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:
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:
M. D. Sharker
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The City of Thompson’s leadership had the opportunity to connect with the City of North Battleford at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference in Regina last week, beginning a new collaboration between the cities to share and develop approaches to public safety and community development.
The City of North Battleford and the City of Thompson are both communities of comparable size: both share similar opportunities that come with being a regional service center, along with the challenges of public safety and social issues that stem from it as well.
The two communities are also in discussions with other small cities facing similar issues to expand their partnerships, bring more ideas to the table, and enhance their collective lobbying power.
“Collaboration is critical for the future of small cities across Canada. More and more Canadians are migrating to larger urban centers, yet the importance of small cities hasn’t diminished,” said Mayor Colleen Smook. “Cities like ours need to work together to make our communities safer, more beautiful, and remind people across the country of the opportunities we offer.”
City of North Battleford Mayor David Gillan, in a press release issued, noted that “a partnership with Thompson, helps both communities to develop leading-edge innovation, to find opportunities, and develop best practices that will substantially enhance our respective capacities. This partnership has the potential to expand the understanding of our communities and create new options and approaches that can make our municipalities even better places to live and prosper.”
The Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba recognize the important role recreation facilities play in our communities. Investments to build and upgrade community and recreation infrastructure help Manitobans access the services and networks they need to stay connected, share experiences, and build healthy, inclusive, and vibrant communities.
Today, the Honourable Reg Helwer, Minister of Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services, Her Worship Colleen Smook, Mayor of Thompson, and the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface—Saint Vital, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, announced funding to build a new aquatic facility in the City of Thompson.
This new facility will replace Norplex Pool, which closed in 2019, and will provide the residents of Thompson and the surrounding area with a modern and larger multi-use venue. The facility will consist of two tank pools, including a six-lane pool and another pool featuring a shallow end with beach entry and splash pad. The facility will also include a sauna and space for small gatherings and meetings.
The Government of Canada is investing up to $6 million in this project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream. The Government of Manitoba is funding up to $5 million, and the City of Thompson is contributing approximately $4 million towards eligible costs for the project.
“In collaboration with provincial and municipal partners, our Government invests in infrastructure that help create healthy and inclusive communities. The new City of Thompson Aquatic Facility will make a meaningful difference in the lives of residents and continue to make Thompson a vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family.”
The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada, Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface—Saint Vital, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
“Our government understands the need to invest in critical infrastructure improvements, and our investment in this aquatic facility will help stimulate the economy in Thompson as well as support northern communities as they recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fine new facility will also improve the quality of life for residents of the Thompson area by providing access to recreation for well-being, which is critical to the creation of healthy communities.”
The Honourable Reg Helwer, Minister of Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services
“A pool in Thompson is not just for Thompson; it is a regional facility for more than 50,000 people who live and work across northern Manitoba, and we are grateful for the support from our partners in securing this funding. Northerners need a fun and safe way to stay active in the winter, and to learn to respect our waterways. Pools like these also bring our region together, and this announcement is amazing news for the north as a whole.”
Her Worship Colleen Smook, Mayor of Thompson
The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is providing $33.5 billion over 11 years for public infrastructure across Canada. Under this program, provinces and territories prioritize and submit projects to Infrastructure Canada for review. To date, the program has approved more than $20 billion for over 4,500 projects in communities across the country.
Over the last three years, $672,485,271 in federal funding has been approved for 97 infrastructure projects in Manitoba, including 14 community, culture and recreation projects.
In Manitoba, the Government of Canada has invested more than $945 million in over 229 infrastructure projects since 2015.
Pool Plans On Display At 102.9 CHTM Trade Show
Mayor, Council, and City staff were at the 102.9 CHTM Trade Show last weekend showing off the latest renderings and overviews of the Thompson Aquatic Centre plans, and you can check them out here below!
The pool will be build next to the TRCC as a separate building where the running track and football field are currently (they will be relocated at a future date). The separate building helps avoid complications with construction and integration with the existing TRCC.
The pool will have similar features to the old Norplex Pool: a 6-lane competition swimming pool, a shallow pool for learning to swim, a water slide, sauna, and multi-purpose room for birthdays and events. The tanks will be separate, so any unfortunate “foulings” will be isolated to one area of the pool.
