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

             

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

             

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

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

 

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

             

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

             

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

 

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

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

 

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

             

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

 

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

             

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

 

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

             

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

 

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

             

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

 

 

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

             

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

 

 

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

Tyler Phillips, Dave Osika, Jensen Bardwell

 

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

             

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

 

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

             

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

 

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

             

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

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

             

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

 

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

             

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

 

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

             

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

 

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

             

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

SNowbird 8 Greg Hume-Powell

 

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The Manitoba NDP is calling on the provincial government to show leadership in the loss of Greyhound bus service. Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says it’s the loss of an essential service. He says it’s going to have a huge effect on northern Manitoba noting how many people use the bus to access health care so now what are the options for people, does everybody fly, so there’s really been no thought by the government when Greyhound announced their pull out to what plan B is.  He explains sometimes there are services that are essential to the people, particularly to people of the north, that aren’t going to make a lot of money but they still need the service.

             

Lindsey adds last week the Pallister government signaled its plan to privatize Lifeflight Air Ambulances. He noted private companies like Omnitrax with the rail line and now Greyhound bus cannot always be relied on to provide essential services so without Greyhound or Lifeflight northern patients would be forced to wait for expensive, charter airplanes to access the essential health care they need.

 

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Saskatchewans annual summer free fishing weekend is coming up. On Saturday and Sunday residents and visitors to the province are welcome to fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence. Anyone planning to take part in the free fishing weekend is reminded that all other fishing regulations including possession limits, gear restrictions and size limits on some lakes and rivers remain in effect.  Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning on taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.

             

The first free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan was held in the summer of 1989 to encourage participation in sport fishing and increase public awareness about the value and diversity of angling opportunities in the province.  More information on fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the Angler’s Guide at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.

 

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Biz Kids 2017

 

Community Future Greenstone is holding two Biz Kidz Day Camps in Flin Flon July 23rd to 27th and July 30th to August 3rd.  Manager Becky Cianflone explains the camps are open to all kids aged 9 to 13. She says they give these students an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship noting they actually get to create a product throughout the week and then sell it at a market at the end of the week and they get to keep the money that they make.  She adds they also have special bursaries available this year so they’re looking for students who have disabilities or health conditions and also students who come from a low income background who might not be able to afford the camp so they have funding available and sponsorship available for those students.

             

To register you can call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967 by July 16th.

             

Greenstone is also planning these Day Camps in Snow Lake August 8th and 9th and in Cranberry Portage August 13th to 17th.

 

 

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The Flin Flon Friendship Centers Camp Moochikun is running again this summer.  Program Events Coordinator Vanessa Campbell says it’s a summer day camp that promotes healthy lifestyles, cultural awareness and education related skills for children 5 to 9.  She explains some of the activities that they’ll be involved in would be the Seven Teachings that are done by their Cultural Advisor Margaret Head-Steppan at the Frienship Center, also they will be doing outdoor activities such as attending the different splash pad parks in Flin Flon, Denare Beach and Creighton as well as attending the beaches.

             

The camp is open for 20 children and they now have 14 so anyone interested in registering their child can drop into the Friendship Center on Church Street.  The camp runs Monday to Friday from 9 to 4:30.

 

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The Trout Festival fishing derby planned for this past Sunday was moved to this coming Sunday the 15th.  The Committee’s Dave Osika explains everything remains the same as there were changes made just for the weather related to the bad storms and they figured maybe a lot of people wouldn’t be able to make it to the derby and even on Sunday the weather was pretty bad out there, pretty windy on the lake so they made a call just to switch to the next weekend which is still a free fishing weekend and still no licence required.

             

Registration starts at 8 Sunday morning with fishing from 12 to 3 at Phantom Lake with a 30 dollar entry fee and a top prize of one thousand dollars down to one hundred for fifth along with other prizes.

 

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Rockcliff Metals Corporation reports their summer field season got off to a solid start with promising high grade gold grab samples on two of their Snow Lake properties.  President Ken Lapierre says both the DSN Gold Property and the Morgan Gold/VMS Property have seen only limited historical gold exploration even though widespread gold mineralization exists in quartz veins and sulphide rich host rocks.  He says they will continue to evaluate the gold potential on these gold properties and remain optimistic that with more exploration the true gold potential of both properties will be realized.  Additionally he adds once their current financing is completed they will initiate a drill program on their high grade Rail Copper Deposit to attempt to expand the present deposit which is open in all directions and also discover new base metal mineralization along the prospective five kilometer long Rail Copper Trend.

 

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Denare Beach Recreation is offering fun at their Day Camps that started last week.  Assistant Administrator Meredith Norman says they offer a variety of activities for ages 5 to 12.  She says they provide a snack, they must bring a bagged lunch and there’s all kinds of different activities, swimming and all kinds of beach stuff they can do while they’re down there and its 55 dollars a week or 12 dollars a day based on availability.  Norman adds they can register right down at the beach at the Sandcastle or they can come up to the Village office and register their children there or they can call 362-2054.

