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At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council accepted the Fire Chiefs report for May.  It indicated ten calls during the month with 20 thousand dollars in losses. Mayor Cal Huntley reminds you not to take things for granted with smoking, extension cords, smoke detectors and overall fire safety.  Councilor Ken Pawlachuk also expressed concerns about the wiring in some of the older homes in our community.

             

Council gave final reading to a Cemetery bylaw amendment to set regulations for the spreading of ashes at the cemetery such as on a family member’s grave.  The bylaw allows for a 395 dollar perpetual care fee and a permit and provides a record of where the ashes were spread.

             

Councilor Colleen McKee on behalf of the Homecoming Committee complimented the Citizens on Patrol group for taking on the task of painting the 100 stairs at Rotary Park.  Mayor Huntley added his congratulations adding the removal they did of graffiti on the Rotary Park building. Both congratulated everyone helping clean up the community prior to Homecoming with McKee adding the community has a lot to be proud of.

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Planning is well underway for the Trout Festival Homecoming Canada Day parade July 1st sponsored by Northland Ford.  Their sales rep Doug Gourlay says to date they’ve got 18 floats and 9 classic cars entered so they still have a week and a half before the parade so any group or businesses or clubs and classic car owners shine up your cars and get your team together and build a float and let’s make it the biggest parade we’ve seen in ten years.

             

Parade entry forms are available at Northland Ford, 102.9 CFAR and the Reminder. This year’s theme is Home is Where the Heart Is.

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The Central Canada Film Group continues their Films You Might Have Missed series tomorrow night.  The group’s Colin Davis says this is their last film of the year and they are going to be showing Slum Dog Millionaire which is based around the popular TV quiz show of the same name. He says the story takes place when the hero Jamal Malik finds himself as a contestant on the Indian version and finds himself being able to answer all the questions although he’s uneducated.  When accused of cheating we see in a series of flashbacks how Jamal’s life experiences made him knowledgeable enough to answer all the question.

             

Slum Dog Millionaire will be shown Friday night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  The film is free although there is a voluntary silver collection.

 

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At their meeting last night Council passed on first reading only a bylaw to institute a curfew.  The curfew would come into effect for children 15 and under at 10:30 pm Sunday to Thursday and 11:59 pm Friday and Saturday until 6 am.  There have been concerns expressed about groups of children out on the streets late a night and the idea is to give the RCMP more tools to deal with children out late and to disperse groups of children and send them home.  Fines could be levied if a parent is found to be negligent in dealing with their children.  Council is asking for feedback on the idea before giving the bylaw final reading.

             

In other business Council gave first reading to an amendment to the Animal Control bylaw giving power to the Animal Control Officer to levy fines depending on the seriousness of an offence.

             

And Mayor Cal Huntley congratulated Councilor Karen MacKinnon on being re-elected as a northern rep with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.

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As part of the Canada 150 Homecoming Trout Festival Weekend you can be part of the 100 stairs challenge beside Rotary Park July 2nd.  Recreation Director Caitlin Bailey says you can challenge neighborhood against neighborhood or business against business in a race.  She explains it’s something they used to do for Trout Festival so they’re bringing it back this year for the Homecoming.  She adds they’re trying to see if they can get as many neighborhood teams battling it out against one another and you can register by calling the Aqua Center at 681-7540 or you can also register the day of at the pancake breakfast at Rotary Park at 8 am.

             

The challenge takes place Sunday, July 2nd starting at 9 am at Rotary Park.  You can register as a team of four or as an individual to take part.

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Bike Safety Week wrapped up Saskatchewan in May and this is Brain Injury Awareness Month.  The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association continues to strive to prevent brain injuries and their Executive Director Glenda James says an important part of that is wearing bicycle helmets.  She explains brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of young people and that’s not just children and youth it’s people under 45 and so a helmet actually reduces the risk by as much as 88 percent of getting a serious brain injury so they’d really like to encourage people to invest the minimal cost of about 25 dollars and save them millions of dollars that a brain injury costs.

             

James adds what matters even more is peoples lives and their families lives are completely changed by a brain injury.  You can get more information by going to their website www.sbia.ca or www.braininjurycanada.ca.

 

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The Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum and the Child Family Resource Center invite you to Canada 150 celebrations Friday and Saturday.  The Center’s Debbie McLauchlan says they start Friday with a cake decorating contest and cake walk at the Legion with fireworks at dusk. She says Saturday will be busy when they start off at 10 am with the Heritage canoe portage race and skills competition.  At 11:30 they have a parade to the Museum planned starting down at the Park.  Once they get to the Museum there’ll be a free fish fry lunch.  She says at one o’clock they’re doing the flag raising and O Canada with opening remarks.  At 1:30 there’s going to be the unveiling of a mural in the Museum and that’ll be followed up with Museum tours, musical entertainment and games and activities for kids.

             

 

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  Author Harry Hobbs is launching a new novel tomorrow afternoon.  He says it’s called a Circle of Roots.  He explains it’s a novel about a person who is ashamed of her past and is sort of hiding from her family and the background she’s had and the circumstances in life change and she has to face up to all she’s been running away from.  He says that’s why its called a Circle of Roots because the idea of the story is you can try to run away from what’s happened in your life but usually it catches up to you in the end which is exactly what happens to the main character in his novel.

             

The book launch and signing takes place from 2 to 4 tomorrow afternoon at the Flin Flon Public Library.

Hobbs will have a second book launch at McNally Robinson at Grant Park in Winnipeg July 10th at 7 pm.

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Satori Resource has started diamond drilling at the Tartan Lake Gold Mine Project 12 kilometers northeast of Flin Flon.  Satori President and CEO Will Ansley says the initiation of the exploration program is an important step as they look to expand the existing high grade gold resource at Tartan Lake.

             

They report phase one will consist of approximately two thousand meters of drilling in six holes designed to step out from known mineralization and expand the resource in the main and south zones as well as increase their understanding of the structural and litho logical controls on mineralization and is expected to be completed in July.  Phase two will consist of another two thousand meters of drilling to follow up on the results of phase one and to investigate other high priority targets in proximity to known gold mineralization.

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Youth in northern Manitoba dealing with a mental health or addictions crisis can now access the care and services they need at the newly opened Hope North Recovery Centre for Youth.

