Captain Ryan Keen and Bill Jackson after 2016 air show.
The Flin Flon Rotary Club will again be sponsoring an air show this summer. The Club’s Bill Jackson says following the extremely popular air show they put on in July 2016 they have invited the Snowbirds back for another show. He explains the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are coming back as the Flin Flon Rotary Club has again invited the air demonstration team for another air show. He says it’s going to happen at the local airport and this family event is being planned for Wednesday, July 11th, 2018. Jackson adds the Rotary Club is very pleased to organize this air show and they are planning on using this as a fund raiser for our new emergency ward at our local hospital.
An estimated five thousand people attended the 2016 air show.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Capturing Christmas Contest. Past President Dianne Russell says it’s a contest for Chamber members so people just take a picture of themselves, their stores, however they celebrate Christmas, maybe their staff, some people have sent in their pets. She adds they send them by Facebook to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce page or by email to email@example.com and they have great prizes to give away that Manitoba Hydro sponsored so someone is going to win some great prizes just for sending them a picture.
The deadline to enter the contest that started on November 16th is Monday with a draw taking place to determine the winners on 102.9 CFAR Tuesday between 3 and 3:15. The photos will be posted on the Chamber website and Facebook page.
The Flin Flon Young Musicians will be performing their annual Christmas concert Sunday night. Director Susan Fulford says it features great young local talent. She says this concert titled Breath of Heaven is a special time Christmas offering of her students, pianists, vocalists and featured singing group Kaleidoscope but not to be missed is Flin Flon’s own gold medal winning flutist Mikylo Odut. She adds it’s a unique concert in that it’s held in the dark in candle light and the audience is invited to close their eyes if they wish and listen until the end when they may show their appreciation for these very accomplished young musicians.
The concert will be held Sunday night at 7:30 in the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue. Admission is a donation with the proceeds going to Camfed which is an organization to support the education of young women in developing countries.
Members of the Citizens on Patrol Program want you to learn more about their group. Chairperson Sinclair James says they will be holding a mass Main Street Patrol tomorrow at 4 and 7 o’clock to mark their third anniversary. He says they’ll be walking down Main Street from the Community Hall down towards the Co-op and back handing out information pamphlets with contact information if you’re interested in joining. He adds this event is to let the community know that Flin Flon Citizens on Patrol are an active group helping to prevent crime and promoting community safety.
If you are interested in joining Citizens on Patrol you can call them at 204-271-4881 or go online to www.citizensonpatrol.ca.
The Main Street Committee is presenting Moonlight Madness tomorrow night from 5 to 8. The Committee’s Dianne Russell says it’s a Main Street family night. She explains some of the businesses on Main Street are allowing home businesses to come into their stores so there’s going to be a lot of extra shopping at some of those businesses, you’ll just have to walk down the street and find them. She says there’s going to be a gift wrapping center at Mugsy’s, Your Dollar Store and Big Dipper have an extra businesses in their store and they’ve got Santa whose going to be arriving at the Library, they’ve got fire pits, free hot chocolate and stuff going on right beside RBC and two dollar pizza at Rock City Diner.
Russell adds it’s a really great way to celebrate Christmas as it gets closer to us.
The Flin Flon Public Library has several events as we prepare for the Christmas season. Administrator Courtney Campbell says that includes hosting Santa’s workshop during tomorrow’s Moonlight Madness and that means children can come in to meet Santa and take photos with him so they need to take their own photos on their cell phones or things like that and that takes place from 5 to 8 on Friday. She says Friday is also the day of their Christmas raffle draw so people will be able to find out if they won the doll furniture package, the room rental package or the antique doll carriage. Campbell adds they also have the 12 books of Christmas contest and they’re also taking food for fines for the Friendship Center until Friday so if you have some overdue books that you want to bring back without paying those heavy fines just bring in a non-perishable food item or a toy or a new book for the Friendship Center.
For more information on any of these events you can drop into the Library on Main Street or call them at 204-687-3397.
In early October Saskatoon based Canadian Platinum Corporation signed a definitive agreement to sell its Peter Lake Property just west of Reindeer Lake in northern Saskatchewan to American Energy Metals Corporation. The property hosts significant copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group element mineralization.
Canadian Platinum announced last week it has elected to terminate the agreement as American Energy was unable to complete its corporate structuring failing to meet its initial obligations in the anticipated timeframe.
Their President Gary Billingsley says Canadian Platinum terminated the agreement in order to pursue other opportunities to advance the project. He adds given today’s metal prices Peter Lake remains a significant part of their project portfolio with the critical mineral claims in good standing for several more years without additional work requirements.
The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce received an invitation to talk with the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce. Saskatchewan’s Director of Government Relations Curtis Hemming after learning about the Chambers discussion on border town challenges facing Flin Flon and Creighton contacted the local Chamber asking if they were interested in having a conference call with him and a rep from the Lloydminster Chamber on how they have dealt with some of the problems. Dianne Russell, Kory Eastman and Colleen McKee plan to take part in the call on Friday. Russell says this is an ongoing issue here and Lloydminster has dealt with similar issues so this is a good first step.
The Northern Neighbors Foundation’s Betty Kendall reported their recent Endowment Day held by the Winnipeg Foundation to support local Foundations resulted in nine donations locally totaling 2850 dollars. As a result the Winnipeg Foundation and the provincial government each added 570 dollars to the donation.
And Co-op Store Manager Tom Therien reported construction of the new store is proceeding well. He says staring January 1st they will be hiring and training between 25 and 50 people to work in the new store when it opens at the end of April.
The Salvation Army has set up an Angel Tree in Walmart to help collect toys for children. Major Debbie Allen explains on the tree you will find tags and you pick up a tag and go shop for a child. She says the ages are listed on that tag and then you check the age of the child, male or female and return it once its paid for to the service desk at Walmart and they will hold it for her to pick up.
Major Allen adds the toys will be distributed to children in Cranberry Portage and Sherridon as well as the Flin Flon Friendship Center’s gift program. The Angel Tree will be in Walmart until December 22nd.