             

The camps run Monday to Friday from 10 to 4:30 until August 10th.

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Greyhound Canada says its decision to end passenger bus and freight services in the Prairies and B-C will impact roughly two million consumers and result in the loss of 415 jobs.

By the end of October, Greyhound will cut all service in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and cancel all but one route in B-C -- a U-S run service between Vancouver and Seattle.

Ontario and Quebec will be the only regions where the familiar running-dog logo continues to grace Canadian highways.

Greyhound Canada senior V-P Stuart Kendrick says the company sympathizes with the fact that many small towns are going to lose service.

But he says routes in rural parts of Canada - specifically Western Canada - are just not sustainable anymore.

Greyhound is blaming a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, as well as competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services and the growth of new, low-cost airlines. (The Canadian Press)

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A major storm system with heavy rain, hail and gusting winds moved through our area early Saturday morning. It left behind hundreds of downed trees, flooded buildings and power outages.  A second series of high winds later in the day added to the damage.

             

Manitoba Hydro reports power has now been restored to Flin Flon, Bakers Narrows and Cranberry Portage area some of which were out for the whole weekend. Some damaged lines were located in difficult to reach areas that they had to access by boat or plane. Although the power is on there are still areas where they have to remove trees from power lines and some people have to contact electricians to remove trees from wires running from the hydro lines to their building.

             

Anyone still without power is asked to contact Manitoba Hydro.

 

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The Flin Flon Rotary Club air show with the Snowbirds is coming up Wednesday.  The Club’s Rob Schiefele says they want you to help traffic run smoothly so they’ve set up a bus service from the Walmart parking lot to the airport that will run all afternoon.  He says they really encourage that because it’s really convenient as for five dollars you can just hop on the bus and will be dropped off right at the airport terminal within feet of where you can watch the show from and once the show is finished you can start loading up on the buses once again.  He adds it’s extremely convenient and then you don’t have to worry about where and how to park and waiting to get out on the highway and that type of thing.

             

You are also reminded that for security purposes coolers are not allowed but there will be a number of food vendors on site.

 

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The Canadian Armed Forces will have their mobile recruiting office in Flin Flon this week.  Warrant Officer Dylan Lee says they accept applications from any Canadian citizen over the age of 17 with a minimum grade ten education.  He explains they’re going to have a military career councilor there and a recruiter and they’ll be able to speak to all of the over 100 careers that are available for people to take up with the Canadian Armed Forces and they’ll be able to advise them on how to put at application in and they’ll even have computer equipment available for people to come in and put an application in for the Canadian Armed Forces.

               

The mobile recruiting office will be in the Walmart parking lot tomorrow from 8 to 12, Wednesday at the air show at the airport and Thursday back at Walmart from noon to 9.

 

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The Flin Flon Trout Festival fishing derby returns this Sunday.  The Committee’s Dave Osika says the one day derby will be held on Phantom Lake with registration starting at 8 and fishing from 12 to 3.  He explains no licence is required as it’s a free fishing weekend so you can just come on down and it’s a 30 dollar entry fee that gets you a measuring tape and you have to take a picture of the fish so they have the requirement of having a digital camera or your camera phone as they have to review the pictures after the derby.  He says all the regulations apply for your boating so make sure you have your life jackets and stuff like that as they’ll be checking to make sure people have them.

             

Osika adds there’s a great variety of prizes including 1000 dollars for first, 750 for second, 500 for third, 200 for fourth and 100 for fifth among others.

 

 

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Local Musician Mikylo Odut will be holding a concert Sunday and Monday night.  He says the concert will feature concertos from the Classical Era with his flute, piano and vocals noting concertos are large scale works for soloists and orchestra and he will be playing along with Susan Fulford and Kari Rutherford will be singing.  He adds they are playing flute concertos from the classical era from about 1750 to 1820 so that’s going to be everybody’s favorite composers that they would know by name Mozart, Beethoven and even Haydn some people might know.

             

The concert takes place Sunday and Monday night at 7:30 at the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End, at the door or call Mikylo at 204-271-3694.

 

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Summer in the Parks is underway sponsored by Flin Flon Parks and Recreation.  Assistant Supervisor Kayleigh D’Aoust says they’re offering a variety of programs for four to nine year olds again this year.  She says they have their theme days like they do every year and they take the kids out to the Baker’s tower, the Recycling Center, during their Water Week they take them out to Denare, for Super Hero Week they go to the Fire Hall and Police Station and they’ll be heading out to the golf course this year.  She adds they take the kids out to the SPCA, they take trips to Norva, the Rotary Wheel, they have crafts planned and they have a whole new week called Video Games Live Week where they’ll take kids outside to kind of play video games outdoors.

             

Summer in the Parks runs Monday to Friday from 12 to 5 based at the Petting Zoo on Green Street.  For information or to register you can call 204-681-7542 or 780-242-0996 or there are forms outside the recreation office at the Community Center.

