The federal government is hinting there may soon be a takeover deal for the broken rail line to Churchill in northern Manitoba.
Energy Minister Jim Carr says Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings has expressed interest in partnering with two northern Manitoba groups Missinippi Rail and One North that hope to take over the Hudson Bay Railway and Port of Churchill.
Fairfax president Paul Rivett says he is optimistic about the prospects of northern gateways.
Part of the rail line flooded out last spring, hurting the region's tourist industry and driving up prices for food and fuel.
The Rotary Club of Flin Flon has launched Operation Red Nose for another season. Chair Ted Hewitt says the idea is to get people and their vehicles home safely when they’re out celebrating the Christmas season. He says although the service is free they accept donations from people using the service, provincial organizations and local groups and businesses benefiting the community for 18 years. He says they started in 1999 and it was brought to the Rotary Club by Doug O’Brien and in these 18 years they’ve raised close to 250 thousand dollars and given it to children’s activities and organized sports in the community.
Operation Red Nose starts next Friday and runs every Friday and Saturday until December 23 as well as Dec 29 and 31 and volunteers are still needed for those final three days. You can find a form online at www.operationrednose.com, fill it out and take it to the RCMP office in Flin Flon or Creighton with two pieces of identification.
The Christmas season arrived on Main Street last evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square. Mayor Cal Huntley welcomed everyone to the special event noting it’s going to be a white Christmas and we look forward to a safe and happy Christmas and we’re going to light the tree, have some hot chocolate and enjoy the Christmas season.
In spite of the heavy snow fall Pioneer Square was crowded for the lighting with people enjoying carols with members of the Community Choir, a visit from Santa and hot chocolate.
The 24th annual Christmas Gift Program is underway at the Flin Flon Friendship Center. It’s designed to enable parents or guardians to give their children a gift at Christmas when circumstances prevent them from doing so. The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner explains they are once again working in partnership with the Salvation Army who will be doing a hamper and gift registration from November 21st to 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm at the Salvation Army. She says those who don’t meet the requirements for the hamper program can register from November 27th to December 8th by calling the Friendship Center at 204-687-3900 or her at 204-687-8852.
Gardiner adds they also welcome donations for the gift program. You can drop off gifts or cash donations at the Friendship Center at 57 Church Street.
Martin Johnson, Chad Cooper, Jim Abram
The Flin Flon Fire Department held their annual Charity Boot Drive in early September. The Boot Drive raised 14,500 dollars to be shared by the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center, the Flin Flon Ski Club and the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund with each receiving just over 48 hundred dollars.
Last week Fire Chief Chad Cooper presented a cheque to representatives of the Burn Fund Martin Johnson and Jim Abram. Cooper says it feels great to be able to donate to such a charity that does so much for burn victims and fire prevention programs for resident of Manitoba.
Flin Flon’s Christmas tree will be officially lit up for the holiday season this evening. Recreation Manager Nicole Hartman encourages everyone to attend this celebration. She says it’s at 6 pm at Pioneer Square when they will light up the Christmas tree and everyone’s welcome. She adds they’ll have hot chocolate and Christmas carols and hopefully a visit from Santa as well.
This evening’s tree lighting kicks off the Christmas season but there’s also the annual Santa parade coming up on December 1st and Moonlight Madness December 15th.
At their regular meeting Tuesday night Superintendent Constance McCleese reported to the Flin Flon School Board that staff and administration are participating in a board wide initiative. Professional Learning Communities is teacher driven research projects like taking the classroom outside to addressing special education improvements. Teacher Daniel Dillon’s computer media class was recently interviews by CBC radio in regards to their virtual reality project.
The Board also heard about an update for the grade 9-10 French second language curriculum. Community Futures Greenstone sent a thank you letter to the Division for the use of the gym at Ecole McIsaac School last month for the successful cardboard challenge and on display at the meeting was a tea carafe along with a cream and sugar bowl. This set was received as a gift from the Arts Council for the use of space at St. Mary’s Church during Culture Days. The set once belonged to a former long time member of the Church Sonya Goodman’s mother. You can see the picture of the set on the 102.9 Facebook page.
The Creighton Community Center is holding a craft and home business sale tomorrow and Saturday. One of the organizers Dianna Boulet says they have around 50 tables with a variety of items including handcrafted items, sewing, knitting, soap, Christmas arrangements, jewelry, mitts, wood working, baking, leggings, beach glass, honey, Mary Kay, kids books, Tupperware, Watkins, Scentsy, Home Style Signatures and they have something new this year a fellow coming up from The Pas with Green Energy products and they also have a concession going with fresh home made soups and sandwiches.
Boulet adds they’ll also be a drop off point for any gently used winter wear you’d like to donate. The sale runs tomorrow from 4 to 8 and Saturday from 11 to 4 at the Creighton Community Hall.
The Northern Neighbors Foundation encourages residents of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage and area to make a gift Saturday as part of the Endow Manitoba 24 Hour Giving Challenge. Their Chairperson Jane Robillard says this is a great opportunity to support the Foundation. She explains for one day only, that’s Saturday November 18th, gifts made to our Foundation’s unrestricted fund will be stretched by the Winnipeg Foundation, one dollar for every five dollars donated and new this year the Province of Manitoba will also stretch each five dollar gift by one dollar so that means any money donated on that day within the 24 hour period a five dollar gift becomes seven.
You can donate online at www.endowmanitoba.ca, write a cheque payable to the Winnipeg Foundation dated for Saturday and drop it off at the Home Care office at 50 Church Street until 4:30 Friday afternoon or call Jane at 204-687-6488 or the Winnipeg Foundation at 1-877-974-3631 Saturday between 9 and 3. Robillard adds donations made Saturday will help grow the Foundation’s capacity to support a wide range of charitable projects in our communities for generations to come.
