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The Flin Flon Lions Club Hosted a Visit by Their District Governor Last Week.

 

District Governor Gareth Boys is a member of the Minnedosa, Manitoba Lions Club.  He spoke on the cause he is supporting this year which is awareness and treatment of childhood cancer.  He explained children are a gift to the world yet every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer and less than half of the world’s children have access to effective care.  He added children who survive cancer are often left with debilitating effects that can impact their physical development and their ability to learn so that’s why Lions and Leos are answering the call to expand access to lifesaving treatment with the Kids Sight program.

             

Boys added childhood cancer is a global initiative of Lions International with clubs involved in projects and fund raising with the goal of ultimately eliminating childhood cancer. He also had praise for Lions across Manitoba who support the early screening of childhood vision.

 

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Applications Will Be Taken For Christmas Hampers.

 

The Salvation Army in Flin Flon is accepting applications for Christmas Hampers starting tomorrow.  Major Debbie Allen says they will be accepted at the Salvation Army Church and anyone in need can apply including people on social assistance, on EI or are on a pension, anybody with a low income could be eligible.  She says they have to come and see them at the Church at 3 Hemlock Drive Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 11 and 4 and they need to bring with them ID for every member of the family and also an income statement and an approximate list of expenses.

             

Major Allen adds they cover Flon Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Cranberry Portage and Sherridon and last year they handed out 135 hampers. If you need more information you can call the Salvation Army at 204-687-7812.

 

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The Christmas Lights Came on on Main Street.

  

 

The Christmas Season arrived on Main Street Friday evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square.  Deputy Mayor Karen MacKinnon welcomed everyone to this special event.  She wished all a safe Christmas asking them to please drive carefully for the whole holiday season, remember to shop locally and on behalf of the City she wished all a happy holiday season.

            

In spite of the cold evening a good sized crowd gathered in Pioneer Square for the lighting with people enjoying carols with members of the Community Choir, a visit from Santa and hot chocolate.  Christmas continues on Main Street with the Santa Claus Parade of Lights on November 29th and Moonlight Madness and Family Night on Main Street on December 13th.

 

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Residents Are Drawing Attention to a Closing Service.

 

The We Want Birth Committee invites you to join a protest today against the temporary closure of obstetric services at Flin Flon General Hospital that becomes effective Sunday. They are meeting in the Whitney Forum parking lot for the protest from 11 to 4.  They will have letters to the Premier and petitions to be presented in the Legislature available for signatures.  Petitions are also available at MLA Tom Lindsey’s constituency office or on his Facebook page, at Dembinsky’s, Sal’s Fitness Center, Kiddie Korner Daycare, Candy Bar and Tan Fx and the committee will be taking them door to door.

 

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The Trout Festival is Still in Need of a 2019 Executive.

 

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee made their second try at holding their annual meeting last night.  In spite of the need for a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer nobody came out to fill those positions. The decision was made to approach the city and see if they can help come up with a solution to finding people to organize the Festival.  Even though the current executive members are unable to remain in those positions they are willing to provide assistance to those who take over the Festival.  Sheena Reed has agreed to continue with the parade and Anita Pruden will continue with Main Street Days.

             

The Committee ended this year Festival with a surplus of 22 thousand dollars with the Fish Fry being the best money raiser with just over five thousand dollars with 408 people attending with positive feedback on the actual fish fry and the new casino idea.  The Fishing derby had a deficit of just over two thousand dollars but that included the purchase of measuring devices that can be used well into the future and the extremely cold weather reduced participation. The bad weather also affected attendance at the canoe races. The parade was a success with 15 classic cars, 20 floats and 9 fire vehicles.

 

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Flin Flon is Among the Northern Airports Receiving Federal Government Funding.

 

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services Dan Vandal on behalf of Transport Minister Marc Garneau has announced Government of Canada investments for safety improvements at five Manitoba airports.  Flin Flon Airport is receiving just under 283 thousand dollars for the purchase of a loader and attachments which will assist with the removal of snow from runways, taxiways and the apron while the Brochet Airport, Gods River Airport, Island Lake Airport and the Little Grand Rapids Airport are each receiving 36 thousand dollars to replace a towed multi-wheeled compactor for use on a gravel runway.  The funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program

             

Vandal states this investment will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for northern Manitobans many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and community resupply but also for access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centers.

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Lions Members Have Been Honored By Their Club.

DG Gareth Boys and John Kuzub

 

The Flin Flon Lions Club held their annual Charter and awards night Wednesday night.

             

The highest award from Lions Clubs International the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award was presented to Past President John Kuzub for his dedication to the Club.  Hope Medals from the Lions Foundation of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario which supports the Medical Assistance Program were presented to Jim and Janice Cassidy. District Governor Gareth Boys presented a 20 year membership pin to Alan French and his District Governors pin to Club President Joe Bradford, Secretary Debbie Kuzub, Treasurer Monica Lone, Vice-President Andy Wasylciw and Tail Twister Janice Cassidy.  He also inducted new member Lisa Tower into the Club.  Attendance pins were presented to members with the highest going to Wayne Streamer for 46 years and Roger Poirier 42 years.

 

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There will be no mail delivery today.


The Canadian Union of Postal Workers series of rotating strikes has finally reached the nor-man region, with workers in Thompson, The Pas, and Flin Flon on the picket line until six a-m tomorrow.
The rotating strikes are now in their fourth week, and according to Canada Post have now touched virtually every Canada Post facility and address.
Canada Post recently submitted what they call a significant, time sensitive offer to the CUPW, though the union says the deal is not good enough and leaves major issues unaddressed.
 

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A Craft Sale Will Help You Shop For Christmas.

 

The Creighton Community Center is holding a craft and home business sale tomorrow and Saturday.  One of the organizers Dianna Boulet says they have around 50 tables and this year they have a good variety of vendors attending the sale with products like baking, knitting, crocheting, jewelry, Tupperware, 31 gifts, Scentsy, leggings, Tiber River, homemade soaps, cheese, woodworking, books and a concession with homemade soups.

             

Boulet adds they’ll also be a drop off point for any gently used winter wear you’d like to donate.  The sale runs tomorrow from 4 to 8 and Saturday from 11 to 4 at the Creighton Community Hall.

 

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You Can Support a Local Foundation This Weekend.

 

The Northern Neighbors Foundation encourages residents of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage and area to make a gift Saturday. That’s the day for Endow Manitoba’s 24 Hour Giving Challenge and their President Jane Robillard says this is a great opportunity to support the Foundation as every five dollars becomes seven.  She explains it’s a 24 hour challenge so within that 24 hour period any money that’s donated is matched by one dollar from the government and one dollar from the Winnipeg Foundation but it’s only within that 24 hour period.  She says it goes into their community foundation fund, it stays there and all the interest comes back to them and those are the grants they give out each year.

             

You can donate online at www.endowmanitoba.ca, write a cheque payable to the Winnipeg Foundation dated for Saturday and drop it off at Northern Rainbows End or call the Winnipeg Foundation at 1-877-974-3631 Saturday between 9 and 3. You can call Jane at 204-687-6488 for more information.