 

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The Flin Flon Alliance Church and Flin Flon Pentacostal Assembly are holding their annual Vacation Bible School next week.  One of the organizers Denise Roy says there are a lot of activities for 5 to 12 year olds under the theme Time Lapse Discovering Jesus Eternity Past to Eternity Future.  She says they are going to be having songs, crafts and games and the Devoted Team come in with skits and drama so it’ll be a good time for them. She adds on Friday it will be followed by a barbeque for the family at 5 o’clock so parents and families can get to see what they have been doing and meet the team so it should be a fun time for all.

             

The events run Monday to Friday next week from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Alliance Church at 237 Green Street.  The cost is 25 dollars and 15 for an additional family member.  To register or for more information you can call Denise at 204-687-4238 or Ruth at 204-271-3931.

 

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At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council gave first reading to a bylaw that will change their meeting time.  The change would allow for their meeting to start at 7 every first and third Tuesday so when they complete their Committee of the Whole meeting which starts at 7 they can go straight into their regular meeting instead of waiting until 7:30.  The bylaw requires two more readings which will happen at their next meeting.

             

Council also gave first reading to a bylaw that would allow them to regulate where a cannabis retail outlet can be located if one is requested.

             

Council received a letter from the Flin Flon Station Museum Board advising they are planning a free open house at the Museum the afternoon of August 12th in conjunction with the Blueberry Jam Music Gathering taking place that weekend.

             

And concerns were again expressed by a local resident regarding harassment on Main Street and other illegal activities in the community.  Mayor Cal Huntley said they have increased RCMP patrols and they are looking into other matters but you can’t expect change overnight agreeing with the resident they both have the same goal in mind in improving the community.

 

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The Norva Center is offering a variety of classes for kids again this summer.  The Center’s summer student Neal Smedegaard outlined upcoming classes including this week’s that takes place tomorrow.  He says through July and August they are going to have at least two classes every week and they’re going to have them all taught by an artist from Norva.  He says they’re going to range mostly from 1 to 3 pm for 20 dollars unless they go through multiple days.  He notes for this week they have a class coming up from Karen Clark with Expressive Drawing From the Natural World, next week they have tie dye and clay building, the week after that they have the Norva retreat so they’re not having any classes and the week after that they’re going to have Monique Rainville teaching a chalk and glue painting class.

             

Smedegaard adds classes are still being planned for August.  You can find out more on their Facebook page, call them at 204-687-4237 or at 177 Green Street.

 

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At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from George Morin for a permit to conduct a memorial walk for the late Flora Ballantyne at 4 pm on August 18th.  He noted Flora was a long time resident of Flin Flon until the fall of 1979 when she mysteriously disappeared and was found deceased in the spring of 1980.  He added investigation was inconclusive and undetermined for cause of her death.  The letter was referred to Administration.

             

Councilor Karen MacKinnon reported she attended the District Meeting of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities in Churchill and Flin Flon will host this meeting next June.

             

Mayor and Council congratulated all who contributed to another successful Trout Festival weekend.

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Best in Show by Karen Clark

 

The Northern Juried Art Exhibition was held at the Norva Center over the weekend.  21 artists from across northern Manitoba entered 40 art works in the show.

             

Best in Show was Kayak Scenes Schist Lake Island by Flin Flon’s Karen Clark which also won first in painting with Monique Rainville second and Ron Watt third.  Other Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach artists winning awards were Kim Smedegaard second in fiber art, Brandy Bloxom second in photography, Matthew Enns first in water color with Megan Dupas third, Rosimeire Anjos first in print making with Matthew Enns second and Megan Dupas third, Elaine Angelski first and second in three dimensional with Linda Sonnenberg-Jackson third.

             

Other entries came in from Cranberry Portage, The Pas and Thompson.

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Hudson Bay Railway says negotiations regarding the sale of the Churchill rail line have broken down.

They state despite their best efforts to find common ground on certain key issues it now appears the transaction with a consortium that includes two First Nations groups and Fairfax Financial has fallen apart and that the sale of HBR to this group may not be possible.  They add they will continue to pursue any and all opportunities to sell the rail line and related assets.  HBR says they initiated the repair process last week but this development may jeopardize the opening of the rail line this season as they are not in a position to fund the entirety of the repairs in the absence of a sale agreement.

             

Churchill has been without rail service for more than a year after flooding washed out portions of the tracks.

 

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Alliance ChurchWestwood Lodge

 

The annual Trout Festival Canada Day parade sponsored by Northland Ford attracted 14 floats Sunday.  This year’s theme was James Bond Shaken Not Stirred.

             

Prizes for the non-commercial floats went to the Alliance Church with their Licence to Love theme, Flin Flon Aqua Center second and the Flin Flon Community Band third.  For commercial floats Westwood Lodge was first with their Casino theme, Arctic Beverages second and the Flin Flon Bombers third.

             

There were 14 classic cars entered in the parade with the top prize presented to Joe Szabo with his 1970 Plymouth Cuda.

