Front: Lieutenant Governor and Lauren Fox
Back: Lillian Knutson, Kiana Stevens, Aline Nasselquist, Myles Patterson, Shannon Williamson, Mikayla Larocque. Missing: Kayless Banting at University.
Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield spoke to students about the importance of leadership. She presented her Award of Excellence to student Lauren Fox who has shown leadership in her home, school and community. She explained Lauren achieved an average of over 90 percent in many of her subjects and she received the grade nine Alex Oberg Memorial Award for leadership and creative spirit. She added Lauren loves music and plays the tuba, piano and she sings, she’s part of school choirs and attended honor choirs and choir camp. Schofield also mentioned Lauren’s achievements in golf, hockey and swimming adding she has plans to become an orthodontist.
The Northern Student Achievement Awards were presented for grade seven to Myles Patterson and Mikayla Larocque, grade eight Lillian Knutson, grade nine Shannon Williamson, grade ten Kiana Stevens, grade eleven Aline Nasselquist and grade twelve Kaylee Banting. A 500 dollars Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall scholarship was presented to grade twelve student Dimitri Morin.
People met at St. Ann’s Church Hall Sunday afternoon to support diabetes research. The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes began at one ‘clock at the Church and went down the boardwalk and back to the Church. One of the organizers Kerri Wood says it was really good. They had a good brisk walk with a small but mighty group of 18. She says they raised approximately a thousand dollars on that day with more coming in until the end of the month.
Wood adds they still have the two dollar sneakers available for purchase until the end of the month at Eddies Family Foods and Scorpio Bearing.
At their meeting last night Council passed on first reading an amendment to their standards of maintenance and occupancy for residential property bylaw. Councilor Bill Hanson explains basically the bylaw is giving the Bylaw Enforcement Officer better tools to deal with people who are repeat offenders for say not maintaining their yard or having loose garbage flying around their yard on an ongoing basis. He adds what this does is a graduated penalty system so your first offence will be a hundred dollar fine and your second offence would be possibly a two hundred dollar fine and because they’re doing it through a municipal bylaw they don’t need to go through the court system if you are fined and don’t pay, the fine will just go on to your taxes.
The amendment requires second and third reading before coming into effect possibly at their next meeting November 7th.
The Flin Flon Public Library is holding their annual Bomber Halloween party Wednesday, October 25th. Administrator Courtney Campbell explains they have invited the Bombers to come and they’re going to host with them so they’re going to have lots of different activities for the kids. She says they have 30 spots for kids ages four and up so you need to call the Library to pre-register to make sure you get your spot. She adds they’re going to have a costume parade, lots of snacks and lots of different crafts for the kids to do with the Bombers so just lots of fun.
The Halloween party runs from 4 to 6 pm at the Flin Flon Public Library October 25th. You can call them at 204-687-3397 to pre-register.
The Central Canada Film Group will be showing Barbara at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre Thursday night. The group’s Colin Davis says Barbara is a German film from 2012 that was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. He explains it’s about a woman living in East Germany in the 1980s when it was still one of the world’s most notorious surveillance societies. Barbara is a resourceful pediatrician who has been exiled to a rural underfunded hospital. She slowly warms to her colleagues but needs to be wary as one of them may be a government informant and she already has a lover in the West who is hatching a plan to spirit her away from the East.
Davis notes as this is an International Film Festival film they must charge ten dollars admission adding everyone is welcome Thursday night starting at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.
At their meeting last night it was reported the committee has had a few fund raising events since their last public meeting. They held a mixed two ball and 50-50 draw raising two thousand dollars, the Kinettes donated 700 dollars from their Caps and Gowns Ball, the Ford Drive One for Your Community raised 35 hundred dollars and they’ve sold 12 hundred FlinFlonoply games so they have 155 thousand dollars in the bank and in the new year letters will go out for corporate sponsorships.
Committee members assisted with the Homecoming in July. They bartended with and will share money raised with the Aqua Jets and Aqua Doves at the City Awards Night with supplies donated by Robbie at Ernie’s Wholesale. The Big Island Drive In Theatre will hold a fund raising movie night in the spring and Ann Ross and Doug McGregor are hosting a Local Roots concert at their home November 18th with a larger event in the spring.
When concerns about the Aqua Centre structure were raised Committee Chair Kara Plamondon replied their goal is to raise interest and money for upgrading the pool and the decision on what that will include will happen when the project gets closer to the construction stage a few years down the road.
General Manager Becky Cianflone, Board Member Cathy Fidierchuk, Board Member Larry Johnson, Business Development Coordinator Krista Lemcke, Board Member kim Stephen
Community Futures Greenstone has received the Community Futures Excellence and Innovation Award for 2017. Their General Manager Becky Cianflone says it was for their very successful inaugural Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference held last October. She explains the provincial body for Community Futures Manitoba has an Excellence in Innovation Award where projects are submitted to the committee and they decide on which projects are the most innovative and help to really represent the Community Futures mandate in supporting entrepreneurship and community development.
Cianflone reminds everyone their second Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference is coming up October 25th and you can register at the Greenstone office, call them at 204-687-6967 or email email@example.com.
The Primary Health Care Centre will be hosting a couple of telehealth seminars presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. Their Program Director Norma Kirkby says they are part of Telehealth Family Education for Those Experiencing Dementia. She explains their Dementia Basics Program that will run on Telehealth on Thursday, October 19th is going to be about understanding the warning signs of the disease and understanding how as the disease progresses those warning signs impact a persons abilities and therefore lead us to learning new strategies in order to care for the person well.
The session is being held at the Primary Health Care Centre from 6:30 to 8 pm Thursday. To register online go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-378-6699. The second session Understanding the Person will be on November 16th.
