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.
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.
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.
Flin Flons Pride Committee celebrated their first Pride event over the weekend. It began with the raising of the Pride Flag at City Hall Friday where committee member CC Trubiak said Pride is a celebration for the whole community. He says it’s become a beacon of hope to any one of the millions of people in our world who have felt the sting of being an outcast. He added with acts of violence, hate and fear constantly grabbing the headlines Flin Flon’s Pride Committee hopes to show the world that our little northern town is in fact a northern light. He said it’s a place where people are accepted and respected for their contributions to the town and not ostracized for what makes them different.
Father Paul Bringleson told those attending our communities are incomplete without your voice and without your needs being met and being heard with the dignity they deserve and Shelley Rhyno asked those attending to be willing and open to accept all that defines the person standing next to you.
The flag raising was followed by a barbeque in Pioneer Square, the Pride parade Saturday morning, a Community Fair Saturday afternoon and a Glow Party Saturday night.
Best Float Womens Resource
Pride Committee Center
Best Costume Colleen Arnold
The Relay for Life is coming up September 9th from noon to midnight at Queen’s Park to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Society. The Committee’s Margot Gray says they have had success with volunteers in the past and are looking forward to people volunteering this year. She says if you just want to come down spend an hour or two helping out with things like the set up or the take down and this year it won’t be so bad because you don’t have to stay all night as it will be done after midnight. She adds the different booths like the registration, there’s the survivor booth, selling tickets, the penny parade, the finance part of it, anything with the kids as well as selling and placing the luminaries.
To volunteer you can call Margot at 204-687-3163, go to www.relayforlife.ca or find the link at www.flinflononline.com.
The Manitoba Youth Job Center is closing today after a successful summer. Youth Engagement Leader Katlynn Shaitel says it was smooth sailing this summer. She says their Odd Job Squad got to participate in five successful events thanks to all the support from the community and community members. She says this is a great Center to help you kick start the job process if you are between the ages of 12 and 29 so don’t be afraid to check out their Center next year as it will re-open in May 2018.
The Youth Job Center is open from mid May to mid August and offers a variety of services for students and youth looking for jobs and opportunities to learn job skills.
The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA is hosting a mobile spay and neuter clinic September 12th and 13th at St. Ann’s Church. Shelter Manager Carmen Ward explains the clinic is offering spays and neuters to dogs and cats. She says initially they are offering spaces to low income homes and they did offer spots to regular income homes but they’ve all been filled and they only have about five spaces left of be filled by low income families.
Ward adds if you want to get your animal in drop in at the Shelter on the Cliff Lake Road Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 4:30 or call them at 204-687-8744.
For those concerned about the smoke and ash coming over our community the wildfire situation has not changed. The Florence fire is still 19 kilometers north of us and is not a danger to our community. The air flow has changed and is sending smoke and ash in our direction.
The Creighton Spray Pool windup is being held tomorrow afternoon. Michelle Hrywkiw with the Recreation Office says they have activities planned to help celebrate the wind up. She says it’s a family event and it’s free of charge so come on out for an afternoon of fun, healthy snacks will be provided and a bouncy house will be there as well. She notes the pool will still be open the following week.
The Creighton Spray Pool Fiesta runs from 1 to 3 tomorrow afternoon.
Scott Wasylenchuk with the Provincial Wildfire Center in Prince Albert reported yesterday afternoon progress is being made on wildfires in the Creighton Denare Beach area. He says the Flo fire which is about 19 kilometers straight north of Creighton is listed at 2765 hectares as of yesterday morning and they have resources on that and they’re actually making some good progress on it. He adds the Granite fire is about 14 kilometers northeast of Jan Lake and that one is doing quite well too with quite a few crews on that with support from helicopters and air tankers as well and on the Wilkin fire which is 19 kilometers south of Pelican Narrows they’re making good progress as well.
Wasylenchuk adds they have crews, helicopters and air tankers on these fires, they had some scattered showers through the area and crews are making really good progress.
At the Flin Flon City Council meeting Tuesday night Mayor Cal Huntley reported he is really impressed and amazed at the amount of renovations going on leaving the community looking really good. He says people are taking the city’s Clean and Green initiative seriously and taking care of their properties.
Councilor Bill Hanson had praise for Channing Beach and the fact people are cleaning up after themselves resulting in a beautiful beach that is being well used. Mayor Huntley added he was told over 50 people were at the beach at times.
Councilor Guy Rideout noted there’s one area that still needs work. He has heard ongoing complaints about people not cleaning up after their dogs. Council reminds dog owners it is their responsibility to pick up and properly dispose of residue left by their dogs.
And Council agreed to make a donation in kind to the Flin Flon Arts Council for Culture Days running September 29th, 30th and October 1st. It will help offset the costs associated with the use of the Community Hall and Rotary Wheel.
At approximately 5:30 Saturday afternoon Cross Lake RCMP conducted a traffic stop after spotting a quad with two occupants being driven erratically through the community. The occupants were not wearing helmets and not obeying road safety signs.
The quad operator, a resident of Cross Lake, was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle. A further search of the accused led to the discovery of 42 grams of cocaine and a sum of Canadian Currency. Police also seized a case of beer from the quad.
The accused is facing charges of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and Resisting Arrest. He was released on a Promise to Appear and will appear in court at a later date.
The investigation continues.