             

The parade was followed by Canada Day celebrations in Creighton in the afternoon and Denare Beach in the evening.

 

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Les Taylor, Aaron Simon, Jarrett Kemp

 

The Beat the Chief competition was held at the Flin Flon Fire Hall Friday afternoon.  Eight firefighters tested their skills, fitness and cardiovascular endurance during a variety of tests.  Finishing in the top three were Aaron Simon for the second year with at time of 1 minute 9.72 seconds, second for the second year Jarrett Kemp 1:14:17 and third Les Taylor 1:22:28.

             

Fire Chief Chad Cooper says it was a great competition as they had some great times put in by all the members, they even got some faster times than last year.  He adds it just shows that they all try to push each other with team work and always look to improve their skills and they all push themselves to be physically fit to be able to perform the job and serve the community.

             

The top three finishers will have their times engraved on the trophy at the fire hall.

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The Flin Flon Public Library again offering summer day camps. Camp Director Siobahn McKenna says the TD Summer Reading Club is made up of a passport part where you read books and enter for prizes, a STEAM Camp August 13th to 17th for 20 dollars and free day camps all summer with fun and learning.  She says the camps will have snacks, crafts, there’s going to be some fun activities with theme days like Harry Potter, Minion Days where they’re going to make Play Dough Minions, they’re going to have a fun balloon dance party but there’s also going to be an education side as there’s going to be at least 15 minutes of reading every day because that’s what they really want to encourage.

             

The day camps kick off tomorrow afternoon from 1to 3:30 at Rotary Park with a Pokemon Day..  To register for the camps drop into the Library and you can also see a calendar of events on their Facebook page.

 

 

 

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The largest award the Hudbay W.A. Green bursary for highest average for 35 hundred dollars a year for up to four years was presented to Nathan Whitbread who also received the Governor General’s Medal for highest academic standing.  The Sparling Trophy for the student who contributes the most to school life while still maintaining a good academic standing went to Madelyn Lies.

             

Valedictorian Pearce Pardoski thanked the school, family and the community for their support over the school years saying the grads have learned a lot but most importantly working together no matter what their differences.  He added life is all about co-operation and the key to a positive future.

             

Guest speaker former Hapnot Librarian Corinne Mathews noted the grads have passed their first major milestone, a 13 year accomplishment. She reviewed the struggles students go through noting overcoming struggles on their own has given them strength but they also learned you can ask for help.  She told them to carve out their own path and see what they can make of it.

 

Pearce Pardoski    Corinne Mathews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MP Niki Ashton spoke to the Thompson Chamber of Commerce this week. She said instead of investing money in a 65 year old pipeline the federal government should face up to the challenges we are facing in the north. She noted having a federal partner at the table when it comes to dealing with what Thompson is dealing with, having the federal government take over the Port of Churchill, the railway and work with local people to bring it back into operation, having the federal government invest in housing and the national housing crisis that exists on so many First Nations in our region that we know have a very negative impact on the lives of many First Nations people in our north and the need to have sustained federal funding when it comes to ensuring that post secondary education is available to people in our north.

               

Ashton added these are tough times in the north and we deserve governments on our side.

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National Fishing Week gets underway tomorrow sponsored by the Canadian National Sport Fishing Foundation for the past 17 years.  Their Communications Director Jessica Melnick says the idea is to encourage people to get away from technology and other distractions and start or get back to fishing.  She explains this year their theme is Join the Tradition adding as you may know fishing is a long time centuries old past time here in Canada, it’s part of our heritage and they’re encouraging people to get on board and find out what all the fuss is about.

             

National Fishing Week runs from tomorrow to July 8th.  For information on how to get started fishing visit their website www.catchfishing.com.

 

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Eight out of ten graduates from Many Faces Education Center in Flin Flon received their diplomas along with awards last night. Two were unable to attend

             

The Governor General’s Bronze Medallion was presented to the top student Trina Bear who also received the MLA Tom Lindsey bursary and a Many Faces Alumni bursary.  Other Alumni bursaries went to Sheila Aniscol, Payton Sewap and Raylene Spence.  Raylene Spence also received the Art Wahlenberg Memorial bursary and the Women’s Resource Center bursary.  A bursary from the Flin Flon Motorcycle Association went to Sheila Aniscol as well as one from the Health Auxiliary, from Flin Flon School Division for top average to Christina Mckay along with the Founders Bursary and one from the United Steelworkers Local 7106.  A bursary from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went to Angelo Rizzotti along with a UCN scholarship and Payton Sewap also received the Tri Service Volunteerism bursary.

             

Speakers praised the grads for their hard work advising them anything is possible as you end one journey and begin another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Flin Flon Fire Department invites you to the Fire Hall tomorrow evening.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper says the Department will be holding the Beat the Chief Competition starting at 6 o’clock.  He invites everyone down to watch your local fire fighters compete in a grueling test of fire fighter fitness and beat the best time put down by your local Fire Chief.  He adds also this year they will be hosting the kid’s fire fighting skills and beat the chief with their time for those.  Cooper says they will be opening the doors to the public for tours of the fire station, the fire trucks and their fire life safety trailer in a great event for the whole family so come on down and meet your local heroes.