 

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SAFE Work Manitoba is Offering Workshops in Flin Flon.

 

 

SAFE Work Manitoba is holding three prevention workshops that provide education to safety and health committee members, workers and supervisors.  The First Hazard Identification and Risk Control on Tuesday, November 20th has full registration.  The second is Safe Committee Basics on Wednesday, November 21st in which participants will learn about the role and obligations of the safety and health committee in the workplace.  The third is Supervisors and SAFE Work on Thursday the 22nd in which participants will leave with an understanding of the role and obligations of supervisors when it comes to safety and health and how they can influence safety culture in the workplace.

             

The workshops are free and will run each day from 8:30 to 4 at the Northern Mining Academy at 2 Hart Avenue.  You can register and learn more by visiting www.safemanitoba.com/education.

 

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Training and New Trustees Highlighted Last Nights Flin Flon School Board Meeting.

 

Superintendent Constance McCleese reported the Division is currently in the process of running leadership academy programs for new Trustees.  The programs are run in house depending on the expertise required.  The programs basically cover the nuts and bolts of how to run a school with smart goal outcomes.  The programs run once a month with the next starting on December 4th with ten programs in total.

             

New Chair Leslie Fernandes welcomed the new Trustees while recognizing the commitment of the outgoing Trustees Angie Simpson and Trish Sattelberger.  She also reflected on her first year as a Trustee saying she has learned a lot about the politics of education.

 

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Students Will Be Learning With Local Businesses.

 

Many Faces instructor Daniel Dillon spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday.  He explained they are developing a new program following a model that works in Winnipeg called Big Picture Learning to engage students by getting away from traditional learning and part of that involves local businesses.  He said what they are looking for is a partnership with the Chamber so that the students will develop the skills that they need to be productive citizens and what the kids are working on now is project based learning so they’re finding something they’re interested in and what the Chamber would offer is a partnership with organizations that would share the skills or the knowledge that would couple with the student and what they’re learning in school.  For example he noted if a student is passionate about song writing and learning an instrument  they could partner with an organization or a member in the community for that mentorship so they would be able to develop those skills and get credit for it in the curriculum.

             

Dillon adds Flin Flon will be the first in northern Canada to introduce Big Picture Learning and the local Chamber will be the first to assist students through the program.

 

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Over One Hundred People Showed Their Concerns About the Suspension of a Service.

Flin Flon General Hospital

 

 Area residents gathered last evening to discuss the temporary suspension of obstetrical delivery services at Flin Flon General Hospital effective Sunday.

             

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey said he and Cumberland MLA Doyle Vermette will do everything they can to see this service restored. He said petitions will be available soon at the constituency office and online to be presented in the Legislature and letters were available to be sent to Premier Brian Pallister demanding the service be restored.

             

Concerns were expressed about the cost of a stay in The Pas and the risk factors and stress of giving birth that already exist, about why we don’t have fee for service doctors who are willing to do deliveries, a group of retired maternity nurses offered to support the effort to restore services to what they were and why are doctors leaving Flin Flon.

             

Health Region Board Chair Cal Huntley says they continue trying to recruit without success as qualified service providers won’t come due to low birth rates and maintaining their qualifications so they suspended services for now so people can safely prepare for deliveries in The Pas or elsewhere adding if there is an emergency it will be handled in the emergency department here.

             

 MP Niki Ashton concluded by adding the buck stops with the provincial government and our voices need to be heard as this hospital is a regional hub providing services to the youngest population area in the country.

 

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An Information Session is Available on Dementia.

 

The Primary Health Care Centre is hosting a telehealth seminar next Tuesday presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.  Their Program Director Norma Kirkby says the November 20th session is going to be about assisting a family member with bathing and personal hygiene.  She says they know that as people are more progressed with dementia sometimes that becomes a difficult task for family members to help with and they know that Charlene Barkman can give come very practical tips to family members about helping someone with those personal types of tasks.

             

The session will be held at the Primary Health Care Centre from 6:30 to 8 next Tuesday.  To register online go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca, email alzmb@alzheimer.mb.ca or phone 1-800-378-6699.

 

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There Can Be No Trout Festival Without Your Help.

 

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee will hold their annual meeting Thursday night.  Due to a very poor turnout at their first meeting a second meeting is taking place and President Melissa Richard says they desperately need people to come out.  She says unfortunately this year they’re going to be looking for all executives as they have to fill President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary so they need people to come in, step up and fill in those positions so that we can have a 69th annual Trout Festival.

             

The meeting will be held Thursday night at the Victoria Inn starting at 7 o’clock with the future of the Festival depending on the number of people showing interest.

 

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Area Residents Were Again Generous With Their Shoe Boxes.

 

Operation Christmas Child has wrapped up in the Flin Flon area.  It’s a program to collect shoe boxes with gifts and other items for needy children around the world.  The program was coordinated by the Baptist Church and Pastor Jim Galbraith thanks everyone who donated boxes and assisted in making it a success.  He explained it worked well considering they had to go a week earlier than the rest of the country because of a change to the shipping and all noting they brought in 229 individual boxes including 17 that are going to the Ukraine.  He added if you do have a box to turn in you can bring it to the church, they just might not be able to include it with this year’s shipment, it may go out next year.

             

Last year they collected around 265 boxes while altogether Canadians filled more than 615 thousand boxes and since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed almost 157 million shoe box gifts around the globe.

 

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You Can Be Part of an Upcoming Craft Sale.

 

Flin Flons Aqua Center Community Committee is holding a fund raising Christmas, Home Business, Craft and Bake Sale on December 1st.  The Committee’s Marsha Reeves explains they have about 16 crafters so far and anyone interested in booking a table can get hold of her at 204-687-5139 or Phyllis Kozak or Rella Dubie or can contact the pool.  She explains tables are 20 dollars for the first table and 10 dollars for each table after that and for any of the vendors set up will be available Friday evening anywhere between 6 and 9 pm.

             

They also need volunteers to work and people to do baking and you can find signup sheets at the Aqua Center.  The sale will be held Saturday, December 1st from 10 to 4 at the Flin Flon Community Hall and will include a raffle, penny parade, 50-50 draw and free coffee.

 

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Its Time to Remember All Those Who Served.

 

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 in Flin Flon held their annual Remembrance banquet Saturday night.  Guest Speaker Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey called November 11th a special day to remember the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War as well as the veterans of all wars, those still serving and their families.  He said it really becomes all our duty to make sure that the next generation remembers and we hope that none of our kids have to go to war, that none of our kids will ever be subjected to that but we need to be prepared in case and we need to make sure that our kids understand the importance of what we’re doing here today, of what the Legion does every day of the year and what November 11th is all about.

             

Lindsey added governments also must continue to support veterans and recognize the sacrifices they have made.

            

  Past officer medals were awarded to Lane Tennant, Brad Slugoski and Rejean Dumais and executive bars were presented to 1st Vice-President Ron Baschuk, Public Relations Terry Smith and Honors and Awards and Constitution and Laws bars to Bob Njegovan. Five year to forty-five year service pins were presented to Legion members.

