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Her nephew George Morin says Flora came to live in Flin Flon from Sandy Bay when she was 20.  He says she took care of him in Flin Flon until he moved to Regina when in late fall 1979 and again in December his mother called to says Aunt Flora was missing.  He explains the next call he got in April of 1980 and she says they found your Aunty deceased by the railroad tracks in Channing and it’s unknown how she would end up there as she was the type of person that never went further than downtown Flin Flon and she would usually come there during the week so it was uncharacteristic of her to end up in Channing by the railroad.  He says it’s a suspicious death and there was never a conclusion and they were never notified as to what happened by the RCMP.

             

Morin says he testified at the National Inquiry on behalf of his Aunty.  Anyone who remembers Flora Ballantyne is invited to join the walk beginning a 4 Saturday afternoon at Super K, down Main Street and then over to the Friendship Center for a traditional ceremony called a Ghost Feast.

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A Soul Sisters Summer Camp is taking place at Camp Whitney next week.  Organizer Katie Kozak explains this is a women’s retreat that’s focusing on plant medicine also movement and reconnecting to the earth and ourselves.  She says it takes place on August 24th, 25th and 26th and its 340 dollars for the weekend and that includes everything such as all your meals and boat transport.

             

For information or to register for the Camp email Katie at katie.kozak@hotmail.com.  She is also organizing a Free Spirit Festival the following week and we’ll have details on tomorrow’s news.

 

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Wilderness and Water Campaigner Eric Reder reports a new poll conducted in June confirms the Manitoba Government must ban destructive logging and mining in provincial parks.  He says in a Probe Research omnibus survey seventy percent of Manitobans polled support a phase out of industrial activity in the parks.

             

Reder states from the Wilderness Committee’s year of working to preserve provincial parks they know people want nature in our parks protected and this poll confirms that, adding now we need the Manitoba Government to demonstrate they care for our environment and permanently protect our parks.  He noted major parks like Whiteshell, Nopiming, Duck Mountain and Grass River are all at risk from ongoing mineral exploration and Duck Mountain is also one of only two parks in Canada that have commercial logging occurring.  He says there are two simple steps to phase industrial activity out of Manitoba parks ban new mining claims in parks and remove Duck Mountain Provincial Park from Louisiana Pacific’s logging tenure area when their environmental licence expires next year.

 

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The Creighton Spray Pool windup is being held Friday afternoon.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they have activities planned to help celebrate the windup.  She says they’re having their summer annual Spray Pool Fiesta and they’ll have some snacks for the kids, some games, face painting and lots of fun for a free afternoon.

             

The Creighton Spray Pool Fiesta runs from 1 to 3 Friday afternoon.

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The Manitoba Youth Job Center is closing Friday after a successful summer.  Youth Engagement Leader Melanie Krushelnyski says along with jobs it went well as they had some great kids who came and helped out with the events and hopefully next year they can get more kids to join in and do more events.  She says they did lemonade on Main Street and they recently did a cookie mix sale and next year there will be more volunteering opportunities available, they just needed more kids this year.

             

The Youth Job Center is open from mid May to mid August and offers a variety of services for students and youth looking for jobs and opportunities to learn job skills.  If you need more information on the Center you can call the office at 204-271-1493 by Friday.

 

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Picture From the Flin Flon Pride Facebook Page

 

The Pride event is planned for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The Committee’s Jordanna Oulette reports they start out with the flag raising and speeches at City Hall at 5 o’clock Friday followed by the Trans March, then a huge barbeque hosted by CUPE, then they’re going over to Creighton Community Hall for the Family Dance from 6:30 to 8:30 and at 9 a Teen Movie and then over to the Hooter at 10 for the ABC Party, Anything But Clothes.  She adds on Saturday at 11 am there’s the Pride Parade following the Canada Day Parade route and then 2 to 4 will be at the Creighton Spray Pool for the first ever Pride in the Park and then they’re closing it off with their Second Chance at Prom at the Unwinder at 9 pm.

             

The weekend wraps up with the first Pride Mass at St. Ann’s Church Sunday at 6:30 pm.  Mayor Cal Huntley officially proclaimed this week as Pride Week and the Pride Committee has painted their rainbow crosswalk between the Royal Bank and the Steelworkers building along Main Street.  For more information or to enter the parade visit the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.

 

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The 19th annual Steve Ewing Memorial Poker Run took place Saturday.  One of the organizers Kel Brown says they had a successful ride from Flin Flon to Wanless and back. Brown explains it went really good as they had about 25 riders show up and they raised approximately 2 thousand dollars with a thousand going to Lance Abrahamson for first prize and worst hand was Eric Burroughs receiving 230 dollars with the rest going to bursaries.

             

The ride left Flin Flon at noon Saturday and left Wanless at 1 with stops at Fidler’s Corner and Cranberry Portage ending at the Hooter in Creighton.

 

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The Government of Canada has delivered the first of two annual Gas Tax Fund installments to Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  The funding flows through the provincial governments to all of its municipalities on a per capita basis to support community infrastructure projects such as local roads and bridges, sport infrastructure and drinking water among others.

             

In Saskatchewan the first payment totals 30.9 million dollars with Creighton receiving just under 94 thousand dollars, Denare Beach just over 51 thousand and Flin Flon Saskatchewan just over 14 thousand dollars.

             

In Manitoba the first payment totals 36 million dollars with Flin Flon receiving just under 306 thousand dollars, Snow Lake just under 41 thousand, The Pas just under 312 thousand and Thompson just over 742 thousand dollars.

             

Communities can use the funds immediately on priority projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use it to finance major infrastructure expenditures.

 

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Flin Flon Parks and Recreation will present Dr. Von Houligans Carnival of Calamities in two shows Thursday. Recreation Programmer Caitlin Bailey says it’s a new carnival show for Flin Flon including juggling, fire eating and balancing acts and will be a fund raiser for the new Aqua Center.  She say they’re really looking forward to it as they have both a family friendly show at 4 pm on Thursday as well as an adult show with a cash bar and dessert included with your ticket happening at 7 pm that evening as well.  She says it should be a lot of fun with all types of different acts and it’s all under the big circus tent.

             

Bailey adds tickets will be sold at the show taking place at Centoba Park with tickets for the 4 pm family show 10 dollars for adults, 5 for children and students and 25 for a family and for the adult show at 7 pm 15 dollars.

