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Local News Archives for 2014-05


The Cranberry Portage Child and Family Services Center is hosting a Community Yard Sale tomorrow.  Executive Director Debbie McLauchlin invites you to stop at the Legion and pick up a map.  She says they have 15 locations in the community where people are having sales in their yards as well as at the Legion they have 5 vendors set up.  She says the Museum is going to be there providing lunch, the Grace Church will have yard sale items as well as home made donuts and Dawn Johnson is going to be there with her baking.

The sale runs from 9:30 to 1:30 in Cranberry Portage tomorrow.

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The Joe Brain Children’s Petting Zoo on Green Street is opening tomorrow for their 17th season.  Zoo Supervisor Ria Rowe says there will be the same kinds of animals that they have every year but all new babies.  She says they’ve got the lambs, a couple of baby calves and they’re going to have a lot of birds with about 20 baby chicks and 6 ducklings and they’re waiting for some pigs to be coming next week.

The Zoo will be open daily from 11 to 7.  For information you can call them at 204-687-6910.  Plans are being developed for their annual Hay Day in August.

 

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Denare Beach is holding its annual Community Spring Cleanup Sunday afternoon.  Recreation Director Laurie Stomp says they’re just asking everyone to come and meet at the New Horizons Center at 2100 Spruce Street at 1:30. She says they’re asking everyone to meet them, look at a map and ask where the volunteers want to go and start cleaning the community.

Stomp adds they hope people will come out, get some exercise and enjoy a cleaner community.

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Callinan Royalties has received interim quarterly payments for the quarter ended March 31st of almost 1.3 million dollars from the six and two thirds net profits interest royalty and just over 107 thousand dollars from the production royalty of 25 cents per ton of ore from Hudbay.  This is down from total payments of almost 2.3 million dollars in the same quarter of last year.  The payments are due to Callinan’s royalty interests on lands that include the Triple Seven and Triple Seven North mines in Flin Flon.

A Callinan release states the quarterly royalty income from these mines is lower than last year for the same period as metal prices and challenges experienced at the Triple Seven mine in 2013 continued in early 2014.

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When Prince Charles was in Winnipeg last week Community Futures Greenstone’s Bunny Burke was among 20 people from across the country who met with him to discuss sustainable development.  She says the event brought urban designers, planners, developers and civic leaders to approach sustainable development in Canada and learn about the work of the Prince’s Foundation around the world.  She says the Prince is very interested in economic development and through his Foundation he’s been assisting other countries so he would like to see the Foundation get a lot more involved in Canada so they are going to continue with these round tables in the future.

Burke was the only representative from the north and was impressed with their discussions with the Prince.  She says they will present their suggestions to Prince Charles and learn how they can access his Foundation
 

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The Manitoba Government has invested in recreational, cultural and learning opportunities across the province with 2.9 million dollars from the Community Places Program. In this area the City of Flin Flon will received 25 thousand dollars for a Community Center boiler replacement, the Camp Whitney Committee 5 thousand dollars for Kings Trail improvements, McIsaac School Parent Council 9 thousand dollars for a playground upgrade and the Flin Flon Curling Club 10 thousand dollars for main entrance and club room flooring upgrades.

The Community Places Program provides funds and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations to build, upgrade, expand or acquire projects.  Applicants contribute to project costs through local fund raising efforts, grants from other sources or donated labor and materials.

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Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club is holding its annual car boot sale next Saturday, June 7th.  The Club’s Agnes Mills says it’s a chance to sell what you don’t need while supporting the charities they donate to including the second year for a scholarship at Hapnot Collegiate, the PARTY program, the Food Bank, Camp Whitney and the Gift of Life for transplants which has been organized for many years now by Nora and George Fontaine.

You can book a space for fifteen dollars to sell from the trunk of your car which gives the sale its name or from a table or the back of your truck.  To book a space call Agnes at 687-8204 or Sheila at 687-8346 or you can leave your fifteen dollars at Northern Rainbows End. The sale runs from 10 to 12 June 7th at the Victoria Inn parking lot.

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The annual provincial mine rescue competition was held in Thompson over the weekend.

             

Mine Safety’s Olaf Hettrick says for an all new team the Hudbay Flin Flon team did really well. The winning team was Hudbay Snow Lake made up of Captain Cliff Parsons, Aldin Kowalchuk, Bob Forsyth, Steven Reed, Adam Harrower, Director of Operations Dave Kendall, Technician Terry Hornyak and Coach Kevin Lief.

             

The host Vale Thompson Team came in second. Other teams were from Tanco in Lac du Bonnet and San Gold from Bissett.

             

Hettrick says all teams did really well with all members going home a better mine rescue person as the competition is the best training they’re going to get.

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Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce the recycling program has seen several changes over the last six months.  She says they no longer sort material here as it is sent to Winnipeg for sorting at a cost of 40 dollars a tonne.  She says on the positive side it saves space, there’s quicker processing, fewer financial challenges, higher morale and fewer mice since the building is not as cluttered.  On the negative side they had to reduce staff from six to four and a half and its more difficult to track recycling trends.

             

Odegaard also mentioned as of May 1st Creighton is offering free curbside pickup which is working well, Flin Flon is waiting for a recycling trailer that will be centrally located possibly in the Extra Foods lot and the red bag curbside service is now every second week.

             

Robin Yeo is running a Recycle Everywhere Pilot Project providing free recycling bins for public areas with information available at the Recycling Center.

             

The community recycled 396 tonnes of material last year as well as 25 tonnes of electronic waste.

 

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A new Personal Disaster Assistance Team is being formed in Flin Flon by the Canadian Red Cross.  Their lead for planning and response in Manitoba Cailin Hodder says the team is made up of local volunteers and this team would respond to local disasters in communities within about a one hundred mile radius and these are personal disasters so they’re not large scale disasters like forest fires or floods, they’re house fires or sewage backup where resident still need assistance but it’s on a much lower scale.  She says they would go out and support them for a 72 hour time period and that would allow them to get other resources in place.

