Hudbay has taken up the additional 6.1 million common shares of Augusta Resource Corporation that were validly deposited under Hudbay’s offer to acquire all the outstanding Augusta shares not already owned by Hudbay or its affiliates. Hudbay now owns just over 45 million or approximately 96 percent of the outstanding Augusta shares. The offer has terminated and Hudbay intends to acquire through a subsequent transaction the shares it does not already own.
Augusta is a base metals company focused on advancing the Rosemont Copper Project near Tucson, Arizona. It is anticipated that members of Hudbay’s current management team will assume management positions with Augusta and replace their current senior management team and certain members of the Augusta board of directors will be replaced by nominees of Hudbay.
A boat parade and rules meeting Friday will kick off the 25th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge taking place Saturday and Sunday on Big Athapap. The Committee’s Mike Wesner says they have a great prize lineup for their 25th year. He says they are guaranteeing prizes from first place right to 25th place so it’ll equal a guaranteed payout of roughly 21,600 dollars with first place 5 thousand dollars, second 25 hundred, third 2 thousand, fourth is 15 hundred and fifth a thousand then it’s roughly 50 dollars or so minus all the way down to 25th place but 25th is 500 again.
You can still register by calling 204-472-3044 or go to Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on face book. You can also register at the rules meeting Friday or right up to the start of fishing on Saturday morning at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.
The Northern Health Region has received the report of the Flin Flon and The Pas Emergency Department Review containing 31 recommendations. Chief Executive Officer Helga Bryant says part of its purpose was to create a roadmap for change that would ensure the highest quality emergency department services for the people they serve. The review included interviews with physicians, nurses and allied health staff and 544 residents of Flin Flon and The Pas completed online surveys.
The review’s recommendations are grouped into seven key areas that include a patient centered approach, emergency department clinical standards, physician practice and shifts, inter-professional supportive team culture, teamwork, workplace culture and education support.
Bryant says a committee is already at work developing a plan to move forward with timely implementation of the recommendations with their work expected to continue throughout the balance of the year.
The Norva Center is hosting an Introduction to Photography with Daniel Dillon this weekend. Dillon says there’ll be a lot of hands on outdoor activity. He says they’re going to be learning how to frame up an image, how to get their camera off the automatic mode and jump into some aperture and shutter speed manual settings, they’ll be looking at light and shapes and they’ll be putting it all together in a collective so they can view each others work and learn some of the vocabulary and the understandings of how to critique photography so they can explore photography as they’re practicing over the weekend.
The course runs from 9 to 12 Saturday and Sunday. Registration is 50 dollars and you can call the Norva Center at 204-687-4237 to take part.
The Manitoba Government will invest 21 million dollars to improve safety and sightlines along a winding eight kilometer section of highway 39 near provincial road 596 east of the Snow Lake access road this year. This upgrade includes rebuilding about eight kilometers of highway 39 including widening curves, grading and base work followed by new asphalt paving. The grading and base construction project by Hugh Munro Construction will start in August and is expected to be completed by the fall of next year.
Also announced were future projects that include resurfacing about 125 kilometers of highway 39 in four stages from highway ten to 24 kilometers east of Snow Lake at a cost of around 38 million dollars, approximately 33 kilometers of provincial road 392 will be resurfaced from highway 39 to Snow Lake at a cost of 10 million dollars and intersection improvements will be undertaken at various locations to improve safety prior to the surfacing project.
The Flin Flon Public Library is holding a TD Summer Reading Camp August 11th to 15th. Administrator Cindy McLean says they have a full week of fun and reading activities for children 5 to 10 years old but there’s a bit of wiggle room in that age so if you’re a little bit younger than five or a little bit older than 10 that’s no problem. She says it’s monster bubbles on Monday August 11th, Tuesday is Dr. Seuss day, August 13th is walk the plank Wednesday with Tinkerbell and pirates, August 14th is lucky lego with lego challenges and August 13th is Frozen Friday with movies.
You can sign up for the Reading Camp at the Library or just drop in for the Camp that runs from 1 to 3:30 August 11t to 15th.
McLean also notes they have about 200 children taking part in their summer reading club that runs all summer until the end of August.