 

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When in Flin Flon last week Premier Brian Pallister was asked about money available to communities like Flin Flon and Thompson from the Mining Community Reserve Fund.  He said money is not available as the fund was allowed to fall below the level set by the previous administration.  He says they want to make sure they are able to adjust when ore deposits are depleted and it has consequences and we end up with losing jobs in our area.  He explains what they’ve done is with their Look North strategy they are focused on working with their partners whether it’s at the community level in communities like Flin Flon, The Pas Thompson or also with Indigenous leadership to encourage better exploration strategies because if there’s prospectors out they’re there going to find good stuff in our province and that hasn’t been the case for too long now and they’re getting back to that but it will take time.

             

Pallister said they know there has to be job opportunities here in order to build our communities so they are promoting investment and tourism in the north with some success.

 

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Flin Flon’s first Blueberry Jam Music Gathering gets underway tonight.  The Committee’s Mark Kolt says they have over 100 entertainers and about 50 different acts as some of them overlap with some people especially the musicians accompanying more than one lead singer or the like but still no matter what way you cut its lots of people.  He says they’re encouraging people to remember to bring their chairs because it’s like following your folk festival format and they’re just hoping to see lots of you out there.  Kolt adds the campground is full so there’s going to be about 100 people just from the camp.

             

The event is free and runs tonight from 6 to midnight, Saturday from 11 am to midnight and Sunday from 12 to 6 with a stage in the Flin Flon Tourist Park behind the Museum and another at the Rotary Wheel with an additional jam session at Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street Saturday night.

 

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Premier Brian Pallister visited Flin Flon General Hospital Wednesday.  When asked about the need for doctors he said he was impressed that we are getting two new doctors one of which already lives here.  The Health Region says they are Doctor Sadia Lone who has been here since 2004 and has completed the International Medical Graduate Program and will start seeing patients next week and Doctor Irina Murug who starts September 4th.  Pallister says they want to see more doctors in Manitoba.  He explains for many years the strategy in the province was to go across to somewhere on the other side of the world and hope that someone would come over and stay but they weren’t staying very long so they’re focusing more on trying to upgrade the opportunities for Manitoba recruits to serve the people of the province and it’ll remain a challenge but one they’re addressing better than it has been in the past.

             

 Pallister was also impressed with the upgrade underway in the Emergency Room noting improved services will attract people to the community.

 

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At the meeting Mayor Cal Huntley was again asked about Main Street confrontations and vandalism issues in the community.  He repeated his report from their last meeting noting they continue to meet with the RCMP, the RCMP have increased their patrols and Council will continue to look into issues such as better lighting on Main Street and possibly cameras also suggesting that people concerned about their properties make sure they are well lit as that discourages vandalism and theft.  He also suggested we need a facility nearby where people with addiction issues can receive help.  Mayor Huntley also noted they are looking for ideas from other sources to find a solution again adding they will not tolerate vigilante action.

             

In other business Councilor Colleen McKee congratulated those who put on the Roller Goodwin hockey tournament on the weekend with 13 teams taking part.  She says it’s great the players are coming back to Flin Flon and bringing their children with them to experience the community.

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The 19th annual Steve Ewing Memorial Poker Run will be held Saturday afternoon.  One of the organizers Kel Brown says all bikes, trucks and cars are welcome and the same as usual they leave the Gateway at noon and Wanless at 1 o’clock with various stops in between.  He notes poker hands are available at Pharmasave and Eddies IGA, just ask and they will have a sheet there.

             

Stops along the way include Wanless, Cranberry Portage, Fidler’s Corner and the Hooter in Creighton.  Part of the money raised by the Poker Run goes to a bursary for a graduating high school student.  If you need more information you can call Kel at 204-687-0102.

 

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The Community in Motion Committee is holding a Color Fun Run September 16th.  Flin Flon Recreation Programmer Caitlin Bailey says there’s no fee to take part. She explains this is a family fun run so you can walk, run, skip and it’s going to be taking place at Creekside Park and they’re going to be doing the fitness trail which is about 1.7 kilometers and if you’re interested in doing it more than once you’re welcome to and they have about six color stations along the run.

             

The early registration deadline is tomorrow and those entered will be eligible for a draw for a great prize.  The final registration deadline is September 14th and if you want a t-shirt for 15 dollars the deadline is August 23rd.  Registration forms are at the Recreation Office in the Flin Flon Community Hall, the Primary Health Care Center and the Creighton Recreation Office.

 

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During a visit to Flin Flon yesterday Premier Brian Pallister said Bell Mobility will be replacing the province’s public safety communications service.  He said the current system is so old they’ve been purchasing parts on ebay so it will be replaced over three years. He explained if we have a mine disaster of a fire and we’ve got paramedics or fire fighters out there in the bush trying to work or police and various emergency people they’ve got to be able to communicate with each other for their own safety but also so they can facilitate doing a better job protecting the rest of us so this system is an upgrade that will allow better range of service, better clarity, better reliability, better messaging capacity and also inter-operability so all the agencies will be able to work together.

             

 Pallister added five additional telecommunications towers will be added to expand coverage in northern Manitoba and mobile towers will be available to provide additional coverage where needed during emergencies.

 

 

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Carson and Hunter Lee with Mayor Cal Huntley

 

Mayor Cal Huntley Tuesday night at the Flin Flon City Council meeting announced local wrestlers Hunter and Carson Lee will be the first to receive the City’s Award of Excellence.  Huntley said it’s such a new award it has not been finished yet so it will be presented at a later date.  Both Carson and Hunter spoke on their ongoing successes at wrestling competitions around the world including Junior Nationals, Pan American Games and Youth Olympics in Canada.  They displayed the City of Flin Flon flag that has been signed wherever they have travelled.

             

In other business Council passed a resolution designating Flin Flon as an evacuation center for the Town of Snow Lake should a situation such as forest fires require an evacuation.

 

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***Zoey has been safely located Aug 9*****

 

Pelican Narrows RCMP are trying to locate Zoey Linklater of Pelican Narrows. She was last seen in the community around 1:15  this morning.

She is described as a 12 year-old Indigenous female, approximately 5’4” tall, weighing approximately 100lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black leggings and a black hooded sweatshirt. Police are working to obtain a photo.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Zoey is asked to contact Pelican Narrows RCMP at 306-632-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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Far Resources is back on the ground conducting an extensive property wide exploration program on its Zoro Lithium Project near Snow Lake.  The Summer Project consists of detailed helicopter assisted geological mapping, drill core sampling, soil geochemical surveys and metallurgical drill core sampling.

             

Their President Toby Mayo says they believe that the potential for scale at Zoro is huge with numerous drill targets already identified through Mobile Metal Ions soil geochemical surveys.  He adds mapping this summer has already shown the potential for extensions to known dykes.  Additionally data compilation is currently underway which combined with results from the current program will guide the company in planning further drilling which will commence later this year.