Operation Red Nose completed its third weekend of getting people and their vehicles home safely in the Flin Flon area. The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says it was their best weekend so far this year. He explains Operation Red Nose provided a total of 57 rides which is a big increase over the previous two weekends and they were quite happy about it. He says they had a total of 14 volunteers from the Women’s Resource Center combined with the Friendship Center on Friday evening and 14 volunteers from the Cottagers and Friends on Saturday evening to provide this service adding next Friday the Steelworkers are providing the volunteers followed on Saturday by the Hudbay staff.
Operation Red Nose operates this coming Friday and Saturday and December 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 31st and Hewitt says they are in desperate need of volunteers for those last four nights. You can find an application online at www.operationrednose.com or at Scotia Bank. Fill it out and take it to the RCMP office with two pieces of identification.
On December 2nd Northland Ford held their Teddy Bear Toss at the Flin Flon Bomber game. Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay explains when the Bombers scored their first goal fans tossed Teddies over the boards. He says there was a very enthusiastic crowd there and everything went great adding the Bombers scored a minute and a half into the game so they weren’t quite prepared for it but they collected a little over 230 in a combination of teddy bears and toys for the kids that all went to the Friendship Center last week and they’re going to distribute them in the area and there’s going to be a lot of very happy kids come Christmas.
This was the fifth year for the Teddy Bear Toss.
Six unions at Hudbay in Flin Flon and Snow Lake voted on a new contract today.
The International Association of Machinists Local 1848 had a 77 percent turnout with 68 percent voting to ratify the agreement. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1405 voted 86 percent in favor. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1614 had an 80 percent turnout with 90 percent in favor. The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 451 had an 80 percent turnout with 86 percent in favor of ratification.
The United Steelworkers reported they don’t release numbers but local 7106 said the contract was ratified and local 9338 said they voted to accept Hudbay’s final offer.
The agreement comes into effect January 1st and offers a 2.5 percent wage increase per year over the three year contract along with increases in pension and health benefits.
The residents of Churchill have been without rail service for over half a year and the situation doesn’t seem any closer to a resolution. Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says that even though the Federal Government is starting to take action they don’t seem to understand how urgent the situation is. She says Omnitrax is continuing to play games. She adds she sees the Federal government’s approach is quite positive but she’s concerned there isn’t the sense of urgency that is needed there, that construction season is passed but are they going to be ready in the new year to hit the ground running and ultimately how can we get Omnitrax out of the north because its been just one thing after another.
On another topic even though the NDP are in support of legalizing cannabis Ashton says they aren’t happy with the Federal Liberal’s approach and timeline. She says resources are needed to support communities in the face of the tight timeline so everyone including the police can do the work they need to do and that’s still missing.
Residents of Denare Beach are again taking part in the Village of Lights by putting up Christmas lights. Recreation Director Crystal Banting explains they just need their residents to decorate their houses with as many lights as they can and they have judging happening on December 15th. She says they have four prizes this year, first is a gift certificate for Canadian Tire from the Northern Village of Denare Beach for 100 dollars, second is a 75 dollar gift certificate from Rocky View Lodge, third is a two prime rib dinner from Rocky View Lodge and fourth is a 50 dollar gift certificate from Fieber Plumbing.
This is the ninth year for the Village of Lights.
The Flin Flon Friendship Center is planning the December 31st First Night Out Celebration. The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner says it’s a great way for the family to welcome the New Year. She says they have lots of fun activities planned. They’ve got a photo booth and this year they got rid of the pot luck supper so you pay five dollars for your ticket or two dollars for a child and they’ve got a spaghetti and Caesar salad supper planned.
The doors open at 5:30 at the Flin Flon Community Hall with supper at 6:30 followed by entertainment, dancing, a balloon drop and door prizes. Tickets are available at the Orange Toad, the Gateway, Friendship Center, Alpine Convenience in Denare Beach and Di’s Confectionary in Creighton.
Tm Hortons opened Monday in the Petro Canada center in Creighton. Trevor Ives from the Peter Ballantyne group of companies that owns the center says they’re excited about the opening. He explains they’ve got the full Tim Hortons beverage line so all the teas, coffees, hot cappuccinos, ice mochas, the whole line of beverages and the whole baked goods line as well so bagels, croissants, muffins, cookies, Timbits and of course donuts and yogurt parfaits and that sort of thing.
Ives says the staff has been incredible at handling the large turnout since Monday and customers have been very patient as they learn. They are open from 7 am to 10 pm.
The Creighton School Community Council is running its annual Santa Store at the school Tuesday and Wednesday. School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says it gives the younger students a chance to so some Christmas shopping. She explains through donations they are able to set up a store for the students from pre-k to grade six to shop for their families. All items go for 25 cents and will be gift wrapped so they will be a surprise on Christmas morning. She adds the School Community Council is seeking donations for the Santa Store such as small ornaments, household items, knickknacks and things like that so if you are able to donate any of these items you can drop them off at the Community School office.
This is the 14th year of the Santa Store at Creighton School.
The Manitoba RCMP officially launched its 2017 Holiday Checkstop program on December 1, and after the first weekend they report it’s clear that Manitobans are still choosing to drive impaired.
Over the December 1 to 3 weekend, 21 people were charged with Impaired Driving and six alcohol related tiered suspensions were issued.
Inspector Ed Moreland says it’s only week one of their Checkstop and they’re already seeing high numbers of intoxicated drivers behind the wheel. He adds be assured that their officers will be out in full force over the holidays to stop and arrest any driver that decides to drive impaired.
Moreland says in the past decade, there has not been a single year when someone has not died on our roads during the holiday and one more death is too many.
Creighton Recreation is sponsoring a bus tour of the Christmas lights in Creighton Wednesday night. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says there will be several trips. She says they are running one special run for the seniors at 5:30 with pickup at the Senior’s Center and four other runs starting at six and running every half hour from the Creighton Community Hall so people can come and while they’re waiting have hot chocolate and a cookie and visit before the holidays.
