The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation conducted a community consultation over the past several months. Executive Director Laurence Gillespie says 645 people participated in their survey either on line or in person resulting in a list of priorities for their five year neighborhood renewal plan. He says housing was front and center as people felt there are challenges of housing in Flin Flon and a group like theirs should try and do things to address them. Number two was economic diversification with the situation at the mine. Three was crime prevention and things that related to improving community safety and a sense of security in Flin Flon. Fourth was things relating to recreation facilities and making recreation more accessible for lower income people. Five was community beautification, thing like the flowers on Main Street which is their kind of stock and trade, so a general sense of building the community and supporting wellness in the community.
Moving forward with the plan is dependent on funding continuing for their programs including their homeowner fix up and community small grants programs in the upcoming Manitoba budget.
The RCMP are inviting young people across the country to help name thirteen German Shepherd puppies born at the Police Dog Service Training Center. Senior Trainer Sergeant Eric Stebenne says the rules are simple. He says they’re looking for names that start with the letter K, names must not be more than two syllables and no more than nine letters, participants or contestants must live in Canada and be 14 years of age and younger, only one entry per participant and they have to have the entries no later than April 11th.
The thirteen children whose puppy names will be selected will each receive a laminated 8 x 10 inch photo of the puppy they named, a plush dog named 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 2017.
Bruce Krentz with the Health Region says these advocates can help anyone who wants extra support as they navigate the health care system. He explains if he was your advocate he would come to appointments with you as sometimes you may be too embarrassed or too shy to ask some questions of your doctor. He says often times when you’re in an appointment you get a whole lot of information all at once and you have a little trouble absorbing it because you get the first sentence and not the rest of it. He adds it’s somebody you trust that you feel comfortable having with you.
For more information on patient advocates you can go to the websites www.mips.ca or www.safetoask.ca.
With spring break next week a lot of morning and afternoon activities are taking place at the Norva Centre. On Monday there’s kite building for ages 6 and up from 10 to 12 and needle felting 12 and up from 2 to 4, Tuesday Oh Canada crumple dye 8 and up from 10 to 12 and paint party for 8 and up from 1 to 4, Wednesday painting and planting 8 and up from 10 to 12 and draw squad 8 and up from 2 to 4, Thursday print making posters 8 and up from 10 to 12 and ceramic painting 8 and up from 1 to 4 and Friday clay sculpture 6 and up from 10 to 12 and Ukrainian eggs 10 and up from 1 to 3.
For information on the classes, costs and to register you can drop in to the Norva Centre at 177 Green Street, call them at 204-687-4237 or visit their website www.norvacentre.com.
Library reading tree
Flin Flon Public Library Administrator Cindy McLean is retiring. New Administrator Courtney Campbell says she is from Minto, Manitoba and wanted to work in the province. She explains she started out with a music ed degree, ended up taking photo journalism and then finished her Masters of Library Science last year so she has been looking for a job in Manitoba and this was kind of a perfect fit.
Campbell says she will carry on with all the activities in place at the Library. She says she is just trying to get the lay of the land and she’s got some big shoes to fill as Cindy has done a really great job so she’s just going to keep up with what she’s doing and keep doing lots of programming.
McLean’s last day at the Library is Tuesday.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey raised in the Legislature this week the need for a meaningful collective bargaining process in the province and respect for that process. He says he is concerned that Bill Seven is just the beginning of the Pallister government’s attack on labor. Lindsey says laying off hundreds of workers and making deep cuts to important government services like health and education are a risk. He asks what will it mean for patient care if there are fewer doctors and nurses, what will it mean for Manitoba students, parents and teachers with larger classrooms, fewer educational support and higher tuitions. He says these are all questions that this government consistently refused to answer.
Lindsey says the Premier decided to take a 20 percent pay raise for himself showing the wage freeze put forward does not apply to him. He asked the government to stop their attacks on labor as Manitobans value frontline services and the people who work hard to provide them.
The Trustees of Flin Flon School Division have announced the appointment of Tammy Ballantyne as Assistant Superintendent. She has 23 years experience as an educator working as a teacher, resource teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal of Ruth Betts Community School since 2012. Ballantyne says she looks forward to the new job. She explains it’s been both a privilege and an honor to be awarded the position of Assistant Superintendent. She says she looks forward to the challenges that come with the new position and looks forward to continuing her career with the Flin Flon School Division in this new capacity.
Ballantyne will replace Dean Grove who will be retiring after serving as Assistant Superintendent since 2002.
Rockcliff Copper reports its recently completed surface geophysical survey has identified a large untested conducive plate below the historical Pen Zinc Deposit partially located on their Penex Zinc property near Snow Lake. The property is located approximately 4.5 kilometers southwest of Hudbay’s Lalor Mine and less than 200 meters from Hudbay’s up-dip near surface portion of the historic high grade unmined Pen zinc deposit.
Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre says their Penex Zinc property covers the down dip continuation of the Pen Zinc deposit where it crosses onto their property at approximately 300 meters vertical. He says with their geophysical survey identifying a strong untested conductive plate immediately below the known deposit and continuing to at depth of at least 800 meters vertical bodes well for high grade zinc mineralization to continue on the property. He adds they will continue to explore and prepare the property for a planned drill program later this year.
The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is holding a community meeting Friday evening. The Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie says it’s the culmination of their community consultation process which they’ve been doing for the past several months. He explains they have been polling the community trying to get a sense of what priorities they’d like them to address over the next five years and pursuant to that they’ve drafted a five year plan that incorporate the top priorities listed by the community that they’ve spoken to. He says this meeting will be to present the plan to the community and basically get their feedback on it to make sure they’re on track for the next five years.
Gillespie says everyone is invited to the meeting being held Friday evening at 6:30 in City Council chambers.
