Flin Flon Mayor Cal Huntley was re-elected by acclamation when he was the only candidate to file nomination papers Tuesday. He says he wants to keep moving forward with Council. He says it’s a tough environment right now but they’re trying to take a positive tack adding they’ve built a lot of good relationships with our neighboring communities as well as with the province that start to show some signs of fruition and he likes the road they’re travelling down right now and he just wants to continue with that. He notes he is very pleased that the community of Flin Flon, his home, has acclaimed him and he’s very proud of that and humbled as well.
Huntley says they have set the ground work and diversification is the key by moving from a mining community to a service community with mining still a big part of that but we want to be less dependent on where that mine is.
The Flin Flon and Area Against Sexual Exploitation Committee invites you to their seventh annual Grandmother’s Walk tomorrow. The Committee’s Christa McIntyre explains it was originally started by a grandmother who wanted us to stand together and let it be known that children’s voices need to be heard, that they’re not alone and that they’re loved, so we join together men, women, children and youth and we walk in solidarity to bring awareness to sexual exploitation and to help to deliver the message that violence against our children must stop.
The event begins at 11:30 tomorrow morning with a pipe ceremony at the Neighbors of the North Park near Super K. At 12 noon the Awareness Walk will go down Main Street to Pioneer Square where there will be free entertainment, food and refreshments.
The North Star Quilters Guild is holding its Quilt Show at the Flin Flon Community Hall tomorrow and Saturday. The Guild’s Audrey Neufeld says there’s going to be about 130 quilted items with quilters from Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Cranberry Portage and they have two members from southern Saskatchewan displaying items for the first time. She adds there’s also a Merchant’s Mall for quilters and other sewers with Road 17 North from Winkler and Mami’s Country Quilts from Duck Lake, Saskatchewan and both venders will be doing a demonstration of some new products.
There will also be raffles, a door prize, toonie parade, you can sign up for a beginners quilt class and enjoy coffee, tea and cookies. The show is open tomorrow from noon to 9 and Saturday from ten to four in the Community Hall with admission five dollars each day.
At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley reported the province has made changes to the Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit effective January 1st. It changes how the education property tax credit will be applied to residential homeowner’s property taxes as it will no longer be applied to municipal property taxes but will be applied to school taxes only.
Huntley added 1472 resident currently take part in the tax credit but 447 of those will no longer be able to apply the difference between their Tax Credit and their School Taxes to their Municipal Taxes and the minimum of 250 dollars has been removed. He notes residents assessed between 15 thousand and 72 thousand five hundred dollars will feel the impact of this change the most and any homeowners paying at least 7 hundred dollars in School Taxes will not seen a difference.
Flin Flon’s Culture Days are just over a week away. The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says the number of events keeps on growing. She explains they have another fabulous set of over 130 events happening in Culture Days recognized on the national site. She mentioned the market which is on Creekside called The Wild Things Outdoor Village and that is going to be just filled to the rafters plus a lot of other events so just check online on CFAR as well as the Reminder and go to www.culturedays.ca to see all the events.
Culture Days run from September 28th to 30th with all three days full of events with one of the popular participation events Dancing Down Main Street Sunday afternoon starting at 12:30.
When nominations closed at 4:30 this afternoon current Mayor Cal Huntley was the only candidate to file papers to run for Mayor. He will be declared elected by acclamation.
Twelve candidates are running to fill the six seats on Council. They include current Councilors Tim Babcock, Karen MacKinnon, Colleen McKee, Ken Pawlachuk and Guy Rideout along with Colleen Arnold, Joe Buie, Alan French, Thomas Heine, Dave King, Jordanna Oulette, and Patricia Sattelberger.
19 year Councilor Bill Hanson announced last week he would not be seeking re-election.
Eight candidates are running for the seven seats on the Flin Flon School Board including current Trustees Tim Davis, Leslie Fernandes, Amy Supergia Green, Angela Simpson and Murray Skeavington along with Jill Akkerman, Leslie Power and Ebony Trubiak.
All are for four year terms running until November 2022. Candidates have 24 hours to withdraw their name if they choose. Election Day will be October 24th.
Impact Youth is being held Thursday nights at the Alliance Church. One of the organizers Kayla Kemp explains it’s a program for youth 11 to 18 to explore their faith. She says they usually play games, have a time of worship, a snack, watch a video or listen to a talk and then depending on the size they’ll break into groups and discuss the topic for the night and then usually end in prayer, but also have nights where they’ll visit the senior’s residences or prepare freezer meals to give to people in need as well as occasional movie nights. She adds their main vision behind it is to provide a safe place for youth to come, open up and be real with each other and they want to see them transformed though the Gospel of Jesus that the youth would see how loved and valued they are by God and in turn show that love to those around them that they would each know they have a purpose and incredible power to make an impact on the world around them simply by living out their faith.
Impact Youth is free and runs from 7 to 9 Thursday nights at the Alliance Church at 237 Green Street. For information you can call Kayla at 204-271-5357 or Lia at 204-271-3738.
The Womens Resource Center is holding Crafts and Coffee Thursday afternoons. The Center’s Lori Sealey says it offers crafting and conversation for women to have an afternoon out starting this Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Womens Resource Center. She explains they would like the ladies to come out for coffee and crafting and they provide the snacks, beverages, all the supplies and they’ll be doing things like painting canvasses, Christmas cards, Christmas ornaments, scrapbooking, wreaths, themed holiday crafts which means Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines and there’s no cost to register, the crafts are yours to keep and if you have a pre-schooler bring them along.
To register for Crafts and Coffee you can call the Womens Resource Center at 204-681-3105.
The President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce attended the Northern Chambers meeting held in Flin Flon Saturday. Chuck Davidson says it’s important for them to get a sense of what some of the issues Chambers are dealing with in Northern Manitoba and what the provincial body can do to see that they’re addressed. He says there was a lot of discussion Saturday about economic development which obviously is a key pillar and a key challenge in northern Manitoba so a lot of those discussion took place in terms of we need to press the government to make sure that northern economic development continues to be a priority for them and that they understand the importance of northern Manitoba on the Manitoba economy.