Senyk adds there is a sign up sheet for the seniors at the Manor interested in going on the senior’s bus tour. The other trips are open to anyone interested in seeing the lights in Creighton.
A Canada 150th Skate Day is being held this weekend. The Flin Flon Friendship Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner invites you to attend on Sunday at the Whitney Forum when they have a fun skate day planned with the Bombers. She adds the Bombers are going to be doing a couple of activities and have some prizes to hand out and it’s a free event for everybody so come down to the Whitney Forum.
The Canada 150th Skate runs from 12 to 2 Sunday.
The Christmas season is getting underway in Creighton tomorrow. Recreation Director Channa Senyk invites you to their Christmas Family Dance tomorrow night. She says its sponsored by Creighton Recreation, Creighton Community Center, Sask Lotteries and the Kids First North girls will be there doing crafts with the children. She adds they expect a visit from Santa and there’s free treat bags for the kids.
The Family Dance is a free event and it gets underway tomorrow night from 7 to 9 in the Creighton Community Hall.
At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council agreed to spend 35 hundred dollars to be part of Conquest Outback Productions Dimestore Fishermen outdoor television program. Mayor Cal Huntley noted there will be an opportunity for local fishermen to be part of the production taking the hosts to fishing spots. The city will also be able to post the video on their web page. Councilor Colleen McKee added it’s a great way to promote our community.
Council also passed an amendment to the Traffic Bylaw to allow the Citizens on Patrol to place their speed reader trailer at various locations around the community. Council again thanked local fire fighters for the work in installing all the Christmas light at the Station Museum.
And Mayor Huntley says Council has no position yet on a letter from their last meeting from Spencer Payson of Payson’s Smoke N’ Vape asking for their support in applying for a licence to sell cannabis at the retail level. He says they still have questions that need answering such as what regulations will apply to the handling of the marijuana once it has been purchased at the retail level.
For the 13th year the local choir Borealis will hold a Service of Lesson and Carols for the Whole Community Sunday afternoon. The choir’s Tim Spencer says the concert will support the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank while offering you music and readings. He explains they’ve got some new faces in the Borealis Choir and they’ve got some new music with lots of opportunities for the congregation to sing along to some carols as well and they’ve got some new people reading the lessons this year. He adds it’s a lovely community event and it’s important at this time of year to support the Food Bank.
The service will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue. Admission is an offering of money or non-perishable food items for the Food Bank.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council passed on final reading an amendment to the smoking bylaw. It sets the fines for people who smoke within five meters of the entrance to a public building. The fines start at 50 dollars for a first offence rising to 500 dollars for the fourth and future offences.
Council approved the 2017-18 Whitney Forum fee schedule with the rates remaining the same as the past year. They also approved the Recreation fee schedule with an increase in fees of four percent except Camp Whitney and the Tourist Bureau which remain the same as last year.
Council also approved their annual payment to the Manitoba the Crime Stoppers Program at 10 cents per capita or $518.50 for 2018 and Mayor Cal Huntley introduced the city’s new Treasurer Lyn Brown who replaces Glenna Daschuk who have moved to Municipal Administrator.
Operation Red Nose had a successful second weekend in the Flin Flon area. The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt reports over the weekend Operation Red Nose provided a total of 43 rides which was a big increase over the previous weekend adding they had a total of 17 volunteers from the staff at McIsaac School and the Kinsmen on Friday evening and 14 volunteers from the staff at Creighton School and the Ski Club on Saturday evening to provide the service. He says next Friday the Women’s Resource Center combined with the Friendship Center are providing the volunteers followed on Saturday by the Cottagers.
Operation Red Nose will again be available Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends as well as December 29th and New Years Eve. Volunteers are still needed for the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 31st with application forms available online at www.operationrednose.com or at Scotia Bank which are then taken to the RCMP office with two pieces of identification.
Flin Flon musician CC Trubiak’s new album will be officially released this weekend. Trubiak says it’s his third release of original music. He explains the new album is called McBain and basically it consists of songs that he has pretty much written since the moment he moved back here five years ago so it’s all original songs and very much based on life after returning home. He says this Friday and Saturday is when the album goes officially live to the public so what that means is it will be available on itunes and cdbaby.com for people who want to go and download the album.
The album will also be available at his official launch and performance at Johnny’s Social Club Friday and Saturday as well as at select stores here in Flin Flon including Northern Rainbows End as early as next week.
Rockcliff Metals Corporation through its subsidiary Goldpath Resources has purchased a 100 percent interest in the Lucky Jack Gold Property in the Wekusko-Herb Lake gold camp in Snow Lake. The Lucky Jack Gold Property totals 15 mining claims covering 2557 hectares and is located immediately south of Rockcliff’s Laguna Gold Property that hosts the former producing Laguna Gold Mine.
Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre says while they remain focused on advancing their high grade Volcanic Massive Sulphide deposits the opportunity was there to grow their gold portfolio adjacent to their Laguna Gold Property as it has superior gold potential, excellent infrastructure and complements their existing gold assets. He adds they look forward to exploring and advancing their geological understanding and gold potential at the Lucky Jack Gold Property next year.
The 24th annual Christmas Gift Program is underway at the Flin Flon Friendship Center. It’s designed to enable parents or guardians to give their children a gift at Christmas when circumstances prevent them from doing so. The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner says you can register at the Friendship Center now to select gifts for children up to 17 years old. She explains starting November 27th they’ve been taking registrations for the Christmas Gift Program so right up to December 8th you can register and then they have the gifts going out from the 18th to the 22nd of December.
If you have any questions about the Gift Program you can call Jolene at 204-687-8852 or Virginia at 204-687-8858.
In his reply to the Pallister government’s throne speech Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey raised the government’s lack of commitment to seniors housing particularly in Flin Flon where constant review seems to be the answer because they don’t have the courage to say yes or no. He says the last conversation he had about the building of the Hemlock Seniors Complex was in September this year and still under review adding still under review seems to be the standard answer when they’re afraid to say something has been cut and that’s clearly what’s happening here.