The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba has received 10 thousand dollars from the Canada Post Community Foundation. The money is used to support breakfast, snack and lunch programs in Manitoba schools. For 2017 funding will go schools across the province including 24 schools in northern Manitoba. That includes Cranberry Portage Elementary School and in Flin Flon Hapnot Collegiate, Many Faces Education Centre and Ruth Betts Community School. In 2016-17 the Child Nutrition Council funded over 200 child nutrition programs across Manitoba providing 20 thousand children and youth with consistent healthy meals.
The Canada Post Community Foundation’s mission is to have a positive effect on children in the communities that Canada Post serves by supporting registered charities, school programs or local initiatives that benefit children.
The Women’s Resource Centre is always on the lookout for new fund raising ideas. The Centre’s Colleen Arnold says this time they are featuring the Montreal Canadians Alumni Tour presented by Canadian Tire on December 3rd. She says they’re going to be playing the local Flin Flon Storm and the game starts at 2 o’clock with presentations beginning at 1:30 at the Whitney Forum. She adds they’re hoping to see all the seats filled with admission 20 dollars and they also have a VIP which is 75 dollars that includes a meet and greet with the players after the game, special seating and much more.
Tickets will be available in the near future. If you are interested in playing on the local team along with Pat McKenzie, Mike Jones, Rob Hart and Brad Clark you can contact the Women’s Resource Centre or Pat McKenzie. And as a Thrill of a Lifetime Flin Flon’s Marty Ledoux has signed up to play with the Montreal Canadians Alumni team.
Soup Days are underway for another season. Salvation Army Major Debbie Allen says Soup Days started Wednesday and have been well used in past years. She explains they have had increasing numbers of people using their services. At the end of last year they were averaging about 50 people half of which were children coming for lunch. She says they run their Soup Days through the Anglican Church on Church Street and they operate Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 to 12:30.
Allen adds Soup Days are run with volunteers from several churches in our Community.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey told the legislature this week Fire Prevention Week is about raising awareness and educating families about how to reduce the risk of fires and knowing what to do if they occur. He explained this summer he personally experienced the tragedy that can follow a fire as his son’s house burned in a horrific event that claimed the life of one of his close friends. He said in a conversation with a Fire Inspector after the fire it was his belief that a potential cause of the fire was the use of a six outlet plug extender that was plugged into a normal dual receptacle wall plug. They warned him that today these are mainly made offshore where their production can be unregulated and potentially unsafe.
Lindsey added the products that cause these fires are used extensively by families or seniors in older homes and even though they have the CSA and UL labels there is concern that many of these labels could be forged. He also recognized all fire fighters who fight structure fires as well as forest fires noting how they and affected communities responded to keep people safe during this summers forest fires in northeast Saskatchewan.
The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is being held in Flin Flon Sunday. One of the organizers Bob Wood says they’ll start at St. Ann’s Church Hall on Centre Street with registration at 12:30 and the walk at 1. He says they’re going to walk from St. Ann’s over to the boardwalk and then over to the stairs and back. He adds the goal of their walk is funding for a cure for type one diabetes as well as raising awareness for type one diabetes.
For pledge forms you can see Kerri at Eddies Family Foods or Bob at Scorpio Bearing and they have mini boots available for 2 dollars. For more information you can call 204-687-0865.
The Central Canada Film Group is showing The Founder tomorrow night at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre. The group’s Colin Davis explains the movie is about the founder of McDonalds Ray Kroc and you might wonder how a man whose last name is Kroc developed a restaurant called McDonalds especially since it was based on a restaurant already called McDonalds that was founded by two brothers named McDonald. He says the movie is all about how Ray Kroc managed to build an empire on someone else’s work and despite all of the underhandedness that went on the film itself is actually quite entertaining.
The Founder will be shown at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre tomorrow night at 7:30 and admission is free but there will be a silver collection.
Community Futures Greenstone invites you to be part of their first ever amazing cardboard challenge. Their General Manager Becky Cianflone explains they’re wanting people to build the world that they see in their minds so this is not just an event for children but they’re encouraging all ages to come out and build and innovate and be creative with recycled cardboard from the Recycling Centre.
You can enter as a team of 3 to 5 people by calling their office at 204-687-6967 or just show up for the challenge Saturday from 1 to 5 in the Ecole McIsaac School gym. The cost is free and sponsored by Community Futures Greenstone, the Flin Flon Recycling Centre and Flin Flon School Division.
The Sam Waller Museum in The Pas has a new exhibit called Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada. Museum Director Sharain Jones explains it’s a traveling exhibit from the Canadian Museum of History and it’s in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre so it consists of a number of panels describing the story of Terry Fox and his run the Marathon of Hope.
The exhibit will be on display from now until December 31st.
This is Fire Prevention Week. Flin Flon Fire Chief Chad Cooper reminds you the theme this year is Every Second Counts Plan Two Ways Out. He looks at local fire statistics noting the Flin Flon Fire Department responded to 53 emergency calls, 1 fire fatality and six major structure fires in 2016. He says 57 percent of their emergency calls in 2016 were at night time.
Cooper adds half of home fire deaths result from fires that occur between 11 pm and 7 am. Three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms and smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.
Carrie Pockett, Lannie Bosman Leptick, Leah Lemauviel
The Harm Reduction Committee spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday. The Committee’s Carrie Pockett for the Play it Safer Network summarized harm reduction by noting it really is knowing that people engage in behaviors that are harmful and may be risky but how can we help to reduce the harms associated with certain behaviors as well.
Lannie Bosman Leptick from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba says one in five individuals are affected with addictions so using that number around 16 hundred individuals are affected in our region. She says they work with individuals on how to use more responsibly or how to reduce the harms in their life.
Public Health Nurse Leah Lemauviel says they offer immunization, education programs, sexual health information, needle exchange to reduce HIV and Hepatitis C infections and sharps disposal units, opioid replacement programs, naloxone kits and they engage with their clients to make change.
Pocket adds they have a youth advisory committee to share ideas on getting their message out to the community.