Karen MacKinnon, Deb Odegaard, Mayor Cal Huntley
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce joined the Recycling Center in celebrating the Centers 25th anniversary at their meeting yesterday. Center Administrator Deb Odegaard explained the Flin Flon and District Environment Committee started recycling with a Gardewine truck at the Market Garden 25 years ago. Some of the highlights over the years included a 65 thousand dollar grant from the city in 1996, purchasing their building at 9 Timber Lane in 2004 when they also took over the landfill contract, ongoing support from our communities but Odegaard added it’s mostly about the people. She reports they’ve had 32 people serve on the Board of Directors, many people volunteered in the early days, they’ve had great coverage from the media from our community radio and from the newspaper, they have a very stable dedicated working group of employees but if people here didn’t want to recycle they could want to recycle all they want but if nobody put their stuff out to recycle or brought it to the dock or stuck it in the trailer they wouldn’t be going anywhere.
Chamber President Karen MacKinnon presented Odegaard with a Certificate of Appreciation for their 25 years of service to the community.
The Flin Flon Ski Club is holding their annual open house Sunday. The Club’s Dave Price says it’s a chance for people to learn more about what’s available for skiers. He says they’ll have all their regular skiers there and they hope to welcome a lot of new folks to the sport of skiing and they’ll tell them all about their amazing facilities they’ve got out there with 28 kilometers of the best trails you’ll find anywhere and a beautiful chalet, all sort of programs like jackrabbits and programs for the kids. He adds they’ve got some retirees setting up a new sort of coffee shop there and everyone’s going to be welcome.
Price adds Fresh Air Experience will be in from Prince Albert with their latest gear and you’ll be able to purchase your membership. The Ski Club open house runs from 11 to 4 Sunday at the Ski Chalet. You can learn more about the Club and their trails at their website www.flinflonskiclub.com.
80 years ago today CFAR Radio came on the air in Flin Flon with a power of 100 watts at 1370 on your dial from studios on Main Street. We moved to our present frequency of 590 in 1947 with 1000 watts of power in 1948 later increasing to 10 thousand watts and on December 9, 2013 adding an FM signal at 102.9.
Some of the past managers include Gerry Quinney, Buck Whitney, Carl Edmonds, Jay Leddy and Doug O’Brien who purchased CFAR Flin Flon, CJAR The Pas and CHTM Thompson in 1982 later selling to his son Tom and wife Sue who are the present owners with then Manager of CFAR Maureen Kozar.
Current Manager Dianne Russell says she is really excited we’ve been here for 80 years. She says we’ve been the voice of our community and we have been part of this community adding its been a big change over the years from 78s, 45s, LPs, reel to reels and now we’re all digitized and computerized and there’s been a lot of changes and we’re happy to be here.
CFAR invites you to join us in our 80th anniversary come and go celebration on Thursday, November 23rd from 5 to 7 at the Unwinder at the Victoria Inn.
This is the week to turn in filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The program is being coordinated by the Baptist Church and their Pastor Jim Galbraith says boxes can be dropped off at Pharmasave and The Dollar Store For More or at the Baptist Church below the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue today and tomorrow from 9 to 1 and on Thursday it’s 9 to 11:30 and then 1 to 4 and Thursday also has their packing party at 6 o’clock when they have plenty of people from the public coming to pack up the boxes. He adds Friday and Saturday is 1 to 5 and Sunday is the last day 1 to 4 and then at 7 they have a special wrap up service and watch some videos about where the boxes go, they pray for the boxes and then they’re off.
The boxes will be delivered to children in countries where there is war, natural disasters and famine.
The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the movie Churchill Thursday night. The group’s Colin Davis says this film looks at the war years and Sir Winston Churchill who is one of the most famous figures of the 20th century for successfully getting Britain through World War Two and as Prime Minister of the UK he had to live up to the confidence people had in him and struggle with each decision making sure he was consistently doing the right thing and on top of this he also saw his power marginalized by military leaders and allied forces. He adds their film on Thursday will look at Churchill’s life towards the end of the war and his own reservations and doubts about the upcoming Normandy invasion.
Churchill will be shown Thursday night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre. Because this is a Toronto International Film Festival Film admission will be ten dollars.
The Aurora Borealis Council Craft and Home Business Sale is taking place in Snow Lake Sunday afternoon. The Council’s Sylvia Zamzow says they have over 34 tables with quite a variety of potential gifts. She says they have lots of baking, crafts, everything from knitting to wood working, lots of different crafts that people are doing. She says they always have a bake table, cosmetics, it’s a good chance to buy some neat things and actually see what’s available for people to buy in Snow Lake.
Zamzow adds they will have a concession with a variety of lunch items, a penny parade and 50-50 draw. She says the money raised is used to bring shows into the community such as the Manitoba Theatre Centers Christmas Carol featuring Rod Beattie from the Wingfield Farm series coming to Snow Lake November 24th.
The Craft and Home Business Sale runs from 1 to 4 Sunday in the Laurie Marsh Community Hall in Snow Lake.
The Denare Beach annual fall supper is coming up Sunday. Recreation Director Crystal Banting says they provide a great meal. She explains it’s a home cooked meal of turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, veggies, buns and home made apple pie. She says it’s going to be on November 19th at 5 pm with adult tickets 15 dollars, youth 6 to 11 at 6 dollars and any children five and under are free.
Tickets are available at the Village Office, Alpine Convenience and Di’s Confectionary.
Denare Beach is also holding their first Jingle Bell Craft Sale and Home Business Show on December 2nd from 10 to 4 in the Denareplex and you can book a table for ten dollars by calling 306-362-2050.
With winter conditions upon us falls are once again a common occurrence. The Northern Health Region’s Bruce Krentz says seniors are the ones most at risk of falling. He says in older adults falls account for about two billion dollars in direct health care costs annually noting over one third of older adults will be admitted to long term care after hospitalization for a fall. He says it’s kind of a scary thing that 20 to 30 percent of seniors experience at least a fall a year and 95 percent of all hip fractures are due to a fall.
Krentz adds the best ways to avoid falls around home are to keep active, eat well, use medication wisely and keep your house well lit and free of obstacles.
The Primary Health Care Center is hosting a telehealth seminar Thursday presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. Their Program Director Norma Kirkby says it’s part of Telehealth Family Education for Those Experiencing Dementia and this session will be Understanding the Person. She explains when we understand more about the person and the things that they have done over their life course it will help us understand the actions and reactions that they have in their present circumstance. She says what it means is that when we know where a persons mind returns to and they live more in long term memory it helps us shift our conversations and understand what will touch them, reach them and give them quality of life in their present.
