Twenty percent of eligible voters in Creighton went to the polls yesterday to fill one seat on their Town Council. From the five candidates Anita Rainville was elected receiving 77 votes. The other candidates were Max Own with 76 votes, Steele Higgins with 21, Richard Masson with 20 and Heather Strom with 7 votes.
204 residents cast ballots. Rainville will serve a two year term on Creighton Town Council.
Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding met with community representatives in Flin Flon Tuesday as part of pre-budget consultations. I asked about the province sharing tax revenue from cannabis sales with municipalities and he noted the province will face the bulk of costs through health care, addictions treatment and that sort of thing. He added he doesn’t want to leave listeners with the impression it’s going to be a huge windfall for the province because it certainly won’t be as they don’t anticipate bringing in more revenue than expenditures for at least two to three years but they have asked municipalities to track and watch their costs. He said one thing that will be transferred to municipalities is the federal government has committed money for the devices in terms of roadside testing as well as some of the police training costs.
On another topic Fielding said they have gone through major changes in the health care system to get better results and are investing about 386 million dollars more every year to health care but it has to be spent wisely.
Auditions are coming up for the Flin Flon Community Choirs performance of Mamma Mia that features the hits of Abba. Choir Director Crystal Kolt says everyone interested is invited to audition this weekend as they’re having auditions coming up this Sunday and Monday so people interested in auditioning are encouraged to do that but you need an audition package so you can call her on her cell phone and she will get your information to email it to you and that is 204-271-0315 or you can email the Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get you a package and set up a time for you to audition this coming weekend.
Mamma Mia will hit the stage May 10th to 12th.
Flin Flon Toastmasters will be holding their annual open house Monday evening. The Club’s Harry Hobbs says it will be a chance for you to see what happens at a Toastmasters meeting. He explains they’re having the open house in honor of Toastmasters Week which is a week that’s been set aside by the government to recognize the importance of good communications at Toastmasters meetings. He adds they will be demonstrating some of the things they learn at Toastmasters like some impromptu speaking, prepared speaking and a chance to ask questions and find out information on what Toastmasters can do to help you.
The open house is being held Monday evening at 7 in the Community Adult Learning Center on the lower floor of the former Co-op store on Main Street.
MP Niki Ashton was officially nominated last weekend as the NDP candidate for the Churchill Keewatinook Aski riding for the 2019 Federal Election. Ashton has promised to stand up for key issues facing northerners including housing, health care, and good jobs.
She says the government has always left regions like ours behind and we provide a lot of wealth for this country and deserve better.
Ashton will continue visiting across the riding to speak out on the issues that matter.
Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding made a stop in Flin Flon as he travels the province holding budget consultations. He says he’s hearing northern Manitoba priorities for the budget include fixing the economy to reduce debt servicing costs so money can be spent providing services, growing the economy and economic development. Ensuring that we have a diversified economy and a labor force base he thinks is something he’s heard loud and clear is important to the province and they put kind of a plan together Look North which they think is good for the economic bases but also there are some of the over arching issues that they hear, things like health care where they need to get better results. He notes when they took office we had some of the longest wait times in the country and so they’ve been able to turn those things around by spending wisely in these certain areas.
We’ll have more later in the week. You can share your ideas on a budget survey online at www.manitobansmakingchoices.ca.
Foran Mining has announced results from three additional holes from their summer resource definition drill program at their McIlvenna Bay copper zinc deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon. One of the holes intersected three contiguous zones of copper rich sulphide mineralization with a combined core length of 29.24 meters grading 2.76 percent copper equivalent.
Their President Patrick Soares says the three holes all targeted the copper and zinc rich Upper West Zone and continue to intersect significant grades and widths of mineralization. Of particular interest he adds is the thick sequence of high grade copper in the deeper part of the deposit and this speaks to the expansion potential that still exists as they continue to explore McIlvenna. The summer drill program was completed September 24th.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey questioned the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pedersen on a reduction in safety inspections and other measures in the workplace. He stated the Pallister government eliminated the Department of Labor, they cut the Advisory Council on Workplace Health and Safety, they’re weakening acceptable exposure standards for chemicals and other standards and now Workplace Health and Safety inspections have fallen by sixty percent asking will the Minister reverse course and make investments to keep workers safe.
Pedersen replied they are targeting safety inspections against those who are most likely to have workplace accidents which he says is a far better system than trying to have as many safety inspections as we can with no real purpose.
Thompson Bus has announced that they are now offering daily freight service between Thompson and north-western Manitoba.
The route will begin in Thompson with stops in Snow Lake, Flin Flon and The Pas before returning to Thompson. The company added that they will add a stop in Cranberry Portage once they have secured a location, and that freight will depart for Winnipeg following their normally scheduled service upon arrival in Thompson. The local depot for Thompson Bus will be at the current Greyhound depot at Coutt’s Convenience in Creighton.
Thompson Bus says that passenger service along the Thompson to Flin Flon route will follow in the near future.
Advance voting is being held in Flin Flon tomorrow to elect six City Councilors and seven School Trustees for those unable to vote on Election Day. There are 12 candidates to fill six seats on Council including Colleen Arnold, Tim Babcock, Joe Buie, Alan French, Tom Heine, David King, Karen MacKinnon, Colleen McKee, Jordana Oulette, Ken Pawlachuk, Guy Rideout and Patricia Sattelberger. There are 8 candidates for School Trustee with seven to be elected including Jill Akkerman, Tim Davis, Leslie Fernandes, Leslie Power, Amy Sapergia-Green, Angela Simpson, Murray Skeavington and Ebony Trubiak.
The advance poll will be open tomorrow from 8 am to 8 pm at Flin Flon City Hall at 20 First Avenue. Election Day is October 24th.
The Saskatchewan Government is receiving applications for a new incentive to help encourage mineral exploration in targeted areas of the province. One objective of the incentive is to encourage base metal exploration in the Creighton Denare Beach region which has a long history of base metal mining and processing.
The Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive is designed to cover a portion of expenditures associated with ground based exploration activities. It offers a rebate of 25 percent of eligible direct drilling costs up to an annual maximum of 50 thousand dollars per company on a pro-rated basis. The incentive will focus on base metals, precious metals and diamonds, commodities that have significant unrealized potential in the province.
During the past summer airborne electromagnetic, magnetic and gravity gradient surveys were flown over the vicinity of Creighton and Flin Flon funded as part of the Mineral Development Strategy. More information on the incentive can be found on the Saskatchewan Government website.
The Northern Manitoba Sector Council has made arrangements with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources to provide a seminar on the legalization of cannabis and the workplace in Flin Flon November 1st. The Council’s Executive Director Jamie Grant explains basically there are several questions about the anticipated impact on the culture and safety in the workplace and this workshop is designed to cover topics such as developing an effective drug use policy and how to identify someone under the influence. She adds the presenters that they have coming up to Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson are a lawyer from Taylor McCaffrey and an Addictions and Training Specialist both from Winnipeg.
The session which runs November 1st from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Hudbay Staff House is free but due to limited space you should register as soon as possible. To register contact Cindy Best at University College of the North at 204-687-1560 or email email@example.com.
Opaskwayak Cree Nations Aseneskak Casino has announced that Kelsey Bus Lines
2014 has received approval from The Manitoba Motor Transport Board to conduct
public bus transportation throughout Manitoba effective November 1st.
Passenger routes will include routes previously operated by greyhound along with
additional routes and the rates will also be similar to the ones offered by
Greyhound. They are also expected to offer freight service once all required
training and equipment is acquired.
The companies buses have been used by schools, sports teams, and various other
agencies and they have also been used to assist in evacuations.
The seasonal flu vaccine is once again available free of charge to all Manitobans aged six months and older. Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen says getting the flu vaccine is important for the health of all Manitobans but especially for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close family and friends. She adds every Manitoban knows an infant, a senior, someone with diabetes or asthma or someone seeking treatment for cancer so she encourages all to protect themselves as well as others by getting their no charge flu immunization this fall.
Flu shots will be available at the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Centre October 29th and November 3rd, 7th and 21st, at the Cranberry Portage Wellness Centre November 1st and 15th and the Snow Lake Health Center November 2nd, 13th and 14th. A complete list for the region is available on the Northern Health Region website.
Wednesday is by-election day in Creighton. Voters will cast ballots for one Town Councilor from a list of five candidates. They include Steele Higgens, Richard Masson, Max Owen, Anita Rainville and Heather Strom.
The polls will be open Wednesday from 9 am to 8 pm in the Town of Creighton Council Chambers at 300 First Street East. Voter identification will be required to vote. Results will be officially released Thursday morning.
Northland Ford and local schools are supporting the Lords Bounty Food Bank as part of the We Scare Hunger Campaign. Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay says We Scare Hunger is a program from Ford Canada to collect food to support local food banks. He explains last year they gathered over 25 hundred pounds of food items and this year they’d like to top the 3 thousand pound mark and with the charity of the local people in the Flin Flon Creighton Denare Beach area he’s quite certain they can do that mark. He adds they’ll be at the Bomber game on the 26th of October and they have a drop off point at Northland Ford where they want to fill the back of an F-150 and they’re certain that can be attained.
The campaign runs until the end of October.
Far Resources has identified multiple new exploration targets on its Zoro Lithium Project near Snow Lake. Final Mobile Metal Ion analytical reports have been received for 784 soil samples collected from the Project.
President Tony Mayo says each round of this highly successful geochemical technique yields further targets. He notes they now have over thirty anomalies for follow up at Zoro any of which could yield high grade lithium dykes of an economic scale adding all of the background work has been completed with every dollar spent on the Project having the potential to add significantly to the mineral inventory so they look forward to drills turning in the very near future.
So the proposed fall drill program can start prior to freeze up and assess the numerous anomalous responses situated in low lying ground Far Resources in conjunction with Westcore Drilling have developed a modified drill platform that will stabilize the drill and permit the next planned drill program to begin shortly.
Soup Days are underway for another season. Salvation Army Major Debbie Allen says Soup Days started Monday and are being well used. She explains they average 40 people but Monday they actually served 49 people including 10 children and that’s about what they finished with in the spring. She says sometimes they have larger crowds but that’s about an average.
Allen adds Soup Days run with volunteers from several churches in our community Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Anglican Church on Church Street and everyone is welcome.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey told the Legislature programs and services in the north need to be upgraded not cut. He stated this government made cuts to the Northern Patient Transport Program which helps people get the medical care they are entitled to in the city adding the most egregious cut is to the escort family members require when travelling to medical care in Winnipeg as people rely on this program for various reasons be it mobility issues, old age or lacking familiarity with the city. He added investment needs to be made in the active recruitment of medical care practitioners noting right now there are over 50 vacant nursing positions listed by the Northern Regional Health Authority and stating don’t get me started on the doctor shortages.
Lindsey says while the government is pocketing these cuts to funding, northern Manitobans will have to suffer the expense of travelling to reach health services that are not available in their own communities or worse just stay home and get sicker eventually increasing the cost of health care adding they deserve better.
With the use of non-medical cannabis becoming legal on October 17th the Flin Flon School Division received a letter from the Minister of Education and Training Kelvin Goertzen. This is a follow up to the information that all school divisions in Manitoba received this past April regarding the negative impact cannabis can have among young people. The division will be sending letters to parents in the near future which will contain relevant information as well as links to government websites.
The division’s math review in underway. This review will take a closer look at how the current curriculum is working. The math review is in rotation with reviews on all subjects in the division like literacy and technology. Parents will be asked for their input early in the new year.
The Central Canada Film Group is featuring the film Won’t You Be My Neighbor tomorrow night as part of their Films You May Have Missed series. The group’s Colin Davis explains it’s a film that takes an intimate look at everyone’s favorite neighbor Mr. Fred Rogers. He says this brand new documentary takes us beyond the zip up cardigans and the land of make believe and into the heart of a creative genius adding you can see what Mr. Rogers neighborhood looked like behind the scenes as we look into the life of this man that we all felt we knew.
