Licensed Taxis Are Your Safest Ride Home This Holiday Season

The season of celebration is just around the corner, and whether you’ve had a few too many to drive home, or your DD didn’t plug his car in for the night, lots of folks will be calling for rides home this month.

If you’re calling a cab to get home this holiday season (and the rest of the year), *always* make sure your taxi is licensed with the City of Thompson.

Taxis licensed with the City of Thompson have requirements that keep you safe as a passenger. Every registered taxi has:

  • A driver who has a clean criminal record and child abuse registry check;
  • The name of the licensed taxi company prominently displayed on the vehicle. It must be a permanent decal or be painted on. It cannot be a magnet;
  • A clearly marked number on the outside of the vehicle;
  • Have a light on top of the vehicle that says “TAXI”, and be lit when in service;
  • Have a strobe light on top of the vehicle, and a sticker indicating to call the RCMP if the strobe is flashing;
  • A fare counter that’s clearly visible to both driver and passenger for the whole ride;
  • Tamper-proof video cameras recording the interior of the taxi;

Every licensed taxi also has a very prominent public notice stuck below their passenger window like the one below:

The following public notice is posted on the outside of every licensed cab in the City of Thompson. The notice includes transparent information about fares, the information that is required to be posted inside a taxi cab, basic rules the taxi driver must follow, and contact information for our License Inspector in case there are any irregularities.

Licensed taxis have also been issued valid provincial registrations, and are properly insured through Manitoba Public Insurance.

These tools help the City of Thompson and the RCMP investigate any complaints by drivers or passengers, and help establish clear price transparency among taxi drivers and their customers.

What about Operation Red Nose?

Operation Red Nose is another safe and regulated way to get a ride home over the holiday season. Operation Red Nose is approved through an agreement with the City every year, and every volunteer driver is required to undergo a successful criminal and child abuse registry check.

Unlicensed vehicles cannot legally charge you a fare for driving. even if they are offering free rides, there is no guarantee there are any safety protocols in place.
We strongly recommend against accepting any rides from vehicles missing any of these features, or who are otherwise not in compliance with the City’s Taxi By-Law, even if they appear to have been dispatched by a licensed taxi company in Thompson.
If you have concerns about any taxis or taxi dispatchers operating vehicles without these features, please call our License Inspector at 204-677-7901 to report it as soon as possible.
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AMM: Thompson Mayor Re-Elected Cities Caucus Chair

This article was originally published by the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. You can find the original release here: Thompson Mayor Re-Elected Cities Caucus Chair

For more information about the release, contact Nick Krawetz, AMM Director of Policy and Communications using the information at the bottom of this article.

Delegates from Manitoba’s 10 cities met today at the AMM’s 24th Annual Fall Convention where they re-elected Mayor Colleen Smook, City of Thompson, as Cities Caucus Chair for a renewed two-year term.

“The AMM is a strong association, and I am honoured to continue this role on behalf of Manitoba’s cities,” stated Caucus Chair Mayor Smook. “I am committed to assisting with AMM advocacy efforts to benefit all Manitoba municipalities.”

During the proceedings, the Cities Caucus also discussed the impacts of unprecedented inflation on municipalities as well as the need for swift action by the provincial government to end the seven-year freeze on municipal operating funding.

“All Manitoba municipalities are feeling the cost of high inflation. Local governments face huge challenges in maintaining current infrastructure—and this is not to mention growing needs. We urge the Province to end the operating funding freeze in its next budget,” noted AMM President Kam Blight.

Following the general municipal elections, Manitoba’s 10 cities have six new mayors. The AMM looks forward to working with all Councils over the next four years to strengthen municipal Manitoba.

Members of the AMM Cities Caucus include:

  • City of Brandon
  • City of Dauphin
  • City of Flin Flon
  • City of Morden
  • City of Portage la Prairie
  • City of Selkirk
  • City of Steinbach
  • City of Thompson
  • City of Winkler
  • City of Winnipeg

Contact:

Nick Krawetz, AMM Director of Policy and Communications

Telephone: (204) 856-2371
Email: nkrawetz@amm.mb.ca
1910 Saskatchewan Avenue W.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0P1

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities identifies and addresses the needs and concerns of its members in order to achieve strong and effective municipal government.

2022 Thompson Municipal Election Results

Initial, unofficial counts have been completed for the 2022 Thompson Municipal Election, with 2,070 out of 7,578 eligible voters turning out to elect Thompson’s new Mayor and Council.