The new, 7.7-million dollar, 9,000-sq.-ft. facility is located near the Thompson General Hospital and next to the new Addictions Foundation of Manitoba residential treatment facility. Services at the facility include a four-bed crisis stabilization unit which will provide a secure place for youth undergoing a mental health crisis, including youth at risk for suicide, for up to one week; a two-bed addictions stabilization unit for youth who are severely and persistently abusing drugs and a base for mobile crisis and outreach services, which provide intervention and assessment for youth in Thompson and within a 110-kilometre radius.

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Moffat Joe Brain

Smart and Caring and Youth in Philanthropy

 

Cheques from the Moffat Fund were presented to Snow Lake’s Joseph H. Kerr School for a garden project, Association for Community Living for a dishwasher and fridge, Simon House Bible Camp for sound baffles in their dining hall, Denare Beach Rec Board for accessible picnic tables, Norman Community Service for bathroom renovations, Northminster United Church for a handicap door opener, the Friendship Center for a Cultural and Connections project, the Rotary Club for roof repairs at Rotary Court, Freedom Outreach for a fridge and stove and Minor Hockey for bottle refilling stations at the Whitney Forum and Sportex.

             

From the Joe Brain Fund cheques went to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation for a no sky roof and Citizens on Patrol for a shed and trailer.

             

From the Smart and Caring Fund cheques went to the Phantom Lake Golf Course for memorial bridges, the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living for Northern Partnerships for Inclusion, First Baptist Church for a stove and fridge, the Station Museum for display enhancement, the SPCA for their spay and neuter program and Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage for their weight room and from Youth In Philanthropy to the SPCA for their empathy school program and the Arts Council for youth and family activities during Culture Days.

            

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Twenty-Five graduates received their diplomas as Creighton Community School held their graduation ceremonies Friday night.

             

Thirty-Seven scholarships and bursaries were presented with the top award the Hudbay Scholarship for two thousand dollars a year for four years going to Aliece Angell who also received the Highest Academic award and a Creighton School Division scholarship for one thousand dollars for academics with the second going to Mady Simon who also received a Community School academics scholarship and the Town of Creighton bursary.  The Raymond Daneliuk Memorial Trades bursary went to Regan Schnieder.  Creighton Community School scholarships for one thousand dollars went to Hannah Olivier for athletics, Kaylee Banting the Aboriginal award, academics and the Arts bursary, Kayla Slater the Bev McCrimmon Citizenship bursary and Timothy Gunville for trades and technology.  The Fred and Pearl Schwaga scholarships for two thousand dollars each went to Evan Kryschuk and Kaylee Banting.

             

Speakers praised the students in achieving their goals and advising them to be prepared to embrace change as they move forward.

 

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After at least two years of preparation the Canada 150 Homecoming is coming up June 29th to July 2nd.  The Committee is urging local participants who have paid their 60 dollars to come and register early at the Uptown Curling Club Wednesday, June 28th from 3 to 8. The Committee’s Brenda Russell says they are encouraging people to park at the back side of the Whitney Forum in the big Hudbay lot and there’ll be signs there to proceed through the Whitney Forum up into the curling club lounge and they’re hoping that this is going to speed up things for people and get the registration process going with early registrations.

             

You must attend registration in order to obtain your wrist bands.

             

General registration will take place the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday and again enter from the back of the Whitney Forum and don’t use the front parking lot as it is for General Hospital parking.

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Lori Stevens,Kerri Wood, Amber Jessup, Kiele Kittle, Diane Therien,    

                                                   Corinne Mathews

 

 

Members of the Flin Flon Kinette Club visited a Hapnot Collegiate classroom yesterday afternoon to make a special presentation.  Their President Corinne Mathews explains the Club sponsored Kiele Kittle for the Kin Canada bursary from the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund and she will be the first student from Flin Flon to win this one thousand dollar bursary.

             

The Hal Rogers Endowment Bursary was created to honor the memory of Hal Rogers who founded Kin Canada in 1920 and to provide access for students to post secondary education.  Only 50 to 75 of these bursaries are presented across Canada each year.

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 Batoche

 

A group of 34 grade six students from Creighton Community School took part in the school’s annual southern exposure trip last week.  Teacher Rod Walker says the students had a great trip. He says the highlights are always Batoche, the Science Center and the McKenzie Art Gallery and they always enjoy the RCMP Post in Regina and the Legislature building and their finale was the visit to a Hutterite colony.

             

Walker was on his 34th trip and says the students again represented the school well during the trip and were good ambassadors for Creighton School with positive comments from all the places they visited.

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In the House of Commons yesterday Churchill Keewatinook Aski MP Niki Ashton asked the government to show leadership in dealing with the crisis in Churchill. She said the community is suddenly isolated, businesses are hurting, people are hurting and we need immediate federal action.  She added what Churchill is facing is a national disgrace, our north deserves better asking will the federal government step in to address the immediate crisis and finally work to renationalize the Port and rail line and work with northern and Indigenous communities to get things moving again?

               

Transport Minister Marc Garneau told her a plan is being developed to make sure both the Port and airport are capable of addressing the needs with respect to resupply for the people of Churchill.

 

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Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey has sent letters to the Premier of Manitoba and the Prime Minister urging both levels of government to act immediately to address the crisis in the Town of Churchill and the North resulting from the closure of the Omnitrax rail line.

 

Linsdsey says the residents of Churchill and other northern communities are running short of supplies and the region’s economy is in jeopardy adding they can’t afford the high cost of flying in supplies and they can’t wait a year for the rail line to be repaired.  He says the province and the federal government must act now to address this crisis.

 

Lindsey says in the short term the province and Ottawa must help offset the extra costs of flying in supplies to maintain the town, the region and their residents, in the long term, both levels of government must work together to nationalize the rail line and ensure that it is properly maintained and able to supply Churchill and the North.

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Twenty-five students will receive their diplomas as Creighton Community School holds their graduation ceremony tomorrow night.  Principal Janel Pearson says they’re going to start supper at 5 o’clock at the Creighton Sportex.  Then they’re going to move into the grand march at about 6:30 and it’s going to be led by Mr. Walker and the bag pipes so you’ll be able to hear them before you see them.  She adds their ceremony will commence at 7 o’clock in their school gym.

             

The students will be holding their car parade through Creighton and Flin Flon this afternoon starting at 2:30.