             

The Beat the Chief Competition begins at 6 tomorrow at the Flin Flon Fire Hall.

 

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The Flin Flon School Board met for the final time this school year on Tuesday evening.

             

Linda Lowe, the Division’s Mentor Coordinator, thanked the Board for supporting the program and introduced two of the Division’s young mentors.  Ebony Ireland and Raycine Chaisson both mentored at Ecole McIsaac School and spoke of how they enjoyed going about their duties throughout the past year. Both young ladies got a bit teary eyed during their presentations as they spoke about working with the children on various subjects and forming bonds.  Both ladies took first aid and CPR training as well as other workshops, skills they can take with them in their future pursuits.  Superintendent Constance McCleese thanked the Board, staff and students for a wonderful year saying this is her dream job working alongside such creative people.

            

  Board Chair Amy Sapergia-Green thanked the staff and volunteers for all their hard work and wished everyone a happy and safe summer.

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The Northern Juried Art Exhibition is open.  Organizer Ellie Spencer says entries went well. She says they have 40 pieces by 21 artists and they are from Cranberry Portage, The Pas, Thompson, Denare Beach, Creighton and Flin Flon and there’s going to be six categories of art work shown including painting, water color, photography, sculpture and ceramics, drawing and print making and fiber art.

             

The art works have been hung at the Norva Gallery at 177 Green Street and are being judged with ribbons being hung at 7 this evening.  The exhibit will run through July 1st.

 

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Hapnot Collegiate’s graduating class of 2018 will be celebrating tomorrow.  Grad Advisor Lana Nagy says they have a busy evening planned with supper at 4 o’clock at the Whitney Forum and then at 5:30 the toasts will start and at 6:30 is convocation.  She adds after the convocation around 8:30 is the grand march and hopefully the weather will co-operate and then the safe grad social will start at 10 o’clock at the Community Hall.

             

There are 57 graduates receiving their diplomas tomorrow.

             

The Grads will be holding their car parade through Flin Flon and Creighton starting this morning at 11.

 

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The Womens Resource Center is again holding an event called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.  Executive Director Colleen Arnold says men take part to raise money through pledges as well as awareness.  She explains this year instead of marching down Main Street men are asked to join the float in the Canada Day Parade on July 1st and the parade starts at 11 and people are asked to be by the float at 10 am for judging.  She adds the float will be decorated ahead of time with signs and the big red shoe chair and you can walk or ride carrying your placards and wearing your Walk a Mile t-shirts.  Arnold notes it’s time to get pumped again and they thank all the brave men who signed up to help end violence against women and girls one man sized step at a time.

             

Pledge forms are still available at the Women’s Resource Center and they have men’s shoe sizes 9 to 14 in red high heels.  For information or to have a pledge form sent to you call 204-681-3105. Donations raised will support the Women’s Safe Haven.

 

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The Norva Centers Karen Clark advises thanks to local funding from the Flin Flon Teachers Association and the Rotary Club Flin Flon has a work of art from the National Resilience Project.  It is located on a billboard on Third Avenue hill.

             

The Resilience billboard exhibition is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report’s call for the integration of Indigenous history, heritage values and memory practices into Canada’s national heritage and history.  This project is an answer to that call by the Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art through creative art of reconciliation and public celebration and commemoration of the work of Indigenous women artists.

             

The billboard in Flin Flon is the work of Jaime Black an emerging Metis artist based in Winnipeg.  She has taught in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in The Pas and has long been involved in the Aboriginal writers and artist’s community in Winnipeg. In her art work she attempts to create dialogue around social and political events and issues through provocation or creating space for reflection.

 

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In the Legislature last week Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey stated mining communities in Northern Manitoba are looking for leadership from their provincial government to address the threat of closures. He said Thompson needs help now and Flin Flon needs assurance help will be there in the future. He added the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pedersen doesn’t understand the purpose of the mining reserve fund.  Lindsey said its frightening but not really surprising that this minister has mischaracterized this fund that is there to help communities in times of crisis adding Saul Cherniak understood what it was for, previous Conservative ministers understood what it was for, it’s only this minister that doesn’t seem to understand what it’s there for.  The added worse yet is that the minister has put forward no plan to support Thompson from any source of funds at all.

             

Pedersen didn’t mention the fund but explained their mineral development protocol noting with this protocol we will have new mines developed all across northern Manitoba.

 

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Flin Flons Many Faces Education Center will be holding their graduation tomorrow night.  The Center’s Maureen Reagan says they are trying a new venue again as they’re going to be doing it in the bar at the Unwinder and Dave Brooks has gone above and beyond to accommodate their grad so the supper is at 6 o’clock and the ceremony is at 7:30 and the public is welcome if they know a grad at that time.

