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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 outreach@alzheimer.mb.ca or phone 1-800-378-6699 and use the reference code Flin Flon.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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The Regional Economic Development Officer for our region Perry Trusty explained to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday his assessment of this region.  He mentioned what he has found in our communities and what they offer to our many surrounding communities that use Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach for services.  He explained the hospital is a key asset, homecare is a key asset, mining and industry are key assets, education, art, culture, sports and related tourism from these fields is important for commercial success.  He said community assets like the rink, pool, golf course, community performing arts center are important for ongoing success in commerce adding serving this region with public and private services will help sustain this community in the long run.

  

Trusty added he believes mining will also continue to play a role in our future with Hudbay’s plan looking solid, junior mining companies working in the area and new technology’s ability to find new mines.

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The Chair of the Aqua Center Community Committee Kara Plamondon told Flin Flon City Council last night they have raised 136 thousand dollars toward the Aqua Center upgrade project so far with support from the community and surrounding areas.  She says they are looking for grants and sponsorships as they move forward.  She says they have a fun fundraising idea from a man in The Pas who designs monopoly games that fit a community who will make one on Flin Flon with local sponsors and local history that will be available for the Canada 150 Homecoming this summer. They are also looking at a purchase a fish fundraiser as well as a dream draw.  Plamondon added her committee is committed to this project as the pool is one of the important things that draws people to this community.

             

On the topic of the Homecoming Councilor Colleen McKee reported they now have over 1550 people registered with the deadline today.  She says the deadline was set in order to plan venues for their events.  Once the numbers are reviewed they will determine how many more people can register.

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Flin Flon RCMP report they were called to McIsaac School at 12:10 yesterday afternoon and were advised the school was in lockdown.  They report it was the result of a student who had been asked to leave the school following an altercation with another student returning to the school and threatening the principal and causing some damage.  Due to the lunch break there were only about 15 students in the school and they were cleared out of the building.  The 14 year old student was later taken into custody without incident and the investigation continues.

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The provincial government is investing more than 170 thousand dollars in a wilderness safety training program to prepare Indigenous people for careers in mining and environmental industries.  The province is partnering with First Nations Mining Economic Development, University College of the North, Northern Manitoba Mining Academy and Workplace Education Manitoba to deliver wilderness safety training for up to 40 individuals from four participating communities. Training is currently underway in Mosakahiken Cree Nation and has been completed in God’s Lake Narrows First Nation and Opaskwayak Cree Nation.  Marcel Colomb Cree Nation will be the final community to participate.

             

Graduates are expected to secure entry level employment in mining and environmental industries including assisting in early mining exploration activities.  Other graduates will advance to formal prospector training.

 

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Statistics Canada released the population numbers from the 2016 Census last week. They showed the population of Flin Flon dropped just over 400 people from the 2011 Census.  Mayor Cal Huntley says the numbers were disappointing.  He says there’s a trend there and they recognize the trend and they’re going to try and deal with that going forward but there’s no doubt that it was disappointing. He adds you’re looking at from 2011 to now over five years almost a two percent kind of reduction so it’s concerning but it certainly wasn’t unexpected.

             

The population of Flin Flon dropped from 5592 in 2011 to 5185 in 2016.

 

 

 

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 Kendal Netmaker

 

The Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center is holding their third annual Northern Connections Job Fair tomorrow.  Career Counselor Jolene Gardiner from their Partners in Careers Program says it’s an opportunity for people to check out career and training programs in the Flin Flon area. She says they will have their keynote speaker who is Kendal Netmaker coming from Saskatoon and he is the founder and CEO of Neechi Gear.  She adds they will also have many booths with different employers including Hudbay, Northern Mining Academy, Northlands College, UCN, First Nations University of Canada, the Armed Forces, Vale, Walmart, the Flin Flon Fire Department, a whole lot of employers and training services with lots of good information for people.

             

The Job Fair is free for anyone interested to attend at the Flin Flon Community Hall from 10 to 3 tomorrow with the key note speaker’s presentation at 12:15.

 

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United Way and Volunteer Manitoba have launched a province wide online service called 211 Manitoba.  The United Way’s Heather Bloxom says people visiting the site will find a list of help and social services available throughout the province organized in groups like finance, children and parenting or housing and homelessness. She says there are about fifteen categories and you can click on them to get some sub-categories which will take you to where it meets your needs.  She adds within two to three clicks you should be able to find what is available in your community that will respond to the issues that you are trying to get support with.

             

The website for this service is www.mb.211.ca.

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The Get Better Together program will soon be available in Flin Flon.  Regional Community Health Developer Christa McIntyre says it’s a free interactive group program and is a six session program designed for individuals living with any type of ongoing health issue.  She says in the six weeks individuals can build confidence to better manage their illness through group support and discussion on a wide variety of topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, managing pain and fatigue, action planning and much more.

