The fifth annual Flin Flon School Division Heritage Fair was held at Ecole McIsaac School yesterday. One of the organizers Susanne Westhaver says they had good participation from both McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools. She says the Fair this year was probably the best it’s ever been, the quality of the projects was just outstanding and they had 85 projects with 115 kids participating. She notes their top winners in no particular order were Addie Neil with her Canada Currency project, Keelin Collins and Jarek Osika with James Webb’s Space Telescope and Joel Williams with My Family in World War Two.
Around twelve to fourteen of the local projects will be going on to the Red River Heritage Fair being held in Winnipeg on May 3rd.
From March 1st to 10th the Town of Creighton and Creighton Community School were part of the Go Out and Play Challenge powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says Creighton came in 23rd out of 25 with 10,267 minutes logged in for their ten days of physical activity so they would like to thank everybody for logging in and submitting your minutes and they will try again next year.
The top prize of 10 thousand dollars in the challenge went to Kenaston, Saskatchewan with 419,764 activity minutes logged in.
The Flin Flon Ski Club is again using their trail groomer to make the Flinty Boardwalk accessible this winter. The Club’s Dave Price says they changed the trail slightly this winter with complications early in the season when we got the heavy snow and drifting and the section along Stittco is so drifted in that they opted to bypass that section so they’ve been grooming the section north from Stittco and there’s been a lot of pedestrian traffic along there and they’ve done eleven passes so far this season.
Price adds this is the fifth year they have done this with funding from the Flin Flon Lions Club. He says the Boardwalk has again been well used this winter noting on a few occasions someone has been out with their machine doing some grooming as well so he thanks them for their help.
The annual FCI Recreation and Junior Council Fishing Derby is being held Sunday afternoon on Neso Lake. One of the organizers Vince Gamblin says they have a good line up of prizes. He says tickets are 20 dollars and you’re allowed two tickets if you want and its a thousand dollars for first prize, 500 dollars for second prize and an Eskimo auger for third. He explains there’s also going to be a 50-50 draw there with a canteen of hamburgers, hot dog and chili and bannock and there’ll also be some door prizes being given out throughout the derby.
Gamblin adds they are raising funds for programs for students at the Collegiate. The derby runs from 12 to 3 Sunday afternoon on Neso Lake on number ten highway just before the Sherridon turnoff.
On Tuesday evening the Flin Flon School Board held their regular meeting to discuss past, current and future school related issues. Assistant Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne reported on the special education review by the Ministry of Education last week. The Division’s programs were reviewed and checked to assure the correct protocol procedures are being followed. While the group was here they visited the hockey academy and the adopt a swim programs. They are to return in May with their report and any suggestions for improvement.
Superintendent Constance McCleese reported on the final Manitoba Education Research Network meeting last Friday at the UCN campus in The Pas. McLeese was one of the keynote speakers at the event and said she was incredibly proud of the presentations from the Flin Flon School Division team.
The Flin Flon Arts Council offered a theatre program for children 8 to 14 years old over the past three months. Organizer Susan Gunn says Sunday night the children will demonstrate what they have learned. She explains what’s going to be interesting is the kids have done their own writing which is something they were very interested in in class. She adds they’re going to be presenting some sections of larger works that they’re working on so they’re going to be little themes taken out of larger things and the kids have written them themselves, they have come up with their costumes, they have put a lot of work into it and want to showcase different things that they talked about.
The presentation will take place Sunday night at 7 in the Hapnot Collegiate theatre. It is free and open to anyone interested, the families of the children and those who want to find out more if their children may be interested in joining if they do it again next year.
The 5th annual Flin Flon School Division Heritage Fair is taking place tomorrow at McIsaac School. One of the organizers Susanne Westhaver says students from Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools develop projects on something that interests them about Manitoba history. She says they have 115 students with 85 projects and the Fair runs throughout the day. She explains the students get to present their projects in one of four sessions and they’ll spend the remainder of the day doing mini-courses so they get to choose three other courses to do throughout the day.
Westhaver adds public viewing will be from 4 to 5:15 and the awards will be presented at 5:15.
The top 12 to 14 local projects go on to the Red River Heritage Fair held in Winnipeg on May 3rd.
RCMP Sergeant Mark Svaren spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday on property crime. He noted they’ve had around a 19 percent reduction since 2015 and part of that is simply a method they’ve used to deal with some of their habitual offenders. He says he doesn’t think it comes as any surprise to anyone in the room that it’s a very small number of people that are committing the vast majority of offences especially property offences and if they can kind of get a leg up on that small group of individuals the numbers make a dramatic downturn.
Svaren says increased patrols have reduced crime in residential areas and they’ll also increase their visibility in the business area. He adds they also deal with calls about intoxicated people on Main Street but under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act they can only hold them until sober and release them.
Svaren concluded by noting there are no calls too small to report with the community being additional eyes and ears for the detachment adding they have a local dispatch number 204-687-1422 along with 911.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says the Manitoba budget is going to make life harder for Manitobans particularly with the way that they’re introducing the carbon tax. The big committers will get exemptions but you and I will pay more for gas for driving our cars, we’ll pay more for propane and diesel so all of that will end up costing us more and while in the budget he talks about raising the personal exemption limit that generally helps higher income people more than lower income people so the people at the bottom who need help the most will get the least.
Lindsey adds the cuts continue noting all you have to do is look at health care in Flin Flon. He says they are waiting for more details on the items in the budget adding it talks about tourism, Look North and mining but there were no specifics on what they are planning to do.
The Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is presenting their spring production Friday and Saturday nights. Director Sheri Pearson says they will perform the play Regrets Only. She explains you’re going to see a play about marriage, friendship and love. She says the patriarch of the family is working on an amendment to ban gay marriage and the antics start from there and it’s a hilarious play so people are going to enjoy it.
Regrets Only will be performed Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.
As part of the Films Up North Series the Central Canada Film Group is presenting the movie Bombshell Thursday night. The group’s Tom Heine says it’s the Hedy Lamarr story. He says she was a very well known actress back in the 40’s, one of the most beautiful women in the world at the time but a lot of people look at the eye candy but she was also a very smart person and inventor and at least in some of the technology we enjoy today the roots can be taken back to the ideas she came up with.
