The totals are in for a car wash fund raiser. On July 12th Flin Flon Fire Department volunteer fire fighters donated their fire training time to host a car wash fund raiser for the victims of the Tweedsmuir Street apartment fire. Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports the car wash donations totaled 2123 dollars and the City of Flin Flon donated the fire fighters training pay along with the use of their equipment and supplies bringing the total raised to 3271 dollars.
Cooper says he and the members of the fire department were deeply saddened seeing five residents of Flin Flon lose everything they had in the fire. He adds he is very proud of how small communities come together to help out those in need. He went onto thank everyone who came out to the car wash on behalf of members of the fire department as well as Flin Flon City Council for their continued support of the fire department and the fund raiser.
The fire on July 9th completely destroyed the apartment block on Tweedsmuir Street.
With heat warnings in effect for our area Safe Work Manitoba reminds you high daytime temperatures can make it challenging to work outdoors or in buildings without air conditioning. They note you can increase comfort by wearing clothing that is light weight, light colored and loose fitting, use fans indoors, take rest breaks, drink cool beverages and focus on lighter activities whenever possible leaving physically demanding tasks for cooler periods. If someone suffers heat stress where the body is unable to control its internal temperature move them to a cool shaded area, loosen or remove heavy clothing, provide cool drinking water and call 911.
The Manitoba government is investing 12 million dollars for municipal roads this year. Out of that total the City of Flin Flon is receiving 100 thousand dollars. Municipal Administrator Mark Kolt says the government has been providing grants for a number of years and the money is used for road resurfacing and other road repairs within the City.
The Municipal Road Improvement Program was developed in partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities and provides 50-50 cost shared funding for municipal road projects including the cost of new road construction and road renewal projects to extend the useful life of a road. A total of 188 projects were approved this year in 99 municipalities.
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must decide whether an environmental assessment is required for the proposed Lynn Lake Gold Project. They are looking for comments from the public and indigenous groups on the project and its affect on the environment.
Alamos Gold is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning and reclamation of an open pit gold mine and new metal mill located near Lynn Lake, Manitoba. The Lynn Lake Gold Project would involve the redevelopment of two historical gold mines, the Gordon and MacLellan sites and have an ore input capacity of eight thousand tonnes per day over an eleven year period. Components would include new mine infrastructure, open pits, an access road, a central ore milling and processing plant, ore stockpiles and mine rock storage areas, and a tailings management facility. For information Google Lynn Lake Gold Project.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation’s Summer in the Parks program is completing its first month. Supervisor Tristan Barteski says it’s been a fun summer so far with highlights on Nature Week, Gigantic Games Week and Animal Week this week and next week is their Water Week so they’ll be doing a lot of water activities and now that the Aqua Center is opening they’ll be going there, they have plans to go out to Denare Beach and they will be at the splash pad and wading pool. He adds after that they have the Super Heroes Week which will involve going up to the Fire and Police Departments to do tours, and then they have Outer Space Week and they end off with one of their favorites Holiday Week in which they’re introducing a new day St. Patrick’s Day and as always they’ll have their Halloween Day, Christmas day and their Birthday Celebration Day.
Summer in the Parks runs until August 25th on week day afternoons from 12 to 5 for children 5 to 9 years old. For information or to register call the Recreation office at 204-681-7542 or 271-3206.
The 2017 Voyageurs Rendezvous Canoe Race was a Canada 150 Signature event that began in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on July 1st. It ended in The Pas area 23 days later. Event Coordinator Cathy Schwengler says quite a few of the organizers of this race were paddlers in the Centennial Canoe Pageant which was the world’s longest canoe race held in 1967 covering 6280 kilometers. She says this one was kind of inspired by the 100th anniversary race, it was a Canada 150 experience for everybody and all of their paddlers were Indigenous. She says these guys were not only competing in an athletic race but they were ambassadors from their communities spreading a positive message for Indigenous people and Indigenous youth across the country.
The canoe teams paddled 16 hundred kilometers and visited 21 communities receiving a warm welcome from residents of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation at the finish.
Last Thursday Thompson RCMP and employees from Sustainable Development Manitoba conducted a land search of the area surrounding Paint Lake. With the snow melted and still no new information in relation to the December 2016 disappearance of 67 year old Campbell Hunter, searchers combed the landscape for any sign of the missing man. Two teams walked different locations and then a helicopter picked them up to take them to the start of their next search location.
The Office of the Fire Commissioner participated in the search with the use of a cadaver dog, a dog specially trained to assist searchers in looking for remains.
Thompson RCMP Sgt. Ben Sewell says “we did not find Mr. Hunter, but I still count this search as a success. We have cleared an area. We can move onto other areas now.
The investigation continues, and community groups, including people from Hunter’s home community of Nelson House, continue to work with police and conduct searches.
The Relay for Life is coming up September 9th. The Committee’s Margot Grey says this year it will be held at Queen’s Park near Hapnot Collegiate with different hours. She explains even though the premise when the Relay for Life started was to do it from 6 to 6 because cancer never sleeps so we won’t either, it was getting harder to get volunteers and teams not just for us but for a lot of communities, so a lot have gone to the noon to midnight so they decided to follow suit as well. She says they will still have the evening time so they won’t lose out on the luminaries which is a big part of it and the memorial tribute up on the screen with the ambience of the evening and the luminaries will still be there because it’s a very big part of it.
The Relay for Life has participants collect pledges and walk over the 12 hours to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society. The last relay two years ago raised over 90 thousand dollars. To participate as a team or individual go to their website www.relayforlife.ca and enter Flin Flon as your location.
The Dream Catchers is a Canada 150 project produced by Confederation Center of the Arts. The Friendship Centers Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner invites you to their free show next Tuesday that is described as a musical that dares you to dream. She says the show is a vibrant music and dance filled spectacle that explores the dreams of young Canadians. She adds it consists of 26 of the most diverse and exciting young actors from across Canada so bring your chair or a blanket to sit on and come down and enjoy the show.