             

Plans are for the Get Better Together program to start later this month.  For information or to register you can call Christa at 204-681-3145.

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Communications Coordinator for the Northern Health Region Twyla Storey says there’s disappointment that the Northern Consultation Clinic and The Pas Primary Care Clinic were on the chopping block by the provincial government especially as the projects were years in the planning. 

              Storey says on the other hand the Region is grateful for the 11 capital projects that were approved.  The renovation and upgrade projects include 5 in Thompson, 3 in The Pas, one in Gillam, one in Lynn Lake and in Flin Flon replacing the domestic water booster system and upgrading the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the isolation room at the hospital.

 

 

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  Memorial March 2016

 

The Women’s Resource Center is holding their annual Women’s Memorial March and Red Dress Project Tuesday evening.  The Center’s Carmen Fisher says the event recognizes the tragedy of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. She says they will be meeting at Pioneer Square where they will do a welcome and after that they will march down Main Street and meet at the Friendship Center where they will have some entertainment, some guest speakers and they will have coffee, tea and bannock on hand.

             

The March begins at 5:15 Tuesday at Pioneer Square on Main Street.

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The Royal Manitoba Theatre Center brings its annual performance to Flin Flon next week.  The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says they will present the Last Train to Nibroc.  She explains it’s a romantic comedy set in the 1940s where a dashing pilot falls for a prim young missionary to be on a train bound for New York and he decides to follow her home to Kentucky changing both of their lives forever.  She says its going to be a great show as they always are from the Royal Manitoba Theatre Center.

             

The performance takes place next Friday at the Flin Flon Community Hall at 7:30.  Tickets are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

 

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The Community In Motion Committee is holding a Children’s Gymboree Sunday afternoon. The Committee’s Christa McIntyre says there’ll be a lot of fun activities as they’re going to have parachute games, a bouncy house, bopper balls and they’re going to have a mini-sticks area so they’ll have some sticks available but if people could bring them with them that would be great.  She adds they’ll also have hula hoops, skipping ropes, an alphabet game and free snacks while supplies last.

             

The Gymboree runs from 1 to 3 Sunday afternoon in the Flin Flon Community Hall for ages 2 to 8 and admission is free.

 

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The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie says the funding they receive from the Neighborhoods Alive program has been put on hold by the provincial government.  He says they are now in uncertain times.  He explains normally their funding is renewed April 1st of each year but now this time they’re going to have to wait for the new provincial budget which should be coming down sometime in April to see whether they’ll be able to proceed or not.  He says normally they do up very heavily in the spring to launch their fix up programs and their small grant programs for the coming year but at this point they’re going to have to sit tight until they get indications that those programs will be continued under the current provincial government or not.

             

Gillespie adds if you think the programs are important to the community now is the time to urge the government to continue to support Neighborhood Revitalization programs.

 

 

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Statistics Canada has released the population count results from the 2016 census.

             

It shows the population of the Manitoba portion of Flin Flon has gone down from the 2011 census by 7.8 percent to 4982 and the Saskatchewan portion down by 11 percent to 203 giving Flin Flon a population of 5185.

             

The population of Creighton has gone down 6.4 percent to 1402, Denare Beach down 5 percent to 779 and the Pas is down 2.6 percent to 5369.  Thompson moved in the opposite direction with its population going up by 4.2 percent to 13,678 while Snow Lake went up 24 percent to 899.

             

Manitoba’s population now stands at 1,278,365 with Saskatchewan at 1,098, 352,

 

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At their last meeting members of the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce responded to a request from the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.  They asked Chambers across the province to write to local MPs to persuade the Trudeau government not to implement a tax on health and dental benefits which would prevent many employers from providing this coverage.  The local Chamber sent a letter to MP Niki Ashton and encouraged their members to do the same.  Manitoba Chambers President Chuck Davidson says the campaign yielded positive results.  He says the Chambers across both Manitoba as well as Canada stepped up, expressed their concern about the potential impact this was going to have on small businesses throughout Manitoba and Canada and made sure their voice was loud and clear in terms of the impact and its their indication right now that the federal government has listened.

             

Davidson adds this has shown what can be accomplished by Chambers of Commerce when they have a common goal and message.

 

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The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is conducting a survey to provide them with input on their five year plan.  The Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie says this is part of their community consultation process.  He explains every few years they have to go to the community and basically get their take on what the priority should be for the FFNRC.  As part of that he says they’re going to be distributing surveys to a broad range of groups in Flin Flon and they also have surveys on line through a survey monkey website and the whole point of it is to see what they want them to do with their programs over the next five years.

              You can find the link to the survey attached to this news story at www.flinflononline.com.  Gillespie adds they would like to have this part of the process wrapped up by the end of this month.