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National Aboriginal Day is being celebrated for the 17th year at the Flin Flon Friendship Center Wednesday afternoon.  The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner says they will have food and entertainment with two headliners 0 Kilometers 2 MT from Duck Lake, Saskatchewan and The Country Rock Company from Saskatoon.  She adds the Flin Flon Fire Department is bringing a fire engine down for the kids, there’ll be a blood pressure clinic, kids face painting and free hamburgers, hot dogs and smokies for the first 600 people along with cake.

             

There will also be raffles, a toonie parade and 50-50 draw.  It runs from 3 to 8:30 in the Friendship Center parking lot on Church Street.

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 Carson and Hunter Lee

 

The Board heard a presentation from this years school mentors.  The programs Linda Lowe reported they had 6 mentors who are extremely important in assisting teachers and staff in the elementary schools adding this is their 18th year in the Division.  Each of the mentors outlined how they assisted students with their learning, their feelings at the progress made by students over the year and opportunities they had for training.

             

They also heard the highlights of a year in wrestling by Carson and Hunter Lee who wrestle with the Hapnot team and the Junior Huskies out of Saskatoon.  They won gold in regionals, provincials, nationals and team gold as well and went on to international competitions with Carson going on to Argentina for the Pan Am games.  They both plan on staying with wrestling with Hunter at the University of Saskatchewan and Carson working to join Team Canada.

             

Superintendent Constance McLeese noted all schools will have report card pickup on June 30th with graduation for Many Faces Education Center June 28th and Hapnot Collegiate June 29th.

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 Bob Lemke(NF),  Brooke Galiz (NF), Marsha Reeves(Aqua), Lindsay Shirran (Aqua), Doug Gourlay (NF), Kara Plamondon(Aqua), Cory Thompson(Aqua)

 

 

Northland Ford held their Drive One For Your Community June 3rd to support the Community Aqua Center Committee with their fund raising for renovations at the Aqua Center.  Salesperson Doug Gourlay says for each test drive taken Ford of Canada donated 20 dollars to the project.  He reports there were 174 test drives resulting in 3480 dollars being turned over to the committee.

             

Northland Ford is planning to hold their Drive One For Your School on September 16th to support McIsaac School projects.

 

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  Citizen Services Officer with Service Canada Joe Buie spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday about Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement.  He outlined who can apply, how to apply and required documents for those benefits.

             

Buie said the OAS is based on your income and is available to people 65 years or older.  Then there is an allowance that is payable to people aged 60 to 64 whose spouse or common law partner is receiving Old Age Security and qualifies for the Guaranteed Income Supplement.  He explained the Supplement is available to people receiving OAS and have an income lower than the eligible threshold.

              Information and application forms for these and other programs are available at the Service Canada Center on Main Street.

             

Also at the meeting the Chamber reported their annual radio auction raised 6869 dollars plus 250 dollars cash and it was reported the Library, Recycling Center and Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization are looking to hire summer students.

 

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  In a recent corporate interview with Zimtu Capital Rockcliff Copper Corporation President Ken Lapierre said their ultimate goal is to become a mine finder.  He says they have been in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Mining Camp for ten years now and have spent 20 million dollars in exploration, drilling 80 thousand meters in a mining camp with excellent infrastructure including operating mines and mills. He notes they now control eight of the highest grade unmined base metal deposits in the Snow Lake mining camp.  Lapierre adds one of those deposits is nearing a production decision at the end of this year and if proven positive will generate a royalty stream of millions of dollars over its mine life to Rockcliff.  He says for the remainder of this year they will focus on drilling its highest grade Talbot copper deposit, its highest grade Bur zinc deposit and its highest grade Laguna gold property and is confident they will have positive results for 2017 and into 2018.

 

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A special concert called The Men Behind the Music Genius and Drama is coming up Thursday night.  Local flutist Mikylo Odut says it will feature a special guest flutist Hayley Marie from Winnipeg and she presents music by three of the greatest geniuses of music in Jonathan Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and she’ll be showing film segments between her playing.

             

The concert begins at 7:30 Thursday night at the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue. Tickets are available for 20 dollars by calling Mikylo at 204-271-3694 or going online to www.brownpapertickets.com or for 25 dollars at the door.

 

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  Members of Flin Flon’s Citizens on Patrol Program began the removal of graffiti from the Rotary Park building Sunday.  Their Chairperson Sinclair James says for a clean up for the Homecoming they’re going to try to do some sandblasting on the Rotary Park building.  He says they were trying it out Sunday and it worked pretty good but they found with the humidity in the air its clogging up the line a bit.  He added they’re also going to start working on the hundred stairs project and they already have the stain and brushes for that and will start cleaning the graffiti off the rails and hopefully make it look good for the Homecoming.

             

James adds they will need some help painting the stairs and will put the word out when they are ready to start.

 

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At approximately 1:30 Saturday morning Flin Flon RCMP responded to a house fire on Fifth Avenue.  The homeowner, a 44 year old man was able to escape the fire by jumping out of a window.  He remains in hospital in critical condition.  A 41 year old man was extracted by fire fighters and suffered minor injuries.  A 40 year old woman was found unresponsive in a bedroom and was transported to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

             

Names were not released.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports the cause of the fire was an overheated electrical socket.  Fire damage was contained to the kitchen.

 

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Simon House Bible Camp is taking registrations for their summer camps.  Director Darrell Janzen says they have camps and fun activities for ages 6 up to 17 including a new feature this year a Gaga pit which is a really fun kind of fast paced pick up individual dodge ball style game.  He adds they have the regular favorites paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, archery, crafts and they’ll do some ukulele teaching this year so there’s all kinds of activities.

             

You can register or find out more about the camps online at www.simonhouse.ca or call 204-687-3340 and they also have financial assistance through the Sunshine Fund for those who need it so all children have a chance to attend camp.

 

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The University of Manitoba is again sponsoring a Kid-netic Energy Science and Engineering summer day camp in Flin Flon July 21st to August 4th at McIsaac School.  Jill Lautenschlager with Women in Science and Engineering at the University says they operate on daily themes.  This year they are going to have Space Discovery Day on Monday, Medical Science on Tuesday, Mining on Wednesday, Sustainability on Thursday and they finish off with Genetics.  She adds they are looking for boys and girls who are in grades 4 to 6 or are ages 9 to 12 by the end of the year.

             

The registration fee is 110 dollars with forms available online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca or by calling 1-800-432-1960 extension 9340.