             

The Red Cross is looking for volunteers locally.  You can get involved by visiting their website www.redcross.ca or contact Leslie Beck at 204-271-1923.

 

 

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Superintendent Blaine Veitch reported that Queens Park will receive five thousand dollars as part of a Northern Neighbors grant.  This money will be used to develop a hard surface court as work continues this summer.  Ruth Betts Community School was one of five from across Canada selected by D’Addario to receive drum heads, guitar strings and other musical accessories as part of the Music Monday School Music Championship awards. 

             

Flin Flon students did well during their first experience in the Provincial Heritage Fair.  Wendy Corden won the veterans award for her project on the Great War, Mackenzie Murray and Jayden Laliberte won the Aboriginal Circle of Educators award for their project on residential schools and Chloe Reitlo won the Young Citizen award for her project on the Boar War.  Chloe has now been invited to submit a video presentation for a shot at a national award.

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A Party early Saturday morning at a residence on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation has led to the death of a 34-year old man.  Tara Seel with RCMP Media Relations Officer says the man was stabbed shortly after 3 AM and was conveyed to The Pas Health Complex where the succumbed to his injuries.  She adds at the request of the family they will not be releasing the name of the victim however they have arrested 26 year old Joshua Zedidiah Parisian and he has been charged with second degree murder.The RCMP Major Crime Services along with The Pas Forensic Identification Section and members of The Pas RCMP Detachment will continue to investigate.

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The Flin Flon School Division Junior Band Concert is being held tomorrow evening.  Band Instructor Anna Jardine says there will be ensembles from grade six, grade seven and grade eight in concert band and jazz band. She says the grade six ensembles are each playing a selection, the grade sevens are playing five selections and then doing one with the grade eights combined so there will be approximately sixty or seventy students in that ensemble and then the grade eights will be playing their own set with the grade eight jazz band closing the concert.

             

The concert starts at 7 tomorrow evening at McIsaac School.  There will be a silver collection and a 50-50 draw.

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The Freedom Outreach Program is holding its second annual Walk For Freedom Saturday.  Their Program Manager Chris Lowe says the walk will raise awareness of those afflicted by drug and alcohol addictions and will support their programs based in Denare Beach.  He says the walk will start at 10 am leaving Jason’s Tires in Creighton and along the highway downtown to Pioneer Square where they will have a rest period and refreshments.  They will then be off on Third Avenue down to Green ending at the Pentecostal Church where they will have hot dogs and refreshments for all participants.

             

Pledge forms are available by calling the center at 306-362-2117 or Chris at 204-271-3586.  Prizes will be awarded to the three people raising the most money at the walks here, in The Pas and in La Ronge

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38 walkers including 16 who collected pledges took part in the Kinette’s Great Strides Family Walk on the Boardwalk Sunday morning raising over one thousand dollars for cystic fibrosis.  The walk was followed by a barbeque and activities in Kin Park.

             

On Sunday afternoon about 60 walkers were out at Bakers Narrows to take part in the MS Walk raising over 11 thousand dollars.  Of that total over 6900 was raised by the Tanya Nash team alone.

             

This was the 10th year for the MS Walk in Flin Flon with over 100 thousand dollars raised over that time.

             

The teams took part in Zumba before the walk and a barbeque following the walk at Bakers Narrow Park.

 

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Last October Premier Greg Selinger announced a 20 million dollar project to upgrade a 21 kilometer stretch of number ten highway from Bakers Narrows to Flin Flon starting this spring.  The contract for the project has been awarded but Ron Weatherburn from Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation says you won’t see work starting soon. He explains this is going to be the busiest construction season they’ve had for Manitoba highways and they have a huge number of paving projects out and awarded to contractors.  He says the one up on number ten is one of them and their contractor has indicated that he’s going to other projects first and they will try to get up there in the fall as long as the weather and everything goes very well for them.

             

Weatherburn adds with the weather it may not get done until next year by the plan for now is for this fall.

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The Flin Flon Trout Festival begins on June 26th with a variety of events through the weekend.  Festival President Tim Babcock says they need more people to help.  He says their volunteer numbers are way down this year compared to previous years so they are looking for people who can come out during the Festival for an hour or two at a time to help out on Main Street days and at the fish fry.

             

If you can help out call Tim at 204-271-5160 or visit their website at www.flinflontroutfestival.com and send an email.

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The Canadian Red Cross wants Manitobans to nominate people for their Humanitarian of the Year Award as well as the Young Humanitarian of the Year Award which is open to people under 30. Their Development Provincial Lead Tansey Buike explains they’re looking for people to recognize individuals in their community that really make Manitoba and the world a better place through volunteerism, charity or philanthropy.  She says these people are all around us working every day to make our community better and they are using the awards to recognize these people and inspire others to so the same.

             

The deadline for nominations is Friday by going to their website www.redcross.ca/manitoba/events/poh.

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Premier Greg Sellinger announced in The Pas on Friday that 36 people will receive apprenticeship training for good jobs in high-demand skilled trades. Training will be targeted for aboriginal participants. Selinger said it was a big day for the North. He says it means good jobs for northern people where they’re going to get red seal trades.  He adds they’re going to be certified to be millwrights, electricians, pipe fitters, good paying jobs here in the north in the hydro build, in the mining sector, in the forestry sector.  Selinger says there will be opportunities going forward and northern people should have first crack at them and this training program will give them that opportunity. 

 

Training will take place in The Pas and Thompson with experience taking place with employers throughout northern Manitoba. The province will provide 3 point 3 million dollars in funding and Manitoba Hydro 2 point 9 million.

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Denare Beach will be holding a community wide yard and garage sale tomorrow.  Recreation Director Laurie Stomp says there’ll be a lot for sale. She says they got a really good response this year with 29 community yard sales in total, with some starting at 8, some at 9 and some at 10o’clock.  She says they have maps and the times and locations of all the sales distributed throughout Denare Beach.