Wont’ You Be My Neighbor will be shown at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre tomorrow night at 7:30 with free admission.
The group is also featuring another film about neighbors A Man Called Ove tonight at 7:30 at the Hapnot Theatre. It’s a story about an angry old man’s reaction to a boisterous young family that moves next door. Because it’s a Toronto International Film Festival feature admission tonight is ten dollars.
The One Square Foot art exhibition and auction wraps up Sunday at the Norva Centre. People purchased a 12 by 12 inch canvas and returned it with their art work on it. A silent auction has been underway and the Centre’s Karen Clark says this week they have been doing draws from the silent auction and these are posted on their Facebook page so an early bird draw means that the bidding has stopped early and they’re hoping people will come in and check their bids for their favorite piece and make sure that they are the top bid before they get drawn for the early bird. She adds on Sunday at 1:30 the live auction begins and Raphael Saray is the auctioneer and at 1 o’clock the doors open to give people a chance to come in and scan the sheets to see what there is that they want to bid on.
At the auction they will also feature a demonstration and display of tattoo art by Jason Feuerstein. The auction is a fund raiser for the Norva Centre at 177 Green Street.
Community Futures Greenstone’s Becky Cianflone reminded members of their Cardboard Challenge coming up Saturday from 1 to 4 at Ecole McIsaac School. It is free to enter with all supplies provided for all ages and challenges people to use their imagination in building creations with cardboard provided by the Recycling Center. You can register by calling them at 204-687-6967. She also mentioned their Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference coming up October 29th. It’s focus is to grow innovation and entrepreneurship in the north under the theme Dare to Do and is open to businesses, people in leadership roles and anyone else interested.
Chamber members continue to prepare for their annual Radio Auction on 102.9 CFAR October 27th.
And the Chamber has cancelled their October 23rdgeneral meeting with the next one being held on November 13th.
The Flin Flon & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Community Futures Greenstone has selected this year’s business and organization honourees.
This year’s recipients are;
Creighton Petro Canada- Tim Horton’s Kiosk- Owned and operated by PBCN PA Fuel & Convenience
Alluring Impressions Spa- Owned and operated by Joanne & Jarrett Kemp
Mugsy’s Deli- Owned and operated by Natasha Daneliuk
In addition, a new award has been created to honour youth in the region who show entrepreneurial spirit and ability. This year’s Emerging Entrepreneur Award goes to Grade 11 Hapnot Collegiate student Maryn McKee who operates Winx Eyelashes and has been involved in several prior ventures.
The Committee also selects a recipient for the Community Ambassador Award for an organization that contributes to the betterment of the community. The winner of this award is Johnny’s Social Club, operated by Greg East and Mark Rowe.
Awards will be presented during lunch at the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference on October 29th at the RH Channing Auditorium. To reserve tickets contact the Greenstone Office at 204-687-6967.
This is Fire Prevention Week. Flin Flin Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports residential fires are still a concern. He explains data from Stats Canada show that the number of structural fires declined by 20 percent between 2005 and 2014 however residential fires consistently accounted for roughly 6 of every 10 structure fires during that period. He says the Flin Flon Fire Department responded to 74 emergency calls in 2017, 8 of which were residential structure fires with one fire fatality reported.
Cooper adds the leading cause of home fires last year was electrical in nature. We remind you once again that anyone ordering a pizza from Domino’s today might receive their pizza delivered by a fire truck. If your smoke alarms are working the pizza is free, if not a smoke alarm will be installed free of charge. The theme of Fire Prevention Week is look, listen, learn be aware fire can happen anywhere.
This is Fire Prevention Week and Flin Flon Fire Chief Chad Cooper explains this years theme re-enforces the need to be aware of fire. He notes this week’s fire prevention theme is look, listen, learn and be aware fire can happen anywhere so under look you look for where fire could start, listen you listen for the sound of your smoke alarm and learn you learn two ways out of every room.
Firefighters will also be visiting local schools this week to talk to students about fire prevention.
Anyone ordering a pizza from Domino's tomorrow may received their pizza delivered by a fire truck. If your smoke alarms are working your pizza is free, if not a smoke alarm will be installed free of charge.
University College of The North is holding an Industry Engagement Night at their campus in The Pas November 6th. Their Cooperative Education Coordinator Krystle Paskaruk says it offers UCN students the opportunity to meet one on one with as many employers as possible. She explains when she speaks about the Industry Engagement Nights she encourages them to go out and meet people, get some names, get some telephone numbers and get themselves connected to the future. She adds there’s an opportunity for them to have meaningful conversations with employers and industry partners about career pathways, how to get their foot in the door, what kind of training they need, what a day in the life of this career looks like and really start some meaningful dialogue to advance them in their career path.
The event takes place November 6th from 5 to 7 at The Pas UCN campus as well as in Thompson on the 8th. Registration for interested employers is required by October 19th by contacting Krystle at 204-627-8557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council heard from a local resident about piles of dirt, rock and concrete left on city land at the end of Boam Street by a contractor. She said she has contacted City Hall but nothing has been done even though the contractor was not given permission to leave it there. She asked if there are rules or bylaws to prevent someone from leaving piles like these where they interfere with sidewalks, traffic and plug culverts. Mayor Cal Huntley replied having just received this information they are not prepared to answer her questions but will review the presentation, pictures and the site and will make sure she gets some answers and see that it is cleaned up appropriately.
Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for September indicating a false alarm, a residential fire and assisting with a child with a foot impaled by a metal spike and Council will move their next regular meeting from October 16th to Tuesday October 23rd at 7 pm.
A Local Roots Aqua Center Coffee House Benefit is coming up Saturday October 13th. One of the organizers Ann Ross says it’s a family friendly night of music featuring Syd Tippett, Ron Burwash, Jake and Friede Reimer, Holly Freeborn with Lyle Wallaker, Harold Romo, John Taylor and Colin Davis.
