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The Flin Flon Environment Council held their annual meeting last night.  Recycling Centre Administrator Deb Odegaard reported they recycled just over 463 tonnes last year up 21 tonnes from the year before.  The increase was in part the result of the beginning of curbside pick up in Denare Beach.  The Red Bag curbside program in Flin Flon averages 15 to 20 bags weekly and is covering costs and business pickups have a significant surplus that helps cover the cost of processing and shipping costs for cardboard as there is no subsidy for it.  They also recycled just over 30 tonnes of electronics and 409 kilograms of household batteries.  Odegaard noted the Hazardous Waste Depot at the landfill officially opened in September.

             

Odegaard presented the Curbside Service Provider in Creighton Award to Ray Gilfillan, the Curbside Service Provider in Denare Beach Award to John Moore and Kathy McGrath, the Employee Service Award to Dave Didyk and the Board Member Award to Barb Lyons.

 

Deb Odegaard with Ray Gilfillan John Moore & Kathy McGrathDave Didyk                            Barb Lyons

 

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The 35th annual Manitoba Business Awards Gala is being held this fall.  The President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Chuck Davidson says it honors worthy Manitoba businesses with categories for all sizes of businesses from all four corners of Manitoba along with a special award. He says they are also looking for some of those businesses that have been in operation for more than 50 years in Manitoba and so they’ve got a special category for long term achievement rural and looking for Manitoba based companies that have been in operation for more than 50 years that are based outside the city of Winnipeg.  He says there’s an application process they can go through and they’re more than happy to take companies from throughout Manitoba to be part of the process.

             

Nomination forms can be found online at www.mbchamber.mb.ca with the deadline for submissions the end of the day Friday May 4th.

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Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey demanded action on the Port of Churchill in the Legislature last week stating the port is closed to grain shipments, the rail line is out of service but the governing party is so deaf to these concerns that they’re now having a political fundraiser for the PC Party of Manitoba with a prize of two tickets to Churchill but of course you’ll have to fly there because there is no rail line going there.  He added the people of Churchill need their port reopened, they need the rail line restored and they need leadership from this government.

             

The Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pedersen replied they are very proud of Churchill and what it has to offer and will continue to support Churchill each and every day.  Lindsey suggested if the minister believes that the PC party should turn all the profits from their sale over to support Churchill.

 

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A new report from Brandon University says looming mine closures in Thompson and Flin Flon may cost the region so many residents that northern Manitoba could lose one of its five provincial ridings by the 2028 election.

The university's Rural Development Institute says that over the last three years, a series of events or announcements have cast a long shadow of economic instability over many communities in Manitoba's north.

The study was commissioned by Manitoba's electoral boundaries commission.

Its authors caution it is more an analysis of the demographics and economies of rural and remote Manitoba than a series of recommendations about specific boundary changes.

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Grade seven band students from Flin Flon School Division were in The Pas last week.  Band Instructor Anna Harrison says they were part of The Pas Music and Fine Arts Festival.  She says they played at Margaret Barbour Collegiate for an adjudicator and her name is Patsy Andrews-Verte from the Winnipeg area and she was adjudicating all of the instrumental events at the Festival and she did a clinic with them for about 45 minutes just helping them get better.  She says it was a really great experience and the kids played very very well.

             

Harrison adds this is a new experience for her band students with the grade eight students attending the Festival for the first time last year.

 

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Parents are reminded to register your children for Kindergarten in Flin Flon School Division.   Administrative Assistant Kathryn Church says the deadline to register is April 30th.  She explains children must be turning five by December 31st, 2018 in order to register.  Parents and guardians can register at the school in their catchment and if they are not sure which school they should register at they can call her at 204-681-3424.  Church adds a birth certificate is the preferred option for the proof of age and the child’s legal name however other documents will be considered and children that are currently attending Kindervention are considered registered for the 2018-19 school year.

             

More information is available at both McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools or by contacting the Board office.

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MP Niki Ashton says the Liberal government has created a mess in the Trans Mountain pipeline. She says they broke their promise to overhaul the environmental review system and adopted Stephen Harper’s process, they are ignoring the very real concerns of First Nations, they are threatening punitive sanctions against BC including cuts to health care transfers and now they are looking at a 2 billion dollar bailout of the pipeline company.  Ashton adds instead of investing in health, education, housing or child care they are looking at ramming through their pipeline agenda at our expense.  She notes at a time when we are facing catastrophic climate change now is not the time for the federal government of be anything other than a leader on climate change adding Canadians deserve better.

 

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Tom Therien

 

Board President Dave Kendall told the 73rd annual North of 53 Co-op annual meeting their new store will open April 27th at 8 am with a grand opening held with their annual barbeque in the summer.  He said they are also pursuing options for the main floor of their present Main Street location with their offices moving to the lower floor of that building.  He said customers will be impressed with the size and many new products in the new store as well as with all the parking.

             

General Manager Tom Therien reported 2017 was another great year for the Co-op with sales of almost 27 million dollars which is one million more than last year.  The Board authorized an allocation to the membership of 2.75 percent for food and 6 percent for petroleum.  Therien also reported with the new store they have added 30 new employees so far.

             

Nominations were held to fill two three year positions on their Board with three nominations submitted.  Dennis Whitbread will seek re-election.  The other candidates are Richard Dansereau and John Moore.  Advance polls will be held on Wednesday May 2nd with regular voting on Friday May 11th in the store.

 

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The Flin Flon Environment Council is holding their annual meeting Monday night.  Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard invites you to the meeting.  She says meetings are not always that interesting but they try to make the first part especially interesting with a power point presentation about what’s happening at the Recycling Center and also some awards to people who have given a lot to the recycling program over the year or years.  She adds the second part is the financial statements and election of Board members. She says everyone is welcome and you can buy a membership for five dollars.

             

The meeting starts at 7 Monday night in Flin Flon City Council Chambers.

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The Flin Flon Environment Council is recognizing Earth Day Sunday.  Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard invites you to visit the Center Sunday afternoon.  She says they’re celebrating Earth Day with an open house at the Recycling Center from 1:30 to 4:30 when people can come by and see their new baler, see all the different things they recycle and ask any questions they may have so they’d just love to have you drop by.