Davidson adds regional meetings are held to make sure the provincial body remains connected to the seventy Chambers across the province and their concerns and to find some common goals as well.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Northern Chambers meeting Saturday. It was attended by Chamber members from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson and Swan Valley as well as representatives from the provincial Chamber offices in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Organizer local Chamber Past President Dianne Russell said it was a broad conversation highlighting some items including federal funding announced for the Churchill rail line. She explained they discussed how tourism connects to economic development, how they can combine their voices to have one voice so they’re more easily heard by their southern counterparts and how they’re trying to progress here in the north. She added there was a lot of focus on the big news Friday about the rail line and how they can continue to progress forward and the other line that came up is how can our municipalities be open for business.
The first meeting of northern Chambers was held in Thompson last year with a decision still to be made on who will host next year’s meeting.
The Freedom Outreach Program is holding its sixth annual Walk For Freedom Saturday. The group’s Kandie Lagore says walkers will meet at Jason’s Kal Tire in Creighton at 9:30 with the walk starting at 10 and ending at the Alliance Church with a barbeque. She explains the Walk is a fund raiser that Freedom Outreach runs and that’s to help raise funds for their Center and their Center is all about helping men struggling with addictions who want help to live a life of freedom.
Lagore adds the walk is open to all ages with sponsor sheets available at the Alliance, Baptist, Pentecostal, Salvation Army and Cornerstone churches or call the Center at 306-362-2117. The prize for the participant who raises the most money is a weekend stay for two at the Victoria Inn of your choice.
The 16th annual Manitoba Arts Networks Rural and Northern Juried Art Show is underway in Winnipeg. It features selected works submitted to the Regional Juried Art Shows held across Manitoba each year. This year’s show features sixty artists including Flin Flon Artists Karen Clark, Rosimeire Anjos, Matthew Enns and Kim Smedegaard as well as Elaine Angelski and Brandy Bloxom from Denare Beach. Brandy picked up second prize at the Manitoba show for her photo titled A Century Lost.
The Network states the show provides an opportunity for artists in the north and rural regions to present their work to an urban audience and gives Winnipeg audiences an idea of the scope of work being created outside the perimeter. The show is free and is being held at the Buhler Gallery at St. Boniface Hospital and is open Monday to Friday from 10 to 8 and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 until September 30th.
The rail line is the only land link to the subarctic town of 900 people, and was washed out by heavy flooding in the spring of 2017.
Since then, goods and people have had to be flown in and prices for groceries and fuel have skyrocketed.
A consortium of northern communities reached a deal recently to take over the rail line and port from Denver-based Omnitrax.
The federal funding consists of $74 million to help with the ownership transfer and necessary repairs.
Another $43 million will subsidize operations of the rail line and port for the next 10 years.
The Community Adult Learning Center has started their new season. The Center’s Heather Jobes explains the Community Adult Learning Center is a certified adult learning and literacy facility that provides and supports the development and delivery of adult focused programming for adults 18 years and over. She says their program offers help with literacy in areas such as reading, writing and communications as well as help with high school math and language arts credits. Jobes notes scheduling is flexible to meet your needs and their program is free of charge. She adds they also help prepare you for your GED test offered at their Center in November and registration for the GED test should be completed by mid October.
The programs at the Center run from September to June from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday. For information you can call 204-687-3223 or visit them on the lower level of the former Co-op store on Main Street.
Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced that it has acquired through map staking a one hundred percent interest in two separate land packages. They report they now control approximately 169 thousand hectares making it the largest landholder in the Snow Lake portion of the Flin Flon Snow Lake greenstone belt.
President Ken Lapierre says the belt has been home to over 30 base metal mines and 8 gold mines adding having worked there for over 13 years they felt the time was right to acquire key land position in a new mining camp south-southeast of Snow Lake. They Acquired the VMS number one and number two properties for their potential to host significant new high grade mineral discoveries. They are now beginning the compilation of all available data and are planning to complete an airborne geophysical survey with the ultimate goal of identifying drill targets.
The Fin Flon Arts Council held their annual meeting last night. President Sheri Pearson reported it has been a very busy year with lots of wonderful performances, opportunities and new talents emerging which is a trend that is exciting to watch as they seem to continually build on past performance seasons..
Highlights were reported from their eleven standing committees and the 12 organizations that fall under their umbrella.
Pearson mentioned several events for the upcoming season including continuing to evaluate the feasibility of the North Central Canada Center for the Arts and Environment. In upcoming performances she mentioned Ham Sandwich’s Treasure Island, Ballet Jorgen and the Community Choirs major performance of Mamma Mia adding the Marketing Committee is dedicated to creating a value added theme to all their performances which could include cabaret style performances with a bar or raffle tickets with themed gift baskets and prizes.
The Arts Council included in their constitution their mission statement to support art in the north and northern artists.
The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation held their annual meeting Tuesday night. Their Executive Director Laurence Gillespie says the meeting was highlighted by programs and community engagement. H explains they talked about the Neighborhood Renewal Fund, the current move underway to make sure that program is retained in Manitoba because we know it’s a very important one for Flin Flon. He adds they also talked about doing more to engage with the community like they want to do a lot more through community partnerships and integrating with the community and do things together with other organizations so they want to work on community outreach, they want to get more involved in the community so they got really good marching orders handed down by those who attended the meeting.
Gillespie says they also elected members to their Board but they still need three more members. Anyone interested can contact them at 204-687-6972 or drop into their office above Pharmasave.
The Manitoba Electoral Boundaries Commission held a hearing in Flin Flon yesterday on the proposed electoral division boundaries. One proposed change sees Flin Flon and The Pas riding becoming one due to low population in Flin Flon riding to get closer to their average of just over 22 thousand.
Greg Bauman questioned the population numbers used by the commission and also noted The Pas and Flin Flon have different economies and issues. He suggested keeping the two ridings separate with Flin Flon expanding further north as well as east to include Waboden adding current boundaries have worked well for 50 years. MLA Tom Lindsey said if the population of Flin Flon is the problem then he agrees with the changes proposed by Bauman noting its more about representation than numbers supported by Leslie Beck who questioned how do you get people in isolated communities to have fair representation in the Legislature. Mayor Cal Huntley added since there is no solution to these issues raised why change the boundaries unless they can show there are huge improvements to come beyond just numbers.