 

              (Link to survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/BGJ7CRT )

 

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The local Civil Air Search and Rescue Association unveiled a plaque at the Flin Flon Airport Saturday.  Member Gerry Angell explains the plaque recognizes CASARA members who have passed on who have contributed to the Flin Flon CASARA cause that others may live which is the motto of CASARA.  He says the unveiling took place by Sheila Boyce who is the daughter of Essie Douglas who was the first area commander of CASARA Flin Flon in 1987.

             

The plaque will hang in the terminal building at the Flin Flon Airport.

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Red Dress Project 2016

 

The Women’s Resource Center is holding their annual Women’s Memorial March next week. The Center’s Carmen Fisher says part of the March is the Red Dress Project which is an aesthetic response to the more than one thousand missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.  She says the event will take place at Pioneer Square February 14th at 5:15 and they will then do the Memorial March to honor the lives of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.

             

The Center is in need of red dresses to hang around the community as part of this project.  If you have one you can donate give them a call at 204-681-3105.

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Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon is requesting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor Volunteer Service Awards.  The Manager of Communications and Outreach for Volunteer Manitoba Dawn Bourbonnais says the awards are presented to individuals who represent the north, rural and urban areas of the province.  She says they have twelve categories that people can nominate in and each one has their own eligibility requirements but they really apply to anybody who’s done volunteer work in the last year or over the last ten years or throughout their lifetime.  She adds what they’re doing is recognizing all Manitoba’s volunteers in as many ways as they can.

             

To nominate a volunteer or for more information and a list of all the categories you can go to their website www.volunteermanitoba.ca/awards. The deadline is Friday.

 

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February is I Love to Read Month. The Administrator of the Flin Flon Public Library Cindy McLean says they will be recognizing children who read this month. She explains this month its Every Child is a Reader at the Library so to celebrate family literacy they will be giving every child who opens up a new account or checks out fifteen books a children’s book, a treat bag and a book bag and every time they complete one of these things they also get their name on their reading tree for a draw for a grand prize which is a super hero play set and a set of three super hero Barbie girls.

             

The Library will also be celebrating Freedom to Read Week from February 26th to March 4th.

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The annual Denare Beach Winter Festival is coming up February 24th and 25th.  One of the organizers Crystal Banting says they need a few more volunteers for mainly sitting at the door selling buttons and supper tickets and things like that.  She says they need a few volunteers to drill holes for their Saturday morning fishing derby and kitchen helpers are also on their list for volunteering as well.

             

You can volunteer by calling the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050, sign up at the Village Office or Post Office and the list is also posted on line under Denare Beach Recreation.

 

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Every year hundreds of millions of dollars are paid by Manitobans due to government red tape and regulations.  Jonathan Alward with the Canadian Federation of Independent business says that’s about to change.  He explains the Executive Vice-President for CFIB issued a national challenge to every one of the provinces to commit to one for one red tape legislation which means for every new piece of regulation coming in one piece has to come out and Manitoba was the first one to agree to such legislation and they even took it a step further by agreeing to a two for one red tape legislation law for the first four years.

             

The province is looking for your input on how to reduce red tape.  You can share your red tape headaches at www.gov.mb.ca/reduceredtape until February 20th.

 

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The fourth annual Heritage Fair was held at Ecole McIsaac School Wednesday.  One of the organizers Susanne Westhaver says it was excellent this year with 69 projects from Ruth Betts and McIsaac schools and 101 students participating.  She says the top three winners in no particular order were Cassidy Alexander and Nikki Keramydas with their project on the Metis, Erin Mansell with her project on the Children’s Wish Foundation and Brayden Abbott with his project on Mark McMorris.

             

Fourteen students involved in the top nine projects will be going on to the Red River Heritage Fair being held in Winnipeg on May 4th.

 

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The third in a series of Celtic music presentations takes place next week. It started with Robbie Burns Night last weekend and a Celtic Kitchen Party tomorrow night.  Doug McGregor says Home Routes will host Mary Beth Carty next week featuring her lively energetic music.  He explains she’s from the east coast of Canada from Nova Scotia and she mixes traditional east coast music with music from Europe and Brazil, she plays the accordion, guitar, percussion, she’s performed around the world and she writes her own songs.

             

Carty will perform at Johnny’s Social Club Tuesday night with tickets at the Orange Toad and on Wednesday night at 183 Merton Boulevard with tickets available by calling 204-687-8193.

 

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Wood n Wire is presenting a Celtic Kitchen Party Saturday night at Johnny’s Social Club.  The Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says it will be a wonderful entertaining night with Natalie Milligan.  She says Natalie has organized with other people in the community an amazing evening of Celtic music so you’re going to have the Panty Hose, they’re going to have Natalie who we know for her love and talent for Celtic music and a whole host of other performers during the evening.  She adds it’s going to be one of their regular ultra popular Wood n Wire cabarets that’s happening in Johnny’s.

             

This is the second in a Celtic series in the community following the Robbie Burns Night last weekend.  This performance will take place Saturday night at 7:30 at Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street with tickets available at the Orange Toad on Main Street.

