Sport Manitoba Releases Final Funding From 2018 Winter Games

It’s been three years since the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games brought athletes from across Manitoba north to Thompson, so you might be surprised to find out that committees from the Winter Games have still been active completing final audits from the Games.

This year, 2018 Winter Games Host Society completed their last administrative activities, and at the end of April, the City of Thompson received the last $10, 000 hold-back from Sport Manitoba, closing the last chapter of the Winter Games in Thompson.

The Host Society left behind $423, 120.44 in legacy equipment and direct funding, benefitting city and local facilities like the TRCC and arenas, as well as community-driven clubs like the Burntwood Curling Club, Mystery Mountain Winter Park, and the Thompson Community Cross Country Trails. Several local clubs also received legacy funds and equipment from the Winter Games, including Thompson Tumblers, the Thompson Badminton Club, the Archery Club.

Beyond Legacy Funding

Following the games, an economic impact study was prepared by CTSA consultant Thomas McGuire, outlining the direct and spin-off economic benefits of the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games, estimating a a net benefit of $1.1 million to Thompson’s economy, $1.3 million across the province of Manitoba, and $1.7 million across Canada. The study’s presentation is available here.

One of the biggest benefactors was Thompson’s hospitality industry: over 3000 athletes, coaches, support staff, and spectators arrived in Thompson to attend the Winter Games. Roughly 99% of attendants planned an overnight stay in Thompson during the winter games, and 59% of them stayed three nights of more. Seventy percent of them stayed in a local hotel, with another 4% using a short-term rental platform like AirBnB.

These visitors spent an average of $767 during their stay, most of which was spent on food, beverages, and accommodations.

For The Winter Games also represented significant positive exposure for Thompson as a community. For 56% of visitors, it was their first visit to Thompson, and 92% of surveyed visitors rated their visit as “good” or “great”.

The 2018 Manitoba Winter Games are last Manitoba games that were hosted before the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Manitoba Summer Games were postponed twice, now to be held in in Dauphin in 2024.

Beautify Thompson: Community Clean Up 2021 Starts June 1!

Our annual Community Clean Up is back for 2021 starting on June 1, with a new name: Beautify Thompson!

The spring litter clean-up is still a big part of Beautify Thompson, but cleaning up our community every spring is just the first step. We also need positive actions to spruce up our community.

This year, City Council has dedicated an additional $40, 000 to community beautification efforts: the City is looking to install new banners, flower pots, and in the winter, more festive holiday decorations downtown for everyone to enjoy.

So this year, along with our usual clean-up challenges, we’re inviting Thompsonites to lend us a hand!

Send Us your photos, win prizes.

By all counts, public health restrictions in 2021 are tighter than they were last year, so the same format applies: help us clean up Thompson by picking up litter, taking a picture of your haul, and sending them in to communications@thompson.ca, or by sending them to the City of Thompson Facebook or Instagram page.

We’ll share your awesome work online, and you’ll be entered to win Hub of the North merchandise, swag from Recycle Everywhere, and maybe more!

Just like last year, there will be bins out at every school on Monday to let people dispose of the litter they pick up every weekend, without filling their curbside bins or making a trip to the landfill. There will also be a bin available at the Public Works Yard on Seal Road all week long.

It’s going to run for six weeks, but you’re allowed to clean up wherever you please. No limits by area, and prizes will be drawn for every week!

Large Item Clean-up

If you have access to a truck or trailer, you can help us clean up unsightly furniture and appliances dumped within city limits this year. Register your vehicle with Public Works, and we’ll waive the surcharges that typically come with processing these large items.

To help with the large-item clean-up, you’ll need to register your vehicle by calling Public Works at 204-677-7970, or by emailing publicworks@thompson.ca. Take a photo of the large litter wherever you found it, then come drop it off at the Waste Disposal Grounds. We’ll waive the disposal fee for the items, and if you send us your photos (either to the email or through Facebook/Instagram), you’ll be entered to win prizes with everyone else who is participating!

Beautify Your Home!

Picking up litter and cleaning up our community is important, and everyone who does their part is a champion in our eyes. We also understand that in a summer like 2020, when it never really stopped raining, not everyone wants to get out and spend precious sunny days picking up litter.