Commission Chair Richard Chartier said they will do their due diligence in looking at population adding they also look at putting communities of interest together. Their final report is due December 31st.
Superintendent Constance McCleese reported teaching staff from all schools in the Division will be attending ELA training this month in The Pas. The courses are conveniently held in The Pas to avoid flying to Winnipeg as staff from Kelsey and Swan Valley School Divisions will also be taking part in the ongoing training sessions hosted by members from the Ministry of Education. Teaching staff from Flin Flon Division will also be participating in early literacy assessment training here in October, part of ongoing training from the Ministry of Education. Staff have also been reviewing accessibility training this month provided by the Rick Hanson Foundation.
The French Immersion video conferencing system is up and working. The Division has received a letter from the Ministry of Education proclaiming the week of September 17 to 21 as School Support Staff Week in Manitoba. McCleese stated the Division is fortunate to have hard working EAs and Maintenance staff that continue to do an excellent job.
Nominations closed at 4 yesterday afternoon for a byelection for one Councilor for the Town Of Creighton. Six people filed papers by the deadline including Steele Higgins, Richard Masson, Max Owen, Anita Rainville, Heather Strom and Matt Winterton. The candidates have 24 hours to withdraw their name if they choose.
An advance poll will be held October 3rd with election day October 17th.
The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA is holding a Bark-A-Billy event Saturday night. Board member Carmen Ward says they need your support. She explains they are hosting a Rockabilly band from Saskatoon called Hot Rod Hullaballoo which is something new they’re bringing to Flin Flon so they’re pretty excited and encouraging the public to dress up in their poodle skirts and for the guys to grease back their hair and have fun and there’re also going to have a 50-50 draw at the concert. She adds it’s a really important fund raiser for the SPCA as they are currently full of cats and dogs and they really need support from the public.
The event takes place Saturday night at 9 at the Unwinder in the Victoria Inn with tickets 30 dollars at the door.
Flin Flon City Council passed on final reading last night a bylaw to establish the uptown commercial district as a zone for the permitted sale and distribution of recreational cannabis. This bylaw will apply when sales become legal across the country in October and if a retail outlet is approved for Flin Flon.
Mayor Cal Huntley reported that Councilor Bill Hanson who could not attend last night’s meeting has advised them that he will not be seeking re-election this fall. He has served 19 years on Council.
Councilor Ken Pawlachuk commented it is exciting news that the Churchill rail line and Port have been purchased by a consortium in which they have a share with repairs coming up for the rail line. Mayor Huntley noted there is a federal government announcement coming up on Friday related to Churchill.
Mayor Huntley also commented he is impressed with the brand unveiled for Flin Flon by Travel Manitoba. He says Flin Flon The Water and The Wild really captures Flin Flon as when we do anything here especially with recreation we head for the water and we certainly have the wilderness. He says they are excited with the tools they have been given and a group will be formed to see where to go with the brand in promoting the community.
The President and Vice Chancellor for University College of the North Doug Lauvstad spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday. He reported they have campuses in The Pas and Thompson and 12 regional campuses including Flin Flon and 9 of them in First Nations. He explained in 2016-17 they enrolled 23 hundred students in adult learning, certificate, diploma and undergraduate degree programs speaking of their success. He said most of their graduates get jobs and that’s consistent with other community colleges and universities particularly in the north where they’ve heard over and over again the skill shortages particularly in trades, technologies, professional classifications.
Lauvstad added we need to develop skills so we can grow and diversify our industries so UCN is undertaking a comprehensive strategy including connecting with the labor market and their needs, focusing on the skills needed, strengthening their internal systems and sharing their story and their success.
Community Futures Greenstone includes Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage, Snow Lake and Sherridon. They have an eleven member Board made up of representatives from these communities and offer business support and business financing to the communities.
Manager Becky Cianflone reported their 2017-18 year went well. She said they are dedicated to helping communities, local governments and volunteer groups in obtaining what they need to be successful in their projects. She added for the year the Board identified three strategic goal areas including development and promotion of tourism, entrepreneurial culture and youth that includes programs to expose children to business concepts at an early age and effective loan management.
During the year they distributed four loans totaling just over 369 thousand dollars, 101 in depth services were provided for individuals requiring technical and advisory services, they had 325 training session participants and in a typical month provided services to 8 to 9 business clients.
Tom Therien will continue as Board Chair, Cathy Fidierchuk Vice Chair and Cal Huntley Secretary Treasurer.
Creighton Community School is holding its annual open house this evening. School Coordinator Carol Sutherland invites you to the school to meet their staff and tour their school as well as enjoy a complimentary light supper. She notes transportation will be provided with pick up at the Band Hall at 5:30 and the Alpine at 5:40 and retuning to Denare Beach at 7:30. She says all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and they hope to see everyone there.
The open house runs from 6 to 7:30 this evening at Creighton Community School.
The Community In Motion Committee, Flin Flon Parks and Recreation and the Town of Creighton are holding a Color Fun Run. You’ll be covered in colors as you travel the trail in Creekside Park Sunday afternoon. The committee’s Christa McIntyre explains everyone can take part in this free event. She says what’s important for people to understand about the Color Fun Run is it’s exactly that a fun run so it’s designed for adults, seniors, youth, children. She notes if individuals want to really run the race they are welcome to but others are welcome to walk it as it’s just an event to get people out and get them active.
The committee prefers that you pre-register with forms at the Rec Office at the Community Hall, the Primary Health Care Center or the Creighton Recreation Office. If you haven’t pre-registered show up at Creekside Park at 1 Sunday afternoon for registration with the run starting at 2. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Far Resources Limited has filed the first ever Technical Report for Dyke One on its Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake. The report provides detailed information on Fars maiden mineral resource as part of Dyke One which covers one of many under explored lithium bearing dykes on the property and supports its ongoing exploration and development initiatives.
Far President Toby Mayo says this inferred resource is a required step in derisking the project, exploration at Zoro has continued throughout the summer and they look forward to drills returning later this year.