The Child Evangelism Fellowship of Saskatchewan and Alberta is in Denare Beach this week holding 5-Day Camps for children in the Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach area. The group’s Ben McLellan explains the 5-Day Clubs are one hour programs where kids can come and listen to bible stories, sing songs, memorize bible verses and participate in a contest that provides incentives for them to continue coming out and win prizes. He says they’re here until Friday and would love to have a mini-version of the 5-Day Clubs in Christian family homes, backyards or parks adding they just need a place to hold them.
McLellan says this is their first time in this area and they hope to be back again next summer. To book a Day Club this week or to learn more about their program you can phone Ben at 306-550-5591 or email email@example.com.
Just after 11 o’clock Saturday morning Snow Lake RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle accident on highway 392 at the Snow Creek bridge. Initial investigation shows the vehicle was traveling south. It was found on the east side of the highway below the bridge. The exact time of the accident is still being determined.
Two men were found inside the vehicle. A 28 year old Flin Flon man was deceased and the driver of the vehicle a 26 year old man also from Flin Flon was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The name of the deceased will not be released.
An RCMP Forensic Collision Recontructionist is assisting with the investigation.
A Breast Cancer Pledge Ride is taking place this weekend to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer in Manitoba. Organizer Paulette Wotton says they start out at the Gateway with registration Sunday morning from 9 to 10:30. She says after everyone’s registered they will take off for Gyles Park and then once lunch is over they are going to gather together and make the first draw of their poker derby. Then she adds they will stop at various places on the way back to Flin Flon and end up at the Rotary Wheel probably between 4 and 4:30 and they’ll make their last draw there.
Wotton says they will then have local entertainment including CC Trubiak and Chad Pabianek followed by Mark Conroy from Winnipeg. She adds if you want to come out for the entertainment there will be a ten dollar gate fee after five o’clock and ghost hands are available for five dollars each at the registration table Sunday or from the riders.
The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach held their annual Discovery Day on Sunday. Historian Les Oystryk spoke on a new display honoring Lance Corporal Marcel Chappuis who joined the RCMP in 1928 and was stationed in Sturgeon Landing and then opened a one man detachment in Cumberland House. He traveled into the Denare Beach area frequently with Oystryk relating two incidents.
He explained on December 14th 1931 during a patrol to Denare Beach Chappuis was badly burned in a house fire at the Beaver Lake fur farm and was taken by dog team to Flin Flon General Hospital where he received attention and returned to his detachment in Cumberland House. He added in March of 1979 at the age of 86 retired officer Chappuis was invited to Denare Beach to act as an honorary race marshall for the famous Last Great Freight Race that originated as part of the Denare Beach Winter Festival.
Chappuis retired from Cumberland House in 1945 and died at his home in Victoria, B.C. on May 29th 1989 at the age of 94.
Saskatchewan Transportation Company or STC passenger fares will increase by an average of 5.5 percent beginning Friday. The average fare increase per ticket will be $1.90 based on an average one way trip of 182 kilometers.
STC President and CEO Shawn Grice says like any business STC faces inflationary pressures on their operating expenses for necessities such as fuel, maintenance and staffing. He says their goal is to issue smaller annual increases that will help offset the amount of government subsidy STC requires but at the same time keep their bus service as affordable as possible.
The last STC passenger fare increase was 4.7 percent last October 15th.
Community Futures Greenstone reminds you the deadline to nominate outstanding volunteers is Thursday. Manager Bunny Burke says anyone in the Flin Flon area can nominate someone to receive a volunteer award. She says they’re looking for names of individuals with a bit of a biography so the selection committee can make their choice. She says it can be a student, adult, male, female, anyone that would be deserving of some kind of recognition for their work in the community.
Burke adds they hope to honor four volunteers from Flin Flon, two from Creighton and two from Denare Beach. Nominations can be dropped off at the Greenstone office above Pharmasave or mailed to them at suite 228-35 Main Street in Flin Flon. Those selected will be invited to the annual Celebrating Communities Gala in October to receive their awards
Culture Days are being celebrated September 26th to 28th. Organizer Crystal Kolt says it’s going to be mainly in Flin Flon this year and is going the have the feel of Folklarama with a Culture Days passport and around 80 events all around town with a few new ideas this year. She explains they’re going to have Major panning for gold at the Rotary pond, the Bombers are involved so they’re going to have a really great street hockey tournament that will be happening at Creekside Park which are some of the new things but they’re going to have much more. She says there’s going to be the Seven Sacred Readings at the Hudbay property as well they’re going to be going really heavy with the whole mining theme.