 

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At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Councilors Karen MacKinnon and Colleen McKee reported they accepted an invitation to Council to attend the opening yesterday of the Woodlands Cree Gathering in Pelican Narrows.  Also attending were Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler and Denare Beach Mayor Carl Lentowicz.  Councilor MacKinnon said it was a move by the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation to promote unity and solidarity among our communities following recent comments made on social media about First Nations.  She said they received a very warm welcome.

             

Councilor McKee said it makes you realize how much a few words can affect so many people.  She said there were many Chiefs present and she spoke in thanks for their invitation and the show of unity among our communities.  The Councilors presented their community with an offering of sage, a written prayer and a soul connection dream catcher connecting our communities and received a medal representing the Woodlands Cree Gathering from the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.

 

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Denare Beach Recreation is holding their 2nd annual Rainbow Run Saturday.  Recreation Director Mel Durette explains it’s a two kilometer run through the streets of Denare Beach and they’ll throw color at you at four stations with the race starting at the Denareplex and ending at the main beach.  She says it’s not a race so you can walk, run whatever you want to do and you can register at the Village office or online at www.denarebeach.net and its 25 dollars for 8 and up and ages 7 and under are 15 dollars.

               

Durette adds registration includes a t-shirt and goodies and proceeds from the Run go to the Denare Beach Rec Board with the Run starting at 11 Saturday at the Denareplex.

 

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The Flin Flon Recycling Center is encouraging you to reuse school supplies.  Their Administrator Deb Odegaard says they are having a recycled school supplies give away.  She explains every year they get a lot of school supplies that are quite reusable, notebooks, dividers, lots of three ring binders, loose leaf paper, so they’re going to be in the basement of the Library on Saturday from 1 to 3 and people can come and help themselves.  She adds they’re also giving people who have a lot of left over school supplies at home the opportunity to drop them off at the Recycling Center by 4 o’clock on Thursday and they’ll include them in the giveaway for people and that can even include things like backpacks or pencil cases and that kind of thing as well.

             

The school supplies give away again is Saturday from 1 to 3 downstairs at the Flin Flon Public Library.

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Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced it has received a payment of 150 thousand dollars from Norvista Capital Corporation.  This payment closed the sale of its interest in the Talbot Option Agreement and the Talbot Property near Snow Lake to Norvista Capital. An initial 3 million dollars was paid in May.

             

President Ken Lapierre says pursuant to the recently announced option of two of their gold properties, Laguna and Lucky Jack Gold near Snow Lake to Kinross Gold and the completion of the sale of the Talbot property option to Norvista Capital they have demonstrated their ability to monetize assets within their extensive property portfolio. He says with Kinross Gold and Norvista Capital now actively exploring their gold and base metal properties at the same time the remainder of 2018 will be very busy noting they continue to consider all strategic opportunities to monetize and advance their extensive base and precious metal property portfolio in the Snow Lake Mining Camp with minimal dilution to the Company’s shareholders.

 

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The Flin Flon Public Library continues to offer their TD Summer Reading Camps for a variety of ages.  Summer Student Siobahn McKenna says they continue this month with painting and writing days held last week.  She adds they’re going to go to visit the Fire Department in the park on the 7th, the long term care home on the 9th, the 13th to the 17th is STEAM Week so they’re going to do a whole bunch of science experiments and stuff like that and then to wrap up the 20th is Plant Day, the 22nd is Rock Day and then they have their last day barbeque on the 24th.

             

For information on the camps and registration drop into the Library and see the calendar of events on their Facebook page.

 

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Flin Flon Parks and Recreations Summer in the Parks has completed its first month. Supervisor Leanna Koop says it’s been fun so far with four year olds included this year outlining some of the August activities.  She says they are starting this week with Water Week where they have lots of water based activities.  Next week will be a fan favorite with the Superheroes Week where they’re going to the Fire Department and checking out the Police Station so the next couple of weeks they’ve got tons of activities planned.  Koop adds for their last week it’ll be Holiday Week and they’re planning their Hay Day on the 24th so there’s going to be a bounce castle and a lot of games at the Zoo and anybody in the public can come and join them.

             

Summer in the Parks runs until August 24th week day afternoons from 12 to 5 at the Petting Zoo for children 4 to 9 years old.  For information or registration call the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542.

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Kalimba

 

The Norva Centre has been offering a variety of classes for kids again this summer.  Summer student Neal Smedegaard says they have six classes this month along with decorating the Pride float.  He explains next week they’re going to have two classes going on by Cindy McLean, Cling Film and Milk Prints as well as Lady Bug and Tadpole Tic Tac Toe. The week after that is going to be the Pride float building and then the week after that they’re going to do Kalimba building and Kalimbas are a small thumb piano where you play kind of percussion music and you’re going to be building your own as well as decorating them and after that they’re doing Batik Shirts which is similar to tie dye.  He adds the week after that has acrylic painting on the 29th as well as watercolors on the 31st.

             

You can find out more on the Norva Facebook page, their website www.norvacentre.com, call 204-687-4237 or drop in at 177 Green Street.

 

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In their 2018 second quarter financial report Hudbay says in Manitoba they are on track to meet their 2018 production guidance. President Alan Hair says this is even though a failure of a main exhaust fan at Lalor near Snow Lake in June has created operating restrictions underground that are limiting ore production but repairs are expected to be completed this month.  He reported ore mined during the second quarter of 2018 slightly decreased compared to the first quarter as increased production at their Reed Mine was offset by decreased production at their Triple Seven Mine.  He said ore processed in Manitoba during the second quarter increased over the first quarter as the transfer of excess Lalor ore to the Flin Flon concentrator and higher than expected ore output from the Reed Mine with the drawdown of stockpiles sustained solid mill throughput.

             

Hair adds production at Reed Mine is complete and Hudbay continues to work on options to extend the mine life at Triple Seven in Flin Flon which is now set at 2021.

 

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The La Ronge RCMP are requesting your assistance in locating Cory Mitchell McLaughlin of McCreary, Manitoba. The last known contact with McLaughlin was on July 31st at approximately 4:35 p.m.

McLaughlin is described as a 45-year-old male, approximately 5’8” tall, weighing 200 lbs, with brown hair, and blue eyes. It is currently unknown what he was last seen wearing. 

It is believed McLaughlin is driving a red/maroon 2005 Ford F-150 with Manitoba licence plate EJZ 932. McLaughlin may be in the area between La Ronge, SK and the Manitoba border. He also may be in the area between Snow Lake, MB and the Saskatchewan border.

There are concerns for Cory Mitchell McLaughlin’s well-being. Anyone with information is asked to contact the La Ronge RCMP at 306-425-6730 or to leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Saskatchewan RCMP have identified a suspect who was arrested after a truck was stolen with a young girl in the back seat.