The session is being held at the Primary Health Care Center from 6:30 to 8 Thursday. To register online go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca, email email@example.com or phone 1-800-378-6699.
Rockcliff Copper Corporation has announced approval of their name change to Rockcliff Metals Corporation. They state the change of name better reflects the polymetallic nature of the Company’s high grade VMS properties that comprise copper, zinc, silver and gold.
Rockcliff is a Canadian resource exploration company focused on the discovery, advancement and consolidation of a portfolio of the highest grade, undeveloped metal deposits in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone Belt. Their current portfolio of projects consists of 45 thousand hectares located in and around the Snow Lake Mining Camp as well as the near surface MacBride zinc deposit north of Snow Lake near Leaf Rapids.
Rockcliff has also announced the start of a phase one drill program on the Bur Zinc Property in the Snow Lake Mining Camp to expand the high grade volcanic massive sulphide zinc deposit.
Among the highlights was the town receiving a Northern Municipal Sharing grant for community allocation of just over 1.2 million dollars.
The money will be divided up for administration, water and sewer, landfill, transportation and other community services.
The Creighton RCMP reported that they handled 77 calls for service and occurrences for the month of October. This included calls for public, self generated matters and probation breaches.
Among the incidents were mischief, 2 break and enters, a theft and 14 other criminal offences.
Council is also waiting for information on the 2016 census that was done on Creighton that should be released in two weeks.
A resolution was passed to donate 150 dollars to the up coming Festival of Trees and approval was also given to the 2018 graduating class to use the Sportex for next summer’s grad.
At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council agreed to contract with Travel Manitoba to develop a brand to promote our community and region with assistance from a top advertising agency. Travel Manitoba has initiated a place branding program as a means of growing tourism through increased visitation to distinct destinations in Manitoba. The program begins with a facilitated stakeholder session in the community with Probe Research conducting the session and McKim Communications attending and presenting a proposed brand within 4 weeks. Council agreed to assemble investors and raise a minimum of 10 thousand dollars for brand implementation.
Councilor Karen MacKinnon announced the city launched an official tourism Facebook page on Friday titled Flin Flon Rocks to promote what you will find when you come to Flin Flon. Councilor Guy Rideout also reminded residents with winter coming on its time to get stored vehicles and trailers off the streets in order not to interfere with snow removal and the Fire Chief reported four calls in October.
The Womens Resource Center is hosting a Relaxation and Stress Reduction Group starting next week. The Center’s Brodie Hooper explains the eight week program. She says this group will be held at the Women’s Resource Center upstairs from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesdays starting November 14th. She says it will be about coping methods like meditation, thought stopping, breathing techniques, assertiveness training and so much more.
To register for the Relaxation and Stress Reduction Group you can call Brodie at 204-681-3105.
Remembrance Day will get underway in Flin Flon Saturday morning with the annual parade and service. Membership Chair for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 Bunny Burke encourages members and others to meet at the Legion by 9:30 and once everyone is there and they get assembled they will go down Hapnot Street all the way to the Co-op hang a left and then hang another left on Hill Street and go down past the Cenotaph and march over to the Community Hall where the service will be held.
The service begins at 10:45 at the Community Hall and will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR. This year’s Parade Marshall is Morley Naylor, Sergeant at Arms John Muench, guest speaker Father Paul Bringleson and reader Salvation Army Major Debbie Allen.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Regional Diabetes Coordinator Cheryl Scott says the focus this year is on type two diabetes. She says November is National Diabetes Awareness Month with November 14th marking World Diabetes Day. She explains today there are more than 11 million Canadian living with diabetes or pre-diabetes and many of these individuals don’t know. She adds every three minutes another Canadian is diagnosed so this year the Regional Diabetes Program is creating awareness and learning and assessing individual risk factors of developing type two diabetes.
Scott encourages you to visit Diabetes Canada at www.diabetes.ca to take the risk factor questionnaire or call the Primary Health Care Center in Flin Flon or The Pas to speak to a member of the Regional Diabetes Team to find out more.
This month is National Domestic Violence Prevention Month. The Women’s Resource Center’s Colleen Arnold says they have displays with information, buttons and purple and white ribbons around town and they encourage all citizens in the area to join the purple ribbon campaign. She explains the display of the purple ribbons in our community sends a strong message that there is no place for domestic violence in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools. She adds the white ribbon is a symbol of men’s opposition to violence against women and wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
Arnold reminds you they will be holding their annual Take Back the Night event on November 25th at 5:15 in Pioneer Square on Main Street.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council heard from Lyla Yaremchuk regarding an amendment to their standards of maintenance and occupancy for residential property bylaw passed on first reading at their last meeting. It allows for fines for not maintaining your yard and if not paid they will be added to your taxes. Yaremchuk said this will affect low and fixed income people who can’t get the refuse picked up and the fine could be added to their taxes when they are already high enough.
Mayor Cal Huntley said they want the community cleaned up and they want people to be responsible for their yards and if they aren’t and the city cleans it up the cost comes out of tax money so it should be paid for by the homeowner. He added there are very few people who cannot pick up garbage or have someone help them do it. But there are some who don’t think it’s important and don’t do it. The bylaw he added is to encourage them to do it or pay a fine and if they don’t it’s added to their taxes and there’s a pretty good chance it will be paid.
The Bylaw amendment passed on second and final reading last night.
Creighton Community School is hosting the Festival of Trees in their gym Saturday, November 25th.
The Committee’s Tiffany Ealey says they are now looking for people to get involved in the Festival. She explains what they’re looking for is businesses, organizations, clubs, families, individuals to create an item for them. They’re looking for people to make trees, wreaths, center pieces that will be donated to the Playground Committee and then sold by silent auction. She says people interested in doing so can contact her at Creighton School at 306-688-2209 and she can send them a registration form.
Ealey adds they are asking that registration forms be back to the school by this Friday. The Festival of Trees is raising funds to support the Creighton Community School Playground Committee with their upgrade of the playground.
The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt says numbers show this years Culture Days held in late September were a great success. She says they had 112 registered events for Culture Days in Flin Flon but there were other events that happened that weren’t registered because they came in at the last moment which is perfectly fine so she thinks they were close to 120 total but that placed them again number one in the country for communities under 50 thousand people but number three overall for the whole country which is really pretty exciting.
