This week is the 9th annual Red Tape Awareness Week Sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Their Provincial Affairs Director Jonathan Alward says they are challenging all levels of government to commit to tackling the burden that red tape places on small business. He explains red tape really translates to lost time filling out unnecessary forms or trying to find confusing information or getting poor customer service and it really wastes employer’s time and energy that can be better spent running their business and growing their business. He adds they’ve been really pleased here in Manitoba as the provincial government here really takes this on as a priority issue and they made a huge amount of progress in a short amount of time.
Information on red tape is available on their website www.cfib.ca/redtape including the Paperweight Awards for the worst over the top regulations, the cost of regulations and red tape to Canadian businesses and the Red Tape report card.
Rockcliff Metals Corporation has filed an updated inferred resource estimate for their high grade Talbot Deposit near Snow Lake. The report shows inferred resources of just over 4.2 million tonnes at 1.6 percent copper, 1.8 grams per tonne gold, 1.4 percent zinc and 28 grams per tonne silver.
The Talbot Copper Deposit is located on the Talbot Property which is part of the Company’s Manitoba property portfolio within the Flin Flon Snow Lake greenstone belt. They note the Deposit is defined as a stratabound gold rich VMS copper deposit with the polymetalic mineralization remaining open in all directions. They add bore hole and geophysical surveys immediately outside of the know limits of the Talbot Copper Deposit Resource have identified large conductive plates that could represent additional areas with VMS mineralization.
At last weeks meeting the Creighton School board reported Minister of Education Bronwyne Eyre informed Board Chair Ray Biberdorf that the recent review of school division boundaries across the province has determined that the Division will remain in its present structure. The local message was very supportive of leaving the status quo and the government has listened to this feedback.
Athletic Director Jennifer Johnsgaard reported so far this year Creighton School has hosted four tournaments and have two upcoming tournaments planned and there have been seventeen coaches and multiple athlete helpers involved in the athletics program. This spring the school will be offering a junior high badminton program and both a junior and senior track and field program. The total overall percentage of 60% of their grade 7-12 students have participated in sport so far this year. Physical Education Teacher Ian Clark applied for and received a learning opportunities program grant that will provide funds for outdoor education activities.
The Board also announced that the Director of Education, Blaine Veitch will continue in this role through to July 2019.
The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce held their annual general meeting on Wednesday night at the Rotary Room at the Sam Waller Museum.
Some of the items on the agenda included the financial report and resolutions to take to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. Some of these resolutions include a feasibility study on bringing natural gas to the North, putting rest stops and garbage cans at highway intervals, ending daylight saving time in Manitoba, a past resolution called “creation of an interprovincial highway and having improved hydro rates for Northern Businesses.
Hudbay reports on a consolidated basis their copper production exceeded 2017 guidance and production of zinc and precious metals were within 2017 guidance ranges.
In Manitoba mine development at Lalor near Snow Lake is now adjacent to the gold zones and a recent batch sample of gold ore sent to the Flin Flon Concentrator realized favorable gold recoveries of more than 60 percent. Planned capital expenditures in Manitoba include continued drilling of the gold and copper gold zones at Lalor.
Combined unit costs for Manitoba are forecast to be higher than 2017 guidance due mainly to reduced ore production at Triple Seven in Flin Flon, the cessation of the capitalization of development costs at Reed near Flin Flon as it approaches the end of its mine life and costs for trucking ore from Lalor to the Flin Flon concentrator for processing in lieu of capital expenditures on expanding the Stall concentrator.
Their exploration budget is 50 million dollars focused on exploration near existing infrastructure in Manitoba and Peru as well as grassroots exploration properties in Chile and British Columbia.
MP Niki Ashton says in regions like our north there is an ongoing issue with high rates of unemployment in many Indigenous communities. She adds there are major job losses in urban communities such as Thompson with the future prospect of the loss of jobs in Flin Flon, traditional industries such as fishing have been hard hit by the end of the single desk Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation and even the strategically critical Hudson Bay rail line and Port of Churchill have been shut down. She says the response from governments has been one of negligence at best.
Ashton adds as she looks ahead to 2018 it is clear the economy is going to be critical and she will be speaking out calling for action in our region as much of the wealth of this country comes from regions like our north and increasingly we are seeing less of it benefiting those of us who live in our area. She is calling for an economic strategy and action to reverse job losses, support our traditional industries and create new jobs for young people today and for future generations.
Chamber President Chuck Davidson with Minister Navdeep Bains
The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce held a special lunch gathering recently at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in Winnipeg where Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains answered questions regarding the future of Churchill and the closed rail line as well as tech, and trade in front of business leaders, Northern Representatives, and technology stake holders.
According to a news letter, Bains is hopeful that a resolution can be found with the current owners of the rail line to Churchill and he hopes that rail service will be brought back this year.
Bains also answered questions about how Manitoba fits into the government’s innovation agenda, the government’s arctic strategy, and how the federal government views Northern Manitoba, stating that the government sees the North as “Critical to Canada.”
Nominations are being accepted until January 26th for the Manitoba School Boards Association Student Citizenship Awards. Their Associate Director Heather Demetrioff says nominations are made by school boards and are open to all public school students kindergarten to grade 12. She explains they are intended to recognize students service to their school and the broader community, things like involvement in fund raising activities for social justice causes, activities on student council, activities in the broader community and sometimes those are church based and sometimes they’re dealing with helping out seniors or young kids, basically all of those character and citizenship building activities that we know so many of our students are involved in.
Demetrioff adds an award is given to a student in each of the Association’s six geographic areas and one provincial award for a student group. She says the award includes a certificate and 500 dollars while students nominated but not selected receive a certificate and 100 dollars. Several Flin Flon students have won this region’s award in the past.
