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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA annual meeting Tuesday night the organization honored two volunteers of the year Val Glynn and Heather Walker Lengyel.
Shelter Manager Carmen Ward reported 102 animals were taken in last year down from 147 in 2015.
President Erica Husberg reported donations almost doubled from 2015 with help from the Twin Motors event and the Fire Department’s Boot Drive as well as their dedicated fundraising team as it costs almost ten thousand dollars a month to keep the shelter. She notes the posts on Facebook about puppies and kittens to be given away and the number of stray dogs running around. She says their mission this year is to educate pet owners on the spay and neuter program, promote their low income spay and neuter program and are looking into getting in a mobile spay neuter clinic.
Husberg thanked the board, staff and community for their continued support.
Earlier this week in the Manitoba Legislature Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey recognized the Flin Flon Aqua Doves. Lindsey told members they are the oldest and only synchronized swimming team in all of northern Manitoba. He explained they were established not long after the community swimming pool was built in 1975 and 35 years on they continue to carry on the strong tradition of synchronized swimming in northern Manitoba. He said every Saturday morning at 8 sharp you’ll find the Aqua Doves gathered on the pool deck for the practice and preparing their routines. The program welcomes swimmers of all ages and abilities to promote fitness and fun. Lindsey noted recently they represented Flin Flon in the Crocus Challenge in Winnipeg with great success. Their swimmers competed in both the recreational and competitive streams and several swimmers went on to compete in the Canadian prairie synchronized swimming championship held in Winnipeg this past weekend and did Flin Flon proud.
Lindsey adds he would like to recognize all the swimmers and coaching team of the Flin Flon Aqua Doves for their dedication and commitment to the sport.
At their meeting Tuesday night Mayor and Council complimented the Flin Flon Community Choir on its fantastic and incredible presentation of Grease. Mayor Cal Huntley added it continues to amaze him to see the amount of talent we have in this community.
In other business Councilor Ken Pawlachuk reported the dog catcher has been busy responding to complaints about dogs noting 22 calls last month regarding loose dogs which were not on a leash as required by the Dog Bylaw.
Council approved an application by Fountain Tire for conditional use of 1 McKeen Lane for a repair shop. The resolution spells out conditions that have to be followed regarding hours of operation, the noise bylaw and tire storage.
And Council is asking the Association of Manitoba Municipalities to allow representatives of the Northern District to attend meetings and vote using technology. Due to travel issues, distances and inability to get out of some remote communities representatives in the north have difficulty attending meetings in person.
The Flin Flon Aqua Center Community Committee continues to work at fundraising for the Aqua Center renovations.
The committee is looking for volunteers to help with the Drive One 4 UR Community on June 3rd. It’s a fund raiser put on by Northland Ford this year supporting the Aqua Center Committee. For every test drive Ford donates 20 dollars to the committee up to six thousand dollars. They need help with the barbeque and registration tables. They can also use help with the beer garden during Homecoming June 29th. Volunteers willing to help the Committee can contact the Aqua Center.
Their big fund raiser is the sale of the FlinFlonopoly game during Homecoming with pre-sales available at Pharmasave until around June 15th.
The committee is also preparing forms for personal, family and corporate sponsorship with a variety of levels for donations as well as selling naming rights for the building. They will be approaching local businesses but will also approach national corporations who do business in the community. It is hoped with one third of the around seven million dollar cost raised locally the provincial and federal governments will share the other two thirds.
Maryn McKee is opening the Flin Flon Juice Joint Escape Room this weekend and next. She explains it’s a room you go into and you puzzle your way out and it’s just a fun way to get out on a weekend. She says its back when prohibition was happening and you’re in Al Capone’s office trying to find the money he has hidden there.
The Escape Room is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday and next Saturday and Sunday at 381 Princess Boulevard starting at noon. You can book a spot to visit the Escape Room for 130 dollars by calling 204-271-4421 or online at www.escapetimeff.com. If you have any questions you can email email@example.com.
Vale Thompson announced yesterday the suspension of operations at Birchtree Mine. Vice President of Manitoba operations Mark Scott says the decision was made within the last couple of weeks. He explains they are looking at the one year annual plan for 2018 for all parts of the business and putting together this years version of their five year and life of mine plans and through that exercise it became evident that given where the price of nickel is at the moment and is expected to be over the next couple of years there was no production scenario in which Birchtree would generate positive cash flow for the business over the near term.
The mine will be placed on care and maintenance as of October 1st. Roughly 200 employees will be impacted by the closure.
At the City Council meeting last night Mark Kolt announced his retirement from the position of Administrative Officer for the City effective November 1st. He won’t be gone though as he will return to his previous position at City Solicitor under a two year contract. Kolt says this will allow him more time to spend on his other commitments in the community. His replacement as Administrator will be current Treasurer Glenna Daschuk.
Also at the meeting Mayor Cal Huntley expressed his disgust at the destruction of the sides of the bridge on the Boardwalk. He says he would like to get hold of whoever caused the damage and make an example of them. He added they should be ashamed of themselves and if they have a conscience turn themselves in and offer to fix the damage that was done. Offers have come in from the community to help the Flinty Committee repair the bridge.
The Flin Flon Lions Club has purchased a new Handivan to replace one of the two vans currently on the road. Rick Hurst who coordinates the Handivan program for the Club says the new van has fewer seats so drivers will now require only a class five driver’s licence. He says it’s a little shorter and a little narrower that the other ones. He adds they had to go with reduced seating because of the new wheelchair seating laws so now they’re able to take one person in a wheelchair and five other people at a time. He notes outside of that it’s a little smoother ride than what the old one is.
