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The Flin Flon Arts Council is again offering their season passes for sale.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says the passes will give a season of great entertainment.  She says first of all they’re going to be having just a bang up year between Mamma Mia, an international ballet company is going to be coming in providing a full ballet plus they have the InClines which is a Patsy Cline tribute band, they have Joanna Majoko who used to live in Flin Flon and is now going up the ranks in terms of a jazz singer who is going to be performing with the Community Choir, they have the Dirty Catfish Brass Band who was the hit of the jazz festival a year ago and wonderful Ham Sandwich so it’s going to be the most amazing year yet.

             

Kolt adds with a pass you also get to purchase your show tickets and one for a friend in advance this year.  The season passes are 150 dollars from the Flin Flon Arts Council office or at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

 

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Local historian Gerry Clark is again presenting his walking tours of Flin Flon starting tomorrow.  Clark says the tours are open to anyone interested and are free. He explains they have been starting at the clock at Pioneer Square walking them out to the Community Hall and then north around the Company gate and up to the open pit, back past the hospital and back down Main Street, kind of just a history tour of the city and some of the tourist attractions.

             

The walk will start tomorrow morning at 11 at the clock at Pioneer Square and will run every Saturday morning at 11 until the end of August.

 

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The Foundations Chairperson Jane Robillard reported since launching in 1994 the Foundation has donated over 900 thousand dollars to local people, charities and organizations. 

             

This year cheques from their Community Foundation went to the Legion Seniors Housing for elevator repair, the Rotary Club for upgrades to the Rotary Court heating system, the Lords Bounty Food Bank for replacing ten windows and a room divider, Snow Lake Center on Family Violence for a color laser printer, Norman Community Services for shingles and roof repair, the Association for Community Living to purchase an automated external defibrillator, Denare Beach New Horizons Club for new tables, Kiddie Korner Day Care for area rugs, shelving and art supplies and the Friendship Center for their homelessness program, computer chairs and hostel furniture.

             

From the Joe Brain Foundation to the Curling Club for heaters and ceiling tiles and from the Smart and Caring Fund to the Public Library for a catalogue software upgrade, the Arts Council covered stage at the tourist park, the Pottery Club for three pottery wheels, Norva for a color laser printer and the Fireworks Committee for a Seacan storage unit.

 

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On June 19 Flin Flon RCMP received a report of a missing 31-year-old man from Flin Flon. The last time Skyler Bighetty was seen was on June 16, heading towards Creighton, Saskatchewan. It is believed he may have got on a bus or hitchhiked, making his possible whereabouts unknown.

 

Skyler is vulnerable and police are concerned for his well-being. He is described as Indigenous, with brown eyes and black hair. He is approximately 5’8” tall and 190 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Flin Flon RCMP at 204-687-1423 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text "TIPMAN" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

 

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As we told you Tuesday the Manitoba Youth Job Center in Flin Flon is open for another summer.  Youth Engagement Leader Melanie Krushelnyski says she’ll be holding an open house Friday to explain her job and their services.  She says she helps youth get jobs so if they need help with resumes, interviews or employment information she’s here for them and her number is 204-271-1493 and she has an email address at flinflonmyjc.gov.mb.ca.

             

The Youth Job Center open house will be held at Walmart Tomorrow afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30.

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After 23 years in relative obscurity the Sapper’s Memorial is being placed back into active service in Flin Flon.  In a release Morley Naylor and Frank Gira from the Squadron Historical Committee report the memorial which was originally dedicated in May of 1989 by 21st Field Engineer Squadron, Canadian Military Engineers, was placed in a prominent location near the main entrance of the Flin Flon Armory.  It is dedicated to all those that have served in the military in Flin Flon since 1940. They report the memorial remained standing in its original location since the closure of the Field Engineer Squadron in 1995 and was only removed for construction and parking lot preparations for the new Co-op store.

             

The memorial was stored over the construction period and with the support of the Co-op management, directors and staff has now been placed in a prominent location in their parking lot area with an official rededication ceremony taking place tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock.

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The Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center and University College of the North are offering a culinary arts program in Flin Flon.  The Center’s Executive Director Shelly Craig says it will run from this November to August and is designed to provide students employment in the food service industry.  She explained individuals or participants taking the course will walk away with fundamental skills of cooking obviously with emphasis on safe food handling, sanitation and nutrition adding the beauty of this course is there’s going to be a lot of hands on participation because they’ll be working right within the organization in the Friendship Center so basically they’ll learn the standards within culinary arts right from A to Z.

             

You can register for the program by calling UCN in The Pas toll free at 1-866-627-8500 or the Partners for Careers Program at the Friendship Center or Regional Coordinator Cindy Best at UCN Flin Flon.

 

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The Flin Flon Flower Power Festival will be held Saturday afternoon.  The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie invites you to Pioneer Square to celebrate the return of the Main Street flower baskets.  He says there’ll be a concert by Jen McLean and her band which is known as Jenster, there’ll be free ice cream treats to the first 100 or so kids and they’re also having a celebration cake available for children and adults.  He explains they have several flower related events where people can paint flower pictures, anyone who wants to come dressed as a flower there’s a prize of the best flower costume, best flower dancer, best flower poem and best flower song. They also have a flower coloring/drawing contest running all this week at the Library.

             

 Gillespie adds they are looking for a lot of participation in the events by kids and by adults in the Flin Flon Trivia Challenge.  The celebration runs from 1 to 4 Saturday in Pioneer Square.  The Main Street flower baskets are sponsored by the Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation, the City of Flin Flon and Hudbay.

 

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When asked about their application for funding from the provincial Mining Community Reserve Fund at last nights City Council meeting Mayor Cal Huntley reported they are looking at seniors housing.  He said they were originally applying for funding to modify the Flin Flon Hotel building for seniors housing but discovered it would be better to build new so they are redeveloping their application as we have a significant seniors population and would like them to stay.  He added the announcement last week by the provincial government on redeveloping housing on their property at 4 Hemlock Drive is a positive move.                           

             

Mayor Huntley reported the Dime Store Fishermen TV crew was in town and were taken fishing on Lake Athapap and Kissenew and it went very well thanks to local support.  The show is expected to be on television in February or March with Huntley noting it will be a good promotion for our community.

             

 

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Manitoba Youth Job Centers across the province are open for another summer including the Center in Flin Flon. The Youth Job Centers match local employers with qualified students and youth aged 12 to 29 for summer employment.  The offices are staffed by post secondary students hired as youth engagement leaders through the STEP Services student employment program.

