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RCMP INSPECTOR RECEIVES AWARD NEWS - PAGE 5 Thompson Citizen photos by Kacper Antoszewski The sixth-annual Thompson Santa Claus Parade hit the streets Nov. 26, followed by the tree lighting ceremony as part of National Child Day celebrations. “National Child Day is a day to celebrate our children,” said Mayor Dennis Fenkse at the tree lighting, “and to remember that children need support, encouragement and respect in order to grow to their full potential.”

Public hearing on new plan to fund city’s share of sewage treatment plant being held Nov. 30 BY IAN GRAHAM ARTIST JOINS ART ON JOURNEY NEWS - PAGE 6



A public hearing on the city’s proposed water rate rider and frontage rate to pay for its share of the cost of a new wastewater treatment plant is being held Nov. 30 at St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity for residents to make comments, ask questions or register objection to the plan. People affected by the plan can also file a notice of objection by mail or in person with the City of Thompson before the start of the hearing. Written or verbal



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objections must include the name, address and property description of the person filing the objection and the grounds for the objection. The proposed local improvement plan, which is still subject to approval by council, seeks to attach a rate rider of $0.58 per cubic metre of water consumption on top of regular rates for the period from 2019 to 2043. That rate rider would be subject to approval by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) of Manitoba. The frontage rate would be applied at a rate of $0.81 per foot of frontage – the boundary between a property and the road on which it is situated ated – payable an-

nually for the years 2019 to 2043. There would also be an option for property owners to pay $10.39 per foot of frontage up front. The frontage rate would be applicable to a minimum of 50 feet and a maximum of 80 feet for Class 10/11 residential properties with five dwelling units or less and to a minimum of 50 feet and a maximum of 500 feet for all other types of properties, including residential properties with five or more dwelling units, condo coop housing, institutional properties and commercial properties. The city expects that the water consumption rate

rider will fund 75 per cent of its $12,167,000 share of the new sewage treatment plant, which is expected to cost $36,500,000 in total, with the federal and provincial governments having committed to paying onethird of the cost each. The frontage rate is expected to account for the other 25 per cent of that debt. “We’ve been advised that to put all of your potential revenue in one basket, one source of revenue, is not advisable and that the board would want to see some guarantee of annual income against the cost,” said Mayor Dennis Fenske at council’s Nov. 14 meet-

ing during discussion of a resolution to approve city administration submitting an application to the PUB seeking approval in principle for debenture recovery through a utility rate rider. The city had previously sought to fund its share of the cost of the new sewage treatment plant by charging either a one-time fee or instalments over 25 years based on the size of water meters. The Municipal Board of Manitoba shot down that local improvement plan Aug. 30 because the method of calculating how much individual property owners would pay wasn’t fair.

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OBITUARIES CAMILO SILVA March 18, 1931 – November 21, 2016 With broken hearts and deep sorrow, the Silva Family sadly announces the passing of Camilo Azevedo Silva (age 85) peacefully at the Thompson General Hospital on Monday, November 21, 2016. Camilo was born in Fradelos - V.N. Famalicao, Portugal on March 18, 1931, to Jose and Arminda Silva, where he lived until coming to Canada in 1955. Upon arriving in Canada, Camilo settled in Windsor, Ontario, and worked as a farm hand until he moved to Elliott Lake, Ontario to work in the Uranium Mine. It was in Elliott Lake that he met the love of his life, Ingrid and they welcomed their first child, Mario in 1961. Later on, in 1962, Camilo made the move to Thompson to work in the Refinery at Inco with Ingrid and Mario joining him in 1963. In 1974, they were again blessed with another child, Christine and their family enjoyed all that Thompson had to offer. Camilo remained with Inco until his retirement in 1993. After retirement, Camilo and Ingrid remained in Thompson to enjoy the company of their children and grandchildren, especially Sunday dinners with the entire family. Camilo loved to watch old western movies, gardening, fishing at Paint Lake, cheering on the Winnipeg Jets and his favourite football clubs SC Braga and Portugal, along with enjoying a glass of his favourite wine. While working for Inco, he was passionate for Shift League hockey, and was very involved with the Refinery hockey team. Camilo was a loving husband and proud father. He is survived by his wife Ingrid, his son Mario (Linda), daughters Christine (Jason), Maria Fernanda, grandchildren Matthew (Shea), Tyler (Sherrie) and Brayden (Kalissa), his siblings Lourdes, Lino and Deolinda, along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Kasie, whom he has always had a pocket of treats for. Funeral Service was held on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Thompson. Interment followed at the Thompson Cemetery. Should friends so desire, donations may be made in his memory to Cancer Care Manitoba, or the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, support and kind words. Boardman Funeral Home in care of arrangements, call 204-778-7982

Frontline RCMP officers now carrying anti-opioid drug Manitoba’s frontline RCMP officers will now carry naloxone kits to help them assist people suffering drug overdoses or themselves if they are inadvertently exposed to potentially fatal opioids. Naloxone is a drug that blocks the effects of opioids and can be administered intravenously, intramuscularly or via a nasal spray, which is what the kits being provided to RCMP officers in Manitoba contain. Administering it to someone suffering from an opioid overdose can keep them alive and breathing so first responders have time to transport them to a hospital or other medical facility for treatment. “The safety of Manitobans and of our police officers is first and foremost,” said Chief Supt. Mark Fisher, officer in charge of criminal operations for the

RCMP in Manitoba. “Equipping RCMP officers with naloxone kits is a public safety measure and was a priority for this division.” More than 1,000 naloxone kits have been distributed to RCMP officers. Opioids include drugs derived from opium poppies like morphine and heroin as well as synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl. The RCMP says fentanyl – a prescription painkiller far more powerful than morphine – is present throughout the province, including urban centres and rural communities policed by the RCMP, though its officers have not had to respond to any medical emergencies involving fentanyl yet. Thompson RCMP police community relations officer Const. Sandy Deibert

OBITUARIES SANDRA MacLEAN Sept 15, 1948 - Nov 21, 2016

CLIFFORD CUMMINGS September 9, 1951 – November 20, 2016 On November 20th, Clifford Currie Cummings, aged 65 years, passed away peacefully at Northern Spirit Manor Personal Care Home, with his loving wife and family by his side. Clifford was born in Arborfield, Saskatchewan on September 9th, 1951. He grew up farming with his family and even after he moved away, would return home every fall to help with harvest. Clifford was happiest when he was farming into the wee hours of the morning. On November 20th, 1971, Clifford married the love of his life Rita Potie. Rita followed Clifford to Thompson, where he had been working since October 22nd, 1969 for International Nickel Company (INCO). Clifford retired from INCO in 1999 after 30 years with the company. Clifford will be remembered for the tremendous amount of love and pride he had for his family and his extremely unique sense of humour. His collection of distinctive phrases will forever be unmatched. Clifford is survived by his beautiful wife of 45 years, Rita (Potie) Cummings, oldest son Lee Cummings (Ang, Riley and Kali), daughter Rachelle Ladyka (Mackenzie and Kayla) and youngest son Kent Cummings (Jen, Khole, Kennedy and Logan), his mother in law Priscilla Potie, sister Daryl Thompson (Nels), brothers Lorne Cummings (Rosemarie), David Cummings (Charlene), Robert Cummings (Carrie), Rodney Cummings (Karen), sisters in law Beatrice Almquist (Paul), Linda Hurnard (Cameron), Shirley Thomas (Ron), Janet Neu (Stan), brother in law Stan Potie (Joann), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Clifford was predeceased by his parents Muriel and Vernon Cummings, his father in law Peter Potie, son in law Leroy Ladyka and nephew Warren Thompson. Clifford’s family would also like to thank his extended family at the Northern Spirit Manor. The care givers and the residents had become a big part of his life over the past year. The care and love he received has been tremendous. Thank you. Cremation has taken place and as per Clifford wishes; no public service will be held. In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so desire, please make a donation in Clifford’s name to Northern Spirit Manor Personal Care Home, 879 Thompson Drive, Thompson Manitoba, R8N 0A9. Boardman Funeral Home in care of arrangements, call 204-778-7982. “Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.” Your source for news in the north