 

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Kendal Netmaker

 

The Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre is holding their third annual Northern Connections Job Fair Wednesday, February 15th.  Career Counselor Jolene Gardiner from their Partners in Careers program says this is an opportunity for people to check out career and training programs in the Flin Flon area. She says they will have employers including from the Northern Health Region, the Northern Mining Academy, Hudbay, Vale, they’ve got quite a few employers to give information to the students and people in the community.  She says their guest speaker is Kendal Netmaker and he’s the CEO and founder of Neechi Gear which is a clothes company that gives back to the children who can’t afford to play sports in the community.

               

The Job Fair is free to attend at the Flin Flon Community Hall from 10 to 3 Wednesday, February 15th.  There will also be a canteen open to raise funds towards Community Youth Resource Centre projects.

 

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Superintendent Constance McCleese reported to the Flin Flon School Board last night on the 2016-17 grade three and four French immersion provincial results.  They show that the Division students are performing quite well and above the provincial average. The Division has also received a letter from the provincial Minister of Education Ian Wishart stating that the month of February has been designated as Inclusive Education Month.  Schools, families and communities will work together to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth throughout Manitoba.  The Division continues to work on the multi-year technology report as well as the report for the TVI building.

             

Board Chair Murray Skeavington thanked the community for their input at the recent public forums regarding the shortened school day as work continues on the information gathered with results expected by mid March.

 

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Canadian Tire Associate Dealer Mario Delarosbil continues to enjoy a Super Bowl adventure.  It all began when he won the opportunity through Castrol Oil to bring the Vince Lombardi trophy to Flin Flon in November and he is now one of six dealers to attend a Super Bowl weekend.  He says there’s a welcoming celebration on Friday night with Castrol Oil and some VIPs from Canada and the United States.  Then on Saturday he will be visiting a Texas ranch with many activities on that 250 acre ranch and on Saturday night he’s also invited to a big NFL Super Bowl party with some American artists.

             

And that is all before the game itself.  Delarosbil says this is all due to the members of his team at Canadian Tire and their customers.  His next goal is to bring the Stanley Cup to Flin Flon.

 

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 Publisher of the Reminder Valerie Durnin advises that effective this week their newspaper will publish once a week with larger editions and more local content.  She says they are coming out on Wednesdays and they’re doing that because for readers and advertisers both it’s a good day for them to get the information out so people can make their plans for the weekend, so businesses who place their ads with them and also people who are just looking for what’s happening around town will be able to find what they need in one place.  She adds they also did a readers survey last year and they asked a lot of things about the newspaper and what people liked and there were some suggestions that asked for the weekly paper.

             

At the same time the price for the paper will increase to $1.50.

             

The Reminder launched in 1946 publishing six days a week. The schedule changed to five days a week in the late 1970s, to three days a week in 2005 and two days a week in 2015.

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Red River Heritage Fair

 

The annual 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 and the day is divided into four sections. She explains they will spend one of the sections in the gym presenting their projects to a judge and being adjudicated on that.  They will spend two sections doing various workshops in areas that interest them so they have beading and bannock making, the Seven Teachings, the RCMP are going to do a session, they have a Metis culture and music session, CFAR Radio is doing a session, they have a session with hoop dancing and one on winter survival.  She says in the last section of the day the students are in the gym with their projects to present to the rest of the school.

             

Westhaver adds from 4 to 5 the Heritage Fair is open to the public with awards presented at 5:30. The top 14 projects go on to the Red River Heritage Fair in Winnipeg on May 4th.

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The Manitoba Government has declared February 1st Royal Canadian Mounted Police Day in Manitoba.  Flin Flon RCMP Sergeant Mark Svaren says they’ll use the day as a teaching opportunity.  He says they have been invited to take part in the Heritage Fair at Ecole McIsaac School tomorrow and they’re going to take that opportunity to educate our younger citizens there at the school on the history of the RCMP, everything from their beginnings in the march west up until today.

             

On February 1st 1920 our newly formed national police force formed by merging the North-West Mounted Police with the Dominion Police of Eastern Canada was officially named the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

 

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Hapnot Collegiate is nearing the end of their first semester. Principal Brent Bedford explains today is the last regular day of classes followed by three days of exams on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Friday is an admin day where they will prepare report cards and then Monday, February 6th is the first day of regular classes where they start off with a brief 15 minute home room and then head right into the second semester.

             

New students and students wishing to change their semester two timetable can do so this week through Thursday in the office or with the Career Guidance Department.

 

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The Employment Links Development Center is beginning a new session of EWIN or Entry to Work in The North Program February 13th.  The Center’s Barb Link explains they offer Manitoba residents life skills, upgrading your essential skills such as numberacy, reading, oral communications, some computer use, thinking skills, working with others and they will do certificate programs such as first aid, CPR, WHMIS, safe foods and others.