Bill Hanson Brenda Schmidt
Mayor Cal Huntley officially proclaimed March 21st as World Poetry Day and April as World Poetry Month. In recognition of that Councilor Bill Hanson read a poem he heard as a child written by local resident Murray McDonald about a prospector Jack McPhee and his attempts to get into Heaven. Administrator Mark Kolt reported Creighton resident and long time poet Brenda Schmidt has been named Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate. Her term begins April 1st and runs to December 31st, 2018.
Council passed a bylaw to accept the Manitoba Fire Code and Emergency Code as the city Fire Prevention Bylaw. Councilor Guy Rideout congratulated the City crews for their handling of the recent blizzard with Mayor Huntley noting they kept the main travel routes open so buses could keep running.
Councilor Colleen McKee noted our synchronized swimming group the Flin Flon Aqua Doves is the only group in northern Manitoba and they will be taking part in the Crocus Challenge at the Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg April 7th to 9th.
Callinex Mines has signed an option agreement to acquire a one hundred percent interest in the Big Island Project 10 kilometers east from Hudbay’s processing facilities in Flin Flon.
Callinex President Max Porterfield says the Big Island Project contains one of the highest grade zinc and gold rich VMS deposits ever discovered within the Flin Flon Mining District. He says they are looking forward to conduction systematic exploration to discover additional mineralization. He reports between 1987 and 88 Westfield minerals discovered exceptionally high grade zinc and gold rich VMS mineralization over considerable widths including 19.6 meters of 24 percent zinc equivilant. The initial focus will be on identifying extensions to this high grade mineralization adding no follow-up exploration has occurred on the Tara Lake Deposit in this property since the initial discovery and subsequent exploration that was conducted between 1987 and 91.
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 in a normal winter they do 8 to 12 passes but they only did it twice this winter until the recent heavy snow. He says they dug out some fairly major drifts along side Stittco and then packed the rest of the trail and the trail going through Flinty Park and overnight having packed it it freezes up and you’ve got a nice firm base to walk on.
Price adds this is the fourth year they have done this with funding from the Flin Flon Lions Club. He says the Boardwalk has again been well used this winter.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey has asked the government to consult with northerners on health care. He says the Northern Health Region serves over 74 thousand people but is being asked to cut six million dollars without consultation with northerners or front line workers. He says the Premier is forcing unrealistic budgets on the RHA cutting non-insured services for thousands of northerners and we know cutting non-insured services means cutting mental health supports, but we don’t know the full extent of what these cuts mean. Lindsey asked will the Minister for health table a complete list of those non-insured services that he’s planning to chop so northerners have an accurate sense of how much damage this is going to cause them.
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen replied the government has made a strong investment in the north but also believes in ensuring there is sustainability in the health care system.
Corey Thompson treasurer for the group announced that $137,000.00 has been raised so far with presentations to service groups, the City of Flin Flon, Town of Creighton and lots of fundraising projects.
Kara Plamondon the chair for this committee says they were really happy to see the turnout again, another really good group of volunteers showing up and showing interest in the project and they just wanted to communicate with all those people out in the community that are interested, how they can help and they’re looking for people to join committees and help them with some of the committee work and also the various volunteer activities they have with the Northern Lights Dancers recital coming up they’re helping out with and they’re providing volunteers at Homecoming and then they wanted to share about their Flin Flonoply game that’s coming up as well.
If you would like more information or to volunteer you can check them out at Aqua Center Community Committee on facebook or call the Aqua Center at 204-681-7540.
After being postponed by a blizzard last week the Flin Flon School Division wide Science Fair is being held Thursday. Ruth Betts teacher Kari LaBorde explains they have grade one through eight from McIsaac and Ruth Betts for a total of 113 projects with over 150 students participating. She says they’ll have grades 7 and 8 students being judged in the morning and then the grades 1 to 6 have their judging in the afternoon.
The Science Fair is being held at McIsaac School Thursday. There will be public viewing from 4:30 to 6 followed by the awards presentation.
Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce President Dianne Russell updated members on the Northern Economic Development Strategy Task Force outreach meeting held here Friday. Chair Chuck Davidson met with Hudbay, Hapnot Collegiate students, City Council and Chamber Members. Area representatives will be invited to attend a Look North Policy seminar to be held in The Pas April 3rd and 4th. The goal is to grow the economy of the north by promoting the opportunities offered in the north to the rest of Manitoba and Canada.
Homecoming co-Chair Colleen McKee reported an additional 400 tickets are being offered on Friday for the Homecoming at picatic.com or at City Hall. They have already sold 1921 tickets. The Chamber will use the opportunity to showcase our community.
The Chamber welcomed six new members while reminding members membership renewals are now due.
On February 21st the RCMP began investigating the shooting of 16 year old Mark Clarence Michel in Pelican Narrows. They determined there was another victim a 17 year old female who did not require medical treatment. River Blade Storm Linklater was arrested and charged in Sandy Bay Court with first degree murder, attempted murder and participation in a criminal organization.
RCMP have now arrested and charged three more people in connection with this incident. River Jason James Charles, Layton Adolph McCallum and a 17 year old male youth have been charged with first degree murder and participation in a criminal organization. They have all made their first appearance in Prince Albert Provincial Court.
The Manitoba government has approved 72 infrastructure renewal projects across the province. Education Minister Ian Wishart says they will invest more than 44 million dollars to ensure the structural integrity of public schools and the continued safety of students and educators.
Funding is included for three projects in Flin Flon School Division that will see roof replacements take place at Ecole McIsaac School, Ruth Betts Community School and Hapnot Collegiate.
Wishart noted the projects will be completed within a time frame of six to twenty-four months following the award of tenders and start of construction.
The Ham Sandwich Theatre Group presents their March performance Friday and Saturday. Director Diane Therien says they will perform the Dixie Swim Club which centers around five women whose friendship began when they were in College and spans about 40 years. She explains the play is a hilarious look at the trials and tribulations of their lives and how they interact with each other. She says the meet once a year in August at a cottage and every year there’s new events and adventures that they had and problems and life happenings that they have to deal with and it’s a hilarious look at all of those things and how they remain friends.
