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The Flin Flon Arts Council is Hosting Three Visitors Today and Tomorrow.

The Arts Council is holding the Inspiration 2 conference titled Knowledge and Development.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it will explore the arts and cultural role in community and economic development with three guests Janice Price CEO of the Banff Center of the Arts and Creativity, Jean Giguere who has been honored for her volunteer role including with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Manitoba Theatre Center and Dorothy Dobbie who is a former MP and owns the publishing company Pegasus books who Kolt says have done that.  She explains they sort of built some amazing things from nothing in some cases so they’re really hoping to glean some information from these really amazing women and help them in their direction towards determining whether there’s something arts and culture can do more than its doing already to support our community that way.

             

The three will meet with the municipalities, school division, festivals, arts organizations, Friendship Center and North Central Canada Centre of the Arts and Environment planners.  You can learn more about the three tomorrow morning at 8:30 with Raphael Saray here on 102.9 CFAR.

 

Great Band Music Will Entertain You Tomorrow Night.

School Bands will get together tomorrow night for a junior high winter band concert.  Band Director Anna Harrison says it will feature the grade six to eight band students from Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools and they’ll all be playing one or two songs per ensemble to showcase what they’ve been learning over the course of the year.  She adds they have a piece of music that they did with their grade seven band that’s kind of special this time because they wrote stories to go along with the piece and actually sent them to the composer.  She says they haven’t heard back from the composer yet but they might get a few kids to share some of the stories they wrote about this piece of music.

             

The band concert starts at 7 tomorrow night at Ecole McIsaac School with a silver collection as admission.

 

 

Your Whole Family Can Celebrate Reading and More Friday.

Library Administrator Courtney Campbell invites you and your family to be part of Family Literacy Day at the Library Friday.  She says they will be partnering with the Read to Me Program to bring some fun events for the families in town and surrounding areas so they’re going to do a normal Story Hour time which is from 10:30 to 11:30 and they’re going to have some special guests come in and do some yoga and some music with the kids.

             

The Family Literacy Day celebration runs from 10:30 to 11:30 Friday morning at the Flin Flon Public Library.  They would like you to register by calling them at 204-687-3397 but if you don’t get a chance to register you can just drop in to the Library Friday morning.

 

RCMP Continue to Investigate an Incident That Occurred in Flin Flon Sunday.

The RCMP report that at approximately 2:30 Sunday afternoon they were following up on complaints of mischief at a residence on Hill Street.  They went to the main floor apartment to ask for information when a large dog exited the residence and began growling and barking at the officers. They report numerous attempts were made to get someone to take control of the dog as it continued to make aggressive actions toward the officers as they backed away from it feeling it was a definite threat. An officer unholstered his firearm again asking for someone to take control of the dog which suddenly lunged at them at which point the officer fired one shot which immediately killed the dog outside the residence with no civilians present.  The officer removed himself from the scene, other officers undertook the investigation and the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has been notified and will monitor the RCMP investigation.

The dog's owner disagrees with the RCMP report saying a friend answered the door when police arrived but didn't give him time to take the dog and restrain it.

 

 

The Government Should Be Taking Action on Jobs in the North.

During her visit to Flin Flon last week Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton expressed concerns about jobs in the north.  She noted the lack of action by the federal government on job losses in Thompson and potential job losses at Hudbay in Flin Flon in 2021 and so jobs are front and center and it’s very important to hold Prime Minister Trudeau accountable.  She says he talks about the middle class, he talks a lot about good jobs but where is he for Flin Flon, where is he for Northern Manitoba and she can tell us the federal government isn’t at the table whether it’s on issues of diversification, whether it’s on saving good jobs in our north they’re not there the way we need them to be.

             

Other issues she noted in the north include the environment, education and on the provincial level the closing of birthing services in Flin Flon with praise for the We Want Birth Committee and people from the area who have called on the provincial government saying we’re not going to stand for it.

New Drill Targets Have Been Identified Near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced the identification of multiple volcanic massive sulphide targets on one of its Snow Lake properties.  They have also acquired through map staking a 100 percent interest in two immediately adjacent land packages totaling just over 174 thousand hectares.  Rockcliff notes they are the largest junior landholder in the Flin Flon Snow Lake greenstone belt.

             

Their President Ken Lapierre states with the addition of these large exploration properties Rockcliff is well positioned in an underexplored part of a world class VMS belt buried below a thin limestone cover as they now control almost three thousand square kilometers of continuous underexplored geology in an area with significant VMS discovery potential.  He added they will explore and advance this area of the belt to identify priority one VMS targets for drill testing.