             

The Recycling Center is located at 7 Timber Lane.  The Environment Council also reminds you of their annual meeting being held on Monday at 7 in City Council Chambers at City Hall.  We’ll have more on that tomorrow.

 

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The new North of 53 Consumers Co-op store on highway 10A across from St. Ann’s Church is almost ready to open.  Store Manager Tom Therien explains they’re going to be closing the downtown store for the last time Saturday at 6 pm and then immediately after that they start moving everything to the new store and they will be open at the new location Friday April 27th at 8 am so they’re quite excited.

             

Therien adds there will be no official opening ceremony but a major grand opening celebration will be held when the weather is nicer in June.

 

 

 

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The organization committee reports it is with regret they are forced to cancel this years Northern Juried Art Show in Thompson.  The main reason for this is the lack of artist participation in the last few years.  They say it has reached the point where it is not viable to hold the show this year and they hope that next year it can continue with renewed interest of the artists north of the 53rd.

             

The committee states even after extending the deadline a minimum number was not reached.  Any artists that submitted their paperwork and fees will have them returned to them promptly.

 

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Community museums and archives can now access matching dollars from the new Manitoba Heritage Trust Program.  Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox says the Program will help heritage organizations build their own individual endowment funds to assist in their long term sustainability.

             

Eiligible organizations will be required to contribute a minimum of 25 hundred dollars to an established heritage trust and working in partnership with the Winnipeg Foundation the province will provide one dollar for every two dollars raised for the organization’s endowment fund.  The province will guarantee support up to a maximum of 25 thousand dollars to organizations that raise 50 thousand dollars.

             

Information on the program and how to apply can be found online at www.endowmanitoba.ca.

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The Womens Resource Centre is holing a Jail N Bail fund raising event during the Leisure Show at the Creighton Sportex April 26th to 28th.  The Centre’s Colleen Arnold says people whose names are submitted are arrested by volunteers.  She explains the jail birds must agree to be arrested and once they arrive at the jail their bail is set by the mock judge.  They then start making pledges by calling friends, relatives and co-workers to earn their bail and donations of 20 dollars or more can get a tax receipt and all of the proceeds go to the operation of the Safe Haven.

             

Arnold adds the volunteer jail birds will receive a t-shirt that says they’re the property of the Women’s Resource Centre and mug shots and videos will be posted on their Facebook page. Last year they raised just under 18 hundred dollars and arrest forms are available by contacting the Women’s Resource Centre.

 

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Flin Flon City Council held their meeting earlier tonight at council chambers. Among the highlights was the grand prize draw for the Experience Flin Flon contest where people could enter on the Flin Flon Rocks facebook page.

 

people were encouraged to like the link and that is how they would be entered to win the contest valued at over $20,000.00. Congratulations to Tatianna Alexander from Saskatoon who ended up being the grand prize winner.

 

Councillor Karen Mckinnon says the contest was a big success." It went very, very well and it drew attention to Flin Flon and what our city has to offer. It also helped promote the Blueberry Music gathering that will be happeninig here in August. How it came about was, we were trying to think of an idea, why you would want to come to Flin Flon and what is here. When I attended the tourism awards in Winnipeg in the fall, I thought we have so much to offer here, so that was the whole purpose. I brought the idea to city council and we ran with it, got the sponsors and it evolved."

 

The $20,000.00 prize package will include airfare from Winnipeg to Flin Flon return, 5 nights hotel at the Victoria Inn, a trip to Camp Whitney with a fishing guide, a rental car from U-Drive and tickets for four people to the Blueberry Jam music gathering in August.

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Flin Flon's MLA Tom Lindsay, Doyle Vermette the MLA for the Cumberland Constituency and Andrew Swan the opposition  health care critic held a public forum at the Flin Flon Community Hall this past Friday to discuss health care in our area.

 

There was a very good turn out and a number of issues were raised including a better or more efficeint way of re-newing prescriptions, better co-operation for cross border patients and how to attract more health care professionals to our area.

 

After the meeting was over Tom Lindsay talked about where they would go from here:" There is a lot of good ideas that came out here tonight, so between Andrew, Doyle and myself we will start taking those and formulating a game plan, things we can address with Helga Bryant up front. Things we can take back to the minister , we are going through an estimates program right now with both governments on budgets. The next step really is I want to ensure the c.e.o realizes,  what a great idea this meeting was and how respectful it was,  so the next time we have a public meeting Helga and the health minister want to be a part of it."

 

Some of the other medical issues that were addressed included a need for an MRI machine for the north and more telehealth services to save on trips to Winnipeg.

 

If you have any questions or would like to have a health issue addressed you can contact Tom Lindsay at his office at : 204-687-3246.

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CAA Manitoba is once again asking you to help identify roads in dire need of attention with its 7th annual Worst Roads Campaign.  Their Public and Media Relations Specialist Erika Miller says they want to make sure our infrastructure issues are front and center. She explains it’s a way for them to ask Manitobans about roads in their community that need some tender loving construction and what they really hope is that Manitobans log on to www.caamanitoba.com/worstroads and cast their vote for the road that they think has some infrastructure issues, signage issues, safety issues that need to be addressed and they’ll collect all that information through the campaign and at the end they’ll pass it along to provincial government officials so they can take Manitobans voice on the issue into account when they plan for the future.

             

Miller adds CAA Manitoba has been working closely with municipalities and the province to ensure roads nominated each year are on government’s priority lists.  The deadline for nominations has been extended to April 25th.

 

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Far Resources completed their planned 19 hole diamond drill program on its Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake in February.  They successfully completed the three goals set out to advance the drill program including to drill test the extensions to Dyke one where the majority of historical drilling had been completed, to test Dykes two to seven under surface exposure and to drill a previously untested or mobile metal ion lithium and tantalum soil geochemical anomaly resulting in identifying a previously unknown eighth lithium bearing pegmatite dyke giving great confidence that further targets will yield positive results.

             

Development of further drill targets through geological mapping and further soil geochemical mapping will be completed this summer. Diamond drilling to further test existing and newly developed targets is planned for this summer and autumn.