             

The Center provides job search advice, resume preparation, interview assistance and information about workplace standards as well as posting employment opportunities free of charge. They also help youth aged 12 to 16 build work experience through the Odd Job Squad Program.

             

The Youth Job Center is open until mid August and you can contact them at 204-271-1493.

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The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology in Creighton is offering an Outdoor Power Equipment Repair Program from July 9th to September 14th.  Their Manager Myrna Ewing says it is open to any Saskatchewan resident. She explains it offers the ability to fix small motors whether it’s a boat motor, a skidoo or even a lawn mower.  She says it’s just to get people interested in this type of work and hopefully they’ll get into automotives from here or in some other trade.

             

Ewing says this training leads to placement in the workplace.  Grade ten with math is preferred and you require a valid driver’s licence.  The deadline to apply is June 25th by calling them toll free at 1-844-688-1222.

 

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MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the Manitoba legislature last week about the economy of northern Manitoba and the community development fund.  She said over 1350 people have a job in northern Manitoba thanks in part to the fund.  She explained the fund helps people at risk when traditional lenders aren’t willing or able to provide financing.  She called it a success story increasing access to capital for tourism, forestry, construction and fishing yet the Pallister government cut its contribution to the fund by over 30 percent and the fund is now providing 2.6 million dollars less loans than it did just two years ago.  She asked why is this Minister doing such damage to our economy?

Minister of Growth Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pederson responded to these questions by saying Speaking of Damage, that would be the previous government’s economic development plan and we’ll have a much better plan coming forward.  He added that they will continue to work with the north as well as all of Manitoba.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day is being celebrated by the Flin Flon Friendship Center Thursday afternoon.  The Center’s Program Events Coodinator Vanessa Campbell says they have food and entertainment.  She explains they are planning to have it at Rotary Park from 3 to 8 pm with live and local performers.  She says they’re going to have Ron Burwash their Metis musician from Flin Flon, the Northern Lights Women Singers, the Nemihitowk Hoop Troop, Silver Evening Star Singers and the headliner Teagan Littlechief from the White Bear First Nation Saskatchewan and the Creators Dance Spirit Group from Opaskwayak Cree Nation will also be performing.

             

There will also be a 50-50 draw, penny parade and their barbeque raffle that includes a five piece patio set, a gift certificate for 100 dollars and a Pendleton blanket donated by Kleen All.

 

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Families Minister Scott Fielding has announced a vacant provincially owned property will be redeveloped to provide more housing in Flin Flon.  He says the province has issued a request for expressions of interest for options to be submitted for the province’s consideration.

             

The request is open to any organization or company interested in redeveloping the site at 4 Hemlock Drive.  The government deferred previous redevelopment plans as part of a review into the value for money of several projects.

             

Fielding says this is a fresh start on a project that Flin Flon has been anticipating for some time now so they expect there will be significant interest in this opportunity.  He adds they are looking for unique and innovative ideas that reflect the needs of the community, maximize the benefit of this property and improve access to housing for all Manitobans. Submissions are being accepted until July 26th.

 

 

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Twenty-one graduates received their diplomas as Creighton Community School held their graduation ceremony Friday night.

             

Forty-seven bursaries, scholarships and awards were presented. Looking at some of the larger ones:  the top award the Hudbay Scholarship for two thousand dollars a year for four years went to Bailey Bjornson who also received the Creighton Community School Foundation Award for academic and their Aboriginal Scholarship.  Others receiving the Academic Award were Jade Ballard and Victoria Pedwell, for Arts Jeremy Tait, for athletics Bailey Eastman, the Bev McKrimmon Memorial Citizenship Award Magann Sutherland, Medical Victoria Pedwell and Trades and Technology Brady Farkus.  Each of the Foundation Awards is worth one thousand dollars. The Fred and Pearl Schwaga Memorial Scholarships for two thousand dollars each went to Tristan Stomp and Victoria Pedwell and the Town of Creighton Bursary of one thousand dollars went to Bailey Eastman.      Speakers urged the students to remember the lessons they learned in Creighton School and use these lessons wisely as they will last a lifetime.

 

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Denare Beach Recreation Director Mel Durette invites you to enjoy nature with a walk tomorrow afternoon. She explains it’s a nature walk scavenger hunt kind of thing and they will meet at the Rockyview boat launch and they’ll walk through the trail up to the camp ground and there they’ll cook a bunch of S’mores and there’ll be prizes for the kids.

              The walk begins at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon and if you need more information you can call the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050.

 

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Planning is well underway for the Trout Festival Canada Day Parade July 1st sponsored by Northland Ford.  Festival President Melissa Richard says they are looking for entries. She says the theme this year is Casino Royale and Shaken Not Stirred so it kind of ties in with the Fish Fry and the James Bond theme they have going for the weekend.  She adds to register you can either come down to CFAR or go to Northland Ford or you can contact Sheena Reed to enter your float and the parade starts at 11 o’clock on July 1st.

             

Prizes are awarded for the best floats in both commercial and non-commercial categories.  For more information on the parade you can call Sheena Reed at 204-687-6157 or 271-2142.

 

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In the House of Commons Wednesday MP Niki Ashton noted a few weeks ago the Prime Minister spoke to the New York University grad in the United States.  She said while he philosophized in the United States here at home our grads are facing a challenging time and she wants to invite him to attend any one of our grads in the north here in Canada to hear their stories.  She explained Thompson is faced with the loss of the smelter and refinery, First Nations are facing continuing high unemployment and under funding of education and Churchill is still faced with the shutdown of the port and rail line.  She noted he could attend any grad in virtually any community across Canada to hear what young people are facing in terms of sky high tuition fees and precarious employment but she doubts if he will.

             

Ashton added she believes he doesn’t want to listen to young people who are concerned about the environment, growing inequality and their economic future leaving them to believe his government is not only not part of the solution but is increasingly part of the problem.

 

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Lynn McMaster, Jordan Sharples, Ryan Kelly.

 

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Home Hardware yesterday to officially open the new Telus center location.  One of the reps cutting the ribbon was Ryan Kelly from Telus in Toronto.  He stated on behalf of Telus head office they are extremely proud and thankful to MegaCell their Telus dealer here in Manitoba adding they have six locations in Manitoba and they’re partnering up with Home Hardware to bring Telus to Flin Flon so they’re very proud of them, appreciate all the support and look forward to many years of Telus at Home Hardware.