At the City Council meeting Tuesday night Councilor Karen MacKinnon asked people to watch for information coming soon on the Flin Flon Rocks Facebook page. It will offer a trip for four to Flin Flon as part of the promotion for the first Blueberry Jam Music Gathering being held at the Flin Flon campground August 10th to 12th. The new three day festival is designed for musicians and music lovers to enjoy Flin Flon and join other musicians from across the country to share their music. MacKinnon says the trip includes a Calm Air flight from Winnipeg, a stay at the Victoria Inn, a visit to Camp Whitney and attending the Festival totaling 15 thousand dollars. Rules will be published soon and you’ll have to visit the Flin Flon Rocks Facebook page and like and share it to enter with the winner to be announced at a Council meeting in April.
At the meeting Council also received several requests for funding approving two of them, 500 dollars for the Flin Flon Junior Bombers 2018 Hockey Night in the North Free Skate and 400 dollars for the Flin Flon Skating Club to purchase ads in their programs for the 2018 Norman Regional Starskate and Funskate Competition.
The Salvation Army has reported it raised 23.1 million dollars nationally through its Christmas Kettle Campaign. This is the second highest total ever raised by the organization during the holiday season and will help the Salvation Army feed, clothe, shelter and empower vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada.
As we reported earlier the Salvation Army in Flin Flon raised 15, 872 dollars for their 134 Christmas Hampers, their Soup Days and other things they do in the community.
Territorial Secretary for Public Relations and Development Major John Murray says they are grateful to donors, dedicated volunteers and supportive partners for making this campaign a success. He says last year they helped over 1.9 million people and he expects that number to increase this year.
At their meeting last night Council passed on first reading a bylaw dealing with fire inspections. Councilor Ken Pawlachuk says there are electrical contractors available to inspect wiring in homes and recommend work that has to be done. This bylaw sets rates for these inspections as well as for fire inspections by the Fire Chief and also requires that smoke detectors be installed in all multi-family dwellings. Mayor Cal Huntley noted this is in reaction to recent fire issues adding there are many older homes in this community in which the wiring requires upgrading.
Council also approved the agreement between the City and members of CUPE Local 228 covering the employees from February 1st, 2017 to January 31st, 2020. Mayor Huntley noted negotiations were delayed due to staff changes at CUPE but once started they went very well.
Councilor Karen MacKinnon urged people to come out and support the Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee with putting together the Festival that runs from June 29th to July 1st. Their next meeting is February 1st at 7 pm in City Council Chambers.
The Central Canada Film Groups Colin Davis says they are presenting the film Their Finest at the Hapnot Theatre tomorrow night. He explains the film takes place in London during the Battle of Britain and the London blitz. A film team working for the British Ministry of Information is making a morale boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation. He says the film follows Catrin Cole, a young script writer who goes to work for the Ministry and the filming of their feature which may not be the complete truth telling documentary that the Ministry has commissioned.
Davis adds if you have any fascination for World War Two, the Dunkirk evacuation or what life was like during these times you’ll want to come by the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre tomorrow night at 7:30 and because this is a film from the Toronto International Film Festival admission will be ten dollars.
Operation Red Nose reports for 23 years they have helped Manitobans and their vehicles get home safely over the holidays. During the 2017 holiday season 2489 volunteers gave 4449 rides in ten communities across Manitoba raising over 95 thousand dollars for a variety of organizations in the province.
As we reported earlier this month in the Flin Flon area the Rotary Club’s Operation Red Nose provided 273 rides with 148 volunteers raising 4353 dollars in donations from rides and with other fund raising that total reached 13 thousand dollars to donate to local youth sports and other activities.
The President of Safety Services Manitoba Judy Murphy thanked everyone who volunteered or used the service making this year’s campaign another huge success. The largest number of rides was in Winnipeg with 1522. The Pas had 382 and Thompson 380.
SAFE Work Manitoba is holding three prevention workshops that provide education to safety and health committee members, workers and supervisors. Their Chief Operating Officer Jamie Hall says they will be held January 30th, 31st and February 1st and the first one is Safe Committee Basics so it really talks about the requirements for Safe Work Health Committees in organizations that have more than 20 employees. The second one is Investigating Workplace Incidents just to make sure that when an unfortunate incident does occur there’s a lot of good learning that takes place to prevent it from happening again and the last one is Harassment and Violence Prevention certainly a timely topic these days but giving companies the opportunity to have a prevention program in place for harassment and violence and learn about a good program to prevent those kinds of incidents would look like.
The Workshops will run from 8:30 to 4 at the University College of the North at 4 Hart Avenue and you can register at www.safemanitoba.com/education or call 1-855-957-7233.
Manitoba Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton met with community and local business leaders in Flin Flon Sunday afternoon. A Northern Steering Committee was announced to help co-ordinate and oversee the next steps and implementation of the Look North Report and Action Plan for Manitoba’s Northern Economy. In making the announcement Wharton said Look North represents the beginning of a northern inspired movement to promote economic growth and change. The Committee includes members for each priority area identified in the action plan including Flin Flon’s Becky Cianflone General Manager of Community Futures Greenstone who is the lead in the enterprise area. The Minister also noted work continues to advance a new mineral development protocol with First Nations as part of the Look North Initiative with an engagement session today in Winnipeg to build on the emerging themes and tools identified to date and development of a mutually agreed upon process for Crown – Aboriginal consultation during all phases of mineral development.
The Lions Journey for Sight starts in Flin Flon Wednesday morning from the Victoria Inn. The Journey is the annual fundraiser for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. One of the organizers Dean Lounsbury from the Dauphin Lions Club says snowmobiles from across the province will leave from Flin Flon Wednesday and as usual their ride the first day will take them from Flin Flon to Cranberry Portage for dinner with the day concluding in The Pas. The says day two will start in The Pas and again visiting some of the locations along the route to Swan River which will be the conclusion of day number two and then from Swan River they split with a couple of guys going down 83 and the rest through Dauphin.
The snowmobilers will be joined by others from across the province as they wrap up in Brandon Saturday afternoon. The Journey for Sight raised just under 65 thousand dollars for the Eye Bank last year.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation will be part of Bell Lets Talk Day January 31st. Recreation Director Caitlin Bailey says there will be quite a few events around town but gives details on their event at 1 pm at the Flin Flon Community Hall. She says Katie Kozak is going to teach a chair yoga class so it’s a gentle yoga class anybody from all abilities and spectrums is welcome to come anf they’re also going to do coffee and tea and Doug and Ann are going to do a performance.
