The annual Flin Flon Trout Festival Canada Day Parade is taking place tomorrow sponsored by Twin Motors under the theme The Wild West. The classic cars will start at 11 followed by the parade from in front of CFAR. It will go south on Green Street, turn right at Northland Ford, then turning on to Third Avenue up onto Main Street dispersing at the Co-op. Walkers, bicycles and horses will join the parade at Rotary Park.
First, second and third prizes are awarded for both commercial and non-commercial floats with 100 dollars for first, 75 for second and 50 for third as well as prizes for the classic cars.
The Mineral Exploration Assistance Program that delivers financial assistance to companies carrying out mineral exploration in Manitoba will invest 3 million dollars in 2014-15 to support 22 new projects.
The program provides up to 50 percent of approved eligible expenses to encourage exploration in under explored frontier regions including the northern superior, far north and Hudson Bay lowland areas and those areas where new discoveries can help sustain existing communities such as Lynn Lake and Leaf Rapids. Three of the 22 projects receiving funding this year are in Lynn Lake and Leaf Rapids and three are in the frontier region. 12 projects are exploring for gold, 5 for copper-zinc, 3 for nickel and one each for graphite and uranium.
The government notes for every 1 million dollars they invest in financial assistance up to 8 million is generated for the Manitoba economy through exploration expenditures.
Canada Day will be celebrated tomorrow at the Creighton Ball Diamond. Recreation Director Channa Senyk says it starts at one o’clock with opening ceremonies with the Royal Canadian Legion and greetings from the Town of Creighton followed by local entertainment and games. She says they brought in the bouncy houses which are free to all the kids, a hula hoop relay, potato sack races, a tug of war, a three legged race, the children’s petting zoo, face painting, Canada Day balloons and tattoos and that’s all free for the kids and families.
Senyk adds they will also have free Canada Day cupcakes and ice cream.
Members of the Flin Flon Horticultural Society and other volunteers planted flowers around the city last week. President Harry Antoniw says they planted 925 dozen or just over 11 thousand flowers with most of them around the museum area, also across from the Gateway and then in the area around Northland Ford and the real big one is up at the zoo.
Antoniw adds they were a little late planting this year due to the late spring but they had a good group of helpers out each day.
Diplomas were presented to 48 graduates of Hapnot Collegiate last night along with around 60 bursaries and scholarships valued well over 45 thousand dollars.
The largest award the Hudbay W.A.Green bursary for 35 hundred dollars a year for up to four years was presented to Shannah Fisher who also received the Governor General Bronze Medal for highest academic standing with a 98 percent average as well as the Sparling Trophy for the student who contributes the most to school life while still maintaining a good academic standing.
Valedictorian Peter Ryan reflected on his school years thanking his teachers and parents advising his fellow students life isn’t always about being the best at something but doing your best to achieve something.
Guest speaker former teacher Chelsea Russell offered advice for success in life congratulating each of the students noting the arena is full of people who are celebrating their accomplishments adding they have so much to offer as they move forward.
Last Friday the Federal Government announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. Elliott Simms from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the move negatively impacts rural Manitoba businesses. He explains basically what the program did was say that if you’re in an area of high unemployment that is above six percent those sectors will not be eligible to use the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, so what that means is in Manitoba no one outside of Winnipeg who runs a hotel or restaurant or has a retail operation can even access the program even if they have a shortage of labor to find in their local area.
The CFIB reports records show that around 55 hundred temporary foreign workers have been hired in the province since 2012 with around 3 thousand in Winnipeg, 230 in Brandon and about 23 hundred in rural Manitoba.
The Denare Beach Yacht and Cattlemen Association and the Flin Flon Dart Club will be hosting Beaver Lake Day on Sunday. The Association’s Scott McCullum says they will have entertainment and special events. He says they’ve got some local talent with Mark Conroy, Crow and the Flin Flon Hotel Alumni Band, Honeywagon and some of the local Beaver Lake talent out there for the afternoon sessions, they’ve got beef on a bun, kids dingy races later in the afternoon and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization will be coming out to show the 35 ton transport truck and trailer.
McCullum adds there will be a lot of other events running from noon to midnight Sunday at the Denare Beach Fair Grounds.
The Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel has announced support for several community infrastructure projects across northern Manitoba under the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
In this area the City of Flin Flon receives just over ten thousand dollars for renovations to the Camp Whitney mess hall where upgrades included LED lighting, replaced flooring and an additional propane heater. The Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum Corporation receives just over 46 thousand dollars for their restoration of the former railway station as a heritage museum site with repairs including new insulation, installation of a geothermal heating and cooling unit, replacing the roof, repairing windows and painting. The Town of Snow Lake receives just over 30 thousand dollars for upgrading the heating and air conditioning system at the Snow Lake Community Hall increasing the energy efficiency of the building.
The Trout Festival got underway last evening with a barbeque and evening of entertainment at Pioneer Square hosted by the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce assisted by the City of Flin Flon, Hudbay and the Trout Festival.
Mayor George Fontaine had praise for Festival President Tim Babcock, his committee and all volunteers echoed by the Chamber’s Dave Kendall, Hudbay’s Brad Lantz, Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler, the Friendship Center’s Theresa Wride and MC Dianne O’Brien. Babcock in turn praised those who help out. He says they’ve got a pretty packed weekend for you noting they’re going to take today off and Friday be back with Main Street days and go from there. He thanked the volunteers and the committee members who make things happen adding there are a lot of community groups and service clubs who help behind the scene and take different balls and run with them and also thanks to the executive.
You can find a complete list of events by clicking on the Festival banner at www.flinflononline.com.
The Flin Flon Trout Festival presents a Cabar-eh tomorrow night to support the Flin Flon and District Environment Council. The Council’s Greg East says it’ll be an entertaining night featuring the Hanson Sisters with Jennifer coming in from the sunny southern states and featuring also CC Trubiak on vocals. He adds a lot of people have seen this band but they haven’t played here for almost three years now and it’s a great opportunity to see them again.
The doors open at the Flin Flon Community Hall at 7:30 tomorrow night with music starting at 8. Tickets are available by calling Greg at 204-687-0754 or at the door.