             

Stomp adds the seniors will be hosting a barbeque from 10 to 2 at 2100 Spruce Avenue in front of Denare Beach New Horizons.

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The annual MS Walk is being held on Sunday afternoon.  The MS Society Parkland Chapter’s Lori Bogoslowski says this year they’ll be at Bakers Narrows Provincial Park and they’ll walk around there and then go over to Bakers Narrows Lodge and taste their fish bites with their new batter.  She says they will then go back to the park where they’re going to have games, fun activities and a barbeque.

             

She adds Chad Pabianik will be entertaining at the barbeque.

             

Registration is at 12 noon with the walk starting at 1:30 with park fees waved for anyone involved in the walk. You can pre-register by calling 204-622-2941 or online at www.mswalk.ca.

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Churchill MP Niki Ashton says this is an important week in the north with the opening of the new University College of the North Campus in Thompson. She says the new campus shows just how far we have come in terms of post secondary education in our region giving people the option of continuing their education here in the north.

             

Ashton says despite some progress there is clearly much more to do.  She says far too many schools in First Nations are overcrowded or in poor condition, per student funding is far lower in First Nations Schools than the provincial average and because of the funding cap many students aren’t able to continue their post secondary education.

             

Ashton adds we have one of the youngest regions in the country and if we can provide the educational opportunities that people deserve we have almost unlimited potential.  She calls on the Federal government to make a real commitment to education for northern and Aboriginal people.

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Simon House Bible Camp is holding a spring retreat from next Friday, May 31st to Sunday afternoon.  Executive Director Darrell Janzen says it will be a fun weekend for ages 11 to 17. He says it’s another weekend retreat chance for youth to come out with friends for some activities, play some games and just have a relaxing time overall.

             

The deadline to register is tomorrow by calling 204-472-3025 or visit their website at www.simonhouse.ca.

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Flin Flon Kinettes are holding their annual great strides family walk for cystic fibrosis on Sunday.  The Club’s Corinne Mathews says they’ll do their registration at 10:30 at Kin Park and then starting at 11 they walk down to the Boardwalk and back and that’s followed by a barbeque.

             

You are asked to have a minimum of 25 dollars in pledges with forms available at the Orange Toad on Main Street or online at www.cysticfibrosis.ca and click on great strides walk.

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At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council re-introduced a motion to supply a rebate to residents who own a vacant lot to offset the cost of the special services fee to be placed on properties to cover police and fire services due to the reduced need for these services on those lots.  Those approved would receive a 90 percent rebate with 10 percent being held as a service fee.  This would apply to one vacant lot per residence owner.  Councilor Skip Martin opposed the motion noting people should be discouraged from holding on to vacant lots that someone else could develop.

             

Council approved five thousand dollars to help fund a feasibility study into the development of the North Central Canada Center of Arts and Environment which is planned to support and enrich our communities.  A local committee has been formed to look at the possibility of such a center being developed in this area.

             

And Council passed on final reading the amended bylaw to regulate the condition of vacant and derelict buildings and to discourage the boarding of vacant buildings.

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The Manitoba government’s plan to introduce a new pension payroll tax is bad news for business. Rather than a mandatory payroll tax, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business suggests the introduction of Pooled Registered Pension Plan legislation instead.   Elliot Sims from the Federation explains right now the Federal Government, Saskatchewan, Quebec and a few other provinces have actually introduced this PRPT legislation that allows small businesses to band together and create a bigger pool of money to invest in a pension plan for their employees.  He says by banding together small businesses can get those lower administration fees and less red tape and be able to offer comparable pensions to what other businesses and organizations offer their employees.

 

Sims says payroll taxes are economic killers that impede employment growth and slow economic activity.

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At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a letter on behalf of supporters of public transit complaining about the lack of bus service in the mid- morning effective today noting it’s too long a time for people who have to get to work, appointments and classes.

             

Four parents attended the meeting to emphasize the importance of the 8:30 run to Hapnot.

             

Councilor Colleen McKee said the present schedule is a five week trial run and they are looking for feedback from the public.  Mayor George Fontaine says the system as it is now is coming to an end and they are looking at continuing the service into the future with one bus instead of two so input is important to determine what the service will look like and they will be tweaking it for a while.

             

Administrator Mark Kolt noted the bus deficit is 300 thousand dollars a year with the province and city each covering half so this trial run can help determine where changes can be made when tendering the future service.

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The Flin Flon Primary Health Care Center is holding Pre-School Follow Up Days this week.  Immunization Coordinator Corinne Knutson says this is for Manitoba children born in 2010. She explains the Public Health Nurses will do development tests and your child’s height and weight.  She says Kara Plomondon, the Speech and Language Pathologist will be there to talk to each family about language development, Joanna Ledoux the Dietician will be providing snacks and talk for a few minutes about healthy eating, and Triple P Parenting information will be provided with each visit lasting about 45 to 60 minutes.

             

Pre-School Follow Up Days are tomorrow and Friday with grab pails and door prizes available.  You can book an appointment by calling the Primary Health Care Center at 204-687-1350.

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On Sunday afternoon a pick up truck left highway 167 the Beaver Lake road and rolled in the ditch severely damaging the front of the vehicle.  There were two people in the truck but there were no injuries.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

 

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Because going for boat rides, fishing, and water activities are popular ways to enjoy a northern Manitoba summer, it’s important to be safe in the water.    That means observing responsible boat-operator practices, wearing personal flotation devices, and not drinking while boating.  
A spokesperson for the Manitoba Coalition for Safer Waters says a hundred lives a year would be saved in Canada if every boater took basic safety precautions. 
Boaters are also reminded they must have a craft operator’s competency card.   Courses can be taken through classes provided by the Lifesaving Society in Manitoba or a number of online providers. 