The Lion Club is presently holding their annual summer draw to support the purchase of the Handivan and other projects. Members are selling tickets on a draw with a guaranteed prize of 15 thousand dollars with the draw taking place on July 8th.
The Freedom Outreach Program is holding its 5th annual Walk For Freedom Saturday May 27th. The group’s Kandie Lagore says the walk will support their programs based at Denare Beach. She explains the idea is to raise funds for the Freedom Outreach Centre which reaches out to men who are struggling with addictions and helps them to overcome their addictions and it’s a one year program so it helps them to run their program.
Sponsor sheets are now available by calling Kandie at 204-271-4403 or from representatives of the Alliance, Pentecostal, Mennonite, Baptist and Salvation Army churches. This year’s prize for the participant who raises the most money is a weekend stay for two at a Victoria Inn of your choice.
The highest award available to the cadets the Lord Strathcona Trust Medal for exemplary performance was present to Torin Abrahamson. He also received the Major M.J. Naylor Trophy for dedication and commitment. The Captain W.A.Sweeney Trophy for general proficiency by a senior cadet went to Jemedie Morris who also received the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 Medal for excellence and performance and best attendance at 96 percent, the Chief Warrant Officer Fisher Trophy for general proficiency by a Junior Cadet to Luan Gouws, the Second Lieutenant M. Beauchamp Trophy for Most Improved Cadet to Jerek Osika who also received the best first year cadet award, the Sergeant J.A. Horrocks Trophy for dress and deportment Kaylee Banting, the Lieutenant Colonel F. S. Gira Trophy for citizenship to Tyler Banting and the Ubique Trophy for recruiting to Riley Burroughs.
Creighton Community School is running its annual bike safety program this week. School Coordinator Carol Sutherland explains the theme for Bicycle Safety Week is Building Safe Bikers One Snap at a Time so reducing the risk of injury by practicing safe cycling behaviors such as wearing a helmet, looking both ways before crossing the street and obeying traffic lights and signals. She says the annual CCS Bike Rodeo testing day is May 18th. If you are interested in assisting with the Bike Rodeo please contact the School at 688-5138.
The bike safety program runs all this week with assistance from the RCMP who did classroom sessions yesterday as well as the school and parent volunteers.
Creighton Community School is holding its annual Spring Community Night tomorrow. School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says the evening runs from 5 to 7:30 at the school. She says the School Community Council invites students, their families, community members and staff to an evening of fun. A complimentary barbeque, carnival games and a gardening station will be on site as well as emergency vehicles, a cultural pavilion and they’ll also have some artist stations this year. Sutherland adds this event is being made possible through funding received from Cameco Creative Kids, Community Initiatives Fund and the local School Community Council.
There will be transportation to and from Denare Beach with pick ups at the Band Hall at 4:30 and at the Alpine at 4:40 with the bus returning to Denare Beach at 7:30. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the transportation.
Winnipeg’s Kevin Roy will be performing in Flin Flon Saturday night as part of his Mighty River Tour. Roy is traveling with a full band and promoting his new album Heart Worn Highways as well as his song Mighty River with the proceeds from this song donated to the Red Cross to support those affected by spring flooding. He says his music is definitely folk music which would be the first genre he would classify, a lot of story songs, a lot of oral history, he sings a lot about where he’s from, places he’s been and people he’s met and ultimately that’s folk music but he’s a sucker for pedal steel guitar and Canadiana and Americana country music, so it’s folk songs set to the style of country music.
Roy will perform Saturday night at 7 at Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street with tickets 25 dollars at the Orange Toad.
Three people were reported missing around 7:45 last night. Creighton RCMP report they were located around 1 o’clock this afternoon near Mirachi Lake. They had gone for a drive and became stuck and are reported to be fine.
187 ballots were cast by members in the North of 53 Co-op election for two members of their Board of Directors. The two Board members seeking re-election Del Ward and Erhart Dzuibak were successful in the election. They were elected to three year terms. The other candidates were John Moore, Donna Champagne and Richard Dansereau.
Other members of the seven member Board are Dave Kendall, Rob Schiefele, Linda Clark, Donna Coles and Dennis Whitbread.
The Flin Flon Public Library continues to host their Ore Sample Writers Series Thursday. Administrator Courtney Campbell says it will start with a free workshop from 5:45 to 6:45 titled Memories The Past at Home in the Present with visiting author Candace Savage. She explains Savage most recently wrote a book called the Geography of Blood Unearthing Memories from a Prairie Landscape and it won three Saskatchewan book awards and a 60 thousand dollar Hilary Weston Writers Prize for non-fiction and she’s currently exploring the story of the family who built and first occupied her home in Saskatoon.
Following the workshop readings will take place at 7 hosted by local writer and entertainer Kevin Imrie with readings by Candace Savage and local writer Myrna Guymer whose book The Canadian Shield Alphabet is at the Library. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
Last week in the Legislature Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey recognized National Mining Week and the importance of the industry to northern communities. He said people in the north are looking for strategic investment in mining, health and education. He says all they’re seeing is a government that continues to sit on its hands while hundreds of northerner workers are facing layoffs at Hudbay in Flin Flon and Vale in Thompson. He adds they know that this government’s cuts are not the key to unlocking the north’s potential. People in Lynn Lake and Leaf Rapids are looking for this government to show leadership by investing in mining to give these communities a future adding people in the north deserve better from this government.