Bombshell 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.
Michèle Audette, one of the Inquiry’s commissioners, explains they want to hear from families that want to share the story of their loved one, how the system responded to them when they made the 911 call or they say my daughter is missing, or there’s no news from my mom or talk about how their loved one was taken away, families of survivors who want to share their truth about the family violence they went through or institutional violence. She adds it’s very broad and they’re very sensitive, they’re not forcing people to say yes you can or you will, it’s the people, it’s their moment, it’s their time and they’re making themselves available to honour their stories.
Audette says they are going to Thompson as there have been many requests for a northern hearing, and that Thompson was selected as the most accessible location for the greatest number of families.
The Flin Flon Public Library is holding a Canada Reads Contest this month. Library Administrator Courtney Campbell explains they have a selection of the Canada Reads long list and short list at the front of the library and that’s for the CBC Canada Reads program which closes March 29th. She says all you have to do to enter the draw is take out one of the books from the short list or the long list and enter your name to win and you could win a copy of the book Precious Cargo.
The contest runs at the Library until March 30th.
A new Primary Care Paramedic Certificate program is being introduced at University College of the North in The Pas. The new 16 seat program will provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and practical work placement training to prepare them to be employed as primary care paramedics. The students will have the skills to recognize the nature and extent of a patient’s condition to assess requirements for emergency medical care, administer appropriate medical care, safely secure and transport patients and provide therapeutic interventions.
The Northern Health Region has seen demand for primary care paramedics increase in recent years and their CEO Helga Bryant says having them trained in the north will benefit us as a region while creating educational opportunities for residents close to home. The new program is expected to begin accepting applications in September.
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Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey spoke in the Legislature about Hapnot grade eleven student Carson Lee and his impressive achievements in the sport of wrestling. He explains in 2017 he won a provincial gold, a national gold and a spot on Team Canada, a Canada Games silver medal, a Pan American silver medal in Argentina and the opportunity to participate in the 2017 World Championships in Athens, Greece. He adds on March 16th and 17th this year Carson is going to compete in the Junior Nationals in Montreal noting despite Juniors being a 21 and under event and Carson only being 16 years old his incredible talent, athleticism and work ethic will make him a challenging opponent for any wrestler attending.
Lindsey congratulated Carson on an amazing year and wished him well in upcoming competitions as well as for his future as an athlete and role model for all young people.
March is Nutrition Month. Community Dietician Joanna Ledoux says dieticians will help you realize the potential of food. She explains this year’s theme is Unlock the Potential of Food where dieticians are educating people on the potential of food to fuel our bodies in terms of sports, to discover the joy of cooking through food with our kids and to prevent chronic diseases and also to heal what ails us. She adds they also like to talk about how food brings us together through shared experiences with family and friends.
For more information on proper nutrition you can call Joanna at 204-681-3149.
Our Member of Parliament Niki Ashton reports as she travels our region one thing is clear and that is despite all the challenges many communities face there are also many innovative initiatives that are making a difference. One of these initiatives she explains is in the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation where she was inspired by a new initiative headed up by their Atoskiwin Training and Education Centre. She say young people are becoming apprentices by building much needed housing in their community and they shared how proud they were of the work they were doing and the opportunity to become red seal carpenters while doing it.
In Fisher River she met with the Chief and Council where they discussed their many initiatives including a ground breaking solar farm that will be built this summer.
Ashton says many of these projects are being developed with limited support from other levels of government and her message to the federal government is if you want innovative solutions you can look at many of the things that are happening in our region and she is asking the federal government to become a true partner so that communities in our region can do even more.
The Town of Creighton and Creighton Community School continue to ask you to be part of the Go Out and Play Challenge powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says with only today and tomorrow left Creighton is in 22nd place with 9685 minutes as of this morning so they have until Saturday at 11:59 pm to compete the challenge. She is asking people to log in with their minutes for anything that they have done indoors or out, it could be active play, shoveling snow, building a snowman, going for a walk, anything where you are creating physical activity.
You can log in to their website to register and record your minutes daily and for more information at www.challenge.saskatchewaninmotion.ca. Senyk adds your support will help them win ten thousand dollars that will go towards benches and recycling containers along with disc golf in Creighton School’s playground area.
The 29th annual Snow Lake Winter Whoot Festival runs tomorrow through Sunday. One of the organizers Kim Stephen says they will have their usual events from past years for the whole family to enjoy. She explains this year they have the Funky Ducks coming from Winnipeg for their entertainment on Saturday night along with their supper noting they’ve changed a little bit as they’re going to have the entertainment earlier in the day instead of the evening so the littler kids can stay longer. She says they have their adult road hockey taking place with all the money that comes in from that going to the Gogal children for the fund they’ve started raising for them and they have the ice worm hunt and scavenger hunt.
Stephen adds they are already planning some new events for next year which will be their 30th festival. For information on the festival events you can call 204-358-9743.
Callinex Mines has started its 2018 winter drilling program at the Big Island and Flin Flon Projects within the Flin Flon Mining District. The campaign is anticipated to consist of two drill holes totaling approximately 12 hundred meters to efficiently test two targets with significant potential upside.
Drilling at the Big Island Project will test a high priority borehole pulse electromagnetic target located down plunge from the Tara Lake Deposit which they describe as one of the highest grade zinc rich VMS discoveries ever made within the Flin Fon Mining District. They report this large target is highly conductive and also has a magnetic association that suggests the target is likely caused by massive sulphides.
Additionally the Company will test its Hook Lake Target at its Flin Flon project that has been identified by multiple electromagnetic surveys located near Hudbay’s Triple Seven Mine and mill in Flin Flon. The target lies along a boundary between claims owned by Callinex and claims that have been optioned.
Council received a copy of a letter from Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey to Families Minister Scott Fielding. It points out an ongoing problem of flooding in the basements of some units at the Aspen Grove apartments dating back to at least 2013. Lindsey notes some work has been done to rectify the situation but it’s still an ongoing concern and asked for the Minister’s assistance in resolving the issue in conjunction with the City of Flin Flon. The letter was received as information but Councilor Bill Hanson said Lindsey should be advised that in 2013 Manitoba Housing was given a plan on how to deal with the problem and they did nothing.