Unofficial results in the order of votes are as follows, with bold names indicating elected officials.

MayorVotesCouncilVotes
Colleen Smook964Kathy Valentino1,394
Les Ellsworth711Sandra Oberdorfer1,222
Ron Matechuk388Louis Fitzpatrick1,145
Brian Lundmark1,135
Duncan Wong949
Chiew Chong926
Earl Colbourne857
Joyce McIvor833
Addie Colbourne696
Robert Chuckrey693
James MacIntyre647
Rita Werstroh608

School District of Mystery Lake Board of Trustees Acclaimed

The School District of Mystery Lake had exactly as many candidates for School Trustees as the number of seats available, meaning that the Board of Trustees was acclaimed as of September 20. Your 2022-2026 School District of Mystery Lake Trustees are:

  1. Lindsay Anderson
  2. Michelle Tomashewski
  3. Abbie Humby
  4. Mike Lawson
  5. M. D. Sharker
  6. Henk Warnar-Brown
  7. Bryan Young

The Santa Parade 2022 Is on November 26!

Spooky season isn’t over yet, but it’s never to early to start thinking about your Santa Parade float for 2022! Thompson’s Santa Parade and National Child Day Celebrations is scheduled for November 26, 2022, and we’re excited to see the streets filled with merrymakers again!

The parade will start moving at 12:30pm, starting at the Thompson General Hospital! It will head down Thompson Drive before turning right on to Cree Road, turn left at the other end down Thompson Drive, and end at the TRCC with a tree-lighting ceremony and lots of kids activities!

To book your float, head down to the Thompson Regional Community Centre, or reach out to Darlene for more information, at 204-677-7969, or ddick@thompson.ca!

The 2022 Santa Parade Route, headed town Thompson Drive and Cree Road!

Don’t forget about halloween!

Fun Stuff Thompson is also hosting their spooky Halloween Parade this weekend on October 16, 2022, starting at 11:00am, so don’t forget to check it out before getting into the Christmas spirit! We’re not organizing that one though: for more information or to book your float, email funstuffthompson@gmail.com!

Your 2022 Municipal Election Candidates

Yesterday evening, election staff officially closed nominations and withdrawals for the 2022 Thompson Municipal Election, and drew lots for where candidate names would appear on the voting ballot.

A total of three candidates are running for the office of mayor, and 12 candidates are running for City Councillor:

Mayor

  1. Colleen Smook
  2. Ron Matechuk
  3. Les Ellsworth

Councillor

  1. Kathy Valentino
  2. Louis Fitzpatrick
  3. Cheiw Chong
  4. Addie Colbourne
  5. Brian Lundmark
  6. Sandra Orberdorfer
  7. Robert Chuckery
  8. Duncan Wong
  9. Joyce McIvor
  10. Earl Colbourne
  11. James McIntyre
  12. Rita Werstroh

The School District of Mystery Lake Board of Trustees has been acclaimed for 2022, with exactly 7 trustees filling seven seats. There will be no election of school board trustees on the 2022 ballot:

  1. Lindsay Anderson
  2. Michelle Tomashewski
  3. Abbie Humby
  4. Mike Lawson
  5. M. D. Sharker
  6. Henk Warnar-Brown
  7. Bryan Young

Advanced Polls October 10 and October 19

Advanced polling will be held at City Hall on Monday, October 10, 2022 from 9:00am to 6:00pm, and on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Election Day Is Entirely In The TRCC This Year

The 2022 Municipal Election will not be polled at schools. All in-person voting will take place in the TRCC on October 26, 2022, from 8:00am to 8:00pm, with the exception of the mobile polling stations at select locations.

Not Sure If You’re On The Voter’s List? Call Senior Election Official Norma Howitt at 204-679-4848!

Construction in Deerwood and Juniper Begins Again Tomorrow: Plans for Student Safety and Road Closures

Construction crews working on our capital water and sewer renewals are working on a 21-7 schedule, and are off for the week leading up to the long weekend.

They’ll be resuming work in Deerwood and Juniper areas on September 7, which is, as it happens, the first day of school.

The project is going to run well into September, and possibly a chunk of October, and so our Development and Technical Services department has worked with our contractors to develop a safety plan for youth walking to and from school, as well as other pedestrians who may need to cross the worksite:

  • From 8:30am to 9:00am, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, and 3:00pm to 4:00pm, there will be a designated barricade attendant/spotter to guide traffic in the construction zone, when students are walking to and from school.
  • The contractor will escort anyone who needs to walk or otherwise pass through a work site if needed.
  • Clear signage will be put up to indicate where work is taking place, and where safe walking paths have been designated.
  • No excavated holes will be left unattended without fencing.