The Fairness Express is a big green bus tour criss-crossing the country to get people talking about income inequality and it will be in Flin Flon tomorrow for the Trout Festival.
In a release Manitoba Government and General Employee’s Union President Michelle Gawronsky says income inequality affects us all and it’s been growing in Canada for decades. She adds they want to hear from Manitobans about this important issue and talk about solutions. She says while they’re stopping at Manitoba towns they thought let’s have some fun with it and that’s what the tour about.
Gawronsky says the tour will be stopping at dozens of Manitoba communities this summer bringing a fun filled carnival atmosphere to events, festivals, parades and farmer’s markets.
12 graduates from Many Faces Education Center in Flin Flon received diplomas along with several awards last night.
The Clarence Pettersen Bursary was presented to Monique Wall who also received the Governor General Bronze Medal and the Tri-Service Volunteerism award. The Flin Flon School Division Bursary went to Cody Mason who also received a Many Faces Alumni award. The other Many Faces Alumni awards were presented to Kaitlyn Strom, Rachelle Waly and Jon Vancoughnett. Jon also received the Motorcycle Association award. The UCN Scholarship for one year’s tuition went to Natasha Synott, the United Steelworkers Local 7106 award to Neil Cook and the Women’s Resource Center award to Randine Highway who also received the Art Wahlenberg Memorial award.
With classes coming to an end the Flin Flon School Board met for the final time for the current school year. In his report Superintendent Blaine Veitch noted the division will receive 5 thousand dollars from the Northern Neighbors Foundation towards the renovations at Queen’s Park. The grant presentation is scheduled for July 9th at 7 o’clock in city council chambers. Veitch also recognized the staff that are retiring or not returning next year wishing students and staff a safe enjoyable summer. The division hours for the summer from July 4th to August 15th will be Monday to Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm. The offices will be closed from July 21st to August 4th.
Board Chair Murray Skeavington closed the meeting by recognizing the importance of the many volunteers whose contributions have made our schools a better place to learn. He also encouraged parents, family members and the general public to attend this year’s graduating class ceremonies. Many Faces begin at 7:30 tonight in St. Ann’s Hall and Hapnot graduates tomorrow at the Whitney Forum starting at 4 o’clock.
The 2014-15 school year commences for staff and students on September 2nd on 9 am.
The Flin Flon Lions Club is sponsoring skateboard and BMX competitions Friday afternoon as part of the Trout Festival. Alex McGilvery who is helping the Club with the event explains it’s for the usual age ranges of under 12, 12 to 18 and 18 plus and the Lions added a special category for the highest scoring girl. He says they have some really neat prizes and the great folks from Funky Threads in The Pas are coming up to help judges and run the event.
The event starts at 1 Friday afternoon at the Flin Flon Skateboard Park. There is no entry fee and you just show up at the park to enter.
Hapnot Collegiate’s graduating class of 2014 will be celebrating tomorrow. Grad Committee Chair Bobbi Willets says the evening starts with supper and then the convocation starts at about 6:45 and it’s over about 8:30 and the grads get ready for their grand march down Main Street and then there’s a few things like the grad picture and the first dance at the Whitney and then the go off and get ready for their safe grad social.
There are 49 graduates receiving their diplomas tomorrow evening
The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation reports a successful 2013-14 year with their fix up grants program providing 14 grants and the small grants program 15 grants, their ongoing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design program and several events in partnership with other groups and organizations.
The Corporation recently completed their community consultation to develop a three year Community Plan with the community requesting a stronger emphasis on youth. The plan includes supporting the development of affordable adequate and safe housing; supporting the development of diverse recreation, arts and cultural activities with a particular emphasis on youth; wellness and community well being projects, programs and facilities; encouraging the development of a safe community where there is respect for people and property; promoting initiatives that encourage the involvement of youth and steer them away from anti-social behavior; beautification, image and community connections; and community economic development.
Copies of the plan are available on their website www.ffnrc.ca.
Hudbay and Augusta Resources have entered into a definitive support agreement pursuant to which Hudbay has agreed to increase the consideration that will be received by Augusta shareholders under Hudbay’s offer to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares not already owned by Hudbay. Augusta’s Board of Directors is unanimously recommending that Augusta shareholders accept the revised offer and has agreed to terminate Augusta’s shareholder rights plan to permit shareholders to do so.
Hudbay President David Garofalo says they are pleased to have reached this agreement as they strongly believe in the merits of this transaction and its benefits to both companies’ shareholders. He adds they look forward to working with the board and management of Augusta to bring this transaction to a conclusion and to advancing the Rosemont Copper Project near Tuscon, Arizona within Hudbay.
Flin Flon’s Many Faces Education Center will be holding their graduation tomorrow evening. The Center’s Maureen Reagan explains everything gets underway at about 5:30 and they are hosting it over at St. Ann’s Hall this year and they have 12 graduates. She says supper will be at 6 and their convocation at 7:30 for any of the public that would like to join them.
The evening will wrap up with a social also at St. Ann’s Hall.
The annual Battle of the Bands will take place Saturday afternoon. Organizer Alex McGilvery says they’re looking for bands who want to have fun and win prizes. He says they do need to have at least three people in the band and they’d like to have a drummer so that it’s a real band and these are rules that were set up back in the days when Dave Gunn was running it and they have continued them. He says it’s a great chance to have lots of fun, have some good music and encourage young people to continue to provide their kind of music.
The Battle of the Bands is being held Saturday at 4 on the Main Street stage. You can enter by calling Alex at 204-271-2066.
Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation exhibit to honor missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. This international touring exhibit opened in Flin Flon at ten this morning in the Elks Hall. The exhibit runs until July 5th and is open Monday to Friday from 12 to 8 and Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4.
The art installation is made up of more than 17 hundred pairs of moccasin tops that have been created by 1372 caring and concerned people from around the world to honor and pay respect to the lives and existence of the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across North America. Each pair of moccasin tops represents an indigenous women or girl who is missing or murdered.
According to the most recent data 1181 indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been murdered in Canada in the past 30 years and it is suspected the actual numbers are much higher.