Council committed to a plan mandated by the provincial government under the Accessibility For Manitobans Act to identify, remove and prevent barriers in key areas of daily living for people with disabilities. Councilor Karen MacKinnon and Mayor Cal Huntley pointed out they agree with the plan but don’t agree with the costs involved to comply with the act being placed on the city.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council agreed to take a resolution to the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual meeting. It asks them to lobby the government on reimbursing costs incurred by the local Fire Department when called out to a vehicle accident on the highway. Councilor Bill Hanson explained when the Jaws of Life and the rescue truck are called out Manitoba Public Insurance reimburses the cost involved at a flat rate no matter what the cost and Council would like to see actual costs covered.
Council will also encourage the AMM to continue to lobby the government to allow municipalities to introduce a base tax so all taxpayers in the community pay their fair share of local taxes. Mayor Cal Huntley says the resolution has already been passed at an AMM meeting and all communities in the province support a base tax but the government won’t move to allow them to make use of it.
And Council accepted the Fire Chiefs report for February indicating six incidents during the month.
The Flin Flon Arts Council has helped spearhead a Youth Arts Council in our community. The Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says they realized a lot of young people are involved in the arts so they wanted to give them an opportunity to do what they want to do and the Manitoba Arts Network offered seed money to get started with a performing arts group coming to the community to both work with youth and to give a performance. She says this is their first year and there’s a group of amazing artists including Mikylo Odut who everybody knows as the flutist, Pearl Tippett, Naomi Rempel and Lalain Bashir who have spearheaded this group.
Kolt adds the group is bringing in Speed Control from Yellowknife to work with kids who are interested in performing rock music and producing shows next Wednesday at 7 at Johnny’s Social Club and they will also have a masterclass that day at Hapnot Collegiate from 11 to 2. For information on the youth group and the events contact the Arts Council at 204-687-5974.
The Womens Resource Center is offering a 12 week program called the 12 Steps to Healing starting on Friday. The Center’s Brody Hooper says it will run from 6 to 7 pm upstairs at the Center. She explains it’s a women only group and it will be in partnership with Elders Doreen Roman, Margaret Head Steppan and Barbara Johnstone. She says its essentially just the 12 step group that they’re going to go through and it will be more like talking about addictions and stuff like that, so that kind of AA style group but it is going to also be about living after sobriety how do I maintain this kind of lifestyle.
Hooper adds at the six and 12 week mark they will be having a potluck. You can register for the 12 Steps to Healing by calling Brody at the Women’s Resource Center at 204-681-3105.
This month marks the 14th annual Fraud Prevention Month which is an education and awareness campaign to help you recognize, reject and report fraud. The Competition Bureau says the old saying is true that knowledge is power. Avoiding fraud is all about knowing how to recognize the signs, reject the claims that seem to good to be true and reporting them to the authorities.
This year the Competition Bureau launches the second edition of the Little Black Book of Scams, a guide that exposes 12 of the most prevalent scams in Canada and features their six fraud fighting superheroes.
Consumers and businesses play a crucial role in the fight against fraud. By recognizing scams and reporting them you can protect yourself and assist the Bureau in stopping fraud.
For more information visit their website www.competitionbureau.gc.ca.
The Women’s Resource Center is recognizing International Women’s Day on Thursday. The Center’s Colleen Arnold says they also want to recognize the Time’s Up Movement so they’re asking everyone to stand in solidarity with them and to wear black on March 8th to show their support. She says Times Up is on the imbalance of power and its time to fix it so they want everybody to join them in solidarity so that all people can live free from sexual harassment and violence.
The Times Up Movement calls for no more silence, no more waiting, no more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse.
A Heart Health Interactive Fair is taking place at the Flin Flon Friendship Center Thursday. The Primary Health Care Center’s Robi-Lynn Cooper Roberts explains it’s an interactive fair where people can get their blood pressure checked, find out about heart disease, a pharmacist is coming if you have questions about your pills, a dietician will be there, it’s just to learn how to prevent heart disease.
The Heart Health Interactive Fair runs from 11 to 2 Thursday at the Flin Flon Friendship Center.
During his visit to Flin Flon last week Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont commented on the upcoming provincial budget. Lamont says they met with the Finance Minister with the message to stop hydro rate increases that people can’t afford, make sure you spend what you’re promising and stop making cuts. He says we can’t cut our way out of debt, we have to work out of it and that’s the real solution, we’ve got to focus on growth and growing revenues. He notes that’s true in Winnipeg, in rural Manitoba, on reserves, in northern Manitoba, you name it, we’ve got to focus on jobs, that’s the number one thing.
Lamont says he is touring the province to introduce himself to Manitobans and as we reported last wek they are collecting stories about what Manitobans are concerned about in the health care system because it doesn’t appear the government has a plan.
The Primary Health Care Centre is hosting a telehealth seminar Thursday, March 15th presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. Their Program Director Norma Kirkby says this session will be on Becoming a Resilient Caregiver so they’ll be talking about strategies that one can use to stay healthy, to see possibilities to believe that the energy and effort that they’re putting in to providing care to someone is paying off for that person but at the same time how important it is for them to stay engaged in their larger world so that they will have the energy and emotional strength to continue to give care.
The session will be held at the Primary Health Care Centre from 6:30 to 8 on the 15th. To register online go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca or phone 1-800-378-6699.
The Manitoba government has launched an online survey as part of ongoing consultations to support the development of a new poverty reduction strategy. Consultations began last November with a call for written submissions, workshops and lived experience conversations. More than 230 people have shared their experiences and ideas at in person sessions in seven communities including Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson.
The survey is now available and all Manitobans are invited to respond. The survey has been created with information collected from the recent in person consultations and will remain open until March 23rd.
For more information on how to participate in the survey or provide a written submission visit their website www.gov.mb.ca/allaboard.ca or call 204-945-3469.
Flin Flon’s two entries in the CBC Searchlight contest, Curtis Trubiak with Raven and Jenn McLean and Mark Kolt with Thunder Never Leaves Me Alone have been accepted into the second round of voting in the contest. Only 100 contestants out of the 2070 that participated in the first round were selected for the second round.