The department is also reviewing our transit routes and will work with our transit contractor to make route adjustments if necessary.

Road Closures Will Take Place On Both Streets

There will be ongoing road closures in both construction sites as crews start to connect service lines from the water main to homes. Please drive with caution and respect established detour signs.

Check Out The Rec Room in the Gordon Beard Arena, Opening Today!

Everyone goes a little stir crazy in these last days of August: blow off some steam at The Rec Room, our little project to offer affordable and accessible activities for all ages!

What’s There To Do At The Rec Room?

We’re adding more games and activities to The Rec Room in the coming weeks, including air hockey and a bouncy castle! For now, we have:

  • Jumbo Connect 4
  • Jumbo Jenga
  • Foosball
  • Mini-Putt
  • Sandbag and Horseshoe Tosses
  • Arcade Bowling
  • Arcade Basketball
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Board Games
  • Eating/Board Game Area

Hours and Prices

Anyone of any age is allowed at The Rec Room as long as they follow the rules, though children younger than 12 must be supervised by an adult. Entry is $5 per time slot.

The Rec Room is usually open for two time slots from Monday to Thursday, with extended hours on Friday. :

Hours for August 17, 2022 – August 19, 2022

Wednesday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday: 2:30pm – 4:30pm, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

As the ice plant is operating for the season, hours at The Rec Room will be affected when an ice plant operator isn’t on-site. It will be closed on Saturday and Sunday this week, but it will be open on weekends when the right staff are available.

Call the TRCC For Up-To-Date Schedules

We’ll be sharing The Rec Room’s hours next week once we have details ironed out with our front desk staff through social media and our website. We’ll also be keeping the TRCC’s automated front desk message up-to-date with the latest hours and schedule adjustments, which you can hear at 204-677-7952.

Water Renewal Digging On Deerwood Drive Starts Monday

Heavy equipment has been mobilizing in Deerwood this week to start water and sewer renewal on Deerwood Drive, and contracting crews will start to dig the installation trench on Monday. That means Deerwood Drive is going to be a busy place. Here’s what residents in the area can expect:

A Section of Deerwood Drive Will Be Closed to All Traffic, Including Local Traffic

The first section that will be closed on Monday is the section between 124-148 Deerwood Drive, right on the main curve of the road.

Residents will not be able to access or leave their driveways during these full road closures. Residents who need to use their vehicles will need to park down the street, either on Elk Bay, Martin Bay, Beaver Crescent or Staghorn Drive.

We recognize this is going to be an awkward time for some motorists: as long as everyone parks in a way that’s respectful to their neighbours and fellow motorists, we won’t be issuing tickets to residents in the area.

The area where the road is closed will be moving down the road through the project. Contractors will be communicating these movements to homeowners just before they happen, but you can also tell when the area is about to shift: once the trench is backfilled, you know the closed area is about to be relocated.

Crews will also be working near the Rotary Splash Pad on Monday. In this area, only one lane will be closed to prevent blocking access to multiple streets in the area, though work will proceed a bit slower as a result.

As Areas Are Trenched, Curbs and Driveways May Be Damaged

As trenches are dug, driveways are going to be partially ripped up and damaged. Once construction is complete for the season, all driveways and curbs will be repaired with their original materials: concrete for concrete, asphalt for asphalt, gravel for gravel.

Once a trench is dug and backfilled, the contractor will build ramps or make adjustments to ensure people can still use their driveways safely before they are fully repaired.

Juniper Drive Renewals May Start Tuesday

The construction equipment to begin renewals on Juniper Drive are on their way to Thompson and will begin to mobilize next week as early as Tuesday. However, the water main on Juniper Drive is being replaced through a drilling and pushing process, rather than by a full excavation, meaning road closures and driveway interruptions should be minor and minimal.

For More Information

For more detailed information about the project and upcoming interruptions, you can call our Engineering Technician, Mike Webb, at 204-307-1064.

Lead Testing in Thompson: What You Need To Know!

The City of Thompson is offering residents testing of their tap water for lead, free of charge, for a limited time only.

Why is the City of Thompson testing for lead?

Lead is not natural to Manitoba source waters or found in the water entering distribution systems. Lead is introduced into drinking water through corrosion of lead-based plumbing materials. The impact of corrosive water can only be determined by monitoring tap water quality.