The Coffee House gets underway Saturday October 13th at 7 in the Flin Flon Community Hall. Tickets are at the door at 10 dollars for adults and 5 for children 12 and under. Ross adds coffee, tea, pop and juice will be provided and if you wish you can bring your own apps, desserts or snacks. There will also be a penny parade and the FlinFlonopy game can also be purchased.
The Freedom Outreach Program in Denare Beach held their 6th annual Walk For Freedom last month. The group’s Kandie Lagore explained the Walk is a fund raiser that Freedom Outreach runs to help raise funds for their Center and their Center is all about helping men struggling with addictions who want help to live a life of Freedom.
Lagore reports money is still coming in but so far they have raised just over 8331 dollars. The winner of the prize for raising the most money was Della Chilson receiving a weekend stay for two at the Victoria Inn of her choice.
Foran Mining Corporation has released the results from an additional three holes of its
summer resource definition drill program at its McIlvenna Bay zinc copper deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon. Foran intersected 27 meters of continuous mineralization including 8.2 meters of massive sulphide grading 11.3 percent zinc.
President Patrick Soares says they continue to intersect thick high grade zones of mineralization at the deposit as indicated by these latest results. He adds they have just wrapped up a four drill program where they have completed over 12 thousand meters of drilling. In addition to the resource definition and in-fill drilling, holes for metallurgical sampling, geotechnical and hydrogeological studies have been completed which are critical to the preparation of the feasibility study they initiated earlier this year.
Community Futures Greenstone invites you to be part of their amazing cardboard challenge. Their General Manager Becky Cianflone explains the cardboard challenge is all about challenging our community to get together and be creative and innovative and to build the ideas that we night have in our minds. She adds pre-registration is preferred but if people just want to show up that’s fine too as they’ll have lots of cardboard and supplies for everyone to join in.
You can enter as a team of 3 to 5 people by calling their office at 204-687-6967 or visit their Facebook page. It runs Saturday October 13th from 1 to 4 in the Ecole McIsaac School gym. It is free and sponsored by Community Futures Greenstone, the Flin Flon Recycling Center and Flin Flon School Division.
In Question Period last week M. P. Niki Ashton told the Prime Minister about her visit to a mom in Red Sucker Lake. She explains as she was leaving Rhonda told her how happy she was it was summer time because she could stay in her house, a house that was covered partially by tarps and without a bathroom in Canada in 2018. She added her question to the Prime Minister is why is his government failing First Nations people like Rhonda and so many First Nations women across this country by failing to act on the housing crisis that exists in Canada today.
Prime Minister Trudeau responded they have moved forward to correcting the housing situation in their first years in government with 8.6 billion dollars towards Indigenous communities particularly in housing and they recognize there are still significant needs moving forward with a 40 billion dollars national housing strategy.
A large crowd gathered yesterday to celebrate a successful weekend of Culture Days by Dancing Down Main Street. Organizer Crystal Kolt says living in Canada we could expect a cold Culture Days but it was still amazing. She says they had 134 events and every one of them was well attended. Dancing Down Main Street was another amazing success with Evan Zach and Courtney Lycan’s song Summertime. She adds they had so many memorable new experiences with Dancing Light Through Birch Bark and then all of our favorites were there with all the guest artists that visited so it was another perfect, wonderful exciting Culture Days, a great tribute to arts and culture in Canada.
This year’s 134 events tops last year’s just over 120 events when Flin Flon placed first for events in communities with under 50 thousand people and third across the country.
Creighton Community School is holding their annual seniors lunch Wednesday. School Coordinator Carol Sutherland extends an invitation to all Creighton and Denare Beach seniors to attend for a complimentary lunch with Miss Unrau’s music students providing the entertainment. She asks you to RSVP her at 306-688-2204.
The seniors lunch is being held Wednesday at 11:30 in the Creighton School gym.
Niki Ashton says relief is the only way to describe the reaction to the announcement that a new northern led consortium will be taking over the Hudson Bay rail line and the port of Churchill. Relief because it means that repairs will be made to the rail line, because it means the port can reopen and because Omnitrax will no longer be able to hold the community of Churchill and the government of Canada to ransom. She says what we saw with Churchill and the rail line was the result of a disastrous privatization by the Liberal government in 1997.
Ashton adds it makes no sense to privatize strategic assets like Churchill. At a time when the federal government is looking at doing much the same with airports and other transportation infrastructure we need to recognize the degree to which privatization has failed in the past. She concludes the true credit for what has happened does not go to the federal government it goes to Churchill and the Northern First Nations that worked to find a solution.
The One Square Foot art exhibition and auction is underway at the Norva Center. People purchased a 12 by 12 inch canvas and returned it with their art work on it and the Center’s Karen Clark explains there’s two ways to bid on it. She says the Square Foot has been installed and it’s spread over the one wall and on the tables in front of each piece is a paper that people can write their silent auction bid on and the silent auction bidding goes on until October 14th and then they have a live auction and Raphael Saray is their auctioneer once again.
The auction is a fundraising event for Norva. You can view and bid on the art at the Center at 177 Green Street Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturdays from 12:30 to 4:30.
University College of the North is hosting a workshop on Writing Proposals That Win. Northern Mining Academy Operations Manager Craig Cowper says the course is aimed at assisting public and private organizations with the proposal writing process which is often required when requesting funding. He says it is certainly something that is very applicable to many of the organizations and communities here in the north. He explains participants will learn to write clear precise executive summaries, understand the proposal writing process and this is a high quality course with highly recommended great facilitators and they’re willing to allow participants to bring some existing work in progress for help with those proposals and documents.
The course is being held at the Hudbay Staff House Wednesday October 10th from 8 to 4:30 and you can register at a cost of 425 dollars by calling Cindy Best at 204-687-1560 or email email@example.com.
Creighton Community School is recognizing Orange Shirt Day Monday. School Coordinator Carol Sutherland explains Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis’s story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the mission and this is an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of Residential Schools happening annually. She explains they have various classroom project underway including sewing mini orange shirts as well as attachment hearts and to ensure that everyone is able to participate in Orange Shirt Day they will have mini orange shirts available for those who do not have one.