The Dixie Swim Club 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 for 15 dollars.
The Chair of the Northern Economic Development Strategy Task Force Chuck Davidson was in Flin Flon Friday along with their local rep Dianne Russell listening to people as they develop a Look North Policy. He says the policy will be a plan to promote opportunities in the north something he says people should already be doing. He says as he has been doing his travels around the north some of the worst critics of northern Manitoba are people in northern Manitoba and so how do we change that mindset, how do we change that culture shift for people in northern Manitoba to think we’ve got a lot of things going on here so how do we tell that story to people in other parts of the province and other parts of Canada. He adds there’ll be recommendations like here’s the role that the federal government has to play, here’s the role that the provincial government needs to play and the local government but also here’s the role that business needs to play and just individuals in northern Manitoba.
You can still be part of the Look North Policy process by attending summits in The Pas, Thompson and Churchill in early April or by going to the Look North link on the Manitoba government’s website.
The Chair of the Northern Economic Development Strategy Task Force was in Flin Flon Friday. Chuck Davidson says he’s listening to people in the north as part of the Look North planning process and met with the local Chamber of Commerce and their President Dianne Russell who is the local rep on the Task Force as well as Mayor and Council but he says most importantly high school students because that is who this plan is for. He explains fixing all of the issues of northern economic development are not going to be done in a paper that they put out in two months and solve all the problems within six month. He says this is going to be a generational issue so they need to start looking in terms of what are the long term issues that they need to understand for northern Manitoba and that’s why he’s interested in talking to high school students in terms of what do they see as the potential for the north in terms of what kind to education do they need and what kind of opportunities do they see from business.
Davidson adds public summits will take place in early April in The Pas, Thompson and Churchill to gain more input from area residents to develop ways of promoting the great things we offer in the north. You can provide input by going to the Look North link on the Manitoba government website.
The Primary Health Care Center continues to host a series of telehealth seminars presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. The Society’s First Link Coordinator Marilyn Maartense says they are part of Telehealth Family Education for Those Experiencing Dementia. She says the next session on March 21st is Understanding the Psychoses and Anxiety in Dementia and that will be with regards to the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia which may include hallucinations, delusions, psychoses, anxiety so just to gain a better understanding of how these changes may manifest in the person with dementia and be informed of some of the strategies of our approaches to these changes.
The sessions are held at the Primary Health Care Center from 6:30 to 8. The April 25th session will cover Food and Nutrition. To register for the seminars go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca or email email@example.com or phone 1-800-378-6699 and use the reference code Flin Flon.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey told the Manitoba Legislature this week the government has to do more for people in his riding. He says people from Flin Flon are proud of where they’re from and have been expressing their concerns. He says they’re worried about this government’s inaction as hundreds of workers face layoffs as a result of Hudbay’s Triple Seven mine closure and they’re worried as workers lose their jobs at the Port of Churchill as grain shipments have ceased. He says this government’s order to layoff 900 workers at Manitoba hydro, their continuous attacks on labor and their refusal to raise the minimum wage have made it clear that they’re not on the side of Manitoba workers in the north or the south.
Lindsey says the government needs to give northerners concrete support for economic development along with investment in health care, education and training.
The Northern Neighbors Foundation is accepting applications for the Moffat Foundation funding they receive each year. This year they will have 55 thousand dollars to grant their communities that include Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Snow Lake, Sherridon and Cranberry Portage. Chairperson Jane Robillard explains there are applications online at Northern Neighbors Foundation and also the grant applications and grant guidelines are at our public library. She adds grants are made to non-profit organizations that have a registered charitable number so its non-profit and it’s for organizations that demonstrate a strong and committed responsibility to the community.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday.
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Disaster Assistance Kit
The Flin Flon Area Red Cross Personal Disaster Assistance Team held an exercise for its twelve volunteers last night. The exercise involved reacting to a major house fire and a smoke damage scenario leaving two families out in the cold. Their Community Outreach Worker Bev Erickson explained the team’s role in these situations. She says for local calls from people that have say a house fire and aren’t able to take care of their needs using their own resources they can call the Red Cross and they have a trained team of volunteers here in the Flin Flon area that will come out and do a needs assessment and based on that can provide lodging, food, clothing and hygiene products for those individuals.
Erickson adds they also have an emergency response team locally that joins with others across the province in case of major flooding or wild fire evacuation. More volunteers are needed for these teams and if you are interested go to their website www.redcross.ca or call 204-982-7330.
March is Nutrition Month. Community Dietician Joanna Ledoux says the theme this year is Take the Fight Out of Food so spot the problem, get the facts and seek support. She explains eating should be joyful not a source of every day frustration and confusion so if you’re fighting with food you want to try the three step approach. She says number one is spot the problem to find what’s causing your fight with food, number two get the facts so use facts from credible sources to decide what needs to be done to solve the problem and number three is seek support so put the plan in action with support from a dietician, family and friends.
For more information on proper nutrition you can call Joanna at 204-681-3149.
The Ministry of Environment reminds you that ice fishing season closes in northern Saskatchewan on April 15th. That means all fishing shelters in areas north of highway 16 must be removed by March 31st. They note each spring a number of ice fishing shelters are abandoned and these can pose a danger to boaters, water skiers and others enjoying the summer lakes as well as causing environmental hazards when pieces wash up on shore. All litter must also be removed when the shelters are taken off the ice.
If shelters are not removed owners can be prosecuted and the structure and contents may be confiscated and removed by the ministry. They also warn anyone traveling on the ice should take extreme caution and watch for indicators of unsafe conditions.
Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton made it official yesterday. She is running to be the next leader of the federal New Democratic Party. She made the announcement in Ottawa where she told her supporters to think big. She stated lets put our voice out there and lets take it to the next level. She said lets start with a clear statement that this is our Canada, this is our community and that this is our future.