The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is holding their annual meeting tomorrow night. Executive Director Laurence Gillespie invites you to come out and learn about their programs. He says they will be focusing on grant programs they’ve been offering, the previous small grants program and looking at the Neighborhood Renewal Fund. He adds they’ll be talking about the events they’ve done in the past and discuss plans for future events and also look into electing new members to the Board.
The meeting is being held tomorrow night at 7 in the City Hall Board Room.
Flin Flons Ray Berg spent the summer collecting pledges for the Journey of Hope Walk. He had set a goal of five thousand dollars to support the free programs and services provided by the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society through their annual Walk and says he passed that. He explains he’s been able to collect approximately 44 hundred dollars in cash and 900 dollars in personal cheques and he’s also been able to send out about 150 index cards explaining to people how they can donate online but he has no idea how much was donated online.
The Walk takes place Saturday in Winnipeg and Ray will be represented by the Society’s Special Events Supervisor Katrina Tinman. If you still want to pledge you can email Katrina@mss.mb.ca. For information you can call Ray at 204-687-8105.
The Manitoba Electoral Boundaries Commission is encouraging you to attend a hearing on the proposed electoral division boundaries. One proposed change sees Flin Flon and The Pas constituencies becoming one. Communications Manager Alison Mitchell says it has to do with population and Flin Flon was the electoral division with the lowest population in the province. She explains the average is around 22 thousand and they were just over 15 thousand so it was clear that some change had to be made in Flin Flon so in terms of combining Flin Flon and The Pas even though The Pas did have close to the average the decision was made to bring those two together.
A hearing will be held in Flin Flon Wednesday morning from 10 to 12 in the Northern Room at the Victoria Inn. Everyone can attend but if you want to make a presentation register at their website www.boundariescommission.mb.ca.
The Flin Flon and District Environment Council is holding a Hazardous Waste Collection Day tomorrow afternoon. Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard explains hazardous waste is any of those things that have danger symbols on them whether it’s corrosive, explosive, poisonous or flammable and it would include all of the aerosol cans, paints, pesticides, gasoline, those types of things noting gasoline containers have to be left at the Landfill. Odegaard adds this day is a special day for hazardous waste but the Hazardous Waste Depot is actually open year round so if people don’t make it on Saturday they can bring it any time to the Flin Flon Landfill.
The hazardous waste Collection Day runs from 2 to 4 tomorrow afternoon at the Flin Flon Landfill.
The Alpha Course is starting a new session at the Flin Flon Alliance Church Tuesday evening. Pastor Reg Friesen says Alpha has a lot to offer noting if you’ve ever wondered is there more to life than just the day to day the Alpha Course is a great way to discover there’s so much life to be experienced. He says he knows for many people who’ve taken the time to explore life and faith in this way it has been an incredible season in their lives so you can join them on Tuesday at 6 pm for their celebration dinner. He says it’s just a fun relaxing evening with some music and a video so it’s a great way to learn what the course is about so if you want to connect with some really friendly and welcoming people they’ll set a place for you at one of the dinner tables so come out with a friend or come and meet some new friends.
To register or for more information you can call the Church at 204-687-8498.
Re Uz It accepts donations of gently used items they sell to support local groups and organizations. Manager Kathy McCormick says funding is now available. She explains Re Uz It invites non-profit groups and organizations in Flin Flon and surrounding area who may require a bit of financial assistance with a project to apply with them for up to one thousand dollars. She says applications will be accepted from September 10th to the 21st in writing to Re Uz It, 359 Queen Street, Flin Flon, Manitoba, R8A 0M8 and those chosen will be contacted.
Presentation of funds will take place at 2 pm September 29th at Re Uz It at 5 Cliff Lake Road.
The Flin Flon Fire Departments annual Charity Boot Drive is taking place tomorrow. Fire Chief Chad Cooper says they again will be supporting three organizations. He explains in partnership with the local Scotia Bank branch they will be holding the Boot Drive from 9 to 4:30 across from the KFC on Third Avenue. He says this year the funds raised will be going to the Flin Flon Community Adult Learning Center, the Flin Flon Northern Lights Regional Training Center and the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund so they invite everyone to come down and support your local Firefighters and any donation will be appreciated.
This is the 22nd year for the Fire Departments Boot Drive. Last year they raised 14,500 dollars for the Firefighters Burn Fund, the Flin Flon Ski Club and the Friendship Center.
Branding involves developing an image to promote what a community has to offer to attract people and economic development to the community. Tourism Manitoba began the process by meeting with stakeholders from Flin Flon , Creighton and Denare Beach and then retained McKim Communications to develop a place brand. The CEO of Tourism Manitoba Colin Ferguson says people should be coming here as it’s a gorgeous community, it has some great assets, it’s got incredible nature but there’s a lot of people in Winnipeg or other parts of Manitoba or the world who have no idea what Flin Flon is, what it stands for or what it’s got.
The brand is Flin Flon The Water and The Wild with the color and flow of the graphic emphasizing the water and natural surroundings supporting the tag line The Water and The Wild. Tourism Manitoba will continue to work with a group of local volunteers in developing a marketing strategy around the new brand.
You can find pictures at www.flinflononline.com.
Frank Gira, Father Paul Bringleson, Morley Naylor
The 21 Field Engineer Squadron Historical Committee Recognition Ceremony was held Friday at the Wekusko Falls suspension bridge site. Part of the ceremony involved a tribute to those who participated in the suspension bridge project in 1965 and have since passed on conducted by committee member Frank Gira and Father Paul Bringleson.
The Committee’s Morley Naylor reports representatives of the Sustainable Development Parks and Regional Services out of The Pas were on hand and Gira presented District Park Supervisor Rodney Forbes with an appreciation plaque consisting of a Canadian Military Engineers Badge with other details. Forbes thanked retired 21 Field Engineer Squadron personnel on hand for the original commitment the Squadron undertook in the construction project and repair missions over the years. The new signage at the site supplied by Sustainable Development includes a Canadian Military Engineer Badge, Engineer Prayer and an historical update regarding the suspension bridges.