             

Others cutting the ribbon were Jordan Sharples owner of MegaCell and local Home Hardware manager Lynn McMaster.

 

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Music Director Susan Fulford will present a celebration of our talented young musicians in concert Saturday night.  Fulford says the concert is entitled Glorious and one of the featured songs is called Glorious and it just celebrates that everyone is creative and musical and has many talents and she thinks that’s what you’ll hear that evening.  She adds you’ll hear some young pianists and young vocalists and highlighted is the vocal ensemble Kaleidoscope and also you will hear Mikylo Odut on flute and she thinks many in the community have heard him before.

             

The concert takes place Saturday night at 7:30 in the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue with admission five dollars for adults and students are free.

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SK8 Skates will be performing in Flin Flon Tuesday afternoon.  The group’s Collin Lambert invites everyone to come out for the show.  He says they’re going to be bringing some of the best skateboarders in Manitoba, some of the best in Canada and they’re going to come out and skate the Skate Park and help put on a show for everybody.  He adds they’re going to have somebody on the mike involving the audience and getting people to request tricks and fun stuff like that and he believes they’re going to do some lessons or try a little competition for locals so it’s going to be a good time.

             

SK8 Skates takes place at the Flin Flon Skate Park beside the Many Faces Education Centre at 5 Tuesday afternoon.  All ages are invited and it is a free event.

 

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At last nights meeting of the Flin Flon School Board Superintendent Constance McLeese reported on the projects art students have been working on.  The Treaty Affirmation pieces have been designed by students and will be displayed in the front entrance foyers of each of the Division schools.  Additionally the graphic arts students were also instructed to create pieces applying the studied principles of graphic design and those works will be used in the student’s portfolio for final assessment.  We Are All Treaty People posters can be viewed at flinflononline.com.             

 

The superintendent also reported that in preparation for the next school year in September the Division will be implementing a new leader mentorship program and have rewritten the new teacher mentorship program.  The Division will be welcoming eleven new young and energetic teachers in September.  Board Chair Amy Sapergia-Green congratulated the Hapnot track athletes and coaches for their recent success.  And she also gave thanks to Wings Over Kississing.  The aviation company will once again offer grade six students a unique and amazing fly over the city of Flin Flon.

 

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ACasino night will lead to a more exciting fish fry Saturday, June 30th during this years Flin Flon Trout Festival.  The Committee’s Crystal Kolt says they will be following the James Bond theme calling it Fish and Chips as in casino chips so for part of the fish fry they’re going to have a more high end dinner that’ll be happening just outside the Whitney Forum in a tent and it’s going to be a catered dinner and those tickets have to be purchased a week in advance so they know how much fish to purchase.  She adds inside the Whitney Forum they’re going to be having a fun type of casino where you can buy packages of play money and then there’ll be some great bands, the Mix, Usual Suspects, Big Shaker, the Whyte and Johnny’s Anti Social Band playing throughout the evening so it’s going to be fun for everybody.

             

Tickets for the fish dinner are available at Pharmasave and Northern Rainbows End while casino tickets are available at the Gateway, Di’s Confectionary and Orange Toad.

 

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A group of grade nine students at Hapnot Collegiate taking part in a 20 Time Project want to share their ideas with you.  Teacher Daniel Dillon explains its project based learning for students in his technology class. He says they guide them through to develop their skills in regards to presentation, dealing with their stress, organization, outreach to the community, collaboration, listening and respecting others and he’s also teaching them the digital tools to work smarter and not harder through their data collection, research, journaling, their reflections and contacting people via professional emails.

             

Dillon adds this year’s projects are based around videography, photography, the medical field, learning languages, mental health, brain injuries, crafts, self driving vehicles and 3D printers.  Anyone interested can attend the presentation by the students Friday evening at 6 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.

 

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The Rotary Club’s Bill Jackson told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday they continue to prepare for the return of the Snowbirds Air Show on July 11th.  He says the Snowbirds will arrive on the 10th do some fishing, attend a fish fry and visit the hospital and on the Wednesday the gates for the show open at 2 o’clock and they hope to have a few military aircraft doing some fly bys about 2:30 or 3 o’clock around that time, the entertainment is going to start at 3 o’clock and then the Snowbirds will fly at 7 o’clock sharp and they’re going to have food concessions out there.

             

The Rotarians encourage everyone attending to park at Walmart and ride the bus to the airport.   Show tickets are 10 dollars for adults, 5 for under 18 and can be purchased at Phamasave, the Gas Bar and online at www.flinflonairshow.ca. Funds raised go to the hospital emergency room expansion.  The Snowbirds were last here in 2016.

 

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The Manitoba government has appointed eight new members to the province’s Municipal Board. Seven new members and a re-appointed member are from the Winnipeg Brandon area with one from the north Valerie Whyte from Pukatawagan. Whyte is a resource worker with the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation.  She has a certificate in counseling from the University of Manitoba and is currently completing a bachelor of social work and bachelor of arts at the University College of the North.  Her previous work experience includes serving as a community manager, mental health worker and youth program coordinator.

             

The Manitoba Municipal Board is a quasi-judicial tribunal under the Municipal Board Act that sets out the general provisions respecting the Board’s operations.  The Board recently launched an innovative new appeal management process to address the long term challenge of outstanding assessment appeals in Manitoba.

 

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A meeting was held Friday to discuss concerns about developing unsafe confrontations taking place on Main Street.  Mayor Cal Huntley says it was a preliminary meeting that included the RCMP, Mayor and Council, a Chamber of Commerce representative and a Main Street business owner’s representative.  He says they discussed the concerns that have been surfacing with regards to Main Street and they discussed some immediate actions that the RCMP will be implementing and they discussed some potential, they believe, solutions but they want to do a little bit more research into them first that will impact the situation that’s causing concern on Main Street but it was a first meeting.

             

Huntley says they will meet again once they have further explored the options that are available.

Concerns about some activities on Main Street were raised at recent Chamber of Commerce and City Council meetings.

 

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Twenty-one students will receive their diplomas as Creighton Community School holds their graduation ceremony Friday night.  Principal Janel Pearson explains they have their supper starting at 5 o’clock at the Creighton Sportex and the grand march as always led by Mr. Walker as piper, so if you want to come and see all the beautiful dresses they’ll be going between the school and the Sportex and then just down the street.  She adds their ceremony will be held at 7 o’clock in the school gym and everybody’s invited to attend.