Police say Terrance Nickerson of Medicine Hat, Alta., faces kidnapping, theft, dangerous operation of vehicle and other charges.

He appeared in Creighton provincial court today.

RCMP say Mounties pursued when a truck was stolen on Tuesday afternoon and the suspect headed for The Pas.

Police say a three-year-old girl was found safe in the vehicle after it was stopped by a spike belt and another vehicle.

Manitoba's Independent Investigation Unit is reviewing the arrest after a suspect suffered a fractured rib and was bitten by a police dog.

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Hudbay has released its second quarter 2018 financial results.  President Alan Hair says operating cash flow before change in non-cash working capital increased to just over 131 million dollars from 124 million in the same quarter last year.  The increase in operating cash flow he explained is the result of higher realized prices for copper, zinc and precious metals, partially offset by decreases in sales volume of copper, zinc and silver and higher mine operating costs.  Hair looked at future plans noting as they look towards the balance of 2018 their priorities include completing the ramp up of production at Lalor near Snow Lake, in Peru enhancing Constancia production through higher recovery and throughput optimization and completing the Pampacancha surface rights negotiations, advancing their exploration pipeline and seeing the Rosemont permitting process through to completion in Arizona.  He adds they remain very positive about the long term supply and demand for fundamentals of copper and believe that their business is well positioned to create values as those fundamentals materialize.

             

Net profit for the second quarter was 24.7 million dollars compared to a net profit of 19.1 million in the second quarter last year.

 

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The University of Manitoba Wise Kidnetic Enegy Camp is underway at McIsaac School this week. Camp Instructor Umindu Jayadandu says they have 22 kids ages 9 to 12 in the camp this summer.  He says they have theme days offering a mixture of science and engineering.  He says this camp offers a lot of things noting they do different types of days like they have Food Sciences Day, they have Paleontology Day and Sports Science Day and kids get to interact with those days and learn a lot about science with these camps.

             

Other themes for the camp this year include extreme engineering, zoology and ecology.  You can learn more about their camp at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca.

 

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The Flinty Boardwalk Committee held a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the need for more committee members and volunteers.  Chair Dave Price says the Boardwalk maintenance depends on volunteers and they do have some people doing repairs and maintenance and he is impressed with how users pick up garbage but there are ongoing jobs.  He explains one of the things includes attending to their wooden infrastructure, the stairs and the Boardwalk itself and they’re planning to do some staining at the observation deck at North Avenue Park and so they’ll be looking for volunteers to help out with that.  He adds the other issue is there’s a section of the Boardwalk alongside Stittco that is sloping to one side and the City is going to provide fill to level that section but they will need some bodies to help them level that with their rakes and hoes and so  on.

             

Seven people who attended the meeting along with two committee members showed interest in helping out.  If you can spend some time call Dave at 204-687-8653.  You can also support the Boardwalk by purchasing name boards at City Hall for 100 dollars and these will be installed in September.

 

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At approximately 4:20 Tuesday afternoon, Creighton RCMP received reports that a vehicle had been stolen from outside a business on Main Street in Creighton. There was a 3 year-old girl in the backseat of the truck. Reports indicated the vehicle was headed toward Flin Flon and members from the Creighton and Flin Flon RCMP Detachments responded immediately and pursued the vehicle.

The pursuit ended just outside of Cranberry Portage when the stolen vehicle struck a spike belt and rear-ended a vehicle, rendering the suspect vehicle inoperable. The driver got out and fled into the nearby bush. At this time, officers located the 3 year-old unharmed in the backseat of the truck.

RCMP from Creighton, Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage and The Pas set up a perimeter in efforts to contain the man. A police dog from The Pas RCMP Police Dog Service Unit attended the scene and located the driver hiding under a vehicle in an outbuilding.

As a result of this incident, an adult male has been charged with:

·        Kidnapping without a firearm,

        Theft of truck,

·        Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle,

·        Resist peace officer,

·        Abduction of a person under 16,

·        Operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police.

The male is not cooperating with investigators. As such, his identity has not yet been confirmed.

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MacKenzie Trumbly at the 3D printer

 

Instructors from the University of Manitoba Wise Kidnetic Energy program are holding an all girl codemakers camp this week at McIsaac School.  Camp Instructor Alyson Betz says it’s an introduction to coding for girls 13 to 15 so they have a bunch of different activities.  She says they do a lot of stuff on laptops so yesterday they were doing 3D printing and also they’re going to be working with the robots called Cozmos which really show facial recognition and AI technology and they they’re also going to be programming on the computers with different software like processing and Arduino so introduction to coding is what they are doing.

             

There are eight girls attending the first girls coding camp held in Flin Flon by Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Manitoba along with their annual Kidnetic Energy Camp.

 

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The 29th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up Saturday and Sunday on Big Athapap.  The Committee’s Mike Wesner says the prize money has gone up this year with first place guaranteed to be 5 thousand dollars, second place is 25 hundred and third place is 2 thousand dollars and those are guaranteed and then they have cash prizes right from fourth place to tenth place and based on 100 boats tenth place would get 700 dollars.

             

Wesner adds they have also introduced a youth anglers event this year for 15 and under with first prize 350 dollars, second 250 and third 200 dollars.  The boat parade is on Friday night with the rules meeting to follow and fishing Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 am.  For information on registration call 204-271-1197 or 271-0050.

 

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On Sunday Flin Flon RCMP received numerous reports of mischief to vehicles and property throughout Flin Flon. Several individuals took to a local Flin Flon Facebook page to vent about the mischief to property. That venting quickly escalated into hateful and threatening language against residents of First Nations communities.

 

The RCMP report they take these matters very seriously and immediately launched an investigation.

 

Two of the three female suspects, a 32-year-old female from Flin Flon and a 25-year-old female from Denare Beach have been arrested by RCMP for Uttering Threats and Public Incitement of Hatred.  A third arrest is pending for the same charges. All three suspects are cooperating with police.

 

The RCMP cannot release the names of the two females arrested as the charges have not been sworn before a court of law.

 

The investigation continues.

 

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Around 3 yesterday morning someone broke into Lloydy’s Corner Store on Green Street.  They entered by smashing the glass doors with a concrete block.  The RCMP are looking for two suspects in connection to the break in. No other details are being released as the investigation continues.

 

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Rob Assabqui

 

At the Reed Mine celebration of success and closure last Wednesday there was a positive look to the future.  Speaking at the closure Hudbay’s Vice-President of the Manitoba Business Unit Rob Assabqui said exploration goes on.  He explained Hudbay believes that there are more deposits to be found in Northern Manitoba and they are investing 15 million dollars in search of one this year. He added when they find their next deposit you can count on them to engage their stakeholders, they’ll continue to be environmentally responsible and they’ll meet their commitments to the communities they operate in, their stakeholders, their regulators and government bodies.