             

Ten graduates will be receiving their diplomas during the graduation tomorrow.

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Canada Day will be celebrated Sunday at the Creighton Ball Diamond.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says it starts at one o’clock with opening ceremonies with the Royal Canadian Legion followed by other events.  She says they’ve got the bouncy house, a toddlers tent for the little ones and their parents to go and play and cool off, they have face painting, balloons, tattoos, games for the whole family so bring your grandma, grandpa, mom and dad out and take part in the three legged race, they have stage entertainment starting at one o’clock as well as food and lots of raffles.

             

Senyk invites everyone to come out to Creighton Sunday from 1 to 4 to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

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                                                               Rob Schiefele

 

A ribbon cutting was held Friday to officially open the North of 53 Consumers Co-op Store.  Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey thanked the Co-op for showing faith in our community and its future a feeling echoed by Mayor Cal Huntley.  He said he certainly is very proud of what’s taken place here, it’s got a huge impact on our community, it’s obviously a corner stone business to the community and has historically always been.  He added he wants to congratulate everybody that’s involved, all the members that are going to support it going forward, it’s just a wonderful thing for our community.

             

Similar feelings were expressed by Creighton Town Councilor Dan Hilady, Becky Cianflone from the Chamber of Commerce and Federated Co-operatives Director Sharon Alfond.  The store opened for business on April 27th with a 40 thousand square foot store and a 189 vehicle parking lot.

 

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A rededication ceremony was held in the Co-op store parking lot Friday for the Sapper’s Memorial.  Major Morley Naylor from the Squadron Historical Committee explained a Sapper is the lowest rank in the Canadian Military Engineers.  He said the origin came from the old days of castles and what not where people were sent in to dig and tunnel under walls, fortifications, destroying objects, making mobility difficult for the enemy while advancing yourself and that process is known as sapping and those who did it were often referred to as Sappers.

             

The memorial was placed in front of the Armories building in 1989 dedicated to the thousands who served in the 21 Field Engineers Squadron and units before them.  It remained there after the Squadron disbanded in 1995 until put in storage for the construction of the new Co-op and now has been rededicated in the store’s parking lot by Father Paul Bringleson who spoke on how it is a reminder of the importance of the sacrifices made by those who served in the armed forces.

 

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

             

Janzen adds they have financial assistance through the Sunshine Fund for those who need it so all children have a chance to attend camp.  For information or to register visit their website www.simonhouse.ca or call 204-687-3340.

 

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The Flin Flon Arts Council is again offering their season passes for sale.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says the passes will give a season of great entertainment.  She says first of all they’re going to be having just a bang up year between Mamma Mia, an international ballet company is going to be coming in providing a full ballet plus they have the InClines which is a Patsy Cline tribute band, they have Joanna Majoko who used to live in Flin Flon and is now going up the ranks in terms of a jazz singer who is going to be performing with the Community Choir, they have the Dirty Catfish Brass Band who was the hit of the jazz festival a year ago and wonderful Ham Sandwich so it’s going to be the most amazing year yet.

             

Kolt adds with a pass you also get to purchase your show tickets and one for a friend in advance this year.  The season passes are 150 dollars from the Flin Flon Arts Council office or at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

 

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Local historian Gerry Clark is again presenting his walking tours of Flin Flon starting tomorrow.  Clark says the tours are open to anyone interested and are free. He explains they have been starting at the clock at Pioneer Square walking them out to the Community Hall and then north around the Company gate and up to the open pit, back past the hospital and back down Main Street, kind of just a history tour of the city and some of the tourist attractions.

             

The walk will start tomorrow morning at 11 at the clock at Pioneer Square and will run every Saturday morning at 11 until the end of August.

 

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The Foundations Chairperson Jane Robillard reported since launching in 1994 the Foundation has donated over 900 thousand dollars to local people, charities and organizations. 

             

This year cheques from their Community Foundation went to the Legion Seniors Housing for elevator repair, the Rotary Club for upgrades to the Rotary Court heating system, the Lords Bounty Food Bank for replacing ten windows and a room divider, Snow Lake Center on Family Violence for a color laser printer, Norman Community Services for shingles and roof repair, the Association for Community Living to purchase an automated external defibrillator, Denare Beach New Horizons Club for new tables, Kiddie Korner Day Care for area rugs, shelving and art supplies and the Friendship Center for their homelessness program, computer chairs and hostel furniture.

             

From the Joe Brain Foundation to the Curling Club for heaters and ceiling tiles and from the Smart and Caring Fund to the Public Library for a catalogue software upgrade, the Arts Council covered stage at the tourist park, the Pottery Club for three pottery wheels, Norva for a color laser printer and the Fireworks Committee for a Seacan storage unit.

 

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        *Safely Located on June 26*

 

On June 19 Flin Flon RCMP received a report of a missing 31-year-old man from Flin Flon. The last time Skyler Bighetty was seen was on June 16, heading towards Creighton, Saskatchewan. It is believed he may have got on a bus or hitchhiked, making his possible whereabouts unknown.