             

The graduates will be holding their car parade through Creighton and Flin Flon Thursday afternoon starting around 2:30.

 

 

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The Norman Regional Parent and Child Coalition is holding a two day parenting workshop Thursday and Friday.  The Coalition’s Marian Paul says it’s a free workshop and it’s a traditional parenting workshop so they’re going to talk about the swings, the cradle board, the different ways that parenting was done in generations past and how it’s different today.

             

The workshop will be held in the Flin Flon School Division offices at 7 Terrace Avenue Thursday and Friday from 9:30 to 3:30. For information or to register call Marian at 204-271-3814.

 

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The Norva Center in Flin Flon is hosting a Northern Juried Art Exhibition June 28th to July 1st.  Organizer Ellie Spencer invites all northern artists to enter so any artist working and living north of the 53rd parallel can enter the Juried Art Show and the work all has to be new so work that was created since the last northern juried show.  She says they’ll have painting including acrylic, oil and water color, photography, sculpture, fabric art and small pieces like jewelry making and the sculpture category takes in larger pieces of pottery.

             

Spencer adds they also have a special category for all art forms called Tribute to Music.  Entry forms are available at the Norva Center at 177 Green Street and must be returned by Friday.

 

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Members of the Flin Flon Fire Department demonstrated their new rescue boat Wednesday night.  The boat was purchased for the Fire Department by the Flin Flon Rotary Club. Fire Chief Chad Cooper says they’ll make good use of the boat as the RDC unit for water rescue is very versatile and they’ll be using it for water rescue, ice rescue and snowmobile rescue. He explains basically it’s an inflatable boat that is highly durable for all conditions and blows up in 30 seconds so they can quickly deploy it, head out on the water or out on the ice, rescue the person, bring them back to shore and get them to medical services right away.

             

Rotary Club President Colleen Arnold presented Cooper with a cheque for 6717 dollars to cover the cost of the rescue boat with Cooper noting partnerships like this are critical to improving services for our community.

 

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The Sam Waller Museum in The Pas has a new temporary art exhibit that will be on display throughout the summer.  Museum Curator Sharain Jones says it’s called Out of The North and they are welcoming the exhibit of a pretty established Flin Flon artist named Lois Pederson and these are primarily scenery she has seen growing up in northern Manitoba.

             

This is the second time Lois has exhibited her work at the museum.  The paintings are for sale and the exhibit will be on display until September 27th.  You can call the museum for more information at 204-623-3802.

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At their 20th annual meeting last night the Women’s Resource Center passed a change to their constitution.  They will allow any person 18 years or older to become a full member which will allow them to vote at the annual meeting as well as seek election to the Board of Directors.  The change will now allow men to become full members with two seats on the Board available to men. As a result of that change Chad Cooper and Mark Svaren were elected to one year terms along with Sheena Reed. As well Margaret Head-Steppan, Sheri Pearson and Doreen Roman were elected to two year terms and Katie Kawerski to a three year term. Linda Eryou and Shelly Craig continue their present terms on the Board.

             

The change will also allow any youth below 18 years, male or female to become Associate Members who don’t vote at the meeting or hold a seat on the Board.

             

In her report Executive Director Colleen Arnold reported they continue to provide public education and awareness with their many annual events adding they are very pleased to see all the community support in their efforts to end violence against women and girls.

 

 

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Hunter in Romania

 

At the meeting Tuesday night Mayor Cal Huntley congratulated local wrestlers Carson and Hunter Lee on their success in competition around the world including Romania, Italy, Guatemala and the United States where they have proudly displayed the City of Flin Flon flag.

             

Mayor Huntley also congratulated Fire Chief Chad Cooper on becoming Second Vice-President of the Manitoba Fire Chiefs Association. Council accepted the Fire Chief’s report for May indicating 14 calls during the month including vehicle accidents and small trash and brush fires.

             

Councilor Colleen McKee reported she is amazed at the number of people who are out picking up litter around the community. She says we have to get the message out that it’s not okay to litter adding it shouldn’t be happening with all the garbage cans and recycle bins around the community.

             

The community of Snow Lake is preparing a community emergency plan and Council agreed Flin Flon will continue to be an evacuation site for the community.

             

And the TV Show Dime Store Fisherman will be in town to record a fishing show on Lake Athapap June 13th and 14th.

 

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Walk a Mile 2017

 

The Womens Resource Centre is again holding an event called Walk A Mile in Her Shoes.  Executive Director Colleen Arnold says men take part to raise money and this year even more awareness.  She explains we know it’s the international men’s march to end violence against women and it’s a statement about men’s roles in ending violence and by wearing heels and acting in solidarity with women men want to show that they’ll do whatever it takes to make a safe world for everyone. Arnold adds this year instead of the march down Main Street they’re asking men to join their float in the Canada Day parade on July 1st when they can walk, ride or do both and the float will be decorated with placards and they can carry their placards and t-shirts will still be given to the men.

             

 Pledge forms are available at the Women’s Resource Centre and they have men’s shoe sizes 9 to 14 in red high heels.  For information or to have a pledge form sent to you, call 204-681-3105. Donations raised will support the Women’s Safe Haven.

 

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The Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force has tabled their report in the Manitoba Legislature.  The task force was appointed to conduct an inquiry and make recommendations with respect to improving the rate of organ and tissue donation in Manitoba.  The task force recommends increased awareness toward organ and tissue donation by adding it to the compulsory health and science curriculum of all grade nine students in Manitoba, launching promotional campaigns and studying the feasibility of early detection surveillance for organ disease.

               

The committee notes organ donor signups surged in several provinces in response to the story of Logan Boulet whose organs were donated to six patients following the Humboldt bus crash that took his life. More than seven thousand Manitobans registered online for organ donation in the following week.  Manitobans are encouraged to continue registering their consent to donate online at www.signupforlife.ca.

 

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The annual provincial mine rescue competition was held in Lac Du Bonnet May 25th and 26th.  The winning team in the competition was the Hudbay team from Snow Lake made up of Captain Bob Forsyth, Riley Eastman, Brandon Cook, Jenni Oleksuk, Vice-Captain Jordan Galloway, Director of Operations Brian Shapka, Technician Bernard Fourie, Coach Terry Hornyak and Instructor Dallas Henrikson.  Team Vale from Thompson finished a close second.

             

The two day annual event included teams from Hudbay Flin Fon, Hudbay Snow Lake, Tanco and Vale who took part in an underground and first aid mine rescue mission and written exam along with other tests and competitions. 