 

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Red Cross Spokesperson Jason Small encourages Manitobans to nominate members of their community for their Humanitarian Award open to any Manitoban and the Young Humanitarian Award for anyone under 29 years of age.  He explains the reason that they present the awards is they want to recognize people who harness the power of humanity through their charitable work, their volunteer efforts and their philanthropic efforts because they think it’s really important to recognize people who are doing really good humanitarian work here in the province, in the country or around the world.

             

Information and nomination forms can be found online at www.redcross.ca/manitobapoh with the deadline for nominations April 20th.

 

 

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The Primary Health Care Centre is hosting a telehealth seminar Thursday, April 19th presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.  Their Program Director Norma Kirkby says this session will be on Becoming a Dementia Friendly Community discussing the ways a community can support people with dementia and their family caregivers in social and business situations.  She explains they really know that as more people are living in the community longer and at times some of them don’t have families to support them, it’s so important that everyone step up to the plate and be helpful.

             

The session will be held at the Primary Health Care Centre from 6:30 to 8 on the 19th.  To register online go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca or phone 1-800-378-6699.

 

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Last night the Flin Flon School Board presented Mikylo Odut with his Student Citizenship Award from the Manitoba School Boards Association recognizing exemplary citizenship in school and the community.  Members of the Equity Social Justice Gay, Straight Alliance Group from Hapnot Collegiate were also presented with the Student Citizenship Award of Merit and teacher Daniel Dillon’s group accepted the award for the Virtual Reality Project receiving the Premier Award for School Board Innovation. Dillon thanked the Board for their continued support and Trustee Leslie Fernandes said it was an honor to attend the awards and was so proud of how well our Division was represented.

             

Superintendent Constance McCleese reported she felt fortunate to participate in the recent French Immersion trip to France.  The students did Flin Flon proud as not only did they experience Frances culture and history they conducted themselves in a polite and respectful manner.

            

  In closing Board Chair Amy Sapergia-Green sent the Division’s condolences to those affected regarding the Humbolt tragedy encouraging the community to reach out and support each other if needed.  She also invited the community to attend the Robb Nash presentation Thursday night at Hapnot Collegiate.

 

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Local RBC Small Business Accounts Manager Mikael Mantyla spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday about the advantages of getting your business online. He says when he looks at what this community can do if Hudbay shuts down what is the fall back plan he sees nothing.  He says he hopes it doesn’t happen but wants to see businesses and the community thrive and it’s critical to have businesses online. He says it makes it easy for customers to find you and it provides an extension of your business that works 24-7 so it’s 24 hours seven days a week advertising for your business whether you’re doing business your website will continue to advertise your business and so it’s important for that constant recognition that’s available for businesses.

             

Mantyla adds it also builds relationships with customers, markets your brand the way you want it marketed and you can sell your products online so it’s one of the most important investments a business should make.

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The Flin Flon Writers Guild, Flin Flon Toastmasters and Flin Flon Public Library will be holding their 17th annual Poetry Night Friday.  The group’s Harry Hobbs says its part of National Poetry Month and they have a wide range and variety from different walks of life in the community reading adding they have some local poets, some local businessmen, representatives from Hudbay and from other organizations who come out at make this a very great success so they encourage the public to come out and join them.

             

Hobbs invites everyone to Poetry Night at the Public Library Friday night starting at 7.

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Around 800 area residents filed into Flin Flon’s Whitney Forum last night for a candle light service to remember the members of the Humbolt Broncos hockey team who died or were injured in Friday’s team bus accident. Bomber Coach Mike Reagan said it was a horrible and tragic thing with many tears shed.  He along with Bomber Vice-President Travis Rideout, Flin Flon City Councilor Ken Pawlachuk, Bomber Chaplain Joe Buie and Flin Flon Minor Hockey Association President Darin Mansell said that we’re here to support each other, families in Humbolt and everyone affected by this accident as we move forward, especially as Father Paul Bringleson noted when dealing with the deaths of young people.

             

The Service was prepared by the Flin Flon Bomber and Flin Flon Minor Hockey Associations.

 

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Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey raised the issue of economic development and jobs during question period in the Manitoba Legislature last week. He stated over 13 hundred people have a job in northern Manitoba due in part to the good work of the Community Economic Development Fund which has helped important industries like mining, forestry, construction and fishing but the Pallister government has cut funding by over 30 percent.  He says according to the Funds annual report it is the major funder of the recently announced Northern Economic Development Strategy.  He explains the government wrote media releases about this and held press conferences so the government has abandoned even their pretense of support with a 30 percent cut stating it’s a betrayal asking why did this government promise solutions and then just deliver a cut.

             

Lindsey says the government has no plan for jobs in the north as they are just focused on their bottom line regardless of the crisis in the north.

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The students will be taking part in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival this weekend.  Band Instructor Kim Jones says they sent in a recording and audition last year for the school band and choir in Hapnot Collegiate and Creighton School.  She explains they did end up getting into the Festival and there’s some of the top bands and choirs from all over Canada performing at the Festival and then they also wanted to bring some of their younger students along so they have their grades 8 to 10 students also doing a retreat in Banff so they’ll work with some high level conductors under the direction of Anna Harrison and just get better on their instruments and working as a group.

             

Jones says all together they have 93 students looking forward to the trip to Banff where along with the Festival they will do some tourist activities and some team building on what will be a very positive trip for everyone.

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Kelly Lavis, Rotarian Glen Smith, Rotary Pres. Colleen Arnold

 

The Flin Flon Rotary Club held their fourth annual Flinty Fishing Derby yesterday at Sally’s Beach at Bakers Narrows.  505 people entered the derby with 38 prizes and 30 fish caught.  Prizes were awarded to the 30 people catching fish with draws for the remaining eight prizes.

             

The top five were Kelly Lavis from Tyrell Lake first with an 80.5 centimeter fish receiving 25 thousand dollars, second Rob Mote of Flin Flon receiving a 14 foot Lund Boat with a 15 horsepower motor and trailer for an 80 centimeter fish,  third Felix Spence from Thompson received a Polaris quad for a 79.5 centimeter fish, fourth Chris Hannah of Flin Flon winning two return tickets anywhere Calm Air flies for a 78 centimeter fish and Rob Johnson of Creighton receiving a two thousand dollar gift card for a 77 centimeter fish.