Entertainer Ben Sures is making his third appearance in Flin Flon on Friday. He is on tour and contacted Ann Ross and Doug McGregor to let them know he wanted to do another show here. Ross says Sures is a true road musician noting he’s traveled the world sharing his quirky song writing style that’s based in blues and roots and distinguished by easy lyrics expressing a different take on unusual topics. She adds he’s an all around engaging entertainer and Ben won the 2005 John Lennon song competition in the folk category for his song Any Precious Girl.
Sures will perform Friday night at 7:30 at 183 Murton Boulevard. You can reserve a seat for 20 dollars by calling 204-687-8193 or just come on Friday night. The doors open at 7.
At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley said Council is still reviewing the proposed smoking bylaw. The bylaw would ban smoking on Main Street and adjoining streets and within 15 feet of the front doorway of any commercial establishment that employs more than two employees at any one time. He says they are reviewing the distance and are considering a possible designated smoking area on a piece of city owned property on or close to Main Street.
Mayor Huntley reported they are keeping a watch on the wildfire that is north of us noting it is not a danger to us so far and they will keep people informed. He adds there’s a large body of water and distance between us and the fire. He reminds residents that the City fire ban is still in place with no open fires or use of fire pits allowed.
The 18th annual Steve Ewing Memorial Poker Run took place Saturday. One of the organizers Kel Brown says they had a successful ride from Flin Flon to Wanless and back raising a lot of money. He says it was a really good day for a ride and they had about 40 bikes show up so it was a great turnout and a good time. He adds they raised about 25 hundred dollars with a thousand going to a bursary, a thousand to the first hand and 500 dollars to the lowest hand.
The first hand was held by Dwayne Wenger and the lowest hand by Sandra Yuremchuk.
The Pride event is planned for Friday and Saturday. Committee members Kirsten Fritsch and Jordanna Oulette report they start out with a flag raising and speeches at city hall at 5 o’clock Friday and then CUPE is helping them host a barbeque at Pioneer Square at 5:30 and it will be a barbeque by donation. At 11am Saturday they’re going to have the Pride parade which will be the same route as the Canada Day parade and from 2 to 6 it’s going to be a community fair at Queen’s Park next to Hapnot with local vendors, food trucks and all sorts of fun stuff and at 9 pm they are having a glow party at the Unwinder with glow paint, glow sticks so it’s going to be a good time.
Mayor Cal Huntley has officially proclaimed this week Pride Week in Flin Flon. For more information visit the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.
The Provincial Fire Center Manager for Saskatchewan Dennis Trueman says fires in the Creighton Denare Beach area are still not contained. He reports the Wilkin Fire north of Jan Lake is approximately 1520 hectares, the Granite Fire west of Granite Lake is approximately 3274 hectares and the Flo Fire south of Florence Lake is approximately 16 hundred hectares at this time. He says crews are currently working hard and making good progress but current weather conditions are making it difficult to contain.
Trueman adds crews and helicopters continue to work on these fires and there is some rain in the forecast but that brings with it erratic winds which can make fire fighting a little more difficult.
Denare Beach Recreation offered day camps for 4 to 11 year olds over the summer. The camps wrapped up on Friday and the camp’s Kaylee Banting says summer went really well. She says the most kids they had was 11 but they only had 11 for two days, it usually ranged from 6 to 8 kids everyday. She adds they did some relays, crafts, mostly they went outside and swam or played on the jungle gym which was a favorite thing to do.
Themes for crafts and activities over the summer included Under the Sea, Camping, Outer Space, Science, Superheroes, the Olympics and Pirates.
Jim Fell & Tom Heine
As part of Flinty’s birthday party Jim Fell was inducted to the Flin Flon Station Museum Wall of Honor yesterday afternoon. Museum Board President Tom Heine say Fell is best known for his volunteer efforts in scouting. He explained even before Fell came here he was involved in the Canadian scouting movement and he stayed with that for 60 years as a leader, scout master and then administrator organizing various activities, including jamborees both provincial, national and world jamborees so he was very committed to the scouting movement.
Heine says Fell was also a member of the HBM&S pipe band and a founding member of the Legion pipe band, was involved with his church and the Museum Board and has received several awards including the Manitoba Premier’s Volunteer Award, the Queen Elizabeth the Second Jubilee Medal and for scouting the Silver Acorn Award and the Canadian Baden Powell Recognition Medal among others.
The governments of Canada and Manitoba are funding projects in communities across the province under the Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund. The City of Flin Flon is receiving 60 thousand dollars for Community Center renovations. Major upgrades have been made to the Community Hall kitchen with plans for renovations to the washrooms.
The Small Communities Fund supports priority public infrastructure projects in communities with fewer that 100 thousand residents across Canada.
Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports the Wildfire north of Flin Flon has grown to 720 hectares and continues not to pose a risk to Flin Flon. Officials are monitoring the situation daily. Air quality due to the smoke will vary depending on the wind direction and humidity.
With the increased temperatures over the weekend and no rain in the coming few days, everyone is urged to be cautious that no new fires start when outdoors. The City of Flin Flon still has a backyard recreational fire pit ban in place until further notice.
The Provincial Fire Center Manager for Saskatchewan Dennis Trueman says crews continue to fight three of the larger fires in the Creighton Denare Beach area. He says they’ve got the Wilken fire which is north of Jan Lake and it’s approximately 700 hectares at this time, they’ve got the Granite Fire west of Granite Lake which is approximately 800 hectares and they’ve got the Flo fire south of Florence Lake and it’s approximately 950 hectares right now.