             

The Snow Lake team is now eligible to take part in the bi-annual Western Region Mine Rescue Competition in Fernie, BC in September 2019.  The 2019 Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition will be hosetd by Hudbay Flin Flon on May 24th and 25th.

 

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Tim Hortons in Creighton joins Tim Hortons restaurants across the county in celebrating Camp Day today.  One hundred percent of proceeds from hot coffee sales today at participating Restaurants across Canada will send young people from low income homes to a Tim Horton Camp for a life changing experience.

             

President and Executive Director of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Dave Newnham says Camp Day is their biggest and most impactful annual fundraiser.  He says they are incredibly grateful for the generosity of restaurant owners and their guests on Camp Day adding more than 20 thousand youth from low income families will attend a Tim Horton Camp this year and with each coffee sold they’re one step closer to building a brighter future for their campers and making a positive impact on their communities. Since 1974 the Foundation has provided over 257 thousand youth a camp experience.

 

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At the meeting Council was asked about concerns being raised about developing unsafe confrontations taking place on Main Street.  Mayor Cal Huntley said they are aware of the problem but all he can say for now is they are looking at initiatives and meeting with the RCMP and other interested parties on how to deal with the issue.  He added they need to find the root of the problem and focus our resources there.

             

 In other business Council reported after discussion on the Pride Committees request for a rainbow cross walk in front of City Hall they could not put a permanent rainbow cross walk on a provincial highway but felt one could be put across Main Street. Councilor Colleen McKee said she was concerned about ongoing maintenance while Councilor Karen MacKinnon felt it would mean more if it was temporary and renewed every year during Pride Week.  The Committee’s Jordana Oulette agreed on a temporary one for this year and to look at it further as a permanent rainbow crosswalk would show that Pride is year round in Flin Flon.

 

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The Norman Regional Child Coalition is sponsoring a free Fathers Day event with Richard Clark Monday and Tuesday evening.  Clark says they will have a meal and be working on walking sticks. He explains he’s going to have the walking sticks so a family will pick one, sand it and varnish it and he’ll have the varnish, the sandpaper and feathers and beads to decorate it as well as some leather straps for the feathers to hang on and there will also be two meals provided.

             

The free event takes place from 6 to 8 Monday and Tuesday evening at Ruth Betts Community School gym using the kindergarten entrance. You can call Richard at 204-271-2192 to book your spot.

 

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Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club is putting together its annual Car Boot Sale for Saturday. The Club’s Nora Fontaine says they already have over 16 people selling from the boot of their cars, their truck or on tables with more expected to book this week. She adds they are going to be selling as the Inner Wheel as well as the Rotarians who will be making homemade fries and they’ll be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and water and it’s a party atmosphere with carnival like fun and people are out there looking for goodies.

             

The sale runs from 10 to 1 Saturday at the Victoria Inn parking lot and there’s still room for more sellers.  You can call Nora at 204-687-6188 to book a space for 15 dollars.

 

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The University of Manitoba is holding a Wise Kidnetic Energy All Girl Codemakers Camp in Flin Flon this summer.  Jill Lautenschlager with Women in Science and Engineering says the camp is for girls ages 13 to 15.  She explains they are going to be introducing the girls to computer coding and computational thinking through a lot of fun toys, things like cosmos robots, Lego mind storms, little bits and the whole idea is to get girls thinking about career options that are related to this type of knowledge and they definitely are welcoming the people who don’t have any prior knowledge as the whole idea is just an introduction.

             

The camp runs at McIsaac School July 30th to August 3rd.  Registration is free and you can find forms online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca.

 

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Last week, The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the provincial legislature asking if the province would commit to the construction of the Cross Lake Health Facility. She stated Manitoba’s tenth largest community Cross Lake is in dire need of a medical facility adding Cross Lake is one of the largest First Nations in Canada with a population bigger than The Pas, Flin Flon and Stonewall but it doesn’t have 24 hour in patient health care.  She says women in child birth and patients with acute care needs have to fly out of their home community to get the care they need.  Lathlin explained the 1964 agreement established that the province has a role in the delivery of health care for Cross Lake asking will the province partner with the federal government to bring forth this important community investment.  Minister of Health Kelvin Goertzen said they’ve recognized that there are many challenges when it comes to providing health care in the north and the Pallister government made specific efforts  when it comes to the federal government to get additional funding for things like chronic disease adding that effort was made on behalf of those living in the north and they have had some success.

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Far Resources has started preliminary metallurgical studies on drill core from its high grade Zoro Lithium Project near Snow Lake.  The program will determine the suitability of Dyke One lithium mineralization to produce marketable spodumene concentrate.

             

Their President Toby Mayo stated the initiation of this program represents a major milestone in the development of the Zoro Lithium Project.  He says this test work along with the ongoing technical report update and forthcoming maiden resource statement is a significant step in de-risking the project adding this combined with exploration programs on two high grade lithium projects and the recent new discovery on Zoro unquestionably places Far on track to become one of North America’s premier lithium companies.

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Manitoba Infrastructure has announced details on a series of open house sessions as part of the comprehensive review of its service delivery model.  Minister Ron Schuler says discussions will help shape Manitoba Infrastructure’s role going forward on projects such as roads, bridges and flood fighting and a new direction as they move forward to improve our infrastructure.

             

The only open house north of Dauphin is being held in Thompson on June 25th at University College of the North from 4 to 8 pm.

             

The Minister notes this review supports the government’s continued work as part of the plan for a public service transformation to deliver better outcomes for Manitobans, ensuring government spends smarter, streamlining service delivery, developing a long term capital plan and modernizing the way government buys goods and services.

 

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The University of Manitoba is again sponsoring a Kid-netic Energy Science and Engineering summer day camp in Flin Flon July 30th to August 3rd at McIsaac School.  Jill Lautenschlager with Women in Science and Engineering at the University says they operate on daily themes and this year their theme days are Sports Science, Food and Nutrition, Extreme Engineering, Zoology and Ecology and Paleontology and this is for boys and girls ages 9 to 12 or grades 4 to 6.  She adds you can visit their website at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca where there are online forms and the registration fee in Flin Flon is 110 dollars.

             

They will also be holding a special coding camp for girls and we’ll have details on that on tomorrow’s news.