Simon House Bible Camp is holding a fall retreat Friday to Sunday. Executive Director Darrell Janzen says it will be a fun weekend for ages 11 to 17. He explains their retreats are a lot of fun and they’re kind of a quick version of summer camp but what’s special about this weekend is they have a guest, he’s a Christian hiphop artist coming in to do some speaking as well as a concert for them on the Saturday night. He says his name is Ezekiel McMurtry and they’re really looking forward to having him come up.
You can register or find more information by calling 204-687-3340 or visit their website at www.simonhouse.ca. The cost is 84 dollars.
Entitled Raising Canada the report has been released by Children First Canada and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health.
Some highlights show the leading cause for childhood deaths in Canada are preventable accidents and injuries and suicide. Manitoba’s infant mortality rate is 5.4 deaths per one thousand with BC the lowest at 3.5.
1.2 million children live in low income housing with Manitoba ranked third out of all provinces for the highest number of children in this housing. Regarding children 12 to 17 being overweight or obese Manitoba is the fourth healthiest province at 26.8 percent.
Today’s report is a call to action for the federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as all Canadians to do more to invest in the health and wellbeing of Canada’s children.
The Creighton Annual Home Business Show is being held Friday and Saturday. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they have had a good response from businesses. She says you’re going to see over 50 tables set up in the Sportex including produce, knitting, honey, jewelry, all kinds of home businesses, solar power and canned goods, something for everybody.
The Home Business Show will be open in the Sportex Arena Friday from 6 to 9 and Saturday from 10 to 5.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation is again holding an event called Registration Under One Roof Thursday. Recreation Director Caitlin Bailey says people interested in registering for upcoming events will be able to do so in one place. She says they have everything from dance to judo, Minor Hockey, skating club, Army Cadets, Guides, Flin Flon Parks and Rec will be there as well as Creighton Rec so you’ll be able to see everything they have going on for fall and get your kids registered for everything they want to take part in. She adds also there are opportunities for adults with volunteer opportunities, groups like Kinettes and things like that so there’s something for everybody.
Organization booth set up will be held Wednesday from 4 to 10 and it will be open to the public for registrations Thursday from 5 to 9 in the Flin Flon Community Hall.
Students from Creighton Community School are getting ready to go back to school next week. Principal Patty Korchinksi says students will arrive back on September 4th first thing in the morning and the grade 7 to 12 students will go to a home room class where they’ll pick up their time tables for the day while the grade 1 to 6 students will just go to their regular teacher’s class and they’ll start the day running.
If you need more information you can call the School at 306-688-5138, visit their website www.creightonschool.com or message them on Facebook.
Flin Flons Norva Centre held a series of arts and crafts classes for kids through July and August. The final class on water color painting is this afternoon from 1 to 3. Manager Mike Spencer says it went well and they are already planning for next year. He says they are looking for new ideas for classes that people are interested in and also new instructors who would be interested in connecting with Norva and offering classes so if you have ideas they’d like you to take part and stay tuned for next year. He adds they’ll also be doing kids classes through March break.
If you have new ideas or are interested in instructing classes contact the Norva Centre at 204-687-4237, email email@example.com or drop in at 177 Green Street.
Rockcliff Metals has started its exploration program on their high-grade Laguna and Lucky Jack Gold Properties near Snow Lake. Their President Ken Lapierrs says they now have boots on the ground at Laguna and are excited to be partnered with Kinross in a systematic exploration program in preparation for their fall drill program which will be the first drilling conducted on the property since 1944. He says the Laguna and Lucky Jack Gold properties have excellent potential to host significant and high grade gold mineralization similar to what was at the past producing Rex-Laguna Mine which was Manitoba’s first and highest grade gold mine.
The drill program at the Laguna Gold Property is planned for the fourth quarter.
Nominations for the by election to elect one Town Councilor for the Town of Creighton closed yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Returning Officer Paula Muench says since no nominations were received by that time she is putting out another call for nominations. She says it will close on September 12th.
Nomination forms are available at the Creighton Town Office.
Superintendent Constance McCleese reported that eleven new teachers will be instructing in the Division this year and she outlined some of the new resource material they will have to review, information relevant to the Division’s curriculum. The Division plans to focus on mathematics this year at the elementary level and the Division Leadership Team will be participating in a wide variety of workshops.
Over the summer a lot of upgrade projects were started including the whole phone system, improvement to WIFI and internet, work on the TVI building at Hapnot and work continues on the roof at Ruth Betts which should be completed in mid September.
The Board also gave a huge thanks to the Rotary Club as they were very generous in donating seven sets of equipment for the Hockey Academy.
Trustees Murray Skeavington reminded motorists that the 30 km per hour speed limit in school zones is back in effect starting September 3rd so please slow down and watch for students.
The local Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is holding auditions Tuesday for their fall production. Director Diane Therien says they will be performing a pantomime Treasure Island by Ben Crocker. She says it’ definitely based on that but sometimes the characters are not exactly what you would expect. She explains it’s been about 20 years since they did a pantomime in Flin Flon and one of the ones that stands out in her mind is Cinderella where Buzz Trevor and John Taylor were the ugly step sisters so that kind of tells you what a pantomime is, it’s very over the top, it’s very funny, it’s silly, it’s wherever their vision takes them.
Auditions are being held Tuesday night at 7 on the Flin Flon Community Hall stage with the performance November 16th and 17th. Therien says they need to fill at least 22 parts and are looking for people with experience or no experience for major or smaller roles so it would be a good opportunity for anyone who has ever been interested in trying out for theatre.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in D Division in Manitoba are recruiting youth for their 2018-19 National Youth Advisory Committee. To apply you must reside in Canada and be 13 to 21 years old and applications must be received by September 7th.
The RCMP explain this is an opportunity for young people to get involved in the conversation about community, youth topics and solutions in Canada. Committee members from all over the country interact online and discuss important issues that they face in their respective communities providing valuable input so it’s important that Manitoba Youth apply to ensure their voice is heard at the national level.
Committee members are eligible to receive reference letters and volunteer hours and most importantly they have an active role in shaping what the RCMP offers young people. For details go this story at www.flinflononline.com and click on visit the RCMP website.
Flin Flon residents will go to the polls October 24th to elect a Mayor, City Councilors and School Trustees. Updates to the voters list are being held Friday from 8 to 4:30 in the City Hall Council Chambers. This is when you can make changes to the voters list if you are an eligible voter and want you name added, if a name needs to be removed or any other corrections that need to be done.