 

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A Group of Students Will Be On the Job Wednesday.

 

Flin Flon School Division will be taking part in Take Our Kids To Work Day Wednesday.  Hapnot Collegiate Essential Skills Director Linda Lowe says all of the grade nine students will be involved by spending the day at the workplace of a parent, relative or friend.  She says this is a great opportunity for students to see firsthand what their parents do on the job and get a taste of the workforce within the community.  She adds for parents it’s an opportunity to prepare children for the future by demonstrating the experience and skills needed on a daily basis for their jobs and participating in a shared experience with their child.  Lowe says the students will be experiencing many different careers such as teaching, health, administrative, trades and banking just to name a few.

             

Take Our Kids to Work Day is a national program in its 24th year supported by the Learning Partnership, SAFE Manitoba, Hapnot Collegiate and many local employers.

 

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Concerns Continue to be Expressed About a Suspension in Services.

 

 

Niki Ashton

 

  Georgina Jolibois

Members of Parliament Niki Ashton and Georgina Jolibois  are joining community efforts to save the obstetrical delivery program in Flin Flon, as it will force many Northern mothers and families to drive several more hours to access services in The Pas or in Prince Albert.Ashton says the closure of the obstetrics ward is shutting down a vital community service for an entire region adding instead of spending money on consultants, the provincial government should do what's necessary to reopen the obstetrics ward immediately. Jolibois expressed concerns over the impact this interruption in services will have on mothers and families from northwest Saskatchewan from Pelican Narrows to Denare Beach noting First Nations and all communities in our region are some of the youngest in the country and they need access to birthing services in Flin Flon. Jolibois and Ashton are joining a community based effort, as well as Manitoba MLA Tom Lindsay and Saskatchewan MLA Doyle Vermette, in calling for the Manitoba government to save these birthing services immediately. The service will be temporarily suspended by the Health Region November 18th after a clinical study showed issues dealing with volume, increasing gaps in service and resulting patient safety.

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Citizens On Patrol Help Keep Our Community Safe.

 

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey had praise for people who volunteer their time to improve the safety of their communities. Speaking in the legislature during Citizens on Patrol Week last week Lindsey noted there are currently 66 communities that have COPP programs making special mention of the Flin Flon group.  He explained running since 2014 the group has over 20 members and has logged over 900 volunteer hours.  They meet all three goals for the COPP program by taking regular shifts patrolling at schools and crossing zones to keep pedestrians safe on busy highways and increase community awareness of the group and they also help keep their streets safe by putting up speed reader boards for drivers and notify police when they see impaired or dangerous drivers on the road.

             

Lindsey added the local RCMP see the group as another set of eyes and ears that have resulted in occurrences being reported that may have gone unnoticed.  If you are interested in learning more about the group visit their website www.citizensonpatrol.mb.ca or call 204-271-4881.

 

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Your Christmas Decorating Can Support a School Fund Raiser.

 

Creighton Community School is hosting the Festival of Trees in their gym Saturday November 24th.  The Committee’s Tiffany Ealey says they are now looking for people to get involved in the Festival. She explains they are looking for businesses, groups, individuals, families that are interested in creating either a tree, wreath or center piece for their festival.  She says they make it, donate it and then they put it on display and sell it through silent auction in order to raise some funds for new chairs for the gym and for their band and music program.

             

Registration forms are available at Creighton School and you are asked to return them to the school by Wednesday or fax them to 306-688-5740.

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Keep Off The Ice.

 

Dechambault Lake RCMP and other detachments remind residents to be ice smart when heading onto the ice for winter activities.  They note simple precautions can prevent winter fun from becoming tragic.  They remind you to be safe around lakes, rivers, creeks and open bodies of fast moving water by being aware of ice thickness. Ice should be 15 centimeters thick before you walk or skate on it, 25 centimeters before snowmobiling on it and at least 30 centimeters thick before you drive a vehicle on it. Clear blue ice is strong while white or grey colored ice is not as strong.  Stay away from ice that looks slushy, has thawed and refrozen, is near moving water or near a pressure crack. When snowmobiling wear proper gear, avoid alcohol or drugs, don’t go on the ice alone and carry safety gear like ice picks, poles and ropes as well as a first aid kit that includes cold weather supplies like a thermal blanket.

 

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Our MLA Says Its Time to Stop Cuts to Health Services.

 

 In the legislature yesterday Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey raised the issue of closure of obstetrical delivery services at Flin Flon General Hospital with Health Minister Cameron Friesen.  The move was made by the Health Region after a clinical study showed issues dealing with volume and increasing gaps in service. Lindsey stated this minister needs to ensure the people of Flin Flon and surrounding communities have access to birth services close to where they live so will this government change direction, improve services for northern and Indigenous women in Flin Flon and area, restore birth services at Flin Flon hospital and quit with the foolish cuts.

             

The Minister replied that from a clinical patient safety perspective it was important to limit that service and he will not stand in the way of patient safety.

 

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You Can Be Part of a Team That Gets People Home Safely.

 

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is looking for volunteers to help with Operation Red Nose through the Christmas season. It’s a program to get partiers and their vehicles home safely.  Chairperson Ted Hewitt says they need volunteers to get clients home.  He explains they have a group of three one of which drives the clients vehicle, the second person is called the navigator who rides with the driver of the clients vehicle and they have a third person in a second vehicle who picks them up after the drop off and most evenings they need anywhere from three to five teams of three.

             

Operation Red Nose will run on Friday and Saturday nights starting November 30th running through December included Friday the 28th and New Year’s Eve.  To volunteer you can go online to www.operationrednose.com, print and fill out a form and take it to the local RCMP office with two pieces of identification.  You can call Ted at 204-687-7450 for more information.

 

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Drilling is Getting Underway on a Gold Property Near Snow Lake.

 

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced a first phase drill program is starting on their high grade Laguna Gold Property near Snow Lake.  They report the Laguna Gold Property hosts the past producing Rex Laguna Mine that was Manitoba’s first and highest grade gold mine and the 25 hundred meter drill program marks the first drill program on the property in over 70 years.

             

President Ken Lapierre says the high grade potential is evident on the property where over 100 thousand tonnes grading 18.7 grams per tonnne gold was mined mostly during the 1930s.  He adds the drill program will focus south of the former high grade gold mine where additional quartz veins were discovered this fall carrying visible gold and sulphides.

 

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The Newly elected Flin Flon City Council Held Their First Public Meeting Last Night.

 

After being sworn in by City Administrator Glenna Daschuk along with Council, Mayor Cal Huntley welcomed the five re-elected City Councilors along with newly elected Councilor Colleen Arnold.

             

The Councilors mentioned they look forward to a good four years working together. Some of their comments included Councilors Karen MacKinnon and Colleen McKee noting we have a lot of good things happening and need to keep working on city development including seniors housing and the upgrade of the Aqua Center.  Councilor Colleen Arnold added the need for Indigenous services. McKee also noted it’s time for people’s voices to be heard to take ownership of their city.