Lindsey also noted on the heels of the 25th anniversary of the Westray mining disaster the week also serves to remind us that mining can be a dangerous job and government, unions and management all have an important role to play making sure workplace safety regulations are enforced and upheld.
Northlands College hosted its fourth annual Northern Visionaries Video Essay Contest. Student Advisor Brandi Bell says over 60students submitted video essays focusing on a number of issues from leadership to indigenization to motivation on how they want to make a difference in northern Saskatchewan. She says some of the videos talked about the food shortage in the north, more nurses, housing, poverty, alcoholism, domestic violence but how they could make a difference with their Northlands College education to go back to their home community and be a leader and innovator.
Top prize went to Leah Nagy of La Ronge, Shannon Bear of Deschambault Lake second, La Ronge’s Tim Shaw third, Creighton’s Christie Bartle finished fourth and La Ronge’s Ashley Carlson came in fifth. All of the finalist’s videos can be viewed on the Northlands College You Tube channel.
Community Futures Greenstone continues a series of free Lunch and Learn workshops on Branding and Marketing. Their Manager Becky Cianflone says their next workshop is Wednesday on Marketing and Social Media. She says this one is for people who feel intimidated by social media so they’re going to be giving a basic overview of some of the social media tools you can use for marketing your business.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org but walk ins are welcome. The final workshop on advertising will be held on May 31st.
The Flin Flon Aqua Centre Community Committee is holding a public meeting Wednesday night. Their Treasurer Corey Thompson invites you to come out for an update on what’s happening with the committee. He says they are going to talk about what’s going on with respect to fund raising. He explains they have their Flinopoly game that they’re pre-selling right now and sales are going very well for that and they’ll look at what other fund raisers they may be looking at and just general comments on how they are proceeding.
Thompson adds they are also looking for people to help the committee with projects they are volunteering for during the Homecoming this summer. The public meeting is being held Wednesday night at 7:30 in City Hall Council chambers.
The second annual Creighton community yard sale is coming up on Saturday, May 27th from 9 to 1. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says it is held in conjunction with spring clean up week in the Creighton. She says they’d like to get the advertising out so the deadline for registration is May 19th. She says its free, you just have to call the Rec Office, give them your address and they take care of it from there so they’re hoping to see a lot of people out having yard sales at their homes and letting them do the advertising for you.
Senyk adds as it is held during spring clean up any items not sold in your yard sale can be left out if you don’t want them and they will be picked up as part of the community clean up.
The Flin Flon School Board met Tuesday night and Assistant Superintendent Dean Grove reported the semi-truck simulation has been cancelled this year. The driving simulator was well received in the past and the Division plans to bring it back.
The Division is recognizing kindness this week as Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen proclaimed May 7th to 13th Kindness Week in the province. Grove also made note of comments made by Theoren Fleury regarding the attentiveness of students at Hapnot Collegiate during his recent speaking engagement. The Grade 8 band student’s recent trip to The Pas was a success as they received an impressive mark of 93 percent. The Division also recognized the students who were recently in Winnipeg participating in the Red River Heritage Fair who were rewarded with the School Spirit Award. The students won 250 dollars worth of books for the Library plus two years worth of tours at a Museum. Grove stated this shows that great things are being accomplished all over by students from our Division.
At their meeting Tuesday members of the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce discussed plans for upcoming events. On Saturday, May 27th they will hold their major fund raising annual Radio Auction on 102.9 CFAR from 9 to 1 with items donated by local businesses and organizations.
The Chamber is planning a five dollar scratch ticket to be sold during the Homecoming with a variety of big and smaller prizes. Any business interested in donating prizes can contact the Chamber office.
They discussed the free community barbeque being held during the Homecoming. Instead of marking the kick off to the Trout Festival it will be held from 10 to 2 Sunday July 2nd during the Neighborhood Tent Event sponsored by the City of Flin Flon and Hudbay.
And Chamber President Dianne Russell will attend the annual northern joint council meeting May 25th in Cranberry Portage where community representatives get together to discuss their issues and concerns.
The Norva Centre is hosting an exhibition titled Baba’s House until June 1st. Artist Katie Kozak explains this display includes scanner photography from a year long residency that she and her collaborative partner Lucien Durey did in Creighton. She says it’s all objects from her Baba’s house so basically anything she had in there they thought they could scan.
The exhibit has been open since May 1st but a reception to officially launch the display is being held tomorrow night at 7 at the Norva Centre at 177 Green Street.
Local musician Mikylo Odut will be featuring a concert of Music Through the Ages Monday and Tuesday. He says this is the first in a three part journey of the greatest composers, pieces and stories of classical music. He says most of the time he will be playing flute and Angela Ishaka will be playing piano accompanying him but sometimes he will play solos on the piano or on the flute. He adds what they are playing is music from the 16 hundreds and 17 hundreds which is the Baroque Era so most of it is fairly old music but he thinks it will still be enjoyable to most people.
The concert takes place Monday and Tuesday at 7 at St. Ann’s Parish at 163 Centre Street. Advance tickets are available by calling 204-271-3694 or they will be at the door. The next concert in the fall will feature classical music and next spring the Romantic Era.
