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  Northland Ford held their Drive One For Your School last Saturday to support McIsaac School Projects.  Salesperson Jacob Sherrington reports for each test drive of a Ford vehicle that day Ford of Canada and Northland Ford donated 20 dollars to the project. He says they had 136 drives in total so it was a good turnout and they got to meet a lot of people. He adds they had 2720 dollars worth of funding that came from the test drives that’s going to McIsaac School.

            

  Northland Ford Flin Flon has participated in the Drive One program for eight years raising in excess 36 thousand dollar in support of community initiatives.

 

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  Two Terry Fox Runs will be held tomorrow.  The first will involve all students at McIsaac School weather permitting.  Phys Ed Supervisor Rob Abbott says the second is the annual walk and run for grade five students from McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools and that group they’ll be taking out to the ski club on Friday afternoon starting at 1:30. He says they’re going to probably do about a three kilometer run or walk on the trails out there and they’re going to finish it off with some hot dogs, drinks, some granola bars and each participant will get a certificate.

             

Abbott adds if the wet weather has affected the trails at the Ski Club the run will be held Monday.

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A new session of Read to Me is taking registrations.  Coordinator April Eardley invites 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 adults to create a brighter future for learning.  She adds there is no cost to participate and no limit to how many sessions you can attend.

              Read to Me will run Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11:45 from October 3rd to November 22nd.  To register or for more information you can call April at 204-472-3939.

 

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Chief Peter E. Beatty of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation has lifted the evacuation order for the remaining evacuees from Pelican Narrows. This includes approximately 700 remaining health priority evacuees and their families.

             

Emergency Services and Emergency Management and Fire Safety will continue to work with the community to ensure repatriation is safe and there are supplies necessary for communities still experiencing smoke in the region.

 

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Local musician Mikylo Odut will be featuring An Evening of Unaccompanied Flute Saturday night.  He says this time he is happy to have a singer with him whose name is Candia Cormack and he’s also happy to be playing one of the pieces nicknamed the most difficult piece to play for flute.  He adds he is going to be ending with that one, it’s one of his favorites.

             

The concert takes place Saturday night at 7:30 at the Lutheran Church at 20 Second Avenue. Advance tickets are available by calling 204-271-3694 or they will be at the door. Advance tickets are 15 dollars for adults, 10 for students and 5 for children and at the door they will be 18 dollars for adults, 12 for students and 6 for children.

 

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At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council approved on first reading their smoking bylaw.  It will prohibit smoking within 5 meters or 16 feet of the doorway of any building open to the public.  It will receive second and third reading at their next meeting.  It will be enforced by the businesses themselves, the bylaw enforcement officer or possibly the RCMP.  Vaping has not yet been included in the bylaw but will be discussed by Council.

             

Council will take two opportunities to promote our community.  They agreed to purchase a half page ad in the Tourism Manitoba Inspiration Guide at a cost of 37 hundred dollars and will buy a sponsorship package for the 2017 Mining and Minerals Convention for up to 15 hundred dollars. Councilor Colleen McKee says it is important to continue to promote our community in the most positive way possible.

 

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The Flin Flon and Area Against Sexual Exploitation Committee invites you to their sixth annual Grandmother’s Walk tomorrow afternoon.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre explains it was originally started by a Grandmother who wanted us to stand together and let it be known that children’s voices need to be heard, that they’re not alone and that they’re loved so we can join together, men, women, children, youth and we walk in solidarity to bring awareness to sexual exploitation and to held deliver the message that violations against our children must stop.

             

The event begins at 4 tomorrow afternoon with a pipe ceremony at Neighbors of The North Park near Super K.  At 5o’clock the Awareness Walk will go down Main Street to Pioneer Square where there will be free entertainment, food and refreshments.

 

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The Flin Flon Recycling Center and City of Flin Flon have announced the opening of the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Flin Flon landfill.  Administrator Deb Odegaard encourages community residents to bring their hazardous waste to the landfill.  She says it’s open to collect hazardous waste from households.  She explains hazardous waste is those items that have those stop signs with explosive or corrosive or poisonous, anything with those danger signs on them should be brought to the depot instead of being put into the regular garbage.  She adds this is going to be available year round and they will take the stuff from you and package it up and ship it off to Winnipeg where it’s taken care of in a responsible way so it doesn’t get into the environment.

             

Tipping fees will not be charged for vehicles that are bringing in only hazardous waste items. The depot is for household items only.

             

A grand opening will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 with tours of the depot.  Information brochures will be available at City Hall, the Recycling Center and at the event.

 

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The Government of Canada has delivered the first of two 29.5 million dollar federal Gas Tax Fund installments to Saskatchewan for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  The funding flows through the provincial government to all of its municipalities on a per capita basis to support community infrastructure projects.

             

From this Fund the Town of Creighton receives just over 89 thousand dollars, the Village of Denare Beach just under 49 thousand and the City of Flin Flon for the Saskatchewan part just under 14 thousand dollars. 

             

A release states the Fund gives each community across Canada a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long term funding and communities can use the funds immediately on priority projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use it to finance major infrastructure expenditures.

 

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The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Greenstone are asking for nominations for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Chamber President Dianne Russell explains the things the committee will be looking at when you nominate a business including an established privately owned business serving the local area, contributing to the local business community and supporting the local business community themselves, showing intent to grow and showing outstanding contribution, commitment and leadership and the nominees do not have to have all of these things, you just send in the name and why you’re choosing that business.

             

You can send your nominations for Entrepreneur of the Year to admin@cfgreenstone.com.  The deadline is Monday and the award will be presented at a Celebrating Communities awards night October 25th.

 

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The Flin Flon Fire Department held their annual Boot Drive on Third Avenue Friday, September 8th.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper says it was a great success.  He reports a total of 14,500 dollars was raised with this year’s donations going to the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center, Flin Flon Ski Club and the Manitoba Burn Center.  He says the Fire Department would like to thank the Flin Flon Scotia Bank branch for their continued support and their contribution of 4 thousand dollars.

             

Cooper adds it’s amazing how people in the community come together to help each other.