 

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Last week we told you about the top mine rescue team at Hudbay in Flin Flon.  The Hudbay Snow Lake team is also getting ready for this weekend’s provincial competition.  Mine Safety’s Olaf Hettrick says the team is made up of Clint Parsons who is Captain and on his team are Aldin Kowalchuk, Bob Forsyth, Steven Reed, Adam Harrower, the Director of Operations is Dave Kendall, their Technician is Terry Hornyak and Kevin Lief is coaching this team.
Hettrick says the Hudbay teams will take part in the provincial competition at the Birch Tree Mine in Thompson Friday and Saturday along with the host team Vale from Thompson, Tanco from Lac du Bonnet and San Gold from Bissett

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Foran Mining Corporation has issued an update on the winter exploration program at their properties in east-central Saskatchewan.  Exploration activities included initial diamond drilling on their Target A, as well as geophysical surveys on both the McIlvenna Bay and Bigstone properties 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.
Their President Patrick Soares says at Target A the single hole completed to a depth sufficient to reach the principal conductor appears to have hit a late, potentially crosscutting intrusive unit at their target depth although surface and borehole geophysics continue to point to a strong conductor of similar size and character to that associated with their large McIlvenna Bay deposit.  Soares adds although they are disappointed that their initial test did not intersect massive sulphides Target A remains a high priority for further drill testing.
Foran describes the McIlvenna Bay Deposit as one of the largest undeveloped VMS deposits in Canada.

 

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The NDP Status of Women critic and Churchill MP Niki Ashton says last week’s RCMP report that confirmed 1181 indigenous women went missing or were murdered in the last 33 years is a call for action.
Ashton says the numbers show that the problem is systemic and that the epidemic is national.  She adds the Federal Government must take leadership and without immediate action including an inquiry, indigenous women will continue to go missing and be murdered.
Ashton has echoed calls that a national inquiry be done in tandem with a national action plan to end violence against women.

 

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Bands and soloists will be performing at the annual Jazz night presented by the Flin Flon Creighton Parents for Music Education tomorrow at 7 in the Hapnot Gym.  Band teacher Kim Jones says there’ll be a variety of jazz at the concert.  She says they will have the grade 8 band performing, their intermediate jazz band featuring grade and 10 students, their senior jazz students with grades 9 to 12 as well as nine soloists.  She says they have soloists from grades 10, 11 and 12 performing accompanied by some talented community musicians Mark Kolt and Shelly Ryne along with some Hapnot alumni Sam Dufour Jarvis and Braden Buhler who will be helping on piano and guitar.
Coffee, Juice and desert will also be served.  Tickets are available at the door tomorrow night.

 

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A spring art show is being held Wednesday and Thursday at the Many Faces Education Center.  Vice-Principal Patty Korchinski says you’ll see work from many talented students.  She explains the art show is student led so it will be displaying a bunch of art from students in Hapnot and Many Faces and the Hapnot students are creating a mural with an artist in the schools that will be hung probably on the 21st that everybody can view on the 22nd when the art show is completely open.

The art show will be open in the Many Faces gym Wednesday from 6 to 8 and Thursday from 1:30 to 4 and 6 to 8.

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The Transportation Safety Board has issued its report on the loss of control and collision with terrain of a Cessna aircraft near the airport in Snow Lake on November 18th, 2012.  The aircraft owned by Gogal Air Services left the airport en route to Winnipeg but shortly after takeoff it descended striking the terrain in a wooded area about a mile beyond the end of the runway resulting in the death of the pilot and serious injuries to seven passengers.
The Boards investigation found the aircraft was approximately 600 pounds over its maximum gross takeoff weight limit and that the wing and tail leading edges were contaminated with ice.  They state these factors had the combined effect of increasing the stall speed of the aircraft, reducing its takeoff and climb performance and impairing the protection afforded by its stall warning system.

 

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Starting Wednesday there will be a reduction in Flin Flon bus service and an increase in fares.  The mid- morning bus service will be reduced with a bus leaving uptown at 8:23 and no buses again until 11:32.  Saturday will also see fewer buses with ten runs instead of twelve starting at 11:32 instead of 10:39.

Bus fares will be going up 50 cents to 2 dollars for adults and up 25 cents for students and seniors to a dollar 50.

New bus schedules can be found on the City of Flin Flon website by clicking on the link at www.flinflononline.com.

 

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Saskatchewan is pioneering a new method to deliver health care services to remote communities.  A remote presence technology pilot project will be launched in Pelican Narrows to help improve access to timely health care for patients.

Remote presence technology is an advanced robotics telemedicine platform currently being used at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.  The technology consists of robotic and portable devices equipped with high resolution cameras located at the point of care and can be connected from a remote location using a laptop on a secure wireless network. It enables health care providers such as a specialist or physician to instantly connect with a patient remotely and perform real time assessment, diagnosis and patient management.

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Winter has ended and Manitoba Conservation wants to make sure you are aware of forest fire season. Regional Field Supervisor Brian Barton says this year should be a normal season. He says the forecast right now is for an average season once we finally get there since we’re off to a pretty late start.  He says the long range forecast for the summer is a normal season which means there’ll be 3 to 4 hundred fires in the northern region if that comes true.

             

Barton says there are two types of fires lightning fires and man made fires.  Manitoba Conservation will be putting on the Smoky the Bear program again in the schools to educate students on forest fires.  If you see a forest fire call the tip line at 1-800-782-0076.

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The Central Canada Film Group is presenting some old comedy films tomorrow night.  The group’s Collin Davis invites you to an entertaining event.  He says they’re showing one of the great comedians from the 1920’s Harold Lloyd and then they’re going to jump forward to the 1930’s to look at some of the shorts from the Our Gang series which later became known as the Little Rascals.

             

The films will be featured tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Davis says admission is free and pop and chips will be available.

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Manitoba RCMP will be hitting the streets to target high risk driving behaviors during Canada Road Safety Week that runs through the long weekend.  They will be targeting the big four issues on Manitoba roadways which are impaired driving, seatbelt use, distracted driving and speed.

             

They note choosing to drink before getting behind the wheel impairs judgment, seatbelts are proven to save lives, choosing to focus on the road instead of your phone or the radio helps drivers avoid hazards and stay on the road and choosing to speed means increasing the chance of a collision.