             

Fishing ran from 11 to 2 with the first fish caught one minute into the derby.

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Walmart Canada has launched its second annual Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign which includes its Flin Flon store.  This is a national fund raising campaign calling on Canadians to join the fight against hunger.  The Campaign runs until May 2nd hoping to raise enough funds to secure ten million meals for Food Banks Canada and its network of more than 550 Food Banks including Flin Flon’s Lord’s Bounty Food Bank.

             

You can join the campaign by purchasing participating products from some of Canada’s largest food companies with vendors donating a portion of the proceeds, you can donate at the register until April 27th by rounding up your purchase to the nearest dollar with donations matched by Walmart Canada and non-perishable food items are being collected in a bin at the front of the store.

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RBC has introduced a program called Future Launch to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow.  Local RBC Manager Mike Yarowy explains youth in our communities have always been important to RBC and RBC’s Future Launch is about helping to address employment issues in the evolving world of work so over the next ten years RBC is investing 500 million dollars towards working with educators, governments, youth serving organizations and companies large and small to help youth access meaningful employment through work experience, 21st century skill development and networking.

             

You can learn more about what the program offers at www.rbc.com/futurelaunch.

 

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The Snow Lake Mining Museum has received a special award from Travel Manitoba.  Their Chairperson Paul Hawman explains they were part of a Travel Manitoba contest and members of the community rallied around them with their support.  He explains their museum was chosen by Travel Manitoba to be one of 32 small to medium sized museums in a contest that ran to showcase those museums in Manitoba and they put the word out to their community and they asked for both past and present Snow Lakers to vote for them and after five rounds of action over two weeks they finally defeated Minnedosa to win the contest.

             

Hawman says their prize is a promotional video of their museum and community that will be done for them by Travel Manitoba.

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The Flin Flon Arts Council is presenting a piano concert with Sarah Hagan next Saturday, April 14th.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says Sarah is an amazing award winning pianist who has performed around the world but is also a wonderful comic so this is both classical piano at its finest with amazing comedy which reminds her a little bit of Victor Borge when we were kids if people might remember that.  Kolt says the show that she does just won acclaim for the Fringe Festival in Canada, it’s called Perk Up Piano and its charming, its funny and story telling about the inside world of touring as a classical musician.

             

The concert begins at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall Saturday, April 14th with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

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At their meeting last week members of the Flin Flon Lions Club elected their new executive.  Joe Bradford will become President of the Club while John Kuzub is Past President after two years as President.  Vice-Presidents include Andy Wasylciw, Wayne Streamer and Jim Cassidy.  Debbie Kuzub continues as Secretary and Monica Lone as Treasurer. The Lion Tamer is Richard French and Janice Cassidy will serve as Tail Twister and a one year Director.  The other one year Director is Ken Mansell while Roger Poirier and Joe McCormick will serve as two year Directors.

             

The new executive takes office on July 1st.

 

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Council received a letter from Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey inviting them to a public meeting April 13th at the Flin Flon Community Hall at 7 PM.  It is being held by Lindsey in conjunction with Cumberland MLA Doyle Vermette to discuss health care issues within our area.  Invitations to the meeting were also sent to representatives of other communities in our area.  Council agreed to have representatives at the meeting.

 

City Council will be meeting with the Flin Flon School Board on April 25th to discuss common concerns and they and Creighton Town Council have been invited by Denare Beach to a three community council meeting to be held in June. Councilors Karen MacKinnon and Ken Pawlachuk are attending the Hudson Bay Route Association annual meeting in The Pas today where discussions are taking place on the Port of Churchill and the rail line.

             

Council is looking at a Flin Flon Excellence Award to be presented to a Flin Flonner who has done an exceptional thing for the community.  They are looking for something special that depicts Flin Flon to present along with a certificate.

             

And Council received the Fire Chiefs report for March indicating seven incidents during the month.

 

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The Flin Flon Rotary Club is holding their 4th annual Flinty Ice Fishing Derby Sunday.  Rotarian Tim Smith says you can still enter.  He says they’ve sold a lot of their early bird and regular tickets already and its in the Blondie’s Beach area across from the airport at Athapap so you can come out and you can buy a ticket on the ice if need be.  He adds if you want to avoid a line up you can buy ahead of time at Kleen All or online at www.flintyfishderby.com so either way come on out.

             

The derby offers a total of 38 prizes with the top prize 25 thousand dollars for first place with fishing running from 11 to 2 Sunday at Bakers Narrows.  The event is part of a great ice fishing weekend as it follows the Bill Bannock Derby held in The Pas on Saturday.

 

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 The Manitoba government is raising awareness of the serious issue of sexual violence. The Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Centre Colleen Arnold says this recognition is an important step. She explains people unfamiliar with men’s sexualized violence against women don’t want to know it exists so it’s critical to open communication about sexualized violence.  She says with the government recognizing this month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month it may get the conversation going.  Arnold adds you can’t change something if you don’t know it exists and the awareness will help influence more people to take action so she commends the government for wanting to affect change, it has been long overdue and we need to stop making excuses for rape and sexual violence and hold the rapists or the perpetrators accountable.

             

A new online resource You Have Options: Help After Sexual Assault offers information on how to recognize sexual assault, understand the criminal justice system, explore options to make a report and find counseling support and healing and is available at www.gov.mb.ca/youarenotalone.

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  Regional Economic Development Officer Eve O’Leary reported to Council last night her committee has now met three times.  She explains the committee encompasses the three municipalities in the area, the City of Flin Flon, Denare Beach and the Town of Creighton.  She says they’re focused at the moment on governance and the structure of the commission and how they can move forward.  She notes they’re going to focus on doing some strategic planning for economic development and how we can grow and diverse our communities.

             

O’Leary adds they are very excited as they continue to move forward and develop partnerships in the communities.

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  Rockcliff Metals Corporation reported they have identified on its Penex Property near Snow Lake a series of electromagnetic conductive anomalies that intersected graphite.  The Property also hosts a continuation of the historical Pen Zinc Deposit.