Ashton added she made the announcement in Ottawa to recognize that her movement is a national one and the best place for that announcement is in the nation’s capital. The race to replace leader Tom Mulcair ends in October.
Today is International Women’s Day. Flin Flon Women’s Resource Center’s Barb Hopkinson says the day is celebrated globally in honor of the remarkable contributions of women to society. She says the day also commemorates the inspiring role of women around the world to secure women’s rights and build a more equitable society. She adds Women’s Day also remembers the voices of many women that go unheard and who continue to be dominated from securing their rights and realizing their full potential.
The theme for International Women’s Day this year is Be Bold For Change and is a call on the masses or yourself to help forge a better working world and a more gender inclusive world.
Rockcliff Copper Corporation has started a phase one geophysical program at their high grade Laguna gold property. The property is located in their Snow Lake Mining Camp. The Company will complete an airborne magnetometer survey over the entire Property using state of the art drone airborne equipment and complete an induced Polarization survey to cover the prospective high grade Laguna gold mine trend.
Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre says their geophysical program is the first of its kind on the Property. He says last year’s initial prospecting program over historic showings identified significant widespread gold values from trace up to 20 ounces per tonne. He adds with this phase one geophysical data they will be one step closer to their first drill program on the Laguna gold mine trend and the first one on this trend in over 70 years.
Flin Flon and Creighton Schools continue to be closed today as well as the Flin Flon Guidance Nursery. Around the city the main roads have been kept open but some side streets and back lanes are still snowed in. Manitoba highway ten is now open as far as Riding Mountain Park but with poor visibility. Saskatchewan highway 106 out of Creighton now reports winter driving conditions.
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day with the theme Be Bold For Change. Flin Flon Women’s Resource Center’s Barb Hopkinson says the day offers support for women and girls to achieve their ambitions and to help them advance and unleash their limitless potential. She explains over the decades the objective of Women’s Day celebrations has evolved and embraced culture to emerge as a celebration of appreciation, respect and love towards women. She adds Women’s Day is also celebrated in schools and forms part of the curriculum to spread awareness of empowerment of women in their roles and achievements.
The Women’s Resource Center is celebrating International Women’s Day with events all this week. More information on the events is available on the events page at www.flinflononline.com, on the Women’s Resource facebook page or call them at 204-681-3105.
Callinex Mine continues its drilling campaign at the Pine Bay Project in the Flin Flon Mining District. They report they have drilled six holes since late January. Two drill rigs are currently operating with one testing the southern strike extension of the Cabin VMS Horizon while the other is deepening a previously drilled hole to reach the sparsely tested portions of the Pine Bay VMS Horizon to the north of the historic Pine Bay Deposit 16 kilometers east of Flin Flon. Assay results are expected towards the end of March.
The focus of the current campaign has been to identify opportunities with the potential to host significant volcanic massive sulphide mineralization within the project area.
The current drilling campaign will continue until spring break up in mid to late March and will resume in June once new geophysical work has been completed and ground conditions improve.
Blizzard conditions in the Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan are causing problems. In Flin Flon and Creighton Schools are closed today. Number ten highway from Flin Flon pretty well to the U.S. border is closed due to heavy blowing and drifting snow. And on Saskatchewan highway 106, the Hanson Lake Road out of Creighton travel is not recommended due to heavy snow, snow drifts and swirling snow.
The Annual Bust the Winter Blues Festival resulted in a busy weekend. The Committee’s Caitlin Bailey says a lot of people came out to their events Saturday. She says they had about 135 at their breakfast, 150 at the Rotary Wheel and another 150 out at the Family Dance so they had a lot of people and it was awesome.
The Family Fishing derby yesterday saw 40 fishers out on Phantom Lake with 12 fish caught. The largest was a 37 inch 11 and a half pound jackfish caught by nine year old Nickolai Tetloff. A new event the Turkey Slide was won by Virginia Gardiner with her turkey landing two inches from the button. Snow shoe races were won by Jacob Cehaan for ages 7 to 9, Caleb Janzen 10 to 12, Taylor Robinson 13 to 16 and adults Adam Ricard.
A School Division wide Science Fair is being held Wednesday. Ruth Betts grade seven teacher Kari LaBorde explains they have grade one through grade eight from McIsaac and Ruth Betts for a total of 113 projects and over 150 students participating in the event. She says they’ll have grade 7 and 8 students being judged in the morning and then the grades 1 to 6 have their judging in the afternoon.
The Science Fair is being held in the Flin Flon Community Hall Wednesday. There will be public viewing from 4:30 to 6 followed by the awards presentations.
As part of International Women’s Week local women are invited to participate in a craft and homemade artisan show Friday. The Committee’s Caitlin Bailey is asking women to book a free table for the show. She says they’re looking to fill a couple more tables at their International Women’s Day event and they’re looking for female crafters and home artisans from the area. She says it can be anything from photography, tapestry, they have women who make jewelry coming and women who make pottery so pretty much anything that you can think of that is homemade or an artisan product.
The Craft and Homemade Artisan Show will take place Friday from 4 to 7 in the Flin Flon Community Hall and admission is free for the public to attend. To book your table call Caitlin at 204-681-7542.
The derby will take place on Girouard Lake south of Pukatwagan about 99 kilometers north of Flin Flon. Mathias Colomb Cree Nation Chief Arlen Dumas says the derby has always been popular. He says the derby has grown from year to year noting last year they had over a thousand people gathered where they were having their derby and they had over 600 registered fishers so it’s a lot of fun.
The derby starts at noon tomorrow with prizes that include a 4x4 truck for first place, ten thousand dollars cash for second and five thousand for third.
The Women’s Resource Center is celebrating International Women’s Week next week. The Center’s Barb Hopkinson says they have seven events planned during the week. She reports Monday is introduction to basic vehicle maintenance, Wednesday is moms and tots yoga and after that awakening the Goddess, Thursday the 9th is introduction to fitness, Friday is the craft show and traditional healing methods with the focus on the four medicines followed by the music evening at 7.