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  Far Zoro Property

 

Far Resources reports they continue to advance exploration on its Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake.  They report Manitoba’s office of Sustainable Development has issued a drill and work permit for the drilling of 700 meters of core to assess segments of Dyke one where no modern drilling has take place.  The drill and crew are being mobilized to the site right now with helicopter assistance provided by Gogal Air Service.

             

Far Resources President Keith Anderson says these are exciting times as their drill program to assess Dyke one and their rock sampling program on Dykes two, three and four move forward rapidly.  He says add that to their currently ongoing soil geochemical survey and they look forward to a wealth of new data coming their way which will be used to prepare a technical report to assist in their decision making process for planned upcoming drill programs.

 

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The Flin Flon Friendship Center Aboriginal Headstart Program has started and is taking registrations for their fall program. The program’s Katie Kawerski says it’s a pre-school program for aboriginal children three to five years old and their families for two and a half hours in the morning and two and a half in the afternoon.  She explains they offer culture and language, teach them the Cree language and they have activities like making dream catchers, smudging, learning the animals is Cree and they also offer other activities such as art, science, math, outdoor activities, field trips and they offer activities for the parents.  She says they have teas, cooking circles and educational opportunities for parents as well.

             

Kawerski adds their afternoons are full but they have lots of room mornings for three year olds so you can register by calling Katie at 204-687-1311.

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The Commissioner of Emergency Services for Saskatchewan Duane McKay reports there has been significant progress on fires and their impact on communities with cooler weather in the Pelican Narrows area.  That means more people can return to their communities.  He says we will see Jan Lake go back to their community and Tyrell Lake will also be allowed to go back today and they have a little bit of work in and around Birch Portage to clean up and then they hope by the end of today or early tomorrow those folks will be able to go home as well.

             

They join residents of Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay who started returning earlier this week.  The Hanson Lake Road, highway 106 opened last night to the general public.

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A marriage course begins next week at Flin Flons Alliance Church.  One of the organizers Menno Giesbrecht says the course is for any couples whether they are married or not.  He explains it offers people the tools to strengthen their relationship, it talks about listening, where you come from like your background and what you bring into your marriage and how you can identify that and use it to strengthen you relationship. He adds its just a great course and everybody who is living together or married should take it at least once its so helpful, in fact they’ve had people who’ve taken it and it has saved their marriage.

             

The marriage course begins Monday at 7 at the Alliance Church.  To register or for more information you can call Menno at 204-687-6001.

 

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Northland Ford is again sponsoring Drive One For Your School tomorrow to support Ecole McIsaac School.  Salesperson Jacob Sherrington says they will have vehicles at their Flin Flon dealership for you to test drive.  He says it’s on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and they’re looking at as many people who want to come down from the community but its one per household and they’re trying to raise about six thousand dollars altogether which is about half of what the school needs.

             

For every person who test drives a Ford vehicle Saturday Northland Ford and Ford of Canada will donate 20 dollars to the school.  You must be 18 years or older with a valid drivers licence.

             

Northland Ford Flin Flon has participated in the Drive One program for eight years raising in excess of 34,600 dollars to date in support of different community initiatives.

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Among the highlights Councillor Collen Stallard mentioned that they are preparing for the opening of Black Bear Bike Park with the grand opening planned for October the 7th with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Grand opening at the old Collins Park location.

 

Mayor Bruce Fidler attended an Economic Development meeting in Regina which included many ministers from all over Saskatchewan who will be willing to help with information and ideas to help Creighton, Flin Flon and Denare Beach transition into a more diverse economy.

 

Fidler also wanted to ask for the public’s continued patience on the communities large water line and sewer replacement project which will continue for the next few weeks. Residents will have to continue watching for detours.

 

Creighton land fill dumping fees are going to be raised by 75% for non-residents and stay the same for residents. They will also not be accepting any more appliances and fridges until the freon has been removed.

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  Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler says since the wildfires in the Pelican Narrows area started its been tough with the Hanson Lake road closed for two and a half weeks and their staff has been kept busy. He says they get updates daily from the different agencies and the fire crews that are out there so they’re keeping everybody on top of it, all the information they get is going out on their Facebook page and on their website and everybody knows as much as they do and as soon as they hear anything they put it out there.

             

Fidler adds its good news people are again using the Hanson Lake road and that some residents are returning to Pelican Narrows.

 

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The Commissioner of Emergency Management for Saskatchewan Duane McKay reports fires in the Pelican Narrows area are a bit more stable now with the cooler weather.  He adds however they expect that though this is good for firefighting it will cause a bit of an inversion so they expect that smoke will be fairly dense in that area and certainly now that they are starting to move residents back to Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay that’ll be a consideration.

             

Highway 106, the Hanson Lake Road opened last night for the general public except for residents of Birch Portage.

             

Wildlife Management reports the Wilkins Fire is contained and progress is being made on the Preston and Granite fires. People continue to return to Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay and their next goal is to return people to Jan Lake as soon as conditions improve further.

 

 

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The Community Adult Learning Center has started their new season.  The Center’s Heather Jobes says they offer a variety of courses. She asks do you need to upgrade your educational skills to further your studies in school or better your chances to become employable?  She explains the Community Adult Learning Center is open for another school year for adults 18 years and older offering adult learning programming in areas of literacy, math, computers, GED preparation and employability skills.  She says the Center is a certified GED testing Center for Flin Flon and surrounding area adding scheduling is flexible to meet your needs and their programming is free of charge.

             

The programs at the Center run from September to June from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday.  For information you can call 204-687-3223 or visit them on the lower level of the Co-op store on Main Street.

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Fire Chief Chad Cooper has announced a critical piece of firefighting equipment is in service and ready to serve the residents of Flin Flon.  Cooper says the fire department has been using its frontline fire engine to house all the structural and rescue equipment and it was overstocked and overweight so they purchased a rescue truck.  He explains the rescue truck will be fully equipped with rescue, structural firefighting and hazmat equipment.  Another feature of the truck he notes is the walk in body which allows the rescue truck to utilize as a mobile command post.  He adds the rescue has seating for nine firefighters which is valuable to getting firefighters to the emergency scene quickly and safely.