Kolt expressed her appreciation to everyone involved in Culture Days adding this is a great achievement for a small community in this country.
The search is on for a Healthy Youth Role Model who will receive a special award. The award is sponsored by the National Addictions Awareness Week Committee, Community Youth Resource Center and the Play It Safer Network. The Committee’s Christa McIntyre explains you can nominate any youth between the ages of 15 to 19 years who are drug free, who live in Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach or Cranberry Portage who are currently attending a local school and are involved in extra curricular activities.
Nomination forms have been sent out to organizations or can be obtained at the Friendship Center or by calling Lori at 204-687-1665. The deadline is November 16th with the award presented during National Addictions Awareness Week November 19th to 25th.
Chad Cooper Wray Henderson
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 in Flin Flon held their annual Remembrance banquet Saturday night. Guest speaker Fire Chief Chad Cooper who has served in Afghanistan said Remembrance Day is the day we remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during time of war, conflict and peace. He says he thinks that Remembrance Day should not be a day to focus on one point of view, we should remember and appreciate all the suffering and sacrifice of all the soldiers and civilians on all sides of the wars adding if we do not then we risk making the mistake of going to war too easily.
Service pins were presented with the highest going to Douglas Gourlay Senior for 65 years and Wray Henderson with 75years. They also received long service medals from Past President Bob Penner along with Jack MacArthor 70 years, Marg Beever and Jack Larrsson for 60 years and Morley Naylor and Ernest Kichuk for 50 years. Bob Penner was presented with his Past District Commanders pin and he announced Father Paul Bringleson has been appointed Provincial Command Roman Catholic Chaplain.
Through October Ford Canada and Northland Ford held a We Scare Hunger campaign to collect non-perishable food items for the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank. Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay says it was an amazing event with support from local schools and service clubs and the Bombers. He says this year they topped every other year raising over 27 hundred pounds of non-perishable food items for the local food bank. He adds they did Halloween night with the students from Hapnot going around part of the town, they had the Bomber game a couple of weeks ago which raised a fantastic amount of food items and also the Rotary Club at their meeting last week raised a whole pile of food for them.
Last year We Scare Hunger collected 22 hundred pounds of food for the Food Bank.
The Hudbay third quarter 2017 financial report we reported on on Friday noted Manitoba ore production. It included an increase compared to last year’s third quarter in zinc and precious metal production as a result of higher grades at Triple Seven and Lalor as well as higher production at Lalor and a decrease in copper due to lower production at Triple Seven. President Alan Hair says with the closing of Reed Mine next year they are reviewing their Manitoba operations. He explains what they’re trying to do here is look at the Manitoba business unit as a whole. He says there’s a number of variables and still a number of unknowns and they’re trying to solve that particular equation to make sure they maximize values in the Manitoba business unit and don’t shut off any future optimality adding they don’t want do something that they’d regret in the future so they will provide a bit more guidance on where they see the business as a whole going in Manitoba early in 2018.
Hair adds they intend to take advantage of higher metal prices and increase revenues at a slightly higher unit cost by trucking excess ore from the Lalor stockpile to the Flin Flon Mill for processing for the remainder of the year.
Flin Flon’s Anglican Parish is offering memory candles for a 12th holiday season. The committee’s Yvonne Fawcett explains the candles appear in the community just before Christmas and the purpose of the candles is to remember loved ones prior to the hustle and bustle of the season. She says candles can be placed at any of the cemeteries in the Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach are including columbariums or you can take them home and light them whenever you want and this is the third year they will place candles roadside at the Cranberry cemetery. Fawcett notes mass lighting is scheduled to take place at all cemeteries on Sunday, November 19th with the exception of Cranberry Portage which will be on Saturday the 18th weather permitting.
Fawcett adds if winds are more than 10 kilometers an hour the candles cannot be lit and lighting will take place on another day. Check CFAR and Facebook for updates. The candles are ten dollars each and can be ordered at the craft shows at the Flin Flon and Creighton Community Halls tomorrow or at Nasselquists, Big Dipper, Candy Bar, Northern Rainbows End or call Yvonne at 204-687-7463.
Far Resources has announced undiscovered tantalum potential of the Zoro Lithium property in the Snow Lake area is being undertaken. This decision is based on a review of its assay data base of 310 drill core samples, 87 rock chip samples and the interpretation of Mobile Metal Ions soil geochemical data.
President Keith Anderson states elevated tantalum on the property including their assay of .113 percent tantalum underscores the potential for significant tantalum mineralization in association with their lithium bearing Zoro pegmatites. He says they have dispatched two prospecting teams to Snow Lake to continue exploration in the areas where pegmatite related multi-element anomalies including tantalum and lithium have been documented.
Tantalum is used in the electronic industry for capacitors and high powered resistors as well as in dental and surgical instruments and implants as it causes no immune response.
Hudbay has released its third quarter 2017 financial results. The net profit in the quarter was 40.9 million dollars compared to a net profit of 33.6 million in the third quarter last year. President Alan Hair says they benefited from higher metal prices. He reports they continued to generate growing positive free cash flow during the third quarter as they delivered on their operational targets while realizing higher metal prices. He says a strong cash flow generation helped to significantly reduce their debt balance this quarter. They also applied part of the proceeds from their equity offering in late September to fast track debt reduction and have fully repaid the remaining cash borrowing under a senior secured credit facility. Hair adds net debt declined by 300 million dollars from the end of the second quarter to 650 million dollars and with the reduction of debt over several quarters they are now well positioned to fund the development of their growth pipeline.
Hudbay reported an increase of 24 percent in operating cash flow from the second quarter as a result of growth in sales volumes of zinc and gold and higher realized copper and zinc prices partially offset by decreases in the sales volumes of copper.
Local flute musician Mikylo Odut is presenting a concert titled Carols and More later this month. He says in this concert he’s going to play all sorts of Christmas carols so everybody’s favorite ones, the ones everybody knows. He adds he has Courtney Campbell playing on the piano and Kim Jones playing the clarinet and she’s going to do some singing.