The Dream Catchers will be performed at Rotary Park next Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach held their annual Discovery Day yesterday. Their Board Chairperson Penny Morissette says they have some new displays this summer including one by Elaine Angelski who has assembled a pictorial display of Beaver City with a few photos of the original settlement down by the Main Beach. She says one of their new artifacts is a mortar and pestle used by Tom Creighton when he was exploring this area and Steve Shtuka has added pictures of the Denare Beach Fire Department to their existing display.
Morissette adds they have had quite a few films and photos donated over the years so they are going to have a special showing this fall. The date for that will be in the Denare Beach newsletter or on their website www.northerngatewaymuseum.com. The Northern Gateway Museum is open daily from 11 to 7 until the end of August.
102.9 CFARs Raphael Saray returns to Winnipeg this week to produce a performance for a fifth year at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. He explains this is a play he has written called Waiting for Trudeau, a Canadian, social, cultural and political satire based on the Beckett play Waiting for Godot, the fifth play he has written for the Festival. He says it’ll be at Rachel Brown Studios which is the dance conservatory building in Winnipeg which is one of the elite theatres that they’ve been working on and trying to get a spot there for quite some time.
The play will be performed tomorrow, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more on the performance and the Festival visit their website www.winnipegfringe.com.
Following the need to move their building and the resulting reorganization the Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is ready to open its ReStore for a sixth season. Manager Kathy McCormick says it will open Wednesday at their new location on the Cliff Lake Road near the SPCA shelter. She says their hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 5 and Saturdays from 11 to 3.
The ReStore accepts donations of building material, appliances, furniture and other gently used, unwanted and discontinued items which they sell at a reasonable price to raise money that is providing a family of low income with access to home ownership.
Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says Omnitrax’s reaction to the rail line problems to Churchill is offensive. She says it’s a private company that has benefited from public subsidies and instead of keeping the line maintained properly they have let it fall into disrepair. Ashton says the federal government needs to take action. She says its time for the government to step in and take the Port back to work with Churchill and First Nations in our north to take it over and that is the only way forward. She adds the province does need to be part of the solution in terms of support for maintenance at this current stage. She says the province has to do much more than just increasing the milk subsidy as people are in a very difficult situation right now in Churchill and along the Bayline as well and its just simply not good enough to have the Premier of Manitoba shrug his responsibilities and say its somebody else’s problem.
Ashton says it was a Liberal government that privatized the rail line in the 90’s.
The 28th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up August 5th and 6th on Big Athapap. The Committee’s Mike Wesner says the prize structure hasn’t changed. He says once again this year they have first, second and third place as guaranteed prizes, first place is 3500 dollars, second 2500 and third place is 2000 guaranteed. He adds fourth to tenth are based on a 100 boat entry but they usually average a little over 60 boats so tenth place usually ends up about 400 dollars.
The boat parade is on Friday night August 4th with fishing the following Saturday and Sunday. For information on registering you can call 204-472-3044 or go to Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on Facebook. You can register right up to the start of the tournament at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.
The Pride event is planned for August 18th and 19th. Committee members Kirsten Fritsch and Jordana Oulette say the agenda has been set starting with a flag raising and speeches at City Hall on the Friday and then CUPE is helping them host a barbeque at Pioneer Square at 5:30 and it will be a barbeque by donation. At 11 am Saturday they’re going to have the Pride parade which will be the same route as the Canada Day parade and from 2 to 6 its going to be a community fair at Queens Park next to Hapnot with local vendors, food trucks and all sorts of fun stuff and at 9 pm they are going to have a glow party at the Unwinder with glow paint, glow sticks so it’s going to be a good time.
Anyone wanting to be part of the events or enter a float in the parade can visit the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.
Inspired by her daughter’s treatment for ovarian cancer Paulette Adolphe has started a special fund raising walk. She says she is walking the kilometers it takes to walk to Winnipeg which Global maps tells her is 760 kilometers. She is walking to Winnipeg so she can take part in the 2017 Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope which is set to happen September 10th so she is walking a minimum of 5 mile or 7 kilometers a night in and round Flin Flon to add up to the total kilometers which will get her to Winnipeg so she can participate in the walk with her daughter.
Earlier this week Adolphe was approaching the distance to the Easterville road turnoff at number six highway. She has pledge sheets with her or you can find them at VA Flin Flon and the Big Dipper on Main Street and she will turn all funds raised over to her daughter’s team Amanda’s Roses at the Winnipeg walk and they will go to supporting ovarian cancer programs at Cancer Care Manitoba.
At their meeting Tuesday night City Council approved funding of 500 dollars for the Flin Flon Creighton and Area Pickleball Club to revamp the Birchview bunk. It will be turned into a multi use facility used for hockey in the winter and pickleball in the summer. In making the request for funding the Club noted an increasing number of retired men and women have been playing pickleball using make shift courts at the Creighton tennis courts the past two summer adding once they have their own courts they will advertise to attract all ages including the schools.
Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for June indicating seven calls during the month. Council had praise for the fire fighters for their response to the recent apartment fire on Tweedsmuir Street noting their efforts prevented any damage to the homes on both sides of the apartment building.
And Councilor Guy Rideout reported the curfew approved at their last meeting seems to be going over well with positive response from the public.
Flin Flon MLA and NDP Labor Critic Tom Lindsey says Premier Brian Pallister must stop wasting time and start working immediately with the federal government, Churchill and surrounding communities to take over the rail line to Churchill and repair it before winter makes construction impossible.
Lindsey says Omnitrax is refusing to fix the line and has made it clear it wants to pull out of Manitoba adding the Premier should stand with the people of northern Manitoba. He explains Omnitrax has said there is a very narrow window left this summer for repairs to be completed if the line is to carry trains through the winter. He adds if the Premier and the federal government continue to pass the buck, Churchill and other northern communities will face economic disaster and residents will face personal hardships as supplies become increasingly expensive and difficult to get.