             

Rescue One is a 1996 Freightliner truck purchased from Hinton Fire Rescue in Hinton, Alberta.        

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Effective Wednesday afternoon Chief Peter A. Beatty rescinded the general evacuation order for the Pelican Narrows community.  Emergency Managements Steve Unrau says condition have improved noting a lack of direct fire threats to the access in and out of the community, lack of fire threats to the community itself or infrastructure around the community, air quality that is within acceptable limits and the fact that critical services such as health and power supplies will be in place when people arrive.

             

Due to continued air quality concerns this is valid only for the general community and priority 3 persons but the evacuation order remains in effect for priority 1 and 2 persons with health issues.

             

Although highway 106, the Hanson Lake Road remains closed escorts continue between Creighton and Highway 135 from 6 to 11 am and 6 to 9 pm Saskatchewan time as conditions allow so there may be wait times and no stops along the route.

             

Fire Management also reports no community structures have been lost due to the three fires in the Pelican Narrows area but some remote structures have been lost and owners have been notified.

 

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In her report Superintendent Constance McCleese said the Divisions website has been updated allowing parents, students and staff access to more Division information.  Feel free to explore the site at www.ffsd.mb.ca.  She also gave thanks to the Flin Flon Rotary Club for a welcome breakfast that opened the school year for staff which was followed by a resource fair and an informative presentation on internet safety from the Manitoba Teachers Society.

             

On September 27th the Division recognizes Orange Shirt Day and will be welcoming Member of Parliament Kevin Lamoureux to the community to speak to students at Hapnot and Creighton in the morning and the afternoon session will be open to the public at Hapnot Collegiate.

             

The Board also had nominations for position of Chair and Vice-Chair.  Trustee Amy Supergia Green has been elected the new Board Chair and trustee Leslie Fernandes will be Vice-Chair.

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The Relay For Life was held Saturday to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Society.  Chairperson Margot Gray says in spite of all the other activities that occurred in the community over the summer it went really well and they were quite pleased with the numbers.  She says the total to date is they raised 40 thousand dollars from the teams and the merchandise and luminaries and then they had about another 31 thousand dollars in corporate sponsorships and that so she thinks they did really well.

             

The Relay For Life was held Saturday with people collecting pledges and walking the track at Queen’s Park from 12 noon to midnight.

 

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Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday he has been meeting with Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant to discuss doctor shortages in the Region including Flin Flon.  He explained the issue seems to be with how the contracts for doctors are negotiated and signed as they run out in June but new doctors aren’t available until September or October.  He says he doesn’t recall us ever being in a situation where there were notices going out that when you go to the clinic you may not actually see a doctor but maybe a nurse, a physicians assistant or maybe a locum so he thinks it’s been more critical this year.              Lindsey adds he has yet to see a plan for cutting the 6 million dollars from their budget as it hasn’t been approved yet and he will continue meeting with Bryant.  He mentioned issues he wants to deal with when the Legislature resumes including the increasing hydro rates, the closed Churchill rail line and jobs in the north.  Hudbay’s Richard Trudeau says they have been meeting with the provincial government to discuss job issues and the effect of increased hydro rates on their operation.

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The Executive Manager for Wildfire Management Steve Roberts reports fire fighting continues to focus on the Pelican Narrows area.  He says they saw minimal fire activity and growth in the Wilkens fire which remains at 6 thousand hectares and the Preston fire which remains at 47 thousand hectares.  He says the Granite fire was active Monday afternoon on the east side and grew and is currently at 110 thousand hectares.

             

 Roberts adds the fire activity led to a recommended evacuation of Tyrell Lake Monday afternoon and residents are not to return until advised to do so.

             

Sask Highways advises people who want to travel will be escorted on highway 106, the Hanson Lake Road between Creighton and highway 135 from 6 am to 11 am and 6 pm and 9 pm Saskatchewan time as conditions allow so there may be a long wait at times.  There will be no stops along this route.

 

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   The Saskatchewan Government has reported Tyrell Lake along the Hanson Lake Road, highway 106, had been impacted by the Granite Fire and late yesterday fire risk increased for the community and had an impact on road access.  The community issued an evacuation order and the majority of the approximately 20 residents self-evacuated to stay with friends and family.  The Hanson Lake Road remains closed.

 

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  The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is holding their coffee house Saturday night.  It’s a fund raiser to provide a family of low income with access to home ownership.  The Chapter’s Kathy McCormick says they have a great night of entertainment planned.  She explains the entertainers this year are Wade Lowe, Imrie Anna Jones, Holly Freeborn, Mikylo Odut, Ian Krieger and Chad Pab and they will also be serving fabulous desserts, coffee, tea, iced tea and they’re going to hold a 50-50 draw and a pick-a-prize.

             

The coffee house will be held in the Creighton Community Hall starting at 7 Saturday night.  Tickets are ten dollars and will be available at the door.  If you can donate a dessert please call Katie at 204-687-3935.

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The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has started a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Lynn Lake Gold Project in northwestern Manitoba.  The Agency invites comments from the public and Indigenous groups until October 2nd on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the assessment.

             

Alamos Gold is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning and reclamation of an open pit gold mine and new metal mill located near Lynn Lake.  The Lynn Lake Gold Project would involve the redevelopment of two historical gold mines, the Gordon and MacLellan sites and have an ore input capacity of eight thousand tonnes per day over an eleven year period. Components would include new mine infrastructure, open pits, an access road, a central ore milling and processing plant, ore stockpiles and mine rock storage areas, and a tailings management facility.  For information google Lynn Lake Gold Project.

 

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The Alpha Course is starting a new session at the Flin Flon Alliance Church next Tuesday evening.  One of the organizers Don Melien says Alpha seeks to introduce the basics of Christian faith through a series of videos, talks and discussion.  He explains the course runs for ten weeks and starts at six o’clock every Tuesday with a wonderful dinner and ends at 9 o’clock sharp.  He says after dinner they watch a video and then break into groups to discuss the video adding each group has a leader and a helper to inspire questions, thoughts and ideas about what you observed in the video which allows them to hear different perspectives and views on Christianity but there’s no obligation for you to express your thoughts.