Twenty-five graduates received their diplomas as Creighton Community School held their graduation exercises Friday.
Forty-one bursaries and scholarships were presented with the top award, the Hudbay Scholarship for two thousand dollars a year for four years going to Kyla Phillips.
The Creighton Community School Foundation Bursaries for one thousand dollars each went to Kyla Phillips and Samantha Turpin for Academics, Kaitlin Grant for Athletics, Daniel Ratt for First Nations, Mikayla Pietch for Citizenship, Kyla Phillips for Arts and Alex Mouseau for Trades and Technology.
Principal Stacy Lair praised the graduates for their accomplishments telling them always understand and remember whatever energy and action you put into the world comes back to you.
Twelve students were on the Honor Role with averages of 80 percent or higher with two Kyla Phillips and Samantha Turpin 90 percent or higher.
The Women’s Resource Center is holding an event called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to support the Safe Haven. Executive Director Colleen Arnold says the event raises awareness and money. She says it’s an international men’s march to stop rape, assault and gender violence and it’s an effective way to get men involved. She says it’s a serious subject but the walk provides an icebreaker to get the message out there. She adds all the participants must raise at least 75 dollars in pledges with a taxable receipt given for all pledges of 20 dollars or more and all the pledges are to help run the Safe Haven for abused women.
The walk will take place Friday at 4 o’clock starting at Pioneer Square. Pledge forms are available at the Women’s Resource Center and they have men’s shoe sizes 9 to 14 in red high heels for the men to walk in. All pledges must be in by Thursday and prizes will be awarded at the walk.
RBC has announced a donation of 50 thousand dollars to the Dollywood Foundation of Canada to add a family literacy initiative to its signature program Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The Imagination Library provides a new age appropriate book each month to every preschool student enrolled in the program. Currently the Foundation has secured financial support to provide the Imagination Library to all of the children in 61 of the 63 First Nation Communities in Manitoba. Partners include RBC, Frontier School Division, Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Center, Manitoba Community Services, Aseneskak Casino and the Provincial Government.
The RBC grant provides funding to provide family literacy training through Bookmates Incorporated in several communities and a broad public awareness campaign to encourage families to read daily to their children.
As part of the Young Citizen’s Program students from across Canada submit videos reflecting on Canada’s history. A Flin Flon grade six student at McIsaac School Chloe Reitlo submitted a video on Canada’s role in the Boer War. In the video she explains she chose this topic because she found her great great grandfather’s medal from the Boer War. She says she took great interest in the project and wanted to find out more. Reitlo explained her great great grandfather was born in Peterborough England, served in the Boer War from 1901 to 1903 as a telegraph operator and in 1905 he moved to Canada to Brandon, Manitoba.
You can now go on line and vote to help Chloe’s video move on to the Governor General’s Awards. Voting takes place until July 11th at www.youngcitizens.ca.
At around 7:00 Tuesday night a member of Deschambault Lake RCMP noticed smoke coming from a nearby residence. Several people outside the residence were waving their arms to get the member’s attention. The residence was on fire and they believed one person was still inside. The member carefully entered the residence, realizing that the back of the home was fully engulfed in flames and there was a significant amount of thick smoke. The member located a woman who was asleep on a couch in the front of the residence. He was able to wake her and get her safely out of the house. The member was then told that there may be children still inside the home. He entered the residence again, but the heat was too intense to search the home. The children were located safely outside the home a short time later.
The residence was completely destroyed. The RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalizaion Corporation is holding their annual meeting Monday. The organization’s Laurence Gillespie says the meeting is a chance for them to report to the community on what they have been doing over the past year and get their feedback on whether they like it or not and then they also set their plans for the coming year. He says this year is a little different because they just finished their big community consultation which changed their whole plan for the next three years and so they’re very eager to know what people think of the way they’ve turned the community’s responses to their surveys into their plan.
Gillespie adds they are also looking for new people to sit on their board.
The meeting will be held at 7 Monday evening in City Council chambers.
Progressive Conservative MLA Myrna Driedger was in Flin Flon yesterday to launch their framework for a northern strategy. Driedger who is chair of the Strategy Committee says it is a starting point for discussions on the north. She says at meetings in Flin Flon and other centers several issues have come forward. She says one of the issues no matter which northern community is the seriousness of homelessness that seems to have been growing and may be not as recognized as it needs to be. She adds affordable housing is certainly another challenge and another point is to ensure that the training programs that happen are actually geared more towards jobs that are needed here in the north.
Driedger says an advisory committee of northerners has been set up and input is being requested. Addresses to submit ideas can be found in this news story at www.flinflononline.com.
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Three writers have spent the past 2 years getting the background story on Arnold and Gail Morberg the founders of Calm Air.
Gail Morberg says they bought their first plane not thinking anything like this would happen. She says they got married and moved to Stony Rapids in northern Saskatchewan at the east end of Lake Athabasca and they were in isolation so to get anywhere they bought an aircraft.
Gail and Arnold Morberg started Calm Air in 1962 and ended up selling it in 2009. The book Northern Lights is available online at heartlandbooks.ca.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, Arts Council and School Division are holding Summer in the Parks from July 7th to August 29th. Supervisor Erin Hall says they’ll offer a variety of programs for five to nine year olds including field trips, entertainment and activities. She says the new staff this year is a group of energetic fun loving people who are very eager to spend the summer outside with the kids. She says this summer they are privileged to have a new home base for parents to drop off and pick up the campers. She adds the Elks Hall will be a place to do arts and crafts, play a lot of games and be protected from the rain if needed. Hall adds they are grateful to have a larger place this year so the kids can enjoy themselves and burn of energy indoors as well.
Summer in the Parks will run Monday to Friday from 12 to 5. For information and to register call Erin at the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542.
National Aboriginal Day is being celebrated at the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center Saturday afternoon. The Center’s Events Coordinator Jeremiah Herrman says they will have food and entertainment. He says they’re going to have an opening ceremony starting at 1 o’clock until about 1:15 followed by the Silver Star Evening Singers from the Community Resource Center, there’ll be a couple of local performers, the Hoop Troop from Creighton and the headliner this year will be Tracy Bone who will have a one hour performance.