The Canadian Red Cross is on the ground in British Columbia working to help families displaced by the forest fires. Jason Small from the Red Cross says they are working with government to support people who have been forced to leave their homes. He says a major part of that is they’re working with the government of BC which has generously provided a 100 million dollar fund and through that fund they are providing electronic fund transfers to each household for people who have been forced to leave their home. He says they’re also working to provide whatever assistance people who have been displaced require, shelter, food, blankets, cots and hygiene kits.
Small adds the best way to help out is by making a financial contribution online at www.redcross.ca or call 1-800-418-1111.
The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach is holding their annual Discovery Day Sunday afternoon. Their Board Chair Penny Morissette invites everyone to see what’s happening at the Museum. She says they will have refreshments and they have some new displays with a couple of new items plus one of their curators is working on a display of the original tent town and they’ve got some photos that have been blown up of the original people what were coming out there to visit Denare Beach, the early cabin owners she guesses you could say.
Discovery Day runs from 2 to 4 this Sunday afternoon. The Museum at Denare Beach is open daily from 11 to 7 until the end of August.
Flin Flon City Council has proposed a bylaw banning smoking in business areas. The proposed bylaw states smoking is prohibited in the following public places within the City of Flin Flon: on the street, sidewalk or road allowance located on or adjoining Flin Flon’s Main Street and within 15 feet of the front doorway of any commercial establishment which employs more than two employees at any one time.
Council has submitted the proposal to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce for input before presenting it at a Council meeting for approval.
At last nights meeting Mayor Cal Huntley said the idea of the bylaw is part of the community Clean and Green Campaign keeping smoking litter off the streets as well as the health effects of smoking and the effects of second hand smoke on people passing by.
The Saskatchewan government has invested 500 thousand dollars to support school divisions in delivering 20 summer literacy camps across the province. Creighton School Division received funding and their camp is underway for students entering grades one to six with full registration running at Creighton School in the morning and Denare Beach in the afternoon until July 27th.
Since 2010 the government has supported the summer literacy camps which help Saskatchewan children and families improve their literacy skills and be better prepared to return to school in the fall. Students participate in a variety of activities including individual and group reading, allowing students to take books home, inviting community members, parents and Elders to visit, lead activities and read to the students.
After an official book launch in Flin Flon on June 21st local author Harry Hobbs held a second launch. He says the launch of his new book Circle of Roots at McNally Robinson at Grant Park in Winnipeg last Monday went well. He says he had about 16 people out and what was a nice thing was there were a lot ex Flin Flonners who came out to see the launch. He adds he thinks the book was very well received and he had a lot of questions at the end which was very nice and it was nice that people were interested in the book and how it actually came together.
Hobbs told us before the launch Circle of Roots is about a person who is ashamed of her past and is sort of hiding from her family and the background she’s had and the circumstances of her life change and she has to face up to all she’s been running away from. Circle of Roots is available at the Flin Flon Public Library, Northern Rainbows End and online from McNally Robinson.
The Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Salvation Army in Canada Perron Goodyear says with the current wildfire situation in BC monetary donations are the best way for people to help. He says the best way to do that is either by calling 1-800-sal-army or they can make a donation on their website www.salvationarmy.ca/bcfire and those donations will go directly to assist with their effort throughout the province of BC. He explains they encourage folks to make monetary donations for a number of reasons including they can get items that they specifically need for those who have been impacted right away and get it there very quickly and whenever possible they try to purchase their supplies as close to the impacted area as possible to help stimulate the local economy which often takes a hit during these types of situations as well.
The Salvation Army currently has teams in the region to assist with meals as well as emotional and spiritual support.
With the ongoing forest fire crisis in British Columbia the Manager of Wildfire Programs at Manitoba Sustainable Development Gary Friesen says in Manitoba so far we’re below average for this date as we’ve got a total of 95 fires to date and the average is about 316 and right now the south is getting a fairly wide area of rain but the north had pockets of showers but has been drying out and temperatures are warm and we’ve had a lot of lightening. He says they’ve got resources and crews stationed all through the forest area just in anticipation of any new fires that start.
Friesen urges anyone seeing a wildfire to report it immediately by calling 1-800-782-0076 or 9 1 1.
The Flin Flon Public Library continues to host their Ore Sample Writers Series Thursday. Administrator Courtney Campbell says its starts with a free workshop from 5:45 to 6:45 on Generating Material with George Elliott Clarke. She explains he was the 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto from 2012 to 15 and is the 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2016 t0 17. She adds he is an artist who writes songs, drama, fiction, screen plays, essays and poetry and he’s a professor at the University of Toronto but has also taught at Duke, McGill, UBC and Harvard. She notes he has eight honorary doctorates and lots of awards and recognitions for his work and has published many works over the years.
People attending the workshop should bring a pen and paper or a keyboard. Following the workshop a reading by Clarke will take place at 7. The workshop and readings are free and everyone is encouraged to attend.
Denare Beach Recreation is holding a Rainbow Run on August 12th. Recreation Director Crystal Banting explains this is their first annual Rainbow Run and they’re hoping it only gets bigger and better every year. She says it’s a two kilometer fun run through the streets of Denare Beach where you’re going to end up covered in colored powder like in a color run that cities have. She adds they do have online registration at www.denarebeach.net and it’s just going to be a fun time to come out and you don’t have to be physically fit or a runner you just need to come out and have some fun.
The cost to register is 25 dollars and the deadline is this Friday. For information you can call the Rec Office at 306-362-2050. The Run begins at 11 am on Saturday, August 12th at the Denareplex.
Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament and NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton recently took part in a leadership debate in Saskatoon. Ashton says she feels it went really well and it was really great to do a debate in their home region on the prairies and really great to talk about issues that matter to us. She says a lot of the issues reflected the challenges that we face in our region and the opportunities.
Ashton adds she’ll be spending some time at home in Thompson before heading out to the next debate in British Columbia.
The University of Manitoba is again sponsoring a Kid-netic Energy Science and Engineering summer day camp in Flin Flon July 31st to August 4th at McIsaac School. Jill Lautenschlager with Women in Science and Engineering at the University says they operate on daily themes. She says this year they are going to have Space Discovery Day on Monday, Medical Science on Tuesday, Mining on Wednesday, Sustainability on Thursday and they finish with Genetics.