Trueman says crews assisted by helicopters are making good progress on these fires assisted by water bombers when required but the current weather conditions are making them difficult to contain.
The RCMP report Andrew Harkiss has been safely located. He was reported missing on Sunday. They thank the public, the media, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, the Flin Flon Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources for their assistance in this matter.
Denare Beach Recreation is holding its first annual Rainbow Run tomorrow. Recreation Director Crystal Banting explains the run involves runners and throwing colored powder starting at 11 am with the racers leaving the Denareplex, they’re going to run a loop around Denare Beach and going to end up at the main beach which is their finish line. She says they’re going to have a barbeque, a deejay with music so everybody can come down and welcome the runners and they’ll have a limited quantity of colored powder for sale to welcome the runners at the finish line.
Banting adds they have 27 runners registered for the run.
The Flinty Committee is ready to go with Flinty’s 55th birthday party Sunday afternoon. The Committee’s Bunny Burke says they’ll have something for everyone including their usual beef on a bun, hot dogs, home fries that the Rotary Club cooks for them and they have the traditional birthday cake for Flinty. She adds they also have a teddy bear picnic, dinosaur races, the fish pond, a geocache event and the Friendship Center and RHA are bringing down some games for the kids.
The party will also include the installation of another Flin Flonner on the Wall of Honor. The party runs from 1 to 4 Sunday afternoon at the Flin Flon Station Museum.
Due to extremely dry conditions fire bans are in effect for the town of Creighton and village of Denare Beach. Open fires are prohibited until further notice. It does not include propane and briquette barbeques.
Currently in Saskatchewan 47 fires are burning 6 of which are not contained, 35 have ongoing assessment, 4 are contained and at 2 fires activity is focused on protecting property.
In the northeast section that includes the Creighton and Denare Beach area 4 fires are not contained, 2 are contained and 4 have ongoing assessment.
The Relay For Life takes place September 9th from noon to midnight at Queen’s Park to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Society. The Committee’s Margot Gray has put a call out to cancer survivors to register. She says it’s just a general call out for anybody that’s been affected by cancer, it doesn’t matter what type of cancer. She says they have a reception tent and they usually have goody bags for everybody but it’s mostly to celebrate those who have survived cancer. She notes they would love to have people do testimonials up on the stage if they are so inclined even though people are shy to do that but it’s a great thing because it shares hope with anybody else or somebody who’s just been newly diagnosed to hear other stories.
Gray adds the survivors take part in the first lap and are joined by their caregivers for the second lap. If you need information or wish to register call Cliff Melnick at 204-687-4135 or go to the Relay link at www.flinflononline.com or go to www.relayforlife.ca.
The 18th annual Steve Ewing Memorial Poker Run will be held Saturday afternoon. One of the organizers Kel Brown says all bikes, trucks and cars are welcome. He says they will be leaving the Gateway at noon and leaving Wanless at 1 o’clock. He notes their stops are Wanless and the Cranberry Portage, at Steve Ewings Mom’s place at Big Island and she feeds the whole crew and the last stop is at the Hooter.
Brown adds at the Hooter there will be a meat draw and the awarding of prizes.
Ghost hands are available at Pharmasave, Eddies or at the Gateway before they leave Saturday. For information call Kel at 204-687-0102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At approximately 2:10 Sunday Morning the Cross Lake RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Highway 374. The traffic stop led to the search of a vehicle which resulted in the seizure of 154 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, 52 Tylenol-3 tablets as well as a quantity of liquor.
RCMP have arrested and charged an 18-year-old, 25-year-old, 27-year-old and a 50-year-old all residents of Cross Lake. Each has been charged with two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.
All four accused were remanded in custody and scheduled to appear in Thompson Provincial Court.
The Flin Flon Recycling Center is encouraging you to reuse school and office supplies. Their Administrator Deb Odegaard says they can help you do that. She explains the Recycling Center gets a lot of really usable school supplies in and they would like someone to reuse them instead of just recycling them so they’re setting up at the Library Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3:30 and people who want to come and check them out can pick up their school supplies and make good use of them.
Odegaard says they have a lot of notebooks, a variety of paper, file folders, three ring binders and other supplies. She adds if you have any school supplies that you won’t be reusing that they can add to what they have drop them off at the Library Saturday between 1 and 2.
At 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon Flin Flon RCMP received a report of a missing 52-year-old man. Andrew Harkiss was last seen on August 5, at 4:40 pm, driving away from his parent’s residence.
Harkiss is described as Caucasian in appearance, 6feet tall, 220 pounds, brown eyes, shoulder length brown hair, a faint mustache and wearing a baseball hat.
RCMP are concerned for his wellbeing and believe he may still be in the Flin Flon area.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Flin Flon RCMP at 204-687-1422, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES.
In their 2017 second quarter financial report Hudbay says ore mined at their Manitoba operations increased by two percent over the same period last year. President Alan Hair says that was primarily as a result of increased production at the company’s Lalor and Reed mines, partially offset by decreased production at the Triple Seven mine in Flin Flon. He notes Manitoba contained metal production increased as a result of higher grades in all metals at Triple Seven as well as higher throughput in grades at both the Flin Flon and Stall Lake concentrators. He notes due to increased Lalor mine throughput and higher zinc rates at Triple Seven, concentrate production is exceeding the processing capacity of the Flin Flon zinc plant and as a result sales of excess zinc concentrate inventory began in the second quarter of this year and will continue as long as the concentrate production exceeds zinc plant processing capacity.