Lindsey also mentions other issues missing from the throne speech such as a job strategy for the north with 15 hundred known job losses coming in Flin Flon, Thompson and other points or a plan for roads, tourism, cell phone service, the high cost for internet and following up on the Look North report.
The annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights was a success Friday night. The nice weather and vehicles covered in lights attracted a lot of people to the parade down Main Street. Judges decided the best entry was from the City of Flin Flon and they receive a six hundred dollar advertising package from the main parade sponsors the Reminder and 102.9 CFAR. As the parade was lining up CFAR Manager Dianne Russell said they were pleased with the parade and the support they received. She said they were very excited about the weather, it’s not that cold out and they expect the street to be full of kids and they were looking forward to the evening and it’s another great way to kick off the Christmas season. She added this year they again had the Main Street Committee which is a sub-committee of the Chamber of Commerce that put this on as well as support from Hudbay and they also had a little bit of help from the Tire Shop this year in decorating.
There’s another Christmas event coming up on Main Street, Moonlight Madness Family Night on Friday, December 15th from 5 to 8 pm.
Far Resources has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with exploration company Quantum Resources Limited. Quantum has the right to earn an interest in the Thompson Brothers lithium project in Manitoba which is contiguous with Far Resource’s extensive holdings in the Snow Lake Region of Manitoba.
Under the Memorandum the two companies have agreed to exchange information and to work together to assess the viability and potential synergies of developing their lithium assets in Manitoba over the course of a one year period. The Memorandum may be extended or terminated by either party on written notice. During the period of the Memorandum the parties will explore the most efficient way to work together to move their projects forward through a mutually beneficial agreement to both parties.
Flin Flon RCMP report a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at Main Street and Fourth Avenue around 11:20 Saturday morning. Early investigation indicates the vehicle was southbound on Main Street and the pedestrian was not in the crosswalk. He suffered a broken leg and cuts to his head. He was taken to the Flin Flon General Hospital and then on to hospital in Saskatoon. The Investigation continues.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey in his reply to the Throne Speech questioned the Pallister government’s commitment to northern health care. He asked how about the wait times that you would need to get in to see a doctor in northern Manitoba, how does three months just to get to see a doctor at the clinic and why is that? He says it would appear there’s been some sort of cut in the number of doctors that are now available in Flin Flon. Lindsey says there used to be five now there are three and apparently that meets some magic formula that they have that complies with their budget.
Lindsey also noted the shortage of nurse practitioners and also questioned what will be cut by the government next with 6 million dollars to come out of the Northern Health Region budget.
We’ll have more from his speech in tomorrow’s news.
Rockcliff Metals Corporation reports an Induced Polarization and resistivity geophysical survey has been completed at their Laguna Gold Property in their Snow Lake Mining Camp
Rockcliff President Ken Lapierre says the survey has identified seventeen significant high priority anomalies within the Laguna Gold Mine Trend worthy of follow up exploration. He explains the Laguna Gold Mine Trend is a minimum 5 kilometers long by 1 kilometer wide and hosts the Laguna Gold Mine and multiple additional gold rich, suphide bearing quartz veins with significant grab sample gold assays from trace to 620 grams per tonne. Lapierre notes the Laguna Gold Trend was last drilled in 1944 and now with definition of these new untested gold targets is a testament to the excellent untested gold potential at Laguna.
The Women’s Resource Center is holding its annual candle light vigil Sunday afternoon to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The Center’s Colleen Arnold says the vigil will be held at the Montreal Canadians Alumni game Sunday afternoon. She says the vigil is in memory of the 14 young women who were tragically killed in the Montreal massacre on December 6th 28 years ago. She explains because the Montreal hockey game is here and it’s close to December 6th they will be having a moment of silence at the game. Players will be holding candles and they ask everyone to help them deliver the message to our community that we will stand united to end violence against women and girls. She says they also ask you to take a moment in December 6th to remember these women and reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society.
Arnold adds information will be included in the game program and they will be handing out rose buttons at the game for people to wear to show their support.
The Flin Flon Health Auxiliary continues to raise money to support people at the Personal Care Home and Northern Lights Manor. The Auxiliary’s Amy Ruckle explains the Auxiliary buys furniture and right now they’re in the process of putting one chesterfield and two chairs in each place and they have another chesterfield coming for each place and they have a game coming for the PCH and they have care packages for people who are in the emergency ward that have to be sent out of town and for anybody that comes to the hospital from another area that needs toothpaste, a tooth brush or any of that type of thing and these packages are given to them.
Ruckle adds they also purchased three wheel chairs for the third floor of the hospital and have a presentation of baby supplies to the New Years baby. Their fund raising continues with a Christmas Shoppers Tea tomorrow from 1:30 to 3:30 at the United Church and a 50-50 draw on December 19th.
Denare Beach will be holding its Jingle Bells Craft Sale and Home Business Sale tomorrow. Recreation Director Crystal Banting says they have a full house this year with vendors and crafters included Moji Life, Osborne Books, Sweet Treats, Serious Paws Pet Treats, sewing, knitting, photography, Amisk Lake Soaps, Beach Glass by Vicky, woodworking, painting, Signature Homestyles, jewelry and they have Creighton Grads running the concession so you can come out and support them as well.
The Craft Sale runs from 10 to 4 tomorrow at the Denareplex in Denare Beach.
On Saturday night Northland Ford will be sponsoring their fifth annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Flin Flon Bomber game. Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay explains when the Bombers score their first goal toss the Teddies over the glass. He says last year they picked up about 450 of them and they’re hoping for about the same this year. He says it’s been a very good event and a very good donation to the Salvation Army and the Friendship Center who each have a Christmas cheer program and that’s what the Teddy Bears go for.
Gourlay adds if you don’t have a Teddy Bear other toys are fine and they’ll have drop off points for toys that can’t be tossed onto the ice.