             

Link says you can come to their office at 51 Main Street this week for intake and registration with the deadline Friday for the session starting February 13th.  For information you can call their office at 204-687-8791.

 

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Operation Christmas Child reports Canadians invested time and money to pack over 664 thousand shoe boxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and many other things during their 2016 shoe box campaign.  This total was nine percent fewer than 2015 but still consistent with the annual totals during much of the past ten years.  They attribute the reduction in shoe boxes to tough economic times in several parts of Canada during the past year            As we reported in November local Coordinator Pastor Jim Galbraith of the Baptist Church advised 319 shoe boxes were packed in the Flin Flon area their best year for the local drive yet.

             

Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has collected and hand delivered more than 124 million gift filled shoe boxes to children in over 130 countries hurt by war, poverty, natural disaster, disease and famine many of whom have never before received a gift.

 

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Canadian Kraft Paper Industries in The Pas is holding public information meetings in northern communities for the next few weeks.  Area Planner Mike Paddock says they will discuss their forest harvest and renewal plans for two years starting June 1st.  He says that’ll include things like timber harvesting, forest renewal, road construction and road decommissioning.  He adds they’ll also be updating people on some new initiatives that are being undertaken by the new company.  He says meetings are open to everyone and they hope that people who have an interest or have questions or information to share will come out and meet them.

             

Meetings will be held Monday afternoon at 2 in the Cranberry Portage Legion Hall and Monday night at 7 in the Flin Flon Public Library Rotary Room.  For other times and locations visit their website at www.ckpi.com or call Mike at 204-623-8546 or Joyce at 204-623-8682.

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The Flin Flon Arts Council is offering you an opportunity to pay tribute to Robbie Burns tomorrow night.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says first of all there’s a full meal, a tribute to the haggis and there is entertainment for you of course in the Scottish tradition and it’s just really entertaining and a great time to celebrate special culture for out town.

             

The Robbie Burns tribute takes place tomorrow at six at Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street.  Tickets are 25 dollars and are available at the Orange Toad. 

 

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The Central Canada Film Group continues their Films You Might Have Missed series tonight.  The group’s Collin Davis says they’ll feature the film Florence Foster Jenkins which is about a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer despite having a terrible singing voice.  He says she was an American socialite and amateur soprano who was known at the time and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing voice.  Although she performed somewhat regularly her overly devoted and long suffering husband somehow managed to keep her in the dark as to what the public was saying.

             

The doors open at 7 tonight in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre with the film starting at 7:30.  Admission is free although there is a voluntary silver collection.

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The Creighton Community School Community Council is hosting a family dance tonight.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says it’s called the Fit Fun Family Dance and you come dressed in your favorite sports attire, your favorite jersey but no hockey sticks, roller blades or cleats for safety reasons.  She says this is a free dance for families complete with free snacks and all children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  She adds the Kodiak bus will provide transportation to and from Denare Beach with pick up at the Band Hall at 5:15 and the Alpine at 5:30 returning at approximately 9 pm.

             

The dance runs from 6 to 9 tonight in the Creighton Community School gym.

 

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The Flin Flon Public Library is holding registration for their Superhero Family Story Hour.  Administrator Cindy McLean says its taking place every Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 for children 2 and a half to 6 years old.  She says they’re going to be doing it a little bit different as all the children will be enjoying a super story, a super craft, a super music game and super snacks and they purchased quite a few beautiful super hero boys and girls capes and masks so every time the children come in to the super hero program they get to wear a super hero mask and cape so it’s going to be lots of fun.

             

You can register your child by dropping in at the Library or call 204-687-3397.

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14 students each from McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools are taking part in a northern Career Trek program. Guidance Counselor at Ruth Betts School Sandy Kowal explains this is a program geared for grades five and six students basically chosen because the teachers believe that they have the capability to go on to post secondary but for some reason may not so its encouraging them to graduate from high school.  She says each of the Saturdays the students explore four different careers that are available post secondarily in the northern area.

             

Kowal adds it’s a four week program with three Saturdays at UCN in The Pas and this coming Saturday in Flin Flon at the Mining Academy and Hapnot Collegiate for a look at a total of 16 career opportunities.

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The Journey for Sight is a snowmobile ride that left Flin Flon last Wednesday finishing in Brandon Saturday.  It is held to raise money for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.  Committee Chair Brad Henderson says the Journey went well.  He says the snow conditions were a bit of a challenge but they were able to ride and in Brandon when they finished approximately 39 thousand dollars had been raised to that point with more to come and also the sled raffle will wrap up in February.

             

Henderson says 31 snowmobiles from across the province wrapped up the ride in Brandon on Saturday.  When all the money came in last year the Journey had raised over 83 thousand dollars.