             

Mayor Huntley said he is pleased with the election results as he had hoped for the return of Council and the results show they can continue moving forward having voters showing their support for what they have been doing.

             

In business Council received the Fire Chiefs Report for October showing eleven incidents during the month and they also applied to the federal government a grant to cover the cost of the purchase of a new loader at the airport.

 

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Events Are Taking Place to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence.

 

This is National Domestic Violence Prevention Month.  The Women’s Resource Center’s Colleen Arnold says they have displays with information, buttons and purple and white ribbons around town and in the schools.  She explains the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Rochelle Squires stated as we reflect on this issue I’m sure most of us can think of family members, friends, co-workers who have dealt with domestic violence.  We know the most dangerous time for individuals experiencing domestic violence is when one partner decides to leave the other so she urges all of us to reach out to the people around us and check on each other and if we know people who are using abusive behavior reach out to them too, let them know you are concerned and encourage them to seek help, don’t remain silent.

             

Arnold reminds you they will be holding their annual Take Back The Night event on November 25th at 5:15 in Pioneer Square on Main Street.

 

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Expectant Mothers Are Urged to Make Alternate Delivery Plans.

 

The Flin Flon General Hospital will be temporarily suspending obstetrical delivery services beginning at 8 am November 18th.  Health Region CEO Helga Bryant says this is happening as their priority is patient safety for expectant moms and their babies after a study recommended this step be taken due to only occasional services being available by obstetricians and anesthesiologists.  She explained they had a recent external review of obstetrics in Flin Flon done and there were a number of issues that had been raised to the Chief Medical Officer as well as herself around their volume and their increasingly frequent gaps in service.  She said this review was conducted by an esteemed obstetrician from the Health Sciences Center and nurse expert from Winnipeg and they concluded the service should be temporarily suspended.

             

Bryant says some deliveries will take place in The Pas where they have full services available or moms can make other arrangements with their care provider. She says pre-natal and post-partum services will continue to be available here.  She adds the will again look at the provision of services once a clinical services plan is completed by the province next year.

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A Food Drive Was a Great Success.

 

Through October Ford Canada and Northland Ford held a We Scare Hunger campaign to collect non-perishable food items for the Lords Bounty Food Bank.  Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay says it was an amazing event.  He explains through the effort of the local schools in Flin Flon and Creighton they surpassed last year’s total by about 150 pounds so a total of 2650 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated which engulfs about 4 months of needed items at the Lords Bounty Food Bank which is great so from Northland Ford thanks very much to local residents in Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach for their generosity in this yearly event.

             

Last year We Scare Hunger collected over 25 hundred pounds of food for the Food Bank.

 

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Its Time to Bring in Your Filled Shoe Boxes.

 

This is the week to turn in filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Program Coordinator Pastor Jim Galbraith of the Baptist Church says boxes can be dropped off this week at Pharmasave and the Dollar Store or at the Baptist Church below the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue this week including today and tomorrow from 9 to 1, Thursday will be 9 to 11:30 and then they’re having a special packing party at the church Thursday from 6 to 8, Friday and Saturday they’ll have the church open from 1 until 5 for people to drop off boxes and then Sunday they’ll be open during their worship service and will also remain open from 2 to 5 pm just for those last minute boxes and then they have a special wrap up service Sunday at 7.

             

The boxes will be delivered to collection centers and sent on to children in Haiti, Latin America and West Africa.

 

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Our Culture Days Reached Number 1 And Number 2.

 

The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt says numbers show this years Culture Days held in late September were again a great success.  She says we did really amazingly well coming in number two in the country so that’s nationally and we came in number one again for communities under 50 thousand people and she’s kind of excited and bragging that we came in beating Toronto so that’s a bit of a coup for our little community.

             

Kolt expressed her appreciation to everyone involved in making Culture Days the success it was.  Flin Flon was number three nationally last year and number one for communities with a population under 50 thousand.  This year Culture Days hosted 134 registered events.

 

 

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The Cheque Has Been Passed.

 

The Flin Flon Fire Department held their annual Charity Boot Drive on Third Avenue in early September in partnership with Flin Flon Scotia Bank.  On Friday afternoon Fire Chief Chad Cooper and firefighters received the Scotia Bank’s financial contribution to the Boot Drive from Branch Manager Karen Gwin and staff.  Cooper thanked the Scotia Bank for partnering with the Fire Department and for their contribution of 3 thousand dollars to the grand total of 13,800 dollars going to local charities.

             

Total funds raised will support the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund, Flin Flon Community Adult Learning Center and the Flin Flon Northern Lights Regional Training Center.

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Patient Transportation was Brought to the Attention of the Manitoba Legislature.

 

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey questioned Health Minister Cameron Friesen last week about changes to the Northern Patient Transportation Program asking him stop the cuts.  He tabled a freedom of information request that he says shows that this government cut one million dollars from the NPTP escort subsidor and knows this decision was made at the Cabinet table because the information comes from a Department of Health funding letter.  Lindsey added the same freedom of information request shows the NRHA was forced to find an additional 450 thousand dollars in savings from the Northern Patient Transportation Program by making it harder for northern Manitoba patients to get escorts.

             

Friesen replied they became aware of all kinds of abuses to the program which is why the rules must be enforced to make sure the program continues to be able to have the capacity to respond to those who legitimately need the travel subsidy.

 

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Hudbay is Moving Forward With Plans at Lalor Near Snow Lake.

 

In their third quarter 2018 financial report Hudbay indicated ore mined at their Manitoba operations decreased by 15 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Increased production at Triple Seven Mine in Flin Flon was offset by decreased production at the Lalor and Reed Mines.

             

President Alan Hair reports a key area of focus at Lalor this year has been test mining in gold zones and additional infill drilling in the gold and copper gold zones both in support of trade-off studies to assess the mining and processing options for Lalor gold leading Hudbay to believe the optimal processing scenario is to refurbish the New Britannia gold mill with significant upside potential for nearby satellite deposits and other promising exploration targets including the historical estimates of mineral resources at Hudbay’s New Britannia and Squall Lake deposits as well as the recently acquired Wim deposit and from other promising exploration targets in the Snow Lake region.

             

They also noted processing of the ore from Reed Mine that closed between Flin Flon and Snow Lake in August was completed in September and site clearing work was completed ahead of schedule.

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A New and Very Successful Summer Music Event is Preparing for its Second Year.

 

The Blueberry Jam Music Gathering held their annual general meeting last night. They approved a slate of Board Members for next summer’s festival that includes Chair Edgar Wright, Vice-Chair Linda Eryou, Secretary Elly Spencer, Treasurer Lynn Brown and Committee Chairs Site Management Debbie MacDonald, Production Mark Kolt, Marketing Crystal Kolt, Fund Raising Mike Spencer and Volunteer Coordinator Elfriede Reimer.  The Chairs will be looking for members to sit on their committees.

             

The Youth Representative to the Board will be Kevin Sattelberger, Members at Large Ted Elliott, Ken Pawlachuk, Bernice Snyder and Brad Snyder with Observer Kim Sattelberger.