 

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The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada is holding a Walk to End Cancer in Flin Flon Saturday, June 9th.  The Society’s Courtney Maddock explains the walk is called Light the Night Flin Flon and they’re walking in support and in memory of those who passed away from blood cancer.  She says the money raised goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada and its put towards teaching services and education and also towards research as well.  Maddock adds you can go to www.lightthenight.ca/flinflon and all of the fund raising pledge sheets are there, you can register for the walk or just make a donation if you’re unable to attend.

             

The walk begins at 7 PM Saturday, June 9th at the Rotary Park.

 

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University College of the North Flin Flon Regional Center and the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy are holding an open house Tuesday.  The Academy’s Operations Manager Craig Cowper invites you to attend.  He says they are going to have some of their instructors there and just make the facility available to the public so they can see what they have there and some of the courses and programming that they can offer.  He adds Safe Work on Wheels is a mobile safety demonstration by Safe Work Manitoba and they’re going to be out front in their parking stall area and running all day and members of the public are invited to stop by and take part in that event.

             

The open house runs on Tuesday from 11 to 2 at 2 and 4 Hart Avenue.

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In Question Period yesterday Member of Parliament Niki Ashton questioned the Prime Minister noting last week the people of Little Grand Rapids Manitoba were terrified in an isolated community where 630 people crowded into a smoke filled school gym that was being hosed down from the outside because the forest fire was already inside their community.  She said they asked for help and it wasn’t until the last minute that the government stepped up.  Ashton questioned why did it take government so long to listen to those calls for help and added will this government recognize that instead of investing 4.5 billion dollars in a pipeline they should be investing in all-weather roads to First Nations and improving the lives of First Nations people in this country?

             

The Prime Minister pointed out they continue to be extremely proud of the investments in partnership with Indigenous Communities to build houses, roads, schools, community infrastructure and hospitals and they know they have lots more to do but it would help if they weren’t losing 15 billion dollars every year because we can’t get our resources in any other market than the United States.  He added that’s why they’re moving forward on growing our economy while protecting the environment and enabling them to do even more for all their partners across the country.

 

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Saskatchewan Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan reminds young people wrapping up the school year and applying for summer jobs to remember to look into the employment and safety rules that apply to young workers.  Most importantly 14 and 15 year old workers need to have their Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course Certificate of Completion before they can enter the workforce. This course teaches young workers about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

             

 Morgan notes young workers may apply for jobs and go for interviews before completing the course but may not start work until they have provided their employer with a copy of their Certificate of Completion as well as written consent from a parent or guardian.

             

To learn more about the course or to take it online visit www.saskatchewan.ca/ywrcc.

 

 

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The Northminster United Church is hosting a concert Sunday night.  The Church’s Eileen Jessup says Saskia and Darrell contacted the Church to see if they wanted to host a concert.  Jessup says the group has performed across Canada and in Europe and while in Europe they received the Top Five Award for folk music in Holland and they have received many accolades for their music.  She explains although they are a Christian couple Saskia and Darrell have a range of Celtic, folk, bluegrass, country music and she’s sure that our community will really enjoy it and have a lot of fun with it.

             

Saskia and Darrell will perform at 7 Sunday night at Northminster United Church.  Tickets are 15 dollars and can be purchased at the Church office, call Eileen at 306-688-6407 or at the door if there is any seating left.

 

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The government of Saskatchewan has announced 15.5 million dollars in grants to support the Kids First program that supports families in nearly 200 communities throughout the province. 

             

Kids First North for this area of Saskatchewan is located in Creighton and their Home Visitor Tracy Brown explains Kids First North is a voluntary confidential program designed to help families become the best they can be with the goal of growing happy and healthy children with the help of community partnerships.  She says they support children and parents to become stronger families by enhancing parenting knowledge, providing support and building on family strengths and this is through home visiting and community based programming so if you are pregnant or have children under the age of three Kids First North may be the program for you.

             

Kids First North is located at 430 Main Street in Creighton or you can call 306-688-6620 for more information on their programs.

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The Employment Links Development Center is holding a job search workshop starting Monday.  The Center’s Roberta McKinnon explains they’re featuring guest speakers, tours of community resources, resume development, job search tools and techniques, cover letter development, interview skills and it’s on June 4th to 8th from 9:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon at the Employment Links Development Center office at 51 Main Street.

             

McKinnon adds if you’re looking for work and would like to reserve a seat you can call them at 204-687-4710.

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Flin Flon’s Barg Groff and her husband Derald have presented a cheque to the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation.  Groff had her hair colored green and yellow for two weeks as a fund raiser to help the families of the Humboldt bus crash.  On May 9th she had her hair shaved off to end the campaign.  She and her husband travelled to Humboldt on the weekend and presented a cheque for four thousand dollars to the Vice-President of the Humboldt Broncos Randy McLean.

             

Groff says the success of this campaign would not have been possible without her family, friends, co-workers, Sarah Pachal her hair stylist, Randi-Lyn from Urban Trendz, Loraine at the Candy Bar, Charlyn at the Credit Union, Unions 9338 and IAM 1848, Rob and Joe at 102.9 CFAR, Cynthia at the Reminder and the entire community that supported her.

 

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Kids First North is holding a special event tomorrow open to everyone in Creighton, Denare Beach, Flin Flon and surrounding communities.  Their Home Visitor Tracy Brown explains they will be having a clothing give away tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm at 430 Main Street in Creighton which is the Kids First North office.  She says they’re also going to have certified car seat technicians on site doing inspections for anyone who wants to come out and see if their car seats are properly installed.

             

If you have any questions you can call Kids First North at 306-688-6619.

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By now you should have received your War Amps key tags in the mail.  Their Safety Events Coordinator James Jordan says the key tags service has been a success as a benefit to people who lose their keys and as a War Amps fund raiser. He explains they’re celebrating their 100th anniversary this year so they’ve been around supporting amputees in Canada for a hundred years and their theme for this year’s key tag mailing is Still So Much To Do and that just means basically to ensure amputees have artificial limbs they need to lead independent and active lives so there’s still a lot of support there for amputees and still a lot of work to do in that field.

             

Jordan adds they returned 1.5 million sets of keys back to owners in Canada since they started the key service over 70 years ago.  The War Amps receive no government funding so they depend on your donations from their key tags and address label programs.