             

You’re invited to attend Alpha as it begins next Tuesday evening at 6 at the Alliance Church. There is no charge for the course and after this introduction you can decide if you want to take the course. To registers or for more information call the Church at 204-687-8498 or Don at 204-687-6777.

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Workplace Education Manitoba is offering a no cost customer service workshop September 25th.  Northwestern WEST Center Training Coordinator Colleen McKee says it’s titled Creating the Right Message Using Essential Skills and is aimed at employers and employees. She explains it’s an opportunity for them to sit down and analyze the workplace message, are they sending out a clear and consistent message, are the employees they have carrying out the corporate message that they have intended.  She adds it’s an opportunity for workplaces to sit down and really look at how they’re impacting customers as they walk into their business and it also examines how they receive messages.

             

The workshop runs from 1 to 5 Monday, September 25th at the Flin Flon WEST Center at 51 Main Street.  To reserve a spot call 204-687-6443 and leave a message and you will be registered even if no one calls you back.

 

 

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  Creighton Community School is holding its annual open house Wednesday evening.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland invites parents, guardians and community members to come in and meet their staff, tour their school and join them for a complimentary light supper.  She adds transportation will be provided from Denare Beach with pick up at the Band Hall at 5:30, pick up at the Alpine at 5:40 and returning to Denare Beach at approximately 7:45 with a reminder all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and they look forward to seeing everyone there.

             

The open house runs from 6 to 8 Wednesday evening at Creighton Community School.

 

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MLA Tom Lindsey says Friday’s announcement by the Federal government is an important first step in providing real support that the people of Churchill have needed for over a year.  The Federal government announced Friday if Omnitrax refuses to maintain rail service to Churchill it will force the company to sell the rail line to a new owner.

             

Lindsey says what is needed now is a provincial partner and Premier Pallister needs to stop passing the buck and come to the table with real supports for the people of Churchill.  He says it’s about time both levels of government recognized the plight of Churchill and stepped up to ensure the rail line repairs begin immediately as the window to complete repairs is rapidly closing.

             

 Lindsey asks the Premier to pick up a phone and call the Mayor of Churchill and the Federal government so that the province assumes its rightful place in ensuring the viability of the Town of Churchill.

 

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  The Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp starts a new training year Monday night.  Captain Daryl Wilkinson says there’s a three way responsibility with cadets and that is to create good citizens, physical fitness and interest in the armed forces.  He explains army cadets is youth organization that offers adventures, some outdoor camping, navigation skills and physical fitness and is open to all youth from 12 to 18 years of age.

             

Wilkinson adds they also offer summer camp opportunities.

             

Any young people interested can drop in on their training Monday nights at 7 at the Flin Flon Community Hall or every second Thursday at the Legion Hall. If you have any questions you can call 306-688-7420 or 204-687-4809.

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  Rockcliff Copper Corporation reports an airborne drone magnetometer survey has been completed at its high grade Laguna Gold Property near Snow Lake.  The survey has identified the Laguna Gold Mine Trend which is a minimum six kilometer long structurally complex geological environment associated with known surface exposed structurally controlled gold bearing quartz stockwork systems.  This property hosts the former Laguna gold mine which was Manitoba’s first and highest grade gold mine.  Intermittent gold mining between 1916 and 1939 produced over 60 thousand ounces of gold grading approximately 19 grams per tonne.

             

Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre says the potential for the discovery of additional gold bearing quartz vein stockworks within the Laguna Gold Mine Trend is considered excellent and represents the priority target at the property.

 

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    Inspired by her daughter’s treatment for ovarian cancer Paulette Adolphe collected pledges and walked 7 kilometers a night around Flin Flon to add up to the total kilometers to Winnipeg.  She says it went really well and she will now join her daughter’s team Amanda’s Roses to take part in the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope.  She explains she walked for 89 days walking 755 kilometers so that leaves her 5 kilometers to reach her goal of 760 but she’s going to save that last 5 kilometers to walk with and for her daughter at the Ovarian Walk of Hope which is being held this Sunday in Winnipeg.

             

Adolphe adds she appreciates all the support she received during her walk noting she is in to the three thousand dollar range and also raised a lot of awareness because of the walk.

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When it comes to boating in the fall, Ian Gilson, the director of the Canadian Safe Boating Council, says you should be prepared for colder temperatures while on the water even if it’s a nice day. He explains the thing that people have to keep in mind is in the fall you can still get some really nice warm days and people are tending to go out in shorts and a t-shirt but the thing is the water has been cooled significantly and should you get into a situation where wake from another boat or waves kick up and you get swamped or into the water all of a sudden your 22 or 23 degree day goes into 14 and 15 degrees water and that can cause some problems.

Gilson says that while boating can help people see the best of Canada, you have to be careful.

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City Council is still reviewing its smoking bylaw. The proposed bylaw would ban smoking on Main Street and adjoining streets and within 15 feet of the front of any commercial establishment.  Mayor Cal Huntley says they are still looking at the distance from business entrances where smoking will be banned and a possible designated smoking area on or near Main Street.

             

Council received the Fire Chiefs report for August indicating three incidents during the month.

             

Councilor Ken Pawlachuk reminds motorists with school back make sure you obey the 30 speed zones which are now in effect in school areas as the students are out and school buses are again running and obey the rules regarding school bus safety.  The Citizens on Patrol Program will have their speed monitoring sign in school zones.

             

Community Futures Greenstone advised Council they will again be hosting the Celebrating Communities Awards Evening October 25th.  The evening recognizes the important contribution of community volunteers and successful businesses in our communities.  Council will submit the names of two volunteers they would like to recognize that evening.

 

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The Flin Flon Fire Departments annual Boot Drive is taking place tomorrow.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper says they will be supporting three organizations.  He says this year’s donations will be going towards the Firefighters Burn Fund, the Flin Flon Ski Club and the Friendship Center.  He adds the location will be on Third Avenue right across from KFC tomorrow from 9 to 5.

             

This is the 21st year for the Fire Departments Boot Drive. Last year they raised 15,300 dollars for the local SPCA.