             

Past Chair Mark Kolt reported they managed to build a stage and put on their first music gathering through sponsors, grants and private donations with only a small deficit and are looking at around 20 to 25 thousand dollars to put on next year’s festival so fund raising will be a challenge. The Board will consider the idea of continuing with a free gathering with donation boxes available at both entrances.

 

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Hudbay Reports Reduced Profits.

 

Hudbay has released its third quarter 2018 financial results.  The net profit in the quarter was 22.8 million dollars decreased from 36.3 million in the third quarter last year due to lower realized prices for all commodities, lower sales volumes of copper and higher operating costs partially offset by increases in sales volumes of precious metals and zinc.  President Alan Hair commented on their operations in Peru, Manitoba and Arizona noting at Constancia they generated record mill throughput and record copper recovery for mines as a result of their optimization efforts, in Manitoba they delivered solid results and believe the optimal processing scenario for the Lalor gold and copper gold zones is to refurbish the New Britannia gold mill and at Rosemont pending receipt of the section 404 water permit from the Army Corp of Engineers they are positioned to finalize the financing plans for the project and move the project to construction.

            

Hair also reported Hudbay has entered into an agreement to acquire Mason Resources owner of the Ann Mason copper deposit located in Nevada with the potential to be a low cost long life mine for 15 million dollars which is a third of their 2018 exploration budget.

 

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You Can Learn More About Sex Trafficking.

 

The Flin Flon and Area Against Sexual Exploitation Committee, Flin Flon and Creighton School Divisions and the Town of Creighton are presenting the play Love Bomb.  The committee’s Christa McIntyre explains Love Bomb is an engaging about 65 minute play that focuses on the very serious matter of sex trafficking of Canadian youth and is a play that’s suitable for an older audience probably about grade nine to adult.  She notes unfortunately sex trafficking is occurring all around us and it’s more common that we think so they just want to take this opportunity to educate the community.  She adds they’re excited about bringing this to the community and they hope everyone will consider attending.

             

The play will be presented to Creighton and Hapnot Students during the day Monday with the evening public performance starting at 7 o’clock in the Creighton Community School gym.  It’s free to attend, it’s suitable for grade nine to adult audiences and you are asked to use the back door facing the tennis courts.

 

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What Happens When You Have No Destination?

 

The Central Canada Film Group is showing the Terminal tomorrow night at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  The group’s Colin Davis says you don’t want to miss this Tom Hank’s film.  He explains Hanks plays an Eastern European tourist who arrives at JFK in New York only to find that war has broken out in his country as he was en route. With his country now officially no longer in existence Hank’s character no longer is a citizen of anywhere and therefore the Department of Homeland Security won’t let him enter or exit the United States so he is indefinitely trapped in the terminal.

             

The Terminal will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre and as always with their Films You Might Have Missed series admission is free.

 

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This is the Season to Remember With a Candle.

 

Flin Flons Anglican Parish is offering memory candles for a 13th holiday season. The committee’s Yvonne Fawcett explains the candles appear in the community just before Christmas.  She explains the purpose of the memory candle is to remember loved ones prior to the hustle and bustle of the season.  Candles can be placed at any of the cemeteries in Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach including columbarium’s or you can take your candle home and light it whenever you want.  She says this is the fourth year that they have placed candles road side at the Cranberry Portage cemetery.  She notes mass lighting is scheduled to take place at all cemeteries on Sunday November 18th with the exception of Cranberry Portage which will be lit on Saturday the 17th weather permitting.

              Fawcett adds if winds are more than 10 kilometers an hour the candles cannot be lit and it will take place on another day. Check CFAR and Facebook for updates. The candles are ten dollars each and can be ordered at the craft shows at the Flin Flon and Creighton Community Halls Saturday or at Big Dipper, Candy Bar, Northern Rainbows End or call Yvonne at 204-687-7463.

 

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Bus Service Continues in Manitoba.

 

Kelsey Bus Lines begins passenger and freight bus service today connecting Flin Flon and Winnipeg along number ten highway.  On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday the bus leaves Flin Flon at 7:30 pm arriving in Winnipeg at 6:50 am.  The return trip from Winnipeg to Flin Flon runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday leaving Winnipeg at 8:30 pm arriving in Flin Flon at 8:30 am.  The Bus Depot is located at Coutt’s Convenience Center in Creighton.

             

The Bus Line which is a division of Aseneskak Casino Limited Partnership in The Pas will soon be renamed Mahihkan which means wolf in Cree.  They also run services between Thompson and Winnipeg.  For more information visit their website www.kelseybuslines2014.com or call the depot at 306-688-7646.

 

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You Can Shop For Crafts and Christmas Gifts in Creighton Saturday.

 

The Women’s Resource Center is holding their Christmas Craft and Home Show Saturday.  Their Executive Director Colleen Arnold says they will feature 30 different vendors at 50 tables. She says they have a bunch of door raffles, a toonie parade, you’re going to find some baking, homemade gifts, knitted articles, jewelry, some stained glass and so much more and they’re also going to have coffee, lunch and snacks available so they really hope to see you there with all the proceeds going to support the Women’s Safe Haven.

             

The Christmas Craft and Home Show runs from 10 to 4 Saturday in the Creighton Community Hall.  Donations to their silver collection will be appreciated.

 

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The Newly Elected School Board is Already at Work.

 

On Tuesday evening the Flin Flon School Board held the inaugural meeting of the newly elected members.  All Trustees signed the affidavit of qualifications and took the oath of office and allegiance to Trustees of School Divisions and Districts. This was followed by the election of Chair and Vice-Chair.  Leslie Fernandes is the newly elected Chair and former Chair Amy Sapergia-Green was elected Vice-Chair.  Trustee Murray Skeavington was absent from the meeting so the picking of committees the Trustees will sit on will take place at their next regular meeting November 13th.

             

In other school news the Board approved Natalie Milligan’s request for travel with the French Immersion students in the spring of 2020.  Board Chair Leslie Fernandes will be laying the Wreath at the Remembrance Day Service on November 11th.

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Recruitment, Patient Transport and Budgets are Ongoing Issues in the Health Region.

 

At their annual meeting yesterday CEO Helga Bryant spoke on priorities for the Northern Health Region.  She highlighted the fact they are taking formal ownership of the redeveloped emergency department in Flin Flon in early 2019, they are looking at increased use of telehealth, there is ongoing recruitment which is challenging, they have good partnerships with education institutes especially UCN to see that students are trained with skills that are needed, they have reduced their deficit to 70 thousand dollars down from over 3.4 million dollars last year.

             

When asked about complaints about the Northern Patient Transportation Program and coverage for escorts Bryant explained they administer the program for Manitoba Health but can’t change it but they are advocating on behalf of northerners for change.

             

When questioned about including Addictions Services under the program she said that will be included in their discussions with Manitoba Health.

            

  In reply to a question about problems with transferring health documents to Saskatchewan hospitals Bryant said that has not changed but with a single health region now in Saskatchewan provincial teams have been formed to study how services are being provided.

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A Special Prayer Service is Being Held Friday.