The camp is attended by children in grades 4 to 6 or who are ages 9 to 12 by the end of this year.
More information on the camps can be found on their website www.wisekidneticenergy.ca.
The Flin Flon Friendship Center’s Camp Moochikun is running again this summer. Camp Director Jolene Gardiner says they provide a variety of activities for children 5 to 9 years old. She says their camp is a free summer camp for the kids and they take them out on tours of the fire department and the police station and its just an all around fun camp for the kids for the summer.
Gardiner adds the camp is open for 25 children and they have 19 now so anyone interested in registering their child can drop in to the Friendship Center on Church Street. The camp runs Monday to Friday from 9 to 4.
The camp is teaching kids about entrepreneurship and wraps up tomorrow with a mini market. Manager Becky Cianflone says the 15 nine to thirteen old kids involved have prepared for the market. She says they have been working on developing products throughout the week as well as their sales pitches for their products and their marketing and business plan. She explains at the mini market on Friday they are going to have their products available for sale, you’ll get to meet the kids and talk to them about their products and about how they liked the camp, adding they’re also going to be doing a hot dog barbeque lunch so it’ll be a hot dog and drink for two dollars so you can come out and support the Biz Kidz.
The mini market runs from 11 to 1 tomorrow at Pioneer Square on Main Street.
The Norva Center is hosting their annual artists retreat next week The group’s Karen Clark says they invited local artists as well as others to share ideas and experience the beauty of the north. She says they have 28 artists coming from both locally and regionally from Saskatchewan and Manitoba and they’re coming to the Denareplex in Denare Beach to work on their art. She explains it’s a non-instructional retreat and that means people come and work on whatever it is they’ve been working on in the company of like minded people and a lot of sharing occurs and they’ve found it’s a great model for learning about new things.
Clark adds there will be a public display and sale of some to the work done during the week and other works by the artists on Saturday, July 22nd from 2 to 5 at the Denareplex.
Canada’s Parks Day is being celebrated this weekend with free entry into provincial parks. Visitors to provincial parks will not require park vehicle permits from tomorrow through Sunday although nightly camping fees still apply. Special events are being held to celebrate Canada’s Parks Day Saturday afternoon at Bakers Narrows Provincial Park. A water bomber and Smokey Bear will be at the Flin Flon airport from 12 to 3. There will also be a bike parade and barbeque at the picnic area from 1 to 4 with hot dogs, cake, ice cream and prizes.
Rockcliff Copper Corporation is offering up to 20 million units of the Company at a price of 6 cents per unit for gross proceeds of up to 1.2 million dollars. Each unit comprises one common share and one common share purchase warrant and each warrant entitles the holder to purchase one common share at a price of 12 cents for a period of two years from the closing date of the offering.
The net proceeds from the offering will be used to fund exploration of the Company’s Snow Lake Project in Manitoba and for general working capital purposes. Rockcliff notes the Snow Lake Project includes the highest grade, unmined base metal copper and zinc deposits in the prolific Snow Lake mining camp and Manitoba’s first and highest grade former lode gold mine, the Laguna gold mine. Exploration activities will include geological, airborne and surface geophysical, and diamond drilling programs.
The 15th annual Manitoba Arts Network’s Rural and Northern Art Show officially opened in Winnipeg Friday. It features selected works submitted to the Regional Juried Art Shows held across Manitoba each year and is attended by over three thousand people. This years show features 51 artists including Flin Flon artists Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Karen Clark, Matthew Enns, Lorna Heuchert and Cheryl Tremblay winners at the Northern Juried Art Show held in Flin Flon in May.
The Network states the show provides an opportunity for artists in the north and rural regions of the province to present their work to an urban audience and gives Winnipeg audiences an idea of the scope of work being created outside the perimeter by rural and northern artists. The show is being held at the Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Center at 611 Main Street in Winnipeg and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 2 to 6 pm and runs until July29th with a public reception and awards presentation this Saturday at 3 o’clock.
Community Futures Greenstone is holding a Biz Kidz Camp for 9 to 13 year olds from July 31st to August 3rd in Snow Lake. Manager Becky Cianflone explains it’s a summer day camp program where they’re going to be teaching kids about entrepreneurship and they’ll actually get to go through a process where they develop, create and manufacture their own product to sell at the end of the week at mini markets.
The registration deadline is July 24th by calling the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967 or emailing email@example.com. The cost is 60 dollars with 20 dollars going for product materials. The Biz Kidz camp in Flin Flon is taking place this week.
The Norva Center is offering a variety of classes for kids all summer. Center Manager Mike Spencer says tomorrow they are going to be doing some clay building, on Friday they are going to be doing hemp jewelry, then the following week they are taking a break as Norva will be closed because they will all be at the retreat at Denare Beach. He says the next week on Monday the 24th they’re going to be doing wire art, on Wednesday the 26th they will be doing print making and on Friday the 28th they will be doing drawing.
Spencer adds classes are still being planned for August. You can find out more on Facebook, their website www.norvacentre.com, call them at 204-687-4237 or drop in at 177 Green Street.
Paulette Adolphe with the committee's Dave Osika
The Flin Flon Trout Festival held their fishing derby at Phantom Lake yesterday. They had 33 entries on a free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan.
The top prize of 1000 dollars went to Paulette Adolphe with a 39 and three quarter inch fish, second and third prizes of 750 and 500 dollars went to Damien Dominey with 39 and 38 inch fish, fourth a helicopter ride with Wings Over Kississing valued at 250 dollars to Tanner Buettner with a 37 and a half inch fish and fifth 100 dollars to Dawn Straff with a 37 inch fish.
Other prizes included oldest fisherman Verg Horrocks, youngest Liam Ferris, smallest fish Chelsey Post and hidden length Noah Deminick.