The Carols and More concert will be held at 7 pm November 27th and 29th in St. Ann’s Hall on Center Street. Tickets will be available at the Flin Flon Arts Councils Craft Sale Saturday in the Flin Flon Community Hall as well as at the Creighton Community Center craft sale November 17 and 18th and the Festival of Trees November 25th or you can call Mikylo at 204-271-3694.
As you turn you clocks back to standard time this weekend Fire Chief Chad Cooper wants you to think about fire safety. He says the Flin Flon Fire Department reminds all residents this weekend when you set your clocks back to also change your smoke alarm batteries and test your smoke alarms to ensure the alarm is working. He adds if you have any questions or require a smoke alarm please call the Fire Department at 204-681-7535.
Manitoba returns to standard time early Sunday morning so you’re reminded to turn you clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. Daylight saving time returns the second Sunday in March.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey tabled in the Legislature a list of questions from grade 6 and 7 students from Lynn Lake. He said the questions shed light on the economic and social realities that community is facing noting one question asked why can’t we drink the water explaining Lynn Lake has been under a boil water advisory for many years. Health workers at the Town Center reported serious health issues in children that they believe are related to the water so Lynn Lake needs a safe drinking water system so kids don’t have to worry about drinking from the tap. Lindsey says another question asks can we please have a mental health facility adding isolated communities like Lynn Lake have a steady rising rate of mental illness due to the absence of enough treatment beds, daytime services and a lack of a hopeful future.
Other questions raised by the students were on the need for recreation facilities, a cultural center, more security and a homeless shelter and food bank. Lindsey concluded the Premier can help with answers back to the students and he can take action so that kids stop worrying what will happen to their families and start being kids.
Northminster Memorial United Church is hosting the Fellowship of the Least Coin Friday afternoon under the theme Stand Up For Human Dignity. The Chair of the United Church Women Linda Oke says it’s open to all churches and everyone interested. She explains the idea behind the Fellowship of the Least Coin is on the first Friday of November world wide congregations gather to follow a set program of worship and pool their coins and if everyone puts their coins together great things are done in the world. She adds from these funds grants are given out world wide to empower those who are infringed so they can better themselves.
The celebration takes place Friday afternoon at two o’clock at the United Church on Bracken Street.
Karen MacKinnon takes oath of office with nomination chair Dave Kendall.
Becky Cianflone and Twyla Storey take oath of office
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce accepted their slate of officers at their annual meeting yesterday. Karen MacKinnon will serve a two year term as President, Past President is Dianne Russell, President Elect Becky Cianflone, Vice-President Twyla Storey, Treasurer Bunny Burke, Secretary Kory Eastman and Directors Courtney Campbell, Mary Dwernichuk, Myrna Ewing, Laurence Gillespie, Dave Kendall and Tom Therien.
Committees highlighted increased membership, holiday shine contest, fundraising, the annual radio auction, homecoming events, Main Street events and the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference and Celebrating Community Awards with Greenstone Manager Becky Cianflone presenting an award to Kory Eastman recognizing the Flin Flon Credit Union and Parkland Credit Unions as major sponsors of the Conference.
Dianne Russell completed her term as President of the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday. She says the two year term was a great experience reviewing events over the year highlighting two events to expand the local Chamber as part of the northern region noting the Look North Committee that she was part of and the northern Chambers meeting in Thompson with the next one in Flin Flon. Russell says in the next year she hopes they continue to build in the areas of connections and collaborations with other Chambers, First Nations and new businesses and cross border initiatives with municipalities and provinces, fishing licences, tourism and economic opportunities. She says we face industry challenges and our communities are ready for new ideas with the best people to face those changes.
Russell encourages more people to join the Chamber noting Chambers are about bringing business and community people together to make change and support the community.
The Women’s Resource Centre is holding a Christmas Craft and Home Show Saturday. Their Executive Director Colleen Arnold says they will feature 30 different vendors at 50 tables. She explains for the past 22 years the Northern Country Crafters ran this craft show and they have given it to them as a fund raiser so they’re going to have the same things they’ve always had such as door prizes, toonie parade, and they’re going to find baking, home made gifts, raffles, knitted articles, jewelry, stained glass and much more.
Arnold adds they will also have coffee, lunch and snacks. The Christmas Craft and Home Show runs from 10 to 4 Saturday in the Creighton Community Hall. Proceeds will go to the Women’s Safe Haven.
Friendship Center Housing and Northern Health Authority Housing are holding a landlords meeting Thursday. Friendship Centre Housing Coordinator Jason Straile invites you to join them for coffee and muffins to share ideas. He says they’re going to discuss the availability of different options for their citizens who are in need of housing in the community. He says anyone who is looking at renting to anyone in our community, they have houses, apartments or rooms to rent, should come out to the meeting and get some more information and learn more about housing and what they’re looking at for our community members.
The meeting is being held at the Friendship Center Thursday morning starting at 9:30. You can call 204-681-3046 for more information.
Flin Flon School Division students will be taking part in Take Our Kids to Work Day tomorrow. Hapnot Collegiate Essential Skills Director Linda Lowe says it involves all of their grade nine students at the Collegiate and the students will be experiencing many different careers such as teaching, administration, banking, retail and various trades just to name a few. She says it’s more than just a fun day away from school, it is an opportunity to learn and understand the importance of staying in school by seeing first hand the skills required in the work force today. She adds for the parents it’s an opportunity to prepare the child for the future by demonstrating their experience and skills needed on a daily basis for their job and participating in a shared experience such as this with their child.
Take Our Kids to Work Day is a national program in its 23rd year supported by the Learning Partnership, Flin Flon School Division and local employers.
The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is still looking for volunteers to help with Operation Red Nose through the Christmas season. It’s a program to get partiers and their vehicles home safely. Chairperson Ted Hewitt says they need volunteers to get clients home. He explains what they do is have a group of three, one that drives the clients vehicle, then there’s a second person which they call the navigator who rides with the driver of the clients vehicle and they have a third person in a second vehicle who picks them up after the drop off and in most evenings they need anywhere from three to five teams of three.
Operation Red Nose begins November 24th and runs most Friday and Saturday nights through December as well as New Years Eve. To volunteer you can go online to www.operationrednose.com, print and fill out a form and take it to the local RCMP office with two pieces of identification. You can call Ted at 204-687-7450 for more information.