Kevin Lamoureux at Hapnot Collegiate
Superintendent Constance McCleese reported the recent speaking engagement by Kevin Lamoureux was extremely successful for the staff and students as well as the public in attendance. Today the Division staff will be meeting for a steering committee to discuss ways to work First Nations education into the teaching curriculum.
A home reading outreach program is taking place Thursday at Ecole McIsaac School for parents. There will be two free sessions on how you might read effectively to your children. The first session is from 3 to 3:30 and again from 6:30 to 7 in the Library.
The Board recognized Katie Anderson for her commitment to the Culture Days events which students thoroughly enjoyed. The Division will be receiving 25 hundred dollars once again this year from the Manitoba Government. This money will assist with the costs for the students who have earned the privilege to attend the We Day event in Winnipeg on October 25th.
For access to all school information visit the Division’s website at www.ffsd.mb.ca.
Town Administrator Paula Muench, Crystal Banting,
Recreation Director Channa Senyk
The official ribbon was cut Friday to mark the grand opening of the Black Bear Bike Park at Collin Park in Creighton. The ribbon was held by Town Administrator Paula Muench and Recreation Director Channa Senyk and cut by former Assistant Recreation Director Crystal Banting who developed the project. She explains she went on vacation to Frenie and at the bottom of Mount Fernie they had a bicycle park and her boys absolutely loved it and she thought there’s not a whole lot of technical issues to do with it, it’s very simple park but they could always make it bigger and better and she thought if she can get grant money for it why not.
Banting says it took about two years from the idea to applying for grants to building the bike park. Funding was provided by the Town of Creighton, Community Initiatives Fund, Areva and the Northern Neighbors Foundation.
Marcus Kennedy Paxton
This is Fire Prevention Week and Flin Flon Fire Chief Chad Cooper explains this year’s theme is Every Second Counts-Plan Two Ways Out. He says the theme re-enforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. He explains draw a floor plan of your home with all the members of your household marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit, practice your home fire drill twice a year with one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home using different ways out, teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them, make sure the number on your home is clearly marked and easy for the Fire Department to find, close the doors behind you when you leave and once you’re outside stay outside.
The Fire Department will be visiting local residents to perform free smoke alarm inspections and installations. For information you can contact the Fire Hall.
The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach is featuring a photo and movie night Thursday. Their Board Chair Penny Morissette explains they’ve got quite a collection of photos and movies on the history of Denare Beach that have been donated to them over time so they’re going to show just a sampling of some of the collections of photos and a little bit of the home movies that depict a lot of the history of their community.
Morissette adds there will be coffee and cookies and a chance to discuss what you’ve seen with the hope some new information may come out on their history. The event takes place Thursday night at 7 at the Denareplex in Denare Beach.
SAFE Work Manitoba is holding three prevention workshops that provide education to safety and health committee members, workers and supervisors. The first is SAFE Committee Basics on Tuesday, October 17th in which participants will learn about the role and obligations of the safety and health committee in the workplace. The second is Supervisors and SAFE Work on Wednesday the 18th in which participants will leave with an understanding of the role and obligations of supervisors when it comes to safety and health and how they can influence safety culture in the workplace and the third is Hazard Identification and Risk Control Thursday, October 19th in which participants will learn four methods of identifying hazards, along with how to assess risk and implement methods to control risks.
The workshops will run each day from 8:30 to 4 at the Northern Mining Academy, Room 207 – 2 Hart Avenue and you can register and learn more by visiting www.safemanitoba.com/education. The workshops are free.
Rockcliff Copper Corporation has entered into an option agreement to earn a 100 percent interest in the Berry Creek gold property near Snow Lake. President Ken Lapierre explains the potential gold targets at Berry Creek are high grade gold with quartz veins and low grade gold in intrusive rocks which has never been investigated historically and their plan is to advance the property through geophysics, geology and drilling in 2018.
One of the drill holes reported intersected 4.7 grams per tonne gold across 4.3 meters starting at 37 meters including 19 grams per tonne gold across .5 meters while visible grab samples assayed from a trace up to 90 grams per tonne gold, trace up to 2.48 percent zinc and trace up to .51 percent copper.
Community Futures Greenstone invites businesses to an Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference on October 25th. Their Community Development and Marketing Coordinator John Bettger says the conference is featuring a key note speaker Stephanie Staples who is an author, a columnist and a writer and she’s won the Manitoba Women’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and they are also featuring workshops that will include the power of tourism, money mindfulness, business growth with social media and a local entrepreneur on our story-northern entrepreneurs.
The conference runs from 8 to 4 Wednesday, October 25th in the Flin Flon Community Hall followed at 6:30 by an Awards Night at the Unwinder to honor local businesses and volunteers. You can register by emailing email@example.com, call 204-687-6967 or at their office above Pharmasave. The cost is 40 dollars for the conference, 25 for the awards night and 60 for both.
Pre-budget consultations get underway soon that will give Manitoba families the opportunity to share their views on three key issues. They include sustaining health care, controlling marijuana use and balancing the budget. The closest town hall meeting to Flin Flon is in The Pas on October 16th at the Kikiwak Inn from 1 to 2 PM but they have also launched an online survey. You are encouraged to take the survey and have your say on controlling marijuana use with questions about the legal age of consumption, price, availability and public safety; balancing the budget including questions about the path government should take to balance the budget and ways to reduce government spending; and sustaining health care including questions about how to sustain services and the possibility of introducing health care premiums. You can find the online survey at www.manitobansmakingchoices.ca.
Northland Ford is supporting the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank as part of the We Scare Hunger Campaign. Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay says We Scare Hunger is a program from Ford Canada to collect food to support local food banks. He explains they go to the local schools in Flin Flon and Creighton and get groups together to help raise food items for the local food bank and last year they raised about 22 hundred pounds of food and this year they’re going to try and double that. He adds they will be at the Bomber game on Friday, October 27th with their vehicles and people can drop food items off at Northland Ford where they’ll have a truck with banners on it.