The Flin Flon Kinsmen Club invites you to take part in their 27th annual mini golf classic Saturday. The Club’s Vice-President Tim Babcock says golfers collect at least 75 dollars in pledges to take part in this fund raising event. He says the pub putt is their annual fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis explaining Kin Canada and CF have had a partnership since 1964 and they’ve raised more than 40 million dollars across Canada. He says they start at the Legion with registration at 12:30, they do six holes of golf there, six holes at the Royal Hotel and finish off with six holes at Burkee’s closing with prizes and a meal.
Pledge forms are available from any Kinsmen member or call Bob at 688-3572, Tom at 687-6731 or Tim at 271-5160.
Reminder Publisher Valerie Durnin asked the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday if they believe newspapers are dying. She said while large daily newspapers are struggling because information is available online community newspapers are still an important part of a community. She explained when it comes to community newspapers and what they print, their stories are about smaller locations and they’re very tightly focuses on the communities that they work in. She said for her its where optimism comes from, its from the people in communities who are doing things to make the world a better place and the community newspapers are able to go down to the level of people in various small towns and say what is it your doing, what are you passionate about, why are you doing it and so many of those things make the world better.
Durnin added they make sure the community has the information they need noting the top priorities for readers are local news, community news and events and happenings and they provide this information in their paper and website. She adds with publishing once a week their content is highly focused on the community.
Thirteen McIsaac and Ruth Betts School students and their eight projects took part in the Red River Heritage Fair at the University of Winnipeg last week. The students were the top finishers in the local Heritage Fair held in February. One of the local organizers Susanne Westhaver says the students took four awards in Winnipeg. She says their big winners were Cassidy Alexander and Nikki Keramydas winning the Manitoba Historical Society Award, the Aboriginal Circle of Education Award and the Manitoba Museum Award and McIsaac School came away with the School Spirit Award.
One hundred and eighty students from across the province took part in the Red River Heritage Fair.
Creighton Community School is accepting applications until Friday for their Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs that start in September. Vice-Principal Vince Cable says Pre K is for children three and four years old. He explains when they come they’re going to need a birth certificate, have a Saskatchewan health card and they need to be potty trained for Pre Kindergarten and there’s usually an interview process that goes forward with Pre Kindergarten and those children that would benefit the most are prioritized for it. He adds for Kindergarten it’s the same criteria except they have to be five years of age on or before December 31st, 2017.
Registration forms are available at the Creighton School main office, online at www.creightonschool.com or on the School’s Facebook page.
Don Nesbit and Cal Huntley
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week was officially launched in Flin Flon yesterday. During a ceremony at the Northern Mining Academy Mayor Cal Huntley spoke on the week which has the theme Make Safety a Habit. He explained since the North American Free Trade Agreement this has formally been the week where we recognize how important it is to eliminate illness and accidents from the workplace, from the community and from the home and this is the 20th anniversary since that’s taken place.
The Chair of the Board for the Academy Don Nesbit told those gathered the Academy is more than mining as they include other sectors such as health, forestry, first aid and safety programs and work along with the neighboring University College of the North to service the north. In fact yesterday a group from Moose Lake was at the Academy taking a fire training program with the local fire department.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says the Pallister government’s cuts to the rural doctor recruitment program will make it more difficult for rural and northern families to get the high-quality health care they deserve. He says the Pallister government has eliminated a grant program and tax rebates that helped attract doctors to rural and northern Manitoba.
Lindsey explains the grant program was established by the former NDP government in 2001 and helped medical students pay off their tuition fees if they practiced in Manitoba after graduation. In the 2015/16 school year, 217 students across Manitoba received a total of 4 million dollars in conditional grants. In addition he adds the tuition fee income tax rebate provided up to 25,000 dollars to students committed to working in Manitoba.
Lindsey says this latest cut comes on the heels of an order to the Northern Health Region from the health minister to cut 6 million dollars from its budget which is a huge blow to frontline services.
Along with the Manitoba results we reported on Friday Hudbay reported overall a net loss of 2.3 million dollars for the quarter compared to a net loss of 15.8 million in the first quarter of 2016. President Alan Hair says they had another quarter of positive free cash flow generation allowing for further debt repayment in the quarter. He explains while they generated positive free cash flow during the first quarter of 2017 there were a few items that impacted financial results this quarter. There were a number of one time mill maintenance costs and delays impacting production and units costs, also low opening concentrate inventory and late quarter sales where revenue will be booked later in the year upon delivery affected their financial results in the first quarter.
Hair adds their focus for this year remains on delivering on their operating targets, debt reduction and advancing the high return in house brownfield opportunities at Lalor near Snow Lake and Pampacancha in Peru and they are well on track to deliver on these objectives.
The War Amps are mailing out their key tags to Manitoba residents. Their Safety Events Coordinator James Jordan says the key tags service has been a success for the past 70 years as a benefit to people who lose keys and as a fund raiser. He explains all the donations they receive for the key tags go to fund their amazing comprehensive services that they offer child and adult amputees through their Champ program, but its also a very valuable service because they returned 1.5 million sets of keys since they started doing this so it really does protect your keys and acts as a safeguard.
The War Amps receive no government funding so they depend on your donations from their key tag and address label programs.
At approximately 11:43 Wednesday morning the Flin Flon Fire Department was called to a fire at 77 Ross Street. Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports upon arrival fire crews found smoke visible from the basement. They deployed fire attack hoses to the rear of the home to attack the fire while crews searched the main floor suites for any occupants. They quickly suppressed the fire in the basement.
Cooper says basement fires are extremely dangerous for fire crews operating inside the structure adding they burn very hot, have limited access and egress and when fire reaches the floor joists the floor above can collapse on top of firefighters.