             

Canada Road Safety Week is one of the tools police use to help educate drivers about making safe and smart decisions on the road.

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Last Thursday Creighton RCMP received a report of a break and enter in Denare Beach where they found four firearms had been stolen from a locked building.  On Friday they received a complaint of break and enter to a residence in Denare Beach where they seized a firearm that had been among the four stolen on Thursday.

             

On Friday evening a male youth and a female youth were arrested in connection with these break ins.  The female youth has been charged with break and enter, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of stolen property.  The male youth has been charged with two counts of break and enter and possession of a weapon obtained by crime, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, tampering with a serial number of a firearm, among other charges.

             

On Sunday Creighton RCMP with the assistance of officers from the Creighton Office of the Ministry of the Environment used information from this investigation to secure a warrant to search for stolen firearms at a Denare Beach residence.  A 57 year old man has been charged with break and enter to steal firearms, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, weapons trafficking and possession of a weapon while prohibited.

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Rick Hall, the Flin Flon School Division Math Consultant gave a presentation to the Board last night.  This was an update for the Board and Chair Murray Skeavington said Hall has done great work with our students.  The time table study program will continue next year as part of the provinces mandate to improve math education.

             

Superintendent Blaine Veitch encourages parents to attend Hapnot Collegiate’s Grad Fashion Show this Thursday at seven o’clock at the school as well as other upcoming school functions.  Many Faces will host an art show on May 21st, Hapnot will host a jazz night the same night with McIsaac School’s junior high band presentation taking place on the 28th.  Secretary Treasurer Heather Fleming reported the approval for a summer basketball camp to be held August 1st to the 3rd and Hapnot.  The same camp was held last year and was a success.  The camp involves kids ages 11 to 13.

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The grads of Hapnot Collegiate in Flin Flon are holding their annual fashion show tomorrow evening.  Grad Coordinator Bobbi Willets says the grads will be modeling a lot of fashions available locally.  She says they have a number of local businesses that will be lending them their clothes so that the students can model them.  She says they are going to have a raffle which is also featuring items from the generous businesses in our community.  She adds they will also have refreshments at intermission that will be juice, tea, coffee and dainties that the grads will be bringing for them to serve.

             

The fashion show starts at 7 tomorrow evening in the Hapnot Gym with tickets seven dollars at the door.

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Creighton Community School is accepting Pre K applications and Kindergarten registrations.  Vice Principal Jason Straile says Pre Kindergarten is for children who will be three or four years old as of December 31st and what they need to bring is birth certificates and health card numbers and it is only an application as they only take a certain number of kids for Pre K. He adds their Kindergarten programming is for children that will be five years of age as of December 31st and they need to bring in their birth certificate and health care number and pick up a registration form at the school.

             

Information is available at the Creighton School office with the deadline to register tomorrow.

 

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The Norva Center is presenting a multi-media painting workshop this weekend.  The Center’s Karen Clark says it will feature Annie Bergen from Winnipeg and she’ll be covering working with all sorts of different media including collage and painting and people are invited to bring any collage materials that they might want to incorporate in their art work.  She adds Bergen is a mural artist and she has a number of works in Winnipeg on buildings and she’ll be transferring some of those skills to the multi-media workshop on the weekend.

             

You can call the Norva Center at 204-687-4237 for more information on the workshop.

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On April 4th Creighton RCMP executed two search warrants at residences in Creighton and Denare Beach.  They had received a complaint from a business owner the previous day reporting these residences as locations where some stolen all terrain vehicles were stored.  The stolen property was located including two all terrain vehicles and a custom utility trailer amounting to over 15 thousand dollars in stolen property.

A 31 year old man from Denare Beach and a 38 year old man from Creighton have been charged with possession of property obtained by crime in the amount exceeding five thousand dollars as a result of the investigation.  Both will appear in court on June 10th.

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Flin Flon Public Library Administrator Cindy McLean invites you to have tea this afternoon with a 40 year member of their board.  She says they would like you to join them for Murray Smith’s retirement tea noting he will be retiring after being on the board from 1974 to 2014. She adds from 2 to 4 you can come to the library to visit with Murray and have some cake and juice.

             

The tea is being held at the Public Library this afternoon.

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A Get Better Together online workshop is being held May 19th to June 30th for people with a chronic health condition.  Community Health Developer Christa McIntyre says it’s an online program and it’s designed for any adults who live in Manitoba.  She says the course takes place entirely online so you can join from any type of computer that has an internet connection even dial up, you log in at your convenience about two or three times a week as they want you to commit to about two hours per week and you remain anonymous as you get to connect with people from all across Manitoba.

             

For more information or to register for the program visit their website www.getbettertogether.ca.

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Cadets from the 2328 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp received awards last night for their work over the past year.

             

The Captain W.A. Sweeney Award for General Proficiency for Senior Cadets went to Jordan Panagabko, CWO Fisher Trophy for General Proficiency for Junior Cadets to Kaylee Banting, Sergeant J.A. Horrocks Trophy for Dress and Deportment to Jemedie Morris who also received the Ubique Trophy for Recruiting and the Best First Year Cadet Award, Lieutenant M. Beauchamp Trophy for Most Improved Cadet Matthew Reimer, the Lieutenant F. S. Gira Trophy for Citizenship to Zacharia Nixon, the Major M.G. Naylor Award for Dedication and Commitment Tyler Highfield who also received best attendance, the Lord Strathcona Trust Medal to Cassandra Porteous and the P. Popp Trophy for Rifle to the team of Dulanja Baddage, Jemedie Morris, Jordan Panagabko, Cassandra Porteous and Matthew Reimer.

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The top mine rescue team at Hudbay in Flin Flon has been chosen following a competition involving seven teams.  Mine Safety’s Olaf Hettrick says the team includes Trevor Thurstan a senior line planner at Triple Seven Mine, Marshal Manns from Logistics, Annette Last also from Triple Seven Mine and the first woman to represent them in the provincial competition, Mike Desjarlais, Travis Pfoh also from Triple Seven and the Director of Operations is Steve Polegato from Reed Mine.