The campaign runs until the end of October.
At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council heard a presentation on the local harm reduction program. It includes the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, the Northern Health Region and Public Health, and the Play It Safer Network. One of the presenters Community Health Developer Deanna Johnson explains the definition of harm reduction is a set of strategies and tactics that encourages people to reduce harm to themselves and their community through sharing of relative information, facts and practical material tools that allows them to make informed and educated decisions. She adds it recognizes their competency to protect themselves.
Examples of local harm reduction given include immunization, addictions education programs, opioid replacement programs, naloxone kits for people using opioids, education and referral for clients with risky behavior, safe needle disposal sites and sterile needle exchange programs to prevent HIV and Hepatitis C infections with around 14 thousand needles provided in the Flin Flon The Pas region and developing awareness, support and education programs with the committee open to ideas on how to get their message out.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council passed on final reading an amended smoking bylaw. The bylaw will prohibit smoking within 5 meters or 16 feet of the doorway of any building open to the public. It was amended to include provincial legislation that subjects vaping to the same restrictions as smoking products.
Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for September indicating four incidents during the month.
Council approved the use of City Hall as headquarters for Operation Red Nose that runs through December to get people and their vehicles home safely during the holiday season.
Mayor Cal Huntley and Council congratulated all involved in a successful Culture Days weekend.
Mayor Huntley also recognized the passing of Jim Fell noting his contributions to the community that included years on the Library Board, Museum Board and in scouting programs.
And Councilor Karen MacKinnon urged people to purchase 50-50 tickets being sold by the Library as they are in need of funding to continue to provide their services.
The Saskatchewan government’s consultation survey on cannabis wraps up on Friday.
Justice Minister Don Morgan says the legalization of cannabis represents a big change and they want to take time to consult with the people of the province to ensure they implement the parts of this legislation that are under their control in a way that works for Saskatchewan. If you are eighteen years of age or older and a resident of the province you can complete the anonymous survey at www.saskatchewan.ca/cannabis.
Topics on the survey include parts of the federal legislation left up to the provinces including age limits on cannabis sales, public consumption, taxation on cannabis sales, distribution and wholesaling, potential retail models, locations and rules, regulatory compliance and the enforcement of the modified impaired driving laws.
Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen has officially announced the recruiting of six physicians to work in the Northern Health Region. Two will work in Flin Flon and four in Thompson.
The Health Region’s Communications Coordinator Twyla Storey says the two female physicians, Doctor George and Doctor Soltani actually started work at the Flin Flon Clinic in September.
Health Region CEO Helga Bryant says they are pleased to welcome these physicians to our region as having them join their team will increase their capacity for patients to experience improved access to medical services. She adds physician recruitment is an ongoing process that they continue to work on to meet the needs of the region’s residents. She encourages everyone to make these doctors feel welcome and become an integral part of our community.
This past June Mikylo Odut got 90 percent on his grade ten flute exam resulting in a top award from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He says this medal is from his exam that he completed in June and he knew he got a 90 percent on the exam and that’s first class honours with distinction category but recently he got an email telling him he got a gold medal basically meaning he got the highest mark in his region of Canada in this particular exam.
The Conservatory explains gold medals are awarded each academic year to exam candidates who have obtained the highest mark for their level, discipline and region while meeting all the necessary requirements.
Creighton and Denare Beach area residents can join other Saskatchewan residents in nominating a volunteer for the next round of Volunteer Medals. The province’s Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson explains the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal is so important to Saskatchewan because they are the citizens who give so much and ask for so little, so any Canadian citizen who is a current or former long term resident of the province is eligible. She says you can think of someone who is very worthy, who always gives of themselves, as Saskatchewan has a long and proud history of volunteerism, so she imagines there’ll be lots of people that you can think of in your community.
Nomination forms are available on their website www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards and clicking on Volunteer Medal. The nomination deadline is October 18th.
Canadian Platinum Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Peter Lake Property just west of Reindeer Lake in northern Saskatchewan. The purchaser is American Energy Metals Corporation and the agreement calls for cash payments, issuing shares and granting Canadian Platinum a five percent Net Smelter Royalty on production from the property. The property hosts significant copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group element mineralization. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur on or before October 19th.
President Gary Billingsley states the transaction allows Canadian Platinum, based in Saskatoon, to participate in what they see as the significant upside potential of the project through the Net Smelter Royalty and through share ownership of the company developing the project and allows them to begin exploration work on their Nevada gold project.
The Women’s Resource Centre is presenting The Total Me starting next week. The Center’s Barb Hopkinson explains it’s an eight week group and is an interactive group for women to allow them to get to know other women, to address issues that surface every day, enhance their ability to recognize that we all have special abilities and that we can achieve the goals and expectations we set for ourselves.
The workshop includes self-awareness, social awareness, self management, relationship management and mindfulness as well as related activities. It starts Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30 upstairs at the Women’s Resource Centre. To register call them at 204-681-3105.
A large crowd gathered yesterday to celebrate a successful weekend of Culture Days by Dancing Down Main Street. Organizer Crystal Kolt says they had over 120 events because new ones were popping up over the weekend and it has been just a whirlwind. She says it’s a joyful community experience celebrating everything from all of our art forms to all of our cultures including fishing, hockey and mining and everything in between so it’s been an amazing Culture Days.
Culture Days began last week with a full day of events on Friday that included the schools continuing through Saturday and wrapping up yesterday. Kolt adds people are already approaching her with new ideas for next year.
Community Dietician Joanna Ledoux, Public Health Manager Bev Hill, Public Health Nurse Loida Agpalza, Board Chair Cal Huntley, Baby Friendly Manitobas Linda Romphf.