If you need more information you can visit the City page at www.flinflononline.com.
Hapnot Collegiate will be helping grade nine students prepare for their first year at the Collegiate. Principal Brent Bedford says they want them to come to the Collegiate tomorrow. He says a lot of the students that are currently in the school have lots of plans for the students this Thursday. They are invited to come there for 11 o’clock when they will show them around the school, lots of activities and cook lunch for them as well, so that’s 11 to 2 on Thursday. Bedford adds all other students will be back a week from today and that’s just a regular quarter to nine in the morning class where they’ll give them their timetables and start day one.
The Collegiate will be open this week for students who want to come in and make changes to their timetables. Any students with questions can also drop in or call the Collegiate at 204-687-7506.
With Labor Day approaching this weekend MLA and Labor Critic Tom Lindsey says first the government froze the minimum wage and also made it harder to join a union making it harder to get ahead as a working person in this province so it’s time to consider what’s happening with jobs. He says that’s something we need to look at it’s what are the jobs of the future going to be in Flin Flon and the north. He notes shutting down a railway and allowing it to stay shut down hasn’t helped jobs in Churchill and we need to have a look at what the Mining Reserve Fund can be used for to help create mining jobs, exploration needs to take place and we need to make sure that the consultation is in place with First Nations communities so the north can grow together not separately.
Lindsey says he will raise these and other issues when the Legislature resumes sitting on October 3rd.
The 21 Field Engineer Squadron Historical Committee will commemorate the original construction of the suspension bridges at Wekusko Falls near Snow Lake. Members Morley Naylor and Frank Gira report on Friday they will pay tribute to all who served on the original project in August 1965 and have passed on with an upgraded display at the bridges with new signage including the Canadian Military Engineer Badge, the Engineer Prayer and a brief historical description of the events.
In August 1965 Reserve Army personnel from 21 Field Engineer Squadron in Flin Flon and other support elements took on the challenge of building suspension bridges at Wekusko Falls to open up camping and recreation facilities near Snow Lake. The week long project saw the participating soldiers challenged in all phases of military engineering including task planning, demolition, bridge construction, heavy equipment operation as well as carpentry, welding and hand tool skills.
The tribute ceremony will be held Friday at 12 noon at Wekusko Falls.
The Manitoba Government has renewed a partnership to collect and safely dispose of unused or expired medication. Nearly 350 registered pharmacies in the province participate in the program which has allowed them to collect and safely dispose of approximately 16 thousand kilograms of used or expired medication last year.
CEO of the Pharmacists of Manitoba Dr. Brenna Shearer says they know how important it is to regularly check our home for medications that are expired or no longer needed and to dispose of them properly to prevent misuse, accidental ingestion or harm to the environment adding the Medications Return Program allows people to do this in a convenient and easy manner.
One of the goals of the renewed program is to continue and further develop convenient province wide access to recycling opportunities including in northern, remote and Indigenous communities.
Following an extremely successful Blueberry Jam Music Gathering earlier this month the organizing group is targeting next August 9th, 10th and 11th for Blueberry Jam Two. They are also planning an annual general meeting in October to set up an executive and committees for next year’s event. Notice will be sent out when the date has been set. Everyone with an interest in the event will be welcome at the meeting to share their ideas.
The first Blueberry Jam Music Gathering was held August 10th to 12th in the Flin Flon Tourist Park.
Kickerfish is sponsoring the Northern Manitoba Walleye Classic one day two person team tournament Sunday. The group’s Eric Labaupa says this event takes place at Paint Lake near Thompson and it’ll be a live release tournament. He explains there’s a set limit on that lake so it’ll be the best six fish under 22 inches or 55 centimeters and bring them in, there’s a weigh in, they record your weight, release them back into the lake again, the best scores win and they’re awarding prizes to the top ten.
Labaupa says the top prize is a boat, motor and trailer valued at ten thousand dollars. He adds the best way to enter is at their website www.kickerfish.ca with an entry fee of three hundred dollars per team.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation is again holding an event called Registration Under One Roof Thursday, September 6th. Recreation Director Caitlin Bailey says people interested in registering for upcoming events will be able to do so in one place. She explains they are looking for any organization that wants to come out and take part in a completely free event. She says the organization booth set up because most of these organizations are run by volunteers takes place on Wednesday September 5th from 4 to 10 pm so you can come any time in there to set your table up, bring all of your things and then it will be open to the public on Thursday September 6th from 5 to 9 pm and it all takes place in the RH Channing Auditorium in the Flin Flon Community Hall.
Any groups or organizations who want to hold registrations at this free event can contact the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer in the Parks is completing their summer of activities for children four to nine years old. Supervisor Leanna Koop says the children enjoyed all their theme weeks. She says they started out kind of slow for attendance this year at the beginning but as the weeks went by they went up and they were at their max for a couple of weeks. She says they had a couple of new campers and returnees that have enjoyed Summer in the Parks in the past couple of years noting their Video Games Live Week was probably the most popular with max capacity for the whole week.
Koop adds the weather caused some plan changes over the summer but they had fun with different themes each week. Their summer of activities that began July 3rd wraps up this afternoon with Hay Day at the Zoo. Hay Day events have been cancelled but there is still a free barbeque at the Zoo from 3 to 5. Summer in the Parks is sponsored every summer by Flin Flon Parks and Recreation.
It Was a Fun Summer at the Library.
Camp Director Sioban McKenna says it was a great summer with a bit over 427 participants and some of the highlights include a really fun Minion Dance Party with a balloon drop, they had their STEAM Camp which was quite fun where they made ooblick, slime, a balloon powered Lego car and they’re just hoping that the wrap up party on Friday goes out with a really big bang because they’ve got tons of free food and tons of games and prizes.
The camps began on July 4th at part of their TD Summer Reading Club. The wind up barbeque takes place at the Library tomorrow from 1 to 3:30.