Herrman adds there will also be a couple of raffles, a 50-50 draw, a toonie parade and other events. It runs from 1 to 5:30 Saturday in the Friendship Center parking lot on Church Street.
A shoreline clean up organized by Danielle Yungworth on Saturday was a success with 19 volunteers joining her in the clean up.
They removed 1079 pounds of garbage from the Ross Lake shoreline along the Boardwalk along with 21 pounds of recyclables, 1000 pounds of wood, brush and rail ties, 3 bikes, garbage cans, fire extinguishers, bed railings, 8 tires and other items.
Plans are to hold the shoreline clean up again next year.
The Manitoba government has announced they will invest over 1.5 million dollars on several improvements to provincial road 391 from the vicinity of Thompson to Leaf Rapids over the next two years. Flin Flon MLA Clarence Pettersen says its part of a 32 million dollar multi year highway capital program in this area. He says this really affects Nelson House, Leaf Rapids, South Indian Lake and Lynn Lake and he thinks it recognizes the safety they want to be done on these roads but also recognizes that people in the north matter. He adds he knows Chief Moody is excited to get his 11 kilometers on the road up to the main highway. Pettersen says it’s a good thing for his constituency so he’s really proud of it.
Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton adds this is part of their long term plan to invest in roads, bridges and infrastructure throughout Manitoba.
Twenty-five graduating students will receive their diplomas as Creighton Community School holds their graduation ceremony Friday night. Principal Stacy Lair says they’ll have a full evening of celebration with their graduation banquet at 5 o’clock at the Sportex with tickets available at Creighton School and then at 6:30 people can line Main Street to see their grand march and the graduates and their escorts will do a march around the community. She says at 7 p.m. in the Creighton School gym they have their ceremony and its usually a couple of hours long with a short meet and greet with the grads afterwards.
The students will also be holding their car parade through Creighton and Flin Flon at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.
The TD Reading Club has just gotten underway at the Flin Flon Public Library and Administrator Cindy McLean says a well known guest will help kick it off. She says Ronald McDonald is coming to the library to celebrate the FIFA World Cup and to kick off their TD Summer Reading Club. She says he will be there at 11 o’clock Friday morning and he’ll be playing lots of games with the children, activities and trivia so bring the children out, have some snacks and play some soccer with Ronald McDonald.
The TD Reading Club runs until the end of August with information available at the library.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council agreed to apply to the provinces Municipal Road Improvement Program for funding to complete two projects, Green Street from Phelan Avenue to Elm Avenue for sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs and associated landscaping and the Oak Avenue intersection to 301 Green Street road base, curb gutter, sidewalk repairs and replace asphalt.
In other business Greg East asked council when numbers will be available on what our community’s share will be of the 2.2 million dollars required from the area towards the 22 million dollar Emergency Room expansion at Flin Flon General Hospital. Mayor George Fontaine says he and Councilor Pawlachuk sit on the committee and they are waiting for that final number to be confirmed and when it is all areas that use the hospital will have to share their part of it.
In what Councilor Pawlachuk called an unprecedented event Council received a thank you card signed by numerous people thanking them for the work they are doing to maintain the local bus service. Council is continuing to make adjustments to the schedule as people express their concerns.
Just after 4 Saturday morning Flin Flon RCMP received a report of a stabbing at a residence on Hapnot Street. Police investigation revealed a 20 year old man was stabbed by another man and suffered injuries to the upper body. He was transported to local hospital and has since been released.
A 19 year old man has been arrested and charged for aggravated assault and failing to comply with an undertaking. He remains in custody until a court appearance.
RCMP report the victim and the suspect were not known to each other.
The investigation continues.
A Creighton Community Appreciation Barbeque is being held tomorrow evening. Recreation Director Channa Senyk invites the community out to celebrate June as Parks and Recreation Month. She says they have Chad Pabianek entertaining as well as Imrie Anna Jones, they have barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers, salads and cake as well as kids games, Kids First North will be there with an obstacle course and they’ll have face painting.
The event is free and runs from 5:30 to 7:30 tomorrow evening at the Creighton Recreation office.
The Flin Flon Trout Festival is bringing in the Western Canadian Water Craft Association for this years festival. The committee’s Ken Pawlachuk says they’ll be on Ross Lake with jet skis June 28th and 29th and there’s races starting Saturday and all day Sunday with heats and they go up to a final race. He says there’s a guy who brings his machine that he’s hopped up that does tricks like flips, summersaults and things like that on a jet ski with a 3 to 400 horse power motor on it.
Pawlachuk adds these will be held on the large part of the lake behind Stittco along with the canoe races so there’s a lot of room for spectators. He adds they are looking for help those days as well as for businesses to sponsor the event. You can call him at 204-687-6247.
The Flin Flon Trout Festival is planning a Farmer’s Market for Main Street Days. The Committee’s Rikki Petersen says anyone can be part of it. She says they’ll have crafts tables, ceramics, fudge, popcorn, home businesses, anybody that has something they’d like to sell can set up a booth on Main Street and sell. She adds you can book a spot on the street for 25 dollars or if you want under a giant tent for 50 dollars plus a table unless you bring your own table.
The Farmer’s Market will be held June 27th and 28th on Main Street from 11 to 5 both days. To take part call Rikki at 204-271-3605.
Flin Flon City Council received numerous complaints from residents and organizations when their May 21st bus schedule came out over the fact there were no buses in the mid-morning. The bus left uptown at 8:32 and didn’t run again until 11:32.
A new schedule that was effective yesterday now includes buses leaving uptown at 10:15 and 10:54.
The new bus schedule can be found on the City of Flin Flon website by clicking on the link at www.flinflononline.com.
A man from Pelican Narrows Saskatchewan will appear in court today after three people were injured by gunfire over the weekend.
RCMP says they were called to a home in the community early Saturday about a complaint that 20 people were outside attempting to smash windows. Police say a man stepped out with a .22 rifle and began randomly firing. Three teens were treated in Flin Flon hospital and have since been released. Two of the teens a 15 year old girl and a 14 year old boy were from Flin Flon and a 19 year old was from Pelican Narrows.