 

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School Bands will get together tonight for a winter band concert.  Band Director Anna Harrison says it will feature all the grade six to eight band students.  She says all the ensembles are featuring concert band music so the grade six students have written their own arrangements of short melodies, the grade sevens will be playing some sectional songs from things that are just blues, just clarinet, trumpet and trombone and then some full ensemble concert band music and the grade eights will be playing arrangements of concert band music while the jazz band has their own arrangements of couple of jazz standards.

             

The band concert starts at 7 tonight at Ecole McIsaac School.

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You and your family are invited to be part of Family Literacy Day.  The event is sponsored by the Flin Flon Public Library and the Read to Me program whose coordinator Keely Patterson says they will be at the Pre School Fun Day today from 1 to 6 with a free book for the first 100 children attending. And then on Friday she says they will have a celebration at the Library.  She says it’ll be from 1 to 3 pm and again a free book will be offered to all children in attendance courtesy of the local Family Literacy Day sponsors.  She adds they’ll have the Flin Flon Junior Bombers, the Fire Department and RCMP as celebrity readers, there’ll be door prizes and snacks provided so it’s a great way to come out and celebrate National Family Literacy Day.

             

For more information you can call Keely at 271-4166 or Cindy at the Library at 687-3397.

 

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The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is asking Chambers and their members to write to their Member of Parliament.  They ask them to oppose the Federal government’s proposal to tax employer paid health and dental benefits which could result in many employers not providing this coverage. The Chamber will send a letter and urges members to write as well.

             

The Chamber will write to the City asking for an update on their accommodation tax.  Some members have shown interest in where it’s at and how the money being collected is being used.

             

City Councilor Karen MacKinnon reported discussions have been had with various groups and Councils and found they are all very divided on the issue of banning the use of plastic bags so Council will table making a decision on the topic. She thanked the Chamber members for their input.

             

Regional Economic Development Officer for Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach Perry Trusty will be the guest speaker at the Chambers next meeting Tuesday, February 14th.

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A Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being celebrated next week.  Salvation Army Major Debbie Allen says it’s a chance to join together with people from different congregations. She explains the idea is that all the churches would gather together to pray for unity among Christians.  She says each night Monday to Friday starting January 30th and also the Sunday they’ll have a service at different churches and they gather together with all the services staring at 7 pm.

             

The services take place all next week starting Monday at the Anglican Church, Tuesday First Baptist Church, Wednesday Cornerstone Brethren Church, Thursday Salvation Army Church, Friday Lutheran Church wrapping up Sunday February 5th at the United Church.

 

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When medical assistance in death became law in Canada last June Doctor Brock Wright with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority was tasked with putting a provincial team of medical professionals together.  He explains they went to a number of organizations in Manitoba and asked them to go out to their members and help them identify individuals in those various professions who might be interested in participating in a medical assistance in dying team, people contacted them and based on that they put a team together.

             

To date 109 individuals have contacted the program with 25 receiving assistance, 28 people died unassisted, 17 are currently being assessed, 19 cases were declined and 20 were inquiries only.

 

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A new session of Read to Me is taking registrations.  Coordinator Keely Patterson says they offer stories and a lot more. She says Read to Me is a great time for children and parents or caregivers to come out for two hours every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and they have circle time which is somewhat of a structured activity and then they move to snack time, the parents move off for a parenting session and the kids stay with the child care workers to do a craft, play games and have fun.

             

The new session of Read to Me starts January 31st in the Family Room at Ruth Betts Community School.  You can register at the Pre School fun day at the Flin Flon Community Hall tomorrow from 1 to 6 or call Keely at 204-271-4166.

 

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Individuals wishing to nominate deserving citizens for the Order of Manitoba have until January 31st to submit names for consideration for this year’s awards.  The Secretary for the Order of Manitoba Advisory Council Dwight MacAulay says each year up to twelve people receive the award.  He explains virtually anybody can be nominated who is living in Manitoba or has lived in Manitoba and has done something really quite exceptional for their profession, for their community, for the province or the country.  He adds the one thing people need to realize is that they do not accept posthumous nominations, that is the person you nominated has to be living.

             

For information or to make a nomination visit the Lieutenant Governor’s web site at www.manitobalg.ca or send it to Order of Manitoba care of the Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg R3C 0V8.

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Groups and organizations in Saskatchewan are benefiting from more than 1.3 million dollars in charitable gaming grants.  These come from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.  Through these grants Creighton will receive 5,051 dollars with 307 going to the Creighton Community Center and 4744 to the Flin Flon Motorcyclists Association.

             

These quarterly grants are based on 25 percent of the net revenues raised through licensed charitable gaming activities such as bingos, raffles, break open tickets and other events. Groups don’t have to apply for the grants as the reports they submit are used by the Authority to calculate the grants.

 

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Rockcliff Copper Corporation has reported drill hole assay results from its ongoing drill program on the Talbot Property which is part of their Snow Lake Project. The drill program is being expanded from 6 thousand meters to 7 thousand 5 hundred meters after they intersected 5.6 meters grading 5.9 percent copper equivalent including 2.8 meters grading 9.9 percent copper equivalent.