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It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Sandra Ellen MacLean (nee Sangster) after a year long battle with cancer. Sandra was pre deceased by her mother Mary, father Red, sister Barbara, motherin-law Norma, father-in-law Donald and brother-in-law Wes. She leaves to mourn her beloved husband of 48 years Barry, daughter Dena (Roman), son Ryan (Alysha) grand children Annabelle, Gavin and Ben, sister Brenda (Keith), brother-in-law Peter, brother Jack, nephew Chad ( Cole, Payton, Camryn),sister-in-laws Dawne, Annette (Rick), Norma (Jim), Sherry (Rob), Melita, Audra (Rick), Lynn (Bill), brother-in-laws Alan, Gord (Roxanne) as well as many more family members and friends. The family expressed heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses from the Thompson General Hospital as well as Shane, Nicole and Shelly from Cancer Care Manitoba. Respecting Sandra’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will take place next summer. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to please be made to the Palliative Care unit of the Thompson General Hospital. Boardman Funeral Home in care of arrangements, call 204-778-7982

The Boys and Girls Club of Thompson would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the Thompson Community Foundation (TCF) and the Moffat Family Fund for their $7000 contribution to Phase II of our Wheelchair Accessibility Project. The TCF was also instrumental in the completion of Phase I of the project.

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e Canadian Cancer Society hosted a radon open house on November 16, 2016. We would like to thank the ompson Community Foundation for taking an interest in public health issues affecting the residents of the ompson area. By providing funding through the Moffat fund we were able to host this important public awareness event. Radon is the second leading cause lung cancer and high levels combined with smoking tobacco, increases the individual's risk of lung cancer increases to 1 in 3. e only way to know if you are being exposed to high radon levels is to test your home.

Thompson Citizen photo courtesy of RCMP Naloxone kits with a nasal spray containing the drug that counteracts the effects of potentially fatal opioids like morphine, heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl have been distributed to frontline RCMP officers in Manitoba. said in a Nov. 24 news release that police have not encountered the drug in Thompson yet but it could eventually find its way here. “For those not using illicit drugs, your risk is low,” the news release said. “However unintentional exposure to the drug can cause serious harm. Signs of an overdose can include, but are not limited to: severe sleepiness, slow, shallow breathing, lips and nails that turn blue, cold and clammy skin, and unresponsiveness. If anyone has concerns about exposure to fentanyl please contact emergency medical services immediately.” “We are very aware of the presence of fentanyl in Manitoba communities, and we are prepared for the enforcement piece of this puzzle,” said Cpl. Scott Hanson, head of “D”

Division’s synthetic drug operations. “However, we cannot arrest our way out of this issue. We are also focussing on the prevention, education and harm reduction elements related to the use of fentanyl.” “Law enforcement agencies here in Manitoba and across the country have been working hard to intercept and prevent the trafficking of fentanyl and other opioids, but require additional mechanisms to prevent these deadly drugs from making their way into our neighbourhoods,” said Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen in a Nov. 24 statement. “I encourage the government of Canada to provide enhanced detection authority to the Canada Border Services Agency to ensure that fentanyl and other opioids are prevented from entering into Canada.”



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2015-2016 ANNUAL REPORT PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE T H O M P S O N COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Post Office Box 1074 Thompson, Manitoba C a n a d a R 8 N 1 N 9 Phone: 204.677.1908 Email: @thompsoncommunityfoundation on facebook Thompson Community Foundation is a “savings account” created for the community. The revenue from these managed funds is granted to worthwhile community projects.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sherrie Kreuger • President Liz Sousa • Past President Randy McKay • Vice President Ed Danyluk • Vice President Tim Johnston • Treasurer Tamy Burton • Secretary Dave Moore • Grants Chair Alain Huberdeau • Director Steven Toews • Director Lynn Nakonechny • Director Colin Bonnycastle • Scholarships & Bursaries Chair

2016 GRANTS Canadian Cancer Society $ 615 towards a Radon Testing Awareness Presentation in Thompson November, 2016. YWCA Thompson Residence Inc. $ 7,84127 to replace the carpet in the first floor hallway. HOPE NORTH suicide prevention committee $ 5,000 towards jerseys/Flag Football Camp Boys & Girls Club of Thompson Inc. $ 7,000 towards renovations for a wheelchair accessible washroom renovation. Thompson Public Library $ 2,000 for new seating furniture in the teen area. Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre $ 12,43305 towards a playstructure/ playground. RD Parker Collegiate-Physical Education Program $ 3,36788 Approved under Joe Brain Fund to purchase snowshoe equipment. École Communautaire LVDN $ 11,93389 towards a playstructure/ playground. Thompson Zoological Society $ 4,56063 towards the cost of construction materials for the aquarium. St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church $ 9,28027 for siding/insulation in the St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church. Thompson Crisis Centre $ 6,000 to purchase bedframes and mattresses RD Parker Collegiate-Pathways Program $ 9,51151 to purchase kitchen equipment. Keewatinowi Awasisak opi-ki-wak $ 10,000 towards a playstructure/ playground.

Total Grants Awarded To Date

I feel honored to be the President and I am proud to work with such a high caliber Board. I am excited about the great things we accomplished this year. This year we had an incredible opportunity to grow our endowment fund and ensure a lasting legacy for Our Foundation. The Thomas Sill Foundation issued a grant challenge that matched at a rate of 1:2 to a max of $25,000 for every dollar we raised locally over the past year. I am excited to announce that we raised $52,247.13

Alain Huberdeau Alyson Degrave Andree Catellier Annette Hickey Anonymous Donor Anonymous Donor Anonymous Donor Anonymous Donor Audrey Walker Barbara Ellis Beverly Mattila Calm Air Chad Plamondon CHTM Cindy Francois Colin Bonnycastle Colleen Smook Connie Creaser Daisy Peterson Dale McDougall

Dave Moore DDAK Development Inc Deborah Wenger Dinesh Ralhan Dolly Anand Donald & Ann Macdonald Donna Wilson Dustin Winker Ed Danyluk Edward Palmer Eleanor Ceppetelli Esther Latchman ET Blades Frank Mlakar Freda Lepine Gary & Karen Ceppetelli Geoff Lamontagne Gerald Lambert Gigi Birch