Kolt adds there will be a lot of other events including walking through a volcano, street tours with Gerry Clark, a country beer bash, a teen event, Wild Rice will again entertain and a lot more.
Saskatchewan’s Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter reports the province’s municipalities will be receiving 8.3 million dollars more in revenue sharing next year thanks to an increase in provincial sales tax revenues in 2013-14. He says in next year’s budget they will be receiving a record high 265.3 million dollars from the province in revenue sharing.
They report in Creighton revenue sharing has increased from just over 452 thousand dollars in 2007-08 to just under 1.3 million dollars in 2013-14 an increase of 183 percent. In Denare Beach revenue sharing has increased from just under 366 thousand in 2007-08 to just under 858 thousand in 2013-14 an increase of 134 percent.
Municipal revenue sharing is based on one percentage point of PST and was started in 2007.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation will be holding an event called Registration Under One Roof in September. Recreation Programmer Aimee Deans explains this event is a place where people can gather for any type of registration. She says it’s free of charge and it will be Friday, September 12th and Saturday the 13th and for information you can call the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542.
Deans adds all interested organizations must register to take part by August 14th.
The Tire Stewardship Manitoba Be Tire Smart traveling information booth will be at Canadian Tire in Flin Flon next Thursday. Their Executive Director Brett Eckstein says they’ll have food and information on proper tire maintenance. He explains Tire Stewardship Manitoba is the provincial industry led tire recycling program and they’re responsible for ensuring that well over a million tires a year in the province get recycled. But he says before that happens they’d like to make sure that consumers are aware of how to make their tires last longer so they can eliminate waste.
They will also have a barbeque with money raised going to the Canadian Tire Jump Start program and a display of items made from scrap tires. As well the staff will conduct a survey on tire recycling and those completing it will be entered into a draw for two thousand dollars worth of tires.
Churchill Member of Parliament Niki Ashton was in Flin Flon yesterday and Tuesday to continue her door to door campaign to save Canada Post mail delivery. She says this is a critical service for our community. She says for us in the north postal service is something we rely on very heavily and in communities like Flin Flon and other northern communities where we have elderly people, people with disabilities and even people with young families having a postal worker or letter carrier bring your mail and your packages to your door step is essential.
Ashton has been going door to door with local postal workers and is pleased by the large number of people who have signed their petition. She says it will be presented to the minister in charge of Canada Post in Ottawa in September.
The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach will be holding their annual Discovery Day Sunday afternoon. Their Board Chair Penny Morissette invites you to visit the Museum to look at their history and enjoy the day. She says they’re going to have free hot dogs, free drinks and free bubbles for the kids and there’s going to be a presentation by Les Oystryk on a new display featuring RCMP Lance Corporal Marcel Chappuis and also Elaine Angelski will be there to do a demonstration on panning purple sand that is available in our area.
Discovery Day runs from 2 to 4 this Sunday afternoon. The Museum in Denare Beach is open daily from 12 to 7 with free admission.
The Flin Flon Fire Department was called to the vacant Extra Foods building Tuesday evening. Two young boys were seen by people at Canadian Tire setting fire to the pallets piled beside building. They called the RCMP and then detained the boys until the RCMP arrived. The fire department quickly put out the fire before it damaged the building. Fire Chief Jim Petrie says it could have been a serious fire if it had spread into the bush area but it was called in quickly.
Also Tuesday evening they were called to a bush fire at Little Cliff Lake where they again put out the fire before it had a chance to spread.
At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council passed on first reading an amendment to the bylaw to regulate the condition of vacant and derelict buildings and to discourage the boarding of vacant buildings. The amendment notes if you have a vacant or derelict building and are in a situation where a permit is required and has not been obtained or where a fine has been imposed and not paid the cost can be added to your taxes.
Mayor George Fontaine says there are some really run down building and they want to deal with them so pressure is being put on people to either repair or tear down these buildings. The amendment requires two more readings by Council.
Attorney General Andrew Swan has announced the appointment of a new judge to the provincial court. Catherine Hembroff of The Pas has been appointed to the court in Thompson.
Swan says Judge Hembroff has been living in northern Manitoba for almost two decades practicing criminal law as a Crown Attorney and taking part in a number of community activities adding her extensive experience and expertise will be a valuable asset in her new role.