Fire crews had the fire declared under control 45 minutes after the initial dispatch. All occupants escaped and there’s no report of injuries. The fire damage was contained to the living room in the basement. There’s no estimate of fire damage loss and the cause is undetermined at this time.
McDonald’s Restaurant in Flin Flon joined others across the country in celebrating McHappy Day Wednesday. They raised 998 dollars for their charity Ronald McDonald House. This was up a bit from last year.
A dollar from every Happy Meal, Big Mac, coffee and McCafe beverage sold was donated to the charity along with a dollar from each red heart card sold.
Across Canada McHappy Day raised 4.5 million dollars.
The Northern Health Region is sponsoring an open house in The Pas Monday. Their Regional Manager for Emergency Medical Services Ken Gurba says there will be reps from the Red River Community College Primary Care Paramedic Program there talk to people interested in their course. He says the course is a year long as it’s a full collage credit type course which not only involves classrooms. He explains its filmed in Winnipeg and then video streamed up into the remote sites and then in the afternoon the local instructors do the hands on training. He says its about nine months of actual classroom and then they go into clinical courses and then get experience.
Gurba adds they hope if training takes place in the north those trained will stay in the north. The open house is at 6 p.m. Monday at The Pas EMS Station. For information call 204-623-9558 and if you can’t attend go to their website www.rrc.mb.ca and look up their Paramedic course.
In releasing their first quarter 2017 financial results Hudbay President Alan Hair reported increased production but some lower grades in their Manitoba operations. He says ore production at the Manitoba mines for the first quarter increased slightly compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 as a result of higher production at the Lalor and Reed Mines. He says zinc grades at Lalor and Triple Seven were sequentially higher offset by lower copper grades reflecting the areas being mined.
Hair added in support of their plan to grow Lalor’s ore production rates to 45 hundred tonnes per day, substantial operating and capital development work was undertaken during the first quarter of this year and is expected to continue throughout the remainder of the year. He also reported unit costs at the Stall Lake concentrator were 66 percent higher compared to the first quarter of last year as a result of damage to the crusher last December which necessitated the use of higher cost temporary crushing facilities but repairs have been made and the mill resumed use of its permanent crushing circuit last month.
At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Counil approved the spending of 15 hundred dollars to purchase a square on the Flin Flonopoly board being designed as a fund raiser for the Aqua Center Community Committee. They also approved the spending of 4625 dollars to again purchase Z cards which are cost shared with Community Futures Greenstone. The cards contain a map and information on the city and have proved to be very popular with tourists visiting the community.
Council passed on final reading all the bylaws relating to their 2017 financial plan as presented at a public meeting last month.
Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for April indicating 11 incidents with an estimated loss of 95 thousand dollars. Councilor Ken Pawlachuk noted a couple incidents involved downed power lines warning if you come across downed lines don’t approach them as the may be live wires. Mayor Cal Huntley noting recent incidents with vehicles advised its time for vehicles and walkers to stay off the ice.
The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding its annual Lobster Night Saturday, May 13th. The Club’s Glen Smith says they are offering the same choices as they have in the past. He says they’ve got their favorite two lobsters and then the second most favorite a steak and lobster, and some people prefer chicken so you can do chicken and lobster if you like and if you’re not a sea food lover you can do steak or chicken by itself and it always comes with a big baked potato, cole slaw and desert.
Smith adds tickets are going well and are available at Kleen-All and Pharmasave but he suggests you get them soon so the lobster can be ordered.
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week will be recognized in Flin Flon next week at the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy. Their Safety Training Coordinator Leslie Beck invites you to their open house Monday to kick off the week where nationally they celebrate safety and health in the workplace and to get out and talk about their experiences and chat about what they’re doing to promote safety and health. She says they are encouraging people to come down to the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy where they’ll be doing an open house from 9 to 12 with dignitaries coming in around 11 o’clock to do the official kick off.
Beck invites everyone to come to the open house at the Academy at 2 Hart Avenue Monday for coffee, muffins and information on workplace safety and health in our community.
McIsaac School Principal Steve Lytwyn and Ruth Betts Vice-Principal Amber Zerbin thanked Flin Flon City Council last night for their support of the Schools Hockey Program. Lytwyn noted the city supported the Hockey Canada Skills Academy that started last fall with the donation of ice time at the Whitney Forum. He said they learned a lot about meeting the needs of at risk students. Zerbin read a letter from a teacher praising the program hoping students will sign up for next year with all the positive comments from students who took part this year. Lytwyn added 35 students took part this year with projections of 40 for next year.
Council referred a letter to their Committee of the Whole from the McIsaac School Playground Committee asking approval to go ahead with plans to upgrade the sliding hill behind the zoo. The committee would like to remove rocks and some trees and add fill to make it smoother as well as installing tire stairs built into the hill.
The Flin Flon Citizens on Patrol Program is promoting Spotlight on Speed Week all this week During the week the COPP volunteers are operating a speed reader board provided by Manitoba Public Insurance at different locations to raise awareness of posted speed limits in our community and as a reminder about the dangers of driving over the posted speed limit or too fast for road and weather conditions. Data collected will be shared with local law enforcement to help inform their speed enforcement efforts. They report in Flin Flon on average 14 to 17 percent of motorists are driving over the posted maximum speed limit and in some areas it’s as high as 27 percent.