The second round will result in 10 entries being chosen from among the 100 remaining contestants. Voting began yesterday and ends on Thursday March 8 at 2:00 p.m. As in the first round, people can vote once each day for any one entry, but can also vote for two or more contestants per day so you can consider voting for both Flin Flon contestants. You can find voting links for both of them on the Manitoba contestants page at http://www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight/entries/1/0/9/24/ .You don’t need to be in Manitoba or from Manitoba to use this page to vote.
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont was in Flin Flon Tuesday. When asked about job losses in the mining community Lamont said we need to do more to diversify the economy. He says there’s actually a mining fund set up to deal with issues like this and one of the things they’ve said is they’d like to set up what’s called a Manitoba Business Development Bank so you’d see some private businesses set up. He says the other thing is there is still room for greater exploration so we have to make sure that happens as well.
Lamont still thinks there’s a great future for mining and jobs in the north but we have to have affordable hydro rates and we’re looking at hydro increases of 60 to 70 percent over the next five to six years and the main reason for that is provincial governments keep taking 380 million dollars or more a year from Manitoba Hydro and that shouldn’t be happening.
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen has announced fifteen Manitobans will serve on a transitional council that will guide implementation of a college of paramedics. Membership on the council includes emergency medical responders, primary care advanced care and fire fighter paramedics as well as public representatives.
Three people from the north will be on the Council including Brenna Eastman who is a paramedic working as a regional quality officer for the Northern Health Region from Creighton, Christine Greer an emergency medical dispatcher with the Manitoba Medical Transportation Co-ordination Centre from The Pas and Cameron Ritzer an emergency medical services regional manager with the Northern Health Region from The Pas.
The Regulated Health Professions Act will bring all regulated health professionals under one umbrella piece of legislation and sets out a new way of regulating who does what in the provision of health services based on the concept of regulating specific health procedures.
It is tax filing season again and Elections Canada invites all Canadian citizens filing their income taxes to check yes to share their basic information with Elections Canada. This is the easiest way for you to make sure you are registered at the correct address on the voters list and ready to vote in the next federal election.
On your T-1 tax form you are asked whether you are a Canadian citizen and whether you will allow the Canada Revenue Agency to share your name, address, date of birth and citizenship with Elections Canada which uses this information to update the National Register of Electors, the permanent, continually updated database of Canadians eligible to vote in federal elections. If you check yes, when the federal election begins you will receive by mail a personalized voter information card telling you when, where and ways to vote.
For more information visit their website www.elections.ca.
The Womens Resource Centre is helping the community celebrate International Womens Week next week. The Centre’s Barb Hopkinson says they have five free events planned during the week with the kickoff night Monday with a musical evening at 183 Murton, Tuesday is Introduction of Fitness, Thursday is the Traditional Healing Methods with the Four Medicines and Margaret Head Steppan will be doing the workshop, Thursday is the Self Care Workshop from 7 on and Friday is an afternoon one on Bannock in a Bag and Ribbon Skirt Teaching.
All events are free but you have to register for the fitness and Traditional Healing workshops. You can find more details on locations and times on the events calendar under community at www.flinflononline.com, the Women’s Resource Centre Facebook page or call the Centre at 204-681-3105.
The Flin Flon Ski Club is holding their 43rd annual Val and Ivor Hedman Centaloppet Sunday afternoon. The Club’s Dave Price says it’s a community event for all ages and is just a short easy course that they ski. He says everybody gets together on the beaver pond just below the Chalet at 2 o’clock and there are lots of prizes to win and everyone is welcome with prizes for the largest family, happy face and that sort of thing so it’s just a fun event.
Price adds they’ve had skiers taking part ranging in age from six to those in their 70’s and every skier has a chance to win the Centaloppet Cup. He says there’s no entry fee but they would like you to register at the Chalet basement between 1 and 1:30 with the event starting at 2. He says the trails are in fantastic shape and with the nice weather they would like to break records for participation this time.
Flin Flons Lutheran Church is hosting a World Day of Prayer tomorrow night. One of the organizers Linda Hettrick invites you to join them under the theme All God’s Creation is Very Good. She explains this program was prepared by the Women’s Committee of Suriname. She says on Friday evening women from around the world will unite in prayer adding they gather from many places but they live in one creation. Hettrick says they remember their local environment and consider ways that might nurture and preserve creation for the next generation. She adds it’s an opportunity to pray in solidarity for and with Suriname noting this is an interdenominational gathering co-hosted this year in Flin Flon by the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches and Father Paul is their guest speaker.
The World Day of Prayer gets underway at 7:30 tomorrow evening at the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue joining Christians in more than 170 countries and in two thousand communities across Canada.
Flin Flon and Creighton School Division students are taking part in the annual Parkland NorMan Honor Band in Dauphin this weekend. Band Instructor Kim Jones explains the students have two days of rehearsals, Saturday they have a dress rehearsal and then they perform a concert. She says the awesome thing about Honor Band is they get to go and be in large bands like 50 plus students per band with students from Thompson, The Pas, Swan River, Dauphin and all sorts of smaller towns around Dauphin and Swan River and it gives a chance for the students in the north to interact with like minded students and they also get sectional instruction from people that are professional on their instruments and they work with really high level conductors.
Jones adds eleven students from grades 8 to 12 are taking part this year but they have 96 students taking part in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff in April.
Community Economic Development Fund Office and Credit Manager Leann Brown from Thompson spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday. She explained their business loans program is under review but they also provide commercial fishing loans and are now looking at projects in communities centered around economic development such as youth initiatives, young adults who are looking for something to do, crafters groups, things of that nature so it they can come in and do some workshops, if they can do some initiatives if you’re currently a hobbyist, artist or crafter, on what you need to do for the next step to move yourself to self-employment or moving yourself in that direction.
Brown says Flin Flon has a very active business community and she will be visiting this area every six to eight weeks to provide one on one support to people looking to start, acquire or expand a business. She can be contacted at 1-800-561-4315 extension 231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manitoba Liberal Health Critic Dr. Jon Gerrard held a health care discussion in Flin Flon last night. He said they want to hear personal stories about what is and is not working in the provinces health care system that he will take back to the legislature when it opens March 7th. He says they will put this together in a report and it’s going to be very helpful in terms of what he’s learned and helpful to him to well represent people in Flin Flon as well as other areas of Manitoba.