             

Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre states the Penex Property has significant upside potential for VMS mineralization, that is copper, gold, zinc, silver and now for graphite mineralization. He explains they have reviewed the drill log results from a single hole drilled in 1975 that tested for VMS mineralization and discovered it contained a 67 meters thick intersection of 75 percent plus near solid graphite within 15 meters of surface. He adds this year they look forward to advancing their knowledge of the graphite potential as well as determining the extent of the Pen Zinc deposit on this property.

             

Graphite remains the dominant material used in lithium batteries.

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The Central Canada Film Group is showing a rare and hard to come by film Friday.  The group’s Colin Davis says they will show Raise the Red Lantern which is a marvelous film from China about a young girl who is forced into becoming a rich mans fourth wife.  He encourages everyone to come see this film as you will probably never get a chance to see it ever again adding this is the first time that they have shown an international film that has been banned.  Davis says if you feel you would like to come to see something unusual and needless to say controversial then you’ll want to come by the Hapnot Theatre this Friday.

             

Doors will open at 7 at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre with the show starting at 7:30 and Davis adds as always for their Friday films admission is free.

 

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The annual Lions Journey for Sight is a snowmobile ride from Flin Flon to Brandon with stops across the province to raise money for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. One of the organizers Dean Lounsbury from the Dauphin Lions Club says it turned out very well.  He says the committee had a meeting about a week and a half ago and the number they have for this year is 75 thousand dollars which is more than last year so again a successful year with a limited number of riders but thanks to everybody in Flin Flon for all their support again.

             

The Journey for Sight headed south from Flin Flon on Wednesday, January 17th arriving in Brandon on the following Saturday with 18 snowmobiles from across the province.  Funds raised come from pledges to the riders as well as from the annual snowmobile raffle.

 

 

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  102.9 CFARs annual Trade and Leisure Show is coming up April 26th to 28th at the Creighton Sportex.  Station Manager Dianne Russell invites you to be part of the show. She says they’re again open to have some local businesses come and find out what it takes to be part of the Trade Show so if you’re interested in having a booth at the Show anyone can just contact CFAR or on the website.  She adds they have some spaces and its really great promotion for local businesses, lots of people going through, a big spring celebration and it’s the 35th year this year.

             

To register for the Trade and Leisure Show you can call CFAR at 204-687-3469 or go to www.flinflononline.com and click on the banner.

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Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says she has taken the message to the House of Commons that there is a housing crisis in many communities in our region.  She says it’s a message she heard repeatedly in her recent visits throughout the riding and that is there is a shortage of housing, overcrowding in existing housing units, many existing houses are in poor shape often containing mold and it’s also increasingly clear that things are getting worse rather than better.  She says despite talk from the federal government waiting lists are increasing year after year.

             

Ashton says the time for talk is over, it’s time for action so she raised the issue in committee and Question Period pointing out that there are many communities trying to make a difference but what is lacking is leadership from the federal government so it’s time to act to end the housing crisis.

 

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Simon House Bible Camp is taking registrations for their summer camps.  Director Darrell Janzen says they have camps and fun activities planned all summer. He says as usual they have lots of lake front activities there, stand up pedal boards, canoes, kayaks and all those things and recently they introduced slack lining and as usual a lot of fun games for large groups. He notes they start at 6 with a three day camp for 6 to 8 year olds and then 8 to 17 are all week long programs.

             

Janzen adds their discount early bird registration deadline is April 30th with regular registrations continuing after that.  They have financial assistance through the Sunshine Fund for those who need it so all children have a chance to attend camp.  They will also be at the Leisure Show in the Creighton Sportex April 26th to 28th.  For information or to register visit their website www.simonhouse.ca or call 204-687-3340.

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The 42nd Northern Juried Art Show is being held in Thompson this year from May 18th to 20th.  The Committee has advised they are extending the entry date from April 1st to April 15th to allow artists additional time to submit their paper work.  The artwork drop off date remains April 20th.

             

Categories in the show include painting, watercolor, drawing and print making, fibre art, crafts, photography, sculpture, and this year’s special award category is Tribute to Music which includes all art forms.

             

In Flin Flon entry forms are available at the Norva Centre at 177 Green Street.  They are also the drop off point for art works entered in the show.

 

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CEO Helga Bryant and Communications Coordinator Twyla Storey

 

  Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Tuesday the Flin Flon General Hospital Emergency Department expansion is close to completion.  She says they hope for a grand opening in late June or early July.  She says the community contribution to the project continues to grow.  She explained their discussions with Manitoba Health have yielded pretty good results in terms of in kind credits around Saskatchewan residents and First Nations residents that they serve and that has all helped significantly in bringing down the community contribution and they have only 620 thousand left to raise of the 2.2 million so they’re really pleased with that and they still have one or two significant asks to make so they’re hoping that they can meet that target.

             

Bryant adds they have applied for additional operating dollars to increase staff in nursing, admitting and security in the new Emergency Department with no change in the current staffing by physicians from Winnipeg which is working well.

 

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Ann Ross and Doug McGregor are hosting a fund raising concert April 7th to support A Port in the Storm.  That is a place to stay for patients from rural and northern Manitoba requiring long term medical treatment in Winnipeg.  Ross says they have a great line up of entertainment including Syd Tippett, Jake, Freida and Meaghan Reimer, Mary Lou Spooner, Harold Romo, Colin Davis, Ron Burwash, Murray McDonald, John Taylor and Holly Freeborn with Lyle Wallaker.

             

The concert takes place at Johnny’s Social Club Saturday April 7th at 7:30.  Tickets are ten dollars and you can reserve a seat by emailing rossann53@hotmail.com.

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  A Get Better Together program will be available in Flin Flon starting on April 9th.  Regional Community Health Developer Christa McIntyre says it’s a free interactive group program and is a six session program designed for individuals living with any type of ongoing health issues.  She says in the six weeks individuals can build confidence to better manage their illness through group support and discussions on a wide variety of topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, managing pain and fatigue, action planning and much more.

             

The Get Better Together program will run from April 9th to May 14th. For information or to register you can call Christa at 204-681-3145.