The tanks will include accessibility ramps to allow pool users who have trouble with stairs and ladders to access the pool easily, critical for programs like physiotherapy and aquacize.
The water slide will have its own dedicated run-out, to ensure kids don’t run into other pool users while exiting the slide.
Prospective municipal election candidate must register with the Senior Election Official (S.E.O.) during the registration period before they may begin to accept contributions, incur expenses, fundraise or borrow money for their campaign.
Please be advised that a general municipal election will be held on October 26, 2022.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Senior Election Official will be receiving candidate registrations:
For the office of Mayor between May 1, 2022 and September 20, 2022;
For the office of Councillor between June 30, 2022 and September 20, 2022;
at Thompson City Hall, 226 Mystery Lake Road, Thompson, Manitoba, by arranging an appointment with the S.E.O. during regular business hours.
To obtain a registration form, and submit a registration, please contact the S.E.O at the telephone number listed below.
Despite all of the challenges, from pandemic delays to volatile commodities, the Thompson Aquatic Centre project is still making steady progress. Here’s the latest in progress towards a new pool in Thompson, from designing the facility to paying for it. Designs are expected to be finalized by the end of the summer, there’s new movement in ICIP’s review process, and an exciting announcement is expected at our Regular Meeting of Council tonight.
Planning and Design
Back in January we released a presentation that showed off the exterior renderings of the pool, the floor plans for the Thompson Aquatic Centre, the chosen location and the grounds as they’re currently planned for landscaping.
We’re now two-thirds through the design of the final project: our development staff have received scale blueprints for the full facility, and are reviewing them for accuracy and consistency.
This is a pretty arduous process, going through the document and drafts line-by-line to ensure all of the components are consistently reflected in the document, so that there’s no design-related surprises once construction starts.
The design team is on-track to have the design plans finalized and ready for tendering by the end of the summer.
ICIP: still in the running
The big question on everyone’s mind has been the Investing in Canada’s Infrastructure Grant, which would fund the bulk of the aquatic centre’s construction.
In September 2019 the City of Thompson applied for the ICIP grant with high hopes that construction might be funded and started by that summer 2020. However, funding announcements were severely delayed when the pandemic was officially declared in March 2020. Provincial and federal offices shifted their priorities to adjusting to the extended emergency unfolding across the country.
In the meantime, the City continued to make the preparations needed for facility construction: our team applied for additional grants (within the same parameters as the ICIP grant), and received proposals from and hired an engineering firm to design the facility.
In September 2021, the Province of Manitoba released a press release highlighting the first round of recipients of the Recreation stream. The City of Thompson’s Aquatic Centre was not included on the list.
However, the City did not receive notification that it had been rejected, and the province clarified that no project was rejected until such a letter had been sent.
Still, with no concrete indication as to the status of the project, council, administration, and the Swim North pool committee has been considering the possibility of funding the new Aquatic Centre without the ICIP grant.
In December 2021, provincial officials reached out to us to clarify details of our proposal.
The Thompson Aquatic Centre project is now officially listed on the federal government’s webpage as “Under Review”. This wasn’t the case during the first round of announcements.
According to the federal website, the federal government will inform its provincial partners of its decision within 60 days of the application being confirmed as completed.
All ICIP funding is pending project approval. No final decisions have been made.
Swim North: Winter Wonderland
The pandemic severely impacted the fundraising activities that the Swim North committee was able to undertake. However, they were able to revive
During its first year, Winter Wonderland brought in roughly $60, 000 in contributions: $35, 000 was from tickets and gate sales, and $25, 000 from Vale Manitoba Operations in exchange for employees accessing the grounds.
This year, Swim North brought in $17, 000 in gate and ticket sales from Winter Wonderland. It’s less than last year’s sales, to be sure. But then again restrictions were looser this winter, and there was a lot more to do this year.
Don’t worry: council is voting on a much bigger contribution from Vale tonight.
Information available at the 102.9 CHTM Trade Show
The 102.9 CHTM Trade Show is returning for the first time in two years, and a always, the City of Thompson will be there. We’ll have the latest plans and renderings from Stantec for the new facility, information about the process so far and the outlook moving forward, as well as updates about the ICIP projects that have been awarded: our road and water renewals.
Council and administration will also be there in-person to answer your questions!