 

 

Planning is Well Underway for This Summers Trout Festival.

After two unsuccessful calls for people to fill executive positions the Flin Flon Trout Festival now has an executive.  At their meeting yesterday the committee elected Laurie Sealey as President, Sheena Reed as Vice-President, Katie Kawerski as Treasurer and Laurence Gillespie as Secretary.  

             

Laurie and Katie also agreed to take on the Fish Fry, Sheena Reed will continue with the parade, Dave Osika with the fishing derby and Colleen and Terry Arnold with the canoe races.

             

Plans are for this summer’s festival to start on Friday June 28th wrapping up on Monday July 1st with plans developing for the opening ceremony and barbeque on the Friday possibly followed the Family Dance, Main Street Days Friday and Saturday, Canoe Races and Fish Fry Saturday and the Canada Day Parade on the Monday with other ideas being discussed.

             

They thanked the past executive for their work in keeping the festival going.

 

The Lack of Cell Service in Northeast Saskatchewan will be Going to the House of Commons.

Desnethe Missinippi Churchill River Member of Parliament Georgina Jolibois says she is disappointed by the lack of action on cell phone service on the northeast side of her riding.  She explains when she was driving across from west to east to get to this part of the riding she noticed that for about five hours they drove with no cell service and that is really hard for her to comprehend and it isn’t fair to residents on the east side of the province and when we are driving towards Prince Albert and Saskatoon we don’t have that luxury of having access to internet, broadband or other services.

             

Jolibois says she will bring this up, write letters to Ministers and work with the area MLAs to object to the lack of support from both the federal and provincial governments on this key issue.

 

You Can Learn More About Christian Unity.

A Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being celebrated in Flin Flon next week.  Salvation Army Major Debbie Allen says the idea is for all the church congregations to come together and they do so by joining each other each night in different churches and just praying together about peace in the world.  She adds there’s a lot of conflict, violence and people not getting along and the idea is unity should begin with us and then go out to the world.

             

Services take place at 7 each night next week starting Sunday at the Alliance Church, Monday St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Tuesday the Lutheran Church, Wednesday the Anglican Church, Thursday the United Church and Friday the Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome to attend the services.

 

Participants and Spectators Can Support a Fund Raiser.

Northern Growing Abilities is presenting their first Lip Sync Battle Saturday night.  The group’s Tracy Brown says you can join the performers in the lip sync or just enjoy the entertainment and social to support a good cause.  She explains they’re doing the Lip Sync Battle Social fund raiser for their Northern Growing Abilities non-profit organizations and all tickets purchased for the event are going in for an elimination draw for two return tickets to Winnipeg on Calm Air as well as a weekend for two at the Victoria Inn.  She adds tickets are 20 dollars each and can be purchased at the Orange Toad, Northern Rainbows End, Pharmasave, Gateway, Candy Bar and Di’s.

             

The Lip Sync Battle takes place Saturday night at the Creighton Community Hall starting at 8.  Tickets will not be sold at the door so get them today.

 

The Flin Flon School Board is Into its Budget Process.

At the Board Meeting Tuesday night chair Leslie Fernandes reported as the new year begins they get into the important job of preparing their budget for the 2019-20 school year.  Superintendent Constance McLeese reminds anyone interested you have only two days left to fill out the Division Budget Consultation Survey on their website www.ffsd.mb.ca or pick up a paper copy at the Division office on Terrace Avenue.

             

Trustee Murray Skeavington requested and received support from the Board in his bid to run for Vice-President of Boards with under six thousand students with the Manitoba School Boards Association.

             

And Superintendent McLeese reported Metis artist Jaime Black will be in the schools as part of her visit to Flin Flon February 13th to 15th.  She is responsible for the Red Dress Project calling for an end to violence against Indigenous women.  On the 13th she will speak at Hapnot Collegiate, on the 14th Many Faces students will help hang red dresses around the community and on the 15th she will be giving art classes to a group of students.

 

 

A Northern Saskatchewan Member of Parliament has Been Recognized by Her Fellow MPs.

Desnethe Missinippi Churchill River Member of Parliament Georgina Jolibois received the Parliamentarian of the Year Award for 2018.  She says she was privileged and honored with winning the best to represent her constituency award from the McLean’s magazine when the other MPs voted for her and she thanks them for the opportunity she has as the winner for the Parliamentarian of the year.  She adds what that means is she has the chance to represent her constituency really well across Canada and is very proud to do that work.