Sutherland adds the date was chosen for the time of year when children were taken from their homes to residential schools and is an opportunity to set anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the upcoming school year. As we reported yesterday students and staff in Flin Flon School Division will be wearing Orange tomorrow in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Greenstone are sponsoring their annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Chamber Past President Dianne Russell says they are looking for nominations from the communities of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach and Cranberry Portage so if there’s anyone out there either a Chamber member or even anyone in the community who is interested in sending in a nomination for a local business who they can recognize this year. She says they do this each year and they used to do it in the evening with a gala but this year it’s going to be on October 29th at lunch in the middle of the Infusion conference when they are going to be honoring some businesses and they’re looking for people to take the time to nominate someone they would like to possibly honor.
Nominations must be submitted by Tuesday at the latest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chamber office at 204-687-4518.
Local writer Raphael Saray is again presenting an old time live radio play as part of Culture Days this weekend. He says it’s the world premiere of a play he wrote called A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Whitney Forum and it’s a Roman farce, there’s some musical elements, there are cabbage rolls being made, there’s an ode to a dentist that’s no long with us, it’s very fun and very madcap and it’s coming to Johnny’s Social Club Friday night at 8:30 and Saturday afternoon at 3:30 and it’s all free.
Along with Saray the play features Susan Gunn, Vanessa Unrau, Brent Lethbridge, Natalie Milligan and Alain Lachapelle.
A light agenda meant for a brief meeting last night for the Flin Flon School Board.
Superintendent Constance McCleese reported the Leadership Training Group will be joined by members from the Kelsey Administration. She also mentioned Orange Shirt Day is being recognized this Friday in the Division so expect to see a lot of Orange on staff and students. She also extended many thanks to Katie Anderson and Natalie Milligan for their input and working with students for Culture Days events. McCleese said it’s a wonderful opportunity for students to explore and expand their learning.
The Terry Fox National School Run is taking place tomorrow. Millions of students across Canada take part in Terry Fox Runs every year making it one of the largest fundraising events in Canadian history.
Creighton Community School is holding their Terry Fox Walk tomorrow morning starting at 10:30 at the School with a fundraising goal of 500 dollars. If they reach that Mr. A. Cable will dye his beard Kodiak Green,
The Manitoba Terry Fox Foundation says educators are vital in ensuring Terry’s legacy remains vibrant and relevant. They note the difference our schools are making towards ridding the world of cancer and coming together to honor a Canadian hero.
Community Futures Greenstone Manager Becky Cianflone reminded Chamber members of the annual Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference October 29th. She noted it’s to grow innovation and entrepreneurship in the north under the theme Dare to Do and is open to businesses, people in leadership roles and anyone else interested. Greenstone also has their annual Cardboard Challenge coming up October 13th for all ages where teams of 3 to 5 people are challenged to build cardboard creations. We’ll have more on these events on upcoming newscasts.
Past President Dianne Russell reported on the recent Northern Chambers meeting held recently in Flin Flon with presentations from the Manitoba Chambers on Look North and support for northern Chambers and UCN on what they can offer businesses in the north. She added the biggest focus of the afternoon roundtable was uniting the voices of northern Chambers from Churchill to Swan River to get the attention of the provincial government.
The Chamber will be writing to the provincial Boundaries Commission asking that the boundaries of Flin Flon constituency remain where they are instead of combining it with The Pas riding.
Moms and their babies are invited to join the World Breastfeeding Challenge being held Saturday morning to support moms and promote breastfeeding. The Northern Health Region’s Ruth Unrau says it’s a fun event in response to a challenge for which geographic area has the most breastfeeding babies as a percent of the birth rate. She explains it’s basically like a celebration of breastfeeding and it’s to demonstrate promotion, protection and support for breast feeding women and their families and it’s a chance for peer support done in a fun social way.
The breastfeeding challenge takes place at the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Center Saturday morning at 11 with the doors open at 10:45. Unrau adds there’s no cost and there will be snacks, door prizes and fun social time for everyone.
Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Malloy visited Creighton Community School to present student awards for last years achievements.
His Lieutenant Governor’s Award was presented to grade twelve student Victoria Pedwell. Northern Saskatchewan Student Achievement Awards were presented to Myles Patterson for grade eight, for grade nine Victoria Watkins and Abbey Cowper, for grade ten Bree Patterson and Lauren Fox, for grade eleven Hunter Brasch and for grade twelve Victoria Pedwell and Aline Nasselquist.
The Northern Student Achievement Awards were established in 1989 by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. The Lieutenant Governor’ Award of excellence recognizes one student from across the province at each grade level from 7 to 12. The award criteria include academic standing, school attendance and involvement in cultural activities.
As part of Culture Days the Flin Flon Public Library is holding a wine and cheese evening featuring Human Books Friday. Administrator Courtney Campbell explains they have five Human Books this year including Karen Clark a local artist, Noe Ishaka who is a local teacher and a father who will be talking about his immigrant experience to Canada, Brad Bellegarde who is an Indigenous hip hop artist who’s worked with local students making music, Marlowe Cochrane who is a former police officer who’s a magician who works with youth to make positive life choices and Val Meiner also known as Puff the Clown who’s had a long time involvement with Culture Days in Flin Flon.
The Human Books will be available at the Library from 7:30 to 9:30 Friday night with the doors open at 7. Along with wine and cheese they will have apple cider, coffee, tea and a 50-50 draw.
The Library is also holding a Seniors Brunch Friday morning from 10 to 12 for seniors to get together over brunch and help identify photos for the Flin Flon Heritage Project.
Canadian Red Cross Pink Day is coming up February 27th. The day is held to show support for bullying prevention and their Program Rep for Respect Education Carolyn Labossiere says you can help select the pink day t-shirt from three designs and individuals can do that by going online to www.redcross.ca/pink and they can vote up to one time per day up until October 4th and everyone who casts a vote will be showing their support for bullying prevention and by standing up to bullying you can really be someone’s hero.