COPP volunteers contributed 14 thousand patrol hours and over 22 thousand volunteer hours to the program last year alone. If you’re interested in joining or learning more about the local Citizens on Patrol Program contact Sinclair James at 271-4881 or email email@example.com.
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McIsaac and Ruth Betts School students are in Winnipeg tomorrow to participate in the Red River Heritage Fair. One of the local organizers Susanne Westhaver says the 13 students are there with their 8 winning projects from the local Heritage Fair held in February. She says they do three sessions of workshops and they have one judging session during the day. She notes the public viewing if anyone’s in the area is from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Axworthy Sportsplex on the University of Winnipeg campus and the awards are handed out at 6:30. She adds while they’re there they’re taking Friday to go to the Manitoba Museum and the Science Center.
The students will be returning to Flin Flon on Saturday.
Education Minister Ian Wishart presented excellence in education awards to nine Manitoba educators Friday. Among them was Ecole McIsaac School teacher Robert Abbott. Part of his Teaching Excellence presentation noted Abbott has been a physical education and health education teacher for most of his 15 year teaching career. He has spent thousands of volunteer hours looking after intramural and extra curricular programs on the local and divisional levels. Through his many efforts he has positively impacted student learning and engagement in the school division.
The award winners are selected from nominations received from parents, students, school trustees, fellow teachers or school division administrators.
School Superintendent Constance McLeese congratulated Abbott on his award as well as others nominated for the awards James Dumenko, Anna Harrison, Colleen Kennedy, Robyne Mansell, Shirley Payne and Penny Shroeder Grove.
The Snow Lake Chamber of Commerce is holding their third annual Spring Trade Show today and tomorrow. President Gerard Lamontagne says they’ll have a great variety of items including jewelry from Mexico, custom made knives, circus style food like candy apples, fudge, kettle corn, home products, gadgets, cosmetics, purses, business loan companies, government agencies, Tupper Ware, cars, trucks, pontoon boats,fishing boats, quads, side by sides, lawn tractors, lawn mowers and all sorts of other stuff.
The Trade Show is being held in the Snow Lake Arena today from 3 to 9 and tomorrow from 11 to 6.
McDonald’s Restaurant in Flin Flon is joining a national celebration of McHappy Day tomorrow. Store Manager in The Pas Shelly Gallaugher says they’re sponsoring Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg again this year as one family from Flin Flon and two families from The Pas have used it and again its with any coffee product you buy one dollar goes towards it or Happy Meals or any Big Mac a dollar goes. She adds they did the shoes last year and so they’re doing red hearts this year so any dollar donations from that goes right into that charity.
McHappy Day runs all day tomorrow with various community representatives helping out in the resaurant.
The United Steelworkers local 7106 held a ceremony at their monument to mark the National Day of Mourning. Their Health and Safety Rep Ken Bateman noted the 25th anniversary this month of the Westray Mine explosion in Nova Scotia and the fight for laws to protect workers resulting in the Westray Law but the fight continues. He said he hopes today is the reminder of the struggle and the pain up to now that those endured that we can rededicate the fight to make workplaces safe and help educate young people on health and safety so that history does not repeat itself. He asked for a moment of silence to reflect on those workers who have lost their lives and the family members left dealing with those who have gone to work and not returned.
Wreaths were laid by various union and community representatives with messages remembering those who died or were injured on the job and the need to make working condition safe for everyone.
The Northern Health Region and Hope North are presenting an evening with Theo Fleury Wednesday. Fleury has incredible life experience both on and off the ice and has written two best sellers after years of recovering from dealing with alcoholism and sexual abuse as a youth. Hope North’s Ebony Trubiak encourages you to hear his message. She says they’re bringing Fleury here to raise awareness about trauma and recovery from trauma. She says Theo is a speaker who’s really popular, he’s a former NHl hockey player and he’s got a story to tell that she thinks a lot of people know about but it’s his life work now to create awareness and to help people get to where they want to go.
Fleury will be at the Public Library from 11 to 1Wednesday for a book signing and will be speaking to students in the schools. He will be speaking on Don’t Quit Before the Miracle at a free public presentation Wednesday night at 7 in the Hapnot Collegiate gym.
Rockcliff Copper Corporation has released drill results from its recently completed phase two drill program on their Talbot property. The property forms part their Snow Lake project centered in the Snow Lake Mining Camp.
The Company reports the discovery of a high grade Volcanic Massive Sulphide zone termed the North Lens Deep Zone intersected in the last two holes of the drill program. Drilling 250 meters below a previously reported VMS discovery included 1.92 meters grading 1.44 percent copper, 1.66 grams per ton silver, 5.16 percent zinc and 26.5 grams per ton gold.
Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre says this important early stage VMS discovery initially identified as a high priority geophysical conductive plate hosts significant concentrations of copper, gold, zinc and silver. Further drilling is planned this year to identify the plate’s significant economic potential.
Your local RBC and Women of Influence are reminding you about nominations for the RBC Women Entrepreneur Awards. Media Rep Stephania Varalli explains their goal is to recognize the female entrepreneurs that operate in Canada who are contributing to the economy and their communities and that can be on a local level, on a provincial level, national level or even internationally. She says it’s not only because they deserve that recognition but because they really serve as role models to other women who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs themselves.
To nominate a woman entrepreneur go to their website www.womenofinfluence.ca and click on the link to the RBC Award. Over the 25 years the awards in six categories have been available over 25 thousand women from their early 20’s to their mid 80s from every sector of the economy have been nominated with 126 awards presented.