            

 Jolibois’ constituency includes the Creighton Denare Beach area.  Northern Manitoba MP Niki Ashton representing Churchill Keewatinook Aski also received that award in the past.

 

A Long Time Board Member Has Received an Award.

Cranberry Portage resident Larry Johnson has been honored by Community Futures Manitoba.  It’s for his outstanding contribution to the Community Futures program.  Johnson explains he promotes the north as much as he can wherever he goes and he was on Community Futures Greenstone for almost 26 years and he had to take a year off as they have a new policy now that after nine years on the Board you have to take a year off so he took his year off and was quite surprised that they nominated him for this award.

             

The Community Futures Greenstone Board congratulated Johnson on his award and thanked him for his many years of service.

An After World War Two Film Will Be Shown Tomorrow Night.

The Central Canada Film Group will feature the film Phoenix tomorrow night.  The group’s Tom Heine says this is a terrific film.  He explains it’s a German film subtitled and essentially a woman survives the second world war, she was disfigured, her face has been repaired and she is wondering whether her husband has betrayed her so she comes back, her husband doesn’t recognize her and it’s all the various things that happen in trying to sort out this situation.

             

Phoenix will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Admission for this film will be a silver collection.

 

The Flin Flon Brand and Tourism Will Be Under Discussion Tuesday.

Community Futures Greenstone is holding a Regional Tourism Summit Tuesday.  Manager Becky Cianflone says it will focus on the Flin Flon Brand The Water and The Wild and includes a couple of guest presenters and one will be Vern May the Economic Development Officer from Portage La Prairie talking about how Portage has utilized their brand and built collaboration around tourism and then they have a couple of local entrepreneurs who are going to talk about the importance of Main Street revitalization and how that plays into a tourism strategy.  She adds they want to see a broad engagement so they want tourism operators, certainly business people, but also citizens interested in tourism and people who think tourism can be an economic driver for our community.

             

The summit is being held Tuesday at 5 pm at the Creighton Community Hall.  Anyone interested can attend but because supper is provided you are asked to register by Friday by emailing admin@cfgreenstone.com or call them at 204-687-6967.

Visible Gold has Been Intersected in a Drill Program Near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation reports a first phase drill program has been completed at their high grade Laguna Gold Property located in Snow Lake.  They note this property was last drilled in 1944 and hosts the past producing Rex Laguna mine that was Manitoba’s first and highest grade gold mine.

             

Rockcliff President and CEO Ken Lapierre says they look forward to the assay results from the first drill program completed on the property in over 70 years.  He says the drill program not only identified depth extents of several historical gold bearing surface quartz veins, it also discovered new quartz veins with visible gold adding several holes were extended well beyond their original target depths as mineralized quartz veins and surrounding mineralized host rock were intersected at depths of over 500 meters.  Exploration is to continue this year.

 

Arts and Culture Will be The Focus of a Conference Next Week.

The Flin Flon Arts Council is hosting a conference next Tuesday and Wednesday called Inspiration 2: Knowledge and Development.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it will explore the arts and cultural role in community and economic development with three special guests including Janice Price who’s the CEO of the Banff Center of the Arts and Creativity, Jean Giguere who is Order of Canada and also on the Board of Directors of the National Art Gallery and then they have Dorothy Dobbie who is a former MP and owns the publishing company Pegasus Books.  She adds they are going to be speaking with municipalities, various arts organizations and other organizations in the community.

             

At 8 Monday night there will be a public meet and greet at the Norva Center at 177 Green Street so you can come out and learn more about these three guests.

 

Last Year Was a Challenging One for Our Region.

Northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says last year our region faced job losses, shutdowns of critical infrastructure and an ongoing housing crisis. She says we also saw people and communities facing huge challenges in dealing with inadequate health care and education funding.

             

Ashton noted the Churchill port and rail line operating but only because of a northern partnership, the closure of the smelter and refinery in Thompson with silence from the provincial and federal governments and the potential closure of the mine in Flin Flon in 2021. She pointed out the contrast between the complete lack of support for our region’s hard hit resource communities and the billion dollars plus bail out for the oil industry adding our region and regions like it produce much of the wealth of this country and we deserve better.

Snowmobilers Are Heading South This Week.