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People in Churchill, Manitoba are bracing for higher prices for food and other goods as well as a big hit to the tourism industry.  Rail service to the remote community has been suspended until winter due to damage from spring flooding.  That means goods and people must now travel by air. A hotel owner in the town Belinda Fitzpatrick says she expects some guests who were planning to come by train will cancel instead of paying more to fly.  She says it’s really unfortunate with the Canada 150 celebrations they were really looking forward to a bumper of a year, it was going to be really busy but hopefully they can still try and save some of that.

             

The Emergency Measures Organization of Manitoba Infrastructure has assembled a team to co-ordinate provincial support.  Senior provincial officials have met with Churchill Mayor Michael Spence and are engaged with community groups and businesses in the region and the province has been advised that Calm Air will be providing freight service twice a week from Thompson to Churchill.

 

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At their 19th annual meeting last night the Women’s Resource Center’s Executive Director Colleen Arnold reported they continue to provide public education and awareness.  She adds they are very pleased to see all the community support in their effort to end violence against women and girls and are open to new ideas.

             

Programs and events over the past year included support groups, Women Rising and Empowerment workshop, the Vagina Monologues and Vulvapalooza, Dudez Day, Voices of Thunder Concert, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Take Back the Night, Candle Vigil, Women’s Memorial March and Red Dress Project, International Women’s Week and the Jail & Bail fund raiser.

             

Shelly Craig and Linda Eryou were returned to the Board for three year terms, Gail Griffiths for a two year term, Doreen Roman was elected to a one year term and there are two one year positions open on the Board.

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At approximately 3 o’clock last Friday afternoon Creighton RCMP responded to multiple complaints of a man assaulting individuals and breaking into residences in Denare Beach. The RCMP report investigators have determined a suspect was in a residence where he assaulted the home owner.  He then broke into a neighboring residence where he stole some property.  He left and approached a man traveling on an ATV.  He attempted to steal the ATV but the driver was able to remove the keys, entered a neighboring residence and locked the door.  They report the suspect broke into this residence and assaulted the ATV driver.  A man passing by in a vehicle stopped to provide assistance and the suspect attempted to steal his vehicle. All of these events took place within ten minutes.

             

Members from Creighton and Flin Flon RCMP arrived and took the suspect who was being restrained by community members into custody. The three homeowners, the suspect and two RCMP members were taken to hospital for treatment                                               

             

A 27 year old Flin Flon man has been charged with attempted murder, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, robbery, break and enter, resisting arrest, several assault charges, uttering threats, mischief and theft under five thousand dollars. He will appear in court in Creighton Tuesday.

 

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Hudbay has announced that the U.S. Forest Service has issued the Final Record of Decision for their Rosemont Copper Project in Arizona.  They report receiving this decision concludes a thorough process involving 17 co-operating agencies at various levels of government, 16 hearings, over 1 thousand studies and 245 days of public comment resulting in more than 36 thousand comments.  Hudbay will now begin the administrative process working with the U.S. Forest Service to complete the Mine Plan of operations over the next several months.  The other key federal permit outstanding is the Water Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

             

Patrick Merrin, Vice-President of Hudbay’s Arizona Business unit says this decision brings them another step closer to being able to build a modern mine that will fulfill the requirements of its permits, create jobs and strengthen the local economy.

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At the Flin Flon City Council meeting Tuesday night Councilor Bill Hanson asked young people racing their quads around Channing Drive to stop.  He said 99 percent of riders are fine but some are traveling at high speeds in areas where young children are out playing.  Mayor Cal Huntley said there are designated areas to accommodate people riding quads and dirt bikes to get in and out of the city and that is a privilege that can be removed if it’s abused.  Hanson noted in Canmore people breaking the quad and dirt bike laws have their machines taken away.

             

In other news Council approved paying 1450 dollars as their share of the cost of the Main Street flowers cost shared with Hudbay and the Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation, 13 hundred dollars to the Flinty Committee for Boardwalk maintenance and 1 thousand dollars to the Fireworks Committee.

 

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The Women’s Resource Center is presenting a new program on self-awareness starting next week. The Center’s Carmen Fisher explains the program touches on different topics like negative and positive behaviors, aggressive and assertive behavior, boundaries, being alone, financial awareness, goals, health and mental health.

             

The self-awareness program starts Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 upstairs at the Women’s Resource Center at 60 Hapnot Street and runs until August 2nd.  To register or for more information you can call Carmen at 204-681-3105.

 

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A group of Hapnot Collegiate students is taking part in a 20 Time Project and want to share their ideas with you.  Teacher Daniel Dillon explains the Project provides students with 20 percent of their time to work on a project of their choice.  He says in his class he gives the students time that ends up being an hour to pick a topic. He says they start at the beginning of the year and there’s a structure every Friday that they work through for them to explore a specific area that they’re interested in and link it to the curriculum and this way they kids are able to see how school connects to their lives through these projects so in the end they need to do the research, they need to create something and then need to present it to the community.

             

Some of the 20 Time Projects include learning languages, starting businesses and looking at careers.  The presentation will run next Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre and it is free to attend.

 

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The Flin Flon Pride Committee approached City Council last night on their plans to bring their first pride event to the city August 18th and 19th.  They plan a flag raising at city hall with various dignitaries invited, a proclamation by the Mayor, a parade and invitations to Snow Lake and The Pas to attend.  Mayor Cal Huntley said they are good to go with the flag raising and proclamation telling the group to co-ordinate their other events with the Social and Recreation Committees.

             

In other business Council gave first reading to an amendment to the cemetery bylaw that will allow the spreading of ashes at the cemetery such as on a family member’s grave.  The bylaw allows for a 395 dollar perpetual care fee and permit, structure for the spreading of ashes and provides a record of where the ashes were spread.

             

Mayor Huntley congratulated Councilor Tim Babcock on being elected Vice –Governor for the Kinsmen at the recent Convention in The Pas and Holly Babcock on being named the outstanding Deputy Governor for Kinettes in the north for last year’s term.

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A small red fruit called lingonberries found growing in the wild in northern regions of Canada has the potential to become a valuable crop for Canadian growers.                                