             

Hettrick says the team will take part in the provincial competition at the Birch Tree Mine in Thompson May 23rd and 24th.  Other teams competing include the host team Vale from Thompson, Hudbay from Snow Lake, Tanco from Lac du Bonnet and San Gold from Bissett

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Thirty-three Creighton School choir students are in Winnipeg and Moose Jaw this week.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says they will attend several events.  She says they will be performing at the Forks and the Legislative Building as well as attending a workshop and a dinner theatre.  She says from Winnipeg the students are traveling to Moose Jaw where they will perform at a festival before returning home.

             

The students left on Friday and will be returning to Creighton on Wednesday.

 

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Creighton Community School is running its annual bike safety program. School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says the theme this year is Biking through a safe summer.  She says their students from kindergarten to grade three will be participating in their bike rodeo during this week.  She says the students will receive classroom instruction on bike safety, riding their bikes on a course at the Sportex that practices their skills as well as to have their bike inspected to ensure it is ready for the road.

             

Parents can check the student’s agenda for more details on practice and testing times and dates.  The bike safety program runs all this week.

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Athabasca Basin Development, Prince Albert Development Corporation and Paskwayak Business Development have announced they have entered into an agreement to purchase Arctic Beverages, a Pepsi franchise company servicing northern Manitoba, parts of northern Saskatchewan, northwestern Ontario and Nunavut.

             

The three Aboriginal owned companies report they have formed a strong governance team with years of management and leadership experience that will work closely with Arctic’s management and employees.  They state existing management and employees will continue to operate the business as usual, and in addition to the existing team a CEO position has been created to lead the company.  Sean Post who previously led Arctic Beverages for eight years will return as their CEO.  Post says they have a unique understanding of the logistics involved in supplying their products to northern locations and the new ownership really understands the market they serve and is equipped to work to grow the company.

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Mayor George Fontaine has announced he will be seeking re-election in October.  Fontaine says there are still things he and Council have to complete and more they need to do yet.  He says there’s a lot of recreational issues that he thinks are important as well as financial issues.  He adds they’ve made a start and he thinks they’re on the right track.  He says he thinks they’ve got a good team and he thinks a good number of that team is going to run again if he’s correct in his assumptions so he thinks there’s still advancement to be made.

             

Fontaine served a four year term on City Council before his four year term as Mayor.

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An election was held at the Co-op store on Friday to elect two members to their Board of Directors. 

             

154 members cast ballots to re-elect Erhart Dzubiak to the board and elect new comer Del Ward.  Also seeking election was Lyle Borgstrom.

             

Directors are elected to three year terms.  The other members of the seven member board are Linda Clark, Donna Coles, Dave Kendall, Rob Schiefele and Dennis Whitbread.

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McDonald’s Restaurant in Flin Flon joined restaurants across the country in celebrating McHappy Day on Wednesday raising 855 dollars for their charity Ronald McDonald House. This is up from the 669 dollars raised last year.

             

A dollar from every Happy Meal, Big Mac and McCafe hot beverages sold was donated to the charity along with money from other in store events.

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The Canadian Government has declared today as a National Day of Honor to mark the end of Canada’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan to honor those who served and to remember those that made the big sacrifice for Canada.  Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 President Bob Penner notes the government has set aside two minutes of silence at 12:30 local time.  He says there are no plans at the local level but Branch 73 will be inviting all those that served from this area to the next Branch supper meeting.  He says he has compiled a list of seventeen veterans in this area or that moved to this area after being discharged from the forces.

             

Penner adds as is the Branch’s past policy they have offered or will be offering a one year complimentary membership in the Legion Branch for returning veterans from this area.

             

The City of Flin Flon has issued a special message for today stating on this day that marks the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, the City of Flin Flon recognizes the important work done by members of Canada’s armed forces, and recognizes the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded and the special burden borne by families of those who serve.

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A meeting was held Wednesday with representatives from Manitoba Housing to discuss Requests for Proposals to gain government funding and give them the opportunity to partner with local groups in the development of more seniors housing in Flin Flon.                               

             

The housing could include low, moderate and co-op units for members 55 years and older.  Eligible incomes for occupancy would be up to 48 thousand dollars for a one bedroom and up to 55 thousand for two bedroom units. Money available from the government is up to 75 thousand dollars per unit to a maximum of 35 percent of project costs.  It was suggested that a group or company hire a consultant to prepare the RFP in order to have it completed correctly and on time.  The deadline for applications is June 10th.

             

For more information you can go to the Manitoba government website www.gov.mb.ca/housing.

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Flin Flon MLA Clarence Pettersen praised the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce and Mayor and Council last night for the great job they do in partnering with him in lobbying and getting things for the community.  He says he’d like to see the cottage fee issue settled noting a policy should have been set up 40 years ago before a lot of people made the move.  He added we need all users on side including surrounding communities to keep our recreation facilities operating.  He told them one thing he’s heard is to create a corporation and in that corporation you’d throw in the rink, the Sportex and the pool and then everybody that uses those facilities would pay proportionately, it would be by population or whatever they would negotiate.  He says that way the recreation facilities would be maybe more feasible.

             

Pettersen says we need to work together to look at more opportunities in the community and ways to move forward in a positive way to make Flin Flon and the north a more attractive place to live.

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The Creighton Branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is holding their annual meeting Tuesday night.  Member Alex McGilvery says they need a good turnout as the annual meeting is where they elect their executive and it’s important that they find people to come in and fill the positions.  He says they’ve got a couple of people who’ve been essentially running the branch for years and they need some new blood, new ideas and new executive or they won’t be able to continue running the club as they do now.

             

McGilvery adds this is an active group supporting things like a range, bursaries in the schools and an annual banquet.  The meeting starts at 7:30 Tuesday night in the Creighton Seniors Hall.