Further details on all the events taking place on Bell Lets Talk Day January 31st will be released as they become available.
The Manitoba Historical Society is accepting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. The award recognizes people interested in the preservation and promotion of the province’s history. The Society’s Gordon Goldsborough says nominations are open to anyone. He explains the award is intended primarily for people serving in the promotion of Manitoba’s history, so pretty much anyone who’s done things like writing books, various art projects, running museums, anything that has an aspect of preserving and promoting Manitoba’s history would qualify.
Nomination forms and more information are available on the websites of the Manitoba Historical Society www.mhs.mb.ca or the Lieutenant Governor at www.manitobalg.ca. The deadline is February 28th.
At their meeting Tuesday the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce heard from Gorden Glenn President and CEO of Minnova Corporation. The Canadian gold producer is focused on restarting and expanding the resources of the PL Mine, formerly Puffy Lake Mine near Sherridon toward achieving initial production in early 2019 producing 230 thousand ounces of gold and offering 110 to 120 direct employment opportunities including First Nations opportunities. Glenn says it will have an impact on Flin Flon as Flin Flon is where all the miners are, Flin Flon is where all the service providers are, so its going to have an impact on Flin Flon for sure. He says they’ve got a railway going right to the mine so in theory he can accommodate commuting via rail, get his own rail car or bus that’s reconfigured for railway lines and pull people from Pukatawagan, Flin Flon, the Pas and rail people to the site.
Glenn adds the five year projected minimum mine life is based on reserves but could turn out to be ten or more years with near surface expansion potential.
Youth Alpha is again being offered by the Alliance Church. One of the organizers Kayla Kemp says the course provides youth with interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. She explains it’s a 12 episode series designed to engage young people in conversations about faith and life and how that all comes together. She adds it will run for nine weeks and each session is filled with games, food, music, video clips and great discussion. She notes Alpha is for anyone no matter which background, religion or viewpoint and all youth ages 11 to 18 are welcome, its free to attend and it’s a really great way for the youth to explore faith in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere as well as getting to know youth their age.
The Youth Alpha course starts next Thursday night, January 18th with a supper at 6 pm at the Alliance Church. For information you can call Kayla at 204-271-5357 or check Facebook at ffyouthalpha.
There are still openings as a session of Read to Me continues this month. Coordinator April Eardley invited you to join the fun at the eight week family literacy program. She explains each day will focus on a theme that will include books, games, songs, crafts and snacks. She says this is an opportunity for pre-school children ages 3 to 5 and their parents or other adult to create a brighter future by learning adding there’s no cost to participate and no limit on how many sessions you can attend.
Read to Me runs Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11:45 until the end of this month with a new session beginning in February. To register or for more information you can call April at 204-472-3939.
Rockcliff Metals Corporation has completed the first phase ten hole step out drill program totaling 3250 meters on the Company’s Bur Zinc Property in the Snow Lake Mining Camp. The drilling showed 7.2 percent zinc equivalent across 4.9 meters including 10.9 percent across 2.9 meters.
Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre says the program was successful in identifying significant VMS mineralization adjacent to and southwest of the known limits of the historical Bur zinc deposit. He adds each drill hole intersected what is termed the Bur VMS horizon which is a potential 8 thousand meters long mineralized horizon that hosts the original Bur zinc deposit adding the potential to identify additional resources along this important horizon is considered excellent and will be the focus of upcoming drill programs on the property.
The first baby born at Flin Flon General Hospital in 2018 waited until the fourth day of the year to arrive. Lorenzo Angus Custer was born at 3:24 Thursday afternoon. His mother is Ocean Custer from Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan.
The Norva Centre is featuring a display by artist Joseph Reyes all this month. Centre Manager Mike Spencer says the display is titled Fever Dreams and it’s a really interesting exhibition of pen and ink drawings that feature a sort of Canadian iconography and a very graphic almost comic book or tattoo sore of style drawings and the images are extremely intricate and really have to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
Spencer adds the display is supported by the Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation and the Manitoba Arts Network. It is open at the Norva Centre Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday from 12 to 4.
The year end totals are in for last year at the Flin Flon Recycling Center. Administrator Deb Odegaard says it was another successful year. She explains they bailed about 463 metric tonnes of material which is 21 tonnes more than last year adding the year before they were higher but they’re still 3 ahead of even 2015 so that’s good news as it’s the third highest tonnage in their history. She adds they also recycled 30 metric tonnes of electronics and 409 kilograms of batteries and they’ve been shipping out quite a few fluorescent bulbs but she forgot to keep track of those so hopefully next year they’ll have exact numbers on that.
For information on recycling you can contact the Recycling Center at 204-687-6169 or visit their website www.flinflonrecycling.org.
Manitoba RCMP wrapped up their Holiday Checkstop Program on Monday. During the program that ran through December and January 1st 8,333 vehicles were checked during 176 checkstops. Among other offences 117 people were charged with a criminal code impaired driving offence and 2153 traffic related charges were laid with the majority for speeding and seatbelt offences.
Last year 11,781 vehicles were checked during 250 checkstops with 122 people charged with a criminal code impaired driving offence and 2633 traffic related charges were laid with the majority for speeding and seatbelt offences. This year there was one traffic related fatality during the holiday season down from six last year.
Flin Flon School Division will again be running their Kindervention program starting next month. Assistant Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne explains it prepares four year olds for school. She says it would get them familiar with the school setting they’re going to be attending for kindergarten and teach them some school readiness skills.
Ballantyne adds information meetings are being held for parents with the first one on January 9th in the Family Room at Ruth Betts Community School starting at 2:30 and then on January 10th at 7 pm in the Library at Ecole McIsaac School.
If you are unable to attend either information session you can contact the school within your catchment area to register your child. The registration deadline is Friday, January 12th.