The chosen design will be worn on Red Cross Pink Day across Canada with the winning design announced in November.
Culture Days will feature a Wild Things Outdoor Village in Creekside Park Saturday. One of the organizers Danielle Yungwurth says they have over 20 vendors this year, they have a few organizations in Hudbay Women’s Network, Pottery Club, Girl Guides and the Pride Committee. She adds they’re also going to have the Village Stage which is going to be running at the same time, the Wild Things Tavern, beer, cider, some seasonal stuff, Tarot Card readings, mini massages, the Miner’s Tent, Yoga in The Park from 10:30 to 11:30, they’re hoping to have some food, coffee, hot chocolate, a 50-50 and you can follow their Facebook page for more information.
The Wild Things Outdoor Village is open Saturday from 10 to 4 at Creekside Park.
The Flin Flon Fire Department held their annual Boot Drive on Third Avenue earlier this month. Fire Chief Chad Cooper says this year’s Firefighter’s Charity Boot Drive in partnership with Flin Flon Scotia Bank held Friday, September 7th raised a total of 13,844 dollars. He notes every year it amazes him how generous and caring the community is when raising money for charities so on behalf of the Flin Flon Fire Department he extends their heartfelt thank you to the community.
The money raised will support the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund, Flin Flon Community Adult Learning Center and the Flin Flon Northern Lights Regional Training Center.
The RCMP in Manitoba have partnered with the Moose Hide Campaign and launched a month long, province-wide effort to help reduce, and one day end violence towards women and children.
Until October 17th RCMP detachments across the province will be holding community events to raise awareness about gender-based violence and while the campaign targets men and boys, everyone is encouraged to participate.
Support for the Moose Hide Campaign is demonstrated by wearing a moose hide square which signifies ones commitment to honour, respect and protect the women and children in their life and to work together to end violence against women and children.
More information about the Moose Hide Campaign can be found online at www.moosehidecampaign.ca.
Foran Mining Corporation has reported initial results from four holes of the ongoing summer resource definition drill program at their McIlvenna Bay zinc copper deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon. Their President and CEO Patrick Soares says several high grade intersections were encountered in these first four holes confirming the consistency of the grade of the mineralization in this area of the McIlvenna Bay deposit. He says they currently have three drills on site and plan to complete over 12 thousand meters of drilling during this field season which is expected to last until the end of September.
These first four holes are a continuation of the drilling from the 2018 winter program and target the central part of the deposit. They report drilling continues to intersect significant high grade zones of mineralization including intersecting 9.4 percent zinc over 6.1 meters.
The Women’s Resource Center is holding a workshop on How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen and Listen so Your Kids Will Talk. The Center’s Barb Hopkinson says the free eight week program will teach parents proven skills. She explains some examples are how to set boundaries, communication, coping with a child’s negative behavior, engaging co-operation plus other skills to develop a child into a responsible person. She adds the skills will help to add peace and harmony while creating a positive family atmosphere of love and respect.
The workshop will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 starting October 3rd. To register call the Center at 204-681-3105.
Organizer of the school events for Culture Days Katie Anderson says students go to school next Friday and take part in events. For example she says K to 2 will have music presentations and grade 3 and 4 will go to the Denare Beach Museum, the grad fives are doing soap stone carving, the grade sixes are bused to the Community Hall for half a day where they are in an hour and a half workshop where they learn some new skills or make or build something, the grade twelves were organized by Natalie Milligan and they are having 19 different workshops from guitar to improve, silk screening, knitting, hoop dancing, medicine wheel, virtual reality, photography in a wonderful half day in the afternoon at Hapnot School.
Culture Days continue through the following Saturday and Sunday with over 130 events listed on the link at www.flinflononline.com.
Flin Flon Mayor Cal Huntley was re-elected by acclamation when he was the only candidate to file nomination papers Tuesday. He says he wants to keep moving forward with Council. He says it’s a tough environment right now but they’re trying to take a positive tack adding they’ve built a lot of good relationships with our neighboring communities as well as with the province that start to show some signs of fruition and he likes the road they’re travelling down right now and he just wants to continue with that. He notes he is very pleased that the community of Flin Flon, his home, has acclaimed him and he’s very proud of that and humbled as well.
Huntley says they have set the ground work and diversification is the key by moving from a mining community to a service community with mining still a big part of that but we want to be less dependent on where that mine is.
The Flin Flon and Area Against Sexual Exploitation Committee invites you to their seventh annual Grandmother’s Walk tomorrow. The Committee’s Christa McIntyre explains it was originally started by a grandmother who wanted us to stand together and let it be known that children’s voices need to be heard, that they’re not alone and that they’re loved, so we join together men, women, children and youth and we walk in solidarity to bring awareness to sexual exploitation and to help to deliver the message that violence against our children must stop.
The event begins at 11:30 tomorrow morning with a pipe ceremony at the Neighbors of the North Park near Super K. At 12 noon the Awareness Walk will go down Main Street to Pioneer Square where there will be free entertainment, food and refreshments.
The North Star Quilters Guild is holding its Quilt Show at the Flin Flon Community Hall tomorrow and Saturday. The Guild’s Audrey Neufeld says there’s going to be about 130 quilted items with quilters from Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Cranberry Portage and they have two members from southern Saskatchewan displaying items for the first time. She adds there’s also a Merchant’s Mall for quilters and other sewers with Road 17 North from Winkler and Mami’s Country Quilts from Duck Lake, Saskatchewan and both venders will be doing a demonstration of some new products.
There will also be raffles, a door prize, toonie parade, you can sign up for a beginners quilt class and enjoy coffee, tea and cookies. The show is open tomorrow from noon to 9 and Saturday from ten to four in the Community Hall with admission five dollars each day.
At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley reported the province has made changes to the Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit effective January 1st. It changes how the education property tax credit will be applied to residential homeowner’s property taxes as it will no longer be applied to municipal property taxes but will be applied to school taxes only.