Those attending told him what’s working includes the breast screening program. services at the Primary Health Care Center, telehealth which should be used more, some aspects of the Northern Patient Transportation Program, and the past Nurse Practitioners Program and what’s not working includes the need to go to The Pas to have a baby when the obstetrician isn’t here, the Manitoba and Saskatchewan health systems don’t communicate, long waits for appointments due to a shortage of doctors, surgeons and specialists and no walk in clinic resulting in the increased use of the emergency room. Gerrard said in 2016-17 the government did not spend 115 million dollars that was in the health budget so we can afford better health care.
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The Flin Flon School Board approved the 2018-19 budget last night as it was presented earlier this month at the public budget meeting. It will be forwarded to the Public Schools Finance Board no later than March 31st. The Board will also submit the special requirement for this year based on the collected data in the budget to the City of Flin Flon no later that March 15th.
Superintendent Constance McCleese reported on the French Immersion 3/4 first term provincial test results. Our students are doing extremely well with excellent results. The Division’s French program continues to shine on provincial standardized testing in both French language learning and in mathematics which is taught in French. The Superintendent also had the opportunity to accompany the French Immersion field trip to Winnipeg for Festival du Voyageur. The four day trip had students busy from 7 am to 11 pm for a variety of activities all in French. McCleese said it was wonderful to spend time with the students and noted that at a particular event one of the organizers mentioned how impressed they were at how well the students conducted themselves.
The Flin Flon Public Library is celebrating Freedom to Read Week this week. Their Administrator Courtney Campbell says they have set up a display of books that were banned in the past. She says they have a really great display right where you come into the library so you can see all of the books that have been challenged for different reasons so you can check out what people were objecting to and see some of the titles because some of them are not things that you would expect.
Freedom to Read Week encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Town of Creighton and Creighton Community School have accepted the Go Out and Play Challenge powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they are counting on residents, friends, neighbors and family members to get moving to win this year’s challenge from March 1st to 10th. She says they’re asking people to go on to the website they have provided, do a profile of their family, you must log in every day and log the minutes that you go outside and play noting you can’t go back a day later and log in your time it must be done daily. She says the community with the most minutes has the opportunity to win ten thousand dollars so log in and help Creighton win.
You can log on to their website to register and record your minutes and for more information at www.challenge.saskatchewaninmotion.ca. Senyk adds they plan to put the 10 thousand dollars to good use by placing benches and recycling containers along with disc golf in the division three playground area.
Creative Manitoba is partnering with the Norva Center to bring a condensed version of their popular Art of Managing Your Career-Indigenous Perspectives Course to Flin Flon. Their Indigenous Programs Manager Arlea Ashcroft says artists and crafters of all disciplines including beaders, fashion designers, photographers, sculptors, visual artists and others will benefit from this free course. She explains often times artists forget about all the business aspects that come with being an artist so they’re hoping to share some knowledge about how to do your taxes, how to promote your business, how to apply for grants and get some money so you can continue to be an artist.
The Art of Managing Your Career-Indigenous Perspectives will take place Friday from 10 to 4 at the Norva Center at 177 Green Street. You can learn more or register at the Norva Center or online at www.creativemanitoba.ca/FlinFlonAMYC.
The 39th annual Denare Beach Winter Festival was held over the weekend. Some of the event winners from Friday night include in the Kids Got Talent Contest Brielle Olson and in Turkey Curling the team of Holmgren and George were first, Butterball Bangers second and Yah Yah third.
In the Saturday events fishing derby winners included the biggest fish a 38 inch jack Ruth McGee, smallest fish Dave Krassilowsky a 15 and a quarter inch jack, oldest fisher Roly Chretien, youngest Axton Kinar and first fish Shane Madorash. The boot hockey was won by the team of Owen Durette, Kaleh Lycan, Kwinton Lycan and Leeland Feuerstein. Saturday also included King and Queen Trapper events, horse drawn sleigh rides and bingo players filled the Denarplex for the afternoon.
The Hudbay 4th quarter financial report we reported on on Friday noted Manitoba ore production as well. President Alan Hair says production of all metal for 2017 were within the guidance range. He reported ore mined during the fourth quarter of 2107 decreased by 8 percent compared to the third quarter as a result of ore production at Triple Seven while ore processed during the fourth quarter was in line with previous quarters as they drew on ore from the stockpile. He noted Manitoba mine, mill and G and A unit operating costs were higher than the third quarter mainly due to the lower production at Triple Seven, the cessation of the capitalization of Reed development costs and the high cost at Lalor incurred to increase production to 45 tonnes per day in accordance with the revised mine plan.
Hair adds the focus for this year includes completing the ramp up of base metal ore production at Lalor near Snow Lake, commencing production from the Lalor gold zones with processing in Flin Flon as well as the gold zones at Pampacancha in Peru and moving Rosemont in Arizona through the permitting process into development.
Fire Chief Chad Cooper says 2017 was an average year for call volumes with 74 calls of service noting the residential structure fires. He explains the department responded to eight structure fires and an estimated 600 thousand dollars in fire damage adding as residents we need to remain vigilant in ensuring your home is fire safe and all smoke alarms are in working condition. Cooper adds another achievement in 2017 was the department’s yearly average for fire response times. He says this is taken from the time of the dispatch page to the first arriving fire apparatus pointing out the industry set standard is nine minutes and the Flin Flon Fire Department achieved just slightly over eight minutes which means fire crews are responding faster and arriving at your house quicker.
Cooper says 2017 marked a milestone 80 years of service to the community by the Fire Department.