Karen Clark and Jan Modler are again offering a Paint Night at the Norva Centre January 19th. Centre Manager Mike Spencer explains this is a repeat of their very popular Poppy Paint Night that they did in the fall so Karen and Jan will be at it again and it’s a paint night that features painting with a palette knife so its painting with knives and that is January 19th from 7 to 11 and its 55 dollars.
To register for the Paint Night you can drop into the Norva Centre at 177 Green Street, call them at 204-687-4237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creighton Recreation is sponsoring Skate for Paws Sunday afternoon. Recreation Director Channa Senyk explains they are partnering with the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA in offering a Skate for Paws. She invites you to bring a donation for the SPCA which is looking for Mr. Clean, Javex, dog food, cat food, paper towels, they need lots of different items and this is a great time to be able to donate.
Senyk adds Skate for Paws runs from 2 to 4 Sunday afternoon at the Creighton Sportex.
Between December 24th and January 1st Saskatchewan RCMP conducted targeted enforcement throughout the province to find impaired drivers. During that time 21 people were charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle down from 29 during the same period last year. No people refused a breath sample compared to 3 who refused last year and 8 people received an alcohol related roadside suspension this year down from 14 last year.
Saskatchewan RCMP note while these number are an improvement over last year they remind you that even one impaired driver is too many and encourage everyone to plan a safe ride home no matter what time of year it is.
Operation Red Nose has wrapped up another holiday season of getting people and their vehicles home safely. The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says the program was a success with a total of 273 rides which was close to last year’s total. He adds donations also went well. He reports even though Operation Red Nose is operated as a free service those using the service donated a total of about 44 hundred dollars so with their other sources of income they expect to have a total of about 13 thousand dollars to donate this year for children’s activities preferably in organized sports. They invite those groups in the community that are involved with organized sports or children’s activities to send them requests and they’ll review them.
Hewitt says in the past they have supported most of the parks, a new soccer field, the skateboard park, Camp Whitney as well as most of the groups that provide sports for children. He adds the program could not operate without volunteers noting they had 148 volunteers this year.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council praised city employees for keeping the water flowing. Around 2 o’clock last Friday morning the power went out for around 600 resident of Flin Flon for about four hours. Because of the outage the city’s water pumps went down stopping water circulation for the city from the Gas Bar west including Uptown, South Hudson and Ross Lake areas. Without the water circulating in around minus 40 weather there is a very high risk of water lines freezing. Councilor Ken Pawlachuk applauded the fast action by city employees in getting the back up pumps going to keep the water flowing before the lines froze.
Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for December indicating three incidents during the month which is the same a December of 2016.
Operation Red Nose completed its final nights of getting people and their vehicles home safely December 29th and New Years Eve. The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says they had a successful weekend. He reports over the weekend Friday evening and New Years Eve Operation Red Nose provided a total of 53 rides of which 43 came on New Years Eve. He adds it was a busy evening and volunteers from throughout the community provided the workers and they thank them all. Hewitt notes compared to the previous days which were very cold New Years Eve was almost pleasant so everybody enjoyed themselves.
We’ll wrap up the full season for Operation Red Nose on tomorrow’s news.
Rumors have been circulating about Hudbay extending the life of the Triple Seven Mine in Flin Flon from 2020 to 2030. A Hudbay spokesperson Daniel Weinerman has stated that rumor is untrue. He says Hudbay is continuing to evaluate options to extend the life of Triple Seven Mine including the possibility of mining remnants currently assumed to be uneconomic, with a smaller workforce. However he stated these efforts are ongoing and there is no certainty that Triple Seven’s mine life can be extended beyond 2020.
The Christmas Gift Program run by the Flin Flon Friendship Center went well again this year. The program allows parents to give their children a gift at Christmas when circumstances prevent them from doing so. The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner says donations and gift pick up ran well. She explains the numbers were down a little bit this year compared to last year but they still had over 120 families come in and pick up gifts for a various amount of children so they did very well and it was well received. She adds they community was very generous and it is always a well received program so they always have lots of donations coming in which is great for the community.
This was the 24th year for the Christmas Gift Program.
The Lords Bounty Food Bank is at its new location in the former St. Marys Church at 2 Hiawatha across from Ruth Betts School. Their Food Distribution Chair Dennis Hydamaka says this caused some confusion over the Christmas season noting they were down about 80 clients from last year but they did pick up 8 new ones and they handed out 10 hampers which included a full turkey dinner and each of their clients received a gift certificate and the families received what they called a movie pack which included a DVD and treats to sit and watch the movie with.
Hydamaka adds they received a considerable amount of food from various locations so their cupboards are quite healthy right now.
Far Resources reported earlier this month they are continuing their exploration program at their Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake. As part of a planned drill program the Company intends to test the newly identified Dyke One extension and additional high grade lithium bearing dykes on the property.
Their President Keith Anderson says they are extremely pleased with the efforts of their technical and prospecting team who are responsible for the identification of the Dyke One extension beneath soil and snow cover. He says this provides them with additional drill targets on Dyke One which to date hosts the majority of their high grade pegmatite hosted lithium as indicated in core from their drill holes. Anderson adds they are planning to use mechanized equipment to expose additional pegmatite outcrop on the property which will ensure the best possible siting of drill holes for their winter drill program.
Manitoba RCMP have released the results of week three of their Holiday Checkstop Program. 1960 vehicles were checked across the province during 42 checkstops with 22 people charged with a criminal code impaired driving offence all alcohol related. The highest blood alcohol reading reported was .230 which is almost three times the legal limit. Among other charges there were 588 highway traffic act charges laid during checkstops and regular patrols with the majority for speeding and seatbelt offences along with 142 warnings for various offences.
They also report there was one traffic related fatality during the third week of the program. On December 22nd two vehicles collided on Highway 9 about 30 kilometers north of Selkirk. The driver of one vehicle who was unbelted was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Flin Flon Friendship Center is ready for the December 31st First Night Out Celebration. The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner says it will be a great way for the family to welcome the New Year. She says they have a supper which is included in the ticket price which will be a spaghetti and Caesar salad as well as a tossed salad with buns. She adds they also have a photo booth for everybody to take pictures in, they’ve got all the noise makers and hats, they’ve got a balloon drop and door prizes every half hour, glow sticks, all kinds of fun stuff for the kids.