The Flin Flon Community Choir is featuring a Holly Jolly Christmas With the Choir Saturday night. Choir Director Crystal Kolt says they’ll feature special choral leaders with the choir. She explains you’re going to hear some of your favorite carols with a few new ones they’ve learned that are really beautiful and they have four conductors that are going to be sharing their talents with you, Kim Jones, Anna Harrison, Crystal Kolt and Courtney Campbell and you’ve got the full 70 voice Community Choir there to give you an amazing kick off into the Christmas season.
The concert takes place Saturday at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall. Tickets are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street at 20 dollars for adults and 10 for youth.
The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the film Yolki tomorrow night. The group’s Colin Davis says this is a Russian Christmas comedy that you’ll talk about for a long time and Russia’s most watched film in 2010. He explains Vanya is a young girl in a Russian orphanage who has told everyone that her father is the President of Russia. When told to prove it the other children she lives with tell her to have her father say something pointed right at her during his annual New Year’s speech. Davis adds her only friend at the orphanage tells her that everybody know everybody else through six degrees of separation which poses the question can they get a message to someone to give to someone else down a chain that will eventually get to the President?
The film will be shown tomorrow night in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre starting at 7:30 with free admission.
At last night’s meeting the Flin Flon School Board welcomed Cassidy Alexander and Niki Keramydas and their presentation on their recent trip to Winnipeg to attend a Young Historians evening. The evening was hosted by the Manitoba Historical Society which recognized the girl’s project from the Red River Heritage Fair on The Metis People. The two were invited to present their project to members of the Society and their guests earlier this month along with three other young students from the province. Niki and Cassidy received their Young Historians Award for their work which included a gift as well as membership to the Manitoba Historical Society making them the Society’s youngest members. The girls are also the first people out of Winnipeg to receive the honor.
In other school new Superintendent Constance McCleese reported the Division’s administration are participating in the Safe and Caring Schools Program which covers topics such as safety and belonging within schools.
Board Chair Amy Sapergia Green said she is looking forward to enjoying seasonal efforts from all the Division’s students as this always a busy and exciting time within the Division.
The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee held their annual general meeting Monday night. Even with just a few people at the meeting they had names to fill their executive positions. Current Vice-President Melissa Richard will move to President, Past President is Anita Bradt, Vice-President Anita Pruden, Secretary Annette Banach and Treasurer Colleen Arnold. Sheena Reed will handle the parade.
Dave Osika reported the revived fishing derby ran as a one day derby on Phantom Lake on Saskatchewan’s Family Fishing Weekend with 33 entries and excellent sponsorship and will return next year. Annette Banach is looking into returning the Polar Splash if she can find volunteers to help her. Anyone interested can call her at 204-271-3918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Richard reported they are planning on booking local musicians for the Fish Fry and will be looking into more grants to support the Festival which will start with the barbeque on June 28th and will run the 29th, 30th and July 1st.
At their meeting yesterday the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce was invited to submit questions for the Next Premier Panel with the five Saskatchewan Party leadership candidates. The suggestion was made they submit questions about how the Manitoba Saskatchewan border affects services and what happens in Flin Flon Manitoba, Flin Flon Saskatchewan and Creighton and Denare Beach and a question raised earlier by the Chamber on implementing cross border fishing licences. Past President Dianne Russell encouraged members to submit questions on these issues noting the more people raise these issues the more attention they will get.
Community Futures Greenstone wrote to thank the Chamber for their involvement in the recent Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference and Awards Evening. The letter stated the Conference aims to give participants the motivation and knowledge to pursue growing a business in the north. The Chamber has said it is an excellent Conference and more people should attend.
The Main Street Committee’s Dianne Russell reminded members of the Santa Claus parade Friday night at six on Main and Church Streets and the Moonlight Madness Family Night with events on Main Street December 15th from 5 to 8.
As part of National Addictions Awareness Week a young person is recognized with the Healthy Youth Role Model Award. The National Addictions Awareness Week Committee’s Lori Stevens reports this year’s winner is Tyler Banting who is a grade twelve student at Creighton Community School. He was nominated by the Town Of Creighton who stated Tyler refrains from drinking alcohol, does not smoke or vape or chew. Tyler does not do drugs. He leads a healthy lifestyle by choosing friends who lead the same lifestyle as he does. He is involved in volleyball. Tyler is a polite young man, eager to help and care for his younger brother after school.
In addition to the Committee the award is sponsored by the Community Youth Resource Center and the Play It Safer Network. Banting received a gift basket, a 50 dollar gift certificate, a personal plaque and a plaque to hang in his school. There were eight nominations for the award.
Best In Show
Creighton Community School hosted the Festival of Trees on Saturday under the theme Frosty Fun. Along with the craft sale, breakfast with Santa, the Silver Bells Tea and other events those attending were asked to bid and vote on items designed and donated by various individuals, businesses and organizations.
The People’s Choice award for trees went to Christmas at the Cabin by Sandi Woods, for wreaths Snow Day Fun by Eddie’s Family Foods and for centerpieces Peace on Earth by B’s Ceramics Studio and best in show and first place for trees KRIS-MISChief by the Intellectual Disability Family Support Group Network. First place for wreaths was Frosty the Snowman by the Denare Beach New Horizon’s Club and for Centerpieces Holly Jolly Soul by the Flin Flon Lions Club.
The Festival will support the Creighton Community School Playground Committee and the Class of 2018.
The Flin Flon Inner Wheel Club and Hudbay are sponsoring a Seniors Christmas Lights Tour on Wednesday December 6th. The Inner Wheel’s Betty Smith explains they are taking names and they have a limited number of seats on the bus but if you can get to City Hall by 6:30 they will leave from there and you go on a tour and then you’ll come back and it’ll be followed by hot chocolate and goodies will be served by the Inner Wheel Club.
For information and to register you can call Betty at 204-687-3298.
Operation Red Nose had a successful first Friday of taking vehicles and their owners home safely in the Flin Flon area. Rotary Club committee chair Ted Hewitt says it went well. He says Friday evening Operation Red Nose provided a total of nine rides noting this was their first night of the year which is notoriously slow. He added they had a total of eight volunteers from the Border Explorers to provide the service and next Friday McIsaac School staff and the Kinsmen are providing the volunteers followed on Saturday by the Creighton School staff and the Ski Club.