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Simon House Bible Camp is holding a fall retreat Friday to Sunday.  Executive Director Darrell Janzen says it will be a fun weekend for ages 11to 17.  He says their weekend retreats are always a fun time for youth to come out, they’re a little bit more relaxed, a good time to start off the school year connecting with some of the friends perhaps they made over the summer.  He adds there’s lots of their usual activities, some big games going on and overall just a really fun time.

             

You can register or find more information by calling 204-687-3340 or visit their website at www.simonhouse.ca.  The cost is 82 dollars.

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  At their meeting last night Councilor Colleen McKee made a presentation to Council on behalf of the Seniors Housing Committee.  She explains they have put together a small group as its time to look at and gather new information on what the needs of the community are now.  She says they want to start by creating an opportunity for a town hall so people can come out and discuss their housing needs as well as doing some kind of a survey.  McKee adds the purpose of the presentation is to raise awareness and match potential investors and those in need, to gauge Council support and interest with regards to a town hall type of gathering and would consideration be given to hiring someone to gather the needs assessment data.  This assessment she says would give them ideas to move forward on not what the community wants but on what the community really needs. The next step will see the committee again meeting with Council who has agreed to support the committee to see what that support will actually look like.

 

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  The Executive Director for Wildfire Management Steve Roberts reports the majority of provincial resources are focused on three fires in this area the largest of which is the Granite Lake Fire.  He says it is currently 74 thousand hectares 14 kilometers southeast of Pelican Narrows, 1 kilometer east of Jan Lake and 35 kilometers northeast of Denare Beach.  Roberts says all residents of Jan Lake and Birch Portage have been evacuated due to the direct fire threat.  Highway 135 and highway 106 and Saskpower lines are threatened by this fire.  He reports Jan Lake, Birch Portage, Tyrell Lake, Sturgeon Wier, the Sasktel communications tower and other remote values are being protected with sprinkler units at this time.

             

Roberts adds the Preston Fire is about 31 thousand hectares three kilometers north of Pelican Narrows and the Wilkins Fire is about 6 thousand hectares 15 kilometers south of Pelican Narrows and 6 kilometers west of Jan Lake.  He says they have been successful at protecting values including infrastructure, homes and communities.

 

 

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Steve Ashton, Wab Kinew

 

The leader will be selected at a convention with delegates voting.

Manitoba N-D-P president David Woodbury explains there are three kinds of delegates.  First there’ll be those delegates who are elected representatives of their constituencies or the youth organization.  Second are delegates from affiliated organizations which are usually labor organizations and third are delegates who come from their provincial council and their elected MPs and MLAs.  He adds in any constituency the number of delegates that were chosen was based on their membership but how they were split up was based on the candidate they supported and the share of the vote that the candidate got from members of that constituency.

The next leader of the Manitoba N-D-P will either be Fort Rouge M-L-A Wab Kinew or former Thompson MLA Steve Ashton.

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You are invited to be part of a Square Foot fundraiser being held at the Northern Visual Art Centre later this month.  Summer student Pearl Tippett explains participants of all skill levels and mediums can enter.  She says everyone who enters will receive a canvas a square foot big and at the end of the period there will be there will be a silent auction and your choices are to either donate the money to Norva or take 50 percent of the profit for yourself.  She adds its 25 dollars for adults, 10 dollars for youth and 5 dollars for each additional canvas you want to have and once you have it it’s yours to do whatever you like with it.

             

The deadline to enter is September 15th.  The art works will be part of a silent auction the week of September 24th with select items going to the live auction on October 15th as a fundraiser to support the Norva Centre.  You can get more information at the Centre on Green Street, call them at 687-4273, visit their website www.norvacentre.com or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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  Menno Giesbrecht explains the summit is an opportunity to hear world class speakers. He says it’s for anyone who wants to become a better person.  He says he believes this conference will be beneficial to those in business but also for personal development.  He explains when we get fired up about something it has an effect on those around us and the speakers come from various backgrounds and have experienced ups and downs in their field of expertise.  Some are successful in their business and some are successful in other organizations.  What they have in common is dealing with organizations and dealing with people, they are sharing what they have learned and what works for them.  Giesbrecht adds people pay a lot of money and travel great distances to hear this quality of speakers that will be at the conference and their goal is to bring it to the people of Flin Flon at a very reasonable price.

             

The summit is run in 125 countries and is recorded in Chicago and sent out to communities like Flin Flon where it will run October 20th and 21st with the cost to register 149 dollars until September 19th when it goes up to 189. To register go to www.growingleadership.com/flinflon or call the Alliance Church for more information.

 

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The Neighborhood Renewal Fund has been re-opened by the Manitoba government under the Neighborhoods Alive program.  Their Planning and Project Officer Melissa Branconnier says it supports a broad range of locally planned projects.  She explains they’re basically focused on neighborhood renewal and capacity so they like to see projects that support and provide services to at risk marginalized populations or ones that need more services than most like seniors, youth, low income, newcomers and they like to see things where its positive community impact so beautification, places where there’s gatherings of people, environmentally friendly stuff, so they really are quite broad as long as it drives community renewal and revitalization.

             

The deadline for applications is September 11th with responses by the end of October and projects must be completed by March 31st.  To apply go to the Neighborhoods Alive website and click on the Neighborhood Renewal Fund.  If you have any questions contact Laurence Gillespie at the Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation at 204-687-6972 or call Melissa toll free at 1-855-644-0401.

 

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The Relay for Life is being held Saturday, September 9th from noon to midnight at Queen’s Park.  Participants collect pledges and walk the track to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Society.  The Committee’s Margot Gray says registration starts at 11:30 for survivors, teams, anybody coming in and she stresses you don’t have to be on a team you can just drop on by.  She says the survivor lap will probably be about 2 o’clock by the time all the dignitaries and that do their good wishes and greetings and again they’ll be piped in by Rod Walker.

             

The Relay continues with a great variety of activities until midnight.  To register or for more information go to www.flinflononline.com and click on the link or go to www.relayforlife.ca.

 

 

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CAA Manitoba reminds you to slow down when driving through school zones as reduced school speed zone regulations come into effect today.  Although most kids don’t head back to school until after the long weekend their corporate manager of government and community relations  Liz Kulyk encourages motorists to take the next few days before school starts as a reminder to slow down and be alert in school zones.