The doors open at 5:30 at the Flin Flon Community Hall with supper at 6:30. Tickets are 5 dollars for adults, 2 for ages 6 to 17 and 5 and under are free.They are available at the Orange Toad, Gateway, Friendship Center, Alpine Convenience in Denare Beach and Di's Confectionary in Creighton. They prefer that you buy your tickets in advance so they know the numbers for supper but they will be available at the door.
Around two o’clock this morning the power went off for 600 residents in Flin Flon. Manitoba Hydro reports areas affected included Boam, Ross, Adams, parts of Green Street and parts of Channing. They report the power was off for about four hours as crews patrolled the lines but they were unable to determine the cause but power was restored. They have installed equipment to monitor the line to determine if is there is a problem.
The Hydro being off affected water pressure from the Gas Bar west including Uptown, South Hudson and Ross Lake areas. With the power restored the water is back to normal but if you are still experiencing problems you can call 204-681-7511.
Salvation Army Major Debbie Allen reports they again had a successful Christmas kettle and hamper program in the Flin Flon area. She says the generosity of the people of Flin Flon enabled them to raise 15,872 dollars which is about 100 dollars more than last year on the Christmas kettles and that’s wonderful and they thank you very much. She adds they gave out fewer hampers this year, only 134 but it seems that the toys were down too so it looks like there are people who are doing better in Flin Flon.
Last year they packed 160 hampers.
Operation Red Nose was out last Friday and Saturday nights to get the Christmas weekend underway. The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says they had another successful weekend of getting people and their vehicles home safely. He reports between Friday and Saturday nights they had 54 rides and their volunteers came from a variety of locations throughout the community including the Rotary Club. He added they’re still looking for volunteers for this coming Friday the 29th and obviously the more volunteers they get for New Years Eve December 31st the better the service they can provide because it’s going to be very busy.
If you can help out you can pick up a volunteer form at Scotia Bank or online at www.operationrednose.com, fill out the form and take it to the RCMP office with two pieces of identification.
The Flin Flon Arts Council is offering a theatre program for children in the new year. Organizer Susan Gunn says there is a demand in the community for this type of activity for children who are interested in theatre so she’s working with two groups ages 8 to 11 and 12 to 14 and they’re going to be doing a theatre class that’s going to run once a week for the months of January, February and March and culminating in a final project which is a presentation that they’re going to show the community and its going to showcase everything they have learned about theatre and producing their own production.
Anyone interested can contact the Flin Flon Arts Council or email Susan at email@example.com and she will contact you with the details.
Its time to pack up your Christmas items. The Flin Flon Recycling Center’s Administrator Deb Odegaard reminds you there are some items they can’t take which includes any kind of wrapping paper, Styrofoam plates, cutlery, cups, packaging. They can’t do any plastic bags and they also can’t do any disposable dishes like your paper plates and utensils. She adds the only thing people should do is check the plastic cups that they have because some of them are now a number five or a number one and those would be recyclable and if they’re number six they are not.
Odegaard reminds you the Recycling Center will be closed on New Years Day. If you need any more information on recycling you can visit their website www.flinflonrecycling.org.
In his annual Christmas message Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall told the story of a family that was welcomed as newcomers to Saskatchewan.
“This Christmas newcomers from the world over will enjoy the holidays in their own way here in Saskatchewan because in the last ten years newcomers have again found hope here and chose Saskatchewan in record numbers to live without fear and to dream of a better future. May we always have that freedom and may we always have the freedom to celebrate Christmas. Christmas is the ultimate story of hope because that’s what God gave to us all. He sent his son Jesus as a tiny baby. He left perfection to endure oppression because he loved us and chose to bring us that hope. That’s what I believe this Christmas.”
Wall concluded Christmas is the time of year to enjoy the wealth of simply being together with those we love and the fulfillment of helping someone in need.
In her holiday message Manitoba Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon says in this season the inherent goodness of people is on splendid display through countless charitable endeavors all across this wonderful province that we are so fortunate to call home. She says the year long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday also reminded us of the greatness of our country, our shared patriotism and the value of inclusiveness and diversity in shaping our national identity adding our own provincial pride and vibrant multiculturalism suggest that Manitoba may be the heart of the country in more ways than just its geography.
Filmon concludes by wishing that the wonder of this time will fill your hearts and homes today and throughout the new year.
In her annual Christmas message Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield mentioned the year as Canada’s 150th anniversary noting Gord Downie’s comment on Parliament Hill that now we begin a new 150 years.
“It is my sincere hope that the people of Saskatchewan will embrace this new beginning and will reach out to those who may be different than us. It is my prayer that we will work together to create more inclusive communities, where everyone is welcome. Only we have the power to create the change we need in our country.
Over the past six years I have presented hundred of awards to deserving individuals. There are many more who may not receive public recognition but who give of their time and their resources to improve the lives of others. To all the generous and capable Saskatchewan volunteers I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making our province better. You are proof that we are able to make a difference and that when we work together no challenge is too great.”
Schofield concluded by wishing you joy and peace through the coming year.
Manitoba RCMP have released their week two results of the Holiday Checkstop Program. From December 11th to 17th 2306 vehicles were checked during 50 checkstops. Results from both checkstops and regular patrols include 476 traffic related Highway Traffic Act charges laid with the majority for speeding and seatbelt offences with 140 warnings for various offences. 23 people were charged with a Criminal Code Impaired Driving offence with 22 alcohol related and one drug related with the highest blood alcohol reading .230 which is almost three times the legal limit. They add there were no traffic related fatalities during the second week of the program which continues through the Christmas New Years season.