Dawn Straff, Tanner Buettner,Damien Dominey, Dave Osika
The Million Dollar Hole in One is offering anyone who can hit a golf ball a chance to win big prizes next week. 102.9 CFAR Manager Dianne Russell says this is a fun fund raising event. She says the money this year is being raised again by two service clubs Rotary and the Kinsmen and they donate their time along with CFAR and they raise money every year and this year it is going to the Flin Flon Creighton Slow Pitch League and Minor Ball. She adds it will start on the 18th of July and runs all the way to Sunday the 23rd and it’s at the Phantom Lake driving range at the golf course and the finals will be on the ninth hole on the 23rd in the afternoon.
More information on the event can be found online at www.flinflononline.com. Some organizations supported in the past from funds raised at this event include the Creighton Spray Pool, SPCA Shelter, Kinpark, Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Resource Center, Flin Flon Ski Club and last year the Phantom Lake Golf Course.
The Flin Flon Fire Department was called to a two story four apartment building at 110 Tweedsmuir Street Saturday night. Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports upon arrival they found smoke and flames coming from the rear roof area. They did a quick search of the building and because of the danger of the roof collapsing moved outside and went on the defensive. Only one of the five occupants of the building was home at the time and escaped safely.
Cooper says the apartment was built in the 1940’s and has had several additions, a tar roof and wood chip insulation which made it a difficult fire to fight. After three hours of continuous water with no affect he says equipment was called in to demolish the building to get access to the fire.
The fire fighters were able to prevent any damage to homes on both sides of the apartment building. They are still looking into the cause of the fire but it is not considered suspicious.
Fire broke out in the attic of an apartment building in the one hundred block of Tweedsmuir Street in Flin Flon around 9:30 Saturday night. The fire quickly spread through the building reducing it to a pile of rubble. There were four apartments in the two story building. Everyone got out safely. The fire fighters were able to prevent any damage to the homes on either side of the apartment building.
Churchill Keewatinook Aski MP Niki Ashton visited northern communities over the Canada Day weekend. She says her second campaign for the NDP leadership is different this time and being from the north is helping her. She explains we know about our own challenges here in the north in terms of job losses and potential job losses. She adds there’s other parts of the country that are hurting in the same way both in terms of the resource sector or other parts of our economy and people want to see real leadership and they’re not seeing that from Justin Trudeau and his government and are really responding to that is being put forward and she’s proud to come from a part of the country here in the north where we say it like it is and we fight back and that’s a message that’s clearly resonating in the leadership race.
The next major stop in Ashton’s campaign will be in Saskatoon on Tuesday where she will take part in the next leadership debate.
Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is tomorrow and Sunday. Since 1989 one weekend is designated each summer when residents and visitors may fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence.
Anyone planning to take advantage of the free fishing weekend is reminded that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers remain in effect. Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.
More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2017 Anglers Guide available where angling licences are sold or online at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.
Denare Beach Recreation is offering fun at their Day Camps that started this week running until August 11th. The Camp’s Kaylee Banting says they have a variety of activities for ages 4 to 11 with a theme every week. She explains this week is Under the Sea and they have some crafts and activities relating to the theme and then next week they have their Camping theme and then the week after that is Outer Space and Science and the Superheroes, the Olympics and then the Pirates theme to end the day camps.
The camps run Monday to Friday from 10 to 4:30. To register or to get more information you can call 306-362-2150. The cost is 55 dollars a week or you can drop in for a fee of 12 dollars a day.
Summer in the Parks is underway sponsored by Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, Arts Council and School Division running until August 25th. Supervisor Tristan Barteski says they’re offering a variety of programs for five to nine year olds with some past and new ideas this year. He says he’s bringing back Outer Space Week which has been something that Summer in the Parks hasn’t done in quite a few years. He also introduced the new Gigantic Games Week in which they’re going to be doing giant snake and ladders, giant checkers, just different giant board games to get the kids engaged. Barteski adds they also have some of the fan favorites like the Super Hero Week, Water Week, Animal Week, lots of trips planned out for Bakers Narrows, Denare Beach and they’ll be going to the Recycling Center this year.
Summer in the Parks runs Monday to Friday from 12 to 5 based at the Petting Zoo on Green Street. For information and to register you can call Tristan at 204-681-7542 or 271-3206.
The Flin Flon Trout Festival fishing derby returns this Sunday. The Committee’s Dave Osika says the one day derby will be held on Phantom Lake from 11 to 4 with a 25 dollar entry fee. Registration goes from 9 am to 11 and they do all registrations right at the Phantom Lake beach. He says the first prize is a thousand dollars, second prize is 750, third is 500, fourth is a gift certificate for a helicopter ride with Wings Over Kississing valued at 250 dollars and fifth is 100 dollars.
Osika adds since there is not a lot of room at the Phantom Lake boat launch you’ll launch your boat, return your vehicle to the beach area parking lot and they will shuttle you back to your boat. It is a free family fishing weekend in Saskatchewan so no licence is required to take part in the fishing derby.
The Flin Flon Public Library is offering summer camps again this summer. Summer student Aliece Angell says they’ll keep kids busy with reading and having fun. She says they’ll be having many camps such as Harry Potter Day, Minion Day and Music Day. There’ll also be a week long camp from August 14th to 18th centered around Canada 150. She adds the camps will all take place from 1 to 3:30 except for the week long camp which will be from 11:30 to 3 and there’ll be lots of games and crafts.
For information on their camps and registration drop into the library and see the calendar of events on Facebook or their website www.flinflonpubliclibrary.ca.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from the grade six Hershmiller Ruth Betts Community School Tobacco Tackle Team. They have been learning about health and environmental issues due to tobacco and ask why are we allowing tobacco use near entrances of buildings? They would like to know if it is possible to make Main Street a smoke free area and if that’s not possible pass a bylaw requiring smokers to be five meters away from a building entrance and/or have a weekly cigarette butt clean up or more receptacles to deposit butts. The letter signed by the teacher and 14 students who cleaned up cigarette butts around the hospital entrance was referred to the Committee of the Whole Council and will be reviewed with the Chamber of Commerce.
Council also passed on final reading a curfew bylaw presented at their last meeting. It will be in effect for children 15 and under at 10:30 Sunday to Thursday nights and 11:59 Fridays and Saturdays until 6 a.m. It will go into effect immediately. Council received only positive comments since the bylaw was proposed.