For several years the local Breastfeeding Committee and the Northern Health Region Public Health Staff have been working towards achieving Baby Friendly designation from the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. Following an accreditation process that designation was awarded Friday at the Primary Health Care Centre. Baby Friendly Manitoba Consultant Linda Romphf says this is a rare event and it is a prestigious award that’s given to those facilities, community or hospital, that meet certain criteria as well as the international code of marketing for breast milk substitutes. She says what it means is that they are an example of evidence based best practices, you know that when you come here you are going to get the support and the help you need to make the decisions around infant feeding and that you’ll be supported in those decisions.
Flin Flon is only the third Centre in Manitoba to receive this designation along with The Pas and Steinbach with Thompson expecting a decision soon.
The annual CIBC Run For The Cure is taking place in Flin Flon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Due to their small numbers the staff at CIBC changed plans from holding the walk usually held. Instead they have been fund raising at the branch through the past week and they held a large bake sale last Friday.
You can still drop into the branch and make a donation to Run For The Cure to the tellers or purchase a two dollar button.
The Flin Flon Writers Guild invites all writers in the area to be part of Culture Days. The group’s Harry Hobbs says they will have an open mike tomorrow evening and people are invited to come out and read something they’ve written and it can be from 3 to 5 minutes depending on the number of people they have and also if you like to hear people read and you want to hear what is being written in our community please come out and listen. He adds reading can be poetry, prose, something that you’ve written and would like to share and show off our varied culture and the varied skill of the writers in this great community.
The writers open mike will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 tomorrow evening in the Seniors Room at the Flin Flon Community Hall.
Far Zoro Property
Far Resources has entered into an option agreement with Strider Resources. Far will acquire an undivided 100 percent interest in highly prospective ground contiguous to its Zoro One claim and the claims hosting the historic Thompson Brothers lithium bearing pegmatite dyke near Snow Lake.
Far CEO Keith Anderson says with this acquisition they now hold all the land between Zoro and Thompson Brothers. He says both of these properties host historical resources which are the subject of ongoing exploration while the area in between has received little exploration. With the positive results received so far from their Zoro property and others nearby they look forward to exploring the newly acquired claims. Anderson adds the current drill program at Zoro will be followed by additional surface exploration on all their optioned ground to determine the potential for a mineable resource.
Creighton Community School is recognizing Orange Shirt Day today. Their School Coordinator Carol Sutherland explains Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School commemoration held in William’s Lake in the spring of 2013. She says it grew out of a survivor’s story of having her shirt taken away on her first day of school and it has become an opportunity to discuss all aspects of Residential Schools annually. She adds Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
Staff and students are encouraged to join in on the national event in which every Canadian is encouraged to wear an orange shirt in the spirit of healing and reconciliation.
CAA Manitoba and Manitoba Public Insurance have announced that CAA will give a free one year membership to graduates of the High School Driver Education Program administered by MPI. Every student who successfully completes all phases of the program can enroll online for a new category of membership created especially for graduates. It includes one emergency road service call with a tow of up to 160 kilometers, plus all the exclusive CAA Rewards partner savings, travel discounts and other perks of a CAA classic membership.
CAA Manitoba President Mike Mager says better trained drivers mean safe roads for everyone and with this Manitoba membership novice drivers and their parents can feel protected with the peace of mind that they’re covered if a problem occurs so they can focus on the road rather than worrying about what to do in the event of a stall or flat tire.
The National Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Kevin Lamoureux spoke to Flin Flon and Creighton students and school staff yesterday afternoon. Lamoureaux says young people have a role to play in reconciliation as they have an incredible ability to create change. He adds many of the 94 calls for action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are based on education and awareness. He says Canada is a good place full of good people. He explains most of the racism that he encounters isn’t genuine racism, it’s simply ignorance and when he says ignorance he just means lack of understanding, he doesn’t mean it in a mean spirited sense he means a lack of awareness. He says that’s something many of us inherited, this phenomenon where we didn’t learn all of our history or all of what it means to be a Canadian and that’s okay, if lack of education is the problem then education is the answer and we see evidence of that in Flin Flon School Division.
Lamoureax says young people have a huge role to play in navigating some of the difficult questions around reconciliation and he sees education and awareness happening.
Rockcliff Resources has announced a first phase drill program on their Bur Zinc Property will start in October. The fully permitted drill program is planned to include between 10 and 15 holes totaling approximately 3 thousand meters. This property is part of Rockcliff’s Manitoba property portfolio located in the Snow Lake Mining Camp.
Rockcliff’s President Ken Lapierre says the Bur zinc deposit is one of the highest grade undeveloped zinc rich deposits in the Flin Flon Snow Lake mining camp within trucking distance to an operating base metal mill facility. He says the drilling program is designed to identify additional zinc rich mineralization along strike and depth to the existing historical Bur Zinc deposit. He adds they are confident that this first phase drill program will be successful in achieving their goal of advancing this high grade zinc asset.
The Employment Links Development Center is beginning a new program in October.
The Center’s Barb Link explains they are now offering the Focus on Employment Program in which they do an intake with people, they talk about what their wants or needs are and set up a plan of what they need to get them back to work or into the workforce or back in school so they will pick and choose workshops, the presenters, the certificates that they need and the Center will have a calendar set up that they know the dates they need to be there to be signed up for different things and put them on the right foot going forward to meet their goals.
Link adds you can come into their office at 51 Main Street in early October when the first rotation begins or call them at 204-687-8791 for more information.
Art works continue to come in for the Norva Center’s Square Foot fundraiser. The Center’s Karen Clark says people have paid 25 dollars or 10 for youth for a square foot of canvas, done some type of art on it including a Lego work this year and returned it for display and sale. She says this is one of their major fundraisers for the year and they’ve had an incredible response in terms of bringing in new art from local artists here and also from around the province of Saskatchewan as well because artists from all over the place are generous with their work and their rime and they’re grateful to them so they have some beautiful art work there.