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 CEO Helga Bryant and Communications Coordinator Twyla Storey

 

Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday they are limited in recruiting doctors by provincial funding and the fact doctors want to live in larger urban centers.  She says they are working with a group from Winnipeg who are willing to come here part time which has worked well in the emergency room.  She says we know this is what the new graduates from the University of Manitoba want, they want to work part time in the north in a very diverse practice but they want to live in Winnipeg and they want to do some of their practice in Winnipeg and that’s a benefit to us because they develop relationships down there and they’re working in the hospitals and clinics in Winnipeg so when they come here they bring those skills, they bring those competencies and they bring those relationships which they have with specialists in Winnipeg and that is a good thing.

            

  Bryant says they are also working on a team approach to health care where physicians only see the patients they need to see making use of the other service providers on their team freeing up physicians to see more patients in need of their attention.

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 More than 800 groups and organizations in Saskatchewan are benefiting from more than two million dollars in charitable gaming grants.  They come from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.  Through these grants the Creighton Community Center will receive 2486 dollars.

             

These quarterly grants are based on a percentage of the net revenues raised through licenced charitable gaming activities such as bingos, raffles, break open tickets and other events.  The grants are automatically calculated and paid by the Authority using the charitable gaming reports submitted by the groups.

 

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 In the Manitoba Legislature Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey again raised concerns about the shortage of health care professionals in the Flin Flon Snow Lake area.  He tabled a letter he sent to the Minster of Health on February 20th with no reply so again invited him in a statement in the Legislature.  He asked the Minister to come to Flin Flon on April 13th to listen to people from the communities, to take positive action to provide access to medical care people need, be it doctors in clinics, aides in seniors homes or support for workers for the disabled.  He stated we need them to stop just looking north and start acting immediately to create solutions to our health care professional shortage in the north.

             

Lindsey adds the Northern Health Region has said they’re only following the government’s austerity expectations.

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The Wilderness Committees Eric Reder says a complete lack of representation from Northern Manitoba and Indigenous Communities directly affected by much of the companies work means the new board announced Friday will put economics and business over environment and community.  He explains the operations of Manitoba Hydro affect the people living in the north to a greater proportion in their daily lives than it affects people in the south and we have a large impact to communities in the north historically and going forward  he says Manitoba Hydro is an essential component of us getting a handle on our climate chaos and lowering fossil fuel use but it has to be done right and in a just way for northern communities.

             

Reder adds with the immense destruction to the environment and way of life of the Indigenous people that call the territory home it is concerning that the committee seems to be predominantly urban and business oriented.

 

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  Saskatchewan Attorney General Don Morgan has announced the appointment of Mary McAuley as a judge to the Provincial Court in La Ronge.  Morgan explains Judge McAuley was raised in Cumberland House in northern Saskatchewan and is one of the only fluently Cree speaking Metis female lawyers in the province adding her ability to use her first language of Cree and cultural understandings in working and communicating with Cree speaking citizens in the justice system will be an asset in helping them navigate the court process.  She practiced law with McAuley Law Firm since 2012 which she started on her own in Prince Albert.

 

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With debate on the budget taking place in Parliament last week Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says Canadians deserve better. 

             

Ashton says the budget did not deal with the housing crisis in the north, did not invest in the health and education needs in our province, did not go after tax havens that rob our social services of well needed funds and did not commit to a national day care program and investing in pay equity.  She adds instead we see half measures on childcare and on clean drinking water on First Nations. She says hiding under the veneer of progressive language is more of the same old policies we’ve seen from successive Liberal and Conservative governments.

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Winnipeg Harvest has nominated Dennis and Carol Hydamaka for the Association of Manitoba Municipalities Community Leadership Award as part of the Volunteer Manitoba Awards.  They state the award is for their inspirational courage and dedication to helping those less privileged in their northern community. The Hydamaka’s have led the Lords Bounty Bank for over 25 years from its start in a church basement in October 1991, in a move to the back of Burkee’s Sports Lounge after fire damaged their Hapnot Street location and now into the former St Mary’s Church on Hiawatha Avenue.  Dennis says they were quite astonished at the award adding that they were really surprised but as far as they’re concerned it’s really a community award because if it wasn’t for the tremendous support from the community as a whole they would not be in existence.

             

The Hydamakas will be presented with their award on April 19th at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Winnipeg.

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The Ministry of the Environment reminds you that ice fishing closes in northern Saskatchewan on April 15th.  That means all fishing shelters in areas north of highway 16 must be removed by next Saturday, March 31st.  They note each spring a number of ice fishing shelters are abandoned on the ice and these can pose a danger to boaters enjoying the summer lakes as well as causing environmental hazards when pieces wash up on shore.  All litter must also be removed when the shelters are taken off the ice.

             

If shelters are not removed owners may be prosecuted and the structure and contents may be removed and confiscated.  They also warn anyone traveling on the ice should take extreme caution and watch for indicators of unsafe conditions such as slush, thermal cracks and pressure ridges.

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 At Tuesday nights Flin Flon City Council meeting it was reported Councilors Karen MacKinnon and Ken Pawlachuk will attend the Hudson Bay Route Association annual meeting April 4th and 5th in The Pas.  MacKinnon noted the Association strongly supports the Port of Churchill and will discuss the future of the Port, the rail line and the interest by northern groups in taking them over and they feel there needs to be support from all regional communities and municipalities to assure the Port’s long term survival.

             

Mayor Huntley reported two workshops on the Look North Project were held at the Victoria Inn on Tuesday.  He said they were well attended by local people as well as a diverse group of people invited by the government.  He says they were given an opportunity to tour and learn more about our community followed by a pickerel supper resulting in a very positive day.

 

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Flin Flon Parks and Recreation and the Community In Motion Committee have spring break physical activities planned for next week.  Recreation Programmer Caitlin Bailey invites you out to some free events.  She says they have Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:45 to 3:45 at the Whitney Forum a free skate for families and kids for anybody who wants to take part in an afternoon to get out and get some skating done and then Thursday they have an In Motion sponsored free swim at the Flin Flon Aqua Center from 1 to 3 pm.

             

If you need more information on these events you can call the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542.