This is National Fishing Week sponsored by the Canadian National Sport Fishing Foundation for the past 16 years. Their Multimedia Correspondent Sarah McMichael says the idea is to encourage Canadians to get away from technology and other distractions and start or get back to fishing. She says every year it’s gotten bigger and bigger and they’re really happy to see that happening. She says they are finding that Canadians are really receptive to this as its something Canadians are so passionate about, adding Canadians have been fishing for generations, it’s a Canadian heritage activity so its something that people really care about and she thinks people really value the opportunity to get outdoors and appreciate this wonderful Canadian landscape we have that gives us so many amazing opportunities to go fishing.
For information on how to get started fishing visit their website www.catchfishing.com.
Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage celebrated their graduation last week with 35 graduates and 26 awards presented. The Governor General Medallion for highest marks was presented to Katelyn Saultier, the L. Krueger award to Desiree Patterson, the J.F. Orchard award to Leon Spence, United Steelworkers to Sam Pruden who also received the Gary Wesner award and Adult Ed Honors. The R.J Merrill award went to Alanna Disbrowe who also received the Friends of Frontier, FCI School Committee, Extra Curricular, Duke of Edinburgh awards, the RCMP Bursary and shared the Arctic Beverages award with Wally Wood who also received the Carpentry award. The Sherwood award went to Corbin Linklater, the Sakootchetaw award to Gina Cook as well as the Jennisen award and she and Byron Ducharme were Senior Athletes of the Year. Other awards included Adult Ed Achievement Chasity Reber, LUD Citizenship Denis Gagne, Roger J. Carrier award Alexi Tssessaze, Opasquiak Shane Thomas, NTC Power Mechanics Robert Brightnose, and the Tom Lindsey award to Destiny Bear.
Co-Chairs Brenda Russell and Colleen McKee with Flinty
The word amazing could be heard everywhere in describing the Canada 150 Homecoming weekend as it wrapped up Sunday afternoon with 24 hundred people registered.
Flin Flon Mayor Cal Huntley said having everyone come home was just amazing. Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler invited all who came home to come back again. Denare Beach Mayor Carl Lentowicz joined others in praising the committee for an incredible weekend. MLA Tom Lindsey said Flin Flon still rocks and will for a long time with committees like we have here and the people wanting to come home. Member of Parliament Niki Ashton added you are celebrating the vibrant community you are and will continue to be. Hudbay’s Richard Trudeau said they are celebrating the 90th anniversary of its founding as a Company and they still want to be part of northern Manitoba for a long time to come. Committee co-chairs Brenda Russell and Colleen McKee congratulated everyone on the committee and in the community and those who came home making it the weekend it was with McKee adding we are all Flin Flon and you are awesome.
The Women’s Resource Center held another successful fund raising event called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Male volunteers collected pledges and then walked in red high heels. Executive Director Colleen Arnold says it raises awareness on violence against women and girls as well as money. She says they had 16 men who persisted through the rain and the winner of the trophy was the union IAM with Rene Beauchamp and Mr.Pelly who raised 37 hundred dollars. She adds they made just over 8 thousand dollars and they had many local businesses who sponsored prizes for the men.
The money raised will support the Women’s Safe Haven.
Aaron Simon & Fire Chief Chad Cooper
The Beat the Chief Competition returned to the Flin Flon Fire Hall Friday afternoon. Eight firefighters tested their skills, fitness and cardio vascular endurance through a variety of tests. Finishing in the top three were Aaron Simon 1 minute 31.27 seconds, Jarrett Kemp 1:31.47 and Greg Pruden 1:32.94.
Fire Chief Chad Cooper says the competition shows the quality of our firefighters and how they take their fitness seriously. He says everything is driven around their personal fitness level and to be able to provide the best service to their task on a fire scene they need to be at the peak of physical fitness and today was an excellent showing of how fittheir guys are and how serious they are in how they take their fitness level.
The top three finishers will have their names engraved on the trophy at the fire hall.
The annual Trout Festival Canada Day and Homecoming parade sponsored by Northland Ford attracted 35 floats Saturday under their theme Home is Where the Heart Is.
Prizes for the best non-commercial float went to the Flin Flon Alliance Church with Flinty’s sub, second to the Flin Flon Community Band performing on their float and third to the Women’s Resource Center with the Wizard of Oz There’s No Place Like Home. In commercial floats first went to the Hooter for their 60’s theme Raised on Rock, second the Big Island Drive In and third to the Flin Flon Credit Union.
There were 23 classic cars in the parade with the top prize sponsored by Northland Ford going to Dennis Durand with his ’67 Beaumont.
The parade was followed by Canada Day Celebrations in Creighton and in Denare Beach in the evening.
Diplomas were presented to 54 graduates of Hapnot Collegiate last night along with 69 bursaries and scholarships.
The largest award the Hudbay W.A. Green bursary for 35 hundred dollars a year for up to four years was presented to Kiele Kittle who also received the Governor General Bronze Medal for highest academic standing and the Sparling Trophy for the student who contributes the most to school life while still maintaining a good academic standing.
Valedictorian Michael Whitbread spoke on his start at Hapnot four years ago and what was the future then is here thanking those who got him here his parents, staff, teachers who turn students into the leaders of tomorrow and his fellow students hoping the world is ready for a group of really talented people.
Guest speaker Jake Rogers, a Hapnot graduate and then teacher there two years ago told the grads hard work leads to success, your going to fail so learn from it and in life happiness is being passionate about something beyond your job.
You can see other awards presented attached to this story later this morning on our website www.flinflononline.com.
Michael Whitbread Jake Rogers
MLA Tom Lindsey has strongly criticized the provincial government’s decision to close the Manitoba Public Insurance Claim Center in Flin Flon effective October 31st. He says he’s really sad to see that the Pallister government is now not just ignoring the north they’re actively abandoning the north adding there’s no real reason for shutting down that office. He says we need a government that actually supports the north and looks after people in the north noting it’s another hardship for seniors and for those people who access the service now that we’ll have to drive to The Pas.