Flin Flon Culture Days finished number one in the country last year for the number of events in communities with a population of less than fifty thousand and number three overall. The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says it can be an even bigger celebration this year. She explains everybody who has an idea about Culture Days events is more than welcome to be included in the fun and you just have to let the Arts Council know that you’re interested and in terms of different events it is open to just whatever you have in your mind. She says it could be some kind of activity that you want to do at home or if you want a bigger venue they’ll help find a venue for you or if you need supplies they’ll help you find supplies as they just want to celebrate all of the amazing arts and culture and just general cultural events that are happening in the area.
If you have any ideas for Culture Days which run September 28th to 30th contact Crystal at the Arts Council office at 204-687-5974. The deadline to register if you want your event in the passport is August 31st but you can still register after that date.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation will be holding a Family Hay Day at the Zoo Friday. Zoo Supervisor Melissa Richardson says there’ll be fun for everyone with a bunch of games, activities, a bouncy house and if it’s nice out they’re going to have a slip n slide but if it’s not nice they’re going to do all of it at the Community Hall anyway so if it’s raining it’s still going on they’re just not going to be at the Zoo. She adds they’ve also got a cow pie eating contest, a couple of other activities for the kids and it’ll be a lot of fun. Hay Day runs from 3 to 5 Friday afternoon.
The event marks the close of the Joe Brain Petting Zoo after a successful season with the animals returning to The Pas and Prince Albert for the winter.
Last night Flin Flon City Council passed on secondl reading a bylaw establishing a zone for permitting the sale and distribution of recreation cannabis when it becomes legal if a retail outlet is approved for Flin Flon. The zone covers the uptown commercial district. There were no objections from the public at a hearing advertised for last night. The bylaw requires third reading before coming into effect
Council accepted the Fire Chiefs report for July indicating 14 incidents during the month. Councilor Ken Pawlachuk noted some people have questioned the fact the Fire Department went out to a bush fire near Bakers Narrows Lodge when there’s no agreement to fight fires in cottage areas. He said they have an agreement with Manitoba Hydro to fight fires that will affect their lines providing service to Flin Flon. The Cottage owners had the fire put out before the Fire Department arrived. Councilor Pawlachuk congratulated the Cottage Owners Association for offering fire fighting training for cottage owners.
Council has moved their next meeting from September 4th to the 11th due to another meeting.
Deputy Minister Rob Olsen, Minister Rochelle Squires,
Chamber President Chuck Davidson
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President Chuck Davidson reports they spent an afternoon at the provincial legislature talking tourism with the Minister of Sustainable Development Rochelle Squires. He says as Manitoba continues to see significant increases in tourism dollars, the importance of positioning tourism stakeholders and industries remains critical to future growth and our competitiveness with other provinces. The meeting along with her Deputy Minister Rob Olsen centered on extending the camping season in the province and creating more flexibility for obtaining fishing licences which has been promoted by the local Chamber for years including a cross border fishing licence.
Davidson reports the two hour discussion wrapped up with some exciting possibilities and agreement on the importance of creating that flexibility with more meetings planned for the months ahead.
A recent Dempsters poll revealed that Canada is a sandwich loving nation. It reveals 77 percent of parents plan to send their kids to school with a sandwich in their lunch this fall and 88 percent says they eat sandwiches themselves but not all Canadians can easily afford to eat them as evidenced by the more that the 860 thousand Canadians who use food banks every month according to Food Banks Canada.
In a release Dempster’s states to be part of a positive solution they will donate up to two million slices of bread to local food banks across Canada. They’re also asking Canadians to join them with the Buy a Lunch Give a Lunch initiative from August 23rd to October 3rd. For every Dempster’s product purchase during that time two slices of bread will be donated to Canadian Food Banks up to 110 thousand loaves of bread. You can follow the donation progress at www.buyalunch.dempsters.ca.
Although Flin Flon is not on the list of 175 projects approved some communities in the area have received funding. The Community Places program provides funding and planning assistance to build, upgrade, expand or acquire community facilities. The Snow Lake Centre on Family Violence will receive just over 13 thousand dollars for re-siding their building and the Pas Families Building a Better Community Group 50 thousand for a Spray Park. Successful grant applicants must also contribute to project costs often through local fund raising, grants from other sources or donated labor and materials.
Under the new Community Support Small Grants Program the Snow Lake Centre on Family Violence will receive 15 thousand for emergency short term operating funds and under the Community Planning Assistance Program the Kelsey Planning District including the RM of Kelsey, The Pas, LUD of Cranberry Portage and Hamlet of Wanless will receive just over 70 thousand dollars for a development plan bylaw and four zoning bylaws.
The Flin Flon Pride Committee held their second Pride Event over the weekend. At the raising of the Pride Flag at City Hall Friday Reverend Steve Wilson from Northminster Memorial United Church said we still have a ways to go but we have come a long way since he met his partner 37 years ago. He explained it was 30 years ago in August of 1988 that his church the United Church of Canada said that openly gay and lesbian people could be considered for ministry and that was the year he became a minister. In 1968-67 he added a man by the name of Pierre Elliott Trudeau who was then Justice Minister said the state had no place in the bedrooms of the nation and the criminal code was changed but not until 1999.
This was followed by the Trans March with Andrew Richard saying he is proud to be a Flin Flonner especially in the acceptance by his parents and the community as he came out as Transgender three years ago, feelings about the community echoed by other speakers. Other events included the Pride Parade Saturday followed by family and social events wrapping up with a Pride Mass last evening.
Rev. Steve Wilson
NDP Leader Wab Kinew was asked in an interview with Arctic Radio News last week about budget issues affecting Flin Flon and The Pas they are raising with the government. He replied jobs because we know that the government itself expects that the north across the region is going to lose 15 hundred jobs or more so the issue of jobs is hugely important and the issue of health care. He says we know there’s been changes to northern patient transfers, we know there’s communities losing doctors and we know that health care is a big issue for a lot of people so those are the issues they’ve been pushing on as people have been raising them with their party so he knows they’re raising them with the provincial government as well.
Kinew adds people in the north deserve to be able to earn a good income and also deserve to be able to get the health care they need close to home.
Manitoba Education and Training has announced the appointment of five new members and the re-appointment of two members to the University College of the North governing council.