The City of Thompson uses copper or HDPE (plastic) water mains. The water supply is continually tested and results are posted annually on the City of Thompson’s website. The water is consistently safe to drink. However, the City’s water distribution system ends at the private property line. Most residential piping in Thompson is also made from either copper or plastic, but older homes with copper piping sometimes used lead soldering to connect pipes, and this may create elevated lead levels in the water.

Residential lead testing results will give both the City of Thompson and the Office of Drinking Water an idea of whether lead is a broader issue in homes, and whether wider action is necessary.

Is Lead Dangerous?

Lead exposure can effect the health of everyone, but fetuses, infants and young children are the most sensitive to lead exposure. The Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines state that lead concentration in drinking water should not exceed 0.005 mg/L and recommends that child care providers and schools test their drinking water for lead.

How do I request a test?

If you want to get your water tested for lead, you can call one of the two contacts listed at the end of this article before September 15, 2022. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are selected, one of our contacts will let you know how the sample will be collected.

You will receive the results of your test when they are available, and if there are elevated levels of lead in your drinking water, we will give you advice about how you can reduce the lead seeping into your water in your home.

To request a lead test, contact either:

Michael Webb
204-677-7905
mwebb@thompson.ca

Tyson Brenton
204-677-5034
wtp@thompson.ca

Temporary Water Services Being Installed Ahead of Water and Sewer Renewal

Water discolouration may occur as crews work with water mains and disturb sediment. The discolouration is temporary and can be resolved by flushing your water lines for a minute or two.

It’s capital construction season in the City of Thompson, and contractors have started laying out temporary water hook-ups in the Deerwood area as they prepare for this year’s water and sewer renewal projects on Juniper Drive and Deerwood Drive.

The water main beneath Deerwood Drive will be replaced between it’s intersections between Beaver Crescent to Caribou Crescent, and the water main beneath Juniper Drive will be replaced between it’s intersections with Oak Street and Selkirk Avenue.

Project map describing water and sewer work to be completed in 2022.

The projects will be overseen in collaboration between the City of Thompson and the Manitoba Water Services Board. On the ground, the work will be performed by contractors Accurate HD, who have considerable experience with northern and municipal projects, and have worked in Thompson in the past. Local contractors A&B Builders have been subcontracted to look after the temporary water hook-ups.

Different types of installation will have different impacts on residents

The two water mains will be replaced in two different ways based on the technical needs f the project, and the way that they’ll be installed will have different impacts on residences in the areas.

The water main on Juniper Drive will be “pushed” underground: this means that the contractors will not need to dig out a lot of ground to install it. Traffic closures and water interruptions will be short and infrequent through the project, and temporary water hook-ups will be limited to a handful of houses. It also means there will be less restoration work required after the fact.

The water main under Deerwood needs to be more traditionally excavated through a trench. That does mean that traffic will be interrupted more often, and homes will see some water disruptions, and some homes will need to be hooked up to temporary above-ground water service. It also means that contractors will address restoration work.

Installation May Temporarily Cause Discoloured Water

As crews hook up the above-ground water pipes, they may disturb some of the sediment that normally builds up in water mains and service lines, which may result in yellow discolouration: the same thing happens when our crews flush hydrants every summer.

The discolouration isn’t dangerous, but it’s not pleasant to drink, either. If you’re finding your water is discoloured, running your tap and flushing your lines for a minute or two will usually clear up the issue.

Keeping you up to date: News and Notices

When driveways are blocked or water services are interrupted, the contractor is obligated to inform residents 24-hours prior any interruptions that will last longer than 6 hours. The contractor will deliver these notices door-to-door to affected residences themselves, and will contact the City of Thompson so that we can share the information more broadly.

Along with our website and our social media pages, we’ll also be sharing notices and disruptions through Thompson Connect, sending notifications directly to either your email inbox, SMS, or landline. Sign up and choose your messaging method here: https://www.thompson.ca/p/connect.

Find More Information at Thompson.ca

We’ve created a dedicated Water and Road Renewal page at Thompson.ca where you can find all of the project overviews, FAQ’s, and up-to-date notices regarding construction this summer. You can find it at Thompson.ca > Services > Water and Road Renewal, or under the Quick Links on our front page!

Projects Funded through Investing In Canada’s Infrastructure Program

This year’s capital water and sewer renewal is funded through the Investing in Canada’s Infrastructure Program (ICIP), which will $48 million in federal, provincial, and municipal funding invested in Thompson’s water and sewer infrastructure over the next five years.