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 In recognition of World Poetry Day March 21st and National Poetry Month in April Harry Hobbs from the Flin Flon Writers Guild read a poem by Glenda Walker Hobbs called Snapshots. The poem takes you along the road through the Tourist Park to the Rotary Wheel building. Hobbs explained the poem is taken from a book put out by the Writers Guild with contributions by a number of local poets called Words on the Rocks.  He says it shows the amazing number of talented writers we have in this community.  Later in the meeting Mayor Cal Huntley read a proclamation officially recognizing World Poetry Day and National Poetry Month.

             

As well Council will meet with the Flin Flon School Board in late April.  One of the topics mentioned that could be discussed was with declining enrollments would the Board ever consider lobbying the government about closing a school.

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  With spring break next week a lot of morning and afternoon activities are taking place for kids at the Norva Centre.  On Monday they have Crumpled Dye in the morning and Painting With Knives in the afternoon, Tuesday Marbled Paper in the morning and Needle Felting in the afternoon, Wednesday Marionettes in the morning and Ukrainian Easter Eggs in the afternoon, Thursday Draw Squad in the morning and Clay Coil Building in the afternoon and Friday Easy Origami in the morning and Advanced Origami in the afternoon. As a bonus a Ukrainian Easter Egg Party will also be held for adults Thursday night at 7 at the Norva Centre.

             

For more information on these activities, registration and costs you can see their poster online at www.norvacentre.com or drop in at 177 Green Street or call them at 204-687-4237.

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Far Resources reports they have discovered an eighth lithium bearing pegmatite dyke on their Zoro Property near Snow Lake.  This discovery comes as they wrap up their 19 hole winter drill program.

             

Their Interim CEO Toby Mayo says the additional lithium bearing dykes are extremely encouraging and once they receive more assay data further drilling will be planned.  He adds they have been using approaches that allowed them to track and discover additional lithium resources on the property during this most recent successful program and the presence of this previously unknown dyke shows the potential for further discovery on the Zoro property.

 

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The Flin Flon Public Library is holding an Easter party next Wednesday.  Administrator Courtney Campbell invites you to register your children 4 and over and they’re going to have stories, crafts and snacks like they always do for the kids.  It’s on Wednesday, March 28th from 4:30 to 6 and you do have to pre-register.  She adds they do have all 30 spots filled but they are taking a waiting list right now.

             

All children must be accompanied by an adult.  You can register your child for the Easter party by calling the Library at 204-687-3397.

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The Womens Resource Centre will be holding Crafternoons starting tomorrow.  The Centre’s Carmen Fisher says it offers crafts and more.  She explains Crafternoons is a fun afternoon for women to get them out of the house. She says it will be held every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 upstairs at the Womens Resource Centre.

             

To register for Crafternoons you can call Carmen at the Centre at 204-681-3105.

 

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  Council received a letter from Teli Karamydas regarding city plans to help the Northern Health Region deal with the doctor shortage. Mayor Cal Huntley who is also a member of the Health Region Board said the Board is looking for new solutions.  He says they’re obviously still in the recruitment mode.  He explains they’ve hit a point in the cycle where there’s a shortage of doctors right now but they have agreed that they need to look at a new approach and they’re investigating different venues that will maybe take them out of the norm but provide the kind of coverage that they’re looking for at the end of the day. Huntley adds they’re just starting this journey but they understand it’s very important and it’s a top priority for them and the City will be working with the RHA on it as well.

             

Huntley say one idea suggested until a permanent solution can be found is to have doctors with a practice in Winnipeg come up on a regular rotation so people know they can see the same doctor again on a future visit.  He says we have a 25 million dollar expansion to our hospital so they are working to make sure we have the doctors to make it work

 

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The Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Associations Executive Director Paul Turenne says the carbon tax announced in the provincial budget will substantially increase operating costs for our provinces lodges and outfitters.  He says it’s a significant impact on their industry as they’re heavy consumers of fuel, they buy fuel by the barrel.  He explains they run diesel generators, boats, airplanes, quads and everything they run takes fossil fuel, adding as you know living in northern Manitoba there’s not a bunch of electric boats or alternative means of producing power or this kind of thing that they have access to so basically it’s just going to cost more to do business.

             

Turenne noted other industrial users of fuel such as commercial fishing, agriculture, mining and forestry are being exempted from the carbon tax and he believes the outdoor tourism industry should be exempt as well pointing out their contribution to Manitoba’s rural and northern economy, especially considering their proximity to exempt industries like commercial fishing and forestry

 

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The annual Frontier Collegiate Recreation and Junior Council Fishing Derby was held on Neso Lake on number ten highway Sunday afternoon.  The Collegiate’s Vince Gamblin reports first place went to Seamus Galanneu receiving 1000 dollars for a 43 inch northern pike, second to Shauna Vanos 500 dollars for a 39 and a half inch pike and third Debbie Pwedder an Eskimo Ice Auger for a 25 inch pike.  All are from Flin Flon.

             

Gamblin adds they sold 125 tickets for the Derby and raised just over two thousand dollars to be used for programs for the students at the Collegiate in Cranberry Portage.

 

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Trenton Laliberty

 

Just after noon on Saturday Creighton RCMP received a report of an assault at a residence in Denare Beach.  A man had been injured inside the residence and was transported to hospital with serious injuries.  A black 2013 Ford F-150 Supercab with Saskatchewan licence 868 JPH and two firearms were also reported missing from the residence.  Investigators do not believe this was a random incident.  A man and two youth have been charged.

             

21 year old Trenton Laliberty of Denare Beach has been charged with aggravated assault, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm while prohibited, theft under 5 thousand dollars and failing to comply with probation. A 14 and a 15 year old male also face several charges.

             

A warrant has been issued for Laliberty’s arrest.  He is described as six feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.  He has the word LIVE across his right knuckles, the word LIFE across his left knuckles and a cross on his right wrist.

             

The RCMP ask you not to approach the vehicle or the individuals as they are possibly armed and considered dangerous.  Anyone with information can contact Creighton RCMP at 306-688-8888 or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.

 

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  In the Legislature last week Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey spoke on the shortage of doctors in the north but also noted the shortage of other health care professionals.  He says beyond doctors northern communities are also suffering from low numbers of health care and home care aides which means seniors homes are unable to provide the necessary services and northerners living with disabilities are without the essential supports that they require.  He adds no matter where one lives the ability to access a doctor is essential and we cannot let Manitobans in the north suffer without the care the need, we cannot let the elders of our community live without the assistance they deserve and we cannot let those living with disabilities fail to received the service they require.