MPI told reporters they are not expecting layoffs at the Flin Flon facility but a company spokesperson couldn’t say what the staff will be doing after the closure.
The Northern Village of Denare Beach invites you to join them for Canada Day celebrations tomorrow evening. Recreation Director Crystal Banting says they start at 4 o’clock at the Main Beach. She says they have everything from children’s games with the Denare Beach Fire Department, they have a barbeque at 5, a bike decorating contest at 6, tug of war in the water at 6:30, a sand castle contest at 7, they have Fear Factor back this year again, free Canada Day cupcakes and ice cream at 10.
Canada Day at Denare Beach wraps up with fireworks at 11:45.
The Freedom Outreach Program in Denare Beach held their 5th annual Walk For Freedom at the end of May. The group’s Kandie Lagore says pledges are in and this year they have raised 9343 dollars. She says they’d like to thank the Victoria Inn for donating the prize for a weekend stay and the winner this year of that prize is Clara Yaworsky from The Pas and she raised over 3 thousand dollars.
Lagore had praise for the walkers, those who sponsored them and the Co-op for lunch. The walk is held to raise awareness of those afflicted with drug and alcohol addictions as well as to support their programs based at Denare Beach.
Committee: Dianne Russell, Greg East, Brenda Russell, Deanna Johnson, Karen MacKinnon, Colleen McKee.
The Canada 150 Homecoming officially kicked off yesterday afternoon at Tent Town across from the Whitney Forum. Committee Co-Chair Colleen McKee praised both the committee and the community for their support. She explains it started two years ago and they put together a committee and they have worked so hard. People have come out of the woodwork and they put on events and anytime they just snapped their fingers people jumped up and said we can do this so here we are, we’ve got 24 hundred people registered for this event, everyone she sees is so happy to be home. McKee added she thinks it’s just a thrill for everybody to be here and she is so proud of this community because they stepped up so Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach this is your party so let’s get out at it.
350 people attended the first event the Seniors Remember When Come and Go yesterday and events continue right through today, tomorrow and Sunday.
The Manitoba RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) received several complaints from the RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre regarding the accessing of child pornography in Flin Flon. On June 26 the ICE Unit, the Integrated Tech Crime Unit and Flin Flon RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in Flin Flon, and a 19-year-old man was arrested.
He has been charged with Accessing Child Pornography, Possessing Child Pornograpy and two counts of breach of probation. He was to appear in The Pas Provincial Court yesterday.
The Flin Flon Fire Department invites you to the Fire Hall tomorrow. Fire Chief Chad Cooper says the Fire Department will be holding an open house from 11 to 4 and the Beat the Chief competition from 4 to 5:30. Cooper invites everyone to come down and meet the firefighters and to watch the exciting firefighter competition that tests the skills and fitness of our local firefighters and shows the pride and dedication of the fire department.
The open house includes Sparky the fire dog, food, refreshments, fire hall tours and the fire and life safety education trailer for the kids.
Joy Tetlock, Chelsey Dionne, Jody Korte,Michelle Rohlander, Cal Huntley, Brent Lethbridge, Lisa Laframboise, Mona Keyes.
CIBC has presented a cheque to the Northern Health Foundation. The presentation Monday was for ten thousand dollars and Foundation Board Chair Brent Lethbridge praised CIBC for their support of the Emergency Room redevelopment project. He says it’s great to see the CIBC show up in true leadership fashion within our community. He adds they understand our community has to move forward and this is a very important project for out town and he’s thrilled that the CIBC could step up with funds to support this very worthwhile project.
On hand for the presentation along with Lethbridge were Northern Health Region Board Chair Cal Huntley, Health Region Vice-President of Planning and Innovation Joy Tetlock and from CIBC their District General Manager Lisa Laframboise, local Manager Jody Korte and staff members Chelsey Dionne, Michele Rothlander and Mona Keyes.
Nine graduates from Many Faces Education Center in Flin Flon received their diplomas along with awards last night.
The Governor General’s Medallion was presented to Alex Harvie along with the UCN scholarship. Janice Bighetty received bursaries from the Women’s Resource Center, the Ladies Health Auxiliary and the Art Wahlenberg Memorial bursary, Nicolas Cole Brooks the United Steelworkers Local 7106 and Flin Flon Motorcycle Association bursaries, Dawson James bursaries from the Flin Flon School Division and Manitoba Metis Federation, Brandon Powell the Tom Lindsey MLA and Cupe Local 228 bursaries, Matthew Bigetty the IBEW Lcoal 1405 and Tri-Service buraries and Many Faces Alumni bursaries went to Jared Broda, Gabriel McKenna and Taylor Zahayko.
Those bringing greetings spoke on the pride of parents, teachers and the students themselves in what they have accomplished.
Canada Day will be celebrated Saturday at the Creighton Ball Diamond. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says it starts at one o’clock with opening ceremonies with the Royal Canadian Legion followed by other events. She says this year they have some wonderful stage entertainment with a new band coming from the city and in association with the Homecoming they have family events, kids races, three legged race, potato sack race, face painting, family tug of war, balloons, free ice cream and free cupcakes.
Senyk invites everyone to come out to Creighton Saturday to celebrate Canada’s birthday.
Manitoba Public Insurance is shutting down offices at two locations in the province as part of its cost-saving measures.
Effective October 31st, the Pacific Avenue Service Centre in Winnipeg and the Flin Flon Claim Centre will close their doors.
M-P-I says employees of the Winnipeg outlet will be given jobs at other service centres and it's not expecting layoffs at the Flin Flon facility, but a company spokesman couldn't say what the staff there will be doing after the closure.
It's expected the shutdowns will save the Crown insurance company nearly 400-thousand dollars annually.
The Flin Flon School Board met last night for their final meeting of the current school year. Grade seven Ecole McIsaac School student Jarek Osika gave his presentation on his experience this past May in Regina at the Canada Wide Science Fair. Over four hundred science students from across Canada were in the Queen City for the country’s most prestigious youth science fair. Jarek’s project on his homemade radio telescope was selected from the regional presentations earlier this year. Jarek is currently hard at work planning to improve his research for next year’s competitions. The video presentation can be viewed on the 102.9 CFAR facebook page.