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Norva is creating a new exhibition for the Flin Flon Homecoming this summer. The Centre’s Mike Spencer says they want to show people at the Homecoming how much culture has been part of Flin Flon’s history and still is today so they’re looking for art work from artists past and present with a Flin Flon connection. He says they want works that will speak to the culture and the history in the area and so they are welcoming people who have art in their collection that might fit the bill for their exhibition as well as artist who are working now or have made work previously that they think will fit the exhibition.
The exhibition will run from June 19th to July 28th at the Norva Centre. If you can help out call Norva at 687-4237, visit their website www.norvacentre.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Commission related to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is asking for people to share their stories. The Commission is asking family members, loved ones and survivors of violence wanting to share their experiences with or testify before the inquiry to email them with your name, contact information and location. A member of the Commission team will follow up.
There will be several ways to share evidence, testimony and stories. The deadline for standing has passed but family members and survivors of violence do not require standing to share their experiences. The Commission notes your reasonable expenses for attending a fact gathering hearing will be covered.
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The Flin Flon Environment Council held their annual meeting last night. Recycling Centre Administrator Deb Odegaard reported they recycled 442 tonnes last year down 18 tonnes from the previous year but co-mingled materials were up 11 thousand tonnes. She says this is encouraging as this material reflects residential recycling which means more people are recycling at home.
Odegaard added the red bag curbside service in Flin Flon continues to cover its costs, business pickup continues to be a major part of their operation, Creighton curbside pick up has greatly reduced garbage truck loads, Denare Beach is supporting the recycle program and the year round hazardous waste drop off depot at the Flin Flon landfill has been approved.
The Recycling Centre Community Champion Award was presented to Graham Craig, the Employee service award to Earl Crouse and the Board Member Award to LaVerne Hinzman for their volunteer work and support of the Centre.
The Recycling Program will celebrate 25 years in November.
April 28th is recognized as a National Day of Mourning. United Steelworkers Local 7106 Health and Safety Rep Ken Bateman explains the day is recognized in over 100 countries as the day to remember those employees that went to work and didn’t have an opportunity to come back and be with their families due to the fact that they’re either seriously injured or killed at work adding once again they take safety as their number one priority.
Bateman adds this year marks a special remembrance as May 9th is the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine explosion in Nova Scotia. You’re invited to the ceremony at 7:30 tomorrow night at the Steelworkers monument in Flin Flon across from the Gateway followed by a gathering at the Steelworkers Hall and at the Miner’s Cenotaph in Snow Lake at 7:30 as well.
At a recent meeting the Flin Flon School Board faced questions from two concerned citizens regarding the purchase of Saint Mary’s Church. Tuesday night the Board and Division Maintenance Supervisor Brent Osika answered those concerns. The Board has consulted with many professionals like the City’s Building inspector, the Fire Department, Health Inspector as well as multiple certified tradesmen. Some minor repairs will need to be addressed but no major renovations are required. The Board in conjunction with the Food Bank hopes to be able to utilize the building to its full potential by the fall.
In other news the Board passed a motion regarding the planning of the next Hapnot Travel Club destination as presented by Daniel Dillon on April 11th. Superintendent Constance McCleese in her report gave praise to the recent Canadian Parents For French evening which was accompanied by what she called a spine tingling performance from the Aurora Borealis Chamber Choir and others.
General Manager Becky Cianflone spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday on Community Futures Greenstone. She noted the purpose of the Community Futures program is to help communities develop and implement local solutions to local challenges and opportunities. She says one area they are working in is to encourage youth entrepreneurs giving as an example the Hapnot 20 time project. She explained they are allowed to spend 20 percent of their time for kind of an independent study project and it has to be focused on entrepreneurship, so the idea of something you could turn into a business. She says they certainly see a gap in traditional education models in teaching kids about entrepreneurship and financial literacy and all these pieces that we need to grow successful business owners one day.
Cianflone said they have also been working with young people through their BizKids workshops, Frontier Collegiate’s Egg Lake Project and planning Biz Camps this summer in Flin Flon and Snow Lake, an Indigenous youth biz workshop and are looking at expanding programs for all ages through the school divisions.
Tickets for the Flin Flon Community Choir’s production of Grease keep selling out. All tickets for the May 5th, 6th and 7th shows sold out as have the tickets for the Homecoming performance on July 2nd. Director Crystal Kolt says people still have a chance to see Grease as they are selling tickets for the dress rehearsal next Thursday night May 4th. She says they want to give people another opportunity to see it. She says this will be a dress rehearsal and people will be able to see an amazing production as this is something unparalleled here in our communities.
Tickets at 20 dollars for adults and 10 for youth will be available Saturday from 12 to 2 in the Flin Flon Community Hall lobby and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 7 also in the Community Hall.
Parents are reminded to register your children for Kindergarten in Flin Flon School Division. Assistant Superintendent Dean Grove says they should register by Friday at the latest. He says they’re asking parents to go to the nearest school in their catchment area and pick up a registration form. He reminds you if you’ve had your child enrolled in Kindervention you don’t need to do this as you’ll already be registered for Kindergarten automatically. Grove says you go there, bring a birth certificate and they’ll give you the forms and the deadline date for that is April 28th but if you are applying for school of choice that’s a different form and you need to come up to the Admin office to get that form and the deadline for that is May 15th.
More information is available at both McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools or by contacting the Board Office.