Grace Bindle Helen Koetke Helen Kuzma Helen Leblanc Hetesh Handa Hi-Tech Auto Howard Mattila Irene Moore Jack Mattila Jason Sonser Jasyn Lucas JB Johnston Ventures Ltd Jeanette Kimball John Ham Josh Cain Karen Correia Kathleen Stacey KB/Thompson Insurance

Keith MacDonald Ken & Linda Dutchak Kendall & Pandya Kevin White Kicks and Threads Kristin Anderson Larry Roy Laura Labossiere Law North Lenica Dinic Leslie Tucker Lindsay Gegenfurtner Liz Sousa Lorie Floyd Lynn Nakonechny Mac & Wendy Swaan Marlene Farrell Marleny Bonnycastle Marsha Beckmann Marty Floyd

Mary Desrosiers Maxine & Scott Larway MB Hydro McKay GM Melissa Gosnell Milka Pesalj MR Plumbing Murray Thompson Mystery Lake Body Shop Norma Leahy North Central Development Oceana Rzepka Operation Red Nose Pauline MacDonald-Smith Peggy Mattila Bains Penny Byer Peter Paulic Quizno’s Randy McKay Renita Floyd

RidgeStone Financial Services Robert Andres Rosalie Sumner Ruben’s Stucco Inc. Sam Antila Sandra Little Sandra Ross-Hitch Sheree Meredith Sheri Ryan Sherrie Kreuger Smook Contractors Stella Locker Steven Toews Susan Buckle Susan Harrison Suzanne Reid Tamy Burton Thomas Sill Foundation Inc Thompson Ford

Thompson Regional Airport Authority Tim Johnston Tom & Linda Blixhavn Tom Mattila Twin Motors United Steelworkers Local 6166 Vale Valerie Thorassie Volker Beckmann Wayne Leblanc Wendy & Mac Swaan Wescan Wireless Solutions Zory Ukrainian Dancers

Memorial gifts are a thoughtful way of honoring the memory of a family member, friend or colleague who has passed away. Very often, families of the deceased prefer gifts to charity be made in lieu of flowers. Memorial gifts made to the Thompson Community Foundation qualify as charitable donations. Donors will receive a tax receipt and the family of the deceased will receive a card acknowledging your gift. A memorial gift to the Thompson Community Foundation remembers your loved one each year in our printed Annual Report and on our Memorial Page on our website. Albert & Rose Taylor Alvin Sinclair Ann Ehmann Beckmann Anne Williams Betty Parsons Bill Moore BJ Hickey Bob McCleverty Boris Taurus Charles Brightnose Ches & Elsie Dyke Clifford Duquette

Danny Morin David Roy Jr. David Roy Sr. Denise Kreuger Don Locker Dr. Jerry Leahy Dwayne Richard Ed Pichor Edward Palmer Edward Wood Eileen Scaddan Evelyn Colombe

George Moose Sr. Gladys Beatty Gordon Clemons Gordon MacDonald Gramy & Papa Smook Grandpa Cliff Hank Koetke Hugh Mattila Jacqueline Boushie James Morin Jim Thrower Johnny Thorassie Jr.

Joseph Keegan Kathy Moose Kevin Pesalj Kevin Scaddan Lil Moore Lilian Hassard Lorette Clark Mable Penney Marlene McIvor Mary Frost Mary MacDonald Murray Haybittle

My brother in law Nathaniel “Chano” Dumas Nikola Dukic Norman Ceppetelli Oma & Opa Sonser Otto Bindle Pat Penwarden Pauline Primrose Ralph Magill Red Sangster Richard Brooks Robert Francois

Ron Russell Ruth Eremko Scrap Spence Shaen & Kelley Sumner Shiner Sonny Scott Steven Campbell Steven Thorassie Troy Anand Vern Kuzma Vic Babiuk

FOUNDERS The Thompson Community Foundation founders are individuals, businesses and community organizations who have provided gifts totaling $1,000.00 or more during the challenge period that ended August 1999. We salute the Founders of the Thompson Community Foundation. Lorne & Mary Ames Hugh Arklie Ken & Lillian Bingham Louise Johnson Andrew Johnston Dr. I. & Mrs. Kinizi K.M. “Jo” Lutley Jim McIvor Bob & Denise Morrison Fred Palmer Dennis Pearce Family Bob Ripley Florian & Carol Sobel Bob Wall & Bernie Jacob Norma Leahy

CIBC Calm Air Social Committee INCO Limited Mystery Lake Motor Hotel Rotary Club of Thompson Skyward Aviation Thomas Sills Foundation Thompson Co-op Limited Thompson 1994 Winter Games Committee Blair & Anne Alderson Craig & Deanna Black Susan Harrison Don Johnson James Blain Johnston

2016 ORDER OF THOMPSON RECIPIENT Nick Di Virgilio The Order of Thompson recognizes long term citizens for their significant contributions to our community in the areas of philanthropy, business, recreation, volunteerism, community spirit, ambassadorship, public affairs, and/or outstanding skills in areas of leadership, service and community commitment.

2016 SCHOLARSHIP & BURSARY RECIPIENTS Jared Brown $ 1,73808 – CIM Scholarship Maya Singh $ 206 – Kerrie Brown Memorial Bursary

Hindu Prarthana Samaj of Thompson $ 600 – The Troy Anand Fund

Sincerely, Sherrie Kreuger President



Brandon Oberdorfer $ 6,143 – Arnold Morberg Memorial Scholarship

of Thompson for all of their support and generosity. Incredible things can happen when we come together in this community! If you have any questions regarding the Thompson Community Foundation or would like to make a donation, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 204-677-1908 or please speak to any of our Board of Directors.



Jui Sarker $ 206 - Kerrie Brown Memorial Bursary

I am pleased to advise that as of June, grants totaling $89,543.50 have been provided to community organizations in 2016. That brings our total grants given to date to $1,051,705.29. In October, the Thompson Community Foundation held its 9th annual Mix & Mingle gala. The 2016 Order of Thompson recipient is Mr Nick DiVirgilio. Congratulations! You are truly deserving of this award. In closing I would like to thank the citizens

2016 GRANT RECIPIENTS Total Grants Awarded To Date



Ernie & Colleen Krokosz Dr. Aziz Manji Arnold & Gail Morberg Margret & (Carl) Nesbitt Breta Passler Butch & Chris Pearson Juanita Smith

Ted & (Donna) Smook Mel & Linda Wyshynski Bank of Montreal Calm Air International Clarica Morrison McDonald Thompson Precambrian Press

Scotia Bank TD Canada Trust Thompson Chamber of Commerce Thompson King Miners Jr. Hockey Club Thompson Food Co-op Anne’s Pharmacy

SUMMARY STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION 2015 ASSETS Current Cash and Short Term Investments Accounts Receivable Marketable Securities Long Term Investments Managed Fund – Wpg Foundation

32,353 $ 2,275 $ 52,368 $



LIABILITIES Current $ Accounts Payable and Deferred Revenue 5,845 Member’s Equity $ Restricted for Operating purposes 35,926 $ Restricted for community allocations 86,237 Restricted for endowment purposes $1,635,473

Kendall & Pandya, Chartered Accountants, have audited the financial statement in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. This summary is an abstract of the audited financial statement and has been prepared by the Thompson Community Foundation and has not been audited. The summary should be read in concert with the audited financial statements which are available, upon request from the Thompson Community Foundation.