Employees at the Flin Flon Recycling Center and the Landfill will be taking some time off over the holidays. Their Administrator Deb Odegaard explains the Recycling Center will be closed Christmas day and New Years day and they’ll be running with a reduced staff on Boxing Day. She adds the Landfill will be closed Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Years day.
The Recycling Center’s regular hours at 9 Timber Lane are Monday to Friday from 8 to 4 and the Landfill Monday to Saturday from 9 to 4:45 and Sunday from 12 to 4. For more information on recycling or the Landfill you can visit their website www.flinflonrecycling.org.
Director and lead actor Raphael Saray invites you to tune in to 102.9 CFAR tomorrow night for the performance of a favorite Christmas story. He says it will be performed at Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street explaining it’s a for radio broadcast of the classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life which is the story of George Bailey and his question of confidence and how his life touches so many others. He says he and an all local cast will be doing it live from Johnny’s Social Club with live sound effects and it should be a unique experience and will be broadcast on CFAR.
The performance will start at 7 o’clock and run about an hour. Those at Johnny’s Social Club will also enjoy the performance of holiday music following the play.
City Hall Christmas Tree
At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley announced they have advised the Association of Manitoba Municipalities that they agree in principal with the sale of Cannabis in our community once it becomes legal. He says it will be available online anyway and delivered to your home. But he says there’s a lot more information needed on how it will be handled at the retail level before it becomes available.
Council approved an agreement between the City and Mark Kolt for his two year term as City Solicitor. They also approved the appointment of Kathryn Drapak as Denare Beach’s representative on the Flin Flon Public Library Board.
Council also agreed to renew their membership in the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association at a cost of $651.17, they accepted the Fire Chief report for November indicating three incidents during the month, they approved on final reading a Traffic Bylaw amendment to allow the Citizens on Patrol to place their speed reading trailer at various locations around the community and Mayor and Council wished everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2018.
Chamber of Commerce President Karen MacKinnon presents Mayor Cal Huntley with the City's prize in the Chamber's Capturing Christmas photo contest.
Rockcliff Metals Corporation has updated its Mineral Resource Estimate for the Talbot Copper Deposit located near Snow Lake. Their President Ken Lapierre says the new global National Instrument mineral resource of 4.2 million tonnes at 3.4 percent copper equivalent is a very significant milestone for Rockcliff.
Lapierre says to his knowledge only four mines Flin Flon, Lalor, Triple seven and Sherridon West, of the approximately 30 mines that have gone into production in the Flin Flon Snow Lake greenstone belt had an initial resource greater than the present Talbot Copper Deposit resource. He says the deposit remains open in all directions and their present geophysical survey will focus on the large untested 1 kilometer by 1 kilometer anomaly located immediately below and in the footwall of the deposit. He adds their 2018 drilling will be planned to increase the potential size of this asset.
The Northern Health Regions Bruce Krentz says there is no bad weather for exercising just bad clothes. He offers some tips for those looking to stay active during the winter season. He says just getting wet makes you cold a lot faster so watch out for that. Wear waterproof clothes, ski pants and things like that and along that line dressing too warm can be a huge mistake in cold weather. He notes when he was in the Arctic they had an expression that sweat equals death and once you start sweating then you’ve got to have a plan to keep sweating until you’re in a warm spot. He explains the way to avoid that is to dress in layers so you can take them on and off and keep in mind that stop and go activities are tricky because that’s when you sweat and then get cold so if you’re running run and if you’re walking walk.
Krentz adds that reflective clothing is a good idea with the limited sun light this time of year.
A ribbon was cut officially opening the Tim Hortons franchise at the Petro Canada Center in Creighton. The Center and the franchise are owned by the Peter Ballantyne Group of Companies and PBCN Chief Peter A. Beatty praised the partnerships that developed the franchise on the Thomas Morin Indian Reserve in Creighton. FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said benefits will go on into the future. He said that sign Tim Hortons says revenue, it says opportunity and it says jobs, for hundreds of years that’s what that’s going to do so let’s celebrate the next 10 or 20 years when this Tim Hortons franchise hits one million dollars for the towns of Creighton, Denare Beach and Flin Flon but more importantly the benefits go to the PBCN chief and council and their communities.
Former Grand Chief Ron Michel said we have to work together with communities like Creighton to develop economic opportunities noting PBCN’s population is 11 thousand of which 6 thousand are from new born to 20 years old.
World Vision Canada is urging you to join others in Flin Flon in giving a gift from their gift catalogue. In the past five years Flin Flon residents have donated 55 hundred dollars to their gift catalogue. Their Regional Manager in Manitoba Chris Schroeder says gifts can range from clean water to school and medical supplies to livestock for families in developing countries giving the example of a community receiving three goats and they were able to use their milk for their communities but also sell it at the market which gave them additional income which they used to buy sewing machines for their community so that youth were able to sew clothes for those who live in the area and these youth started selling those clothes at the market which gave them additional income as a community which they in turn used to purchase more livestock to help them with their crops in regards to having equipment for that.
Schroeder says this community is now self-sustaining so you know someone is receiving a gift that can significantly change their lives. You can learn more by visiting their website www.worldvision.ca/gifts.
Operation Red Nose had a 4th successful weekend of getting people and their vehicles home safely. The Rotary Club’s committee chair Ted Hewitt says this past weekend again went well. He reports they provided a total of 57 rides in the two days which is good adding volunteers from the Steelworkers on Friday evening and from Hudbay staff on Saturday evening provided this service. He says next Friday and Saturday the 22nd and 23rd Red Nose service will be available from 9 with the last call at 2:30.
Hewitt adds they desperately need volunteers to work this coming Friday and Saturday as well as the 29th and 31st or there may be no service. Applications are available online at www.operationrednose.com or at Scotia Bank. Just fill it out and take it to the RCMP office with two pieces of identification. If you have any questions you can call Ted at 204-687-7450.
The Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is holding auditions tomorrow night for their March production. Director Sheri Pearson says they will perform the play Regrets Only, a play by Paul Rudnick and it’s a quirky little play about love, marriage, friendship and a little bit of politics mixed into the fray of the upper class on Park Avenue in New York City. She says it’s set in the present day and they’re looking to cast six characters, two males and four females. She adds both males are in their mid 50’s but with make up they can age any age of character and for the females it’s a mix of one in her late 20’s, two characters in their mid to late 50’s and one in their late 70’s.
