Jenn Cook

Jenn Cook

The Pas Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a house on Kerr Place last Friday afternoon.
According to Duty Officer Matt Pecar, when he arrivd on the scene there were visable flames coming from the side of the home. “Crews arrived on scene shortly after and began an aggressive interior attack and brought the fire under control,” Pecar explained.
Pecar said the house was vacant and there were no injuries. While there were no human injuries reported, felines were rescued and taken care of by department personnel. “Two cats were living there and one cat was given CPR oxygen on scene by firefighters for smoke inhalation and was released to the homeowner and is doing well,” Pecar said.
There is currently no estimate on the damage and the fire appears to be accidental and not suspicious.
“I would like to remind people of the tri-community to ensure you have working smoke alarms and, if you can, have a fire extinguisher in your house and have a fire escape plan,” Pecar added.

Published in Opasquia Times News

For the past 40 years, Ken Gurba has been making a difference in the area of emergency services and on June 9th he was formally recognized for his years of dedication. Gurba is the Manitoba Chairman of Emergency Medical Services Awards Committee, working to ensure that EMS professionals are recognized for their dedication to the profession. After forty years of services himself Gurba was also recognized.
In a ceremony held at Canadian Human Right Museum, Gurba was presented a 40 year double bar. Gurba joined 35 other dedicated EMS personnel receiving awards ranging from 20 years to the 40 year mark. The Exemplary Service Medal recognizes professionals dedicated to preserving Canada’s Public Safety through long and outstanding service. It is part of the Canadian Honors System, administered by the Chancellery, a branch of the Office of the Governor General.
The EMS medal is the newest member of the Exemplary Service Medal Family. Governor General Romeo Leblanc created the EMS medal in1994 and to date over five thousand Paramedics have received this Honor in Canada, including 260 Manitoba Paramedics.

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The Zone 11 Track and Field Championships were hosted by MBCI at the end of May, with impressive performances coming from MBCI athletes throughout the two day meet.
JV athlete Travis Ellenor won first in the JV Boys 200m and Long Jump and placed 2nd in JV Boys 400m and was joined by a number of fellow MBCI athletes in having a solid couple of days on the track.
According to Coach Jason Dunham, MBCI will be sending 12 athletes to provincials tomorrow and Friday and overall he was impressed with the overall performance of the athletes.
“Track and Field is a very new experience for most of the athletes. This has been the first season of track and field since spring 2019 so the season has been all about exposure to the sport,” Dunham explained.

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 11:01

Students build each other up

Last week, twenty seven female students from Scott Bateman Middle School journeyed out the to Clearwater Lake Boy Scout camp, spending three days taking part in a Girls Empowerment Retreat. Joined by four staff members - Shirley Rivalin, Skyler Harrison, Jaime Mercredi and Jolene Salisbury, the retreat was an opportunity for the students to try new activities, create and learn together and take on things that were new and empowering,
This is the second trip organized by the school, the first being held in 2019. As with most things over the past couple of years, COVID halted the event for the last two years, so organizers were extremely happy that they could once again provide an opportunity for the students to take part in a retreat again, “We are hoping to make this an annual trip moving forward,” Salisbury noted.

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 10:54

Pride proud

June 1st marks the beginning of Pride month and Opaskwayak Cree Nation held a flag raising cermeony last Wednesday, where a small group of people gathered at the base of the OCN community sign, braving windy, raining weather to show their support.
Maureen Brown greeted those in attendance, a prayer was offered by Linda Buchanan and Edwin Jebb brought welcoming remarks from Chief and Council, telling the group the flag would fly for the entire month of June and it was being done to help educate people about pride month. Jebb encouraged people to respect everybody and not be ashamed of who they are.

Participants in this year’s MS Walk braved chilly spring temperatures, walking two or five kilometers, to support fundraising efforts for the Manitoba MS Society.
According to this year’s organizer Lorna-Lee Breemersch 12 participants officially registered however, there were more people who came out Sunday morning to walk in support of MS.
“The walk itself was five kilometers, but with the option of 2 kilometers or what you are able to do,” she said of the distance and effort that participants could decide upon.

“To be a princess you have to believe you
are a princess.”
- Mia, The Princess Diaries
Little princesses from the community gathered together Saturday afternoon at the United Church for The Pas Animaal Shelter Princess Ball. The princesses were there to visit more well known Disney Princess as well as Trappers’ Festival Princesses and share in an afternoon of games, reading, play, food and fun.
“We first started planning the princess ball in 2020. Saskatoon and Winnipeg both have big princess balls as fundraisers, that's where we got the idea,” one organzier Lynda Cain explained.

Amy Jackson has always been the kind of person that pushes the envelope. She is unapologetic, smart, funny and driven and as a result has built a successful business based on all that makes her deadly. Her passion for being who she is and encouraging others to celebrate who they are, combined with an amazing sense of humour has helped her created a business that not only makes you laugh but also makes you think. Native Love Notes started as a way to for Jackson to deal with isolation of the pandemic and has now grown into a success Indigenous business, producing and selling not only stickers but posters, cards, buttons, notebooks, clothing and more
“I’ve always been the kind of person that likes to push the envelope. I like to say controversial things. I like to make people think. I like to make people uncomfortable, well not everyone - but white people - I just feel like I like turning things on their head because for a lot of my life I’ve been made to feel uncomfortable in my body and my community. In places that I go to in town and when I’m visiting in the city, the way I’m looked at in restaurants and you know what, as I got older I’m just like f**k it, I’m gonna turn it over on its head and do it right back, I’m gonna return that energy,” Jackson said,

Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute Basketball teams headed south this past week for provinical play after taking top spots in the JV girls and SV boys and girls zone tournament earlier this month.

In JV girls action, the team was in Shoal Lake where they faced some strong teams. Coach Andrew Forward explained the team was seeded sixth out of an eight team bracket whichmeant they played fourth seed Rosenorth Redhawks in game one.

The Pas Figure Skating Club took family and friends of their skaters on a celebration of the Olympics Sunday afternoon. Skaters of all levels performed during the club’s Year End Review 2022 themed Honouring the Olympics.

Starting things off was the Parent and Me Skaters who took to the ice without their parents. The small group of skaters confidently skated to centre ice and performed the Penguin Dance. Solo’s by STARSkater’s Jayme Geswin and Autumn Snow followed.

CanSTAR Skaters were next to perform followed by a group performance by STARSkaters Angie Tormino, Hailey Ketcheson and Sophia Kreller. Two more solos by STARSkater’s Lilja Elliiot and Katie Dixon kept the show moving.

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