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Thinking ahead


he news that the RCMP is equipping all of its officers in Manitoba with naloxone to help counteract the effects of opioid drugs, including fentanyl, which is frequently in the news these days, even in areas where the potentially deadly drug hasn’t shown up on the streets yet, is good to hear. When it comes to drugs, the question is usually when a particular drug is going to show up in a particular area, rather than if, and having the ability to treat those who have knowingly or unknowingly been exposed to substances like fentanyl on the spot can literally mean the difference between life and death. In policing, as in other areas of life, it’s a good policy to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. RCMP and health care providers undoubtedly would prefer that fentanyl not be added to the list of drugs available on the streets in Thompson and other Northern Manitoba communities, but they also know that the chances of that are low, and that it’s better to be safe than sorry. The epidemic of fentanyl-related deaths in Canada is not exactly new, and the RCMP, as well as the provincial government, which just launched an awareness campaign surrounding the drug, are right not to stick their heads in the sand and hope that the problem won’t spread. Acknoweldging that a problem exists is the first step in dealing with it even if everyone is still hoping that such preventative measures prove to be thankfully unnecessary.

Letter to the Editor


Understanding the value of self-care

The trinity


To the Editor: Moses, Mohammed, Jesus. All these men have impacted our world more than any other people in history. And, according to scripture, all of these men descended from patriarch. Moses, according to history, negotiated the emancipation of his tiny Arab tribe, the Jews. Mohammed did what no other Arab had done – united various tribes under the auspices of a new faith, Islam. The third obscure person, Jesus of Nazareth, stood firmly against violence, which turned the zealots against him (Essenes) and resulted in his violent death at the hands of the Romans and an outraged public, incited by local authorities. Of all the trinity mentioned above, none ever advocated for violence or war. In the Crusades, after the Arab siege of Jerusalem, the sultan let all the victims of the war walk away. What a stark contrast to the Christian conquest of Jerusalem, where the victors murdered every living being, and the streets of the holy city were ankle deep in blood and gore. And Moses’ people were persecuted in Europe, starting in Spain, for about four centuries, culminating in the attempted extermination of the Jews and other outcasts by the one and only Adolf Hitler in World War II. My theme is quite simple in this article: i.e. none of the big three advocated for war or violence. We like to blame organized religions for so much killing, failing to cite the millions of peace-loving members of the human family who do so many positive things for us, driven by their personal convictions, as a result of their faith in God – however they describe him or her. It isn’t the scripture of the Jews, Christians or Muslims which drives people to distraction from the truth and culminates in violence. It is the dark side of our human nature which we can only escape by loving and being loved. Angus Campbell Thompson

How many of us feel overworked, burnt out and flat-out exhausted? For many of us, this is our reality. On top of our careers that demand from us our focus and energy, we have the responsibilities of home life and often our families to take care of. Living in small communities, volunteer work is often demanding to ensure that much needed programs and organizations are efficiently ran. So where does that leave room for ... you? Before having children, work was top priority. On top of my full-time job, I ran multiple businesses. I just felt that down time wasn’t an option. No one really talked about the importance of taking time for yourself. Being busy does not mean efficient, and it does not mean being successful. In fact, it usually is the opposite – am I right? I simply lost touch with my interests and hobbies that I used to value, and being a twenty-something at the time, could easily escape sacrificing sleep to pull all-nighters with projects and deadlines, and eat on

the run. But believe me, living a life where there is no down time comes with zero reward. When you do not fill your own cup up with rest, nutritious food and time to reflect and prioritize, how can you possibly give your best to others? Stress and high blood pressure are just two common results of depleting your own reserves and burning yourself out. Adrenal fatigue, mental illness, hormonal imbalances and even cancer can all be affiliated with people that never stop to take care of themselves. Look at your basket right now. What can you take out to lighten the load? What can you delegate? Detach from your ego and let someone else take the reins. If you feel there is nobody else, is it possible to apprentice someone under you? Always remember, that you are not responsible for everything. Consider your role right now. You may think that if something happened to you, the domino effect would happen and everything would fall apart. And it may for others around you tempor-

arily but as all humans do, they will cope. You need to take care of you. Something I never considered for a long time was that you might also be taking the opportunity away from perfectly able spouses, children, colleagues or employees to help out or learn to carry certain responsibilities that even they might not know they had, opportunities to excel or grow in their own life. That perspective alone might be the baby step you need to start detaching from these tasks we take on because we fear the world won’t go on if we don’t do them. It will, as it always has. Your life is incredibly short. Are you doing things that make you happy? Do your employer, spouse, family or friends support a self-care regimen? If not, you need to re-evaluate these situations and relationships, and get a clear picture of where you need to be spending your time and energy. Seek counselling if necessary to help you see this picture. If you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders,

you must be a pretty important person that others might see, but forget or don’t understand your burden. Start treating yourself like VIP. Make time for the people that love you, engage in low-cost activities that feed your soul and start saying no to additional tasks. As long as you say yes to everything, there will be people that will throw another task at you. End this cycle. After all, you’re more than worth it! As always, check with your doctor or health practitioner for any medical related 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 Canadian School of Natural Nutrition registered holistic nutritionist with a passion for pediatric and digestive health.

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Thompson RCMP inspector receives law enforcement award Thompson RCMP Insp. Kevin Lewis is one of 19 police officers in Manitoba recognized with an Excellence in Law Enforcement Award from the provincial government Nov. 25. The other recipients included eight members of the Winnipeg Police Service, two members of the Brandon Police Service and eight other RCMP officers. “These officers have served the citizens of Manitoba with honour and distinction, demonstrating leadership and a commitment to excellence in policing and law

enforcement,” said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson. “Their passion and dedication, combined with their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way to protect others, make Manitoba a safer place for all of us to live. I congratulate each of the officers being recognized with this award.” The awards were presented at the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police Excellence in Policing Awards dinner. “The efforts of the men and women recognized with this award are some-

times taken for granted, but when you see their hard work on a daily basis, it is nothing short of amazing,” said Ian Grant, president of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. “They are involved in dedicated investigations that may result in real personal safety risks, in community-oriented crime prevention and engagement efforts, and countless hours of volunteer service. On behalf of all of our member agencies, we congratulate this year’s recipients for all they do for Manitobans.”

RCMP teaming up with fire department for second annual toy drive After the Thompson RCMP’s success with a toy, food and donation drive to support the Thompson Salvation Army last year, it is teaming up with Thompson Fire & Emergency Services for a second-annual drive this year in hopes of providing even more Christmas cheer. “Last December, we filled two police cruisers and the bed of a pickup for a total of 220 toys, 275 food donations and $365 in cash,” said police community relations officer Sandy Deibert in a Nov. 24 news release. “This was outstanding and we hope to be bigger yet this year!” RCMP and TFES will be accepting donations of cash, toys and non-perishable food items in the City Centre Mall parking lot in front of Wal-Mart along Mystery Lake Road on Dec. 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thompson RCMP Insp. Kevin Lewis is one of 19 police officers in Manitoba recognized with an Excellence in Law Enforcement Award from the provincial government Nov. 25. Thompson Citizen file photo

Thompson Citizen file photo Thompson RCMP is hoping that teaming up with Thompson Fire & Emergency Services for a donation drive will help them outdo what they accomplished last year, when they collected 220 toys, 275 food items and $365.