 

Skyler is vulnerable and police are concerned for his well-being. He is described as Indigenous, with brown eyes and black hair. He is approximately 5’8” tall and 190 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Flin Flon RCMP at 204-687-1423 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text "TIPMAN" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

 

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As we told you Tuesday the Manitoba Youth Job Center in Flin Flon is open for another summer.  Youth Engagement Leader Melanie Krushelnyski says she’ll be holding an open house Friday to explain her job and their services.  She says she helps youth get jobs so if they need help with resumes, interviews or employment information she’s here for them and her number is 204-271-1493 and she has an email address at flinflonmyjc.gov.mb.ca.

             

The Youth Job Center open house will be held at Walmart Tomorrow afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30.

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After 23 years in relative obscurity the Sapper’s Memorial is being placed back into active service in Flin Flon.  In a release Morley Naylor and Frank Gira from the Squadron Historical Committee report the memorial which was originally dedicated in May of 1989 by 21st Field Engineer Squadron, Canadian Military Engineers, was placed in a prominent location near the main entrance of the Flin Flon Armory.  It is dedicated to all those that have served in the military in Flin Flon since 1940. They report the memorial remained standing in its original location since the closure of the Field Engineer Squadron in 1995 and was only removed for construction and parking lot preparations for the new Co-op store.

             

The memorial was stored over the construction period and with the support of the Co-op management, directors and staff has now been placed in a prominent location in their parking lot area with an official rededication ceremony taking place tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock.

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The Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center and University College of the North are offering a culinary arts program in Flin Flon.  The Center’s Executive Director Shelly Craig says it will run from this November to August and is designed to provide students employment in the food service industry.  She explained individuals or participants taking the course will walk away with fundamental skills of cooking obviously with emphasis on safe food handling, sanitation and nutrition adding the beauty of this course is there’s going to be a lot of hands on participation because they’ll be working right within the organization in the Friendship Center so basically they’ll learn the standards within culinary arts right from A to Z.

             

You can register for the program by calling UCN in The Pas toll free at 1-866-627-8500 or the Partners for Careers Program at the Friendship Center or Regional Coordinator Cindy Best at UCN Flin Flon.

 

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The Flin Flon Flower Power Festival will be held Saturday afternoon.  The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie invites you to Pioneer Square to celebrate the return of the Main Street flower baskets.  He says there’ll be a concert by Jen McLean and her band which is known as Jenster, there’ll be free ice cream treats to the first 100 or so kids and they’re also having a celebration cake available for children and adults.  He explains they have several flower related events where people can paint flower pictures, anyone who wants to come dressed as a flower there’s a prize of the best flower costume, best flower dancer, best flower poem and best flower song. They also have a flower coloring/drawing contest running all this week at the Library.

             

 Gillespie adds they are looking for a lot of participation in the events by kids and by adults in the Flin Flon Trivia Challenge.  The celebration runs from 1 to 4 Saturday in Pioneer Square.  The Main Street flower baskets are sponsored by the Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation, the City of Flin Flon and Hudbay.

 

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When asked about their application for funding from the provincial Mining Community Reserve Fund at last nights City Council meeting Mayor Cal Huntley reported they are looking at seniors housing.  He said they were originally applying for funding to modify the Flin Flon Hotel building for seniors housing but discovered it would be better to build new so they are redeveloping their application as we have a significant seniors population and would like them to stay.  He added the announcement last week by the provincial government on redeveloping housing on their property at 4 Hemlock Drive is a positive move.                           

             

Mayor Huntley reported the Dime Store Fishermen TV crew was in town and were taken fishing on Lake Athapap and Kissenew and it went very well thanks to local support.  The show is expected to be on television in February or March with Huntley noting it will be a good promotion for our community.

             

 

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Manitoba Youth Job Centers across the province are open for another summer including the Center in Flin Flon. The Youth Job Centers match local employers with qualified students and youth aged 12 to 29 for summer employment.  The offices are staffed by post secondary students hired as youth engagement leaders through the STEP Services student employment program.

             

The Center provides job search advice, resume preparation, interview assistance and information about workplace standards as well as posting employment opportunities free of charge. They also help youth aged 12 to 16 build work experience through the Odd Job Squad Program.

             

The Youth Job Center is open until mid August and you can contact them at 204-271-1493.

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The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology in Creighton is offering an Outdoor Power Equipment Repair Program from July 9th to September 14th.  Their Manager Myrna Ewing says it is open to any Saskatchewan resident. She explains it offers the ability to fix small motors whether it’s a boat motor, a skidoo or even a lawn mower.  She says it’s just to get people interested in this type of work and hopefully they’ll get into automotives from here or in some other trade.

             

Ewing says this training leads to placement in the workplace.  Grade ten with math is preferred and you require a valid driver’s licence.  The deadline to apply is June 25th by calling them toll free at 1-844-688-1222.