All events are free and you can find more details on locations and times here on CFAR, on the events calendar at www.flinflononline.com, the Reminder, the Women’s Resource Center facebook page or call the Center at 204-681-3105.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba are now the most attractive jurisdictions for mining investment in the world. That’s according to the annual global survey of mining executives by the Fraser Institute which describes itself as an independent non-partisan Canadian public policy think tank. The two Canadian provinces beat out Western Australia which fell from 1st to 3rd this year.
The Institutes senior director of energy and natural resource studies Kenneth Green says competitive tax regimes, efficient permitting procedures and certainty surrounding environmental regulations and land claims have vaulted Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the top in the eyes of miners looking to invest.
This year’s survey rates 104 jurisdictions around the world based on a combination of their geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and their policy attractiveness.
The Annual Bust the Winter Blues Festival is being held this weekend. Committee member and Creighton Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they have a lot of events planned starting with the Kinettes Trivia Night which is a very popular event on Friday evening in the Flin Flon Community Hall. She adds then Saturday morning the highlight of the day is the pancake breakfast at the Friendship Center hall starting at 9 o’clock followed by the Craft Show at St. Ann’s Church at 10 o’clock and come down to the Rotary Wheel at 1 o’clock for a fun afternoon and don’t forget the fireworks at 7 o’clock over the Creighton soccer field.
The Festival also includes a Mardi Gras Family Fun Night starting at 7 Saturday in the Creighton Community Hall and the Family Fishing Derby Sunday on Phantom Lake with registration at 11:30. Due a shortage of snow they have had to cancel the horse sleigh rides and the Border Explorers Snowmobile Frozen Aces Derby.
The Flin Flon Kinette Club is holding their annual Trivia Night tomorrow. Club President Corinne Matthews says it’s their 11th year for the event and it’s a fun evening for people to get together and answer a bunch of different trivia questions. She explains you join in teams of up to six people and you bring an appetizer, you have some drinks, you answer some questions and their host this year will be Father Paul.
The night begins at 6:30 with trivia starting at 7:30 in the R.H. Channing Auditorium with tickets available for 20 dollars at the Orange Toad and Gas Bar. There will also be an elimination draw for a return flight for two Flin Flon to Winnipeg and two night’s accommodation in Winnipeg.
The Flin Flon School Board has passed a motion to approve the 2017-18 budget which will now be forwarded to the Public Schools Finance Board no later than March 31st.
Board Chair Murray Skeavington announced the Board has decided to keep the length of the school day as is due to costs. The Board thanked all who contributed their input via recent public forums and surveys.
Assistant Superintendent Dean Grove spoke on the special education survey which parents can access via the Division website or pick up a hard copy at your child’s school. There will be a community forum on special education funding which will be held March 16th at Ruth Betts School and again April 20th at Ecole McIsaac School.
In closing Board Chair Murray Skeavington gave huge congratulations on behalf of the Board to the group of Hapnot students who collectively raised 330 dollars towards clean water and sanitation projects in Kenya. He noted this is just an example of what kids in our community can do. Follow the links on the Hapnot website or facebook page for more information.
Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Rochelle Squires as well as Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle and Mayor Dennis Fenske were on hand at Deerwood School yesterday morning for the official announcement that Thompson is hosting the 2018 Manitoba Power Smart Winter Games. Squires spoke about how important it is to have the games come back to the north. She says we know that sports can unify a community, build pride and build spirit as well as the athletic development and the interest. She adds these kids are going to have a wonderful opportunity, maybe some of them will have friends or family competing in the games and maybe they’ll set some goals for themselves and they’re going to have a really great experience with building community spirit.
Events taking place will include hockey, curling, badminton, swimming and for the first time speed skating. This is the second time Thompson has hosted the Manitoba Games, the first was in 1994.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation has applied to host the 2020 Manitoba Power Smart Summer Games.
Foran Mining is planning to initiate a drill program focused on the historic Bigstone Deposit. The Deposit lies about 25 kilometers southwest of their McIlvenna Bay Deposit located 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon. The drill program is designed to follow up on results of Foran’s initial drilling completed in 2015 which they report produced a number of significant intersections which speak to the potential of the Bigstone Deposit to host high grade copper and zinc mineralization.
Their President Patrick Soares says management believes now is the time to follow up these results and build a resource which could potentially supplement any mine development decision at McIlvenna Bay. He adds they hope to conduct enough drilling to not only verify the grade at the Bigstone Deposit but drill holes that may incrementally expand the size of the know deposit.
Flin Flon’s Lutheran Church is hosting a World Day of Prayer Friday afternoon. One of the organizers Linda Hettrick invites you to join them. She explains the World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of informed prayer and powerful action. She says their theme this year is Am I Being Unfair to You and it was prepared by the ladies of the Philippines and it highlights the need for justice. She adds they’ll hear stories of the Philippine women and girls who are victims of abuse or migrant workers and women who have suffered because of natural disasters.
The World Day of Prayer gets underway at 2 Friday afternoon at the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue joining Christians in more than 170 countries and in two thousand communities across Canada.
Satori Resources has issued a new resource estimate for the Tartan Lake Gold Mine Project 12 kilometers northeast of Flin Flon
Their President Will Ansley comments the new mineral resource estimate focused on a higher cut off grade concept reflecting the high grade nature of the deposit, upgraded the resource models, geostatistical analysis and specific gravity assumption utilized in the previous report. He says the result is a significant increase in both the overall confidence level to indicated from inferred and gold grade to 6.32 grams per tonne from 5.12 grams per tonne which is consistent with what was previously milled in 1988-89 at Tartan Lake Ansley adds at a conceptual mill rate of 450 tonnes per day their resource tonnage could potentially support several years of mill feed which is a tremendous head start for the Company as they continue to explore the property.