Hair adds the strong ramp up of ore production from the Lalor mine in the first half of this year has resulted in the accumulation of an ore stockpile as Lalor’s production has exceeded the Stall concentrator’s current milling capacity so they have started to truck some of the stockpiled ore to the Flin Flon mill for processing in the second half of this year.
The Journey For Hope Walk held in Winnipeg supports the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society and its free programs and services. Flin Flon’s Ray Berg is going door to door in our community to collect pledges to support the Walk. He explains there’s a lady Katrina who is the supervisor for the event and she will be doing the walk for him and he will be collecting pledges up here for her. He adds he’s got about 3100 dollars and last year he had 3850 dollars and his girl friend in Winnipeg got 550 for a total of 4400 and they got first place.
Berg encourages people to have cash on hand when he comes to your door. He says anyone pledging 20 dollars or more will receive a tax receipt from the Schizophrenia Society. The Journey For Hope Walk takes place Saturday, September 16th starting at the Forks in Winnipeg.
Hudbay has released its second quarter 2017 financial results. The net profit for the quarter was 25.6 million dollars compared to a net loss of 5.7 million in the second quarter last year. President Alan Hair reports their increase in operating cash flow to 124.1 million from 69.5 million in the second quarter last year is the result of growth in sales volumes of most metals and higher realized copper and zinc prices. He says they are allocating some of their positive cash free flow generation to expand their exploration budget and build their long term growth pipeline. He notes they have been active in identifying and acquiring grassroots exploration property in Peru, Chile and British Columbia during the downturn in metal prices.
Hair adds the increase in exploration expenditures is expected to fund drilling on the grassroots exploration properties as well as testing targets in Manitoba and drilling down plunge at Lalor near Snow Lake.
Teams and individual walkers are encouraged to register for the Relay For Life. It is being held September 9th at Queen’s Park with people collecting pledges and walking the track to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Society. The committee’s Margot Gray explains they have changed their hours from past events so its from noon to midnight even though traditionally they walk through the night because cancer doesn’t sleep but they did a survey the last two Relays that they did and people were finding it was just a little bit more difficult each year to do that from midnight on to 6 o’clock and it was difficult getting volunteers because everyone wants to volunteer at the beginning.
To enter as a team or individual walker go to the Flin Flon Relay For Life Facebook page, visit their website www.relayforlife.ca and enter Flin Flon as your location or contact Virginia Leifso at 204-687-8129 or email email@example.com.
A provincial spokesperson reports fires started by lightening two days ago in the Schist Lake area and Payuk Lake area are under control. They report there are no suppression issues, crews are finished their efforts on these fires and no property is at risk.
Rotary Clubs in Flin Flon, Thompson and The Pas hosted their District Governor this week. Peter Neufeld is from Regina and is responsible for District 5550 with 46 clubs in eastern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. He spoke to the Clubs about their District Conference theme this year Building Peace Through Rotary and how Clubs can build peace. He explains they often don’t think about what they do with the kids and help them to have positive experiences in the schools with their friends and as they get a little older and are going into high school and often also they an exchange program with children going to other countries and other youth coming here and all of those are building relationships that end up making our world a more peaceful place.
Neufeld adds this falls within International President Ian Riseley’s theme for this year Rotary Making a Difference.
The 28th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge runs through this weekend on Big Athapap. The Committee’s Mike Wesner says they’ll be lining up the boats tonight. He says the actual fishing takes place on Saturday and Sunday but the derby starts tonight with a boat parade at about 7 o’clock heading out from the Cranberry Portage Curling Club. He says fishing starts both mornings at 8 o’clock with a shot gun start and on Saturday you have to be back in the bay past the dock by 4 and on Sunday you have to be back in the bay past the dock by 3.
Wesner adds first prize is again 35 hundred dollars, second 25 hundred and third 2 thousand and those prizes are guaranteed with prizes right down to tenth place.
For information on registering call 204-472-3044 or go Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on Facebook. You can register right up to the start of the derby at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council and RCMP Manitoba are teaming up to reduce impaired boating deaths over this long weekend.
They report drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 percent of boating related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness the two groups are launching year five of an initiative called Operation Dry Water to educate boaters about the dangers and potentially fatal consequences of impaired boating. They note combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat the effects of alcohol on water can be greatly increased.
RCMP officers across the province will be out on the water talking to boaters, educating about the risks involved with impaired driving and ensuring proper safety equipment is on board, including a personal floatation device for every person on board.
In July the Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual 34.3 million dollar federal Gas Tax Fund installments to Manitoba. The funding flows through the provincial government to all of its municipalities on a per capita basis to support community infrastructure projects.
The City of Flin Flon receives just under 292 thousand dollars from the Fund which goes into the works and operations part of their yearly budget. The funding is made available in two annual installments, one in July and the other before March 31st.
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.
In this weeks Biz Newsletter the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce reported the results of their survey of members across the province on the Churchill rail line closed by spring flooding. In response to their question who should pay for repairs for the rail line to Churchill 58 percent of members responding said a combination of federal and provincial governments, 25 percent private investment or a new owner, 17 percent present owners Omnitrax and 0 percent for the government of Canada or government of Manitoba.
Last week Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President Chuck Davidson along with Board member Merv Gunter met with business owners and local government officials in Churchill to hear first hand the challenges facing the community and business owners. The Chamber has requested a meeting with Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen to discuss establishment of a fund that could be utilized to offset the increased costs business owners are experiencing as a result of the loss of the rail line.