Travis Alphonse Sewap was arrested shortly after without incident.
Northland Ford in Flin Flon held their Drive One for Your School June 7th to support the graduating class of Many Faces Education Center. Sales Consultant Nikki McConnell says for each test drive Ford of Canada is donating 20 dollars. She says things went great even though the weather didn’t co-operate as much as they would of liked but they still had a great turnout and a very successful event. She reports they did about 105 test drives and raised about 21 hundred dollars for Many Faces.
Northland Ford is also planning a Drive One for Your Community on September 20th to support the Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
The Flin Flon Public Library has started its TD Summer Reading Club. Administrator Cindy McLean says it encourages children to spend some time with books. She explains all registered children are awarded a free reading activity kit and a chance to win some great prizes. She says they’re also doing special treat bags awarded for every completed notebook reading log. She adds they will also be running a week long summer camp from August 11th to 15th so all children are welcome to come to the library, get their notebooks and start reading.
McLean says the reading club is underway now and runs until the end of August.
At their 16th annual meeting the Women’s Resource Center’s Executive Director Colleen Arnold reported they have been very busy with education and awareness these last few years. She says the many public events they run each year raise awareness of violence against women and if the community bands together, watches out for each other and says no to violence its going to end. The Center would like to get more men and boys involved to work with them as allies to end violence against women and girls.
Events over the past year included support groups, counseling services, Domestic Violence Prevention Month, Candle Light Vigil, Take Back the Night, The Vagina Monologues, Walk a Mile in her Shoes, International Women’s Day and their lunch program.
Thanks were given to all volunteers, staff, board members and local organizations for their ongoing support. They also welcomed their new Youth Counselor Darcie Snyder.
Hudbay has announced it has sold its almost 3.3 million common shares of Rockshield Capital Corporation at a price of 13 cents per share for gross proceeds of almost 424 thousand dollars. The shares were sold over the Canadian Securities Exchange and represent approximately 10.7 percent of issued and outstanding Rockshield shares. As a result of the sale Hudbay no longer owns or controls any Rockshield shares.
The Flin Flon Friendship Center and other community organizations are presenting a Friendship Playday tomorrow. The Center’s Director of the Aboriginal Headstart Program Katie Kawerski says they have nine stations planned including play dough, rock painting, beading, face painting, wood crafts, masks, games and the Recycling Center will have a type of craft there as well. She says Playday is for families to connect with one another, its for parents and children and grandparents and children ages 2 to 12 and its also for families to connect with community services.
Playday runs from 12 to 3 tomorrow at the Elks Hall. For more information you can call Katie at 204-687-1311.
A shoreline cleanup will take place tomorrow afternoon along the Boardwalk on the shores of Ross Lake. Organizer Danielle Yungwirth says they’re just going to have everybody meet at the Manitoba Avenue access to the Boardwalk at 1 o’clock on Saturday. She says they’re going to assign sections as people show up and everybody can just go out and clean up some garbage and have some fun. She adds they’re going to have some garbage bags and rubber gloves provided by Kleen-All and its basically to raise awareness about keeping trash out of our waterways.
Yungwirth adds garbage collected there will be added to the Twenty Minutes of Magic collection as part of the Northern Communities Cleanup Challenge.
The official launch of a CD by Chad Pabianek called The Arms That Surround Us takes place Saturday night. Pabianek says he’ll perform the songs on the CD and there’s songs dating back to 2007 and all the way up to last summer so it’s a good mixture of about a dozen songs that he’s written over the last six years. He says he mastered it, did the editing and recorded himself setting up in the basement to do the recording there. He adds it wasn’t too hard to do but a lot of time was put into it.
The performance takes place at 8 Saturday night at Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street.
Admission is ten dollars.
On Saturday and Sunday Manitoba is waiving the need for a fishing licence and the provincial park entry fee will be waived as well. The summer family fishing weekend has been happening since 1992. Anglers fishing without a licence will be allowed to keep a conservation limit of fish. This varies by species. All other rules and regulations will still be in effect and these can be found in the Manitoba Angler’s Guide available where fishing licences are sold or at www.manitobafisheries.com. Manitoba Wildlife Federation will also be hosting a photo contest to promote fishing. Anglers can capture their big moments and submit their photographs to email@example.com by June 16.
The Creighton Branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation will be holding a 22 shoot and gun safety program Saturday afternoon. The group’s Alex McGilvary explains it’s an opportunity for families to come out to the range and try their hand at shooting a 22 rifle. He says its fun and it’s a great way to learn a little bit of gun safety so if they happen on a rifle in the house they know how to treat it with respect, to treat it safely and basically leave it alone. He adds its great chance to seen the range, have some fun and meet some people from the Wildlife Federation.
There is no cost and it will run from 1 to 4 Saturday at the range west of Creighton on the Hanson Lake road.
Creighton Recreation is looking for individuals, groups and organizations who want to be part of the Canada Day celebrations at the Creighton ball diamond. Assistant Recreation Director Crystal Banting says they are looking for any kind of booth. She says it could be draws, raffles, a fundraiser, games for kids, food booths, anything like that. She adds booths are going to be 15 dollars and you can call the Rec office at 306-688-3538 to register or for more information.
The deadline to register for a booth is June 23rd.
As part of Recreation and Parks Month Denare Beach Recreation invites you to come out Sunday afternoon for a guided trail walk. Recreation Board Chair Mary Wright says you can meet at 2 o’clock at New Horizons. She says this time its more on ecology so they will be identifying some plants and some of the native greenery around there. She says they are giving it about two hours for the walk and that will be followed by a barbeque where they will have wild rice burgers as well as regular burgers, hot dogs and corn.
Wright says the barbeque will be at New Horizons adding they will have toys and activities for the kids as well. If you need more information call the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050.
VIA Rail Canada will resume its service between Gillam and Churchill once inspections of the railway on the Hechmer subdivision have been completed and the track is deemed safe for passenger train operations.