The Lions Journey for Sight starts in Flin Flon Wednesday morning. The Journey is an annual fundraiser for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.  One of the organizers Dean Lounsbury from the Dauphin Lions Club says snowmobiles from across the province will start the northern leg at the Victoria Inn around 10 Wednesday morning and that takes them to Cranberry Portage for dinner with day number one finishing in The Pas.  Day number two will take them from The Pas to Swan River and day three which is Friday will allow some of them to get home for the evening in Dauphin.  Lounsbury adds Swan River is where they split the group and some of the guys will take highway 83 into the Roblin Russell area and day number four is the last day finishing up in Brandon at the airport.

             

The North of 53 Co-op will again be providing 500 dollars in gas for the snowmobilers.  The Journey for Sight raised 82 thousand dollars for the Eye Bank last year.

 

Band Students Will Entertain You Wednesday Night.

Creighton Community School presents their Winter Band Concert Wednesday night.  Music Director Vanessa Unrau says it features grade 7 to 11 band students adding you’ll hear a little bit of a history of their program, they’ll be talking about what their goals for the future of the program are and then you’ll hear some really great music.  She says they have a grade 7ensemble, a grade 7-8 ensemble and then you’ll hear their senior band which is just phenomenal.

             

The concert begins at 7 Wednesday night in the Creighton Community School gym with a silver collection and a 50-50 draw.

 

Information on Dementia and Community Support will be Available Wednesday Night.

The Northern Health Region and Pharmasave are hosting the Alzheimer Society presentation of Dementia: We All Have a Reason to Care Wednesday night.  The Society’s Manitoba Program Director Norma Kirkby will speak on recognizing the symptoms so that a person values the changes that are taking place in someone and does talk to a medical professional about them.  She’ll also be talking about how we as the general population can do all that’s needed to reduce our risk of developing dementia and she’ll be wrapping up by reminding people about some of the general principles about being friendly and open to people who are impacted by dementia so that whether it’s the person living with the disease or a family member or friend who’s providing care that they find the community supportive.

             

The presentation is open to anyone interested Wednesday night from 7 to 8:30 at 50 Church Street.

You Have a Week Left to Provide Your Input on the 2019-20 School Division Budget.

 Flin Flon School Division invites you to submit your opinions through a budget consultation survey.  Secretary Treasurer Heather Fleming explains the Board of Trustees are just looking for community feedback prior to the public budget meeting which is held later in February.  She says it’s just a great opportunity for everyone to give them feedback on school programs as well as any other areas they believe the School Division should be focusing on.

             

You can access the survey on their website www.ffsd.mb.ca or paper copies are available at the Division office at 9 Terrace Avenue.  The survey closes next Friday.

 

You Can Learn More About Monarch Butterflies on Your Next Visit to The Pas.

The Sam Waller Museum in The Pas has a travelling exhibit on display from the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum called On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly.  Museum Curator and Archivist Joanna Munholland explains in 2005 a Mexican film maker and pilot took off in an ultra light aircraft from Montreal and followed the migration of the Monarch Butterfly from Canada to the mountains of Central Mexico so this exhibit celebrates some of the picture that he took and kind of follows the path that the film maker and pilot took with the butterflies.

             

Some of the pictures show butterflies in different stages of development.  The exhibit is expected to be at the Museum until January 30th.

 

Supporting Families Can Learn More About Dementia.

The Northern Health Region in partnership with Pharmasave is hosting the Alzheimer Society presentation Caring for a Family Member with Dementia Monday night.  The Society’s Manitoba Program Director Norma Kirkby will be here for the presentation.  She explains they are going to spend some time talking about communicating with a person with dementia but they’re also going to talk about communicating with the sources of help in the community so that as a care partner is finding that the tasks of care are maybe becoming a little more time consuming they understand the importance of getting those other community services involved so they as a caring partner can stay strong and they’ll end off by talking about caregiver self care and why it’s not selfish to care for oneself when caring for another.

             

The presentation takes place Monday night from 7 to 8:30 at 50 Church Street.  We’ll have details on a presentation for anyone interested in learning more about dementia coming up Wednesday night on tomorrow’s news.

Recycling Was at Its Best Last Year.

The year end totals are in for last year at the Flin Flon Recycling Center.  Administrator Deb Odegaard says it was an excellent year noting it was actually a record breaking year.  She says they recycled 510 metric tons and the previous record had been 500 in 2007 so they’re really quite excited about that.  She adds they also did a record number of batteries at 655 kilograms and they sent out 30 metric tons of electronics as well in the past year.

             

For information on recycling you can contact the Recycling Center at 204-687-6169 or visit their website www.flinflonrecycling.org.

 

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