After receiving her law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1994, Hembroff began working as a provincial Crown Attorney in 1995, serving in The Pas and other northern communities. In 2008 she became the supervising Senior Crown Attorney in the Pas.
The appointment is effective immediately with an official swearing in ceremony to be held as soon as possible.
Following complaints Flin Flon City Council is considering sending letters to people who have trees or bushes hanging over public sidewalks so they interfere with people walking by. Mayor George Fontaine says they could write to the property owners asking them to trim the trees or bushes and if they don’t the city could send someone to do it and bill the cost to the property owner.
The city is still waiting to hear from the Public Utilities Board regarding their application for an increase in our utility bills. The increase is due to the start up of the new water treatment plant. They applied for a 30 percent increase this year and 2 percent in each of the following two years or 20 percent this year and 12 percent next year.
Council also renewed the contract for the operation of the Eco-Center oil recycling program at the landfill site and renewed their agreement with the Saskatchewan government for the transfer of gas tax revenue to municipalities.
The Saskatchewan government has provided funding to Creighton Community School to host a summer literacy camp for 4 to 12 year olds.
Camp Coordinator Chelsea Veitch says they have a lot of activities taking place. She explains they usually try and start the day with a welcome circle and talk about how their day is going and introduce each theme for the day and then the kids will have an opportunity to pick from a variety of books and just read to themselves or they read in groups for about half an hour and then they alternate between crafts and physical activity with a little bit of literacy woven in.
The camp runs until August 8th and Veitch says they still have room so you can drop in and register or call her at 204-271-2140. She says they alternate between the high school student lounge near the gym at Creighton School and the Denare Beach Band Office.
The Flin Flon Norva Center is hosting an artists retreat in August. The group’s Karen Clark says they invite local artists as well as others to share the experience. She says this is a non-instructional retreat and it goes for a week from August 17th to the 24th and artists take the whole week out of their busy schedule and just devote it purely to creating and sharing with one another. She says it’s at Bakers Narrows Lodge and everyone takes responsibility for cooking the meals for one another over the course of the week.
Clark adds there is an artist coming from Toronto as well as Winnipeg and The Pas and on Saturday, August 23rd at 7 PM there will be a public display of the work done over the week.
The cost is 160 dollars and for more information or to register you can call the Norva Center at 204-687-4237 or Karen at 204-687-3080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A free car safety seat clinic is being held in Creighton Thursday afternoon. Kids First North’s Kelly Blouin says their representative Merle Larson and the Saskatchewan North Acquired Brain Injury Outlook Team will be hosting the event Thursday from 1 to 4 at the Creighton Spray Pool. She says these two ladies will be helping anyone that has a car seat with proper installation because there’s new rules and guidelines around weight, size and that type of thing so they will help people around the community.
Blouin adds they will move over to the Creighton Pizza shelter in case of rain.
Rainmaker Resources Limited has mobilized crews to the Jayjay Lake project in north-central Saskatchewan. This silica sand project is located 150 kilometers west of Flin Flon.
They report the sand deposit lies at surface and consists entirely of beach sand from the shores of glacial Lake Agassiz. This lake covered much of the central prairies until approximately 10 thousand years ago. Wave action on the beaches has resulted in clean, well-rounded sand grains, which may be suitable for hydraulic fracturing.
The Jayjay program will consist of a comprehensive sampling program over the complete property to assess the quality and thickness of the sand deposit. Previous work has confirmed the presence of the potential high quality sand. The company has the option to acquire the property from the current owner.
Hudbay and Augusta Resources have announced that Hudbay has taken up just over 116 million common shares of Augusta that were validly deposited under Hudbay’s offer to acquire all of the outstanding Augusta shares not already owned by Hudbay or its affiliates. The Augusta shares taken up under the offer together with those already owned by Hudbay represent 92 percent of the issued and outstanding Augusta shares.
Hudbay has extended the offer until July 29th to enable Augusta shareholders who have not yet tendered their shares to accept the offer. The Augusta board of directors has unanimously recommended that shareholders accept the offer.
It is anticipated that members of Hudbay’s current management team will assume management positions with Augusta and replace their current senior management team and certain members of the Augusta board of directors will be replaced by nominees of Hudbay.