             

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada report the lingonberry found in northern Manitoba is closely related to the blueberry and cranberry which are also high in anti-oxidants adding the benefits of lingonberries and their juice may go even further with preliminary studies suggesting there is potential to help prevent weight gain, high sugar and cholesterol levels. As well new research from Dr. Chris Siow who is a principal investigator with the Canadian Center for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine at St. Boniface Hospital is showing that lingonberries may also contribute to healthy kidneys.

             

Dr. Siow says they plan to continue with their studies along with other studies across the country to validate early results adding the berries will also be of interest to growers as they may provide new business opportunities.

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Freedom Outreach is holding a Fathers Day brunch on Sunday, June 18th  to support their programs at Denare Beach.  Heather Lowe says their tickets are 15 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for ten and under and they have a great menu with pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, soup, buns, several salads and vegetables, roast beef and ham, coffee, tea and desert.

             

Freedom Outreach will also be featuring a kayak raffle with tickets at five dollars each.  The Brunch takes place Sunday, June 18th from 12 to 2:30 at the Creighton Community Hall with brunch and raffle tickets available at Di’s, Eddies, the Orange Toad, Northern Rainbows End and the Gateway.

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The NDP is calling on the Pallister government to ensure the town of Churchill and other remote communities cut off by flooding receive critical food and medical supplies by air until the train can reach them again.

             

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says Churchill and other remote communities have not been getting their normal supplies since May 31st when train service from Thompson was suspended after overland flooding closed the rail line.  Omnitrax is reported to have said it will take at least a month and perhaps longer to repair and reopen the line.

             

He adds with tourist season about to start Churchill will be hit yet again by the closure of the rail line and the province must work with Omnitrax and other levels of government to get the line open as quickly as possible.

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Safe Work Manitoba will be part of a Northern Safety Forum being held in Flin Flon June 19th.  Their Chief Operating Officer Jamie Hall says they are working with other partners on the overall strategy to reduce injury and illness in the workplace and a big part of that is safety certification but also how safety certified companies can get a 15 percent reduction in their WCB payments in 2018. He says they are going to present that overall strategy, they’re going to have some of their partners and they are pleased to be working with the Northern Mining Academy but they’ll also have Made Safe which is a manufacturing safety association and Manitoba Heavy Construction will be presenting as well and talking about some of the challenges and needs in the north as they look to roll out these strategic initiatives.

             

The Forum will take place Monday June 19th at the UCN Regional Center at 4 Hart Avenue in Flin Flon from 2 to 4. You are asked to RSVP to sroth@safeworkmanitoba.ca by Monday.

 

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The Flin Flon Chapter of Canadian Parents For French will the holding their second annual fun run Saturday.  One of the organizers Leah Stanley-Jones says they want everyone who likes to walk or run to join them at 8 Saturday morning. She says they have a 1k walk or run mostly for kids but they encourage parents and grandparents to go along and it’s a lot of fun.  She says they have a 5k race and a 10k race and it’s all starting at Ecole McIsaac School and most of it is along the walking path along Creekside and the 10k just hops onto the Ross Lake trail to the bottom of the stairs.

             

She says they have great sponsors and there’ll be a lot of prizes.  If you still need to register at 25 dollars for the 10 k walk or run, 15 for the 5k and 5 for the 1k you can do it before 8 o’clock Saturday or Friday from 4 to 6 in room 113 at Ecole McIsaac School and you can call 204-923-0271 for more information.

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  The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced funding for projects across the province from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.  The Town of Creighton will receive 1.75 million dollars under the Fund from the Federal Government and 875 thousand from the Province with the Town paying the remaining one twelfth of the project cost.

             

Two waterlines are being replaced along most of Creighton Avenue, one from the water treatment plant on King Crescent to the intake at Douglas Lake and the second from the booster station at the end of Main Street to the water treatment plant.

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The Women’s Resource Center is again holding an event called Walk A Mile in Her Shoes.  Executive Director Colleen Arnold says men walk in red high heels to raise money and awareness.  She says it’s the International Men’s Walk to end violence against women and it’s not going to be easy walking in the shoes but its fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about which is gender relations and sexual violence.  She says each walker has to raise a minimum of 75 dollars in pledges and they start at Pioneer Square, walk down Main Street to the Co-op and back down Hapnot to Pioneer Square.

             

The Walk takes place Thursday, June 29th at 4 o’clock.  Pledge forms are available at the Women’s Resource Center and they have men’s shoe sizes 9 to 14 in red high heels along with t-shirts, a gift bag and posters to carry during the walk. For information or to have a pledge form sent you can call them at 204-681-3105.

 

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Culture Days Dance Down Main Street

 

As the Legislature wound down last week Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey encouraged the Premier to explore Manitoba’s rural and northern festivals instead of jetting off to the tropics.  He suggested instead of just promoting the north, why not visit it adding in his own constituency the Flin Flon Trout Festival brings people together at the end of June for Main Street days and an incredible fish fry.  As fall sets in he added Culture Days ignites a celebration of northern art and heritage.  He said he truly hopes the Premier will attend one of these amazing events to understand what he’s missing by going down south.

             

Lindsey went on to suggest other northern MLAs would love to introduce the Premier to Opaswayak Indian Days in The Pas, Treaty and York Boat Days hosted by the Norway House Cree Nation and Nickel Days in Thompson.

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  Flin Flon MLA and NDP Labor Critic Tom Lindsey introduced a proposal this week that if accepted would have seen the government establish in law the principle that a person who works full time should earn enough to live above the poverty line.  He said the minister should stand up today and say absolutely that’s a lofty goal, it’s the right goal, it’s the goal that any caring government would stand up and support, it’s the goal that any caring individual would stand up and support, so he looks forward to this minister and this government standing up saying yes we will support this amendment, yes we believe that hard working Manitobans should live above the poverty line.

             

In a release the NDP stated their disappointment that the government refused to accept the proposal and instead imposed a minimum wage increase of only 15 cents that won’t kick in until October 1st.

 

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Denare Beach is holding their annual community yard sale tomorrow.  Recreation Director Crystal Banting says there’ll be a lot for sale.  She says they have 27 advertised yard sales but there are a few more so there’s lots out there so it’s definitely worth the drive out.  She notes there’s going to be a barbeque at New Horizons which is 2100 Spruce Street from 10am to 3pm so when you’re out garage saleing make sure you stop by there for a bite to eat.

             

Banting adds they’ll have maps with all the locations of sales available at The Alpine and New Horizons.