The Alpha Course is starting a new session at the Flin Flon Alliance Church next Tuesday evening. One of the organizers Menno Giesbrecht says Alpha give 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 that 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 next 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.
The Flin Flon Ski Club had planned for their annual Val and Ivor Hedman Centaloppet to happen Sunday afternoon. The Club’s Dave Price says Mother Nature made them decide it won’t happen this year. He says as you know we’ve had very little snow this season so earlier this season they were able to put a track around the valley but then we’ve had melting weather so what’s left of the trail is pretty icy. He explains they like to offer skiers a quality experience when they’re out there and unfortunately at this stage they’re not able to do that so at their meeting last week they decided that they won’t be having a Centaloppet this year.
Price adds this is only around the fifth cancellation in the 42 years of the Centaloppet and it’s usually been because of the extreme cold. He says they are looking forward to better conditions next year.
In their 4th quarter financial results we reported on on Friday Hudbay President Alan Hair also gave an update on their Manitoba operations including Flin Flon’s Triple Seven Mine. He says ore production at their Manitoba mines during the fourth quarter was in line with the previous quarter. Overall copper and zinc grades were lower due to lower grades at Triple Seven and Reed, however in 2017 higher zinc grades are expected at Triple Seven as a result of the resequencing of the mine plan to prioritize stopes containing higher zinc grades which is expected to result in improved overall economics per tonne at Triple Seven.
Hair added at Lalor near Snow Lake technical work is underway on a new mine plan to increase throughput from the mine and associated milling facilities. He reports construction of the Lalor paste backfill plant is underway and they expect to complete the majority of the work before the end of the year which will reduce operating costs, increase mining rates and maximize ore recovery.
Rochelle Squires (second from left) with Board members Shelly Craig, Linda Eryou and Barb Hopkinson
The Minster of Sport, Culture and Heritage brought her information gathering tour to the Women’s Resource Center in Flin Flon Saturday. Rochelle Squires who is also responsible for the Status of Women says she is in awe at the services provided by the Center while dealing with economic challenges in the north whether its dealing with the industry or geographical boundaries, being border town also presents its own challenges and yet what she’s heard so far is that these women are not going to let any barriers stop them from providing the critical resources, often life saving resources, that they need to ensure that women and girls have supports that they need.
Squires says she is looking at emerging issues and needs as she reviews programs that fall under her portfolio. She also met with staff at the Library, the Arts Council and Norva Center.
King Trapper teaboiling event
and trap setting
The 38th annual Denare Beach Winter Festival opened on Friday with a musher’s supper and wrapped up Saturday night with awards and entertainment. Event winners included for Kids Got Talent Precious Montgrand, turkey curling the Durettes team followed by the Butterball Bangers and the Denare Beach Fire Department and in the fishing derby the biggest fish went to Clint Banting, smallest Rick Banting, oldest fisherman Ken Chartrand, youngest Janea Neufeld, furthest away Shauna Jensen of Medicine Hat Alberta, first fish caught Lynette Kemp and second fish Craig Cowper. The King Trapper was Brent Merasty and Queen Trapper Nikki Bayleff. Bingo players packed the hall Saturday afternoon.
Hudbay released its 4th quarter 2016 results yesterday. They report a net loss of 43.7 million dollars compared to a net loss of 255.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. They add while sales volumes were lower compared to the same quarter the previous year they benefited from lower operating costs and higher realized prices on all metals. President Alan Hair reflected on all of 2016 noting it was a year of volatile metal prices but their efforts to adapt the business in response to the environment paid off as they achieved their guidance levels, generated positive free cash flow to reduce debt while positioning the business to be ready to refocus and grow when market conditions improve.
Hair added they will continue to focus on efficiency improvements and debt reduction in 2017 in addition to advancing high return in house brownfield opportunities such as increasing the throughput from the Lalor Mine and developing the Pampacancha deposit at Constancia, Peru.
The Flin Flon Public Library is celebrating Freedom to Read Week next week. Their Administrator Cindy McLean says this year they will be showing the movie The Book Thief which is based on the famous best selling book and is the story of a young girl who transformed lives during World War Two. She says they’re going to be serving popcorn, cookies and coffee every day from 2 to 3:30 in the Library for Freedom to Read Week.
McLean adds you can also look over their display of banned books and why they were banned and they are offering a chance at prizes for checking out banned books.
Premier Brian Pallister and Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen have announced the next phase of the government’s Look North Strategy. They describe it as a long term vision for sustainable economic and business development and growth in the province’s north.
Pallister explains the strategy encourages those from outside northern Manitoba to consider investing in the untapped potential of the region. It includes a website www.looknorthmb.ca with information on building a business in northern Manitoba and encourages Manitobans to share their vision and love for the north by social media using hashtag #looknorthmb or by submitting short videos, photos or in writing. A plan is also in development to engage First Nation communities with interest in increasing their participation in the economic benefits of mining.
Community meetings will be held including in Flin Flon in March with three Northern Economic Summits to be held in The Pas, Thompson and Churchill in April.
Kinette Becky Cianflone (left) visits McIsaac School
The Flin Flon Kinettte Club is celebrating Kin Canada’s National Day of Kindness. Their President Corinne Matthews says they have selected a special group of people to recognize this year. She explains for Kin Kindness Day they are going to be honoring the people in our community who educate and take care of our youth. She says they will be delivering cookies to the staff at each of the schools in Flin Flon and Creighton and to the early childhood educators at Guidance Nursery, Smiling Hearts and Kiddie Korner Day Care.
The cookies will be delivered by the Kinettes today and Monday.
The Flin Flon School Board presented their budget plans for the 2017-18 school year at a public meeting last night. The School Division has planned a budget of just over 14.8 million dollars for the year an increase of 1.31 percent from this year’s budget.
Provincial funding for the Division when compared to the actual dollars for 2016-17 is up 1.5 percent or just over 131 thousand dollars.