At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council reported they are reviewing the bylaw that requires residents to be responsible for the boulevards in front of their homes. Mayor Cal Huntley notes it may require stiffer penalties as they are still getting complaints about overgrown boulevards. And Council is reviewing the results of a survey of Chamber of Commerce members before introducing their smoking bylaw at a Council meeting. The proposed bylaw states smoking is prohibited on the street, sidewalk or road allowance located on or adjoining Flin Flon’s Main Street and within 15 feet of the front doorway of any commercial establishment which employs more than two employees at any one time.
Councilor Bill Hanson congratulated the President of the local Ham Radio group Kevin Rose who has won a trip to Japan through the Ham Radio Association. He noted the local Ham Radio group is part of the city’s emergency plan.
The University of Manitobas Wise Kidnetic Energy Camp is underway at McIsaac School this week. The camp’s Eric Koskie says they have 22 kids ages 9 to 12 in the camp this summer. He says they have five theme days offering a mixture of science and engineering with the focus on mining yesterday. He explains they were just bio-leaching for gems and now they have water that is contaminated and they need to find a way to filter it out so they can use that water and not pour all of the contaminants back into our water supply so they are going to be building filters and trying to neutralize the acidic water. He adds after that they will be mining for cookies and trying to extract some chocolate chips and they’ll be talking about asteroid mining and what those kinds of endeavors might look like in the future.
Other themes for the camp this year are space discovery, medical science, sustainability and genetics.
The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and Peter Ballantyne Group of Companies have announced they have executed a franchise agreement with Tim Hortons. They say they have worked diligently in the past year and more for the opportunity to bring a Tim Hortons franchise operation to the Flin Flon Creighton area. It will be a non-traditional build with a kiosk operation when located within the Petro Canada station on Main Street in Creighton. They are currently going through the planning phase for renovations. Upon opening they will be offering a full beverage and baked goods line. After opening they will be evaluating the option to offer additional menu items in the future.
They will be recruiting for Management and staff in the next few months anticipating that the Tim Hortons operation will create 12 new positions. Their goal is to open the Tim Hortons in the last quarter of this year.
Tweedmuir Street fire July 9
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs report for July. It indicated 16 incidents during the month resulting in 200 thousand dollars in damage. Mayor Cal Huntley and Councilor Ken Pawlachuk remind residents of the importance of having the required number of smoke detectors in your home as they do save lives.
Council approved requests for funding at the meeting. They will support the Flin Flon Junior Bombers for the 2017-18 hockey season with 75 hundred dollars, one thousand dollars to the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center to help cover the costs of National Aboriginal Day held on June 21st and a donation of 570 dollars to Community Futures Greenstone to offset the cost of Community Hall rental for the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference to be held October 25th.
The Relay for Life takes place in Flin Flon September 9th at Queen’s Park from noon to midnight to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society. The committee’s Caitlin Bailey says teams and individuals are now collecting pledges so they are having an early bank night. She says the bank night will be tomorrow night at 6 pm at the Victoria Inn and you just come in and ask at the front desk for the Relay for Life room. She explains this is giving teams the opportunity to turn in fund raising money so that their total fund raising dollars are recognized on their online system and this will count towards their team standings and its nice to get your fund raising money in before the event as well.
For information on the Relay for Life or to register as a team or individual go to their website www.relayforlife.ca and enter Flin Flon as your location or go to www.flinflononline.com
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen has announced appointments to the boards of Manitobas five regional health authorities. Appointed to the eleven member board in the Northern Health Region were June Chu owner and operator of the Silver Leaf Hotel and Motel in Wabowden, Angela Enright a consultant on economic development, international trade and real estate from Snow Lake and Mary Head a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the manager responsible for natural resources. Reappointed to the northern board is Judith Kolada from Thompson.
Goertzen noted the regional health authority boards guide the important work of providing the right care in the right place at the right time adding these new board members will help guide health care as they work to strengthen the system and improve access to consistent quality care across the province.
Premier Brian Pallister has announced the Manitoba Government will be developing a new provincial mineral development protocol with First Nation communities. He says the protocol will enable them to establish a clear pathway forward on mineral development
The process will be co-chaired by Chief Ron Evans from Norway House Cree Nation and Jim Downey, former Manitoba deputy Premier will engage First Nations communities that have immediate or potential mineral development opportunities and are interested in participating . The new protocol will define how consultations will occur during phases of mineral development including grassroots exploration, mechanized disturbance, advanced exploration and mine development.
Pallister added it will also provide mineral exploration and mining industries with a clear understanding of the requirements and processes for mineral development projects in indigenous territories.
The Flin Flon Pentecostal Assembly is holding a Vacation Bible School from 1 to 4 Monday to Friday next week for ages 5 to 12. The Church’s Denise Roy says they will feature a team from Brandon. She explains they’ll have Devoted Ministries coming up and presenting the Go Fish curriculum Victory and students will be engaged in arts, crafts, games, bible stories and songs and they’ll be encouraged in just what it means to be walking victoriously.
You can register by calling Denise at 204-687-4238, email firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Church at 180 Green Street before and after their Sunday service.