             

Hudbay CEO Alan Hair also noted the significant ramp up of exploration as they hope to continue mine development in Manitoba for years to come.

 

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Pride Week is being celebrated in Flin Flon August 12th to 18th.  Committee Chair Jordana Oulette says along with the flag raising August 17th and the parade on the 18th they have some new events planned starting on the Friday evening.  She says this year they’ve aimed towards more family themed events.  She notes first of all they have a Trans March which is brand new and a first for Flin Flon and then following their barbeque which they did last year they have a family dance followed by a teen movie event showing The G.D.F. She adds the next day on Saturday following the parade they have Pride in the Park from 2 to 4 and that’s going to be at the Creighton Spray Pool and also a brand new event this year that they’re really excited about is Sunday, August 19th a Pride Mass at St. Ann’s Church at 6:30 pm.

             

The committee also has plans for a rainbow crosswalk between the Royal Bank and the Steelworkers building parallel to Main Street.  Anyone wanting to help out with events or enter a float in the parade can visit the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.

 

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Rockcliff Metals Corporation reports they have completed a down hole geophysical survey and a review of previous airborne and surface geophysics on their Rail Copper property that have identified several significant untested targets along strike and immediately below the Rail Copper deposit near Snow Lake

             

President Ken Lapierre comments their summer geophysical focus on this property was to locate additional untested target areas along the five kilometer long Rail Copper horizon.  He says the geophysics clearly demonstrated additional targets that show excellent potential to expand the present resource as well as potential new discoveries along strike at the deposit and these will be the focus of a planned future drill program.  He added Rockcliff  will continue to explore its extensive precious and base metal property portfolio while looking for opportunities to partner or monetize some of these properties with the primary goal of creating long term shareholder value.

 

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At the Reed celebration of success and closure Wednesday Hudbays General Manager of Mines Rob Carter spoke about the development of Reed Mine starting in 2012.  He said mining started in 2013 with full production in 2014 and over five years the mine between Flin Flon and Snow Lake proved to be a success.  He said it continued to produce a steady flow of ore with about 1260 tonnes per day over the life, the team mined more than 60 stoping blocks and trucked 2.1 million tonnes to surface which contained greater than 69 thousand tonnes of copper.  Carter added since 2012 more than a hundred employees have worked at Reed.

             

The last load of ore from Reed was trucked to surface last Wednesday and restoring the mine site will continue over the summer.

 

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The Flinty Boardwalk Committee invites you to their meeting tomorrow night.  The Committee’s Dave Price says the Boardwalk project is an amazing amenity for the community.  He says the Flinty Committee looks after the Boardwalk and does all the maintenance and so on as a lot of folks use the Boardwalk so they thought by inviting them to a meeting tomorrow evening they might get some folks show up and help them out with the various tasks that need to be done around there.

             

The Flinty Boardwalk Committee meeting is being held tomorrow evening at 7 o’clock at the Northern Mining academy on Hart Avenue across from the Whitney Forum parking area.

 

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Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Flin Flon Lenna Gowenlock has released a study by their firm.  They discovered a majority of Canadians often look to their friends and wonder how they can afford their lifestyles. This was felt most among those aged 18 to 34 at 71 percent and 35 to 44 at 66 percent.  The poll revealed looking at the purchases of others may influence Canadians to buy items beyond their budget which is shown by an overwhelming majority at 93 percent of Canadians citing they experience buyer’s remorse and admit to regrettable spending habits.

             

Gowenlock says understanding how you spend money is important when considering your short and long term goals but the poll found that only 44 percent of respondents have a strategy in place and adhere to it.  She says it’s never too late to get your finances in order and a financial advisor can help develop a strategy that addresses what is important to you adding it’s clear that when people have a financial strategy in place and work with someone they trust, they feel more comfortable with their finances.

 

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Tom Lindsey  Jay Cooper

 

That was the theme at the celebration of the success and closing of the five year Reed Mine between Flin Flon and Snow Lake Wednesday.  Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey said there is a challenge for Hudbay. He explained they have an opportunity to prove to the world that mining is not what mining used to be. He added Hudbay has the opportunity to prove to people in our own province that a mine can be done safely which they have done in this case but they also need to prove that at the end of the mine life things can be turned back and the environmental impact is so minimal that people will accept mining all over.

             

Hudbay’s Director of Environment Jay Cooper said that is their goal at all mines.  He explained since they were in a provincial park they did all they could to preserve the park environment. As examples he mentioned they used exceptionally quiet equipment so as not to affect the animals and environment, they cut only the trees that had to be cut, they kept the site as clean as possible, installed easy to remove temporary buildings and the rock removed is being returned to the mine.

 

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The Saskatchewan government invested 500 thousand dollars to support school divisions in delivering 20 summer literacy camps across the province.  Creighton School Division received funds and their camp wrapped up yesterday.  Camp Coordinator Brie Phillips says they helped students maintain and improve their literacy skills.  She explains it went great as they had lots of kids come out, in Creighton they had about 20 and in Denare Beach a total of 32 over the whole time so they had a really great turnout.  She says they had three different theme weeks and they did lots of fun things with different literacy games and they read books everyday and they got to take books home at the end of the day as well.

             

Phillips adds the camp also focused on First Nations and Metis content so they had many related crafts and nature walks.

 

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The RCMP in Manitoba have started to receive reports of a cyber-extortion where suspects are sending emails to victims that reference a real password. The email states the suspect has infected the victim’s computer with a virus that has allowed the suspect to control the webcam. The suspect threatens to release a video of the victim taken while they were watching pornography to the victim’s contact list. If the victim pays a certain amount in Bitcoin, then the suspect will not release the video.  The RCMP state this is a scam that has been around for a while. The suspects do not have video of the victims, and victims should not be afraid to report this crime to the police.

 

What is causing some new attention to this previously seen scam is the use of an actual password the victim has used in the past. 

 

 If you have received this email, or any similar emails, DO NOT PAY and make sure you report it to the police so they are aware of the scams targeting our communities.

 

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           * Located July 27*

 

Pinehouse Lake RCMP are asking for assistance in locating 30 year old Shawn Michael Norman of Flin Flon, Manitoba.  Shawn Norman was last seen at a Bush Camp near Highway 914 north of Pinehouse Lake, Saskatchewan. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a camouflage sweater.

He has a tattoo of a “crown diamond web” on his right calf, and a “spider” on his right quad.

This investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the RCMP Search and Rescue and Civilian Aviation Search and Rescue Association

Pinehouse Lake RCMP have deemed his disappearance as non-suspicious and are concerned for his well-being.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Shawn Norman is asked to contact their nearest police service or Pinehouse Lake RCMP at 306-884-2400 or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). A picture of Shawn has been posted at www.flinflononline.com.

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The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA is hosting a mobile spay and neuter clinic September 13th and 14th at the Flin Flon Community Hall.  Board President Erica Husberg explains the clinic is mostly geared for people on disability, social assistance and low income.  She says it’s designed for those who really can’t afford to have their pet spayed or neutered under normal conditions so once these spots are filled and if they have any empty spaces left it will be open to the general public.  She adds if your are applying for the low income or are on social assistance you just need to bring in your previous years proof of income and then you will qualify for that and then there’s just a small application you need to fill out and to secure your spot the fee would have to be paid up front.

             

You can apply for the clinic by dropping into the SPCA Shelter on the Cliff Lake Road Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 4:30.

 

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Alan Hair

 

Reed Mine opened between Flin Flon and Snow Lake in 2013 celebrating full production in September 2014.  Hudbay CEO Alan Hair at a gathering at Reed Mine yesterday praised all those responsible for the success at Reed.  He said Reed is an example of how Hudbay can do business in Manitoba also referring to Lalor near Snow Lake which celebrated it’s opening on the same day as Reed.  He explained Reed from the outset was always going to be a short life mine but it’s been very successful and has met their expectations but all good things need to come to an end.  He noted Lalor which is one of their larger mines such as Triple Seven and Trout still has many production years ahead of it and this gives them a large window for further exploration in the region and they’ve taken advantage of that window and lately we’ve seen a significant ramp up in exploration activities here in Manitoba.

             

Hair added they hope to be continuing mine development in Manitoba for many years to come.  Reed had up to 75 employees and those not retiring have moved to Triple Seven Mine in Flin Flon.  We’ll have more on the closing process at Reed on tomorrow’s news.

 

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Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced the occurrence of several high grade surface gold zones on its Berry Creek Gold Property in Snow Lake.  Their President Ken Lapierre explains they acquired the Berry Creek Gold Property initially for its low grade large tonnage potential and are very pleased to have confirmed that high grade gold rich shear zones over appreciable thicknesses are also associated within the host Sneath Lake intrusion.  He says in light of the high grade potential uncovered on this property to date they look forward to advancing this gold asset more aggressively in the coming months. He adds results such as this highlight the opportunity for discovery across their sizeable base metal and gold property portfolio within the Flin Flon Snow Lake greenstone belt.

             

 

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The camp is teaching kids about entrepreneurship and wraps up Friday with a mini market.  Manager Becky Cianflone says the 12 nine to thirteen year olds involved have prepared for the market.  She explains the Biz Camp kids are busy working this week in creating their products and on Friday starting at about 11 o’clock until about 1 or 2 o’clock depending on how things sell they will be selling their products down at Pioneer Square.  She notes the kids this year have a lot of cool products planned having heard talk of fire starters, fridge magnets, book marks as a few of the things they’ve got the kids interested in creating.

             

 Cianflone adds since the camp is so popular they are holding a second Flin Flon Biz Kidz Camp next week.  The Camp is open to 9 to 13 years olds and they have sponsorships available for kids who have a disability or health condition or come from low income circumstances.  To register for the Camp contact Greenstone at 204-687-6967.

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During Discovery Day Sunday the Northern Gateway Museum recognized the Denare Beach Fire Department and its members by opening a special display in the Museum.  Board Chair Duane Bray says although the community got its first fire truck in 1947 the department wasn’t established until later.  He explained the Denare Beach Fire Department has been officially in place since 1979 and so they put together a nice display about some of the history of the Department and all of the people that were involved with the Fire Department throughout time.  He added they need to get some special recognition so they were going to make sure people take in the display and were aware of where it is in the building.

             

Bray invites everyone out to see the fire department display as well as all the other displays at the Museum which is open daily from 11 to 7 until the end of August.

 

 

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The 29th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up August 4th and 5th on Big Athapap.  The Committee’s Mike Wesner says they have a new event for kids and increased prize money for the main event with first place 5 thousand dollars, second place 25 hundred and third place 2 thousand dollars and those are guaranteed and then they have cash prizes right from fourth place right to tenth place and tenth based on a hundred boats will be 700 dollars.  He adds they have a youth angler competition for 15 and under and first place in that is 350 dollars, second 250 and third 200 dollars.

             

The boat parade is on the Friday night August 3rd   with a rules meeting to follow with a penny parade with a lot of prizes and fishing to follow on the Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 am.  For information on registration you can call 204-271-1197 or 271-0050.

 

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Jimmy Pelk and Sid Varma announced late last week that their new bus company, Thompson Bus, will be in service as of September first.

The initial release from Thompson Bus says that they plan on providing service to medical facilities in Winnipeg and It has also been reported that they are planning to expand their services to The Pas and Flin Flon as well.For more information, or to keep up to date with the company visit the Thompson Bus Facebook page.

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Harry Moody

 

Discovery Day was held at the Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach yesterday.  Board Chair Duane Bray says they wanted to recognize the many contributions to the Museum by the Moody family. He explained Harry Moody and a few other significant people like Fred Schwaga back in the day were instrumental in setting up the Museum and bringing in a lot of the history from the area to the Museum and making sure that it was saved properly and recorded properly so that they could display it in the Museum and for future generations.

             

As well Bray added last spring in memory of Harry the Moody family donated a thousand dollars to the Museum.  We’ll have part two of Discovery Day on tomorrow’s news.

 

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Huday last week hosted a site visit by analysts and investors in its Constancia mine in Peru.  At the same time they released their second quarter 2018 production results for their Peru operations.  During the quarter the operations produced almost 27 thousand tonnes of copper which was about ten percent lower than production in the second quarter last year as a result of lower copper head grade in accordance with their mine plan offset in part by higher mill throughput.  Recoveries of copper and silver were slightly lower in the second quarter this year compared to last year while gold recoveries remain unchanged over the same period.  They report several metallurgical initiatives are being implemented by Hudbay with the intention of increasing copper recoveries as anticipated in the recently filed 2018 Technical Report for Constancia.

             

Hudbay will be releasing its second quarter results for all of its operations in Manitoba, Peru and Arizona on August 1st.

 

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For anyone living with dementia a simple walk in their neighborhood can put them at risk.  Finding the right balance between independence and safety can now be helped with Medic Alert Safely Home.

             

Offered jointly by Medic Alert Foundation Canada and the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the nationwide program is a service for people with dementia. It provides the individual with a blue Medic Alert bracelet designed to be worn at all times.  The back of the bracelet is engraved with the person’s medical condition and Medic Alert’s 24/7 emergency hotline.  When called specialists immediately supply police and emergency responders with the person’s photo, physical description, emergency contacts and vital health information.