This year, we’re also giving out prizes for people taking simple steps to beautify their homes and their neighbourhoods. Plant some flowers, decorate your balcony, revitalize your fence with a fresh coat of paint: anything that shows

Business Teams!

Last year, we saw participation from a handful of corporate teams, and we loved to see it. This year, we’re encouraging every business to assemble a team, get out for a few hours and help clean up Thompson.

Employees will be entered into our weekly residential draws like everyone else, but there’s an extra perk for businesses interested in participating: Not only will your business receive a shout-out on our social media channels, but participating businesses will be entered into their own draw: the winner will have their logo displayed on our commercial waste disposal truck for the rest of the summer!

Thanks to our 2020 participants: we hope to see everyone out again this year!

Council Selects Stantec Consulting To Design New Pool Facility!

On September 8, Mayor and Council accepted the recommendation of the Community Pool Committee to award Stantec Consulting with the contract to design a new pool facility to replace the Norplex Pool!

We received proposals from 13 different design firms before the RFP closed on July 8. Three evaluation teams were created to tackle the submissions, with each team including a citizen representative from the Community Pool committee’s planning and design team.

Respondents were evaluated based on the experience of their over all firms and the experience/qualifications of their lead personnel. This includes experience specific to our circumstances, including government/municipal projects, aquatic facilities, an working on projects in northern, rural, and remote areas.

The proposals themselves were judged based on their ability to demonstrate:

  • Green design and energy efficiency;
  • Understanding construction challenges in northern/remote areas;
  • Accommodating our wish-list, with the ability to scale the design down depending on budget limitations;
  • Understanding the expectations of our community and stakeholders;
  • Safety compliance;
  • Sound, innovative ideas

The recommendation of administration and the Community Pool Committee is expected to be put forward for approval at the August 24 regular meeting of Council, and the chosen firm will have their first meeting with city administration within a week of being notified that they have won the bid.

What Else is New?

Public fundraising activities are starting to ramp up again after being on hold due to public health orders and responsible social distancing: they have a few exciting ideas lined up for this winter! In the meantime, our team has continued to apply for grants as they become available, and public donations are always welcome!

The City and the Community Pool Committee still hasn’t received word from the federal government regarding the Investing in Canada’s Infrastructure Program grant: earlier in the spring, we received word that large grants will likely not be announced until Fall of 2020, so we hope to hear back soon as September approaches!

The 2020 Health and Leisure Mart Runs September 11 – 12!

After a lot of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we have some good news: the annual Health and Leisure Mart is going ahead this year on Friday, September 11 (5:00pm to 9:00pm) and Saturday, September 12 (10:00am – 2:00pm), in the TRCC Parking Lot!

Sign up as a club to promote your activities and collect members, or come out and sign up for your favourite winter activities!

The Health and Leisure Mart is open to recreation clubs, sports clubs, health organizations, businesses, service groups, and small crafters.

If your organization would like to get involved, call the Recreation Department at 204- 677-7952, e-mail rec@thompson.ca, or visit the TRCC Front Desk!

You can download the registration forms and guidelines below, and email the filled-out forms to rec@thompson.ca:

Week 5 of Clean Community Month and Extension!

It’s the fifth week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Southwood area. We’re also encouraging all of our local apartment dwellers to help clean up in their areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, Two Vale swag bags, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: a set of two EZVIZ Husky Wi-Fi Outdoor Bullet surveillance cameras!

Contest extended by one week!

We’ve had a lot of wet and cold weather during this contest, and we feel that residents didn’t have much time to get out and about on the dry days. Now that it looks like summer is here properly here, we want to make the most of it.

We’re offering up another week of prizes between June 26 and July 3, for a city-wide clean-up. If you see a problem spot *anywhere* in town, clean it up and send us your photos!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

THOMPSON RECYCLING CENTER

RECYCLE EVERYWHERE!

CANADIAN TIRE

AMP INDUSTRIES

NCN THOMPSON BUS

ASSANTE WEALTH MANAGEMENT

Thanks to our participants this week!

Week 4 of Clean Community Month Starts Today!

It’s the fourth week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Westwood and Burntwood areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: A two-piece CANVAS Beaumount Patio Chair set!