Culture Days 2016
Flin Flons Culture Days finished number one in the country last year for the number of events in communities with a population of less than 50 thousand. The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says she would like it to be an even bigger celebration this year. With 104 events last year she would like to see 150 events for Canada’s 150th birthday. She says they are going to be having the provincial Culture Days kickoff here in Flin Flon and as far as she knows the Lieutenant Governor will be coming as well as the Minister to see what we’ve got, so anybody who has anything they want to show off or just share, it could be absolutely anything that you love doing that could be part of Culture Days.
If you have any ideas for Culture Days which runs September 29th to October 1st this year contact Crystal at the Arts Council Office, call 204-687-5974 or go to their website www.culturedays.ca.
The Manitoba Government and the First Nations of Northern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority have ended the order of administration implemented in 2014. It turns control back to a board of directors under the supervision of the province and the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.
The Northern Authority oversees First Nations child welfare agencies across the province and entered into administration in November 2014. Following many months of work with the executive and MKO a new collaborative working relationship has been established that has led to lifting the order of administration.
Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson says having First Nation authority over the well-being of their children and families is fundamental to supporting healthy families and communities and they move forward knowing decisions will be made from the perspective of northern First nations, guided by the wisdom and experience of their board members.
The Health Products Stewardship Association is targeting expired or unused medications for aches and pains long forgotten. Their survey shows 24 percent of Manitobans have unwanted or expired medications and of those who disposed of them 56 percent used their Take Back Program and returned them to their community pharmacy. However 32 percent admitted they threw medications in the garbage and 11 percent reported they disposed of them in a sink or toilet which means more work needs to be done to keep these products out of landfills and local water sources.
The Association says the service is free and returning medication to a pharmacy ensures these products are disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way. They report last year 15 tonnes of expired or unused medications were collected and safely disposed of through the Manitoba Medications Return Program.
The Flin Flon Public Library continues to offer their TD Summer Reading Camps for a variety of ages this summer. Summer student Aliece Angell says they will have their camps throughout August but it will be highlighted by a special week long camp for 6 to 12 year olds. She says from the 14th to the 18th they will have a Canada 150 theme and they’re going to have Province Day, a Hockey Day, RCMP Day, Quebec Day and a surprise craft and movie day.
For information on their camps and registration drop into the library and see the calendar of events on Facebook or their website www.flinflonpubliclibrary.ca.
The Norva Centre has been offering a variety of classes for kids through this month. Centre Manager Mike Spencer says they continue through August with classes for all ages and skill levels starting next week with paper mache on Tuesday and Thursday. He says the following week they’ve got three classes. On the Monday they have Crazy Hat class, they’re going to make marionettes on Wednesday and Friday they’ve got needle felting. He adds the week of the 13th to 19th they have an ongoing community project where they will be building a float for the Pride parade so everyone is invited to come out and help. On the 22dn they have a kite building workshop, on the 24th a square foot canvas workshop to help people setting up for their square foot display in September and October and in the last week of August on the 27th they have water color painting and on the 31st acrylic painting.
You can find out more on their Facebook page, their website www.norvacentre.com, call 687-4237 or drop in at 177 Green Street.
Manitobas mobile breast screening clinic will be in Flin Flon August 11th to 23rd at the Primary Health Care Center. Their Health Educator Larissa Sawchuk says this clinic is important to women because breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and in Manitoba about 900 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 200 women will die from this disease every year, so it’s important to get checked early and know if you’re at high risk. She says screening is just a quick process where you’ll go into their mobile vehicle for an x-ray with a female technologist in a private room.
For information on the breast screening visit their website www.getcheckedmanitoba.ca. Sawchuck says their appoint list is almost full so to check on appointments call 1-800-903-9290.
Far Zoro Property
Far Resources has identified new spodumene bearing pegmatite dykes at its Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake. They have announced on the basis of the recent field visit to the Property, the area of dykes 5, 6 and 7 can be characterized as a dyke swarm adding the full dimensions of the swarm are obscured by overburden or swamp and the ultimate dimensions can only be determined by future drill programs.
The Zoro Lithium Property covers a number of known lithium pegmatite occurrences near Snow Lake.
Far Resources President Keith Anderson says the presence of a spodumene bearing dyke swarm is exciting in terms of exploration potential and resource building and they are looking forward to further work to assess dykes 2, 3 and 4 for additional mineralized pegmatites adding the field work will lay the ground work for further drilling this winter.
The totals are in for a car wash fund raiser. On July 12th Flin Flon Fire Department volunteer fire fighters donated their fire training time to host a car wash fund raiser for the victims of the Tweedsmuir Street apartment fire. Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports the car wash donations totaled 2123 dollars and the City of Flin Flon donated the fire fighters training pay along with the use of their equipment and supplies bringing the total raised to 3271 dollars.
Cooper says he and the members of the fire department were deeply saddened seeing five residents of Flin Flon lose everything they had in the fire. He adds he is very proud of how small communities come together to help out those in need. He went onto thank everyone who came out to the car wash on behalf of members of the fire department as well as Flin Flon City Council for their continued support of the fire department and the fund raiser.
The fire on July 9th completely destroyed the apartment block on Tweedsmuir Street.
With heat warnings in effect for our area Safe Work Manitoba reminds you high daytime temperatures can make it challenging to work outdoors or in buildings without air conditioning. They note you can increase comfort by wearing clothing that is light weight, light colored and loose fitting, use fans indoors, take rest breaks, drink cool beverages and focus on lighter activities whenever possible leaving physically demanding tasks for cooler periods. If someone suffers heat stress where the body is unable to control its internal temperature move them to a cool shaded area, loosen or remove heavy clothing, provide cool drinking water and call 911.