The Flin Flon Arts Council is holding their 37th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday. Their Coordinator Crystal Kolt says they are featuring the usual as well as new local and other Manitoba and Saskatchewan vendors. She says there’s 70 different tables full of amazing selections of things to buy from interesting foods to crafts and clothing so its going to be the place to be on November 4th.
The sale runs from 10 to 4 Saturday in the Flin Flon Community Hall. It also includes Winter Wonderland photos with Santa from 12 to 1 and 2 to 3 and lunch will be available in the Seniors room.
The program is called Partners in Safety and will be available to help children who are out trick or treating tomorrow evening. Regional Manager for Emergency Services for the Northern Health Region Ken Gurba says when kids are out vehicles from Emergency Medical Services, RCMP and the Fire Department will be there. He explains they go out in their marked emergency vehicles and the staff are wearing their uniforms and they make a visible presence on the streets and if any child gets either lost or bullied or has any problems whatsoever they can flag down any one of the multiple emergency vehicles that will be cruising the streets on Halloween evening.
The Partners in Safety Program will run from 4 to 7:30 tomorrow evening in Flin Flon and The Pas.
At approximately 8:50 Saturday morning officers from the Cranberry Portage and Flin Flon RCMP responded to a single vehicle accident on highway ten about 35 kilometers north of Cranberry Portage. Investigators believe a semi-trailer unit being driven by a 34 year old man from Creighton was southbound on highway ten when the semi entered the right hand side shoulder and the driver over corrected causing the semi-trailer unit to flip over on its roof. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers from the Cranberry Portage and Flin Flon detachments along with an RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist continue to investigate.
District Governor Helmut Neufeld of the Shoal Lake Lions Club spoke about his priority project, the Lions Foundation of Canada’s Dog Guide Program. He told them about a family that received a diabetes monitoring dog at no cost for their children with diabetes and the dog sits between the girls and he detects when they go into a low and he wakes the child up and then he runs to the bedroom and wakes one of the parents up. He says when they got that dog it was the first time in three years that they had been able to sleep through the night and were totally confident that their children were being looked after and when he heard that story he thinks that’s one of the moments when he actually became a Lion adding when you feel that lump in your throat and you realize what Lions accomplish and what they have done for families it is absolutely amazing.
Neufeld also mentioned two new Lions programs in Manitoba, a hearing aid bank that loans hearing aids for children and a kid’s sight program that tests children in schools with 60 of 600 tested referred to an optometrist.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation is hosting a Halloween Alley Sunday. Recreation Director Caitlin Bailey says it’s a family fun event for Halloween and they’re hoping that everybody who comes wants to dress up. She adds they’ll have trick or treating, lots of different games, bouncy house, a haunted maze up on the stage area, creepy crawlers, lots of different Halloween activities to take part in with your family.
Halloween Alley runs from 1 to 4 Sunday afternoon in the Flin Flon Community Hall.
The Flin Flon Arts Council is offering their season passes for another week. The Council’s Crystal Kolt says the passes will offer great entertainment and save you money. She explains once again you get to see five great shows for the price of one hundred dollars and so it’s any show that’s happening through the Arts Council’s 2017-18 season. She adds you can get advance tickets and then see some really great shows at a reduced price.
The Upcoming shows in December include the Community Choir Christmas concert and the Ham Sandwich Theatre Group’s performance of The Christmas Spirit. The final day to purchase passes will be Saturday November 4th at the Arts Council Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale.
Joe McCormick, Joe Bradford, Mary Denby, Janice Cassidy, John Kuzub, Debbie Kuzub,Monica Lone.
The Flin Flon Lions Club held their annual awards night last night.
Hope medals from the Lions Foundation of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario which supports the Medical Assistance Program were presented to Mary Denby and Debbie Kuzub. Life Memberships in the Lions Foundation of Canada which supports the Dog Guides Program were presented to Janice Cassidy, Jim Cassidy, Mary Denby and Joe Bradford. Centennial Sponsorship pins from Lions Clubs International went to Monica Lone for sponsoring three new members into the Club and to Debbie Kuzub for sponsoring one new member and John Kuzub for also sponsoring one new member. District Governor Helmut Neufeld presented years of service Chevrons for Stan Curtis for 55 years, Joe McCormick 35 years and Richard French 15 years and his Governor’s pin to President John Kuzub, Secretary Debbie Kuzub and Treasurer Monica Lone.
Business and Ambassador Awards
Volunteer Awards (Missing Denare Beach)
An awards night was held as part of the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference held yesterday. The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Greenstone and our four area communities presented awards to volunteers and businesses.
Volunteer Awards for Cranberry Portage were presented to Mabel Brewer and Olga Wesner, for Creighton to Ryan Karakochuk and Bonnie Tait, for Denare Beach to Mel Durette and Jen Feuerstein and for Flin Flon Nadine Porter and Mavis Hassel.
Business excellence awards were presented to 102.9 CFAR Radio 590, VA Services and The Hooter and this years Community Ambassador Award went to the Flin Flon and District Environment Council.
All presenters thanked the award recipients for their dedication to their community and its organizations and activities helping our communities to thrive.
In the Legislature this week Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey thanked community members from across the north who participated in the consultation process showing commitment to solving the challenges the north faces. He says the government’s plan to look north says it all, it’s all looking and no action by the Minister noting he looked north while the railway line was abandoned leaving families in Churchill without affordable access to the rest of the province, he looked north while a construction season disappeared and Churchill hunkered down for a long expensive winter, he looked north as thousands of workers in The Pas, Flin Flon, Thompson, Churchill and all across the north worry about their jobs disappearing, he looked north as their families struggled to afford rising food costs, he looked north as the Health Minister cancelled plans for clinics and cut the NHRA budget by at least six million dollars and he looked north as communities lost doctors and businesses.
Lindsey concludes by urging the Minister to get to work in the north and start showing a real commitment to our families.
Flin Flon RCMP report threats were made to a person against an individual at Hudbay. An adult male was arrested without incident yesterday on four counts of uttering threats and charges are pending. The RCMP note they are still in the early stages of their investigation so no further details can be released at this time.