Hudbay released its 4th quarter results yesterday. They report a net profit of 99.7 million dollars compared to a net loss of 47.3 million in the 4th quarter of 2016. Production of zinc, gold and silver in concentrate increased due to increased Snow Lake Lalor Mine throughput and higher zinc grades at Flin Flon’s Triple Seven Mine while copper production remained consistent. President Alan Hair reflected on exploration plans for this year. He says last year’s strong cash flow generation coupled with the higher metal price environment has positioned them to pursue a more aggressive exploration program in 2018. He says their 2018 exploration budget of 50 million dollars is more than twice that of 2017 and spending will be focused on exploration near existing processing infrastructure in Manitoba and Peru and on grassroots exploration properties in Peru, Chile and British Columbia.
Hair added one of their main focuses this year is delivering on their operating targets.
Doctor Michael Isaac says that while the number of hospitalizations for the flu may seem high for the province the numbers in the north are low. He says the most recent numbers that they have from provincial data are 348 people that were hospitalized since September 1st of 2017 noting when they look at the number from the Northern Health Region which would exclude residents who live on reserves they had less that 5 hospitalizations during that time period.
Isaac adds while influenza A peaked between Christmas and mid January influenza B usually peaks between February and March.
The Manitoba Historical Society is accepting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. The award recognizes people interested in the preservation and promotion of the province’s history. The Society’s Gordon Goldsborough explains the award is intended primarily for people serving in the promotion of Manitoba’s history, so pretty much anyone who’s done things like writing books, various art projects, running museums, anything that has an aspect of preserving and promoting Manitoba’s history would qualify.
Nomination forms and more information are available on the websites of the Manitoba Historical Society www.mhs.mb.ca or the Lieutenant Governor at www.manitobalg.ca. The deadline is Wednesday.
The Flin Flon School Board presented their budget plans for the 2018-19 school year at a public meeting last night. The Division has planned a budget of just under 14.9 million dollars for the year an increase of .52 percent from this year or just under 77 thousand dollars.
Provincial funding for the Division when compared to the actual dollars for 2017-18 is up .07 percent or just over 70 thousand dollars.
The Division is proposing an increase of just over 99 thousand dollars to the 2018 Municipal Revenue Requirement. In 2017 they report they reduced their requirement by just over 213 thousand. Because of the timing of revenue being paid across two calendar years the Municipal Special Levy will increase by 1.587 percent or just over 68 thousand dollars. Due to a decrease in property assessments of just over 504 thousand and a reduction of 1 percent in the Division’s allocation of the Hudbay grant in Lieu this will result in an education mill rate of 21.46 an increase of .73 from last year.
Some of the future expenses planned include technology upgrades, building maintenance and paving the Ruth Betts playground. The proposed budget still requires approval from the Board at their February 27th meeting.
At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council gave final reading to an amendment to the Traffic Bylaw to allow for the setting of fines for people pushing snow off their property onto the roadway so as to obstruct traffic. The fines start at 100 dollars for the first offence, 150 for the second up to 500 dollars for further offences. Councilor Guy Rideout said they hope this will get people thinking about what they are doing with their snow.
Mayor Cal Huntley reported discussions will continue with Bell MTS on getting high speed internet into Flin Flon. He said he hasn’t received confirmation on a date when it will happen but it’s in the near future adding it’s embarrassing that it hasn’t happened yet.
And Council will prepare a resolution to rezone the former St. Mary’s Church property on Hiawatha Avenue from residential to educational as it has been purchased by and is now being used by Flin Flon School Division in partnership with the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank.
The Community Economic Development Fund is presenting a Things to Consider When Starting a Business workshop Monday night. The Fund’s Leann Brown from Thompson says she will help you on your journey to self-employment. She says she is looking to try connect with members of the business community, those looking at maybe considering self-employment. She adds while there are some challenging times in and around the north that we’re all aware of there are still plenty of opportunities to be had and this may be a great time for self-employment or even if its to start as a hobby on the side just to generate some supplemental income for your household, there’s lots of different options out there that can be considered.
The workshop is being held Monday night from 7 to 8or you can meet one on one with Leann Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. To register email email@example.com or call 204-778-4138 extension 221.
A successful fund raising event was held at the Unwinder at the Victoria Inn Saturday night. It was held to raise money to improve the chemotherapy room at the Flin Flon General Hospital. Organizer Tracee Reimer says it went really well. She says there was a lot of people, about 150 people came out and they raised a total of six thousand and six dollars after expenses and she’s really happy and hoping for some new décor, paint and flooring in the chemo room.
Reimer adds she really appreciates all the volunteers and people who donated their time and money to help develop a more warm, comfortable, pleasing atmosphere for those receiving treatment in the chemotherapy room.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from the Flin Flon Museum Board requesting an increase in their annual funding. They noted they have received 12 thousand dollars annually from the city for approximately the past ten years and would like that increased to 15 thousand. The letter was referred to the Finance Committee.
Mayor Cal Huntley introduced the new Regional Economic Development Officer Eve O’Leary. She has come here from Nipawin and will continue the work for Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach region started by the regions first Economic Development Officer Perry Trusty.
Council agreed to the appointment of Mary Wright as the Weed Inspector for the City of Flin Flon for this year. This appointment is required under provincial legislation.
The 39th annual Denare Beach Winter Festival is coming up this weekend. Recreation Director Mel Durette says Friday includes their Musher’s Supper, Kids Got Talent and turkey curling but Saturday is their busy day. She explains it starts out with the Firemen’s pancake breakfast, they’ve got the fishing derby, the horse sleigh rides will be around, the hot concession is open at 12, bingo starts at 12:30, boot hockey at 1, the King and Queen Trapper events start at 1 too and they have mini curling for the kids.
The festival wraps up on Sunday with the Snow Drags. For more information you can contact the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050.
Manitoba Liberal Health Critic Jon Gerrard is launching a series of public meetings across the province to listen to the opinions and needs of Manitobans regarding our health care system.
Gerrard says they are seeing an unprecedented level of concern with the impacts of the Pallister government’s cuts to health care and want to hear how they are affecting people’s lives.
They will ask Manitobans three questions, what areas of health care in our province are working - areas they need to preserve and build upon, what areas of health care are not working - areas they need to make changes to improve and what areas need improvement and investment.
The public meeting will be held downstairs at the Flin Flon Public Library Tuesday, February 27th from 6 to 8 pm.
Member of Parliament Niki Ashton visited several communities including Flin Flon over the last couple of weeks. She says one of the major issues facing these communities is unemployment and inequality stating our region has been ignored.