Drunk driving suspected in fatal rollover near Nelson House One man is dead and another charged with impaired driving causing death and bodily harm after a single-vehicle rollover about 30 kilometres south of Nelson House Nov. 24. Thompson and Nelson House RCMP responded to the accident on Provincial Road 391 northwest of Thompson around 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, finding a pickup truck in the

The Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards were established by the provincial government to recognize extraordinary efforts by police officers in Manitoba. The recipients are selected by a committee including representatives from the Winnipeg Police Service, the Brandon Police Service, the RCMP and Manitoba Justice. More than 120 police officers have received the awards since they were established.

west ditch. The 45-yearold male passenger from Leaf Rapids, who had been ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passengers and the driver were all from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and Thompson and were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigation determined that the vehicle had been

travelling northbound when it crossed the centre line, hit snow and flipped into the ditch. The driver faces charges of impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm and remains in custody. An RCMP forensic collision reconstructionist and the RCMP criminal crash investigation team are assisting the investigation.

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Artist’s beaded garments on display in country where the story they tell began

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Thompson Citizen photo courtesy of Teresa Burrows Thompson artist Teresa Burrows has been displaying her glass beadwork garments in Scotland as part of the Naked Craft project, which celebrates the connection between Canada and Scotland. Stromness is home to the Pier Art Centre, which is located in the original Hudson Bay Company recruitment office, and the city’s museum features Cree and Dene beadwork from Hudson Bay Company collections. “The names here are a mirror to our phone book in Northern Manitoba,” Burrows says. During her time in Scotland, Burrows has spent time doing presentations

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Thompson artist Teresa Burrows has been displaying her glass beadwork garments in Scotland as part of the Naked Craft project, which has included artists’ residencies and three conferences as well as exhibitions touring Canada and Scotland. Naked Craft celebrates the connection between Canada and Scotland and that connection is reflected in Burrows’s own works, which celebrate the history of a Scottish woman named Isobel Gunn, who disguised herself as a man and worked a three-year contract for the Hudson Bay Company in northern Canada from 1806 to 1809, covering over 2,900 kilometres and carrying loads of up to 90 lbs while travelling by boat and overland to fur trading posts in Rupertsland, which consisted of the Hudson Bay drainage basin, including all of Manitoba, and was granted to the Hudson bay Company in a 1670 charter by King Charles II. Links to Canada are evident in Scotland, says Burrows, who spent time in Stromness, Scotland, which was the last port of call for Hudson Bay Company boats before they set out for Rupertsland. “It was very interesting to travel to Stromness and see the landscape,” Burrows says. “The town is very unique and hosts incredible Neolithic archeological sites, burial tombs and standing stones equal to Stonehenge! And their World War histories are significant as well. I wish I could be there for the winter solstice, as the light creeps into the Maeshowe tomb and illuminates the walls in gold. But they show it online now!”


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for art and textile students at universities in Edinburgh and Galashiels, and met with artists at the WASP Selkirk studio, named for Lord Selkirk who brought displaced Scottish highlanders to Canada to settle in the Red River settlement and Selkirk area of Manitoba. She also spent time discussing bead embroidery, art, activism and other interests with Chilean PhD candidate Daniela Lara Espinoza as well as travelling

through Scotland, Northern Ireland and England with her husband Blair Hudson. Being on tour with her art is something Burrows says she doesn’t usually experience. “I don’t often get to share the exciting journeys of my art,” Burrows says. “The works have lives of their own but I was invited to Scotland for an international art residency and it has been an incredible experience!”

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Junior boys’ volleyball team battles hard at provincials BY IAN GRAHAM EDITOR@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NET

R.D. Parker Collegiate’s junior boys’ volleyball team put up a good fight against teams that advanced to the playoffs at the junior varsity AAA volleyball

provincials in Landmark Nov. 24-26. The Trojans pushed a pair of teams to three sets in the round robin, falling 19-25, 25-20, 8-15 to the John Taylor Collegiate Pipers from Winnipeg and

15-25, 25-21, 15-12 to Winnipeg’s Linden Christian Wings. The Wings went all the way to the finals where they lost to the Niverville Panthers while the Pipers lost in the semifinals. The champion Panthers

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beat RDPC 25-14, 25-22 in the round robin, while the Neelin High School Spartans from Brandon took a close match with the Trojans by scores of 31-29 and 25-21.

Thompson takes title in The Pas


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Thompson Citizen photo courtesy of Steve Hall The peewee A Thompson King Miners had a perfect record at the Wescana Inn hockey tournament in The Pas Nov. 25-26, winning the final game 11-1 to take the title after beating the Flin Flon Bombers 7-6, the Norway House North Stars 13-3, the OCN Blues 15-1 and The Pas Huskies 8-3 in the round robin.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF THOMPSON - UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE PLANNING ACT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT – 1949-2016 On the date, time and location shown below, a PUBLIC HEARING will be held to receive representations from any persons who wish to make them in respect to the following matter: APPLICATION: ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT - City of Thompson Zoning By-Law 1891-2012 HEARING: Council Chambers, City Hall, 226 Mystery Lake Road, Thompson, MB DATE & TIME: December 12th, 2016 OWNERS: Nisichawayasijk Cree Nation (NCN) APPLICANT: City of Thompson PROPOSAL: To amend Figure 35 (pg.29) Permitted/Conditional Uses in the C-MU Zone, of the City of Thompson Zoning By-Law 1891-2012, by adding “Hotel or Motel” as a Permitted Use in the Commercial Mixed Use (C-MU) zone. AREA AFFECTED: All Commercial Mixed Use (C-MU) zones FOR INFORMATION Jeff Wedge, Chief Building Inspector CONTACT: City of Thompson 204-677-7906 City Hall, 226 Mystery Lake Road, Thompson, MB A copy of the above noted proposal and supporting material may be inspected at location noted above during normal office hours, Monday to Friday. Copies may be made and extracts taken therefrom, upon request.

INVITATION TO TENDER Tenders will be received by the Purchasing Agent up to 11:00 a.m. local time, Friday, December 9, 2016 at City Hall, 226 Mystery Lake Road, Thompson, MB. R8N 1S6. RFP #14416 – EVAPORATOR / DECTRON SYSTEM REPLACEMENT AT NORPLEX POOL. Tender documents may be obtained from the office of the Purchasing Agent, 120 Seal Road, Thompson, MB. Phone (204) 677-7974, email between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, or downloaded from the City website at The City shall have the right to disqualify the 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 RFP need not be accepted by the City of Thompson. The City shall have the right to evaluate competing RFPs 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 the work to the Proponent which it deems to be in the best interest of the City.

LOCAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN FOR THE DESIGN AND BUILD OF A NEW WASTE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IN THE CITY OF THOMPSON AS A LOCAL IMPROVEMENT The City of Thompson has scheduled a Public Hearing at the St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall, 340 Juniper Drive, Thompson, MB on the 30th of November 2016 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing any person who wishes to make representation, ask questions, or register an objection to the following project of design and build of a new waste water treatment facility in the City of Thompson.

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ACCESSIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY The City of Thompson is currently preparing an Accessibility Plan. In order to ensure our plan reflects the needs of Thompson citizens we are asking for your help by completing our online survey which is located on our website at or you can pick up a copy at City Hall, 226 Mystery Lake Road. By filing out this survey you will be helping us to identify the barriers in our services, programs, facilities and gaps in our policies. If you require an alternate format to complete the survey, please call 204-677-7910. Deadline for survey’s is November 24, 2016. The City of Thompson thanks you for your participation.

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The midget AA Thompson King Miners had an easy cleanup this weekend against the Cranberry Portage Winterhawks, with a 6-1 victory Nov. 26 and a 9-2 victory the following day. Saturday night’s game remained close until the third period: King Miner Trent North opened the game with a goal at 2:15 of the first period, assisted by Dallas Spence. The Winterhawks would match the goal at 13:57. The game would remain in a stalemate until the third period, where the King Miners would lay thick into the Winterhawks, with

goals from Oscar Lafreniere (assisted by Justin Spence and Dallas Spence), Logan Evans (assisted by North and Chase Gurniak), Gordon Reuther (assisted by Keistin Saunders and Armando Evans), Gurniak (assisted by North and Kendal Anderson), and a second goal from North. The devastation was more evenly spread Sunday afternoon, when the King Miners put the first mark on the board at the end of the first period, scored by North and assisted by Logan Evans and Justin Spence. The Winterhawks scored two goals in the second period, but they would be buried underneath eight more goals

from the Miners throughout the remainder of the game, scored by Logan Evans (assisted by Justin Spence and North), Keistin Saunders (assisted by Justin Spence and Gurniak), Justin Spence (assisted by Jonathan Saunders), two goals from Dallas Spence, and a hat trick from Jonathan Saunders.

Trent North scored three goals and multiple assists throughout the midget AA Thompson King Miners’ victories against the Cranbery Portage Winterhawks last weekend. Thompson Citizen photo by Kacper Antoszewski

Jaguars and Eagles claim top spot RDPC’s November at junior high volleyball tournament athletes of the month


The Juniper Jaguars came back after losing two sets to win the next two and claim the boys’ title over the Wapanohk Wolves at the School District of Mystery Lake junior high volleyball tournament Nov. 26, while the girls’ final saw Mel Johnson School from Wabowden take the last two sets to beat the Westwood Vikings for the title. Wapanohk came back after being down 22-18 to win the first set of the boy’ final 26-24, but Juniper took the second set 25-20 and the tiebreaker 15-10 for the championship. Westwood prevailed in a close first set that was tied 23-23 by claiming the last two points to leave them one set away from victory, but the Mel Johnson Eagles took the second set 25-19 and then built up a 7-2 lead en route to a 15-6 win in the tiebreaker. The Wolves beat Deerwood School and La Voie du North in the boys’ round robin and split a match against Juniper to fi nish ranked fi rst, with the Jaguars ranked second. Wapanohk beat Riverside, the second-ranked team in the other round robin pool in the semifinals to advance to the boys’ championship match, while Juniper knocked off Westwood, the

Thompson Citizen photos by Ian Graham The Juniper Jaguars beat the Wapaonhk Wolves in three sets to claim the boys’ championship at the School District of Mystery Lake junior high volleyball tournament Nov. 26.


The Mel Johnson School Eagles from Wabowden took the last two sets to win the girls’ final of the School District of Mystery Lake junior high volleyball tournament over the Westwood Vikings Nov. 26. top team from the other pool. Wabowden and West-


wood were first and second in their pool in the round robin. Westwood beat Deer-

wood in one semifinal, while Wabowden beat Wapanohk in the other


Grade 10 students Brandi Jenkins and Darin Erickson are R.D. Parker Collegiate’s November athletes of the month. Erickson is a member of the junior boys’ volleyball team that won the zone championship earlier in the season, and competed in provincials Nov. 24-26. “Our team played good this year,” he noted. Jenkins said that while her team fell short of the zone championship, the tournaments leading up to the competition had gone extremely well, and that their loss had been close. “It was

hard-fought.” The pair believes they were selected for their sportsmanship, their continuing self-improvement, and, as Erickson described it, “keeping your head in the game.” Erickson has been playing volleyball since Grade 8, while Jenkins has been playing since Grade 5. Jenkins notes her parents had always been avid volleyball players, and enjoyed the co-operative aspect of the sport. Both Jenkins and Erickson plan to continue with volleyball in the coming years.


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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 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 New 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.

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 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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Thompson municipal spending growth outpaced population growth nine to one from 2008 to 2014, says CFIB BY IAN GRAHAM EDITOR@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NET

Thompson is the middle of the pack compared to the province’s other largest towns and cities apart from Winnipeg when it comes to municipal spending growth, says a report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The CFIB’s 2016 Manitoba Municipal Spending Watch report, released Nov. 15, says that spending on municipal operations in Thompson increased by nine per cent over the period of 2008 to 2014, during which time the population only grew one per cent. “Small business owners understand their local governments need to slightly increase operating spending each year to account for inflation and population growth, but entrepreneurs can’t accept the excessive increases that we are seeing year over year,” said Jonathan Alward, CFIB director of provincial affairs for Manitoba, said in a news release. “We keep hearing about municipalities having a ‘revenue problem,’ but our report clearly shows that it’s a ‘spending problem’ they are dealing with.” Labour costs are the biggest driver of increased spending in Thompson over that timeframe, having increased 25 per cent and accounting for 54 per cent of the municipal budget. “It’s easy to see that labour costs are the root of the municipal spending problem. It’s time to reduce the pay gap between public and private sectors workers,” said Alward. Mayor Dennis Fenske said that the city’s property tax rate increase for 2016 was 1.5 per cent higher than the previous year and that a recent wage increase negotiated with the city’s unionized employees was for 1.25 per cent over the first three years and 1.5 per cent in the fourth year, also less than inflation.

The CFIB’s 2016 Manitoba Municipal Spending Watch report, released Nov. 15, says that spending on municipal operations in Thompson increased by nine per cent over the period of 2008 to 2014, during which time the population only grew one per cent. “I think in general terms we’re meeting what our constituents are looking for,” Fenske said. “Nobody likes to pay an increase in taxes but you only have to look to the City of Winnipeg back in the days of Mayor [Susan] Thompson who had a 10-year freeze on rates paid and now they are in a major deficit for infrastructure funding to repair their roads and works. From our perspective the minimum that you would have to maintain is inflation as per this report outlines. In some cases we’re higher than that and there’s circumstances that can be explained. Basically overall I’m satisfied with where we are in the big picture of the report but again it is a snapshot in time of municipalities across Manitoba.” Like most municipalities, Fenske says, about two-thirds of Thompsons’ budget goes towards salaries and benefits and policing costs. “We have the largest [RCMP] contract of all municipalities in the province of Manitoba and so it is 17 to 18 per cent of our operating costs and in Northern Manitoba salaries are an issue with everybody,” Fenske says. “You have to pay a competitive wage to attract people to the north so almost 50 per cent – 47 per cent –of our expenses are tied to salaries and benefits.”