Among the new appointments is Becky Cianflone of Flin Flon. She is the Executive Director of Community Futures Greenstone and her board experiences include the Northern Manitoba Tourism Advisory Committee, the Manitoba Sunflower Festival and the Flin Flon Women’s Resource Centre.
Tracey Como of Cranberry Portage has been re-appointed to the board. She is the Director of Employment and Training for the Manitoba Metis Federation and has been involved with many local boards and committees.
Also re-appointed was Albert Tait of Norway House and other new appointments are Alfred McDonald of The Pas and Cameron Mateika of Minitonas as Chair and two student board members MacGabrielle Lytle of Thompson and Ryan Shewchuk of The Pas.
The council consists of not more than 20 members serving terms of up the three years for regular members and one year for student members.
A group of volunteers came out on Tuesday to help level the Flinty Boardwalk beside Stittco. Flinty Committee Chair Dave Price says the fill under that section had washed away over the years with it sloping towards the lake. He says the City provided the crushed rock they needed, about 10 yards, and they dumped it over the fence from Stittco and they first of all had to cut out ten foot sections of the Boardwalk to make room for the fill and then they got some willing volunteers to level the crushed rock and Tuesday the final phase was to put down the boards again and now it’s nice and level and they hope it will stay that way for quite a number of years.
Price says the job was made easier because of the number of volunteers who turned out to help with the project.
A Free Spirit Festival is being set up for later this month. Organizer Katie Kozak explains a Free Spirit Festival is a skills sharing festival that will be held at Camp Whitney on the 27th, 28th and 29th. She says anyone can share skills that they have on anything adding all are welcome, families and kids, and as well they will have facilitators there on plant medicine, yoga and movement also doing workshops.
There is no cost for the Free Spirit Festival but you are asked to bring a food item for sharing. For information or to register email Katie at email@example.com.
Her nephew George Morin says Flora came to live in Flin Flon from Sandy Bay when she was 20. He says she took care of him in Flin Flon until he moved to Regina when in late fall 1979 and again in December his mother called to says Aunt Flora was missing. He explains the next call he got in April of 1980 and she says they found your Aunty deceased by the railroad tracks in Channing and it’s unknown how she would end up there as she was the type of person that never went further than downtown Flin Flon and she would usually come there during the week so it was uncharacteristic of her to end up in Channing by the railroad. He says it’s a suspicious death and there was never a conclusion and they were never notified as to what happened by the RCMP.
Morin says he testified at the National Inquiry on behalf of his Aunty. Anyone who remembers Flora Ballantyne is invited to join the walk beginning a 4 Saturday afternoon at Super K, down Main Street and then over to the Friendship Center for a traditional ceremony called a Ghost Feast.
A Soul Sisters Summer Camp is taking place at Camp Whitney next week. Organizer Katie Kozak explains this is a women’s retreat that’s focusing on plant medicine also movement and reconnecting to the earth and ourselves. She says it takes place on August 24th, 25th and 26th and its 340 dollars for the weekend and that includes everything such as all your meals and boat transport.
For information or to register for the Camp email Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also organizing a Free Spirit Festival the following week and we’ll have details on tomorrow’s news.
Wilderness and Water Campaigner Eric Reder reports a new poll conducted in June confirms the Manitoba Government must ban destructive logging and mining in provincial parks. He says in a Probe Research omnibus survey seventy percent of Manitobans polled support a phase out of industrial activity in the parks.
Reder states from the Wilderness Committee’s year of working to preserve provincial parks they know people want nature in our parks protected and this poll confirms that, adding now we need the Manitoba Government to demonstrate they care for our environment and permanently protect our parks. He noted major parks like Whiteshell, Nopiming, Duck Mountain and Grass River are all at risk from ongoing mineral exploration and Duck Mountain is also one of only two parks in Canada that have commercial logging occurring. He says there are two simple steps to phase industrial activity out of Manitoba parks ban new mining claims in parks and remove Duck Mountain Provincial Park from Louisiana Pacific’s logging tenure area when their environmental licence expires next year.
The Creighton Spray Pool windup is being held Friday afternoon. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they have activities planned to help celebrate the windup. She says they’re having their summer annual Spray Pool Fiesta and they’ll have some snacks for the kids, some games, face painting and lots of fun for a free afternoon.
The Creighton Spray Pool Fiesta runs from 1 to 3 Friday afternoon.
The Manitoba Youth Job Center is closing Friday after a successful summer. Youth Engagement Leader Melanie Krushelnyski says along with jobs it went well as they had some great kids who came and helped out with the events and hopefully next year they can get more kids to join in and do more events. She says they did lemonade on Main Street and they recently did a cookie mix sale and next year there will be more volunteering opportunities available, they just needed more kids this year.
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. If you need more information on the Center you can call the office at 204-271-1493 by Friday.
Picture From the Flin Flon Pride Facebook Page
The Pride event is planned for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Committee’s Jordanna Oulette reports they start out with the flag raising and speeches at City Hall at 5 o’clock Friday followed by the Trans March, then a huge barbeque hosted by CUPE, then they’re going over to Creighton Community Hall for the Family Dance from 6:30 to 8:30 and at 9 a Teen Movie and then over to the Hooter at 10 for the ABC Party, Anything But Clothes. She adds on Saturday at 11 am there’s the Pride Parade following the Canada Day Parade route and then 2 to 4 will be at the Creighton Spray Pool for the first ever Pride in the Park and then they’re closing it off with their Second Chance at Prom at the Unwinder at 9 pm.
The weekend wraps up with the first Pride Mass at St. Ann’s Church Sunday at 6:30 pm. Mayor Cal Huntley officially proclaimed this week as Pride Week and the Pride Committee has painted their rainbow crosswalk between the Royal Bank and the Steelworkers building along Main Street. For more information or to enter the parade visit the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.
The 19th 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. Brown explains it went really good as they had about 25 riders show up and they raised approximately 2 thousand dollars with a thousand going to Lance Abrahamson for first prize and worst hand was Eric Burroughs receiving 230 dollars with the rest going to bursaries.
The ride left Flin Flon at noon Saturday and left Wanless at 1 with stops at Fidler’s Corner and Cranberry Portage ending at the Hooter in Creighton.