 

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The Women’s Resource Center is holding a Girlz Day Out on Saturday, June 17th.  Their Youth Counsellor Brennlee Anderson says the day will include prizes, a raffle, self care, health and leadership.  She says they’re going to have a women’s drum group as well as a youth drum group, they’re going to learn a bit about aboriginal culture, they’re going to do some kind of team building activities, there’s going to be a free lunch, they have Helga Bryant who’s the Chief Executive of the NHRA and she’s going to talk about how she got to where she is right now in her position and they have Flin Flon Yoga coming to provide a yoga session.

             

Grilz Day Out runs from 10 to 3 Saturday June 17th with those taking part meeting at McIsaac School and taking a bus to Hammel Lake.  You can pick up permission forms by the 14th at the elementary school offices.

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Lindsey told the Legislature this week Manitoba communities are feeling the impact of flooding and forest fires and the north continues to bear the brunt of these natural disasters. He says ice jamming on northern rivers and overland flooding have disrupted the lives of many communities who have to face property damage and undergo evacuations.  He noted flood damage has left the rail line to Churchill out of commission and has made the town somewhat inaccessible other than by air.  Lindsey adds fire activity is always a risk in Northern Manitoba and forest fire conditions can become extreme and cause fires to spread quickly, become out of control and threaten our northern communities.

             

Lindsey also noted the quick response by the Emergency Measures Organization in repairing the flood damage done on highway 391 for the people of Lynn Lake and Thompson.  He told the government we need to find long term solutions for prevention and protection measures for both flooding and forest fires and we need to ensure that supplies are getting to all communities impacted by flood and fire damage.

 

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Music Director Susan Fulford will present a celebration of our talented young musicians in concert Sunday night.  Fulford says the concert is titled Rise Above and you’ll hear pianists, vocalists and the vocal ensemble Kaleidscope and our well know Mikylo Odut on flute.  She adds they are very fortunate to also have some guest artists in Kari Rutherford who is a vocal major at Brandon University and Sam Dufour who studied jazz piano at Brandon University.

             

The concert takes place Sunday night at 7:30 in the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue with admission being a donation.

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  Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club is holding their annual Car Boot Sale Saturday.  The Club’s Agnes Mills says they already have 20 people selling from the boot of their car, their truck or on tables and the Inner Wheel have a booth there also where they sell and everything that they make on their sales is all donated to local charities.  She adds the Rotary Club is going to be there making French fries and they are selling hot dogs, smokies, hamburgers and drinks.

             

The sale runs from 10 to 1 Saturday at the Victoria Inn parking lot and there’s still room for more sellers. You can call Agnes at 687-8204 to book a space for 15 dollars.

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The Joe Brain Children’s Petting Zoo is opening tomorrow for their 20th season.  Zoo Manager Jessica Campbell says they again have your favorite animals including a donkey, a horse, ducks, chickens, turkeys, the baby chicks from Creighton School, lambs and a cow.  She says their hours will be from 11 to 7 and they open tomorrow.

             

The Zoo is taking bookings for outings with the animals.  To book an outing or for more information on the Zoo you can call them at 204-687-6910.

 

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Northland Ford is sponsoring Drive One For Your Community Saturday at their dealership.  Salesperson Doug Gourlay says this year they are supporting the Aqua Center Community Committee and their fund raising for Aqua Center renovations.  He explains they’re inviting everybody down to take a test drive in a Ford vehicle and for each test drive Ford of Canada will donate 20 dollars towards the Aqua Center to a total of 6 thousand dollars. He adds they’ve got tablets to sign up this year which makes things go a little faster and you can log on to their Facebook page and pre-register for the event as well.

             

There’s only one test drive per family and you must be 18 years or older with a valid drivers licence.  The committee will also be holding a barbeque from 12 to 2.

 

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MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson has praise the services who have assisted communities threatened by a series of forest fires and flooding in the north.  She says that includes first responders, Manitoba Red Cross, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Province of Manitoba and its water bomber response team, volunteers and most importantly the local leadership.

             

She explained last week severe flooding affected Tataskweyak Cree Nation and York Landing First Nations on Split Lake and more than 400 northern residents were forced from their homes at Red Sucker Lake due to fire. They are now returning home. In War Lake First Nation residents have been cut off from the rail line due to flooding.

             

Grand Chief North Wilson says they encourage these efforts to continue and communication maintained to address issues northern First Nations face adding it’s incredibly stressful for those who continue to be displaced and have lack of access to transportation that is vital to their health and basic needs.

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The Flin Flon Arts Council is featuring Flipside Opera Saturday night.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says this is a new, interesting and fun experience for our communities.  She explains it is composed by John Greer who is a Manitoba born composer and it takes its inspiration from the Canadian prairies, from the poetry and Canadian folk music.  She says it’s going to be a twist as its not exactly what you would imagine opera to be so its going to be your regular soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mezzo-soprano and two pianos but the audience is going to be doing some participation in this as well so its going to be a really unique experience.

             

Flipside opera will be performed at Johnny’s Social Club at 177 Green Street Saturday night at 7:30. Tickets are available for 30 dollars at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

 

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Kids First North is holding a special event tomorrow open to everyone in Creighton, Denare Beach, Flin Flon and surrounding communities.  Their Home Visitor Tracy Brown explains they will be hosting a clothing give away tomorrow from 10 am to 3 pm at the green Sherlock storage sheds in Creighton at the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street.  She adds they’re also going to have a certified car seat technician on site from 11 am to 3 pm for anyone who wants to make sure that they have their car seat properly installed or if they have any questions regarding car seat safety.

             

If you have any questions you can call Kids First North at 306-688-6619.

 

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You are invited to the Junior High Spring Band Concert tomorrow night.  Music Educator Anna Harrison says the concert will be centered around the Seven Grandfather Teachings.  She says with the help of Margaret Head, Leslie Power and Erin Dadson they have been working together to build the concert around these themes so they’ve been exploring the different virtues in band class and talking about how being in band teaches you these virtues so there’ll be some students speaking about that experience at the concert and they’ll also have the McIsaac drumming group involved and student art work displayed around the Seven Teachings.

             

The concert starts at 7 tomorrow night at McIsaac School.  A silver collection will be taken.

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Rockcliff Copper Corporation has reported additional high gold grades from previous historical surface exploration at its gold rich Dickstone North Property. They note the Morton Lake Fault Zone on this property hosts high grade gold showings with noted visible gold.  This property along with the Laguna property and SLG property are part of their Snow Lake project.