Based on the CFIB’S definition of sustainable spending growth as being equal to the rate of inflation and population growth, from 2008 to 2014 Thompson had $13.6 million in excess spending and, if the city had kept spending to the rate of inflation and population growth, it would have saved $1,000 for every resident of Thompson. Thompson ranks fifth among the largest cities and towns of Manitoba excluding Winnipeg for spending increase from 2008 to 2014, with a real operating spending growth per capita increase of eight per cent, more than Dauphin (3 per cent), Morden (5 per cent), Winkler (7 per cent) and Selkirk (6 per cent). It ranks ahead of Brandon (8 per cent), Portage la Prairie (11 per cent), Steinbach (18 per cent), The Pas (19 per cent) and Flin Flon (14 per cent). Four of the other top 10 cities and towns – Brandon, Portage la Prairie, The Pas and Flin Flon – spent more per capita in 2014 than Thompson’s $1,541, with Flin Flon spending the most at $2,566 per person. The lowest-spending community on the list was Steinbach, which spend $1,077 per capita in 2014, though its spending had increased 18 per cent from 2008 to 2014.


Don’t forget to send us your Santa letters! You can email them to santa@, fax them to 204-677-3681 or you can drop them off at our offices at 141 Commercial place. We’ll have them published in the Thompson Citizen on December 21!

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Looking for answers about son’s hair loss A Thompson man is trying to raise $55,000 on GoFundMe to take his son to the Mayo Clinic in the United States in hopes that doctors there can discover why he has lost his hair. Keith Fortin says that his youngest son Jacob started losing his hair about four years ago and has suffered from teasing from other children as a result. He wears a hat or a toque whenever he is in public and Fortin says that lately Jacob has lost patches from his eyebrows as well. “We took him to see doctors within the province and locally and had no luck with answers or results,” Fortin says. “I was looking at an attempt

to take him somewhere to get answers and results from knowledgeable doctors or a health facility that may have an answer or a cure.” Fortin can’t afford to fund the trip himself because he and his wife have seven children and he can’t work as a result of heart problems so they rely solely on his wife’s income. “I just want Jacob to find the help he needs if we can so he can have a normal childhood,” Fortin says. He chose the Mayo Clinic because he hears that they have the best doctors but says he is open to seeking treatment elsewhere. “We just want to help our son have a normal childhood so he can throw away the

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Keith Fortin started a GoFundMe campaing in hopes of raising money to take his youngest son Jacob, middle, to the Mayo Clinic to discover why he started losing his hair four years ago. toque and have normal hair growth and feel confident of his appearance.” Fortin’s GoFundMe cam-

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Not having a handivan is causing hardships for families raising children with disabilities in Thompson, says a letter written to mayor and council. Shawna Kirby-McDougall of Children’s disABILITY Services/Community Living


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Qualifications: Must have a Technical Certification with a major trade designation, such as a 5th Class Power Engineering certificate or an equivalent combination of knowledge, skill and experience in a facility/property managed environment. Experience in facility/property management, building operations and maintenance (security systems, electrical, plumbing, carpentry) is essential. Experience in the supervision of staff is desired. Preference will be given to Aboriginal persons. Candidates who do not meet all essential criteria may be considered on an under-fill basis at a commensurate rate of pay. Please see the website at for a full listing of all qualifications and conditions of employment. Desired: Under the direction of the District Property Manager in The Pas, the Facility Manager is primarily responsible for the operation and maintenance of buildings and grounds owned by Leaf Rapids Town Properties (LRTP). The main property is the highly visible town centre building which is approximately 245,000 sq.ft. Included in the town center is a hotel, school, library, retail properties, town office, health care centre, and skating/ recreation complex. Buildings and grounds are to be managed so as to provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment in which LRTP’s clients can carry out their business.

The City of Brandon is currently accepting applications for

Solid Waste Facility Supervisor Permanent Competition # 160084

Reporting to the Manager of Public Works, the Solid Waste Facility Supervisor will ensure the efficient and effective operation of the Solid Waste Facility. This position will be involved in developing and modifying long term strategic operating plans with the Manager and Director of Public Works to ensure that the philosophy, mission and vision clearly reflects the City’s overall corporate goals and objectives, and that the Solid Waste Strategic goals and objectives are being met. Rate of Pay: $78,170-$84,341 Annually, 2016 Rates Visit the City of Brandon website at to view the complete job opportunity and application details. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on December 6, 2016.

Apply to: Advertisement No. 32244 Manitoba Civil Service Commission Human Resource Services 300-305 Broadway Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J7 Phone: 204-945-4394 Fax: 204-948-2193 Email: WHEN APPLYING TO THIS POSITION, PLEASE INDICATE THE ADVERTISEMENT NUMBER AND POSITION TITLE IN THE SUBJECT LINE AND/OR BODY OF YOUR EMAIL. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications. 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, resumé and/or application if they are from any of the following groups: women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with a disability. Find out about other current job opportunities — click on the Jobs button at

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

disABILITY Services with the provincial government’s Families Department, says having to travel to school one at a time by handi taxi is forcing children with disabilities to arrive late and leave early. “This practice is unfair to these children and their families, wrote Kirby-McDougall. “Families who already experience higher levels of stress related to caring for a child with a disability are now challenged to adjust child care arrangements and work schedules so that their child can attend school.” Council approved a resolution at a special meeting in August to seek a grant from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) for the purchase of a handivan after an earlier application for a different grant for the same purpose was denied. The six councillors in attendance then in addition to Mayor Dennis Fenske voted unanimously to apply for the grant, which would see the federal government cover 50 per cent of the cost, the province 25 per cent and the city the remaining quarter. Fenske noted at that time that the city budgeted up to $125,000 for the purchase of a new handivan during its 2016 budget deliberations and that the only matter at issue is whether the city will be paying for the full cost of the bus or only part of it. Another special meeting to approve an application to seek funding for a handivan through the PTIF was held Oct. 24. Kirby-McDougall says handivan service needs to resume as soon as possible. “It is simply unacceptable to treat the most vulnerable members of our community, and those who care for them, in this way,” she wrote. “Please resolve the issues with the Handivan so that this service can resume in the very near future.”

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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.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION INSTRUCTOR 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.

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.



Classification: Instructor Sessional Stipends: December 12, 2016 to March 21, 2017 The Pas, Manitoba Competition No: 16-131 Closing Date: December 7, 2016 Please visit our website for more detailed information about UCN and this employment opportunity. At, select “UCN Careers”, and select from the list of positions to view. Thank you for your interest in UCN.

Classification: Instructor Full-Time Term: January 3, 2017 to April 21, 2017 Thompson or The Pas, Manitoba Competition No. 16-128 Closing Date: December 5, 2016

Classification: Instructor Sessional Stipend: January 3, 2017 to April 21, 2017 Thompson, Manitoba Competition No. 16-127 Closing Date: December 5, 2016

Please visit our website for more detailed information about UCN and this employment opportunity. At, select “UCN Careers”, and select from the list of positions to view. Thank you for your interest in UCN.