 

St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church is hosting the Fellowship of the Least Coin Friday night.  Organizer Dona O’Brien says it’s open to all men, women and children interested just bring your coins.  She explains Fellowship of the Least Coin is under the leadership of an international women’s association called Church Women United and it is a Christian women’s organization around the world since 1941.  Here in Flin Flon she adds there are ten churches involved and as a women’s group they are encouraged to donate their loose change or least coins at their various women’s meetings and then donate them to the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada and they pass it on to various countries that have projects that help women around the world who are suffering lack of respect and dignity.

             

The money shared last year was almost 114 thousand dollars to 21 projects.  O’Brien adds this year six women from six countries will share their stories. The celebration takes place Friday night at 7 o’clock at St. Ann’s Church on Centre Street.

 

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The Hall Will Be Full of Christmas Shopping Opportunities.

 

The Flin Flon Arts Council is holding their 38th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday.  Their Coordinator Crystal Kolt says they are featuring a variety of local and other Manitoba and Saskatchewan vendors.  She adds once again they have a full house of everything you could possibly imagine from soaps to wall hangings to arts and crafts and again the seniors are going to be offering dinner down stairs so there’s going to be something for everybody to buy as it’s time to get shopping for Christmas.

            

 The sale runs from 10 to 4 Saturday in the Flin Flon Community Hall.  It also includes Winter Wonderland where you can have pictures taken with Santa.

 

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Local Businesses Were Honored Yesterday.

Karen MacKinnon and Maryn McKee

 

  PBCN Jessica Pelly, Peter Gambin, Helen Jebsen

 

Joanne Kemp

 

Natasha Daneliuk

 

Jan Modler and Greg East

 

The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Community Futures Greenstone presented this year’s business awards yesterday.  The presentation was part of the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference.

             

This year’s Business Excellence Awards presented by Chamber President Karen MacKinnon went to Creighton Petro Canada Tim Horton’s Kiosk owned and operated by PBCN PA Fuel and Convenience, Alluring Impressions Spa owned and operated by Joanne and Jarrett Kemp and Mugsy’s Deli owned and operated by Natasha Daneliuk.

             

A new award to honor youth in the region the Emerging Entrepreneur Award was presented to grade eleven Hapnot Collegiate student Maryn McKee who operates Winx Eyelashes and has been involved in several prior ventures.  And the Community Ambassador Award for an organization that contributes to the betterment of the community was presented to Johnny’s Social Club operated by Greg East and Mark Rowe.

             

You can find pictures of the presentations on www.flinflononline.com.

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Appointments Have Been Updated for Manitoba Health Regions.

 

The province has made appointments to the boards of the five regional health authorities.  For the Northern Regional Health Authority Cal Huntley of Flin Flon has been reappointed as Chair, Carrie Atkinson of The Pas has been reappointed Vice-Chair, Anne Kenny Thompson of Lynn Lake and Elaine Kobelka of The Pas have been reappointed as members. They rejoin seven other members of the current board.

             

The boards of region health authorities are responsible for directing the management and affairs of the region to ensure the delivery and administration of health services. Health Minister Cameron Friesen notes the health system relies on boards to guide the safety and quality of care that is available in communities across the province.

 

 

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Far Resources Prepares to Drill 15 New Targets Near Snow Lake.

 

Far Resources has finalized plans for the upcoming drill program at its Zoro Lithium Project near Snow Lake where 50 Lithium targets have been identified.  Fifteen of these lithium anomalies will be tested this winter as well as further drilling on the high grade lithium mineralization discovered in their Dyke 8. Final Preparations are underway for mobilization of equipment to target the anomalies which is expected to commence ahead of schedule and prior to ground freeze up.

             

President Toby Mayo says they knew they had a fantastic opportunity to expand know mineralization at Zoro but the results of last summer’s program have been better than they imagined.  The fall program contract has been awarded to Westcore Drilling with rotary air support provided by Gogal Air Services.

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E-waste Collection is Expanding in Manitoba and is Working Well in Flin Flon.

 

The Manitoba government recently approved a new five year business plan for Recycle My Electronics which keeps many kinds of end of life electronics out of the landfill.  In Flin Flon the Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard says it continues to be a successful program here.  She explains they collect the eligible products for e-waste recycling at the Recycling Center and they pack them up on pallets and when they have a trailer load they ship it out to Exnor E-Waste in Elie and the EPRA pays them for handling it so it’s working quite well for them.  She adds they are shipping about three loads every year around 30 tonnes which is pretty exciting.

             

Provincially the program diverted 3430 tonnes of e-waste from landfills. The renewed plan is expected to extend the program coverage to 95 percent of Manitoba’s population and provide better accessibility in northern and remote communities.  For information on electronics that can be recycled go to www.recyclemyelectronics.ca.

 

 

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Tickets are Now on Sale For an Upcoming Theatre Production.

 

The local Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is presenting Treasure Island on November 16th and 17th.  One of the Directors Beth Heine says it’s a fun family show.  She says this story is a pantomime so it kind of takes the original story and makes a few twists so they have pirates who become women and women that become pirates and they jump on this ship to go over to the Caribbean and find the treasure where X marks the spot.  Heine adds it has a cast of 23 plus a few extras.

             

Tickets are now on sale at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street and will also be sold at the Flin Flon Arts Council Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale at the Flin Flon Community Hall on Saturday.

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The Discovery of Gold Zones Continues Near Snow Lake.

 

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has identified an extended gold zone near Snow Lake.  They report geological prospecting has identified the McLeod Gold Horizon which is a more that ten kilometer long mineralized corridor associated with gold and copper mineralization on their SLG Gold Property.

             

President Ken Lapierre says this strategic property hosts multiple historical gold rich zones along several regional structural fault splays.  He says the McLeod Gold Horizon has never been drill tested yet hosts numerous historical gold showings adding their grab samples confirmed the presence of high grade gold and copper mineralization. In 2019 they plan to advance this gold asset with additional surface work in preparation for a drill program focusing on top priority gold targets.

             

They add the newly identified horizon is part of the regional McLeod Road Thrust Fault which is known to be associated with former gold mines on the neighboring property.

 

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Our MLA has Raised Concerns in the Legislature About Northern Manitoba Airports.

 

MLA Tom Lindsey accused the government of lowering the standards when it comes to snow clearing at airports creating a riskier situation for people in the north.  He explained the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Arlen Dumas says that the Province’s decision to cut northern airports borders on negligence adding the government’s new policy, and it is a new policy that belongs to this government, means that airports will only be cleared on the weekend if there’s a medical emergency maybe.  He added Manitoba Hydro crews often need access to remote communities to make repairs on the weekend and northern airports are also vital for bringing in food and supplies.

             

Lindsey asked Minister of Infrastructure Ron Schuler if he thinks that northern communities should go without food and power if there’s too much snow on a runway on a weekend to which Schuler replied we should be very clear that the runways are always cleared when there’s an emergency as they have staff that are trained to go up there, they have the equipment and they clear the runways.

 

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There Can Be No Trout Festival Without Your Help.