 

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Flin Flons Inner Wheel Club is holding their 15th annual Car Boot Sale Saturday, June 9th.  The Club’s Brenda Russell says it’s a chance to sell what you don’t need while supporting the charities the Club donates to.  She explains nationally they support the National Organ and Tissue Donor Program and locally they donate to the Food Bank milk program, the Party program that’s on for high school students, they organize the senior’s Christmas lights tour, assist the Rotary with Lobster Night, the senior’s Christmas party, the Flinty ice fishing derby and the Rotary exchange program and they also put up a citizenship scholarship for a Hapnot Collegiate graduate.

             

You can book a space for 15 dollars to sell from the trunk of your car which gives the sale its name or from a table or the back of your truck.  To book a space call Nora at 204-687-6188.  The sale runs from 10 to 1 Saturday, June 9t at the Victoria Inn parking lot.

 

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A spring band concert tomorrow night will feature Hapnot Collegiate and Creighton School students from grades six to twelve.  Band Instructor Kim Jones says they have all sorts of things from a blues arrangement written by a grade six student to four pieces that the senior high Hapnot students took on the road to Banff this year and there’s also some familiar things like transformers and cartoon music that will be fun for the audience to listen to as well.  She adds this concert is neat because we will hear beginner band students in grade six all the way up to students who are graduating and going on into music performance next year.

             

The concert gets underway tomorrow night at 7 in the Creighton Community School gym.

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The Parkinson Canada Education Tour is coming to Flin Flon Wednesday.  Donna Greening from Parkinson Canada Winnipeg says she and Clinical Resource Nurse Kelly Williams will do two presentations.  She says Kelly is going to be talking about living your best life with Parkinsons which is about medication management, activity levels, things like that and then she is going to be talking about resources that are available for people with Parkinsons, their families and caregivers to make life as easy as possible.  She says they know there are lots of resources out there but a lot of people aren’t aware of what’s available either provincially or in their own community.

             

Greening adds they had pre-registration so they would have an idea of numbers but they will not turn anyone away who would still like to attend.  The event takes place Wednesday at 6:30 at the Victoria Inn.

 

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Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey spoke in the Legislature last week on the work of Gerry Clark and Don Peake who were awarded the Lieutenant Governors Historical Preservation and Promotional Award.  He explained Gerry and Don were two of five Manitobans who were celebrated for their prolonged, meritorious service in the preservation and promotion of the province’s rich history.  He noted through their efforts they have assisted in keeping Flin Flon’s history safe for future generations and allowed the story of Flin Flon’s history to be passed on to our children.  He said both of these individuals have dedicated a significant amount of time, energy and effort as they have passionately pursued the preservation of their community’s history.

             

After reviewing the background for the awards Lindsey added they have ensured that the stories of the past were not forgotten but will be kept for future Manitobans to discover and learn from.

 

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The Cranberry Portage Child and Family Resource Center is hosting their annual community yard sale tomorrow.  Their Executive Director Debbie McLauchlan says they have 23 yard sale locations listed this year.  She says everyone needs to stop first at the Legion and they will have three people set up there with coffee, lunch, snacks and that kind of stuff, Grace Church is there and Grandma’s Bakery and you can also get your maps that’ll tell you where all the other locations are.

             

The sale runs from 9:30 to 1:30 tomorrow in Cranberry Portage.

 

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A Port in The Storm is a nonprofit organization that helps northern families facing a medical situation.  Their Executive Director Stacey Grocholski is visiting Flin Flon and says they offer a safe and supportive place to stay for families receiving medical treatment in Winnipeg.  She explains its 58 dollars a night for self pay and if you have insurance its 75 dollars a night noting it’s not a hotel room, it’s a fully furnished suite so you have your bedroom, you have a bathroom, dining room, kitchen in a beautiful setting and they’re eight minutes from the hospital.  She says they also run programs like a dinner night and they have an expressive art therapy program so they really try to make it a place to call home and a home away from home for people that are coming to Winnipeg.

             

Grocholski adds you need a medical reference for your first stay so you can get more information from your medical professional or visit their website www.aportinthestorm.ca or call them at 204-231-0720.

 

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Flin Flon Fire Chief Chad Cooper will be doing a presentation Monday night on local fire safety issues.  He says this will be a public forum on just general fire safety around your household, fire inspection, bylaw requirements regarding fire safety specifically within the City of Flin Flon and any other general questions for the Fire Department will be answered.

             

The presentation takes place in Flin Flon City Council Chambers from 7 to 8:30 Monday night.

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Denare Beach is holding its annual Community Spring Clean Up Sunday afternoon.  Recreation Director Mel Durette invites everyone to come out.  She says at 1o’clock it’ll be at the New Horizons where you can pick up gloves and garbage bags and everybody will be designated an area to pick up garbage and they it’s free hot dogs and drinks for everyone who participated.

             

If you need more information you can call the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050.

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The third annual Creighton Community Yard Sale is coming up on Saturday.  Creighton Recreation Director Channa Senyk says it’s held in conjunction with their spring clean up week.  She says they have ten residents registered for their sale on Saturday so they will be printing maps of the locations and have those available at the Creighton Rec Office and at the Petro Can for people to pick up.  She says the sale starts at 9 o’clock in the morning and goes to 1 o’clock so you can take a drive around, stop in and do some shopping.

             

Senyk adds following the sale residents can leave anything they don’t want to keep on their lawn with a free sign and the following week town employees will pick up what’s left and take it to the dump.

 

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The City of Flin Flon Spring clean up is underway.  Director of Works and Operations Charles Boulet says there are two ways to participate by going to the landfill or waiting for pick up.  He explains for the first part they are allowing the public to have no fee dumping between May 18th and June 4th and the second part is a City spring clean up which they’ve done before and that’s from May 28th to June 1st so when people are doing that sort of spring clean up they just leave their stuff against the boulevard or where they usually put their garbage and the guys will go by and this is not necessarily on the same day they would have normal garbage pickup.

             

The date for pick up in your neighborhood will be posted on the City of Flin Flon website www.cityofflinflon.ca or call City Hall at 204-681-7511.

 

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On Tuesday evening the Flin Flon School Board was treated to a presentation from teachers Daniel Dillon, Trevor Sytnick and grade nine Hapnot student Troy Petryk.  Troy has chosen 3D printing for his 20 time project.  Through his research into the benefits of 3D printing it turned into a campaign to get one for the school.  Printers don’t come cheap so Troy made efforts to reach out to community organizations for assistance. It turned out the Rotary Club came through funding the entire twelve hundred dollar purchase.  Troy taught himself how to assemble and operate the unit spending a lot of his personal time watching You Tube tutorials and following the user manual.  Troy will be working closely with the teaching staff on future printing projects and looks forward to leading in making the 3D printer a useful tool for the community.  He has made a 3D Rotary Wheel which he presented to the Club as well as a mini microscope used on a cell phone and a variety of other items as seen on the 102.9 CFAR Facebook Page.