             

Medic Alert Safely Home provides this service for 60 dollars or 50 dollars until the end of this month and it includes one year of Medic Alert service, the bracelet, shipping and taxes.

             

You can learn more at their website www.alzheimer.ca/medicalertsafelyhome.

 

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Canada Parks Day is being celebrated this weekend with free entry to provincial parks.  Visitors to provincial parks will not require vehicle permits from today through Sunday although nightly camping fees still apply.

             

Special events are being held to celebrate Canada Parks Day tomorrow afternoon at Bakers Narrows Provincial Park.  You can join park staff from 1 to 4 at the picnic area for cake, ice cream, refreshments, hot dogs, prize draws and a chance to become a Conservation Officer for the day.

 

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Kevin Hart has retained his position as Manitoba Chief for the Assembly of First Nations.

 

The election took place yesterday at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ annual general assembly.

 

Hart won on the second ballot with 33 of 55 possible votes.

 

He was up against two other candidates - Nelson Genaille,  chief of Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, and David Harper, the former grand chief of MKO.

 

Next week, there will be an election in Vancouver for the national leader of the Assembly of First Nations.   

 

Five candidates are in the running including incumbent Perry Bellegarde, Miles Richardson, Russell Diabo, Sheila North and Katherine Whitecloud.

 

 

 

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At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from Michelle Oliynyk expressing concerns about the availability of city transit throughout the summer months.  She noted even though summer has arrived it does not change the fact that people without access to vehicles rely on city transit to access various locations in Flin Flon.  She added one issue of concern is the availability of bus access between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm daily and no access on Saturdays as with the completion of the school year many summer students and low income families rely on the bus to reach their work locations and to access various summer activities.  She concluded by hoping Council is willing to see the continued demand for a consistent and regular transit schedule throughout the summer months.  The letter was referred to the Engineering Services.

             

In other business Councilor Ken Pawlachuk praised the Rotary Club’s air show featuring the Snowbirds with special mention of Rotarian Bill Jackson who chaired organizing the event.

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MP Niki Ashton has been traveling through our region over the summer.  She reports she has heard concerns about economic uncertainty in communities such as Thompson and Flin Flon, the crisis in Churchill from the shutdown of the port and rail line, the housing crisis in communities throughout our region, specific concerns in terms of health and education in many communities and the ongoing concern about the need for even the most basic transportation infrastructure.  Ashton states regions like ours produce much of the wealth of this county and when you talk to people across the region there’s a real sense of frustration about the degree to which we are often ignored by the federal government when it comes to our legitimate needs.  She says she will be following up on many of these concerns as our region deserves to be heard.

 

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Far Resources has announced the discovery of a large 1.5 kilometer long and up to 100 meter wide MMI or Mobile Metal Ions soil geochemical anomaly for lithium.  The lithium and related element anomaly was defined by ongoing data interpretation for soil samples collected by the company’s field crews during surveys conducted in the fall and winter of last year on their Zoro Property near Snow Lake.

             

The company states they view this anomaly as very significant based on the discovery of its eighth spodumene bearing pegmatite dyke that resulted from the drill testing of an MMI lithium anomaly in 2017.

             

President Toby Mao says they have always believed the potential for further discovery at Zoro is great and this new data highlights many more targets including their largest to date.  He says they remain committed to this exciting project, this data confirms their conviction and their winter drilling program at Zoro looks to be very exciting.

 

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At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council heard a presentation from Spencer Payson from Paysons Smoke N Vape.  He expressed his continuing interest in operating a standalone secure retail store selling cannabis in Flin Flon and to use profits from the business to make investments into the broader community while ensuring that local concerns are fully and adequately addressed.  He notes he has a partner that has been awarded a conditional licence for a retail store in Saskatchewan.  Mayor Cal Huntley said they recently put forward a bylaw to allow them to regulate where a cannabis retail outlet can be located if one is approved for Flin Flon.  Payson said he is lobbying the Manitoba government to allow an outlet here and asked for support from Council.  The request will be discussed by Council.

              Council passed on final reading a bylaw that allows them to start their meetings at 7 so they can go straight from their Committee of the Whole meeting which starts at 7 into the regular meeting that used to start at 7:30. This will be in effect for their next meeting August 7th.

 

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The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach is holding their annual Discovery Day Sunday afternoon.  Board member Jocelyn Enns invites everyone to see what’s happening at the Museum.  She says this year they’re changing it up a bit as instead of hot dogs they’re going to have a snack of fried fish and bannock and the usual drinks and free bubbles for the kids.  She adds there will be speakers around 3 o’clock featuring the Denare Beach Fire Department and they’ll be thanking the Moody family for their really generous support and she want to let everyone know they’re open every day until the end of August from 12 until 7.

             

Discovery Day runs from 2 to 4 Sunday afternoon at the Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach.

 

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Manitobas mobile breast screening clinic will be in Flin Flon from July 23rd to August 8th at the Primary Health Care Center.  Their Health Educator Larissa Sawchuk says this clinic is important to women.  She explains the screening is important because breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and in Manitoba about 900 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 200 women will die from this disease every year so it’s important to get checked early and know if you’re at high risk.  She adds screening is just a process where you’ll go into their mobile vehicle for an x-ray with a female technologist in a private room.

             

For information on breast screening visit their website www.getcheckedmanitoba.ca or call 1-855-95-CHECK for information on appointments.

 

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At last nights meeting Flin Flon City Council received a letter and presentation from Bonnie Nabe regarding the local crime rate and unsafe encounters taking place on Main Street. She said that includes concerns about loitering on Main Street where people are blocking entrances to buildings and potentially violent incidents taking place.  She and others attending with her also noted incidents at the hundred stairs and the Boardwalk as well as slum lords and abandoned buildings and garages that are accommodations for transients and gang members. She said she realizes there is no easy fix but if Mayor and Council don’t take some hard line steps very soon our community will continue to decline until people start moving away or start taking matters into their own hands suggesting bylaw changes that can be enforced and sending the message this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

             

Mayor Cal Huntley replied they don’t have all the answers or they would be doing it.  He says they have been doing a good job of removing derelict buildings when they can, the RCMP have increased their patrols in the Main Street area and are seeing some results, for the past few months they have been looking into a Flon Flon Housing Authority to determine what they can legally do, increased lighting for the uptown area and possibly cameras in some areas. He added they will not tolerate vigilante action by residents but will do what can be done within the law to make any changes that can be made.