 

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee gathered for their annual meeting last night.  Due to a very poor turnout a second meeting will be held next month.  President Melissa Richard says they desperately need people to come out.  She explains unfortunately this year they are going to be looking for all executive needing to fill President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary so they need people to come out and step up and fill in those positions so we can have a 69th annual Trout Festival.

             

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15th at 7 pm at the Victoria Inn with the future of the Festival depending on the number of people showing interest.

 

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You Can Continue to Support the Food Bank at Tonights Bomber Game.

 

Northland Ford and local schools continue to collect food for 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 this month to support local food banks and its going well with great response from the community and the surrounding communities, everybody’s getting involved with it and they’ve got a lot of stuff in the F-150 already and the schools are ramped right up on it in the areas.  He notes tonight they’ll be at the Bomber game collecting from the public and there’s always a great response there so they’re looking forward to a great hockey game and a great collection of food items.

             

The campaign runs until the end of October.

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Attention Will be On Domestic Violence Next Month.

 

At the request of the Womens Resource Center Mayor Cal Huntley officially declared November as Domestic Violence Prevention Month at Tuesday nights City Council meeting. The proclamation stated domestic violence affects everyone – children, youth, individuals, families and the community and has immediate and long term consequences that can include serious mental and physical effects, the inability to function in society, financial turmoil and death.

             

Council was advised the Community Alcohol Management Plan Working Group is being formed in Flin Flon.  It’s a group of over 30 people representing an expanding list of local organizations.  Council will look forward to more information as the group continues to organize.

             

And Council received a request to again allow the Rotary Club to use City Hall as headquarters for Operation Red Nose, a service that helps get vehicles and their owners home safely during the holiday season. The service will run on Friday and Saturday nights starting November 30th running through December including Friday the 28th and New Years eve.

 

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Jazz Will Be The Focus For Band Students This Weekend.

 

The NorMan Jazz Festival will be hosted by Flin Flon School Division this weekend.  Band Director Kim Jones says bands from The Pas and Thompson will join Flin Flon bands with a total of 80 students taking part.  She explains they fly clinicians in from Brandon and Winnipeg and these are very high level educators, university professors who work with their students throughout Saturday and Sunday to help them work on their existing jazz band repertoire and help them in improvisation and give them information on their specific instrument like saxophones, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section.

             

 Jones adds on Sunday the students will put on a concert at 1:30 at Hapnot Collegiate with all community members invited to attend.  She says you will not only hear the student bands perform but also very high level jazz musicians from across the province playing traditional jazz as well as a couple of players from the Dirty Catfish Brass Band who will be here as clinicians.

 

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26 percent of eliglibe voters in Flin Flon Cast Ballots today for Six City Councilors and Seven School Trustee for Four Year Terms.

 

The five incumbents led the polls from the twelve candidates for City Council.  Elected were Colleen McKee with 646 votes, Ken Palwachuk 632, Karen MacKinnon 620, Tim Babcock 610, Guy Rideout 592 and new to Council Colleen Arnold with 512 votes.  The other candidates were Joe Buie 498, Tom Heine 379, Dave King 317, Jordana Oulette 304, Patricia Sattelberger 289 and Alan French 162. Councilor Bill Hanson did not seek re-election and Mayor Cal Huntley was re-elected by acclamation.

             

Elected to School Board from eight candidates were Ebony Trubiak with 860 vote, Amy Sapergia-Green 812, Leslie Fernandes 806, Jill Akkerman 782, Leslie Power 658 and Murray Skeavington 656.  Because of the close vote for the seventh position on School Board between Tim Davis and Angela Simpson a recount will be done before the final results are released tomorrow morning.

 

**Update:  Afer a recount the final seat on School Board has been determined with Tim Davis receiving 557 votes.  Angela Simpson received 552 votes.**

 

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Pelican Narrows RCMP are Seeking public assistance to locate Leroy George Custer

 

 

On October 20thPelican Narrows RCMP received a complaint of a missing adult male. 33 year old Leroy George Custer who is from Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan has not been seen since June of 2018.

 

Custer is described as 5’8”, 140 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. There is reason to believe Custer may be in Prince Albert, Creighton, Flin Flon or even Saskatoon. The RCMP is requesting your in locating Custer. Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Pelican Narrows RCMP at 306-632-3300 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip on-line at saskcrimestoppers.com 

 

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Students Are Planning for a French Immersion Trip.

 

At the latest meeting of the Flin Flon School Board teacher Natalie Milligan presented the next French Immersion trip proposal.  The trip allows students to learn actively in a new context and gives students a taste of travel and helps them in their future travels later.  The trip planned for the spring of 2020 will see students spend two nights in Ottawa, two nights in Montreal and two in Quebec taking in historical tours.  EF Educational Tours will be the Company the trip will be booked through as they offer a lot of support, a 24 hour tour director, security and much more.

             

This was the last regular meeting for this group of Trustees due to the election. Superintendent Constance McCleese wanted to publicly express that she felt it has been an honor and pleasure sharing a common bond in making education the best in our community.  Board members reflected on the past four years noting that great strides have been made moving forward, our School Division is ready for the future and it also says a lot about the teaching staff.

             

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The North Should Continue to Have Five Members of the Legislature.

 

When Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew was in Flin Flon Friday I asked him about changes to the electoral map.  The Electoral Division Boundaries Commission has proposed combining Flin Flon and The Pas ridings, both NDP seats, into one.  Kinew says the north deserves proper representation and if one MLA has to serve a huge geographic region in the north is every community in that region going to get the proper representation at the Legislature?  He adds on the party side if they have their MLA in The Pas and an MLA in Flin Flon one of them is going to lose out on this so it’s obviously a situation he doesn’t want to see because they’ve got two great MLAs and they’d like to have them continue to represent their communities and then also there’s differences regionally in the north so why not respect the diversity in different communities.

             

Kinew says the commission has until the end of the year to present their report but he understands they’re almost finished their work and will release their report in the near future.

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New Support Programs Continue to be Introduced at the Local Food Bank.

 

At their 27th annual meeting yesterday the Lords Bounty Food Banks Distribution Chair Dennis Hydamaka reported a decrease in food distribution over their past year.  They experienced a 17 percent decrease in hampers distributed and an 8 percent decrease in the number of people fed with 1368 food hampers distributed to feed 2858 people.  He noted this is largely due to client visits being reduced to two per month instead of three. He added things have started to change with a record set last month with over 300 people fed up from around 220 they usually have per month.

             

The Board’s Alison Dallas reported they moved into their new permanent location on December 1st at 2 Hiawatha, the former St. Mary’s Church, and their goal is community involvement as they team up with other people and support groups.  Last month was their first month for these presentations, the first year of harvesting their community garden and they now prepare meals for special occasions such as Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving.

             

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Council Said Farewell to a Long Time City Councilor.

 

Bill Hanson is not seeking re-election and attended his final City Council meeting last night after 19 years as a Councilor.  He says it’s been a long road and he has served with some awesome people.  He explained it’s been a privilege and an honor to work with the people in the City of Flin Flon, five Mayors and five different Councils, the administration staff have always been very respectful and very good and he just really loves the city and is encouraged by the number of people who are running for Council and wishes everybody good luck and hopes for the best in the future.