Auditions are being held tomorrow night from 5 to 7 in the Flin Flon Community Hall.
A lot of appointments have been booked and gifts are being picked up starting today in a Christmas gift program. The program run by the Flin Flon Friendship Center allows parents to give their children a gift at Christmas when circumstances prevent from doing so. The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner says donations went well. She says this year they’ve had lots of donations come in from various businesses and also local people around the community are just dropping off a lot of stuff for them. She says its usually a well received program so they’re very happy to keep it going.
She adds people are now picking up gifts starting today and it goes right through to the 22nd and they’ll have it all set up downstairs in the Headstart Program area and everybody’s got appointments so they just stop in an pick up their gifts and wrap them and they’re ready to go home for the tree.
You can still register to pick up a gift by dropping into the Friendship Center this week.
Manitoba RCMP have released the results of their week one Highway Checkstop Program. They report from December 1st to 10th 2383 vehicles were checked across the province during 51 checkstops. Among the charges from both checkstops and regular patrols were 50 people charged with a criminal code driving offence all alcohol related. The highest blood alcohol reading reported was .340 which is more than four times the legal limit. 882 traffic related highway traffic act charges were laid with the majority for speeding and seat belt offences along with 200 warnings. They add there were no traffic related fatalities during the first week of the program that continues through the Christmas New Years season.
Captain Ryan Keen and Bill Jackson after 2016 air show.
The Flin Flon Rotary Club will again be sponsoring an air show this summer. The Club’s Bill Jackson says following the extremely popular air show they put on in July 2016 they have invited the Snowbirds back for another show. He explains the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are coming back as the Flin Flon Rotary Club has again invited the air demonstration team for another air show. He says it’s going to happen at the local airport and this family event is being planned for Wednesday, July 11th, 2018. Jackson adds the Rotary Club is very pleased to organize this air show and they are planning on using this as a fund raiser for our new emergency ward at our local hospital.
An estimated five thousand people attended the 2016 air show.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Capturing Christmas Contest. Past President Dianne Russell says it’s a contest for Chamber members so people just take a picture of themselves, their stores, however they celebrate Christmas, maybe their staff, some people have sent in their pets. She adds they send them by Facebook to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce page or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they have great prizes to give away that Manitoba Hydro sponsored so someone is going to win some great prizes just for sending them a picture.
The deadline to enter the contest that started on November 16th is Monday with a draw taking place to determine the winners on 102.9 CFAR Tuesday between 3 and 3:15. The photos will be posted on the Chamber website and Facebook page.
The Flin Flon Young Musicians will be performing their annual Christmas concert Sunday night. Director Susan Fulford says it features great young local talent. She says this concert titled Breath of Heaven is a special time Christmas offering of her students, pianists, vocalists and featured singing group Kaleidoscope but not to be missed is Flin Flon’s own gold medal winning flutist Mikylo Odut. She adds it’s a unique concert in that it’s held in the dark in candle light and the audience is invited to close their eyes if they wish and listen until the end when they may show their appreciation for these very accomplished young musicians.
The concert will be held Sunday night at 7:30 in the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue. Admission is a donation with the proceeds going to Camfed which is an organization to support the education of young women in developing countries.
Members of the Citizens on Patrol Program want you to learn more about their group. Chairperson Sinclair James says they will be holding a mass Main Street Patrol tomorrow at 4 and 7 o’clock to mark their third anniversary. He says they’ll be walking down Main Street from the Community Hall down towards the Co-op and back handing out information pamphlets with contact information if you’re interested in joining. He adds this event is to let the community know that Flin Flon Citizens on Patrol are an active group helping to prevent crime and promoting community safety.
If you are interested in joining Citizens on Patrol you can call them at 204-271-4881 or go online to www.citizensonpatrol.ca.
The Main Street Committee is presenting Moonlight Madness tomorrow night from 5 to 8. The Committee’s Dianne Russell says it’s a Main Street family night. She explains some of the businesses on Main Street are allowing home businesses to come into their stores so there’s going to be a lot of extra shopping at some of those businesses, you’ll just have to walk down the street and find them. She says there’s going to be a gift wrapping center at Mugsy’s, Your Dollar Store and Big Dipper have an extra businesses in their store and they’ve got Santa whose going to be arriving at the Library, they’ve got fire pits, free hot chocolate and stuff going on right beside RBC and two dollar pizza at Rock City Diner.
Russell adds it’s a really great way to celebrate Christmas as it gets closer to us.
The Flin Flon Public Library has several events as we prepare for the Christmas season. Administrator Courtney Campbell says that includes hosting Santa’s workshop during tomorrow’s Moonlight Madness and that means children can come in to meet Santa and take photos with him so they need to take their own photos on their cell phones or things like that and that takes place from 5 to 8 on Friday. She says Friday is also the day of their Christmas raffle draw so people will be able to find out if they won the doll furniture package, the room rental package or the antique doll carriage. Campbell adds they also have the 12 books of Christmas contest and they’re also taking food for fines for the Friendship Center until Friday so if you have some overdue books that you want to bring back without paying those heavy fines just bring in a non-perishable food item or a toy or a new book for the Friendship Center.
For more information on any of these events you can drop into the Library on Main Street or call them at 204-687-3397.
In early October Saskatoon based Canadian Platinum Corporation signed a definitive agreement to sell its Peter Lake Property just west of Reindeer Lake in northern Saskatchewan to American Energy Metals Corporation. The property hosts significant copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group element mineralization.
Canadian Platinum announced last week it has elected to terminate the agreement as American Energy was unable to complete its corporate structuring failing to meet its initial obligations in the anticipated timeframe.