As the wind picks up, it seems like there’s still plenty of litter still blowing into the downtown area. We’re more than happy to accept entries from downtown cleaners as well!


Thank you to our sponsors!

Thompson Recycling Center

Recycle Everywhere!

Canadian Tire

AMP Industries

NCN Thompson Bus

Assante Wealth Management


THANKS TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS THIS WEEK!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in Week 3: Individuals can’t win the draw a second time, but if you go out to clean up again, other members of your team definitely can! If you didn’t win last week, you can still participate and get a second chance this week!

Week 3 of Clean Community Month Starts Today!

It’s the third week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Eastwood and Riverside areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: a blue CANVAS Winston Chair, perfect to kick back in during those rainy days this summer (which there seem to be plenty of)!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in Week 2: Individuals can’t win the draw a second time, but if you go out to clean up again, other members of your team definitely can! If you didn’t win last week, you can still participate and get a second chance this week!

If you need a place to start, the 70 Stretch of Mystery Lake Road definitely need some attention.

As the wind picks up, it seems like there’s still plenty of litter still blowing into the downtown area. We’re more than happy to accept entries from downtown cleaners as well!

Thanks to all of our volunteers this week!

Thanks to everyone who helped clean up our City last week, and everyone who plans to come out in the coming month!

Week 2 of Clean Community Month Starts Today!

It’s the second week of Clean Community Month in Thompson, and this week, we’re in the Juniper and Deerwood areas!

Send us your photos and the names of your clean-up team for a chance to win a Hub of the North Hoodie, a prize pack from Recycle Everywhere and the Thompson Recycling Center, and this week’s big prize from Canadian Tire: A Pelican Flow 94 Stand-up Paddle Board, just in time for the lakes opening up! Just be careful: the water is still pretty cold.

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in Week 1! You guys are awesome! Individuals can’t win the draw a second time, but if you go out to clean up again, other members of your team definitely can!

If you need a place to start, our Comms Officer was out by Rotary Park in Deerwood this morning, and it’s looking a little hairy!

We’re cleaning in Deerwood and Juniper this week!

Thanks to all of our volunteers last week!

Thanks to everyone who helped clean up our City last week, and everyone who plans to come out in the coming month!

Clean Community: Students Clean Up Causeways

For the last two years, friends of the late Dylan and Shane Cripps have gone out on the spring to clean up the boat launch at the Causeways north of Thompson, out of respect for the families who passed away and their community.

The causeways are a gorgeous waterway for paddlers and motor boats alike, and while it’s extremely disappointing to see their condition every spring, we’re proud to see a new generation of Thompsonites volunteering to keep their community and it’s landmarks clean.

We hope to see everyone out this week helping our community look it’s best for the summer! Don’t forget to take part in the City of Thompson’s Clean Community Month! Give back to the community while winning prizes!

https://northernernews.ca/2020/05/20/community-clean-may-22/

Request for Indoor Pool Design Proposals Released

The City of Thompson has officially posted the RFP to design a new indoor swimming facility that will replace the Norplex Pool, following the recommendation of KGS Group that a new facility be constructed.

Firms submitting design proposals will be asked to submit a scale-able design based on key features based on accessibility standards and the Pool survey circulated during the summer of 2019. If all of these features prove more expensive than KGS’s initial estimate, or if fundraising falls short, these features will be scaled back to more basic features. These features include, in no particular order:

  • Lane Tank/Deep End (separate from the Leisure Pool)
  • Leisure Pool/Shallow End
  • Beach Entry (for individuals with physical disabilities)
  • Water Slide
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Birthday Party Room
  • Stand-alone Splash Pad

The RFP closes on June 12, 2020, after which applicants will be reviewed and selected.

Although COVID-19 has put a damper on a lot of the Community Pool Committee’s fundraising plans, we’re still moving forward with design planning, and continuing to look into grants to help collect the funds required for a new pool.

Brenda Babiuk donated $5000 to the Community Pool Committee during Winterfest 2020.
The Community Pool Committee Received it’s first major private donation from Brenda Babiuk during Winterfest 2020. Babiuk donated $5000 towards the construction of the new pool.

Want to see what other residents said about their desired features?Download the original pool survey results below!