The Division is proposing a 4.11 percent decrease or just over 213 thousand dollars to the Municipal Revenue requirement for 2017. Because of the timing of the revenue being paid over two calendar years 2017 and 18 the Municipal Special Levy will increase by 5.32 percent or just over 218 thousand dollars. They note due to an immaterial increase in assessments this will result in an educational mill rate of 20.37 an increase of one from last year. For 2017 the school division’s allocation of the grant in lieu of taxes paid by Hudbay has remained at 35 percent.
Some of the larger expenses planned include technology upgrades and building maintenance. Tom Heine questioned the possible purchase of the church building across from Ruth Betts School by the Division and the Food Bank and was told no decision has been made pending an environmental assessment of the building.
The budget still requires approval from the Board at their February 28th meeting.
To recognize V Day the Women’s Resource Center is holding a special presentation in March. The Center’s Carmen Fisher invites anyone interested to help out with the presentation. She says right now they are looking for readers for the monologues so anyone who would like to read. She says the event will be held March 18th at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate gym and the tickets will go on sale shortly. Fisher adds it you need any more information you can call her at 681-3105 at the Women’s Resource Center.
The Center’s casting call notes no acting experience is needed and there is no memorizing of lines.
The 38th annual Denare Beach Winter Festival takes place tomorrow and Saturday. The Committee’s Crystal Banting lists some highlights noting it kicks off tomorrow night at the Denareplex with the musher’s supper which is all home made and delicious. She says they have turkey curling that night, a bonfire, a pizza shoot and entertainment. She adds on Saturday they have the fishing derby at 10 am, a pancake breakfast before the fishing derby, king and queen trapper, home business show, bingo, boot hockey, crib, a little bit of everything so its going to be a super fun weekend.
The Festival wraps up Saturday night. Banting adds due to a shortage of snow they have had to cancel the snow drags and horse drawn sleigh rides.
Saturday is Kin Canada’s National Day of Kindness as Kinsmen members and clubs celebrate their founding in February of 1920. The Flin Flon Kinsmen Clubs Vice-President Tim Babcock says every community has a need for kindness and people performing selfless acts. He says this year they would like to invite all the kids of the area to a sliding party at Kin Park. The event will take place from 1 to 4 pm Saturday. He says members of the club will be there to hand out hot chocolate and all kids will have their name entered to win a pool party at the Victoria Inn and this event will be weather permitting.
Babcock adds last year the Flin Flon Kinsmen were one of 134 clubs to participate in events across the country. They hung out at the Orange Toad for the afternoon and asked people to pay kindness forward as they paid for everyone’s beverages which came to a total over four hundred dollars.
The Central Canada Film Group continues their Films You Might Have Missed series Friday night. The group’s Collin Davis says they’ll feature the film Judgement at Nuremberg which is court drama at its best. He explains after the Second World War was over there was a question of justice being served upon those who had served Nazi justice on the populous. He says Judgement at Nuremberg looks at how four Nazi judges were brought to trial and a lot of tough questions and tough answers were given. Were they responsible for war crimes or as judges were they simply enforcing the laws of their country, was it their job to decide if the law was right and were they guilty or not guilty?
The doors open at 7 Friday night in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre with the film starting at 7:30. Admission is free although there is a voluntary silver collection.
Local schools will be using today’s national Pink Day to raise awareness with a larger celebration planned for later this year.
At Ruth Betts School they are wearing pink today and teachers will use the day to provide education on Pink Day in the classrooms. At Hapnot Collegiate they will wear pink today. They also continue to hold Think Pink Fridays every week to raise awareness on bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. McIsaac School like Hapnot and Ruth Betts are planning for larger events to recognize the second Pink Day, International Pink Day planned for April 12th.
This is the 6th year that the Canadian Red Cross has promoted Pink Day in Manitoba.
At the meeting Council passed a resolution supporting an application by Flin Flon Parks and Recreation to host the 2020 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games. Applications must be in by February 28th.
Councilor Bill Hanson reported a new administrator has been hired for the Public Library. Courtney Campbell comes of Flin Flon from Minto, Manitoba.
Council passed resolutions approving grant applications to the Small Community Active Transportation Fund for the Flin Flon Trail System Project which includes the Ski Trail, Boardwalk and Fitness trail at a total cost of 15 thousand dollars maximum as well as 50 thousand max for enhancing accessibility of sidewalks and pathways.
And Council received a request to take part in the annual poetry challenge by inviting a local poet to a meeting bringing poetry into the public eye and promoting local talent. The event recognizes UNESCO World Poetry Day on March 21st and National Poetry Month in April. Council has taken part in the past and referred the request to Committee of the Whole Council.
Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart has announced the province will invest 1.5 million dollars in equipment for skills training in Manitoba schools. From that total Flin Flon School Division will receive 20,522 dollars for Hapnot Collegiate,s woodworking and metals programs.
Wishart says technical vocational and industrial arts students in grades 7 to 12 will benefit from the 1.5 million dollar investment. He says with many of Manitoba’s certified tradespeople retiring in the next decade, businesses throughout our province will be looking for skilled workers. He adds these investments will enable high school students to train with the same equipment used by industry and prepare them to work in their chosen field when they graduate.
Rockcliff Copper Corporation has announced drill hole assay results from its ongoing phase two drill program on the Talbot Property near Snow Lake.
Their President Ken Lapierre says drilling the main lens of the Talbot deposit in an area void of drilling has identified excellent grades over thick intervals with 16.1 meters grading 3.5 percent copper equivalent including 3.5 meters grading 5.2 percent copper equivalent. He says drilling will now focus on testing the North Lens Deep Conductive Plate, a recently discovered vertical dipping geophysical target below the Talbot Deposit north lens. Additional geophysics has discovered the Main Lens Conductive Plate, a new untested geophysical target below the main lens as well as the West Talbot Deep Conductive Plate which is a much deeper but larger flat lying target. Lapeirre adds they remain greatly encouraged not only by the consistent high metal grades and increased size potential of the deposit but by the metal potential of the untested stacked conductive plates proximal to the deposit. Drilling will continue until the winter break up.