On June 2nd thirteen freight cars derailed near Churchill forcing VIA Rail to suspend its service between Gillam and Churchill. The Corporation is awaiting a comprehensive safety review that will determine whether VAI Rail’s safety requirements have been met to ensure the safety of passengers and employees traveling on this route.
At this time passenger service continues to be offered between Winnipeg and Gillam according to the normal schedule.
Earlier this year the Flin Flon School Division was well represented at the provincial Heritage Fair in Winnipeg. Student Chloe Reitlo received the Young Citizen Award for her project on the Boer War and was invited to submit a video presentation for a national award which was viewed by the Board last night. The Grade Six Ecole McIsaac School student spent a few weeks making the video telling the story of the Boer War which took place in South Africa from 1899 to 1902. The video can be seen at www.canadahistory.ca and a link is posted on the 102.9 CFAR facebook page. You can vote for Chloe’s video and help her achieve national recognition starting June 17th up to July 11th. Chloe’s story also told of her Great Grandfather’s participation in the effort and she was proud to pass around the South African Queen Victoria medal he was awarded.
A city wide clean up called Twenty Minutes of Magic sponsored by Acklands Grainger Friday to clean up our streets was a success. Organizer Chad Plamondon says this was the best year ever with over a dozen teams out Friday in spite of the snow and the schools went Monday and he was witness to an amazing feat when in little under an hour between Ruth Betts and McIsaac schools they removed 140 bags of litter from our streets. He says Hapnot Collegiate was involved as well and they had over 50 bags of garbage so overall it was a great year.
Plamondon adds this year the clean up goes up against 18 other northern communities for a five thousand dollar prize from the Manitoba Multi Stewardship Recycling Program and the winner of that will be announced sometime in July.
Barb Link and Colleen McKee from WEST or the Workplace Essential Skills Training Center told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday essential skills are needed in today’s workforce as employers want workers to increase their skill levels. McKee says WEST which is part of Workplace Education Manitoba can help employers and for businesses in the local area the opportunity is two fold. She says number one they provide needs assessments and essential skills training for employers to be able to implement with their employees and they offer individualized training for people who just want to upskill. She adds they can drop in at 51 Main Street and they’re open Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30.
McKees says employers benefit by having among other things lower employee turnover, reduced absenteeism and a higher skilled workforce. She adds people trained in the north tend to stay in the north.
Bunny Burke reminded Chamber members the flowers should be out on Main Street today and businesses are encouraged to water them.
The Chambers next general meeting will be on September 9th.
The Norva Center is holding their annual meeting tomorrow afternoon. The Center’s Karen Clark says they want to hear from people interested in the arts. She says the meeting will first look at the past year, update their constitution and elect their new board and then they have a PIE meeting. She says they serve pie and they talk about how the year has gone and what the membership is interested in pursuing over the coming year, so they do some strategic planning at that meeting. She says they are hoping to have a really good turnout so they can get lots of input from the membership but also members of the public if they want to attend the meeting.
The meeting starts at 4 tomorrow afternoon at the Norva Center on Green Street.
You should have received your War Amps key tags in the mail late last month. Their Public Awareness Officer Jamie Lund hopes you have remembered your donation as donations received go to child amputee programs where they are used to help fund artificial limbs and programs for both child and adult amputees. She says she’s a member of the War Amps program for child amputees and she’s benefited from the help of the War Amps and the help of those donors. She says they’ve helped her to purchase artificial limbs throughout her life and also with positive support and their positive philosophy of living positively with amputations.
The War Amps receive no government funding so they depend on donations from their key tags and address label programs.
A group of 25 grade six students from Creighton Community School took part in the school’s annual southern exposure trip last week. Teacher Rod Walker says the students had a great trip noting some of the highlights for the students would include Batoche, the RCMP Center in Regina, the McKenzie Art Gallery, the tunnels in Moose Jaw, the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw and the Hutterites outside of Saskatoon.
Walker was on his 31st trip and says the students always represent the school well during the trip.
Money is still coming in from the Freedom Outreach Program’s second annual walk for Freedom held on May 31st. Their Program Director Chris Lowe says it went really well with approximately 48 walkers in La Ronge, 33 in Flin Flon and 25 in The Pas. He says the money collected so far is 14,381 dollars but they have a lot of money still out.
The Walk is held to raise awareness of those afflicted by drug and alcohol addictions and supports the programs they run.
VMS Ventures has announced that in keeping with the joint venture agreement with Hudbay it has successfully negotiated and executed a definitive and binding ore sales and purchase agreement with Hudbay regarding VMS’s 30 percent share of production from the Reed Mine near Snow Lake. Revenue earned by VMS from its share of Reed ore is contingent upon actual mill recoveries achieved at Hudbay’s concentrator facility in Flin Flon and on the actual mining, milling and other operating costs associated with producing and selling both copper and zinc concentrates from the Reed ore. VMS will start receiving cash flow from Reed once its share of capital costs incurred in mine development are repaid to Hudbay.
VMS CEO Rick Mark says this agreement represents a major milestone in the development and now commercial operations of the Reed Mine and they are pleased to continue their strong relationship with Hudbay into the operational phase of the mine.
A group of 5 staff members, six students and a friend from Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage celebrated their success in the Brave the Shave challenge on Friday after raising over 22 hundred dollars for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the most of all schools in the province. They were joined in fund raising by MLA Clarence Pettersen who added over 500 dollars and had his head shaved after praising those involved. He says he’s overwhelmed that young people have taken it upon themselves to collect money and fight cancer adding every dollar counts but it’s not the money. He says when he looks at the young students it’s about the caring and respect and dedication they have to try and wipe this out because cancer does involve us all so let’s fight the fight.
Pettersen presented participation certificates including one to the overseeing teacher Bill Taylor.
Those who took part told of their family members who have suffered from cancer inspiring them to take part in Brave the Shave and the earlier Day of Pink.