Operation Red Nose runs every Friday and Saturday night until December 23rd as well as December 29th and 31st. Hewitt says without volunteers Operation Red Nose wouldn’t exist and they desperately need volunteers for December 22nd, 23rd and 31st. To volunteer pick up a form at the Scotia Bank, fill it out and take it to the RCMP office in Flin Flon or Creighton or call Ted at 204-687-7450.
The Salvation Army annual Christmas Kettle campaign got underway on the weekend. Major Debbie Allen says they’ll be out ringing the bells beside the kettles Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Co-op and Walmart with some occasions at the Royal Bank raising money to support their programs. She says most of the money, two thirds of it is used directly for the Christmas Hamper program and the other third is used partially for Soup Days and other family services programs that they run.
Major Allen says they still need some volunteers to be out with the kettles during the day some Thursdays and Fridays. If you can spend an hour with a kettle call the Salvation Army at 204-687-7812.
A group of supporters joined the Women’s Resource Center for Take Back the Night in Pioneer Square Saturday evening. Executive Director Colleen Arnold told them Take Back the Night is an event to protest the fears that women have walking the streets at night safely. She says we stand together on this night because we believe, we believe that violence against women is not inevitable, we believe in a safe community for everyone regardless of their age, religion, race, sexual orientation or gender, we believe in the right to a world free of sexual violence, we believe that by standing together we will affect change. She stated we have chosen hope over fear, we are saying that accepting violence against women is not an option and we will not allow it to continue.
Arnold added every woman and girl deserves a life free of violence. The group left Pioneer Square and marched down Main Street, Angel Avenue, Hapnot Street and back to Pioneer Square.
The Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is presenting the Christmas Spirit December 8th and 9th. Director Mark McDonald gives us an idea of the story but doesn’t want to give away the whole plot noting what he will say is Julie Dowling wakes up early Christmas morning with a very unusual visitor in her house and she invites that unusual visitor to Christmas dinner and hilarity ensues and that’s all he can really say about it.
The Christmas Spirit will be performed December 8th and 9th at the Flin Flon Community Hall starting at 7:30. Tickets are available at Northern Rainbows End.
The Womens Resource Center invites everyone to be part of Take Back the Night. The Center’s Colleen Arnold asks you to join them tomorrow at an event to protest the fear that women have in walking the streets at night. She says the event is designed to bring visibility and exposure to the impact of sexual violence in women’s lives. She explains the Take Back the Night march reiterates that violence against women impacts an entire community and it’s important that we work together to challenge violence and its detrimental effects on our community. She adds it will take place on November 25th which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The walk begins at 5:15 tomorrow evening at Pioneer Square when they will march down Main Street, Angel Avenue and Hapnot back to Pioneer Square.
102.9 CFAR and the Reminder are encouraging anyone interested to take part in the annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights being held next week. CFAR Manager Dianne Russell reminds you now is the time to enter. She explains all you have to do is fill out a form with some at CFAR and also at the Reminder and you just light up your vehicle so you can do it as a float, you just need one of those inverters to plug it in. She adds they just want to light up the streets and celebrate Santa Claus and have everyone come out that day and just enjoy themselves.
The parade is sponsored by 102.9 CFAR and the Reminder with support from the Main Street Committee, the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce and Hudbay. It will travel down Main Street and up Church Street starting at six next Friday, December 1st. There will be judging and the winning entry will receive a total of 600 dollars in advertising at CFAR and the Reminder.
The Manitoba Government is investing 25 million dollars in 86 community based training and employment agencies that provide services to help more than 20 thousand unemployed and low income Manitobans improve their skills and employment opportunities.
In this area the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center will receive just over 267 thousand dollar for the Employment Links Development Center and the MPI Adult Driver Training Program. The Snow Lake Resource Center will receive just under 46 thousand dollar for the Snow Lake Employment Assistance Center.
Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart says they are investing in training and employment organizations throughout the province to prepare for better jobs and brighter futures.
Just before seven o’clock yesterday morning there was a single vehicle accident at highway 10 and 10-A in Flin Flon. Flin Flon and Cranberry Portage RCMP responded along with The Flin Flon Fire Department and EMS. The RCMP report a vehicle traveling east on highway 10-A went through a stop sign at the intersection at a high rate of speed and collided with a rock face. A 39 year old woman from Flin Flon was pronounced deceased at the scene. They report she was not wearing a seatbelt and road conditions were not a factor.
The investigation continues with assistance from an RCMP forensic collision reconstructionist.
The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the film A Face in the Crowd tomorrow night. The group’s Colin Davis says it’s a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith in his Hollywood debut and the lead role as Lonesome Roads a down and out alcoholic but charismatic hobo who becomes immensely popular. He explains that’s the story as its seen but the real story behind the film is that it’s a scathing social commentary on how television has become an influential tool in shaping the minds of the American public and whoever controls the media controls the people and therefore the country, adding this film was years ahead of its time and is actually a lot more relevant today than it was at the time it was made.
A Face in the Crowd will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre. Admission is free with a voluntary silver collection.
The Cranberry Portage Child and Family Resource Center is holding their annual Cranberry Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday. The Center’s Debbie McLauchlan says they have over 50 vendors with over 100 tables with a great variety of items that cover just about everything that people would be looking for and they do have an added feature this year Bev and Friends Delectable Desserts and Coffee House that’s going to be open from 9:30 to 3 at the Legion Hall, it’s a place to go by and have a coffee and sample some of her wonderful desserts.
The sale is open Saturday from 9:30 to 4 in the Frontier Collegiate and Cranberry Portage Elementary School gymnasiums with lunch available at both locations.
At the Flin Flon City Council Meeting Tuesday night Councilor Ken Pawlachuk reported on the Mining Convention he recently attended in Winnipeg. He says things were more positive than at last year’s convention due to improving metal prices including copper and zinc. He noted mines at Puffy Lake and Sherridon are in the final stages of development and First Nations are part of a development taking place at Oxford House.