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Flin Flon Public Library Administrator Cindy McLean invites you to celebrate the queen’s birthday this afternoon.  She says what they’re doing is celebrating the many faces of the Queen so they want you to come in and enjoy a royal discussion with royal watcher Glenda Walker Hobbs and there’ll be steeped tea showcasing all the various teas that you can sample and order as well as a huge collection of royal clippings and magazine articles.

             

The celebration runs from 3 to 4 this afternoon at the Public Library.

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Manitoba’s online organ and tissue donor registry has celebrated its second anniversary.  An organ donation physician with Transplant Manitoba’s Gift of Life program Dr. Faisal Siddiqui encourages you to visit the site and join the 9751 people who have committed to donate.  He says unfortunately the need is much higher than the supply.  He says currently waiting on their list are about 250 people waiting for a kidney transplant and these people are being supported with machines like dialysis to keep them going until they can get a kidney.  He adds there’s about 20 people who are waiting for lung transplants in the province, about the same number of people waiting for liver transplants and on top of that there’s people waiting for heart transplants and other organs.

             

Dr. Siddiqui adds once you’ve made the decision to donate talk to your family and friends then you can get more information and sign up at their website www.signupforlife.ca.

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The annual MS walk is being held on Sunday May 25th.  The MS Society’s Lori Bogoslowski says there will be two routes to choose from plus other fun activities.  She says the walk will take place at Bakers Narrows Provincial Park crossing over to Bakers Narrows Lodge to taste some of their delicious fish bites made from the Lodge’s new crispy batter.  She says they will then return to the Park where you can enjoy the Flin Flon Credit Union hospitality cook house for a barbeque and family fun.

             

Bogoslowski adds Chad Pabianek will be performing at the barbeque.

             

To register or for more information visit www.mswalk.ca or call the Parklands MS office at 204-622-2941.

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At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council reported there will be no city spring clean up this spring similar to last year.  Council cancelled their pick up of items left out by residents as a cost cutting measure last year and will do the same this year.  Because of that they passed a resolution to wave the tipping fees at the landfill for the period of May 16th to June 9th.

             

Council also discussed a motion to take applications from residents who own vacant lots for a grant to offset the cost of the special services levy to be placed on properties to cover police and fire services.  Councilors Martin and McKee objected noting some people store vehicles and sheds on these lots that still require fire protection.  The motion was tabled for further discussion.

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At last night’s Flin Flon City Council meeting Blair Sapergia questioned whether the city has done all the research necessary to make sure the purchase of the Northern Bus Lines garage and renovate it to replace the current city garage facilities instead of building a new facility is the right move.  Mayor George Fontaine said they are very interested in the bus garage and all questions have not yet been asked but it looks like the right decision so far.  He said it would become a multi-use facility to replace several current facilities.

             

Council  received the Fire Chiefs report for April indicating there were three fire calls during the month.

             

The city also entered into an agreement with the Water Services Board for a study of the uptown water distribution system in regards to fire fighting capacity. Mayor Fontaine said it will look at what they have and what system the need to guarantee the water pressure will be there when needed.

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May is physical activity month and the Heart and Stroke Foundation encourages everyone in the province to get together and get active.  Their physical activity manager Lisa Baldwin say Play It Forward challenges you to plan a physical activity with friends, family and co-workers.  She says it’s just about inviting people to be active with you and then all you really need to do is tell the Foundation what you did and then you can enter for a draw.  She adds they wanted to make it as simple as possible so you’re just talking to people, inviting them by phone, email or in person just saying let’s get active together and then tell the Foundation.

             

When you submit details on the activity you will be entered into to a draw to win a specially selected prize worth two hundred dollars.  You can get more details by going to www.heartandstroke.mb.ca/playitforward.

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The Creighton School Community Council is holding a family fun night at the school tomorrow.  The School’s Coordinator Carol Sutherland says it will give them an opportunity to celebrate and thank parents and guardians and other community members for their dedication to the youth and their education.  She says they will be hosting a complimentary barbeque along with old fashioned carnival games, a cultural connection station complete with teepee teachings and a garden green station for families to enjoy.  She adds they will also have emergency vehicles on site for everyone to inspect and it’s a great time for students and families to meet the men and women behind the lights and sirens.

             

The fun night runs from 5 to 7 tomorrow at Creighton Community School.

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All this month seniors 60 and over can ride anywhere the Saskatchewan Transportation Company goes for twelve dollars one way.

             

STC travels to more than 250 communities in the province giving seniors across the province a chance to travel at a great price.

             

STC President Shawn Grice says STC ridership sees a significant increase during the sale month with seniors taking more than ten thousand trips during the spring seat sale last year.

             

Seniors should take their identification with them at time of purchase and can buy their sale tickets at any STC agency.

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McDonald’s Restaurant in Flin Flon will be celebrating McHappy Day tomorrow.  Store Manager from The Pas Shelly Gallaugher says people can help support the McDonald’s charity.  She says they raise money for a charity noting normally they do a local charity but this year they are raising for Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg.  She adds with anything that they sell like Big Macs, Happy Meals or any of their McCafe products a dollar goes towards that and then they do some inside promotions in the restaurants as well to raise some extra money to put towards it.

             

McHappy Day runs all day tomorrow with CFAR’s Raphael Saray helping out in the restaurant starting at 2 o’clock.

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You can save your rain water with rain barrels being sold by the Flin Flon Kinsmen Club. The Club’s Tim Babcock says the barrels come from RainBarrel.ca. He explains they are selling rain barrels that have been transformed from old fruit shipping containers into useable barrels for storing water for your garden or your lawn.  He says they’ve set up a website at RainBarrel.ca /flinflon where you can go and check out the rain barrels in various colors and shapes and sizes and they all come with a bug screen and a spigot.

             

You are asked to order by May 13th with the barrels shipped the week of May 20th.  To order or for more information you can call Tim at 204-687-5160 or go to www.RainBarrel.ca/flinflon.