The Flin Flon Community Choir gathered at Johnny’s last night to reveal their spring major musical theatre performance. Director Crystal Kolt announced the performance for the Choir next spring will be Les Mis. She says they have been trying to get Les Mis for almost 16 years and just last week when she made a call to New York they had said that there’s this brief window and she thought the people knew they were one of the groups that had been calling every year or second year for the rights and on Monday they were given the contract to perform this and they are really excited to be able to do this performance for the community and for northern Manitoba
The performance dates are May 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Saskatchewan Transportation Company has extended its May 12 dollar senior seat sale by an extra month. Seniors age 60 and over will continue to ride with STC for 12 dollars one way all this month.
STC President Shawn Grice says many seniors have taken advantage of this seat sale in the past making it STC’s most popular sale adding the company has only extended the sale once previously in the fall of 2012. He says at that time they saw very positive ridership results and hope to see similar results with this extension.
Sale tickets can be purchased at any STC agency and must be used before June 30th.
The Flin Flon Community Band will perform a concert on Monday evening. Band member Edgar Wright says they will have 15 band members out for the concert and they are going to be playing mostly popular stuff, some of which is very recent like Royals by Lord but they’re going to go all the way back to the 1800’s to do a number by Johann Strauss called the Blue Danube. He says they’ll include popular stuff like the Hello Goodbye medley from the Beatles, other hits from the Soulful 80’s like I Heard it Through the Grapevine and there’s always The Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury.
The concert begins at 7:30 in St. Ann’s Church on Center Street with no admission charge but there will be a voluntary silver collection to help pay for new music. The band is always looking for new members and you can find them rehearsing Monday evenings at 7:30 at St. Ann’s.
Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club is holding their annual Boot Sale tomorrow. The Club’s Agnes Mills says they will have people selling from the boot of their car, their truck or on tables in a sale that supports club projects along with other features. She says they’re going to have their usual Inner Wheel hot dogs and drinks and the Rotarians will be there again this year to do their home made fries. She adds a young lady from Denare Beach will be bringing products that she has sandblasted and she will do personalized sandblasting and they have a young lady with her grandma who are going to be selling cinnamon fritters.
The sale runs from 10 to 12 tomorrow at the Victoria Inn parking lot and there’s still room for more sellers. You can call Agnes at 204-687-8204 to book a space for 15 dollars.
At their meeting this week Flin Flon City Council received a presentation from Ken Bateman from the United Steelworkers Local 7106 on the Steelworkers national campaign aimed at better enforcement of the Westray Amendment which is a law to hold companies, their directors and executive criminally accountable for a workplace death. He says the law was the result of the 1992 Westray mine explosion that killed 26 miners yet no one was held accountable and since it was passed unanimously by the House of Commons there have been few criminal charges even though more than nine thousand people have been killed on the job since.
Council passed a resolution supporting the Steelworkers campaign with Councilor Skip Martin opposed. He says he supports the intent of the motion but was opposed to the phrase killed at work preferring the phrase died at work.
At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received a letter and a presentation regarding septic tank pump outs in Channing and Waly Heights. It was stated that at meetings about the pump outs it was deemed fair for the city to provide one pump out a week per household but City Council has proposed allowing one pump out every ten days or 37 times a year which will not meet family’s needs. After much discussion it was agreed the bylaw should be tabled, the issue should be revisited by Council and they will consider conducting another survey on the use of the service.
The letter also expressed concern that the new bus schedule cancels the morning and noon bus runs to Channing leaving Channing without city bus service.
On another matter Council passed on second reading an amendment to the off roads vehicles bylaw stating all ATVs used or stored in the city must have a spark arrest system that meets manufactures standards in order to prevent them from starting fires. The amendment will be given final reading at Council’s next meeting.
You can save your rain water for your garden with rain barrels being sold by the Flin Flon Kinsmen Club. The Club’s Tim Babcock says they have extended the order dates for the barrels. He says the new order deadline is June 13th and that means the barrels will be delivered on the official start of summer June 21st. He adds when they started the sales there was still snow on the ground so people weren’t really thinking about rain barrels so they were a little bit short of meeting the minimum sales requirement so they are hoping the extension will increase their sales enough to make it work.
To order or for more information you can call Tim at 204-271-5160 or go to their web site www.RainBarrel.ca/flinflon.
The Northminster United Church is hosting a coffee house tomorrow evening at 7. Reverend Alex McGilvery says you can get great music while supporting a good cause as the coffee house is to raise money for the Walking With Our Sisters exhibit that will be opening on June 23rd. He says Sam Dufour Jarvis will be playing with his group and there’ll be some drummers from the Friendship Center and a number of other performers. He adds it’s going to be a little different from their usual coffee house as it’s going to be cabaret style so you bring your own munchies and they are providing coffee, tea and fantastic entertainment.
A silver collection will be taken at the door to support Walking With our Sisters which is a memorial for missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada and the United States.
The Province of Manitoba has announced that 30 Northern First Nations Communities will receive life-saving automated external defibrillators. The AED’s will be installed my MKO. They have received 73 new AED’s that will be installed in 30 communities across Northern Manitoba. MKO Grand Chief David Harper said these life saving medical devices are a direct result of MKO, The Province, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba and Health Canada coming together to proactively improve health services. There are currently over 28-hundred AED’s registered in public places across Manitoba.
Northland Ford in Flin Flon is again sponsoring Drive One For Your School to support the graduating class of Many Faces Education Center. Salesperson Nikki McConnell says they will have vehicles in the Many Faces parking lot Saturday from 9 to 2 and people come out and take a test drive and Ford donates 20 dollars to the school up to a maximum of 6 thousand dollars. She says there’s one drive per household and you must be 18 or older with a valid drivers licence.
The Many Faces grad class will also be holding a barbeque. Last year they had 110 test drives raising 22 hundred dollars and over the last four years have raised over 20 thousand with their Drive One events for the school in the spring and for a community group in the fall.
A committee formed to look into the feasibility of developing The North Central Canada Center of Arts and Environment in our area continues to receive support. The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt is a member of the committee and she says they’ve been for quite a few years now looking at how to expand the arts in the northern part of Canada and specifically in our area and this came to them through quite a bit of discussion with many people over the past number of years. She says they came up with this model which would be a developing art center as well as an academic institution.