 

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The Journey For Hope walk held in Winnipeg supports the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society and its free programs and services.  Flin Flon’s Ray Berg is now going door to door in our community to collect pledges to support the walk.  He explains he’s schizophrenic and the Schizophrenia Society helps about 20 thousand Manitobans who either have schizophrenia or related somehow to someone who does have schizophrenia problems. He says he had a girl friend who is paranoid schizophrenic and she was doing the walk and she asked him to help out going door to door in Winnipeg and one year he collected 28 hundred in pledges and up here last year he gained 46 hundred in pledges and the year before that he gained 42 hundred.

             

Berg’s goal this year is 5 thousand dollars.  He notes anyone pledging 20 dollars or more will get a tax receipt from the Schizophrenia Society.  The Journey For Hope takes place Saturday, September 15th in Winnipeg.

 

 

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The University of Manitoba is holding a free Wise Kidnetic Energy All Girl Coding Camp in Flin Flon this summer.  Jill Lautenschlager with Women In Science and Engineering says the camp is for girls 13 to 15.  She explains they are going to be introducing the girls to computer coding and computational thinking through a lot of fun toys, things like cosmos robots, Lego mind storms, little bits and the whole idea is to get girls thinking about career options that are related to this type of knowledge and they definitely are welcoming people who don’t have any prior knowledge as the whole idea is just an introduction.

             

The camp runs at McIsaac School July 30 to August 3rd.  The regular Science and Engineering Camp for boys and girls ages 9 to 12 at the same time is full but you can be put on a waiting list.  Registration and more information on both Camps can be found on their website www.wisekidneticenergy.ca.

 

 

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Greg Evans, The Festival's Dave Oskia, Jordy Dumenko

Tyler Phillips, Dave Osika, Jensen Bardwell

 

In spite of the rain and gusting winds the Flin Flon Trout Festival fishing derby went ahead yesterday afternoon. Seven people came out to fish on Phantom Lake on a free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan with 26 fish caught and released.

             

The top prize went to Jordy Dumenko and Greg Evans each with a 34 inch fish sharing the total of first and second prize of 1750 dollars.  500 dollars for third with a 33 and three quarter inch fish and 100 dollars for fifth with a 28 inch fish went to Tyler Phillips and 200 for fourth with a 30 and a half inch fish went to Jensen Bardwell.  Other prizes awarded for sixth Jensen Bardwell 27 and three quarter inches, seventh Tyler Phillips 27 and a half, eighth Damien Dominey 27, ninth Al Roschuk 26 and three quarters and tenth Damien Dominey 26 and three quarter inches, hidden length 18 inches to Greg Evans, oldest fisher Greg Evans and youngest Jensen Bardwell.

 

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A Manitoba Art Network Exhibition is at the Norva Center all this month. Summer student Neal Smedegaard explains it features the work of Gabriela Ines Aguero called Exploring The Self and it is about her identity and her changing in the time not making art while she was raising kids.  He says Gabriela was born in Cordoba, Argentina where she grew up during a military dictatorship.  She immigrated to Canada in 1985 and lived in England and Australia. She holds a BSA honors in painting from the University of Manitoba as well as a Masters from Louisiana State University.  He adds Gabriela’s deep relationship with nature is expressed in the paintings where the landscape becomes part of the figure which relates to her veganism and admiration for life.

             

The exhibit will be in the Norva Center at 177 Green Street until July 31st.

 

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The Million Dollar Hole in One is offering anyone who can hit a golf ball a chance to win big prizes next week.  102.9 CFAR Manager Dianne Russell says this is the 16th year for this Rotary Kinsmen supported fund raising event and they are raising money this year for the Phantom Lake Golf Course and Driving Range.  She says they’re really excited as they have a new pro down there and he’s getting all involved and this could be that last year in doing this so everyone should come on out.  She adds it’s going to be July 17th to 20th from noon to 8 at the driving range and on Saturday the 21st from noon to 3 with the semis and the finals and the shot right here in Flin Flon for the million dollars, it happens right here for everyone who qualifies all week and will be at 5 o’clock on the Saturday on the 9th green.

             

More information on the event can be found online at www.flinflononline.com.

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The Norva Center is hosting their annual artists retreat next week.  Manager Mike Spencer says they invited local artists as well as others from across the province to share ideas and work on their art.  He says there’s something new this year in they’ve invited an artist from Winnipeg Katrina Craig and she’ll have an exhibition at the Denareplex that will be open to the public so they can come in and see anytime during the week of the 15th to the 21st and there will be an artist talk on the Tuesday evening at the Denareplex where she’ll speak about the exhibition.

             

Spencer adds there will be a public display and sale of some of the work done during the week and other works by artists on Saturday the 21st from 1:30 to 4 at the Denareplex in Denare Beach.

 

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Far Resources has received the first ever resource estimate for Dyke one on its Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake.  Their President Toby Mayo comments this maiden resource which covers part of Dyke one indicates that they have a substantial base on which to build. He says in addition to the other seven dykes that are not included in this resource the Company has numerous untested geological and geochemical targets that they will follow up on during the next phases of exploration at Zoro and they look forward to developing those targets in the coming months.

             

Dyke one is reported to be open at depth and to the north and south where additional exploration is ongoing.  It is one of eight known spodumene mineralize pegmatite dykes on the property.  The remaining dykes are currently undergoing exploration including drill testing.

 

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The Amisk Lake Church is presenting the Trek 4 Truth Monday to Friday next week. Sunday school teacher Doreen Campbell says it’s put on by the Child Evangelism Fellowship for 5 to 13 year olds. She explains it offers the children to know about the Bible and be set free from different tactics that can happen at a young age, you want to give them a firm foundation so it’s basically foundation building.

             

Campbell says the Trek 4 Truth runs from 1 to 2 Monday to Friday next week.  You can just show up at the Amisk Lake Church at 1725 Moody Drive in Denare Beach or you can call 306-688-6277.

 

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The Flin Flon Rotary Club hosted the Canadian Forces Snowbirds yesterday.  It was a follow up show to a show they held here in 2016 and Snowbird Number 8 Greg Hume-Powell praised Flin Flon as a host.  He says there’s something about Flin Flon and he’s not sure what it is. He explains when he first joined the team he thought he’d like the huge big shows like Abbotsford and Toronto but Flin Flon captured his heart the last time with a true community show and it’s evident there’s a lot of support in the community and this is exactly the example he gives people across North America of his favorite kind of show.

             

The Snowbirds are members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who are experienced on an ejection seat aircraft and are accepted to be on the team that is made up of eleven aircraft who do sixty shows a year across North America.  At a lunch yesterday Rotarian Bill Jackson and the Snowbirds presented appreciation plaques to all the sponsors who supported the show.

SNowbird 8 Greg Hume-Powell

 

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