             

President Ken Lapierre says diamond drilling at the gold rich Talbot copper deposit continues to intersect high grade mineralization and that remains open in all directions.  He says the deposit is comprised of multiple lenses which is typical of large producing mines in the Flin Flon Snow Lake mining camp. He adds they continue to focus on resource expansion of the deposit as well as drill testing geophysical plates recently discovered from the resurveying of historical drill holes.

 

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RCMP report approximately 40 minutes after closing at 11 last night a male suspect entered Lloydy’s Corner Store on Green Street.  The five foot ten suspect wearing dark clothing and a backpack entered by breaking the glass in the doors.  An undetermined amount of merchandise was taken.  The RCMP investigation continues.

 

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The Creighton Branch of the Saskatchewan Fish and Wildlife Federation is holding their annual banquet next Saturday, January 28th in the Creighton Community Hall.  The group’s Kevin Rose says it’s an important fund raiser explaining they are a non-profit fishing and hunting organization since 1961 with a focus on firearm safety.  He says the majority of the fund raising they do goes toward the upkeep and regulatory rules for their rifle range on the Hanson Lake road, adding a couple of years ago they were closed down because of these new regulations and that almost emptied the bank account.  Rose adds other ranges in Saskatchewan have had to pay tens of thousands to get their ranges to code and he foresees the next government inspection for them to be the same so without the support of the community they could one day lose this rifle range.

             

The evening will include a catered supper, cash bar, penny parade, raffles, trophies for hunting and fishing and a dance. Tickets are 45 dollars for adults and 15 for children under 12 and are available at Di’s Confectionary, Ginnell Bauman and Watt or any club executive member.

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The Central Canada Film Group presented a state of the art Blueray DVD player to the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre last night accepted by Principal Brent Bedford.  The group’s Collin Davis says they show films twice a month in the theatre with a charge of  ten dollars for Toronto International Film Festival films because the have to pay to show them and a silver collection for Films You Might Have Missed.  He says they’ve been showing films there now for three years and the silver collection money they’ve been collecting has just been constantly building up in their bank account and since there’s no point in them having a balance in the first place it’s only right that the money gets used to go back into the venue that they’re showing their films in.

             

The group’s Tom Heine adds they earlier cost shared replacing the projector with 2750 dollars matched by the School Division, purchased a new graphic equalizer and now the DVD player with plans to next upgrade the sound system.

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Hudbay staff and employees are meeting to discuss where the Company is going with the close of Triple Seven in 2019-20 and Reed Mine before that.  Director of Corporate Communications Scott Brubacher says they are looking at how to keep the Flin Flon Zinc Plant operating and save jobs.  He explains what they are trying to do over the coming year is figure our how do they maintain an economic and viable business in Manitoba and maintain the jobs that go with it because that’s what they want to do.  He says the fact is it’s just to early to say exactly what will happen or this or that will definitely happen as they’re at the beginning of the process so Hudbay will keep people informed about things as they move along and whenever there’s something to announce they’re committed to announcing it.

             

Brubacher says they have formed teams to look at ways to increase zinc volumes and cost reductions that could lead to a positive outcome.  He says Hudbay wants to secure the future as best they can under the circumstances with their intention of having the teams put a recommendation to management in 2018.

 

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Hudbay reports copper, zinc and precious metals production last year met or exceeded guidance ranges in both Manitoba and Peru.  This was due mainly to a full year of commercial production at the Constancia Mine in Peru and the ongoing ramp up of Lalor production near Snow Lake.  In 2017 production of zinc contained in concentrate is forecast to increase approximately 25 percent reflecting the continued ramp up of Lalor ore production and the re-sequencing of the mine plan at Triple Seven in Flin Flon.  Copper and precious metal production is expected to decline due to lower copper grades at Constancia and reduced mining rates and lower copper grades at Triple Seven.

             

Manitoba growth capital of 40 million dollars is allocated to the construction of a new paste backfill plant for the Lalor mine. Exploration spending of 10 million dollars is conservatively budgeted for this year but additional funds may be committed to high priority drilling targets. As well their anticipated zinc concentrate production from the Manitoba Business Unit this year is expected to result in full utilization of the Flin Flon zinc plant’s processing capacity with some zinc concentrate planned for sale to third parties.

 

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At the Flin Flon City Council meeting Tuesday night Councilor Colleen McKee urged local residents to register for the Canada 150 Homecoming coming up this summer.  McKee who is also chair of the Homecoming Committee says they have 700 people registered so far and not many are local.  Their registration deadline is February 15th and she says if you’re not registered you won’t get into the events.  You can register online at www.picatic.com and search Flin Flon in the box at the top of the page or in person at City Hall at a cost of 60 dollars.

             

In other business Council received the Fire Chiefs report for December indicating three calls during the month.