             

CAA offers other tips for safer school zones including scan the road ahead for school buses and school zone signs, prepare to stop and adjust your speed whether you see kids or not.  Stop at least five meters behind a school bus with red lights flashing and don’t proceed until the bus’s stop sign is closed and the lights stop flashing.  And factor extra time to get to your destination as back to school brings increased traffic volumes.

 

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On the agenda were upcoming workshops for staff and administration.  A human rights workshop will be offered on October 5th for the school leadership teams and on September 19th the Manitoba Teachers Society and the Manitoba School Boards Association will host workplace safety and heath training.  The Board also reviewed a report on early childhood development, the high school graduation requirement letter, enrollment cap for international students letter, changes to the Department of Education and Training letter, an update from the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils and the safe and caring schools curriculum.  Today is the division’s new teaching staff orientation and September 5th is teacher professional development day with a BBQ, resource fair and Manitoba Teachers Society presentation on internet safety.  The first day of class for students is September 6th.  The next regular meeting of the School Board is September 12th.  The Board meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 9 Terrace Avenue at 7 pm and is open to the public.

 

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  Rockcliff Copper Corporation has closed its non-brokered offering after placing 22.5 million units at a price of 6 cents per unit for gross proceeds of 1.35 million dollars.

            

  Rockcliff President and CEO Ken Lapierre says they are pleased that the oversubscribed financing is now complete and significant funds are available to continue with their exploration efforts on their Snow Lake Project.  He says they will continue to focus on their priority properties specifically the Laguna Gold Property, the Talbot Copper Property and the Bur Zinc Property. He adds their project hosts some of the highest grade precious and base metal properties in the Flin Flon Snow Lake mining camp and they plan to advance these properties through a systematic, scientific approach focused on geology, geophysics and drilling.

 

 

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  At a news briefing yesterday afternoon Executive Director for Wildfire Management Steve Roberts reported the three large uncontained fires in Northeast Saskatchewan are localized in the Pelican Narrows area.  He says they range in size from 6 thousand hectares in the Wilkins fire, 14 thousand for the Preston fire and over 50 thousand hectares in the Granite fire.  Collectively he says these fires are putting heavy smoke into the area and they are causing evacuations for the two small communities of Jan Lake and Birch Portage already and in the priority case the evacuation from Pelican Narrows with access from highway 105 which has been breeched by the fires so it can only be used if they are guided through the area.

             

Roberts added the province is focused on the priorities of protecting people, property and critical infrastructure in the Pelican Narrows area.  He expects with weather conditions, wind changes and heavy fuel that they will continue to see aggressive fire activity around the clock with no reprieve from weather conditions for at least a week.

 

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The United Steelworkers Local 7106 will hold their Labor Day Celebration Monday.  Their Health and Safety Rep Ken Bateman says everyone is welcome. Children, retirees and anybody in the community can come out and get a hot dog on them.  He says they are going to be sharing as they did last year two gift certificates from Eddies Family Foods for 200 dollars in food vouchers.  He adds hot dogs are going to start about 11:30 and then shortly after 1 o’clock when they run out that’s when they’re going to wrap it up.

             

The Labor Day Celebration is taking place Monday at Rotary Park.

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A general evacuation has been ordered for a northeastern Saskatchewan community because of smoke and road closures caused by wildfires.

The Saskatchewan government says emergency social services is preparing to receive an additional 1,100 people from the community of Pelican Narrows.

The government says the plan is to send 500 of those residents to Saskatoon shelters and hotels and 600 to hotels in Prince Albert.

The general evacuation comes after about 450 people - including the elderly, those with health concerns and their families - were forced to leave on Tuesday.

Pelican Narrows is under a special air-quality statement from Environment Canada because of high levels of air pollution due to smoke from forest fires in northern Saskatchewan.

The statement covers a wide area from Spiritwood in central Saskatchewan, east to the Manitoba boundary and north to La Ronge.

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Hapnot Collegiate will be helping grade nine students prepare for their first year at the Collegiate.  Principal Brent Bedford says they want them to come to the Collegiate tomorrow.  He explains the student council is welcoming all the grade nines tomorrow and they’re to show up there at 11 0’clock  and they get a tour of the school, get their timetable, find out where their locker and classrooms are and they’re going to have some fun stuff for them to do and some lunch as well.

             

The Collegiate will be open mornings this week for students who want to come in and make changes to their timetables.  Any students with questions can also drop in or call the Collegiate at 204-687-7506.

 

 

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Callinex Mines has started its summer drilling campaign at the Pine Bay and Big Island Projects within the Flin Flon Mining District.  The campaign is anticipated to include approximately six thousand meters of drilling to follow up on the new zinc and gold rich volcanogenic massive sulphide discovery at the Pine Bay Project and conduct a maiden drilling campaign at the Big Island Project.

             

Drilling at the Big Island Project will be focused on the near surface Tara Lake Deposit which they describe as one of the highest grade zinc rich VMS discoveries ever made within the Flin Flon mining district.  Callinex believes that the western portion of the Big Island Project which hosts the Tara Lake Deposit may contain a similar sequence of primitive arc tholeitte volcanic rocks  that host the Flin Flon, Callinan and Triple Seven Mines that have collectively produced over 100 million tonnes of ore.

 

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About 450 people are leaving a northeastern Saskatchewan community because of smoke and road closures caused by wildfires.

The Saskatchewan government says approximately 150 priority residents - the elderly and those with health concerns - and 300 of their family members will be transported from Pelican Narrows to a shelter in Saskatoon. Pelican Narrows, which is near the Manitoba boundary, is under a special air quality statement from Environment Canada. The statement says there are high levels of air pollution due to forest fire smoke from fires in northern Saskatchewan, which will reduce visibility and bring extremely poor air quality. The government says evacuees with health concerns will be supported in hotels. Another 12 residents from the community of Birch Portage are staying in a hotel in Prince Albert.