Please visit our website for more detailed information about UCN and this employment opportunity. At, select “UCN Careers”, and select from the list of positions to view. Thank you for your interest in UCN.

Thompson (866) 677.6450

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Juniper Centre Inc.

Marymound is presently seeking:

FINANCIAL OFFICER CAREER POSTING The Juniper Centre offers a rewarding work environment. Come join our team.

General Definition The Finance Officer is a management position responsible for overseeing financial, accounting, administrative, and some personnel services in order to meet legislative requirements and agency needs. The position supports agency operations and helps meet agency accountability and our auditor’s requirements.

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.


Part-Time Term: A.S.A.P. to June 30, 2017 Norway House, Manitoba Competition No: 16-130 Closing Date: December 9, 2016 or until the position is filled Please visit our website for more detailed information about UCN and this employment opportunity. At, select “UCN Careers”, and select from the list of positions to view. Thank you for your interest in UCN.

Pre-requisite qualifications • Any applicant must be able to provide a clear criminal record check, child abuse registry check, and adult abuse registry check. • Must have a valid class 5 driver’s license and use of personal vehicle required. • Physically able to handle repetitive office work and lift/carry office equipment and supplies. Essential Duties and Responsibilities • Administer an accrual based accounting system and monitor the financial system in order to ensure that agency finances are maintained in an accurate and timely manner • Manage the accounts payable and accounts receivable systems in order to ensure complete and accurate records of all moneys • Administer participant and employee files and records in order to ensure accurate payment of benefits and allowances • Administer the payroll in order to ensure that 45 participants and up to 100 employees are paid in an accurate and timely manner • Provide efficient and effective office management • Prepare monthly reports on financial areas for the board of directors • Supervise and manage junior employees • Oversee and support agency businesses • Assist in agency fundraising • Perform other related duties as required • Working collaboratively within CBA Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities • Integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the social sector with a passion for working in a mission-driven environment • Collaborative and flexible with a strong service mentality • Effective written and verbal communicator • Self-starter with the ability to multi-task while being highly detailoriented • An understanding of Northern culture • Ability to update current office practices to meet new and future standards • Ability to successfully research and apply for grants A proficient knowledge in the following areas: • Accrual based accounting • Computerized accounting programs • Accounts payable and receivable • Generally accepted accounting principles • Fund accounting • Preparation of financial statements and reports • Administration of employee benefits • Payroll systems and reporting • Office administration Demonstrable skill in: • Accounting and bookkeeping • Supervising, team building and problem solving • Time management and organization • Stress management • Computer skills including Simply Accounting, Excel-spreadsheets/ Micro Soft Office, and word processing Education and Experience Preference will be given to applicants with post-secondary education in business management and accounting. A combination of education and experience will be considered. Salary Range Salary range will be dependent on applicant’s qualifications. Benefits plan, RSP contributions, and competitive vacation allotment. Start Date TBD Please submit resume to Rachel Templeton: Juniper Centre Inc, 108 Nelson Rd. by December 1, 2016, 4 pm

Program Coordinator – Permanent Full-time, 80 hours bi-weekly – Youth At Risk North (YARN) Marymound North - Competition # PC16-135 (Days, Evenings) The YARN program is looking for a dynamic individual with a diverse skill set, who is able to case manage at risk youth within Thompson. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent combination of education and experience, with a familiarity with multiagency initiatives and experience working with at risk youth. Must be a team player with the ability to work independently; strong documentation skills; well spoken; and organized. The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced law enforcement security screening before employment commences. Satisfactory Criminal Record and clear Child Abuse Registry/Prior Contact checks are requirements of all positions as well as valid driver’s license and abstract. Knowledge of Indigenous customs, traditions, and beliefs will be considered an asset. For more information about Marymound, visit Submit cover letter and résumé quoting Competition # to:

Thompson (866) 677.6450

Competition No. PC16-135 Human Resources 442 Scotia Street Winnipeg, MB R2V 1X4 By 4:00pm December 6, 2016 - anything submitted after the deadline will not be considered e-mail: or online at We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Employment opportunities are advertised on our website at

JOB VACANCY E HEALTH TECHNICIAN Under the general direction of Keewatin Tribal Council (KTC) Director of Health, and the Tribal Nursing Officer, the E Health Technician is a member of the Health Services Team. They will work in collaboration with the KTC Health Team and the KTC Computer Services Technician to provide support, education and computer services to the KTC health services department and member communities. They will represent KTC on the Regional Tele Health, E health, Panorama and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Advisory Committees and ensure KTC management and leadership are informed of Regional and National program developments. E-Health staff provide technological support and operational troubleshooting to the KTC staff and member communities. Qualifications: • Computer technician education and/or an equivalent of education and experience; • Excellent technical knowledge and application experience; • The ability to trouble shoot and resolve technological challenges with minimal assistance; • Experience in facilitation and teaching; • Knowledge and experience of social media and web site applications; • Excellent interpersonal skills, communications skills; • Knowledge of E Health applications is an asset; • The ability to work with others or independently with minimum supervision. • Knowledge and respect for the customs, traditions and practises of the KTC member First Nation communities; • The ability to work flexible hours, be on call and travel; • Ability to speak Cree and or Dene is an asset; • Ability to travel to Winnipeg and the KTC communities if required. A written application with detailed resume, including at least two references, and written permission to contact the references and latest immediate supervisor should be submitted to: Keewatin Tribal Council Inc. Attention: Lisa Beardy, Office Manager 23 Nickel Road Thompson, Manitoba R8N 0Y4 E-Mail: Fax: 204-677-0256 Deadline for Applications: Friday, December 2, 2016 Late applications will not be considered. We would like to thank those that apply but only those persons selected for interviews will be contacted.

Full Time Overnight Youth Care Practitioner Kisewatisiwin Services (Thompson, Manitoba) COMPETITION NUMBER: 2612.11.16 Macdonald Youth Services requires full time Youth Care Practitioner to work within the Kisewatisiwin Services in Northern Manitoba, working with high-needs adolescents with multiple treatment issues. Two positions will be hired from this posting – one position is a permanent position, the other is a term position ending June 16, 2017 with the possibility of permanency. QUALIFICATIONS NECESSARY TO DO THE JOB: Willingness to obtain First Aid/CPR Certification, NVCI all all other required training as per MYS policy, possess a current (within 3 months) or willingness to obtain a Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search), possess a current (within 3 months) or willingness to obtain a Child Abuse Registry Check and Prior Contact check, Ability to carry out all duties and responsibilities within a client centered, strength based, trauma informed framework that promotes MYS’ guiding principles, a valid driver’s license is preferred. SALARY RANGE: $27,727.49 - $43,622.31 d.o.q per annum, plus competitive benefits plan. This position is also entitled to a Northern allowance equal to an additional five percent (5%) of the salary. Resumes maybe faxed, 778-7778, emailed,, or delivered to 102-83 Churchill Drive Thompson, MB quoting competition number before 12:00 noon December 5, 2016. MYS is committed to developing and retaining a diverse workforce. All successful applicants may also be required to apply for a Prior Contact Check. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For further information about our other employment and volunteer opportunities please visit our website www.

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