The display was hung Sunday with the official opening on Thursday night at 7 with refreshments served at the Norva Center at 177 Green Street. That night will also include the dedication of the community mosaic at the Center. This is followed by three weeks of silent auction for the art works and then a live auction on October 15th.
Last night during her report Superintendent Constance McCleese announced the Division will be purchasing resource material for grades four and five adding to the Division’s library of teaching resources for Indigenous education. The Division has also received complimentary copies of the document Truth and Reconciliation: What Is It About from Manitoba Education and Training. The collection of learning activities is to assist in implementing the theme of reconciliation into classrooms within the Division.
The Superintendent also announced that Anna Harrison, the Division’s Junior High Band Director has been recognized for her outstanding work throughout the province and community by the Manitoba Band Association.
The Manitoba Ministry of Education released their report regarding grade twelve provincial testing in math and English and our Division’s students have performed quite well.
It was also noted that Kevin Lamoureaux, Associate Vice-President for Indian Affairs will be speaking to high school students this morning and the staff from both Flin Flon and Creighton this afternoon at 1:30 at Hapnot Collegiate. Everyone is encouraged to wear orange in honor of Orange Shirt Day.
The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association is launching a public awareness campaign in northeast Saskatchewan to encourage interested individuals and families to consider fostering vulnerable infants and young children.
The Association launched the Foster New Beginnings campaign last year to raise awareness of the need for more foster families. Their Executive Director Deb Davies says the initial campaigns targeted communities throughout Saskatchewan and as a result they have increased the number of foster families across the province. However she adds there are babies and children in communities across northeast Saskatchewan that still need a safe and loving home.
The Association has a world class training program to support interested people in becoming an approved foster home and they were the first province to offer this training online. For information you can call them at 1-800-667-7002 or visit their website at www.saskfosterfamilies.ca.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce met yesterday at the Friendship Center. A number of topics were discussed including Community Futures Greenstone teaming up with the Flin Flon Recycling Center to bring a cardboard challenge to the community in October. Becky Cianflone from Greenstone explains they are encouraging people to think more creatively and also to be more innovative and so they’re hosting an event where people can just build things out of cardboard like arcade games, hot wheels tracks, airplanes, whatever they see. She adds it’s really a great opportunity to build creativity in our community.
You can enter as a team of 3 to 5 or enter individually for the event taking place October 14th at Ecole McIsaac School. It’s free and you can get more information on their Facebook page.
The Chamber mentioned more events coming to town over the next few weeks including a Safe Manitoba workshop, Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference and Culture Days featuring over 100 events which will take place all over the community starting Friday.
As part of Culture Days the Flin Flon Public Library is holding a wine and cheese evening featuring Human Books Friday. Administrator Courtney Campbell explains they have six Human Books this year. She says they have a theme that they’re going to speak on so people can just wander around really informally and just ask questions of the human books. She says their human books this year are Kristy Janvier, Tarun Bablani, Elder Margaret Head-Steppan, Dennis Strom, Randy Whitbread and Pat Bruderer so they’ve got photographers, historians and a whole range of people so you can learn about different people in Flin Flon.
The Human Books will be available at the Library from 7 to 10 Friday night. Along with the wine and cheese they will have complimentary apple cider and snacks as weill as a babysitting service by donation.
Far Resources Zoro Property
Far Resources has mobilized a drill to its Zoro Lithium Property in the Snow Lake area and reports coring is imminent. Acting on the recent drill permit awarded by Manitoba’s Office of Sustainable Development, the Company has mobilized a drill to the site of their first hole in a 700 meter drill program. Gogal Air Services has helicoptered the drill to the area of Dyke one which is the target of this program. Drilling was to start on Wednesday with the arrival of Far Resources technical team on the ground.
Far Resources President Keith Anderson notes samples collected from rock and soil surveys have now reached laboratories and will provide additional information on the lithium prospectivity at Zoro. He adds they are anxious to receive the new data as they progress towards further exploration and the assessment of lithium resources at Zoro.
Ford of Canada has now confirmed 171 test drives of Ford vehicles that day which means 3420 dollars will go to McIsaac School projects.
For every test drive that day Ford of Canada and Northland Ford donated 20 dollars to McIsaac School.
The Executive Director of Wildfire Management for Saskatchewan Steve Roberts reports significant rain has fallen in the Pelican Narrows area and that behavior significantly reduced the fire activity helping their crews on the ground to ensure things are secure in that area. He says fire sizes for the Wilkins fire have not changed, it is still 59 hundred hectares, the Granite fire is about 30 percent contained and its 126 thousand hectares and the Preston fire is about 30 percent contained as well at 47 thousand hectares. Roberts adds they will continue to work on the secure areas of the fires but they’ll also start critical work to do reclamation for where they had heavy equipment working on the fires.
The last of the residents evacuated from Pelican Narrows were expected to be home by late yesterday afternoon. Crews are out repairing highways damaged by the fires and as the fires are still burning air quality in Pelican Narrows continues to be monitored.
The North Central Canada Centre of Arts and Environment is holding a week of presentations in Flin Flon. The group’s Crystal Kolt says it touches on the academic part of the project and is called Building Knowledge and they have keynote speakers coming from Canada as well as Jon Allen who’s an architect and a teacher at the Prince’s Foundation in London, England who will be coming here to work with the participants. She says there are also guest speaking opportunities for the public to attend as well which is on the Tuesday and Thursday of next week.
For information on the presentations and the course visit their website www.ncccae.ca.
Northland Ford held their Drive One For Your School last Saturday to support McIsaac School Projects. Salesperson Jacob Sherrington reports for each test drive of a Ford vehicle that day Ford of Canada and Northland Ford donated 20 dollars to the project. He says they had 136 drives in total so it was a good turnout and they got to meet a lot of people. He adds they had 2720 dollars worth of funding that came from the test drives that’s going to McIsaac School.