 

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MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the Manitoba legislature last week about the economy of northern Manitoba and the community development fund.  She said over 1350 people have a job in northern Manitoba thanks in part to the fund.  She explained the fund helps people at risk when traditional lenders aren’t willing or able to provide financing.  She called it a success story increasing access to capital for tourism, forestry, construction and fishing yet the Pallister government cut its contribution to the fund by over 30 percent and the fund is now providing 2.6 million dollars less loans than it did just two years ago.  She asked why is this Minister doing such damage to our economy?

Minister of Growth Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pederson responded to these questions by saying Speaking of Damage, that would be the previous government’s economic development plan and we’ll have a much better plan coming forward.  He added that they will continue to work with the north as well as all of Manitoba.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day is being celebrated by the Flin Flon Friendship Center Thursday afternoon.  The Center’s Program Events Coodinator Vanessa Campbell says they have food and entertainment.  She explains they are planning to have it at Rotary Park from 3 to 8 pm with live and local performers.  She says they’re going to have Ron Burwash their Metis musician from Flin Flon, the Northern Lights Women Singers, the Nemihitowk Hoop Troop, Silver Evening Star Singers and the headliner Teagan Littlechief from the White Bear First Nation Saskatchewan and the Creators Dance Spirit Group from Opaskwayak Cree Nation will also be performing.

             

There will also be a 50-50 draw, penny parade and their barbeque raffle that includes a five piece patio set, a gift certificate for 100 dollars and a Pendleton blanket donated by Kleen All.

 

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Families Minister Scott Fielding has announced a vacant provincially owned property will be redeveloped to provide more housing in Flin Flon.  He says the province has issued a request for expressions of interest for options to be submitted for the province’s consideration.

             

The request is open to any organization or company interested in redeveloping the site at 4 Hemlock Drive.  The government deferred previous redevelopment plans as part of a review into the value for money of several projects.

             

Fielding says this is a fresh start on a project that Flin Flon has been anticipating for some time now so they expect there will be significant interest in this opportunity.  He adds they are looking for unique and innovative ideas that reflect the needs of the community, maximize the benefit of this property and improve access to housing for all Manitobans. Submissions are being accepted until July 26th.

 

 

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Twenty-one graduates received their diplomas as Creighton Community School held their graduation ceremony Friday night.

             

Forty-seven bursaries, scholarships and awards were presented. Looking at some of the larger ones:  the top award the Hudbay Scholarship for two thousand dollars a year for four years went to Bailey Bjornson who also received the Creighton Community School Foundation Award for academic and their Aboriginal Scholarship.  Others receiving the Academic Award were Jade Ballard and Victoria Pedwell, for Arts Jeremy Tait, for athletics Bailey Eastman, the Bev McKrimmon Memorial Citizenship Award Magann Sutherland, Medical Victoria Pedwell and Trades and Technology Brady Farkus.  Each of the Foundation Awards is worth one thousand dollars. The Fred and Pearl Schwaga Memorial Scholarships for two thousand dollars each went to Tristan Stomp and Victoria Pedwell and the Town of Creighton Bursary of one thousand dollars went to Bailey Eastman.      Speakers urged the students to remember the lessons they learned in Creighton School and use these lessons wisely as they will last a lifetime.

 

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Denare Beach Recreation Director Mel Durette invites you to enjoy nature with a walk tomorrow afternoon. She explains it’s a nature walk scavenger hunt kind of thing and they will meet at the Rockyview boat launch and they’ll walk through the trail up to the camp ground and there they’ll cook a bunch of S’mores and there’ll be prizes for the kids.

              The walk begins at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon and if you need more information you can call the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050.

 

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Planning is well underway for the Trout Festival Canada Day Parade July 1st sponsored by Northland Ford.  Festival President Melissa Richard says they are looking for entries. She says the theme this year is Casino Royale and Shaken Not Stirred so it kind of ties in with the Fish Fry and the James Bond theme they have going for the weekend.  She adds to register you can either come down to CFAR or go to Northland Ford or you can contact Sheena Reed to enter your float and the parade starts at 11 o’clock on July 1st.

             

Prizes are awarded for the best floats in both commercial and non-commercial categories.  For more information on the parade you can call Sheena Reed at 204-687-6157 or 271-2142.

 

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In the House of Commons Wednesday MP Niki Ashton noted a few weeks ago the Prime Minister spoke to the New York University grad in the United States.  She said while he philosophized in the United States here at home our grads are facing a challenging time and she wants to invite him to attend any one of our grads in the north here in Canada to hear their stories.  She explained Thompson is faced with the loss of the smelter and refinery, First Nations are facing continuing high unemployment and under funding of education and Churchill is still faced with the shutdown of the port and rail line.  She noted he could attend any grad in virtually any community across Canada to hear what young people are facing in terms of sky high tuition fees and precarious employment but she doubts if he will.

             

Ashton added she believes he doesn’t want to listen to young people who are concerned about the environment, growing inequality and their economic future leaving them to believe his government is not only not part of the solution but is increasingly part of the problem.

 

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