             

His fellow Councilors thanked Bill for his dedication to the community with Mayor Cal Huntley praising him for his wealth of information noting they are going to miss that. Huntley also had praise for the present Council and having been re-elected by acclamation he looks forward to continue working with Council and the city staff and administration.

 

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There Should Be Support For Mining Communities Dealing With Job Losses.

 

While visiting Flin Flon Friday Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew commented on the Mining Communities Reserve Fund.  Although the government says it is not available as it was allowed to fall below a set level Kinew says it should be.  He says basically the Mining Reserve Fund was created to help communities in times of need and you paid into this fund during the good times and it should be there to help communities that are facing job losses now.  He notes the bigger picture is we need to have job creation in the north to be a big priority and they are going to keep pushing the government on that front.  He says so far what they’ve been talking about is just a committee, it’s just a brochure but there hasn’t been real investment, they haven’t been putting resources to help create jobs.

             

Kinew adds a job is about having a pay cheque so people can provide for their families but it’s also about ensuring people have the pride, the dignity and the discipline that comes with work and that hits a community hard so his priority for the next election will be jobs and health care.

 

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You Can Celebrate Halloween at the Library.

 

The Flin Flon Public Library is holding their annual Bomber Halloween party this Thursday.  Administrator Courtney Campbell says it’ll be a fun afternoon with the Flin Flon Bombers coming and they’re going to help with the games, the prizes and all that fun stuff that they usually do at their Halloween parties.  She adds it’s on Thursday from 4:30 to 6 and they’re going to have crafts and snacks and all that good stuff, just make sure you’re there to supervise your kids.

             

You can drop in to the Library to register or give them a call at 204-687-3397.

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Flin Flon Voters Will Be Heading to the Polling Stations Tomorrow.

 

Tomorrow is election day for six City Councilors and seven School Trustees in Flin Flon.  Mayor Cal Huntley was re-elected by acclamation.  There are twelve candidates to choose from for Council and eight for School Board.

             

Polls will be open from 8 am to 8 pm.  People living from the Ross Lake area though the uptown area and South Hudson will vote at the Community Center while those below the hill including Birchview, Willowvale and Channing areas will vote at the Northminster Memorial United Church.  Voters must have been a resident of Flin Flon Manitoba or Saskatchewan as a home owner or renter for at least six months and must have one piece of government issued photo ID such as a drivers licence or passport or at least two other pieces of identification that could include a health card.  If you haven’t voted before poll clerks will be there to help you out.

 

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It is Time to Fill Shoe Boxes With Gifts.

 

Operation Christmas Child is again underway in the Flin Flon area.  The Baptist Church is the collection center and their Pastor Jim Galbraith is asking you to fill shoe boxes with toys and other items to be delivered to children in countries where there is war, natural disasters and famine.  He explains the one thing they like to do is have a wow item like maybe a deflated soccer ball with a pump or a really nice doll and then the usual items are school supplies and hygiene items except no liquids and on a general scale nothing war related like knives or toy soldiers and sometimes if you’re doing for an older child you can put in something like sewing equipment or tools.

             

Galbraith adds boxes can be picked up at Dollar Store With More or at participating churches and returned there or to Pharmasave.  Final collection week is November 5th to 11th.

 

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Manitobas NDP Leader Wab Kinew met with a variety of people in Flin Flon on Friday.

 

 

One of the issues raised was northern health care.  Kinew says the need to stop cuts and expand services was highlighted by the unfortunate death last week of a northern man on a medical trip by bus to Winnipeg who was also involved in the Northern Patient Transport Program and that’s an issue that cuts across community lines and affects a lot of people in the north.  He says they’ve been hearing a lot about changes to that program, escorts not being provided anymore, harder and harder for people to get air transport approved so that’s an issue they’re going to press on in the immediate future.

             

Kinew called for a federal and provincial inquiry into the death.  He says there’s also a need to have more doctors in the north and one way to do that is by training more northerners starting in high school with a emphasis on the sciences and also ensure there are state of the art health facilities in the north so people can get care closer to home.

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Free Flu Shots are Available for the Creighton Area Starting Today.

 

Saskatchewan residents can get their free flu shot starting today at public health clinics.  Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shabab says influenza can cause serious illness and may lead to complications, hospitalization and even death recommending you get your flu shot early in the season to protect yourself, your family and those to whom you provide care.

             

Flu clinics start for the Creighton area today at the Health Center from 9 to 5 and continue this month through November and into December.  For a complete list go online to www.4flu.ca, click on clinic locations and scroll down to Creighton or Denare Beach.

             

Flu Shots are recommended for those at higher risk including seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five and pregnant women.

 

 

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They Have Supported Women in our Community for 20 Years.

 

The Womens Safe Haven Resource Service celebrated their 20th anniversary last night.

             

Guest speaker Father Paul Bringleson said it’s hard to ignore suffering and violence against women and children must not be tolerated.  He spoke on the need for honesty in a relationship, the need to be open to other points of view, to live differently and be willing to give one hundred percent.  He explained we need to use our lives and see them as always being an influence each and every day seen and heard by those we live with and work with and those we love, never diminish the significance of who you are and we make mistakes and we don’t always get it right but remember tolerance, there must always be room for not to keep it perfect but we must continue to try.

             

Executive Director Colleen Arnold thanked all who have supported them over the years adding we need more men to work with them as allies to stop violence against women and girls.

 

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You Can Relive the Music of Patsy Cline.

 

The Flin Flon Arts Council is presenting a concert by the InClines next week. The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it’s called Sweet Dreams of Patsy Cline.  She explains this is the first show of their season and the group’s name is actually coined from a Patsy Cline tribute band so it’s going to be a super fun concert as everybody loves Patsy Cline and these performers are exceptional so that’s going to be the first concert of the season for the Flin Flon Arts Council.

             

The show traces Patsy’s life through narration and song recreating a Patsy Cline concert.  The InClines will perform next Saturday October 27th at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

 

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Our Member of Parliament has Called for an Inquiry into a Death on a Bus.

 

In Question Period Wednesday and in a letter to Minister Jane Philpott MP Niki Ashton called for an inquiry into the death of Abraham Donkey.  She explained Abraham, a 58 year old northern Manitoba heart patient died during a ten hour Greyhound bus trip to see a doctor in Winnipeg ten days after getting heart surgery noting Indigenous Services refused to send him by plane or with an escort.  Ashton stated systemic racism kills, systemic underfunding kills adding Abraham’s family is seeking justice and to ensure this never happens again.  She asked will the Minister meet with Abraham’s family and will this government commission an inquiry into this inexcusable tragedy?

             

Prime Minister Trudeau stated the Department of Indigenous Services is looking into the details of this matter.  He added this confirms the need for improved health services designed, managed and delivered by and for Indigenous communities something they will continue to work towards.

 

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Creighton Voters Have Elected a New Town Councilor.

 

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 Owen 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.

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Cannabis Sales Will Not Result in Major Revenue For the Province.

 

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.

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