The Manitoba government is investing 12 million dollars for municipal roads this year. Out of that total the City of Flin Flon is receiving 100 thousand dollars. Municipal Administrator Mark Kolt says the government has been providing grants for a number of years and the money is used for road resurfacing and other road repairs within the City.
The Municipal Road Improvement Program was developed in partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities and provides 50-50 cost shared funding for municipal road projects including the cost of new road construction and road renewal projects to extend the useful life of a road. A total of 188 projects were approved this year in 99 municipalities.
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must decide whether an environmental assessment is required for the proposed Lynn Lake Gold Project. They are looking for comments from the public and indigenous groups on the project and its affect on the environment.
Alamos Gold is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning and reclamation of an open pit gold mine and new metal mill located near Lynn Lake, Manitoba. 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.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation’s Summer in the Parks program is completing its first month. Supervisor Tristan Barteski says it’s been a fun summer so far with highlights on Nature Week, Gigantic Games Week and Animal Week this week and next week is their Water Week so they’ll be doing a lot of water activities and now that the Aqua Center is opening they’ll be going there, they have plans to go out to Denare Beach and they will be at the splash pad and wading pool. He adds after that they have the Super Heroes Week which will involve going up to the Fire and Police Departments to do tours, and then they have Outer Space Week and they end off with one of their favorites Holiday Week in which they’re introducing a new day St. Patrick’s Day and as always they’ll have their Halloween Day, Christmas day and their Birthday Celebration Day.
Summer in the Parks runs until August 25th on week day afternoons from 12 to 5 for children 5 to 9 years old. For information or to register call the Recreation office at 204-681-7542 or 271-3206.
The 2017 Voyageurs Rendezvous Canoe Race was a Canada 150 Signature event that began in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on July 1st. It ended in The Pas area 23 days later. Event Coordinator Cathy Schwengler says quite a few of the organizers of this race were paddlers in the Centennial Canoe Pageant which was the world’s longest canoe race held in 1967 covering 6280 kilometers. She says this one was kind of inspired by the 100th anniversary race, it was a Canada 150 experience for everybody and all of their paddlers were Indigenous. She says these guys were not only competing in an athletic race but they were ambassadors from their communities spreading a positive message for Indigenous people and Indigenous youth across the country.
The canoe teams paddled 16 hundred kilometers and visited 21 communities receiving a warm welcome from residents of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation at the finish.
Last Thursday Thompson RCMP and employees from Sustainable Development Manitoba conducted a land search of the area surrounding Paint Lake. With the snow melted and still no new information in relation to the December 2016 disappearance of 67 year old Campbell Hunter, searchers combed the landscape for any sign of the missing man. Two teams walked different locations and then a helicopter picked them up to take them to the start of their next search location.
The Office of the Fire Commissioner participated in the search with the use of a cadaver dog, a dog specially trained to assist searchers in looking for remains.
Thompson RCMP Sgt. Ben Sewell says “we did not find Mr. Hunter, but I still count this search as a success. We have cleared an area. We can move onto other areas now.
The investigation continues, and community groups, including people from Hunter’s home community of Nelson House, continue to work with police and conduct searches.
The Relay for Life is coming up September 9th. The Committee’s Margot Gray says this year it will be held at Queen’s Park near Hapnot Collegiate with different hours. She explains even though the premise when the Relay for Life started was to do it from 6 to 6 because cancer never sleeps so we won’t either, it was getting harder to get volunteers and teams not just for us but for a lot of communities, so a lot have gone to the noon to midnight so they decided to follow suit as well. She says they will still have the evening time so they won’t lose out on the luminaries which is a big part of it and the memorial tribute up on the screen with the ambience of the evening and the luminaries will still be there because it’s a very big part of it.
The Relay for Life has participants collect pledges and walk over the 12 hours to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society. The last relay two years ago raised over 90 thousand dollars. To participate as a team or individual go to their website www.relayforlife.ca and enter Flin Flon as your location.
The Dream Catchers is a Canada 150 project produced by Confederation Center of the Arts. The Friendship Centers Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner invites you to their free show next Tuesday that is described as a musical that dares you to dream. She says the show is a vibrant music and dance filled spectacle that explores the dreams of young Canadians. She adds it consists of 26 of the most diverse and exciting young actors from across Canada so bring your chair or a blanket to sit on and come down and enjoy the show.
The Dream Catchers will be performed at Rotary Park next Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach held their annual Discovery Day yesterday. Their Board Chairperson Penny Morissette says they have some new displays this summer including one by Elaine Angelski who has assembled a pictorial display of Beaver City with a few photos of the original settlement down by the Main Beach. She says one of their new artifacts is a mortar and pestle used by Tom Creighton when he was exploring this area and Steve Shtuka has added pictures of the Denare Beach Fire Department to their existing display.
Morissette adds they have had quite a few films and photos donated over the years so they are going to have a special showing this fall. The date for that will be in the Denare Beach newsletter or on their website www.northerngatewaymuseum.com. The Northern Gateway Museum is open daily from 11 to 7 until the end of August.
102.9 CFARs Raphael Saray returns to Winnipeg this week to produce a performance for a fifth year at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. He explains this is a play he has written called Waiting for Trudeau, a Canadian, social, cultural and political satire based on the Beckett play Waiting for Godot, the fifth play he has written for the Festival. He says it’ll be at Rachel Brown Studios which is the dance conservatory building in Winnipeg which is one of the elite theatres that they’ve been working on and trying to get a spot there for quite some time.