Kolt adds they are at the beginning stages of getting funding for a feasibility study and so far have received support from Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach and the Flin Flon Arts Council and will be inviting Cranberry Portage and Snow Lake to join them.
At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council gave second reading to a bylaw to set water rates for 2014-15. Administrator Mark Kolt explained because the water treatment plant is now operational they have to meet those expenses through the utility bill covering sewer and water services. It is recommended that to break even they need a 30 percent increase this year, 2 percent in year 2 and 2 percent in year 3. They still need to get approval from the Public Utilities Board before giving final approval to the bylaw and setting the rates.
They have provided two recommendations to the Board for an interim rate increase to cover costs until the final approval comes. They are a 30 percent increase this year as soon as it can be processed or 20 percent for what is left of 2014 and a 12 percent increase in early 2015.
Just before 10:30 last Thursday night RCMP responded to a report of an injured man at a residence in Pukatawagan. A 36 year old man was transported to the local nursing station where he succumbed to his injury a short time later.
An autopsy was completed on Saturday in Winnipeg confirming the death was the result of a stabbing.
The RCMP report Henrietta Bear has been charged with second degree murder in the death of her common law husband Lanny Dumas. She was to make her first court appearance in Pukatawagan yesterday.
Winnipeg and Thompson RCMP Major Crime Units, the Winnipeg RCMP Serious Crime Unit and the Thompson RCMP Forensic Identification Unit assisted in the investigation.
The Manitoba Youth Job Center is open for another summer. Youth Employment Leader Lana Leclerc says the Center is a free job referral service run by the provincial government that matches job seeking youth with employers who need to fill positions with their company. She says they also offer the Odd Job Squad for ages 12 to 16 which consist of a variety of events that occur during the summer that allow students to gain experience while earning an income. Leclerc adds she’s also more than happy helping students writing their resumes, cover letters and preparing for interviews.
The Center is open weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30 at 143 Main Street. You can call them at 204-687-1689.
Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage is holding the wrap up of its annual Brave the Shave fundraising event on Friday. Teacher Bill Taylor explains Brave the Shave is a challenge to schools put on by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. He says teachers and staff members are to go out and raise money in support of breast cancer research and as a result of raising the money they agree to get their heads shaved and they’re fortunate at the Collegiate to have a cosmetology class where students shave the students and staff member’s hair.
Taylor adds five staff member and around eight students raised just over 2350 dollars making them the top school in the challenge across the province. MLA Clarence Pettersen has joined the team in fundraising and will have his hair cut on Friday as well. It winds up with the hair cuts and a Subway lunch at the Collegiate Friday at noon.
On Sunday the Sunday School class from Cornerstone Church walked to the Habitat for Humanity home being built by the Habitat 53° Chapter at 189 Steventon Boulevard. Sunday School Coordinator Deb Odegaard says they brought a donation for the home. She says their Sunday School kids need a project every fall so this year they decided to raise money for the Habitat home here in Flin Flon and the children brought their nickels, dimes, loonies and toonies every Sunday and they were able to raise 408 dollars, the church topped it up to the 500 dollar mark and at the last minute they got some more rolls of pennies so they were able to present over 500 dollars.
In accepting the donation Habitat Treasurer Kathy McCormick said the money will help purchase doors and windows for the home.
A fire that threatened Channing on Saturday is under investigation. Fire Chief Jim Petrie says the fire started in the bush near the Ski Lodge and was the second fire there within half an hour. He says the first fire was completely put out and the second is considered suspicious.
Petrie says the fire took off quickly because of the tinder dry conditions and high winds hitting the heavy area of pine trees which burned quickly and continued on. He says the ashes caused several spot fires in Channing which were quickly put out by the fire fighters on the scene. He adds Darren Romo was in charge and did an excellent job with the Flin Flon Fire Department assisted by the Hudbay and Creighton Fire Departments. He says the helicopter with a water bucket fought the fire until the water bombers were able to make it in from another fire they were fighting elsewhere. He says Resources crews stayed on location overnight and Sunday assisted by the helicopter in fighting flare ups.
Petrie says without the excellent work of all the fire fighters we could have lost half of Channing and it’s a reminder of the dangers of living in a community so closely surrounded by forest.
At the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA annual meeting last week the organization honored two community volunteers Cyr Geneau for his many years as a volunteer and board member and Lori Guitard who works with cats and on Nevada sales and two Shelter volunteers Erica and Paige Husberg for their work with the animals and in fund raising.
Also honored was the Pet Hero of the Year Betty Spiller’s dog Nika who made Betty aware that her neighbor was lying in the snow calling for help with a dislocated shoulder. Honorable Mention went to Jane Robillard’s dog Jack who spends his summers at Camp Whitney protecting campers from bears.
President Debbie Hiebert praised all their volunteers for their dedication. She reported the Shelter has placed 47 dogs and 27 cats, they currently have 9 dogs and 7 cats in the Shelter and 4 dogs in foster care. Their goal for this year is a fenced in area for the dogs.
Acklands Grainger is sponsoring their annual community clean up called Twenty Minutes of Magic Friday. Organizer Chad Plamondon says it’s a bigger event this year as it’s combined with the Northern Communities Cleanup so they need as many people as possible outside cleaning up. He says what’s up for grabs is a five thousand dollar prize for the community north of 53 that cleans up the most litter in their area and this is sponsored by the Manitoba Material Stewardship Recycling people. He says all he needs is for people to register their team, get the registration form in with the area of town you’re cleaning up and they’ll get you the supplies you need to get out on Friday and clean up our town.
The event runs from 10 to noon Friday and you can register by calling 204-687-3451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner of the event’s Copper Earth Trophy last year was Hapnot Collegiate.
The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt recently received a national award in recognition of the Culture Days celebration she organizes in September. Kolt was only the second person to receive the Antoni Cimolino (chim-oh-lee-no) Leadership Award. She says because it’s a national award it’s something we can use as another opportunity to celebrate everything that we do in our community for arts and culture and again because it’s a national award we’ve been able to get some recognition across the country for what we’re doing in our area for Culture Days.
Kolt adds last year our Culture Days celebration was rated seventh across the country which is huge considering the number of major cities that also hold events.