             

And Council received a letter from Miranda Brown regarding the need to upgrade Dadson Row Park since other parks in the city have been upgraded.  She asked what community involvement or initiative is needed in order to restore the park offering her help noting other parents in the area would also be willing to help.  The letter was referred to the Social and Community Committee.

 

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The Flin Flon School Board held the first of two public forums last night.  It was a follow up to a survey sent out in October on whether or not to shorten the lunch break and school day.

             

Board Chair Murray Skeavington reported the survey showed 72.5 percent in favor of shortening the day. Giving Ruth Betts as an example he said opening bell would be at 8:35, lunch from 11:30 to 12:30 instead of 11:55 to 1:10 with dismissal at 3:25 instead of 4. Students staying would have a supervised lunch in the classroom with attendance taken.  Discussion was held on which students would stay for lunch, the early close affecting parents work schedules and possible changes in the kindergarten program still being looked at.

             

The second part of the meeting was on the Manitoba Governments Accessibility Act with the Division working on developing their multi year accessibility plan to comply with the act. They are asking for input from the public to identify barriers faced in the schools. The draft on the plan is on the Division website.

             

The second public forum is tonight in the McIsaac School Band Room at 7 o’clock.

 

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A Get Better Together program will soon be available in Flin Flon. Regional Community Health Developer Christa McIntyre says it’s a free interactive group program and is a six session program designed for individuals living with any type of ongoing health issue.  She says in the six weeks individuals can build confidence to better manage their illness through group support and discussion on a wide variety of topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, managing pain and fatigue, action planning and much more.

             

Plans are for the Get Better Together program to start in late February. For information or to register you can call Christa at 204-681-3145.

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The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the film Genius tomorrow night.  The group’s Tom Heine says this is a movie that is worth seeing.  He says it’s about the discovery of Thomas Wolfe, the eventual Nobel Laureate adding he’s very well regarded and kind of knocked the socks off a lot of people when they read his books back in the 20’s or 30’s when he was the most popular but his books really stand the test of time.

             

Genius will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Because it is a Toronto International Film Festival film admission will be ten dollars. Before the start of the movie the group will present a new state of the art DVD player they have purchased to the School Division.

 

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At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council passed on first reading an amendment to the bylaw regulating Council and Committee Meetings. The amendment requires that anyone making a presentation to Council give five days notice on the content of the presentation so Council can be prepared with some answers to the issues raised.

             

Council passed on final reading a bylaw to allow conflicts over parking tickets and other tickets under the Traffic Bylaw to be settled by an adjudicator instead of going to court.  They also passed on second reading a bylaw to rezone the former Armories property from educational and institutional to highway commercial to allow for construction of the new Co-op store. The bylaw now goes to the province before coming back for final reading.

             

Council also applied to the Saskatchewan government for cost shared funding for upgrades to boost the water pressure in the South Hudson area and agreed to move their next meeting from February 7th to 14th to allow three members of Council to attend the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention.

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The Flin Flon Parent Child Working Group is holding its first annual pre-school wellness fair January 25th.  The group’s Secretary Cynthia Groulx says the day is titled Fun in the Winter Sun.  She says they’ll have people from Primary Health, the Library, Baby and Me Best Beginnings, lots of activities, lots of information will be given to the parents, every station will host a game or event for the children, they will go around with their passports and at the end they will get a prize.  She adds they’ll be having food there like chili to be served to all of the people there, there’ll be some yogurt for everyone who wants some and everybody is welcome.  Groulx says even though they are targeting 0 to 6 years old it’ll be for the entire community to come check it out.

             

The Flin Flon Parent Child Working Group is part of the Norman Parent Child Coalition.  The pre-school fun day takes place Wednesday, January 25th from 1 to 6 in the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

 

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Saskatchewan RCMP report they received just over 15 hundred tips through Crime Stoppers last year.  They received just over 8 thousand calls, made 24 arrests, assisted in clearing 37 cases, approved 16 thousand dollars in rewards handed out, recovered just over 583 thousand dollars in property bringing the total since 1987 to just over 9 million dollars recovered and seized almost 91 thousand dollars worth of drugs last year bringing the total since 1987 to just over 8 million dollars. Total property and drugs recovered since 1987 is over 17 million dollars.

             

The RCMP remind you you can make a difference. Visit their website saskcrimestoppers.com to learn more.

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Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey has been named the NDP’s new Caucus Chair.  He says he’s excited to have an expanded role.  He says from his understanding it’s chairing the meetings of Caucus and making sure that the business that they as a group need to get done gets done behind the scenes.  Hs adds sometimes he’ll be the spokesperson for Caucus, other times not depending on what issue is being talked about and then there’s administration duties, a link between people that work for the Caucus and the Caucus and the leaders office.

             

In making the announcement Interim Leader Flor Marcelino says Tom Lindsey is a lifelong advocate who fights for the priorities of working people.

 

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