The 25th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up August 2nd and 3rd on Big Athapap. The Committee’s Mike Wesner says there’s a change in prizes for their 25th year. He says they’re guaranteeing prizes from first place right to 25th place so it’ll equal a guaranteed cash prize payout of roughly 21,600 dollars with first place 5 thousand, second 25 hundred, third two thousand, fourth is 15 hundred and fifth a thousand then it’s roughly 50 dollars or so minus all the way down to 25th place but 25th is 500 again.
You can register by calling 204-472-3044 or go to Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on face book. You can register right up to the start of the tournament at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two but the deadline for the early bird prize is today where you can win your entry fee back.
Preparations are underway for a Breast Cancer Pledge Ride. Organizer Paulette Wotton says it’s about fund raising and awareness. She says the ride was started to promote awareness of the fight against breast cancer in Manitoba. She adds it is to include all motorcycle enthusiasts that would help in the fight and they get to have a day of riding, enjoying and taking part in a poker run and penny parade to help raise more funds to be donated to Cancer Care Manitoba.
The ride starts on Sunday, August 3rd at the Gateway on to Gyles Park finishing at the Rotary Wheel in Flin Flon. Wotton says the ride can include any motorcycles and hopefully some classic cars with pledge forms available at VA Services on Main Street, by calling her at 271-2928, or on facebook at Breast Cancer Pledge Ride North.
Via Rail has announced that service between Gillam and Churchill will resume today. On June 2nd 13 freight cars derailed near Churchill forcing Via Rail to suspend its service between Gillam and Churchill.
The first departure out of Gillam going to Churchill is scheduled for 11:30 tonight and the first train to depart Churchill is scheduled tomorrow at 7:30 pm.
The Corporation is currently communicating with all clients who booked tickets on this route prior to the suspension of the service.
For any further information you can visit their website at www.viarail.ca or call 1-888-VIA RAIL.
102-9 CFAR’s Raphael Saray returned to Winnipeg this week to produce a performance at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the second largest Fringe Festival in the world. Saray says the play is called XHL and it’s a play he wrote here this winter and sent to his company in Winnipeg. He explains it’s about a natural resource boom that comes to Manitoba and they decide to use that to start their own rival professional hockey league and hilarity ensues.
Saray adds there will be eight performances of the play at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Center’s main stage in the John Hirsch Theatre from now until July 27th.
There are four flower baskets missing from Main Street from the block between Third and Fourth Avenues. One disappeared overnight Sunday –Monday and three disappeared over night Wednesday-Thursday.
Anybody knowing the whereabouts of these baskets is asked to return them to Main Street and they will be put back in place on the posts by city crews.
In the release of its investigation report the Transportation Safety Board cites the loss of situational awareness and loss of control as the likely causes of a fatal helicopter crash at Gull Lake, Manitoba.
At 4 o’clock in the afternoon of July 1st, 2013 a Bell 206B helicopter operated by Custom Helicopters Limited left Gillam for nearby Gull Lake to pick up a work crew. At 8:30 pm the helicopter was reported missing, a search ensued and debris was found the following morning along the shore line of Gull Lake. The pilot died in the crash.
The Safety Board reports the examination of the small amount of wreckage that was recovered indicated that the helicopter had struck the water at high speed. The investigation concluded the pilot likely flew into an area of low visibility due to heavy smoke in the area or rain showers or both. This likely contributed to a loss of situational awareness and would have reduced the pilot’s ability to remain in control of the helicopter.
They add Custom Helicopters has since incorporated additional standards that pilots have to meet prior to being dispatched to work in wildfire operations.
QMX Gold Corporation and Northern Sun Mining have agreed to an extension of the closing of the proposed acquisition by Northern Sun of the Snow Lake property. The closing is now expected to occur on or before September 30th.
In connection with the extension of the sale of the Snow Lake property, QMX is negotiating with Third Eye Capital to extend the existing bridge loan facility to September 30th. As a condition of the extension Third Eye requires that QMX sell a block of 7 million escrowed and free trading shares held by QMX in Falco Pacific Resource Group in order to reduce the principal and interest outstanding on the bridge loan facility.
The closing of the Snow Lake sale also remains subject to a number of conditions including receipt of all necessary government and regulatory approvals in Canada and China, completion of due diligence and Northern Sun securing the finances necessary to complete the acquisition.