             

President and CEO Ken Lapierre says the upside gold potential of their three gold properties within their Snow Lake Project is excellent.  He adds while they remain committed to advancing their core VMS properties they cannot underestimate the primary lode gold potential of their project which includes Manitoba’s first and highest grade former Laguna Gold Mine.  He adds the fact that the present Snow Lake VMS mining camp initially began as a gold mining camp and hosting a plus million ounce gold producer bodes well for the potential of their nearby gold properties.  Lapierre says they look forward to advancing these gold properties through a systematic, scientific summer exploration program followed by a first phase fall drill program.

 

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A community gently used clothing drive is being set up at Ruth Betts Community School tomorrow and Wednesday.  The School’s Community Connector Courtney Lycan explains it’s open to the whole community.  She says people can drop off gently used spring or summer clothing items for men, women and children and they set it all up in the mini gym and people come in and fill a bag taking whatever they need.

             

The clothing depot runs tomorrow from 1 to 6 and Wednesday from 9 to 2 in the Ruth Betts School Mini Gym and you are asked to use the Terrace Avenue Entrance.

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Community Futures Greenstone presents the final in this series of free Lunch and Learn Workshops on Branding and Marketing.  Their Manager Becky Cianflone says their next workshop is Wednesday on Budget Friendly Advertising.  She says this one is all about low cost advertising techniques.  She explains small business people don’t have a huge budget to advertise their business so they want to give them some really concrete simple strategies for how they can advertise and get their message out in a low cost way.

             

You can bring your lunch and attend the workshop Wednesday from 12 to 1 at the Northern Mining Academy at 2 Hart Avenue.  An RSVP would be appreciated by calling 687-6967 or email admin@cfgreenstone.com but walk ins are welcome.

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Denare Beach is holding its annual Community Spring Clean Up Sunday afternoon.  Recreation Director Crystal Banting invites everyone to come out.  She says they’re going to have everybody meet at New Horizons at 2100 Spruce Street at 1 o’clock and garbage bags, gloves and drinks will be provided and everybody can go around the streets and clean up the garbage that has accumulated over the winter and after that they’re going to have a big barbeque.

             

If you need more information you can call the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050.

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Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club is holding its annual Boot Sale Saturday, June 3rd. The Club’s Agnes Mills says it’s a chance to sell what you don’t need while supporting the charities they donate to including the Gift of Life organ donation, the Food Bank, they donate to the Milk Program on a regular basis, senior Christmas lights tour and the Hapnot scholarship.

             

You can book a space for 15 dollars to sell from the trunk of your car which gives the sale its name or from a table or the back of your truck.  To book a space call Agnes at 687-8204 or Brenda at 687-2993.  The sale runs from 10 to 1 Saturday June 3rd at the Victoria Inn parking lot.

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The Flin Flon Recycling Center is again sponsoring a community clean up campaign.  The Center’s Administrator Deb Odegaard says its called Company’s Coming because of the Homecoming that will bring a lot of visitors to our community.  She says from now until June 12th residents of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach and the Lakes areas are encouraged to clean up areas of their neighborhood.  She says they also have two special clean ups planned for the Creighton Freeway Tuesday and Perimeter Highway Wednesday and they’re asking people to come out and help them to meet at 6:30 on the Phantom Lake Road for the Creighton Freeway and 6:30 for the Perimeter when people will meet in the parking lot behind the Community Hall.  She adds they are asking if people have high vis vests to bring them and gloves as well.

             

Everyone who helps with the community clean up should register with the Recycling Center so their name can be entered into the prize draws on June 13th. To register email recycled@mymts.net or call 687-6169 and emailed pictures of your clean up would also be appreciated.

 

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  CUPE Local Vice-President Jen Meikle and Pres Christine Lussier

 

Members of CUPE Local 8600 who work for the Northern Health Region in Flin Flon held an information picket line at Pioneer Square yesterday.  Union President Christine Lussier says they were there to support our health care and stop working short staffed.  She says Brian Pallister made a promise that there would be no cuts to frontline care dropping a six million dollar budget cut and forcing the NHRA’s hand to do his dirty work, dumping an unrealistic workload on them, especially given the fact it is diminishing the quality of our health care.

             

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey added one big concern of being short staffed is seniors care.  He says when they’re not replacing people when they phone in sick or are missing for other reasons it just stretches people that are there so thin that they can’t give proper care to seniors and that’s not fair to people who have worked their whole lives and deserve better.

             

CUPE represents support workers in the hospital and care home in Flin Flon. 

 

 

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Education Minister Ian Wishart presents the award to Rob Abbott.

 

Tuesday night the Flin Flon School Board met for their regular meeting and Superintendent Constance McLeese reported the administrative staff has completed the Mamatowisiwin training in Winnipeg.  The three levels include literacy, numeracy and land based learning.  McLeese says the training was useful and hopes to implement the training with the Division staff.

             

In his report Board Chair Murray Skeavington congratulated Rob Abbott for his recent award for teaching excellence from the Province, noting that six others from the Division were also nominated.  Skeavington noted this shows the dedication of staff within the Division.

 

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The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual radio auction Saturday in City Hall Council Chambers broadcast on 102.9 CFAR.  Their Fund Raising Chair Rob Mathews says they have a great list of items to bid on from 9 until 1. He says they have 101 item lots which is a little different because before they used to have items listed individually but this year they’ve had such a huge response from local businesses that they’ve made packages in a few cases.  He notes some of the bigger items this year include two tickets to Winnipeg Jets games and  Calm Air flights for two adding there’s also been a response from some of the out of town businesses to their auction this year.

             

There will be a viewing of items from 5 to 6 tomorrow night at City Hall and new this year along with phone bids they are allowing text bids.  There’s a list of items in yesterday’s Reminder and on the Chamber website www.flinflondistrictchamber.com with a link at www.flinflononline.com.

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The Freedom Outreach Program is holding its fifth annual Walk For Freedom Saturday morning. The Walk raises awareness of those affected by drugs and alcohol addiction and will support their programs based in Denare Beach.  The group’s Kandie Lagore says they meet at Jason’s Tire in Creighton at 9:30 and walk at 10 and they’re going to be stopping half way at Pioneer Square for a refreshment break and this year they’re going to be ending their walk at the Alliance Church which is 237 Green Street where they’ll have a barbeque for all their participants and volunteers with rides provided back to your vehicles.  Lagore says it’s a six kilometer walk so anybody can do it and if you don’t have a sponsor but you want to be part of the walk you can sponsor yourself by giving an donation and do the walk with them.