Council agreed to apply to the New Building Canada Fund’s Small Communities Fund for financial assistance for local infrastructure improvement projects.
Mayor Cal Huntley urges you to have a safe holiday season and be aware of road conditions with Councilor Tim Babcock reminding you to use Operation Red Nose to get you and your vehicle home safely during Christmas and New Years celebrations and Councilor Karen MacKinnon thanked everyone involved in the successful Christmas tree lighting in Pioneer Square last week.
Creighton Community School presents the Festival of Trees Saturday under the theme Frosty Fun. The Committee’s Tiffany Ealey explains Breakfast with Santa is happening from 9 to 11 and also from 9 to 11 they’re having photos with Santa and an option for family photos. She adds the Silver Bells Tea is happening from 1 to 3 and then throughout the day there’s going to be a bake sale, craft sale, penny parade, lots of raffles and the wonderful display of trees and wreaths.
The Festival of Trees will support the school’s playground committee and the class of 2018. It runs from 9 to 4 Saturday in the Creighton School gym. They are also a drop off point for the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank and Coats for Kids.
The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding their annual Seniors Christmas Party Sunday afternoon. Chairperson Bill Pauley says they have a fun afternoon planned. He says they have a lot of entertainment lined up, a lot of singing, they get coffee, dainties, sandwiches and a present. He adds Santa Claus hopefully will show up again this year as he usually makes a trip down here for them and if transportation is needed they will pick seniors up, just phone Bill at 204-687-6581 and leave a message and he’ll make sure you get picked up.
Pauley invites all seniors and their spouses to attend the party from 1 to 4 Sunday in the Flin Flon Community Hall.
Council Prepares for Christmas
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council gave first reading to an amendment to the Smoking Bylaw. It sets fines to be implemented for people who smoke within five meters of the entrance to a public building. They start at 50 dollars for a first offence rising to 500 for the fourth and future offences.
Council approved the appointment of Glenna Daschuk as Municipal Administrator and Lyn Brown as Treasurer effective December 1st. Mark Kolt retires as Administrator after 22 years with the City but returns as City Solicitor.
Council received a letter from Spencer Payson owner of Payson’s Smoke N’Vape asking for their support in applying for a licence for selling cannabis at the retail level in Flin Flon. He says he has been provided with the opportunity to potentially be included in a proposal being put together by a company with retail stores in numerous provinces that would have him operate a store within their retail network in Flin Flon. Council has not discussed the letter and referred to the Committee of the Whole Council.
Last Saturday and Sunday RCMP from Prince Albert, Sandy Bay and Pelican Narrows, Prince Albert Traffic Services and officers from the Ministry of Environment conducted two days of enforcement on roads in the Creighton area. They performed check stops targeting alcohol and traffic enforcement.
Between three and four hundred vehicles were stopped and checked with seven people charged with canvassing or bootlegging and one for open liquor. Among other charges two criminal code warrants were executed, two people were charged for theft under five thousand dollars and two for possession of stolen property. Two were arrested for taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and twelve warnings were issued under the Traffic Safety Act.
A significant amount of alcohol was seized with an estimated re-sale value of over 13 thousand dollars.
The RCMP will be conducting similar initiatives in various northern communities throughout the year with the objective to disrupt the supply of alcohol destined for illegal resale.
Representatives of the Communities Economic Development Fund were in Flin Flon yesterday meeting with the Greenstone Board and Chamber of Commerce. The fund is designed to provide loans to start or expand small to medium size businesses. Their CEO Oswald Sawh says they have done over 220 million in loans since 1972. He says when it comes to economic development communities look at bringing in new businesses but they should look within. He explains most economic activity will take place from local businesses by way of expansion or by local residents who look to start up a business so if anything the focus should be helping to find, build and grow local capacity and trying to help out the local businesses, trying to support local businesses and trying to make sure that we help to grow that next generation of entrepreneurs by introducing self-employment to the young people.
Sawh says their focus in now on Churchill, Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson adding they encourage people to go to banks first and if unsuccessful then contact CEDF in Thompson at 204-778-4138 or their website www.cedf.mb.ca.
Operation Christmas Child has wrapped up in the Flin Flon area. It’s a program to collect shoe boxes with gifts and other items for needy children around the world. The program was coordinated by the Baptist Church and their Pastor Jim Galbraith says it went well again this year. He explains they brought in 256 boxes and that means 256 kids are going to get a really delightful gift in a month or two. He adds the boxes go to one of two main processing centers with ours going to Calgary and there they get inspected, sealed and sent to one of eleven different countries that Canadian boxes go to.
Last year Canadians filled more than 664 thousand shoe boxes and since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed almost 147 million shoe box gifts around the globe.
Highway 10 and 60 Monday afternoon
Highways Minister Ron Schuler has announced the installation of 25 new cameras to the provincial highway network. He says the cameras have been added to the Manitoba 511 system with images available on the Manitoba 511 website and mobile apps and will help Manitobans see what conditions are like on many roads they are planning to drive on.
For us traveling south cameras have been added on highway ten at Minnedosa, Souris River Valley, junction of highways ten and sixty and Birch River and on highway six at Williams River, Devils Lake, junction of highway six and provincial road 236, Saint Laurent, Fairford and Ponton.
For information on road conditions or highway safety visit www.manitoba511.ca or call 511.
Operation Red Nose starts this coming weekend hosted by the Rotary Club of Flin Flon. Mayor Cal Huntley has been named this year’s Honorary Chairperson. He says he is very honored to be the Honorary Chairperson and it’s a service that’s really good in the community in getting you and your vehicle home safely adding he certainly takes full advantage of it over the festive season and he hopes everyone else does as well. Huntley says it’s a wonderful service to have in the community over Christmas time and New Years and he looks forward to a lot of people using it.
Operation Red Nose gets underway this Friday and continues every Friday and Saturday until December 23rd as well as the 29th and 31st. You can call them those nights at 204-687-7331.