Huntley added 1472 resident currently take part in the tax credit but 447 of those will no longer be able to apply the difference between their Tax Credit and their School Taxes to their Municipal Taxes and the minimum of 250 dollars has been removed. He notes residents assessed between 15 thousand and 72 thousand five hundred dollars will feel the impact of this change the most and any homeowners paying at least 7 hundred dollars in School Taxes will not seen a difference.
Flin Flon’s Culture Days are just over a week away. The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says the number of events keeps on growing. She explains they have another fabulous set of over 130 events happening in Culture Days recognized on the national site. She mentioned the market which is on Creekside called The Wild Things Outdoor Village and that is going to be just filled to the rafters plus a lot of other events so just check online on CFAR as well as the Reminder and go to www.culturedays.ca to see all the events.
Culture Days run from September 28th to 30th with all three days full of events with one of the popular participation events Dancing Down Main Street Sunday afternoon starting at 12:30.
When nominations closed at 4:30 this afternoon current Mayor Cal Huntley was the only candidate to file papers to run for Mayor. He will be declared elected by acclamation.
Twelve candidates are running to fill the six seats on Council. They include current Councilors Tim Babcock, Karen MacKinnon, Colleen McKee, Ken Pawlachuk and Guy Rideout along with Colleen Arnold, Joe Buie, Alan French, Thomas Heine, Dave King, Jordanna Oulette, and Patricia Sattelberger.
19 year Councilor Bill Hanson announced last week he would not be seeking re-election.
Eight candidates are running for the seven seats on the Flin Flon School Board including current Trustees Tim Davis, Leslie Fernandes, Amy Supergia Green, Angela Simpson and Murray Skeavington along with Jill Akkerman, Leslie Power and Ebony Trubiak.
All are for four year terms running until November 2022. Candidates have 24 hours to withdraw their name if they choose. Election Day will be October 24th.
Impact Youth is being held Thursday nights at the Alliance Church. One of the organizers Kayla Kemp explains it’s a program for youth 11 to 18 to explore their faith. She says they usually play games, have a time of worship, a snack, watch a video or listen to a talk and then depending on the size they’ll break into groups and discuss the topic for the night and then usually end in prayer, but also have nights where they’ll visit the senior’s residences or prepare freezer meals to give to people in need as well as occasional movie nights. She adds their main vision behind it is to provide a safe place for youth to come, open up and be real with each other and they want to see them transformed though the Gospel of Jesus that the youth would see how loved and valued they are by God and in turn show that love to those around them that they would each know they have a purpose and incredible power to make an impact on the world around them simply by living out their faith.
Impact Youth is free and runs from 7 to 9 Thursday nights at the Alliance Church at 237 Green Street. For information you can call Kayla at 204-271-5357 or Lia at 204-271-3738.
The Womens Resource Center is holding Crafts and Coffee Thursday afternoons. The Center’s Lori Sealey says it offers crafting and conversation for women to have an afternoon out starting this Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Womens Resource Center. She explains they would like the ladies to come out for coffee and crafting and they provide the snacks, beverages, all the supplies and they’ll be doing things like painting canvasses, Christmas cards, Christmas ornaments, scrapbooking, wreaths, themed holiday crafts which means Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines and there’s no cost to register, the crafts are yours to keep and if you have a pre-schooler bring them along.
To register for Crafts and Coffee you can call the Womens Resource Center at 204-681-3105.
The President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce attended the Northern Chambers meeting held in Flin Flon Saturday. Chuck Davidson says it’s important for them to get a sense of what some of the issues Chambers are dealing with in Northern Manitoba and what the provincial body can do to see that they’re addressed. He says there was a lot of discussion Saturday about economic development which obviously is a key pillar and a key challenge in northern Manitoba so a lot of those discussion took place in terms of we need to press the government to make sure that northern economic development continues to be a priority for them and that they understand the importance of northern Manitoba on the Manitoba economy.
Davidson adds regional meetings are held to make sure the provincial body remains connected to the seventy Chambers across the province and their concerns and to find some common goals as well.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Northern Chambers meeting Saturday. It was attended by Chamber members from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson and Swan Valley as well as representatives from the provincial Chamber offices in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Organizer local Chamber Past President Dianne Russell said it was a broad conversation highlighting some items including federal funding announced for the Churchill rail line. She explained they discussed how tourism connects to economic development, how they can combine their voices to have one voice so they’re more easily heard by their southern counterparts and how they’re trying to progress here in the north. She added there was a lot of focus on the big news Friday about the rail line and how they can continue to progress forward and the other line that came up is how can our municipalities be open for business.
The first meeting of northern Chambers was held in Thompson last year with a decision still to be made on who will host next year’s meeting.
The Freedom Outreach Program is holding its sixth annual Walk For Freedom Saturday. The group’s Kandie Lagore says walkers will meet at Jason’s Kal Tire in Creighton at 9:30 with the walk starting at 10 and ending at the Alliance Church with a barbeque. She explains the Walk is a fund raiser that Freedom Outreach runs and that’s to help raise funds for their Center and their Center is all about helping men struggling with addictions who want help to live a life of freedom.
Lagore adds the walk is open to all ages with sponsor sheets available at the Alliance, Baptist, Pentecostal, Salvation Army and Cornerstone churches or call the Center at 306-362-2117. The prize for the participant who raises the most money is a weekend stay for two at the Victoria Inn of your choice.
The 16th annual Manitoba Arts Networks Rural and Northern Juried Art Show is underway in Winnipeg. It features selected works submitted to the Regional Juried Art Shows held across Manitoba each year. This year’s show features sixty artists including Flin Flon Artists Karen Clark, Rosimeire Anjos, Matthew Enns and Kim Smedegaard as well as Elaine Angelski and Brandy Bloxom from Denare Beach. Brandy picked up second prize at the Manitoba show for her photo titled A Century Lost.
The Network states the show provides an opportunity for artists in the north and rural regions to present their work to an urban audience and gives Winnipeg audiences an idea of the scope of work being created outside the perimeter. The show is free and is being held at the Buhler Gallery at St. Boniface Hospital and is open Monday to Friday from 10 to 8 and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 until September 30th.