The play will be performed tomorrow, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more on the performance and the Festival visit their website www.winnipegfringe.com.
Following the need to move their building and the resulting reorganization the Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is ready to open its ReStore for a sixth season. Manager Kathy McCormick says it will open Wednesday at their new location on the Cliff Lake Road near the SPCA shelter. She says their hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 5 and Saturdays from 11 to 3.
The ReStore accepts donations of building material, appliances, furniture and other gently used, unwanted and discontinued items which they sell at a reasonable price to raise money that is providing a family of low income with access to home ownership.
Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says Omnitrax’s reaction to the rail line problems to Churchill is offensive. She says it’s a private company that has benefited from public subsidies and instead of keeping the line maintained properly they have let it fall into disrepair. Ashton says the federal government needs to take action. She says its time for the government to step in and take the Port back to work with Churchill and First Nations in our north to take it over and that is the only way forward. She adds the province does need to be part of the solution in terms of support for maintenance at this current stage. She says the province has to do much more than just increasing the milk subsidy as people are in a very difficult situation right now in Churchill and along the Bayline as well and its just simply not good enough to have the Premier of Manitoba shrug his responsibilities and say its somebody else’s problem.
Ashton says it was a Liberal government that privatized the rail line in the 90’s.
The 28th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up August 5th and 6th on Big Athapap. The Committee’s Mike Wesner says the prize structure hasn’t changed. He says once again this year they have first, second and third place as guaranteed prizes, first place is 3500 dollars, second 2500 and third place is 2000 guaranteed. He adds fourth to tenth are based on a 100 boat entry but they usually average a little over 60 boats so tenth place usually ends up about 400 dollars.
The boat parade is on Friday night August 4th with fishing the following Saturday and Sunday. For information on registering you can call 204-472-3044 or go to Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on Facebook. You can register right up to the start of the tournament at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.
The Pride event is planned for August 18th and 19th. Committee members Kirsten Fritsch and Jordana Oulette say the agenda has been set starting with a flag raising and speeches at City Hall on the Friday and then CUPE is helping them host a barbeque at Pioneer Square at 5:30 and it will be a barbeque by donation. At 11 am Saturday they’re going to have the Pride parade which will be the same route as the Canada Day parade and from 2 to 6 its going to be a community fair at Queens Park next to Hapnot with local vendors, food trucks and all sorts of fun stuff and at 9 pm they are going to have a glow party at the Unwinder with glow paint, glow sticks so it’s going to be a good time.
Anyone wanting to be part of the events or enter a float in the parade can visit the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.
Inspired by her daughter’s treatment for ovarian cancer Paulette Adolphe has started a special fund raising walk. She says she is walking the kilometers it takes to walk to Winnipeg which Global maps tells her is 760 kilometers. She is walking to Winnipeg so she can take part in the 2017 Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope which is set to happen September 10th so she is walking a minimum of 5 mile or 7 kilometers a night in and round Flin Flon to add up to the total kilometers which will get her to Winnipeg so she can participate in the walk with her daughter.
Earlier this week Adolphe was approaching the distance to the Easterville road turnoff at number six highway. She has pledge sheets with her or you can find them at VA Flin Flon and the Big Dipper on Main Street and she will turn all funds raised over to her daughter’s team Amanda’s Roses at the Winnipeg walk and they will go to supporting ovarian cancer programs at Cancer Care Manitoba.
At their meeting Tuesday night City Council approved funding of 500 dollars for the Flin Flon Creighton and Area Pickleball Club to revamp the Birchview bunk. It will be turned into a multi use facility used for hockey in the winter and pickleball in the summer. In making the request for funding the Club noted an increasing number of retired men and women have been playing pickleball using make shift courts at the Creighton tennis courts the past two summer adding once they have their own courts they will advertise to attract all ages including the schools.
Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for June indicating seven calls during the month. Council had praise for the fire fighters for their response to the recent apartment fire on Tweedsmuir Street noting their efforts prevented any damage to the homes on both sides of the apartment building.
And Councilor Guy Rideout reported the curfew approved at their last meeting seems to be going over well with positive response from the public.
Flin Flon MLA and NDP Labor Critic Tom Lindsey says Premier Brian Pallister must stop wasting time and start working immediately with the federal government, Churchill and surrounding communities to take over the rail line to Churchill and repair it before winter makes construction impossible.
Lindsey says Omnitrax is refusing to fix the line and has made it clear it wants to pull out of Manitoba adding the Premier should stand with the people of northern Manitoba. He explains Omnitrax has said there is a very narrow window left this summer for repairs to be completed if the line is to carry trains through the winter. He adds if the Premier and the federal government continue to pass the buck, Churchill and other northern communities will face economic disaster and residents will face personal hardships as supplies become increasingly expensive and difficult to get.
The Canadian Red Cross is on the ground in British Columbia working to help families displaced by the forest fires. Jason Small from the Red Cross says they are working with government to support people who have been forced to leave their homes. He says a major part of that is they’re working with the government of BC which has generously provided a 100 million dollar fund and through that fund they are providing electronic fund transfers to each household for people who have been forced to leave their home. He says they’re also working to provide whatever assistance people who have been displaced require, shelter, food, blankets, cots and hygiene kits.
Small adds the best way to help out is by making a financial contribution online at www.redcross.ca or call 1-800-418-1111.