The Salvation Army in Flin Flon is accepting applications for Christmas Hampers starting tomorrow. Applications will be accepted tomorrow through Thursday from 10 to 3 at the Salvation Army and Major Debbie Allen says anyone in need can apply. She explains you need ID for every member of the family also an income statement so a pay slip if you’re working or your statement from assistance and she’ll need to have an idea of your expenses so they can fill out the budget form and most people who do come in qualify.
Major Allen adds they cover Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Cranberry Portage and Sherridon and last year they handed out 148 hampers. If you need more information you can call the Salvation Army at 204-687-7812.
This is National Addictions Awareness Week and the local committee has several events planned. The Committee’s Jolene Gardiner explains they have floor hockey with the RCMP and First Responders at 5 today and Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol and Other Drugs at 6:30 both at Ruth Betts School and Thursday they have AFM Jeopardy at the Flin Flon Youth Center from 4:30 to 6pm. Friday they have Hockey Night in Flin Flon with the Bombers versing the Estevan Bruins and students got free tickets through the schools and they have Youth Drop In Movie Night out at the Denareplex starting at 7 watching Captain Underpants and on Saturday the have a free swim at the Flin Flon Aqua Center from 6:30 to 8.
They will also have the presentation of the Healthy Youth Role Model Award, displays around Flin Flon and Creighton and a radio contest here on CFAR.
The federal government is hinting there may soon be a takeover deal for the broken rail line to Churchill in northern Manitoba.
Energy Minister Jim Carr says Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings has expressed interest in partnering with two northern Manitoba groups Missinippi Rail and One North that hope to take over the Hudson Bay Railway and Port of Churchill.
Fairfax president Paul Rivett says he is optimistic about the prospects of northern gateways.
Part of the rail line flooded out last spring, hurting the region's tourist industry and driving up prices for food and fuel.
The Rotary Club of Flin Flon has launched Operation Red Nose for another season. Chair Ted Hewitt says the idea is to get people and their vehicles home safely when they’re out celebrating the Christmas season. He says although the service is free they accept donations from people using the service, provincial organizations and local groups and businesses benefiting the community for 18 years. He says they started in 1999 and it was brought to the Rotary Club by Doug O’Brien and in these 18 years they’ve raised close to 250 thousand dollars and given it to children’s activities and organized sports in the community.
Operation Red Nose starts next Friday and runs every Friday and Saturday until December 23 as well as Dec 29 and 31 and volunteers are still needed for those final three days. You can find a form online at www.operationrednose.com, fill it out and take it to the RCMP office in Flin Flon or Creighton with two pieces of identification.
The Christmas season arrived on Main Street last evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square. Mayor Cal Huntley welcomed everyone to the special event noting it’s going to be a white Christmas and we look forward to a safe and happy Christmas and we’re going to light the tree, have some hot chocolate and enjoy the Christmas season.
In spite of the heavy snow fall Pioneer Square was crowded for the lighting with people enjoying carols with members of the Community Choir, a visit from Santa and hot chocolate.
The 24th annual Christmas Gift Program is underway at the Flin Flon Friendship Center. It’s designed to enable parents or guardians to give their children a gift at Christmas when circumstances prevent them from doing so. The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner explains they are once again working in partnership with the Salvation Army who will be doing a hamper and gift registration from November 21st to 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm at the Salvation Army. She says those who don’t meet the requirements for the hamper program can register from November 27th to December 8th by calling the Friendship Center at 204-687-3900 or her at 204-687-8852.
Gardiner adds they also welcome donations for the gift program. You can drop off gifts or cash donations at the Friendship Center at 57 Church Street.
Martin Johnson, Chad Cooper, Jim Abram
The Flin Flon Fire Department held their annual Charity Boot Drive in early September. The Boot Drive raised 14,500 dollars to be shared by the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center, the Flin Flon Ski Club and the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund with each receiving just over 48 hundred dollars.
Last week Fire Chief Chad Cooper presented a cheque to representatives of the Burn Fund Martin Johnson and Jim Abram. Cooper says it feels great to be able to donate to such a charity that does so much for burn victims and fire prevention programs for resident of Manitoba.
Flin Flon’s Christmas tree will be officially lit up for the holiday season this evening. Recreation Manager Nicole Hartman encourages everyone to attend this celebration. She says it’s at 6 pm at Pioneer Square when they will light up the Christmas tree and everyone’s welcome. She adds they’ll have hot chocolate and Christmas carols and hopefully a visit from Santa as well.
This evening’s tree lighting kicks off the Christmas season but there’s also the annual Santa parade coming up on December 1st and Moonlight Madness December 15th.
At their regular meeting Tuesday night Superintendent Constance McCleese reported to the Flin Flon School Board that staff and administration are participating in a board wide initiative. Professional Learning Communities is teacher driven research projects like taking the classroom outside to addressing special education improvements. Teacher Daniel Dillon’s computer media class was recently interviews by CBC radio in regards to their virtual reality project.
The Board also heard about an update for the grade 9-10 French second language curriculum. Community Futures Greenstone sent a thank you letter to the Division for the use of the gym at Ecole McIsaac School last month for the successful cardboard challenge and on display at the meeting was a tea carafe along with a cream and sugar bowl. This set was received as a gift from the Arts Council for the use of space at St. Mary’s Church during Culture Days. The set once belonged to a former long time member of the Church Sonya Goodman’s mother. You can see the picture of the set on the 102.9 Facebook page.
The Creighton Community Center is holding a craft and home business sale tomorrow and Saturday. One of the organizers Dianna Boulet says they have around 50 tables with a variety of items including handcrafted items, sewing, knitting, soap, Christmas arrangements, jewelry, mitts, wood working, baking, leggings, beach glass, honey, Mary Kay, kids books, Tupperware, Watkins, Scentsy, Home Style Signatures and they have something new this year a fellow coming up from The Pas with Green Energy products and they also have a concession going with fresh home made soups and sandwiches.
Boulet adds they’ll also be a drop off point for any gently used winter wear you’d like to donate. The sale runs tomorrow from 4 to 8 and Saturday from 11 to 4 at the Creighton Community Hall.