Superintendent Constance McLeese reported the Division will pilot a reading apprenticeship program. Staff will be taking training courses to improve reading skills in grades five through eight. The training is funded by the Minister of Education. The Board would also like to thank Wings Over Kississing for the recent flights for all grade six students on June 21st. And in closing Board Chair Murray Skeavington congratulated this years graduates, wishing staff and students the best over summer.
The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation held their annual meeting Monday night. Their Executive Director Laurence Gillespie says the main focus was on the current uncertainty surrounding the NRC systems in Manitoba and so there were a variety of strategies discussed to basically make haste to the provincial government as to why they should continue to fund their kind of organization. He says there was also a lot of discussion about how they need to do more about partnerships within the community so there were a lot ideas put forward for various projects they could undertake ideally in partnership with existing organizations such as the Friendship Center and other groups to work together on projects that would be consistent with the community priorities that the FFNRC has.
The Corporation is also looking for members to sit on their committee and if you are interested you can call Laurence at 204-687-6972, drop in to their office above Pharmasave or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sir Maurice Roche School students will gather Monday for a reunion. One of the organizers Rob Schiefele says the school was located in the present St. Ann’s Church building. He explains Sir Maurice Roche School started as a Catholic High School in 1958 and ran until 1972 however the last two or three years it was a junior high as opposed to a high school. He noted when he says a Catholic school, probably 45 percent were non-Catholic while 55 percent were Catholic.
Schiefele says they are still taking registrations by calling him at 204-687-6468. He says they will gather for a mix and mingle event Monday afternoon from 1 to 4 in St. Ann’s Hall.
Hapnot Collegiate’s graduating class of 2017 will be celebrating tomorrow. Grad Committee Chair Bobbi Willets says the evening starts with the banquet and speeches at 4 o’clock followed by Convocation at the Whitney Forum. She says about 6:30 the ceremony starts and it’ll start with the under grad awards and then the grads walk out and convocation will start and then they get ready for a walk down Main Street starting at 8:30. She adds they will come back to the Whitney Forum right after the walk and do their grand march, they’ll do their first dance and they’ll get their formal grad pictures taken and then go home and get ready for the big grad social.
There are 55 graduates receiving their diplomas tomorrow evening.
The Chair of the Museum Board Tom Heine says they have worked hard to establish Flin Flon’s history with a special attraction. He says the big exhibit this year is a loan from Manitoba Archives, the golden spike that was driven September 22nd 1928 and it inaugurates the official opening, a commemoration of the opening of the railway from The Pas to Flin Flon. He says without the railway Flin Flon wouldn’t have been built, it was critical to its development and continued to be until 1950 which was when the highway was opened between The Pas and Flin Flon.
You can head to the Museum to see the spike and all the other attractions Monday through Friday from 10 to 6 and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4. Private tours are available by calling Tom at 687-4433 or Bev at 271-1042.
Flin Flon’s Many Faces Education Center will be holding their graduation tomorrow evening. The Center’s Maureen Reagan says they are holding their graduation, convocation and the awards ceremony at Many Faces and the supper will be at 6:30 with the awards and convocation to follow at 7:30 and after everything is over with the awards they are going to go to Racks for an after party with friends and family.
Nine graduates will be receiving their diplomas during the graduation tomorrow.
The Norva Center on Green Street is presenting a Flin Flon Homecoming art exhibition until July 28th. The Center’s Manager Mike Spencer says they have had good participation in the exhibition inspired by the Flin Flon area. He says they’ve got a whole bunch of good artwork that spans quite a time period in Flin Flon History. He says they’ve got over 20 present and past artists and a broad selection of works and mediums and it’s going to be a wonderful exhibition so he hopes everybody gets a chance to come out and see it.
Spencer adds Norva will be open all Homecoming weekend and they also encourage people to come in and sign their guest book rock painting and buy raffle tickets on it for five dollars.
At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council accepted the Fire Chiefs report for May. It indicated ten calls during the month with 20 thousand dollars in losses. Mayor Cal Huntley reminds you not to take things for granted with smoking, extension cords, smoke detectors and overall fire safety. Councilor Ken Pawlachuk also expressed concerns about the wiring in some of the older homes in our community.
Council gave final reading to a Cemetery bylaw amendment to set regulations for the spreading of ashes at the cemetery such as on a family member’s grave. The bylaw allows for a 395 dollar perpetual care fee and a permit and provides a record of where the ashes were spread.
Councilor Colleen McKee on behalf of the Homecoming Committee complimented the Citizens on Patrol group for taking on the task of painting the 100 stairs at Rotary Park. Mayor Huntley added his congratulations adding the removal they did of graffiti on the Rotary Park building. Both congratulated everyone helping clean up the community prior to Homecoming with McKee adding the community has a lot to be proud of.
Planning is well underway for the Trout Festival Homecoming Canada Day parade July 1st sponsored by Northland Ford. Their sales rep Doug Gourlay says to date they’ve got 18 floats and 9 classic cars entered so they still have a week and a half before the parade so any group or businesses or clubs and classic car owners shine up your cars and get your team together and build a float and let’s make it the biggest parade we’ve seen in ten years.
Parade entry forms are available at Northland Ford, 102.9 CFAR and the Reminder. This year’s theme is Home is Where the Heart Is.
The Central Canada Film Group continues their Films You Might Have Missed series tomorrow night. The group’s Colin Davis says this is their last film of the year and they are going to be showing Slum Dog Millionaire which is based around the popular TV quiz show of the same name. He says the story takes place when the hero Jamal Malik finds himself as a contestant on the Indian version and finds himself being able to answer all the questions although he’s uneducated. When accused of cheating we see in a series of flashbacks how Jamal’s life experiences made him knowledgeable enough to answer all the question.
Slum Dog Millionaire will be shown Friday night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre. The film is free although there is a voluntary silver collection.