Northland Ford Flin Flon has participated in the Drive One program for eight years raising in excess 36 thousand dollar in support of community initiatives.
Two Terry Fox Runs will be held tomorrow. The first will involve all students at McIsaac School weather permitting. Phys Ed Supervisor Rob Abbott says the second is the annual walk and run for grade five students from McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools and that group they’ll be taking out to the ski club on Friday afternoon starting at 1:30. He says they’re going to probably do about a three kilometer run or walk on the trails out there and they’re going to finish it off with some hot dogs, drinks, some granola bars and each participant will get a certificate.
Abbott adds if the wet weather has affected the trails at the Ski Club the run will be held Monday.
A new session of Read to Me is taking registrations. Coordinator April Eardley invites you to join the fun at the eight week family literacy program. She explains each day will focus on a theme that will include books, games, songs, crafts and snacks. She says this is an opportunity for pre-school children ages 3 to 5 and their parents or other adults to create a brighter future for learning. She adds there is no cost to participate and no limit to how many sessions you can attend.
Read to Me will run Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11:45 from October 3rd to November 22nd. To register or for more information you can call April at 204-472-3939.
Chief Peter E. Beatty of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation has lifted the evacuation order for the remaining evacuees from Pelican Narrows. This includes approximately 700 remaining health priority evacuees and their families.
Emergency Services and Emergency Management and Fire Safety will continue to work with the community to ensure repatriation is safe and there are supplies necessary for communities still experiencing smoke in the region.
Local musician Mikylo Odut will be featuring An Evening of Unaccompanied Flute Saturday night. He says this time he is happy to have a singer with him whose name is Candia Cormack and he’s also happy to be playing one of the pieces nicknamed the most difficult piece to play for flute. He adds he is going to be ending with that one, it’s one of his favorites.
The concert takes place Saturday night at 7:30 at the Lutheran Church at 20 Second Avenue. Advance tickets are available by calling 204-271-3694 or they will be at the door. Advance tickets are 15 dollars for adults, 10 for students and 5 for children and at the door they will be 18 dollars for adults, 12 for students and 6 for children.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council approved on first reading their smoking bylaw. It will prohibit smoking within 5 meters or 16 feet of the doorway of any building open to the public. It will receive second and third reading at their next meeting. It will be enforced by the businesses themselves, the bylaw enforcement officer or possibly the RCMP. Vaping has not yet been included in the bylaw but will be discussed by Council.
Council will take two opportunities to promote our community. They agreed to purchase a half page ad in the Tourism Manitoba Inspiration Guide at a cost of 37 hundred dollars and will buy a sponsorship package for the 2017 Mining and Minerals Convention for up to 15 hundred dollars. Councilor Colleen McKee says it is important to continue to promote our community in the most positive way possible.
The Flin Flon and Area Against Sexual Exploitation Committee invites you to their sixth annual Grandmother’s Walk tomorrow afternoon. The Committee’s Christa McIntyre explains it was originally started by a Grandmother who wanted us to stand together and let it be known that children’s voices need to be heard, that they’re not alone and that they’re loved so we can join together, men, women, children, youth and we walk in solidarity to bring awareness to sexual exploitation and to held deliver the message that violations against our children must stop.
The event begins at 4 tomorrow afternoon with a pipe ceremony at Neighbors of The North Park near Super K. At 5o’clock the Awareness Walk will go down Main Street to Pioneer Square where there will be free entertainment, food and refreshments.
The Flin Flon Recycling Center and City of Flin Flon have announced the opening of the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Flin Flon landfill. Administrator Deb Odegaard encourages community residents to bring their hazardous waste to the landfill. She says it’s open to collect hazardous waste from households. She explains hazardous waste is those items that have those stop signs with explosive or corrosive or poisonous, anything with those danger signs on them should be brought to the depot instead of being put into the regular garbage. She adds this is going to be available year round and they will take the stuff from you and package it up and ship it off to Winnipeg where it’s taken care of in a responsible way so it doesn’t get into the environment.
Tipping fees will not be charged for vehicles that are bringing in only hazardous waste items. The depot is for household items only.
A grand opening will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 with tours of the depot. Information brochures will be available at City Hall, the Recycling Center and at the event.
The Government of Canada has delivered the first of two 29.5 million dollar federal Gas Tax Fund installments to Saskatchewan for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The funding flows through the provincial government to all of its municipalities on a per capita basis to support community infrastructure projects.
From this Fund the Town of Creighton receives just over 89 thousand dollars, the Village of Denare Beach just under 49 thousand and the City of Flin Flon for the Saskatchewan part just under 14 thousand dollars.
A release states the Fund gives each community across Canada a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long term funding and communities can use the funds immediately on priority projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use it to finance major infrastructure expenditures.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Greenstone are asking for nominations for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Chamber President Dianne Russell explains the things the committee will be looking at when you nominate a business including an established privately owned business serving the local area, contributing to the local business community and supporting the local business community themselves, showing intent to grow and showing outstanding contribution, commitment and leadership and the nominees do not have to have all of these things, you just send in the name and why you’re choosing that business.
You can send your nominations for Entrepreneur of the Year to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Monday and the award will be presented at a Celebrating Communities awards night October 25th.
The Flin Flon Fire Department held their annual Boot Drive on Third Avenue Friday, September 8th. Fire Chief Chad Cooper says it was a great success. He reports a total of 14,500 dollars was raised with this year’s donations going to the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center, Flin Flon Ski Club and the Manitoba Burn Center. He says the Fire Department would like to thank the Flin Flon Scotia Bank branch for their continued support and their contribution of 4 thousand dollars.
Cooper adds it’s amazing how people in the community come together to help each other.
Far Zoro Property
Far Resources reports they continue to advance exploration on its Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake. They report Manitoba’s office of Sustainable Development has issued a drill and work permit for the drilling of 700 meters of core to assess segments of Dyke one where no modern drilling has take place. The drill and crew are being mobilized to the site right now with helicopter assistance provided by Gogal Air Service.