Their President Gary Billingsley says Canadian Platinum terminated the agreement in order to pursue other opportunities to advance the project. He adds given today’s metal prices Peter Lake remains a significant part of their project portfolio with the critical mineral claims in good standing for several more years without additional work requirements.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce received an invitation to talk with the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce. Saskatchewan’s Director of Government Relations Curtis Hemming after learning about the Chambers discussion on border town challenges facing Flin Flon and Creighton contacted the local Chamber asking if they were interested in having a conference call with him and a rep from the Lloydminster Chamber on how they have dealt with some of the problems. Dianne Russell, Kory Eastman and Colleen McKee plan to take part in the call on Friday. Russell says this is an ongoing issue here and Lloydminster has dealt with similar issues so this is a good first step.
The Northern Neighbors Foundation’s Betty Kendall reported their recent Endowment Day held by the Winnipeg Foundation to support local Foundations resulted in nine donations locally totaling 2850 dollars. As a result the Winnipeg Foundation and the provincial government each added 570 dollars to the donation.
And Co-op Store Manager Tom Therien reported construction of the new store is proceeding well. He says staring January 1st they will be hiring and training between 25 and 50 people to work in the new store when it opens at the end of April.
The Salvation Army has set up an Angel Tree in Walmart to help collect toys for children. Major Debbie Allen explains on the tree you will find tags and you pick up a tag and go shop for a child. She says the ages are listed on that tag and then you check the age of the child, male or female and return it once its paid for to the service desk at Walmart and they will hold it for her to pick up.
Major Allen adds the toys will be distributed to children in Cranberry Portage and Sherridon as well as the Flin Flon Friendship Center’s gift program. The Angel Tree will be in Walmart until December 22nd.
Operation Red Nose completed its third weekend of getting people and their vehicles home safely in the Flin Flon area. The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says it was their best weekend so far this year. He explains Operation Red Nose provided a total of 57 rides which is a big increase over the previous two weekends and they were quite happy about it. He says they had a total of 14 volunteers from the Women’s Resource Center combined with the Friendship Center on Friday evening and 14 volunteers from the Cottagers and Friends on Saturday evening to provide this service adding next Friday the Steelworkers are providing the volunteers followed on Saturday by the Hudbay staff.
Operation Red Nose operates this coming Friday and Saturday and December 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 31st and Hewitt says they are in desperate need of volunteers for those last four nights. You can find an application online at www.operationrednose.com or at Scotia Bank. Fill it out and take it to the RCMP office with two pieces of identification.
On December 2nd Northland Ford held their Teddy Bear Toss at the Flin Flon Bomber game. Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay explains when the Bombers scored their first goal fans tossed Teddies over the boards. He says there was a very enthusiastic crowd there and everything went great adding the Bombers scored a minute and a half into the game so they weren’t quite prepared for it but they collected a little over 230 in a combination of teddy bears and toys for the kids that all went to the Friendship Center last week and they’re going to distribute them in the area and there’s going to be a lot of very happy kids come Christmas.
This was the fifth year for the Teddy Bear Toss.
Six unions at Hudbay in Flin Flon and Snow Lake voted on a new contract today.
The International Association of Machinists Local 1848 had a 77 percent turnout with 68 percent voting to ratify the agreement. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1405 voted 86 percent in favor. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1614 had an 80 percent turnout with 90 percent in favor. The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 451 had an 80 percent turnout with 86 percent in favor of ratification.
The United Steelworkers reported they don’t release numbers but local 7106 said the contract was ratified and local 9338 said they voted to accept Hudbay’s final offer.
The agreement comes into effect January 1st and offers a 2.5 percent wage increase per year over the three year contract along with increases in pension and health benefits.
The residents of Churchill have been without rail service for over half a year and the situation doesn’t seem any closer to a resolution. Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says that even though the Federal Government is starting to take action they don’t seem to understand how urgent the situation is. She says Omnitrax is continuing to play games. She adds she sees the Federal government’s approach is quite positive but she’s concerned there isn’t the sense of urgency that is needed there, that construction season is passed but are they going to be ready in the new year to hit the ground running and ultimately how can we get Omnitrax out of the north because its been just one thing after another.
On another topic even though the NDP are in support of legalizing cannabis Ashton says they aren’t happy with the Federal Liberal’s approach and timeline. She says resources are needed to support communities in the face of the tight timeline so everyone including the police can do the work they need to do and that’s still missing.
Residents of Denare Beach are again taking part in the Village of Lights by putting up Christmas lights. Recreation Director Crystal Banting explains they just need their residents to decorate their houses with as many lights as they can and they have judging happening on December 15th. She says they have four prizes this year, first is a gift certificate for Canadian Tire from the Northern Village of Denare Beach for 100 dollars, second is a 75 dollar gift certificate from Rocky View Lodge, third is a two prime rib dinner from Rocky View Lodge and fourth is a 50 dollar gift certificate from Fieber Plumbing.
This is the ninth year for the Village of Lights.
The Flin Flon Friendship Center is planning the December 31st First Night Out Celebration. The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner says it’s a great way for the family to welcome the New Year. She says they have lots of fun activities planned. They’ve got a photo booth and this year they got rid of the pot luck supper so you pay five dollars for your ticket or two dollars for a child and they’ve got a spaghetti and Caesar salad supper planned.
The doors open at 5:30 at the Flin Flon Community Hall with supper at 6:30 followed by entertainment, dancing, a balloon drop and door prizes. Tickets are available at the Orange Toad, the Gateway, Friendship Center, Alpine Convenience in Denare Beach and Di’s Confectionary in Creighton.
Tm Hortons opened Monday in the Petro Canada center in Creighton. Trevor Ives from the Peter Ballantyne group of companies that owns the center says they’re excited about the opening. He explains they’ve got the full Tim Hortons beverage line so all the teas, coffees, hot cappuccinos, ice mochas, the whole line of beverages and the whole baked goods line as well so bagels, croissants, muffins, cookies, Timbits and of course donuts and yogurt parfaits and that sort of thing.
Ives says the staff has been incredible at handling the large turnout since Monday and customers have been very patient as they learn. They are open from 7 am to 10 pm.