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  Scott Wasylenchuk with the Provincial Wildfire Center in Prince Albert says things are still very dry in the area.  He says smoke caused problems for aircraft fighting the Granite Lake fire that started northeast of Jan Lake.  He says it’s kicking up a little bit in the areas of heavy fuel and it had spotted across yesterday evening and breached highway 106 and they’ve moved heavy equipment in there trying to contain it and get the spot fire that came across the highway.  Otherwise he says crews have been trying to contain the areas they’ve been assigned.  He says they’ve been smoked in most of the morning so they’re just starting to put some of the aircraft out and about.

             

Wasylenchuk adds fire behavior has been picking up in the afternoon and becoming extreme with fires making runs with the wind.

 

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Manitoba Public Insurance and the RCMP have partnered in a joint public awareness and enforcement campaign specific to gravel roads.  They want to reduce the number of injuries, and deaths from accidents on gravel roads in the province. On average nearly 500 people are injured in crashes on Gravel roads annually and about 14 people are killed in these crashes.  One of the goals Manitoba Public Insurance has to heighten awareness about the challenges associated with driving on gravel roads is to enhance its high school driver education program. This will help to expose all teen drivers to training on how to properly control their vehicle on gravel. Some of the safety tips for driving on gravel roads include: slow down when you’re moving from a paved road to gravel, avoid sudden changes in direction as swerving may cause you to lose control and if you lose control take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go.

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The Manitoba government has announced it is investing 53.7 million dollars in 110 infrastructure renewal projects across the province to ensure the continued well-being of students and educators in public schools.

             

Flin Flon School Division will receive funding approved by the Public Schools Finance Board for roof replacement at Ruth Betts Community School and funding for grooming rooms for special needs students at both Ruth Betts and Ecole McIsaac Schools.  As it is late in the season and school is starting next week these projects will be done next spring and over next summer while school is out.

             

The government announcement notes all approved projects will be completed within a timeframe of six to twenty-four months following the award of tenders and start of construction.

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  Flin Flon Parks and Recreation is again holding an event called Registration Under One Roof Wednesday, September 6th.  Recreation Director Caitlin Bailey says people interested in registering for upcoming events will be able to do so in one place.  She says they have different organizations from TOPS, Northern Lights Dance Academy, Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, the Flin Flon Aqua Center, Flin Flon Canadian Army Cadets, Flin Flon Minor Hockey, the Skating Club, Nor-Man Parent Child Coalition, they have a bunch of different groups so that families can come out and get registered and ready for the school year.

             

Any other interested organizations who want to hold registrations at this free event can contact the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542 or email cbailey@flinflon.ca by this Friday.

 

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The president of Calm Air Gary Bell was one of the guests at last week’s Thompson Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting. He said he wants to apologize to everyone who has flown with Calm Air during the last few years.  He says as they have gone through their transition they have been short aircraft sometimes, they have been short flight crews sometimes so their on time performance has suffered during a lot of that transition.  He says they were down to a point where they were down to about 55 percent on time performance which is not good at all.

Bell added the airline was transitioning between the old planes and a new fleet. He said they expect to be 90 percent plus on time by the end of the year.

 

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  The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is hosting an information meeting on Thursday at noon.  The Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie says members of the Neighborhoods Alive staff will be on hand to explain how the Neighborhood Renewal Program can benefit community groups. He explains the Neighborhood Renewal Fund has been a long term operation of the provincial government but its operation was suspended for a year and a half following the last election and so this is the first time that they have opened the doors again for community groups to apply for funding for various community projects and they’re fortunate that Neighborhoods Alive staff are going to be coming to town to explain how the current intake will be handled.

             

The information meeting will be held Thursday at noon in the Flin Flon City Council chambers. The deadline for applications to the program is September 11th.

 

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Hudbay has announced it has acquired ownership of just over 10.7 million common shares of Mason Resources Corporation.  The purchase price was 26 cents per share for total consideration of just under 2.8 million dollars.  As a result of this investment Hudbay now owns and has control of just under 10.9 million shares representing approximately 13.9 percent of the issued and outstanding shares.

             

Mason Resources is a Canadian mining company focused on copper exploration and development in the United States with the Ann Mason copper deposit in Nevada and the copper gold Lordsburg projects in New Mexico.

             

Hudbay stated the acquisition of shares is being made for investment purposes and they may in the future increase or decrease ownership of the shares depending upon the business and prospects of Mason, future market conditions and Hudbay’s investment objectives.

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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business recently released their job report for the second quarter of 2017.  They report that almost 300 and 30 thousand jobs are left unfilled in Canada with 89-hundred unfilled in Manitoba. Jonathan Alward, the director of provincial affairs for Manitoba, says that those numbers aren’t the best way to judge how the province is doing.  He explains the numbers have stayed very close to what they were last quarter but if we look to another report that they do every month called their business barometer they’ve actually seen business optimism in the province has been very strong, actually before July it was at a five year high.  He says they have some other metrics that go along with that, the overall business health.  46 percent of members said their overall state of business health was very good compared to just 5 percent who said it was bad.

Alward added that there was an increase in vacancies in oil, gas, construction, manufacturing, transportation and hospitality, while there were decreases in information, arts, recreation and real estate.

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The Relay for Life is coming up September 9th from noon to midnight at Queen’s Park.  The Relay raises money and awareness for the Cancer Society.  The Committee’s Margot Gray says teams continue to register as plans develop for a fun day of walking and other activities.  She says they’ve got kids activities because they are closing off Green Street so they’ll have access to the Kin Park there, there’ll be bouncy houses, a penny parade, a 50-50, the Calm Air tickets and they have an Edmonton Oilers jersey and it’s on an auction on the internet right now so people can click on and peruse the jersey and you can bid on it that night.

             

Gray adds you can walk as part of a team or as an individual by making a donation and walking.  To register go to www.relayforlife.ca or find the link at www.flinflononline.com.

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The Flin Flon Public Library wraps up their summer camps today.  Summer student Aliece Angell says the summer was fantastic and the kids had fun and want to come back.  She says they played games, did lots of crafts and by the end she did not want the kids to leave, they were so nice and she had so much fun with them and she knows they are going to be life long readers after this as they read books with them and she loved hearing them say read another story.