The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA is holding their annual Fur Ball Saturday night. Their Shelter Manager Carmen Ward says it’s a fund raiser to keep their shelter operating with a lot taking place. She says they have two bands coming in this year from Winnipeg. They’re a Black Crowns tribute band and an AC/DC tribute band. She says they’ve got lots of raffles going on, their 50-50 draw, Calm Air has donated a pair of tickets return Flin Flon to Winnipeg, they have a Tim Dubreuil original painting they’ll be raffling off and then at midnight they’ll be offering Domino’s Pizza so there’s lots of fun thing happening this year.
Tickets are 40 dollars at the SPCA Shelter, Northern Rainbows End and the Gateway. Doors open at 8 Saturday night at the Flin Flon Community Hall.
Manitobans and visitors to the province are encouraged to participate in a weekend of free ice fishing during this year’s 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.
The Manitoba Historical Society is accepting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. The Society’s Gordon Goldsborough says nominations are open to anyone. He explains the award is intended primarily for people who have done service in promotion and preservation of Manitoba history so pretty much anyone who has done things like writing books, various art projects, running museums, anything that has an aspect of preserving and promoting Manitoba’s history can 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 February 28th.
Tickets are now on sale for the Ham Sandwich Theatre Group’s March performance. Director Diane Therien says they will perform the Dixie Swim Club which centers around five women whose friendship began when they were in college and spans about 40 years. She explains the play is a hilarious look at the trials and tribulations of their lives and how they interact with each other and they meet once a year in August at a cottage and every year there’s new events and adventures that they had and problems and life happenings that they have to deal with and it’s a hilarious look at all of those things and how they remain friends.
The Dixie Swim Club will be performed March 17th and 18th in the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets now available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street for 15 dollars.
The Primary Health Care Center will be hosting a series of telehealth seminars presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. The Society’s First Link Coordinator Marilyn Maartense says they are part of Telehealth Family Education for Those Experiencing Dementia. She says the first one is on Tuesday, February 21st from 6:30 to 8 and the presentation will be a community outreach worker that is presenting on community mental health roles and services and how this could support a person with dementia and their friends and caregiver.
The sessions are held at the Primary Health Care Center. The March 21st session will be Understanding Psychoses and Anxiety and the April 25th session will cover Food and Nutrition. To register for the seminars online go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-378-6699 and use the reference code Flin Flon.
The Manitoba and Federal governments will invest one million dollars at University College of The North in The Pas. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister made the announcement while in The Pas for the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival. He said the funding commitment to UCN will be for the renovation of science labs. He said construction of some badly needed labs at UCN will provide some additional opportunities for quality training. He added you’ve got to unlock the potential of your young people and the better facilities you can have the better for the students here and for all of us so they’re investing in the future.
The federal government will invest 550 thousand dollars while the provincial government the other 450 thousand. An additional 500 thousand dollars for the 1.5 million dollar project will come from UCN. The science labs are used annually by 120 students and are expected to be renovated by the next school year.
The Founder and CEO of Neechi Gear in Saskatoon Kendal Netmaker spoke to the Flin Flon Friendship Center’s Northern Connections Job Fair yesterday. His message is that most people have the drive to be an entrepreneur. He said he always asks people everywhere he goes if you weren’t doing what your doing right now or working a 9 to 5 job what would you be doing and most people have a dream that they tell him that they would actually do and he asks them next what’s stopping you from going after this dream. He added he’s here to try to knock down some of those barriers and mental obstacles that stop people from trying to go after their dream because when you go after your dream you’re going to live a healthier life.
Netmaker outlined for the large number of students and others attending the steps to establish a successful business like his award winning Neechi Gear. He explained it is a lifestyle brand that empowers youth through sports with five percent of the profits helping to fund underprivileged youth to take part in sports which was inspired by the support he received from his best friend’s family when he was interested in playing soccer starting in grade five.
Council passed on first reading a amendment to the Traffic bylaw that will prohibit the storing of things like vehicles, trailers, campers and boats on city streets during the winter. They passed another bylaw amendment on first reading to raise the rates for garbage pick up from commercial bins. They noted this was done in consultation with the Environment Council and they hope it will encourage people to recycle more. Both amendments require two more readings.
Council passed on final reading a bylaw that requires people making a presentation to Council meetings to give five days notice of their presentation. It was noted they always welcome delegations to their meetings and the notice will allow them to have a response prepared to issues raised.
Council also agreed to purchase a 22 seat bus to be used for the city bus service. They will continue to contract out the service but noted it will be cheaper if they provide their own bus purchased by the city using funding available from the federal and provincial governments for this purpose.
The Women’s Resource Center held their annual Women’s Memorial March and Red Dress Project Tuesday evening. Speaking to the group of marchers at Pioneer Square the Center’s Carmen Fisher explained this is the 27th year for the march and the third for the hanging of red dresses in the community and the visual of the empty red dresses is to remind us of the staggering number of women who are no longer with us. She said we invite you to march with us in solidarity to mourn the loss of our sisters and to remember those who are still missing and we stand together and ask for action, we ask for answers and we ask for justice.
Fisher added the RCMP has identified more than one thousand cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women and that number continues to grow.
The Regional Director for Manitoba with Diabetes Canada Andrea Kwasnicki says there are thousands of Manitobans living with Diabetes. She explains there are 125 thousand Manitobans that are living with diabetes, there’s another 202 thousand that are in the pre-diabetes stage and then another 54 thousand that are likely living with diabetes and don’t know it.
Diabetes Canada was rebranded from the Canadian Diabetes Association this week. Kwasnicki says the idea is to shine a brighter light to make more people aware of diabetes as a bold step towards ending diabetes.