Last week Education Minister Ian Wishart was in the community touring the Division schools and meeting with staff. Superintendent Constance McCleese reported to the Flin Flon School Board that he was very impressed with the student designed virtual reality unit at Hapnot Collegiate. Funding for the project came from the school budget at the end of June and is believed to be the only one of its kind in use at a high school in the province. The virtual application can be utilized in many areas of school curriculum, including biology class.
It was also reported that all staff will be taking the training customer service accessibility course over the next three to four months. The course will assist in areas of dealing with the public and their different accessibility needs.
Students at Hapnot have raised 14 hundred dollars in donations for the We Scare Hunger campaign and non-perishable food donations can still be dropped off at the Hapnot office for the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank.
Recreation Director Channa Senyk invites you to celebrate Halloween at a free family dance. It’s being held Friday night in the Creighton Community Hall and this year it starts at 6 o’clock for the pre-schoolers until 7 and 7 to 9 is for the older children in the family. She says there’s going to be a canteen available and lots of fun and treat bags for everyone.
The dance is sponsored by the Town of Creighton and the Creighton Community Centre.
The NorMan Jazz Festival is being held in Thompson this weekend. Music teacher Anna Harrison says they are taking two bands this year one from Hapnot and one from Ruth Betts McIsaac and they travel to Thompson to participate in clinics and workshops all day Saturday and then a couple of workshops on Sunday morning and they do a performance and then head home. She adds the clinicians come from Brandon and Winnipeg and they are professional jazz musicians and jazz educators so it’s a really great opportunity for the students to learn about jazz music.
All northern students attending will present a public concert to wrap up the weekend Sunday at 1:30 at the R.D. Parker Collegiate in Thompson.
Rockcliff Copper Corporation has optioned its MacBride zinc property to Nevada Zinc Corporation. The MacBride property is located 45 kilometers north of Leaf Rapids and hosts the near surface historical high grade MacBride zinc deposit which remains open in all directions.
Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre says they are delighted to have Nevada Zinc’s financial capabilities, expertise and knowledge in exploring this high grade zinc copper asset north of their core base metal property portfolio located in Snow Lake. He adds they look forward to advancing this property and welcome Nevada Zinc to Manitoba. The MacBride zinc property includes 22 contiguous mining claims totaling 4994 hectares.
Canadian telecommunications giant Rogers has announced that they are now offering better service across Manitoba.
L-T-E- Advanced is now being offered in many communities, including Thompson, Flin Flon, Churchill and Winnipeg.
Colin Bartlett, the Prairies Regional leader for Rogers, says that the company has a long and proud history in the province of bringing continued improvements that help improve connectivity.
The company also announced they will be working to improve service in hard to reach places such as basements and elevators.
At their 26th annual meeting yesterday the Lord’s Bounty Food Banks Food Distribution Chair Dennis Hydamaka reported an increase in food distribution during their past year. They experienced a 15 percent increase in hampers distributed and a 19 percent increase in the number of people fed with 1658 hampers to feed 3193 people a new all time record.
Hydamaka reported their food supply is in pretty good shape. Their total income for the year was just over 84 thousand dollars but that includes 62 thousand in grants and donations that were directed to the purchase and furnishing of their new location in the former St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church where they will be able to provide food and services for the community. They will move once renovations are completed hopefully by mid-November with a grand opening in the new year.
The Food Bank is in desperate need of volunteer drivers with a van or truck who can donate one hour every Tuesday to pick up food from the local grocery stores. Call Alison at 687-0838, the Food Bank at 687-7262 and leave a message or drop in to the Food Bank behind Burkees Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding their annual dream draw for ten trips for two valued at around 30 thousand dollars. The Club’s Dave Kendall says they have five seven night packages and those are to Hawaii, Jamaica, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba and then they have five three night packages and those are to Orlando, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York with a lot of fun in any of those trips.
Kendall adds there are a limited number of tickets left for 100 dollars each at Kendall and Pandya and Kleen All with the next early bird draw Thursday and the final draw November 10th.
The Collegiate’s Daniel Dillon says 20 students earned the trip to We Day through projects the worked on last year or committed to work on this year. He explains the event is a celebration of what the kids have been doing the previous year when it comes to actions in their over community, national and international. He says they raised money for the Food Bank, they worked on We Scare hunger, they raised money for a school in Kenya and this opportunity is a great experience for them to celebrate and be with 14 thousand other students across the province who are like minded who are making a difference in their community when it comes to change.
Dillon says they usually take students from their Equality and Social Justice/Gay Straight Alliance and there are eight students from the group going but this year they invited them to invite a friend they might like to inspire so they are going as well and they’ve signed on contract to give back five hours to whatever initiatives they want for the school or for the community.
Callinex Mines has announced it has appointed John J.J. O’Donnell as the Company’s Vice-President of Exploration. They note O’Donnell has over 30 years of experience in exploration for base and precious metal rich volcanic massive sulphide deposits within North America.
In this area O’Donnell served as CEO of Callinex from 2010 to 2013 and was instrumental in the acquisition of the Pine Bay Project. From 1992 to 2005 he held various positions with Hudbay Minerals with experience in four separate mine operations including Senior Mine Geologist at the Triple Seven Mine. They note he played a key role in the discovery, feasibility and development of the flagship Triple Seven Mine.
O’Donnell states he is excited to advance the Callinex projects in the Bathurst and Flin Flon mining districts in the rising zinc market where current prices have already exceeded a ten year high.
Northland Ford is supporting the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank as part of Ford Canada’s We Scare Hunger Campaign. Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay says it is going very well. He says people can drop off non-perishable food items at Northland Ford or also at the Bomber game on Friday the 27th and all schools are involved in this which is great, student councils are working very hard to promote the campaign and the students and the truck will be out on Halloween night from 5 to 7 trick or treating for non-perishable food items.
Gourlay adds last year they raised about 22 hundred pounds of food and this year they are trying to double that. The Campaign runs until the end of October.
Flu shot clinics are coming up soon in our area. Immunize Canada reminds you it’s important to get your flu shot to protect yourself from serious illness but also when you get it you protect the people around you so if you know children under the age of one or people who have cancer or other serious diseases and if you spend time with them you can help protect them from the flu by getting the flu shot.