               

The summer followed themes including Harry Potter Days, Minion Day, Superhero Day, Indigenous Day, Lego Day, Music and Story Days among others as well as a Canada 150 week.

 

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  Summer in the Parks is completing their summer of activities for children five to nine year old.  Supervisor Tristan Barteski says they had a lot of new children who enjoyed all the theme weeks they had.  He says they saw a different variety of age groups this time, like previous years they had seen maybe fire year olds and eight year olds but this year they have more of a spread out of ages.  He adds they didn’t have the numbers that they were looking for this year but no matter what they still had a lot of fun and they were able to do a lot of cool things like go to Norva, out to Bakers Narrows and Denare Beach and do lots of tours around the city like the Recycling Center.

             

Their summer of activities wraps up tomorrow with their Unbirthday Day with cake, snacks and a bouncy house.  Summer in the Parks is sponsored every summer by Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, Flin Flon Arts Council and Flin Flon School Division.

 

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Fire Center Manager Dennis Trueman reported late yesterday while the Granite Fire north of Jan Lake and the Wilken Fire south of Pelican Narrows are still not contained the Flo Fire at Florence Lake 19 kilometers north of Creighton is at 27 hundred hectares and is contained.  He says scanning for hot areas near and around the perimeter of the Flo fire is ongoing and crews continue to extinguish any hot areas identified by the scanning process.  He says there’s still pockets of fuel within the perimeter that continue to burn and produce some smoke in the area so people will see smoke but the fire is contained at this time.

             

Trueman adds the Wilkin fire covers about 61 hundred hectares and the Granite Fire is about 20 thousand hectares but crews are making good progress in spite of difficult weather conditions with fire fighters, helicopters and air tankers working on these fires.

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Skye is a 15 year old girl from Creighton.  On August 19th Skye was involved in an ATV accident which has left her with brain injuries, a broken collar bone, collapsed lung and other internal injuries.  She is now in Saskatoon at the Royal University Hospital in critical condition.

             

A GoFundMe campaign was started in the hopes of taking off some of the financial pressure by helping Skye’s family stay by her side.  Canadians have shown their support for this family raising more than 240 dollars of the two thousand dollar goal on the first day.

             

To donate go to www.gofundme.com and search Skye.

 

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At 5:38 last Saturday morning Pukatawagan RCMP responded to an assault in the community.  A 17 year old male victim of an assault was transported to hospital where he died from his injuries. At 9:04 am RCMP Major Crime Services and Pukatawagan RCMP arrested two men from the community.  They have been charged with manslaughter and remain in custody.  They report the victim and the accused were known to each other.  The investigation continues.

 

 

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You are invited to be part of the CFAR Travel Club as they head to Cuba on February 5th.  Station Manager Dianne Russell says it’s your trip for one or two weeks.  She explains they are heading to Varadero, Cuba and they’re working with Jackie Sproxton TPI for a second year with great rates and something called a non-stop flight which is better than the direct flight because it literally means non-stop.  She says they’re right on the white sand beach, balconies and a great price so its kind of everything you want and no work and your trip adding it’s not group travel, it’s a travel club which means you get the benefits of a group but it’s your own trip.

             

A deposit of 150 dollars is required by September 15th.  To book your trip contact Jackie at 204-687-4677 or drop in at 78 Main Street.  For more information you can call Dianne or Mari at CFAR or check www.flinflononline.com.

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  Saskatchewans Screening Program for Breast Cancer mobile bus will be in Creighton September 1st to 13th at the Sportex.  Manager Jocelyn Smith says early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.  She explains finding breast cancer early means less invasive treatment and a better survival rate.  She encourages all women 50 years and older to have a screening mammogram while their bus is in your location.  She advises women to call their toll free number 1-855-584-8228 for a mammogram appointment and a doctor’s referral is not needed.

             

Screenings will take place from 8 am to 8 pm daily.  After Creighton they will move to Pelican Narrows from September 14th to 20th.

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Last Thursday and Friday members of the Pelican Narrows, Sandy Bay, Southend and Creighton RCMP Detachments were assisted by Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management. They conducted two days of enforcement on roads and highways around several northern communities targeting alcohol and traffic-related offences.

Significant amounts of liquor were seized and 15 people were charged under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act with canvassing, possession or bootlegging related liquor offences. The total estimated street value of the seized liquor is 6380 dollars. In addition to the seizures: 879 vehicles were checked; 7 traffic safety act violations were issued; one Criminal Code arrest warrant was executed.

RCMP advise they will be conducting future initiatives in various northern communities throughout the year. The primary objective is to disrupt the supply of alcohol destined for illegal resale in northern Saskatchewan communities.

 

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  As many as two thousand students from grades 1 to 12 are improving their learning skills this summer through support from the Manitoba government for five summer learning enrichment programs. One of these programs is put on by University College of the North which receives 40 thousand dollars for its Into the Wild Program. 

             

The program is designed to meet the needs of northern Manitoba youth from The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and surrounding communities.  The activities focus on literacy, numeracy and land based education to reduce summer learning loss and assist students in the transition back to school in the fall.

             

UCN’s Director of Communications Jim Scott says the Wild is very much science based so participants are often a step ahead when they return to the classroom is September. He adds it also provides summer employment for UCN education students allowing them to develop those critically important classroom skills that will be a major part of their careers once they receive their teaching degrees.

 

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Inspired by her daughters treatment for ovarian cancer Paulette Adolphe is collecting pledges and walking 7 kilometers a night around Flin Flon to add up to the total kilometers to Winnipeg.  She will then join her daughter’s team Amanda’s Roses in Winnipeg to take part in the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope September 10th. Adolphe reported yesterday to date she has been walking for 71 days and so far she has walked 611 kilometers or 380 miles which means she’s got 149 kilometers to go and if you look on a map of Manitoba she has from Flin Flon going over Easterville down number six passed Ashern and is on her way to Eriksdale and Lundar now.

             

Adolphe adds she will have an information and pledge booth at Pharmasave Saturday from 11 to 4 and those making pledges will be entered into a draw for prizes donated by local artists.  Pledge sheets are also available at VA Flin Flon and the Big Dipper.

 

 

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