The rail line is the only land link to the subarctic town of 900 people, and was washed out by heavy flooding in the spring of 2017.
Since then, goods and people have had to be flown in and prices for groceries and fuel have skyrocketed.
A consortium of northern communities reached a deal recently to take over the rail line and port from Denver-based Omnitrax.
The federal funding consists of $74 million to help with the ownership transfer and necessary repairs.
Another $43 million will subsidize operations of the rail line and port for the next 10 years.
The Community Adult Learning Center has started their new season. The Center’s Heather Jobes explains the Community Adult Learning Center is a certified adult learning and literacy facility that provides and supports the development and delivery of adult focused programming for adults 18 years and over. She says their program offers help with literacy in areas such as reading, writing and communications as well as help with high school math and language arts credits. Jobes notes scheduling is flexible to meet your needs and their program is free of charge. She adds they also help prepare you for your GED test offered at their Center in November and registration for the GED test should be completed by mid October.
The programs at the Center run from September to June from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday. For information you can call 204-687-3223 or visit them on the lower level of the former Co-op store on Main Street.
Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced that it has acquired through map staking a one hundred percent interest in two separate land packages. They report they now control approximately 169 thousand hectares making it the largest landholder in the Snow Lake portion of the Flin Flon Snow Lake greenstone belt.
President Ken Lapierre says the belt has been home to over 30 base metal mines and 8 gold mines adding having worked there for over 13 years they felt the time was right to acquire key land position in a new mining camp south-southeast of Snow Lake. They Acquired the VMS number one and number two properties for their potential to host significant new high grade mineral discoveries. They are now beginning the compilation of all available data and are planning to complete an airborne geophysical survey with the ultimate goal of identifying drill targets.
The Fin Flon Arts Council held their annual meeting last night. President Sheri Pearson reported it has been a very busy year with lots of wonderful performances, opportunities and new talents emerging which is a trend that is exciting to watch as they seem to continually build on past performance seasons..
Highlights were reported from their eleven standing committees and the 12 organizations that fall under their umbrella.
Pearson mentioned several events for the upcoming season including continuing to evaluate the feasibility of the North Central Canada Center for the Arts and Environment. In upcoming performances she mentioned Ham Sandwich’s Treasure Island, Ballet Jorgen and the Community Choirs major performance of Mamma Mia adding the Marketing Committee is dedicated to creating a value added theme to all their performances which could include cabaret style performances with a bar or raffle tickets with themed gift baskets and prizes.
The Arts Council included in their constitution their mission statement to support art in the north and northern artists.
The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation held their annual meeting Tuesday night. Their Executive Director Laurence Gillespie says the meeting was highlighted by programs and community engagement. H explains they talked about the Neighborhood Renewal Fund, the current move underway to make sure that program is retained in Manitoba because we know it’s a very important one for Flin Flon. He adds they also talked about doing more to engage with the community like they want to do a lot more through community partnerships and integrating with the community and do things together with other organizations so they want to work on community outreach, they want to get more involved in the community so they got really good marching orders handed down by those who attended the meeting.
Gillespie says they also elected members to their Board but they still need three more members. Anyone interested can contact them at 204-687-6972 or drop into their office above Pharmasave.
The Manitoba Electoral Boundaries Commission held a hearing in Flin Flon yesterday on the proposed electoral division boundaries. One proposed change sees Flin Flon and The Pas riding becoming one due to low population in Flin Flon riding to get closer to their average of just over 22 thousand.
Greg Bauman questioned the population numbers used by the commission and also noted The Pas and Flin Flon have different economies and issues. He suggested keeping the two ridings separate with Flin Flon expanding further north as well as east to include Waboden adding current boundaries have worked well for 50 years. MLA Tom Lindsey said if the population of Flin Flon is the problem then he agrees with the changes proposed by Bauman noting its more about representation than numbers supported by Leslie Beck who questioned how do you get people in isolated communities to have fair representation in the Legislature. Mayor Cal Huntley added since there is no solution to these issues raised why change the boundaries unless they can show there are huge improvements to come beyond just numbers.
Commission Chair Richard Chartier said they will do their due diligence in looking at population adding they also look at putting communities of interest together. Their final report is due December 31st.
Superintendent Constance McCleese reported teaching staff from all schools in the Division will be attending ELA training this month in The Pas. The courses are conveniently held in The Pas to avoid flying to Winnipeg as staff from Kelsey and Swan Valley School Divisions will also be taking part in the ongoing training sessions hosted by members from the Ministry of Education. Teaching staff from Flin Flon Division will also be participating in early literacy assessment training here in October, part of ongoing training from the Ministry of Education. Staff have also been reviewing accessibility training this month provided by the Rick Hanson Foundation.
The French Immersion video conferencing system is up and working. The Division has received a letter from the Ministry of Education proclaiming the week of September 17 to 21 as School Support Staff Week in Manitoba. McCleese stated the Division is fortunate to have hard working EAs and Maintenance staff that continue to do an excellent job.
Nominations closed at 4 yesterday afternoon for a byelection for one Councilor for the Town Of Creighton. Six people filed papers by the deadline including Steele Higgins, Richard Masson, Max Owen, Anita Rainville, Heather Strom and Matt Winterton. The candidates have 24 hours to withdraw their name if they choose.
An advance poll will be held October 3rd with election day October 17th.
The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA is holding a Bark-A-Billy event Saturday night. Board member Carmen Ward says they need your support. She explains they are hosting a Rockabilly band from Saskatoon called Hot Rod Hullaballoo which is something new they’re bringing to Flin Flon so they’re pretty excited and encouraging the public to dress up in their poodle skirts and for the guys to grease back their hair and have fun and there’re also going to have a 50-50 draw at the concert. She adds it’s a really important fund raiser for the SPCA as they are currently full of cats and dogs and they really need support from the public.
The event takes place Saturday night at 9 at the Unwinder in the Victoria Inn with tickets 30 dollars at the door.