Flu shots will be available at the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Centre from10 to 4 October 27th, November 4th and December 7th and from 1 to 7 November 9th and 23rd and at the Cranberry Portage Wellness Centre October 26th and November 9th from 1 to 5. A complete list for the region is available on the Northern Health Region website.
Last year 150 Manitobans diagnosed with influenza were hospitalized and the virus contributed to the death of 12 Manitobans.
The publicly funded flu vaccine will be offered in Creighton starting this coming Monday. The Creighton Drop In flu clinics will be held Monday from 9 to 5 and Thursday next week from 8:30 to 4:30. They will continue there at various dates through November and early December. The Flu Clinic will also be at the Creighton Heritage Manor November 1st from 1:30 to 4 and New Horizons in Denare Beach November 9th from 10 to 2. You can find a complete list of flu clinics at the health regions website www.mcrhealth.ca or call the Public Health office in Creighton.
Getting the flu shot is especially important for people who are at risk of serious illness from influenza including seniors, young children, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions and their caregivers.
Community Futures Greenstone still has a few tickets available for their Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference coming up Wednesday at the Flin Flon Community Hall. Their General Manager Becky Cianflone says it will be a beneficial conference. She says they’ve tried to get in a good range of speakers that’s going to appeal to a lot of folks so they’re going to be talking about everything from tourism to managing money and making financial decisions to how your attitude really affects your life and your business.
The keynote speaker is the Manitoba Women Entrepreneur of the Year Stephanie Staples. Following the conference at 6:30 they will have the Celebrating Communities Awards Evening at the Unwinder to honor volunteers and businesses in the community. Tickets for these events are available by contacting the Community Futures office above Pharmasave, call them at 204-687-6967 or find them on Facebook at Community Futures Greenstone.
Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen congratulates Citizens on Patrol members for their work in partnership with local law enforcement agencies to keep our communities safe. Flin Flon Citizens on Patrol Chair Sinclair James says the local group has been busy. He explains the group has been going consistently since 2014 and there’s currently 27 members in the group. In the past year they’ve put in over 900 volunteer hours and 1743 reported kilometers and if you’d like to join as they’re looking for volunteers you can go online to www.citizensonpatrol.mb.ca or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-271-4881.
In addition to patrolling the community COPP groups display speed reader boards, patrol at school crossing zones, identify impaired drivers and conduct seatbelt and cell phone use surveys.
As part of small business month RBC in Flin Flon is holding a small business digital day tomorrow. The Bank’s Mikael Mantyla says small business clients can come in and see how to use their technology to help their business. He says from online tax filing to employee pay vendor digital technology can help a business owner save time as well as money. He explains they’re going to be talking about online banking and different ways a business owner can utilize what is available to them in order to pay bills or send money fast or just basically manage their money and bank anywhere when it comes to mobile applications.
Mantyla adds the month celebrates the amazing contribution of small business to our community and the overall economy.
Satori Resources has announced results from their drill program at the Tartan Lake Gold Mine Project 12 kilometers northeast of Flin Flon.
On June 12th the Company undertook a limited drill program focusing on the South Zone with a total of just over two thousand meters drilled in six diamond drill holes. The results both confirmed and provided a basis for further exploration on the South Zone portion of the resources model developed in November of 2016. The most recent drilling intersected gold mineralization both along strike and down dip beyond the existing resource limits including 3.03 grams per tonne over 4.5 meters.
Interim CEO Bruce Reid says these drilling results increase the zone of mineralization and provide the basis for a more focused drill program on the South Zone.
Operation Christmas Child is again underway in the Flin Flon area. The Baptist Church is the collection center and their Pastor Jim Galbraith is asking you to fill shoe boxes to be delivered to children in countries where there is war, natural disasters and famine. He explains they like to have one kind of wow item like maybe a deflated soccer ball with a pump or a nice doll or baseball and cap, otherwise it’s your basic school supplies, hygiene items, clothing depending on where it’s going and stay away from scary things and war item kind of things.
Galbraith adds boxes can be picked up at Pharmasave, Dollar Store With More or participating churches and returned there by November 18th with a ten dollar donation to cover shipping and other program costs.
Front: Lieutenant Governor and Lauren Fox
Back: Lillian Knutson, Kiana Stevens, Aline Nasselquist, Myles Patterson, Shannon Williamson, Mikayla Larocque. Missing: Kayless Banting at University.
Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield spoke to students about the importance of leadership. She presented her Award of Excellence to student Lauren Fox who has shown leadership in her home, school and community. She explained Lauren achieved an average of over 90 percent in many of her subjects and she received the grade nine Alex Oberg Memorial Award for leadership and creative spirit. She added Lauren loves music and plays the tuba, piano and she sings, she’s part of school choirs and attended honor choirs and choir camp. Schofield also mentioned Lauren’s achievements in golf, hockey and swimming adding she has plans to become an orthodontist.
The Northern Student Achievement Awards were presented for grade seven to Myles Patterson and Mikayla Larocque, grade eight Lillian Knutson, grade nine Shannon Williamson, grade ten Kiana Stevens, grade eleven Aline Nasselquist and grade twelve Kaylee Banting. A 500 dollars Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall scholarship was presented to grade twelve student Dimitri Morin.
People met at St. Ann’s Church Hall Sunday afternoon to support diabetes research. The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes began at one ‘clock at the Church and went down the boardwalk and back to the Church. One of the organizers Kerri Wood says it was really good. They had a good brisk walk with a small but mighty group of 18. She says they raised approximately a thousand dollars on that day with more coming in until the end of the month.
Wood adds they still have the two dollar sneakers available for purchase until the end of the month at Eddies Family Foods and Scorpio Bearing.
At their meeting last night Council passed on first reading an amendment to their standards of maintenance and occupancy for residential property bylaw. Councilor Bill Hanson explains basically the bylaw is giving the Bylaw Enforcement Officer better tools to deal with people who are repeat offenders for say not maintaining their yard or having loose garbage flying around their yard on an ongoing basis. He adds what this does is a graduated penalty system so your first offence will be a hundred dollar fine and your second offence would be possibly a two hundred dollar fine and because they’re doing it through a municipal bylaw they don’t need to go through the court system if you are fined and don’t pay, the fine will just go on to your taxes.
The amendment requires second and third reading before coming into effect possibly at their next meeting November 7th.