Walmart Canada has launched their Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign which includes its Flin Flon store. This is a national fund raising campaign calling on Canadians to join the fight against hunger. The campaign runs until May 10th hoping to raise enough funds to secure five million meals for Food Banks Canada and its network of more than five hundred Food Banks including our Lord’s Bounty Food Bank.
You can join the campaign by purchasing participating products from some of Canada’s largest food companies with vendors donating a portion of the proceeds. You can donate at the register by rounding up your purchase to the nearest dollar. You can share the hashtag #FightHungerSparkChange and Walmart will donate a dollar and non-perishable food items are being collected in a bin at the front of the store.
Foran Mining Corporation has engaged an international independent mining consulting firm Micon International Limited. They will conduct a detailed technical review of the Preliminary Economic Assessment completed on Foran’s McIlvenna Bay project 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.
The review will lay out budgetary options for development in terms of timing and costs, putting the Company in a better position to choose the most appropriate path forward to completing Preliminary Feasibility Studies.
The Preliminary Economic Assessment was completed by JDS Energy and Mining in January of 2015 and envisioned a five thousand tonne per day conventional underground mining operation utilizing longhole stoping and cemented paste backfill. The mine was expected to have a 14 year life with a stand alone concentrator adjacent to the McIlvenna Bay mine.
Community Futures Greenstone continues a series of free Lunch and Learn workshops on Branding and Marketing. Their Manager Becky Cianflone says their next workshop is on May 3rd. She says this topic is Marketing Have A Strategy so this is all about building that marketing strategy. She says it’s almost like building a business plan but it’s directly related to all the marketing efforts for your business.
You can bring your lunch and attend the workshop Wednesday, May 3rd from 12 to 1 at the Northern Mining Academy at 2 Hart Avenue. An RSVP would be appreciated by calling 687-6967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org but walk ins are welcome. Two more workshops on marketing and advertising will be held May 17th and 31st.
The Employment Links Development Center is beginning a new session of EWIN or Entry to Work in The North Program May 1st. The Center’s Barb Link explains they offer Manitoba residents life skills, upgrading your essential skills such as numeracy, reading, oral communications, some computer use, thinking skills, working with others and they do certificate programs such as first aid, CPR, WHMIS, safe foods and others.
Link says you can come to their office at 51 Main Street tomorrow at nine for the first intake and assessment or call Barb for a second date. For information you can call their office at 204-687-8791.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary the RCMP are asking for help in naming 14 foals born this spring at their breeding farm in Ontario. A winner will be selected from each of the 13 provinces and territories and an entry submitted by a school class will also be selected.
To qualify names must begin with the letter “O”; an individual entry must include a child’s first name only, school, city, province and email address; school class entries must include the teacher’s name, school, city, province and email address; entrants must be 14 years old or younger; only one entry per child and online entries must be received no later than April 30th.
To enter online go to your favorite search engine and type in name the foal contest Canada 150 edition. Winners will receive a number of RCMP prizes including a framed picture of the foal. Winner will be announced in May on the RCMP website.
The Women’s Resource Center is holding a Jail N Bail fund raising event during the Leisure Show Thursday through Saturday. The Center’s Colleen Arnold explains it begins with participants putting in a request to put themselves in or have their boss, their spouse, a politician, a friend or a co-worker arrested and then the mock police officers arrest the jailbird and their whisked off to jail which is at the Sportex during the Leisure Show. She says the jailbirds do have to agree to this and then they have to receive pledges to get themselves out.
Arnold adds last year they raised just under two thousand dollars. Arrest forms are available by contacting the Women’s Resource Center. All bail donations of 20 dollars or more will receive a tax receipt with all proceeds going to the operation of the Safe Haven which is an emergency shelter for abused women and their children.
Simon House Bible Camp is taking registrations for their summer camps. Director Darrell Janzen says they have camps and fun activities planned all summer. He says they have camps for all ages from 6 all the way up to 17. He says they have three days and 2 nights for ages 6 to 9 and then from 8 to 17 they have week long camps after that. He notes you can register by going to their website www.simonhouse.ca to register online and print off registration, you can call them at 687-3340or if you’re in the Flin Flon area they have an office above pharmasave.
Janzen adds their discount early bird registration deadline is April 30th with regular registrations continuing after that. They have financial assistance through the Sunshine Fund for those who need it so all children have a chance to attend camp. They will also be at the Leisure Show in the Creighton Sportex this weekend with camp information.
The Federal and Manitoba Governments will invest in 24 new water and waste water projects across the province.
Among those receiving funding is the Town of Snow Lake which will received funding for phase two of their water and sewer line renewal project. The federal government will invest just under 1.4 million dollars and the province just over 687 thousand in the project expected to begin in July.
The federal government funds up to fifty percent of eligible project costs with the province and municipality funding the balance.
The Flin Flon Credit Union held their Annual General Meeting Wednesday night.
President Rod Gourlay reported a successful 2016 noting the Credit Union passed the 50 million dollars asset milestone ending the year with 50.9 million in assets and a net income of 207 thousand dollars after taxes and allowances for doubtful loans. Financially the Credit Union improved its capital position bringing total equity to 3.5 million dollars to help ensure a strong and stable future for the organization.
The Credit Unions newest director Lorna Quinn was officially welcomed to the Board as her recent appoint was ratified by the membership. Three Board positions were up for election this year and incumbents Tom Fehr, Frank Fieber and Tina Tait were all returned to the Board by acclamation.
Copies of the summary financial statements will be available from the Flin Flon Credit Union website www.ffcu.ca.