             

At that point Lindsey started to mention a letter he sent to the Minister but his time ran out and the PC members denied him leave to continue.

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The Flin Flon Rotary Club is holding their fourth annual Flinty Fishing Derby at Bakers Narrows April 8th.  The committee’s Glen Smith says you have until midnight Wednesday to get your early bird tickets.  He explains all tickets are 100 dollars whether you are going to get them just as you go on the ice the day of the derby or if you get them before Wednesday.  He says the advantage of before Wednesday is the early birds are released three quarters of an hour before all the other fishermen and that means they can go find any hole that they would like if they think they’ve got a hot spot or a place they like there for the same price as a regular ticket so if they get it early they can go to their hole, prepare and get all their gear out three quarters of an hour before everybody else.

             

Tickets are 100 dollars at KleenAll in Flin Flon or online at www.flintyfishderby.com with the derby offering over thirty prizes totaling 100 thousand dollars with combination prizes for those who enter this derby and the Bill Bannock derby in The Pas on April 7th.

 

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 Saskatchewan follows Finland on the list of jurisdictions attractive for mining investment worldwide. This is according to the latest Annual Survey of Mining Companies released by the Fraser Institute which describes itself as an independent, non-partisan, Canadian public policy think tank.

             

Their Senior Director for energy and natural resource studies Kenneth Green says rich mineral reserves, competitive taxes, efficient permitting procedures and certainty around environmental regulations will still attract significant investment even with slumping commodity prices.

             

Last year Manitoba was second on the list but fell to 18th worldwide and 6th in Canada.  The Institute says that’s because survey respondents expressed increased concern over political instability, taxation and uncertainty around disputed land claims and protected areas.

             

Green adds capital is fluid and one province’s loss can be another province’s gain because mining investors will flock to jurisdictions that have attractive policies.

 

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The fifth annual Flin Flon School Division Heritage Fair was held at Ecole McIsaac School yesterday.  One of the organizers Susanne Westhaver says they had good participation from both McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools. She says the Fair this year was probably the best it’s ever been, the quality of the projects was just outstanding and they had 85 projects with 115 kids participating.  She notes their top winners in no particular order were Addie Neil with her Canada Currency project, Keelin Collins and Jarek Osika with James Webb’s Space Telescope and Joel Williams with My Family in World War Two.

             

Around twelve to fourteen of the local projects will be going on to the Red River Heritage Fair being held in Winnipeg on May 3rd.

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From March 1st to 10th the Town of Creighton and Creighton Community School were part of the Go Out and Play Challenge powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says Creighton came in 23rd out of 25 with 10,267 minutes logged in for their ten days of physical activity so they would like to thank everybody for logging in and submitting your minutes and they will try again next year.

             

The top prize of 10 thousand dollars in the challenge went to Kenaston, Saskatchewan with 419,764 activity minutes logged in.

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  The Flin Flon Ski Club is again using their trail groomer to make the Flinty Boardwalk accessible this winter.  The Club’s Dave Price says they changed the trail slightly this winter with complications early in the season when we got the heavy snow and drifting and the section along Stittco is so drifted in that they opted to bypass that section so they’ve been grooming the section north from Stittco and there’s been a lot of pedestrian traffic along there and they’ve done eleven passes so far this season.

             

Price adds this is the fifth year they have done this with funding from the Flin Flon Lions Club.  He says the Boardwalk has again been well used this winter noting on a few occasions someone has been out with their machine doing some grooming as well so he thanks them for their help.

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The annual FCI Recreation and Junior Council Fishing Derby is being held Sunday afternoon on Neso Lake.  One of the organizers Vince Gamblin says they have a good line up of prizes.  He says tickets are 20 dollars and you’re allowed two tickets if you want and its a thousand dollars for first prize, 500 dollars for second prize and an Eskimo auger for third. He explains there’s also going to be a 50-50 draw there with a canteen of hamburgers, hot dog and chili and bannock and there’ll also be some door prizes being given out throughout the derby.

             

Gamblin adds they are raising funds for programs for students at the Collegiate. The derby runs from 12 to 3 Sunday afternoon on Neso Lake on number ten highway just before the Sherridon turnoff.

 

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On Tuesday evening the Flin Flon School Board held their regular meeting to discuss past, current and future school related issues. Assistant Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne reported on the special education review by the Ministry of Education last week. The Division’s programs were reviewed and checked to assure the correct protocol procedures are being followed.  While the group was here they visited the hockey academy and the adopt a swim programs.  They are to return in May with their report and any suggestions for improvement.

             

Superintendent Constance McCleese reported on the final Manitoba Education Research Network meeting last Friday at the UCN campus in The Pas.  McLeese was one of the keynote speakers at the event and said she was incredibly proud of the presentations from the Flin Flon School Division team.

 

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The Flin Flon Arts Council offered a theatre program for children 8 to 14 years old over the past three months.  Organizer Susan Gunn says Sunday night the children will demonstrate what they have learned.  She explains what’s going to be interesting is the kids have done their own writing which is something they were very interested in in class.  She adds they’re going to be presenting some sections of larger works that they’re working on so they’re going to be little themes taken out of larger things and the kids have written them themselves, they have come up with their costumes, they have put a lot of work into it and want to showcase different things that they talked about.

             

The presentation will take place Sunday night at 7 in the Hapnot Collegiate theatre.  It is free and open to anyone interested, the families of the children and those who want to find out more if their children may be interested in joining if they do it again next year.

 

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The 5th annual Flin Flon School Division Heritage Fair is taking place tomorrow at McIsaac School. One of the organizers Susanne Westhaver says students from Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools develop projects on something that interests them about Manitoba history.  She says they have 115 students with 85 projects and the Fair runs throughout the day. She explains the students get to present their projects in one of four sessions and they’ll spend the remainder of the day doing mini-courses so they get to choose three other courses to do throughout the day.

             

Westhaver adds public viewing will be from 4 to 5:15 and the awards will be presented at 5:15.

             

The top 12 to 14 local projects go on to the Red River Heritage Fair held in Winnipeg on May 3rd.

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