-8 and finished in third place, in the first round of the playoffs.

Junior varsity girls win Flin Flon basketball tournament

BY IAN GRAHAM

EDITOR@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NET

R.D. Parker Collegiate’s junior varsity basketball teams finished first and fifth at a basketball tournament in Flin Flon Feb. 10-11. The girls’ team took home the championship with a 63-30 win over the Swan Valley Tigers in the final after beating the host Hapnot Collegiate Institute Kopper Kweens 76-16 and the Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute (MBCI) Spartans from The Pas 107-16 in the round robin. RDPC’s boys lost 73-64 to Swan Valley and 53-52 to the Creighton Kodiaks in the round robin before coming through with a 63-56 win over the Dauphin Clippers in the fifthplace game.

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In order to be eligible for this incentive, customers must trade in a vehicle that they own (vehicle must have been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive sixty (60) days) to the selling dealer OR terminate their existing lease (any brand) and re-lease an eligible new vehicle. Customers who are terminating an existing GMF lease must enter into a new GMF lease in order to qualify for the Trade-In Bonus Days Credit. Credit amount will vary depending on vehicle purchased: $1000 towards the purchase of a new 2017MY GMC crossover, mid SUV, mid pickup, or full size van; or $1500 towards the purchase of a new 2017MY GMC LD/HD pickup or full size utilities. The following vehicles are excluded from this offer: Canyon 2SA. Customers who do not qualify for Trade In Bonus Days must add a down payment equivalent to the Trade In Bonus Incentive to achieve stated pricing. Customers must take delivery on or before February 28, 2017 to be eligible for this incentive. Limited time offer may not be combined with certain other offers and cannot be redeemed for cash. General Motors of Canada Company reserves the right to modify, extend or terminate these offers, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ¥ Offer valid at participating dealers to eligible retail lessees in Canada who enter into a lease agreement with GM Financial and who accept delivery between February 1 to February 28, 2017. Eligible 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab Elevation Edition 4WD/Acadia SLE-1 FWD: Lease based on a lease purchase price of $41,995/$35,385, including $2,500/$1,000 available manufacturer-to-dealer delivery credit (tax exclusive), $500/$500 lease cash (tax exclusive). Bi-weekly payment is $210/$189 for 48/36 months at 1.9%/0% interest rate on approved credit to qualified retail customers by GM Financial. $2,400/$2,250 down payment is required. Total obligation is $24,192/$16,938, plus applicable taxes. Option to purchase at lease end is $20,085/$18,448. On all lease offers: Consumer may be required to pay Dealer Fees. Price and total obligation exclude license, insurance, PPSA, registration, taxes and optional equipment. Excess wear and tear charges not included. Other lease options are available. Dealers are free to set individual prices. See your dealer for conditions and details. As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and contact General Motors of Canada Company to verify eligibility. Annual kilometre limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. Security deposit may be required. Payment may vary depending on down payment/trade. ¥¥ Offer available to qualified retail customers in Canada for vehicles delivered from February 1 to February 28, 2017. Eligible 2017 GMC Terrain: Purchase price includes $5,000 Manufacturer-to-dealer cash credit (tax inclusive) valid toward the retail cash purchase of an eligible new 2017 GMC Terrain SLE-1 FWD. Purchase price of $25,995 includes freight, air tax but excludes license, insurance, registration, dealer fees and taxes. At participating dealers. Void where prohibited. See dealer for details. Discounts vary by model. Dealer may sell for less. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. General Motors of Canada Company may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. 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Norman Wild goaltender watches a rebound in front of the net while Annaliese Meier tries to clear the puck during a 9-2 Wild loss to the Pembina Valley Hawks at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena feb. 11. Thompson Citizen photo by Ian Graham

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