            

  Pledge sheet can be turned in at the walk or you can continue to collect until June 21st. Contact Kandie at 271-4403 for more information.

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The 25th annual Run to the Border by the Flin Flon Motorcycle Association will take place Saturday.  The group’s Paul Garrett says they’ll start with the poker derby and toy run leaving the Gateway at 10:30 for Cranberry Portage and they’ll be leaving back from there by about 12 o’clock and hopefully will be doing the parade down Main Street and through town about 12:45. He says after the poker derby is done and they go through town they’ll have a social at the Creighton Sportex with two bands for their 25th Ferny Turnbull and The White and at 10 o’clock they’ll be drawing for two bikes this year.

             

The Friendship Center will join the riders at the Gateway when they return to pick up toys from people who want to donate as well as those collected by the riders.

 

 

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At their meeting yesterday the Chamber reported they are ready to go with their scratch tickets to be sold for five dollars each during Homecoming.  Some of the top prizes include 100 five dollar off certificates from the Co-op, a ten person Coleman tent from Canadian Tire, an LG g pad two from Elite Communications, Ipod classic from Eddie’s Family Foods, a Flin Flon t-shirt from The Design Mine, two ranch jackets from Alexander’s Auto Ranch and Geocache Coins from the Chamber.  Every ticket will win a prize.

             

The Chamber will invite the Manitoba Chambers President Chuck Davidson to their meeting July 11th as part of his summer tour.

             

President Dianne Russell expressed interest in getting together with other northern Chambers to let the Provincial Government know they want them to make health concerns north of 53 a priority.  She also reported the Main Street Committee is bringing Canuck Amusements to Centoba Park this weekend and Saturn Amusements have been booked for Homecoming for Main Street Days and Canada Day in Creighton.                                                        

 

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The Central Canada Film Group continues their Films You Might Have Missed series Friday night.  The group’s Colin Davis says they’ll feature the film Fences in which Denzel Washington plays the role of Troy Maxson who makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950’s Pittsburgh.  He says Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes.  Bitter over his missed opportunity Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s chance to meet a college football recruiter.  Davis adds Fences received a lot of attention at this past year’s Academy Awards with Viola Davis winning the Oscar for her role as Troy’s wife Rose, a woman trapped in a helpless situation who stands up to her self-centered husband.

             

The film Fences will be shown Friday night starting at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  The film is free although there is a voluntary silver collection.

 

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The Cranberry Portage Child and Family Resource Center is hosting a Community Yard Sale Saturday.  Their Executive Director Debbie McLauchlan says there’ll be a lot of opportunities to shop.  She says they have 19 yard sales registered at the current time and people have today to get their name in to get on the map.  She adds as well they have three places operating sales at the Legion Hall and lunch and maps will be available at the Legion Hall.

             

The sale runs from 9:30 to 1:30 Saturday in Cranberry Portage.

 

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   The University College of the North has announced that The Pas campus will no longer be offering the Dental Assistance course.  UCN Communications Director Jim Scott explains the decision was made probably about a month ago and the reason for the cancellation is really quite straight forward.  He says there are not enough jobs out there to justify a program such as that and there’s just not as many students as there used to be so low enrollment has taken its toll on this program.

             

Scott adds the program has been around for a long time and it is sad to see it go.

 

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  Bands and soloists will be performing at the annual Jazz Night tomorrow in the Hapnot Collegiate Gym.  Band instructor Kim Jones says there’ll be a variety of jazz at the concert.  She says the night features their ensembles from Hapnot Collegiate, two of their jazz bands and their choir as well as soloists on the solo stage and they will also be having the Creighton Choir over for an ensemble.  She adds the evening starts at 7 and is ten dollars and is a fund raiser for their Flin Flon Creighton Parents for Music Education which is their band parents.

             

Tickets will be available at the door tomorrow night.

 

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The Manitoba Youth Job Center is open for another year.  Youth Engagement Leader Katlynn Shaitel says they are a non-profit organization that offers a variety of services including helping with the creation of resumes, cover letters and preparation for interviews. She says another service is the Odd Job Squad which organizes events to provide opportunities for youth to learn job skills.  She adds one of their newer services is the First Job Certificate where you can take a course which then provides proof of learned common job skills and then lastly one service they offer is the referral service where businesses and homeowners bring in job orders and she will refer someone who best matches their qualifications.

             

For information you can call 204-271-1493, stop in at the Center in room 201 at 143 Main Street or attend their open house Thursday from 11 to 3 in the Walmart parking lot.

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Denare Beach is planning their annual community wide yard and garage sale.  Recreation Director Crystal Banting says anyone can be part of the sale. She says their big community yard sale has been held for many years and its going to be on Saturday, June 3rd.  She says to include your yard sale in the free advertising that they’re offering you can call the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050 and leave a message with your address and time of your sale and they hope everybody comes out to it adding they have about 15 so far so its going to be a great day.

             

The deadline to register is this coming Friday.

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Best in Show Boreal Canada 

 

The 41st annual Northern Juried Art Show opened in the Flin Flon Community Hall last night. The show features 175 entries from 77 artists representing 8 communities in the north including 18 youth entries with 33 pieces of art.

             

Best in Show was Greg Tavener from The Pas for his Rustic Barn, Old Barn and Old Church.  The Boreal Canada prize went to Karina Odegaard of Creighton with Northern Lights Over Whitefish Lake.

             

Other local area winner were Karen Clark first in painting and Ron Watt third, Matthew Enns first in watercolor, Cheryl Hordal second and Elizabeth Fitzsimmons third, Matthew Enns third in Drawing and Printmaking, Lorna Heuchert first in Fibre Art and Patty Evans third, Mike Spencer third in Crafts, Cheryl Tremblay first in Mixed Media, Patty Evans second and Brandy Bloxom third and in sculpture Elizabeth Fitzsimmons first, Doug Dmytriw second and Linda Sonnenberg-Jackson third.

             

The show is open in the Community Hall today from 12 to 9 and tomorrow from 10 to 4.

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