Ashton reports when Parliament resumed sitting she rose in Question Period to call out the decades of policies that are failing our region including privatization, job killing trade deals and foreign takeovers and a tax system that is rigged against working people and killing jobs.
In terms of the port of Churchill she has called for it to be re-nationalized and developed in partnership with First Nations and northern communities. She adds we can take action to protect and enhance resource based jobs including promoting value added jobs, we can make the tax system fairer and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share, we can ensure that more of the wealth generated in our region benefits northern and Indigenous people and this starts with them having a say over development in their communities.
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The annual Bust the Winter Blues Festival resulted in a busy weekend. The Committee’s Caitlin Bailey says they had lot of people out on their busiest day Saturday starting with over one hundred people at their pancake breakfast and at the afternoon activities. She says it was great with a lot of people at the Rotary Wheel, they had the Bombers come and join them, they had freezie mountain, sleigh rides with lots of kids out there having fun and they had about 140 to 150 attendees at the family dance.
Some of the winners from events included for the Kinettes Trivia Night the top team was made up of Mark Wendlandt, Jennifer Joa, Jen Davis, Cheryl Fezczyn, Leslie Fernandes and Eric Fernandes, the Border Explorers Poker Derby Winners included first Donna Slugoski, second Brent Burke, third Richard Klause and fourth Carla Wabick and the 50-50 draw was won by Marlene Craig receiving 124 dollars. The Family Fishing Derby was cancelled due to slush on the lake and weather conditions.
The Alpha Course is starting a new session at the Flin Flon Alliance Church Tuesday evening. One of the organizers Menno Giesbrecht says the Alpha Course gives you the opportunity to investigate and discuss the big questions of life that we may think about but never discuss like is there more to life than what we’re experiencing right now, if there is a God why is there so much suffering in the world and is there life after death. He explains they start off the evening with a meal at six o’clock, they sing a couple of songs, watch a video and discuss what they watched in the video in a small group and they’re done by nine o’clock.
Alpha begins Tuesday evening at six at the Alliance Church with a celebration supper so you can learn what it’s about. To register or for more information you can call the church at 204-687-8498.
Manitobans and visitors to the province are encouraged to participate in a weekend of free ice fishing during this years Winter Family Fishing Weekend tomorrow through Monday.
Anglers will be able to fish without a licence province wide this weekend. Conservation limits will apply and anglers are reminded to be sure conditions are safe before venturing out on the ice. It is also important to let someone know where you are fishing and to wear appropriate clothing. A federal fishing licence will still be required to fish in national parks.
For more information on fishing regulations you can view the Manitoba Angler’s Guide online at www.manitobafisheries.com.
The Flin Flon Arts Council is presenting a cabaret night of lively Celtic music Thursday. The Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt sasy they’ll be featuring the Derina Harvey Band from Edmonton and their authentic east coast experience in a high energy show. She explains it’s a group that plays Celtic rock music and it’s that real kitchen party kind of music that everybody’s been wanting to have in the community that they’re excited to bring here and they’re going to be doing up the hall in cabaret style so the people will be able to enjoy everything with that. She says they can bring their own appetizers if they want for their table but they’ll have wine, ales and beer as well.
The show gets underway at 7:30 Thursday night at the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.
The annual Bust the Winter Blues Festival is being held this weekend. The Committee’s Channa Senyk says Saturday is their busiest day starting with a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 at the Friendship Centre and a Craft Show at St. Ann’s Hall from 10 to 4. She adds the Border Explorers are having their poker derby starting at noon from the Victoria Inn and then go down to the Rotary Wheel from 1 to 3 for their Family Fun Day with lots of fun, the horses are coming, bunk hockey with the Bombers, there will be hot dogs, marshmallow roast and hot chocolate and lots of games, Whist is at the Creighton Seniors Centre at 3, fireworks are going off at the Creighton Soccer Field at 7 and the Mardi Gras Family Dance from 7 to 9 at the Creighton Community Hall.
The Festival wraps up Sunday with snow drags on Ross Lake starting at 1, Spades at the Creighton Seniors Centre at 3 and cribbage at the Friendship Centre at 6.The Sunday fishing derby has been cancelled due to weather and slush conditions on the ice.
Saskatchewan’s free winter fishing weekend runs Saturday through Monday. Saskatchewan residents and visitors can fish without a licence on any of the province’s public waters that have an open sport fishing season.
You’re advised to use caution and common sense when ice fishing. Test the ice thickness with a minimum of 10 centimeters of good ice required for walking and 30 centimeters for light vehicle travel. All other fishing regulations remain in effect for the free fishing weekend including possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers. As well free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning to take fish out of province must purchase a licence.
More information can be found in the Anglers Guide wherever fishing licences are sold or online at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.
In spite of the bitter cold the Womens Resource Centre held their annual Womens Memorial March and Red Dress Project last evening. Speaking to the group of marchers at Pioneer Square the Center’s Executive Director Colleen Arnold explained the march and the hanging of dresses along Main Street. She said they inform people who are not affected and create a space for people who are affected to have their voices heard. She noted this event is organized by women because women especially Indigenous women face physical, mental, emotional and spiritual violence on a daily basis. She adds the February 14th Memorial March and Red Dress Project is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters remembering the women who are still missing and to dedicate ourselves to justice.
The group then left Pioneer Square and marched down Main Street to Church Street and to the Friendship Centre.
One subject of interest was a recent visit by Daniel Blair to Hapnot Collegiate. Blair is one of the province’s rising stars in the technology industry. Blair was at the school to discuss opportunities in computer science and related fields with Daniel Dillon and his students. Dillon and his students work with virtual reality is part of a feature story in the January/February issue of the Manitoba Teachers magazine.
Superintendent Constance McCleese reported that earlier this month teachers at both Ecole McIsaac School and Ruth Betts were engaged in a variety of workshops to continue in improving the school curriculum. Secretary Treasurer Heather Fleming reported the summer Wise Kidnetic Camp has received additional funding allowing for another camp free of charge. The new camp is for students in grades 7 to 9 and includes coding, computational thinking and digital literacy skills. Both camps run out of McIsaac School July 30th to August 3rd. Board Chair Aimy Sapergia-Green reported 2018 has already been an exciting year and wished everyone a happy Family Day Weekend.