             

The public is welcome to attend the 20 time presentations June 15th from 6 to 8 pm at the Hapnot Theatre.

 

 

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Two members of the local Chamber who attended the Provincial Chambers annual general meeting reported on some of the highlights.  Both Becky Cianflone and Dianne Russell were impressed on how the provincial Chamber is representing Manitoba businesses with Russell noting we need to remember that we have a voice there.  Highlights included presentations on branding communities and engaging Indigenous youth and discussions on a northern development strategy, developing a Chamber provincial data base and developing relationships among Chambers.  To further that Russell is planning the second northern Chambers conference for Chambers from Swan River north to be held in Flin Flon in September.   Highlighted resolutions dealt with developing passing lanes on number six highway and moving to make all fishing licence purchases in Manitoba available online as well as advocating for three year, eight day and one day fishing licences.

             

In other business the Chamber will meet with Mayor Cal Huntley, the RCMP, a representative from the Main Street Committee and a business representative on June 8th to discuss Main Street loitering.

 

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Copper Reef Mining Corporation has announced the results of this winters geophysics at the Albert Lake Gold Zone 20 kilometers east of Flin Flon.  The main purpose of the survey was to search for the extension of the known Alberts gold shear zone which remains untested to the north in an area of little or no outcrop.

             

The company reports they are excited with the results because they have further targets to extend the gold zone which is exciting enough as it remains open but may have a significant VMS target as well in an area known for copper zinc ore bodies and deposits.  The company plans to begin this month line cutting the extended grids and to carry out a detailed mapping, prospecting and sampling program. They also plan to further explore this area with drilling.

 

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Flin Flon MLA and NDP Labor Critic Tom Lindsey recognized the 99th anniversary of the Winnipeg Strike as an historic moment.  He said it was a moment when tens of thousands of workers from the city, newcomers, veterans, women and men joined together to demand respect for workers rights.  He said we know that the legacy of the strike is one of respect for organized labor, for the hard fought gains in working conditions, especially in safety that those who came before us have left for us.  He added it is important each generation learn of the gains made because of the action of the strikers and the importance of organized labor in helping build a fairer society for all.

             

Lindsey asked members to join him in ensuring all Manitobans know of the history and legacy of these brave men and women who participated in the General Strike of 1919, help celebrate their accomplishments and continue the struggle of workers the world over to achieve a fairer society for everyone.

 

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The Joe Brain Childrens Petting Zoo was open over the weekend to start their 21st season.  Zoo Manager Melissa Richardson says they again have a great variety of animals including a hedge hog, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, a beta fish, two crested geckos, a giant day gecko which is the Geico gecko and they have a six foot long California king snake named Elvis along with a variety of bunnies this year, chinchillas, baby calves, horses, a donkey and of course their bottle lambs which are everybody’s favorite.

             

Richardson adds they are planning a Hay Day again this summer as well as horsemanship days, cow washing days and everyday at 12 noon you can help bottle feed the six lambs.

The Joe Brain Childrens Petting Zoo was open over the weekend to start their 21st season.  Zoo Manager Melissa Richardson says they again have a great variety of animals including a hedge hog, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, a beta fish, two crested geckos, a giant day gecko which is the Geico gecko and they have a six foot long California king snake named Elvis along with a variety of bunnies this year, chinchillas, baby calves, horses, a donkey and of course their bottle lambs which are everybody’s favorite.

             

Richardson adds they are planning a Hay Day again this summer as well as horsemanship days, cow washing days and everyday at 12 noon you can help bottle feed the six lambs.

 

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Manitobas Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission has released its interim report on proposed changes to the province’s electoral map.  The reports states the 2016 Census data indicates that all current northern electoral divisions are below the established population quotient resulting in some major changes being proposed.  They include combining the communities of Flin Flon and The Pas into one electoral division, adjusting the Thompson electoral division to include the communities of Gillam and Nelson House and grouping most of the many Indigenous communities into two electoral divisions, Kewatinook and a new division Kameesak which in Cree means big in reference to Lake Winnipeg.

             

Hearings to gather input on these proposals will be held in September including the Victoria Inn in Flin Flon at 10 AM on the 12th, the Sam Waller Museum in The Pas at 5 PM on the 12th and the Best Western in Thompson at 5 PM on the 11th.

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At the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA annual meeting last Tuesday the organization honored two groups of volunteers.  The Burbidge family was recognized for all their support with the family receiving an Honorary Lifetime Membership and a plaque was added in memory of Andy Burbidge.  As well a plaque will be hung in the Shelter to honor long time Board members who have now retired from the Board Tony Spooner, Marg Bragg, Sherry Barnett and Debbie Hiebert who was involved in starting the SPCA.

             

President Erica Husberg noted a change in Shelter Manager with Carmen Ward leaving the position replaced by Gail Neufeld.  She added financially they are stable but there is always room for improvement noting fund raising was down last year but they did have an increase in adoptions.

             

Husberg says going forward in 2018 they need to focus on fundraising, membership, merchandise sales and adoptions, they need fresh ideas that will generate income to keep the shelter operating and they need some fresh faces on the Board and Fundraising Committee.

 

 

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Around six o’clock Saturday morning Flin Flon RCMP were called to a disturbance on Bellevue Avenue.  They found an altercation in which two people had been stabbed.  A 23 year old Flin Flon woman was transported to hospital where she later died from her injuries.  A 22 year old Flin Flon woman was transported to hospital in stable condition.

             

A 23 year old Flin Flon woman has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder and is to appear in Provincial Court in The Pas today.  The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the RCMP Major Crimes Unit and Forensic Identification Services.

 

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Local musician Mikylo Odut brings his flute music to the Community Hall next Tuesday and Wednesday.  He says the concert includes only music from his exam which is called the ARCT or Associate Royal Conservatory of Toronto exam.  He says the exam includes music from the Baroque era all the way from the 1600s and the latest music is all the way from the Modern era so the 1900s.

             

The concert takes place Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 in the Flin Flon Community Hall.  Advance tickets are available by calling Mikylo at 204-271-3694 at 20 dollars for adults, 10 for students and 5 for children or at the door for 25, 12 and 6 dollars.

 

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