Far Resources President Keith Anderson says these are exciting times as their drill program to assess Dyke one and their rock sampling program on Dykes two, three and four move forward rapidly. He says add that to their currently ongoing soil geochemical survey and they look forward to a wealth of new data coming their way which will be used to prepare a technical report to assist in their decision making process for planned upcoming drill programs.
The Flin Flon Friendship Center Aboriginal Headstart Program has started and is taking registrations for their fall program. The program’s Katie Kawerski says it’s a pre-school program for aboriginal children three to five years old and their families for two and a half hours in the morning and two and a half in the afternoon. She explains they offer culture and language, teach them the Cree language and they have activities like making dream catchers, smudging, learning the animals is Cree and they also offer other activities such as art, science, math, outdoor activities, field trips and they offer activities for the parents. She says they have teas, cooking circles and educational opportunities for parents as well.
Kawerski adds their afternoons are full but they have lots of room mornings for three year olds so you can register by calling Katie at 204-687-1311.
The Commissioner of Emergency Services for Saskatchewan Duane McKay reports there has been significant progress on fires and their impact on communities with cooler weather in the Pelican Narrows area. That means more people can return to their communities. He says we will see Jan Lake go back to their community and Tyrell Lake will also be allowed to go back today and they have a little bit of work in and around Birch Portage to clean up and then they hope by the end of today or early tomorrow those folks will be able to go home as well.
They join residents of Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay who started returning earlier this week. The Hanson Lake Road, highway 106 opened last night to the general public.
A marriage course begins next week at Flin Flons Alliance Church. One of the organizers Menno Giesbrecht says the course is for any couples whether they are married or not. He explains it offers people the tools to strengthen their relationship, it talks about listening, where you come from like your background and what you bring into your marriage and how you can identify that and use it to strengthen you relationship. He adds its just a great course and everybody who is living together or married should take it at least once its so helpful, in fact they’ve had people who’ve taken it and it has saved their marriage.
The marriage course begins Monday at 7 at the Alliance Church. To register or for more information you can call Menno at 204-687-6001.
Northland Ford is again sponsoring Drive One For Your School tomorrow to support Ecole McIsaac School. Salesperson Jacob Sherrington says they will have vehicles at their Flin Flon dealership for you to test drive. He says it’s on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and they’re looking at as many people who want to come down from the community but its one per household and they’re trying to raise about six thousand dollars altogether which is about half of what the school needs.
For every person who test drives a Ford vehicle Saturday Northland Ford and Ford of Canada will donate 20 dollars to the school. You must be 18 years or older with a valid drivers licence.
Northland Ford Flin Flon has participated in the Drive One program for eight years raising in excess of 34,600 dollars to date in support of different community initiatives.
Among the highlights Councillor Collen Stallard mentioned that they are preparing for the opening of Black Bear Bike Park with the grand opening planned for October the 7th with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Grand opening at the old Collins Park location.
Mayor Bruce Fidler attended an Economic Development meeting in Regina which included many ministers from all over Saskatchewan who will be willing to help with information and ideas to help Creighton, Flin Flon and Denare Beach transition into a more diverse economy.
Fidler also wanted to ask for the public’s continued patience on the communities large water line and sewer replacement project which will continue for the next few weeks. Residents will have to continue watching for detours.
Creighton land fill dumping fees are going to be raised by 75% for non-residents and stay the same for residents. They will also not be accepting any more appliances and fridges until the freon has been removed.
Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler says since the wildfires in the Pelican Narrows area started its been tough with the Hanson Lake road closed for two and a half weeks and their staff has been kept busy. He says they get updates daily from the different agencies and the fire crews that are out there so they’re keeping everybody on top of it, all the information they get is going out on their Facebook page and on their website and everybody knows as much as they do and as soon as they hear anything they put it out there.
Fidler adds its good news people are again using the Hanson Lake road and that some residents are returning to Pelican Narrows.
The Commissioner of Emergency Management for Saskatchewan Duane McKay reports fires in the Pelican Narrows area are a bit more stable now with the cooler weather. He adds however they expect that though this is good for firefighting it will cause a bit of an inversion so they expect that smoke will be fairly dense in that area and certainly now that they are starting to move residents back to Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay that’ll be a consideration.
Highway 106, the Hanson Lake Road opened last night for the general public except for residents of Birch Portage.
Wildlife Management reports the Wilkins Fire is contained and progress is being made on the Preston and Granite fires. People continue to return to Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay and their next goal is to return people to Jan Lake as soon as conditions improve further.
The Community Adult Learning Center has started their new season. The Center’s Heather Jobes says they offer a variety of courses. She asks do you need to upgrade your educational skills to further your studies in school or better your chances to become employable? She explains the Community Adult Learning Center is open for another school year for adults 18 years and older offering adult learning programming in areas of literacy, math, computers, GED preparation and employability skills. She says the Center is a certified GED testing Center for Flin Flon and surrounding area adding scheduling is flexible to meet your needs and their programming is free of charge.
The programs at the Center run from September to June from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday. For information you can call 204-687-3223 or visit them on the lower level of the Co-op store on Main Street.
Fire Chief Chad Cooper has announced a critical piece of firefighting equipment is in service and ready to serve the residents of Flin Flon. Cooper says the fire department has been using its frontline fire engine to house all the structural and rescue equipment and it was overstocked and overweight so they purchased a rescue truck. He explains the rescue truck will be fully equipped with rescue, structural firefighting and hazmat equipment. Another feature of the truck he notes is the walk in body which allows the rescue truck to utilize as a mobile command post. He adds the rescue has seating for nine firefighters which is valuable to getting firefighters to the emergency scene quickly and safely.
Rescue One is a 1996 Freightliner truck purchased from Hinton Fire Rescue in Hinton, Alberta.