Far Resources Limited reports that initial drilling has intersected wide zones of spodumene in Dyke One on their Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake. The Company says they expect to drill a minimum of two thousand meters to test for the extension of high grade lithium below 200 meters in previously untested areas of Dyke one. As drilling proceeds helicopter and drill pads are being prepared to provide access to additional high grade lithium dykes on the property. They note surface outcrop sampling by field crews returned values of up to 6.35 percent lithium in these dykes.
Their President Keith Anderson says these initial wide intercepts of spodumene mineralization in deeper levels of Dyke One are providing them with confidence that high grade lithium mineralization can be traced to depth from surface and shallow levels in the Dyke and they look forward to the rest of the drill results including those on the property where little to no historic diamond drilling has been undertaken.
The RCMP are inviting young people across the country to help name thirteen German Shepherd puppies born at the Police Dog Service Training Center. The Center’s Sergeant Chris Browne says the rules are simple. He explains the puppy names must begin with the letter “L” and have more than two syllables and nine letters. Anyone who enters must live in Canada, be 14 years of age or younger, only one entry per child can be sent in and entries must be sent no later than February 28th.
The thirteen children whose puppy names are selected will each receive a laminated 8 by 10 inch photo of the puppy they named, a plush dog called Justice and an official RCMP baseball cap. For information on how to enter by mail or online go to your favorite search engine and type in Name the Puppy Contest 2018.
A fund raiser is being held Saturday evening to improve the chemotherapy room at the Flin Flon General Hospital. Organizer Tracee Reimer explains as a patient she’s noticed they spend most of their day receiving treatment and our chemotherapy room is in need of some upgrades so she’s holding a non-profit benefit fund raiser for the cost of the upgrades needed to improve our chemotherapy room here in Flin Flon.
Reimer adds last year Canadian Cancer Society statistics showed that one in two Canadians will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime so her idea is that patients receiving chemotherapy could relax in a more warm, comfortable, pleasing atmosphere while receiving treatment. The fund raiser is being held at the Unwinder in the Victoria Inn Saturday from 6 to 9 with door prizes, healthy food draws, a 50-50 draw and music by Shotgun Monkey. Tickets are ten dollars and are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street and Di’s Confectionary in Creighton.
A Flin Flon School Division wide Science Fair is being held Thursday. Science Fair Coordinator Kari LaBorde says it includes grades one to eight this year and they have a total of 109 projects and over 150 students registered. She says judging is happening on Thursday at the Community Hall and they have their grade one to six students being judged in the morning and their grade seven and eight students being judged in the afternoon.
There will be public viewing of the Science Fair at the Flin Flon Community Hall Thursday from 4:30 to 6 followed by the awards presentation.
The Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott has announced the opening of a dedicated call centre at Indigenous Services Canada to help First Nations children access products, services and supports under Jordan's Principle which ensures equity for First Nations children by responding to their unmet needs no matter where they live in Canada The Jordan's Principle Call Centre provides families with direct access to agents who will start the intake process and connect them to the Jordan's Principle representative in their area. These regional representatives work closely with local Service Coordinators across Canada. Families of First Nations children who need access to services under Jordan's Principle can contact Regional representatives directly through the contact information posted on their website at www.canada.ca/jordans-principle or phone Principle Call Centre at 1-855-JP-CHILD.
The Women’s Resource Centre is holding their annual Womens Memorial March and Red Dress Project Wednesday evening. The Centre’s Colleen Arnold says they will meet at Pioneer Square. She explains the Memorial March is to honor the lives of the missing and murdered women that we’ve lost and they’ll have red dresses hung around Main Street in the trees and over by Pioneer Square and the red dresses are an aesthetic response to all of the murdered women. She adds they will then march down Main Street to the Friendship Centre where they’ll have speeches, the MLA will be there, they’ll have singing by Ann Ross, the drumming girls as well as jingle dresses and some bannock and refreshments.
The March begins at 5:15 at Pioneer Square on Main Street.
The Flin Flon Kinette Club is holding their annual Trivia Night Friday. The Club’s Diane Therien says it’s their 12th year for the event. She says Trivia Night is just a fun social evening explaining you can have teams up to a maximum of six people, they have a general variety of trivia including sports, history, all kinds of categories and there’s five round of trivia with fifteen questions in each round and the highest score at the end of those five rounds wins 300 dollars and second and third place prizes are awarded as well.
The night begins at 6:30 with trivia starting at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets available for 20 dollars at the Orange Toad and Gas Bar. There will also be an elimination draw for a Calm Air Flight to Winnipeg return and a weekend stay at the Victoria Inn as well as a 200 dollar Co-op gift card. The trivia is followed by music and a social evening.
The Primary Health Care Centre is hosting a telehealth seminar Thursday presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. Their Program Director Norma Kirkby says this session will be Healthy Smiles Oral Health for People with Dementia. She says they know that as people live with dementia often their skills and abilities change and they don’t understand the importance of having good oral care. She explains it’s important to provide this group of people with the right products that will help them keep their mouth clean and it’s also important to get them to the doctor and dentist periodically so that the mouth can be checked for other possible lesions etcetera that can occur.
The session will be held at Primary Health Care Centre from 6:30 to 8 on Thursday. To register online go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-378-6699.
At the Flin Flon City Council meeting Tuesday night Councilor Ken Pawlachuk reported he attended a local poverty workshop recently. He says the Manitoba government upgrades their stand on poverty every five years and the workshop dealt with poverty issues, homelessness and sub-standard housing. He said the issue should be on everyone’s agenda to deal with it with Mayor Cal Huntley adding it’s not an obvious problem in our community so many people may not know we have a problem noting the Friendship Centre is providing assistance to homeless people. A report will come out of the meeting in six to eight months.
As well Council accepted the Fire Chiefs report for January indicating six incidents during the month. Councilor Pawlachuk noted the Fire Department purchased a rescue unit during the summer and have made good use of it as a warm location for Fire Fighters and others when dealing with incidents on the highway this winter.