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Hudbay President and CEO David Garofalo reports at the Lalor project of the total mine construction budget of 441 million dollars they have invested 390 million and have entered into an additional 42 million dollars in commitments as of March 31st.  He explains they have received their environmental act license for Lalor which will enable full production via the main shaft. He says they anticipate doubling the production capacity at the mine and concentrator in the second half of the year as the main production shaft is commissioned and the refurbishment of the Snow Lake concentrator is completed.  Garofalo adds lastly not only did they achieve commercial production at Reed at the end of the first quarter ahead of guidance and under budget they completed the entire project without one lost time accident.

             

At Reed of the 72 million dollar estimated capital construction budget they have invested 66 million dollars to March 31st with 4 million to be spent as sustaining capital over the life of the mine.

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The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is holding a Communities Yard Sale on Saturday at their ReStore at the Armories site next to Twin Motors.  Store Manager Kathy McCormick says they are looking for people who want to rent a spot in front of the ReStore for ten dollars to sell items from their vehicle or table. She adds they will also have barbeques set up with smokies, perogies and drinks available for a monetary donation.  She says if you are interested in renting a spot you can call her at 204-687-6582 adding the yard sale will run from 11 to 1 Saturday.

             

Whether you’re selling or buying at the yard sale you can also visit the ReStore where they accept donations of building material, some appliances, furniture, cupboards and other gently used or discontinued items which they are selling at reasonable prices to help build a home for a low income working family.

             

The ReStore is open Fridays from 1 to 4 and Saturdays from 10 to 3 until the end of September.

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Manitoba Housing will be holding a public information session on building seniors housing on Wednesday.  Their Executive Director for Northern Housing Harold Smith says they will provide information on the RFP or request for proposals.  He says they recognize there is a need for affordable seniors housing and the RFP gives them the opportunity to partner with local groups in the development of more affordable seniors housing. He says the RFP closes on June the 10th.

             

The session will be held Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 downstairs at the Flin Flon Public Library.  More information on the request for proposals can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/housing.

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In its first quarter 2014 financial results Hudbay reports it recorded a net loss of 27.2 million dollars in the first quarter compared to a profit of 1.9 million in the first quarter of 2013.

             

Hudbay President David Garofalo says there were a couple of reasons. He says despite better copper production volumes late in the quarter the availability of concentrate for shipping prior to quarter end was limited and extreme cold weather in the quarter affected railway service from their Manitoba operations.  He says as a result cash flow from operations, net earnings and cash costs per pound of copper sold were all affected by significant accumulation of unsold copper and precious metals.

             

Garofalo adds Hudbay is poised to deliver growth in production, earnings and cash flow in the second half of this year as they approach the end of their 2.2 billion dollar three mine construction program at Constancia in Peru and Lalor and Reed near Snow Lake.

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The City of Flin Flon is hosting an open house to get your input on the Aqua Center.  Recreation Manager Mike Dubreuil says its part of a feasibility study and its going to be an opportunity for the general public to come out and discuss with the architect directly what they feel works with our current facility, what does not work with the current facility and what changes they would like to see in a new facility that would benefit them as consumers.

             

The open house will be held Wednesday from 1 to 3:30 and 6 to 8:30 in city council chambers.  If you can’t make it you can complete a survey online by clicking here or at the city of Flin Flon website under the Recreation heading.

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The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding its annual Lobster Night Saturday May 10th.  The Club’s Glen Smith says they are offering the same as they have for the past 23 years with one change replacing the scallops.  He says they’re going to go with deep fried clams which he’s told are tremendously popular on the east coast but other than that they’re going to go with their two lobsters for the standard sea food lovers or steak and lobster or if you don’t like lobster they’ll have steak or chicken.

             

Smith adds after supper the Usual Suspects will provide music.  Tickets are available at Kleen-All or Pharmasave.

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As Creighton continues to investigate the possibility of hosting a nuclear waste storage facility the Nuclear Waste Management Organization continues to investigate the Creighton area as a possible site.  To assist them they have brought in an aircraft and their Director of Geoscience Ben Belfadhel says they will be flying over an area 4 kilometers by 12 to 16 kilometers which is the granite Annabel Pluton. He says this aircraft is going to fly airborne geophysical surveys, mainly magnetic and gravity surveys.  He says these surveys will allow them to get a better understanding of the geology on the surface but also the geology at depth.

             

Belfadhel adds the aircraft will be about 80 meters above ground.  The information will be analyzed and if there are areas of interest they will do geological mapping in the field to determine if there is a suitable site for the storage facility.

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Tourism North held their annual meeting in Flin Flon yesterday afternoon.  Their Coordinator Charlene Kissick says Tourism North is a regional tourism association and their area is north of 53 in Manitoba.  She says right now their members are Community Futures in Flin Flon, Thompson Unlimited and the Town of The Pas and they work together to do some regional marketing, visitor information services and they have a website www.visitnorthernmanitoba.ca that they’re building as a data base for tourism in northern Manitoba.

             

Kissick says the annual meeting is a chance to review the past year, look at future plans and hear from people who are involved in tourism in the north.  She adds they produce an annual tourist guide and have been focusing on winter tourism for the past two years.

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Progressive Conservative MLA Bonnie Mitchelson recently sponsored a private member’s resolution celebrating the good work of Habitat for Humanity that received unanimous support in the Manitoba Legislature.

             

Mitchelson says the work they do in more than 15 communities across Manitoba builds much needed affordable housing and helps break the cycle of poverty far too many live in.

             

Habitat for Humanity was first active in Manitoba in 1985 with the construction of a home in Winkler.  Since then more than 300 homes have been built through the support of community donations, volunteer efforts of more than 2 thousand people each year and by 40 staff members. The Habitat 53° Chapter in Flin Flon was officially launched in May of 2012.

             

Mitchelson adds through Habitat for Humanity Manitobans who may not otherwise be able to own their own home gain self-esteem and pride that comes with home ownership through a no interest, no down payment

mortgage.

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