The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is looking for buskers to come out and entertain on Saturday. The Corporations Laurence Gillespie explains it’s an attempt to expand on the program the Arts Council’s has in Pioneer Square this summer having musicians playing at noon down there. He says they want to make it much bigger and much more involved so they have several musicians booked to play from 11 am to 3 on Saturday. He adds it’s got quite a big open mike element to it so they are open to other people who might want to participate.
If you wish to take part you can just show up at Pioneer Square on Saturday or call Laurence at 204-687-6972 and a spot will be set up for you.
The McIsaac School Parent Council is into the next phase of their playground development. Teacher and Parent Council member Christine Williams says this is phase two of their plan and this phase is a new climbing structure. She says they raised enough money this winter and the kids were able to vote between two structures and they chose the structure that is primarily a climbing frame with lots of different obstacles on it. She says over the course of the next couple of days some help is going to be needed to help spread sand and things like that so if you can help out show up at the McIsaac playground or you can call Michelle Winton.
Williams adds the new structure should be ready for use by Saturday.
Just after 8 am June 7th the RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter at a business on South Hudson Street where the front door had been smashed with a rock and property stolen.
At 7:30 am June 10th they were called to a break and enter at a business on North Avenue where again the front door had been smashed with a rock and property stolen.
At 1 am June 11th there was an alarm at a business on Main Street where the front door was smashed with a rock. RCMP officers were on the scene in one minute and entry had not been gained to the building.
Just after 3 am June 26th police were dispatched to an alarm at a business on South Main Street where again the door had been smashed with a rock and property stolen. While police were investigating a second alarm was called in for the same business on South Hudson Street involved on June 7th. Officers arrived on the scene within one minute and nothing was smashed and no entry had been gained.
Police believe there are two suspects.
Anyone with information can contact the local detachment at 204-687-1423 or call Crime Stoppers.
The Northminster Memorial United Church is inviting children 4 years old and up to join their vacation bible school next week. Reverend Alex McGilvary says each day they will experience fun and learning. He says they’ll have an opportunity to sing some songs and play some games and there’ll be crafts and snacks. He says they’ll learn a little bit about Paul’s journeys and trusting God. He adds the Vacation Bible School is open to anyone who wants to come even kids who normally don’t go to church and Sunday school, they can come out and have fun.
The vacation bible school will run from 9 to 12 Monday to Friday next week at the United Church with registration taking place at 8:30 Monday morning.
A lot of work is taking place at the Flin Flon Station Museum this summer. The Committee’s Bunny Burke says they now have a very nice mural on the Seacan that’s in the park. She says they hired Jason Lucas to come down and he featured the skyline of Flin Flon with the head frame and the stack and a Norseman plane in the air and it’s a beautiful mural. She says they’re going to be putting up a shreave wheel from South Main shaft and as well they’ll get the scoop tram and put it on the cement pad that is down there.
Burke adds they will also be doing the usual summer maintenance around the museum.
The Flin Flon Fireworks Committee reports someone threw the equipment at their fireworks site over the cliff and down into Ross Lake. The Committee’s Gerald Haygarth says the equipment is on loan from the company they buy their fireworks from. He says if any of the equipment is damaged or missing it will have to be replaced at the expense of the local organization and that could affect next year’s show. He says this is a show they put on for the community and it’s unfortunate some people have no respect for other people’s property.
Photo courtesy of Jen Hughes Meikle
An afternoon of fun, food and music is coming up in Denare Beach when they host the Sturgeon/Saskatchewan River Music Armada Saturday. Elfriede Reimer says for the past five years a group called TWIN has embarked on creating an internationally unique river tour network where they and others tour by canoe from performance to performance. She says the duo out of Winnipeg includes a man and woman and David Forte is the male part of the group called TWIN and he is from this area originally. She adds along with them they’ll have local entertainment featuring CC Trubiak, One Way Ticket, Maria Mango, Doug and Ann and Elfriede and Jake Reimer.
The event will take place Saturday starting a 4 at the Main Beach at Denare Beach or in the Denareplex if it rains. A barbeque will be held with proceeds going to the River Tour. For more information you can call the Denare Beach Recreation Office at 306-362-2050.
Via Rail Canada will be conducting an inspection on the Hechmer Subdivision tomorrow now that the line between Gillam and Churchill has been reopened for freight services by OmniTrax owners of the railway line in northern Manitoba.
Via reports once it has been completed and the rail between Gillam and Churchill is confirmed to meet with their rigorous safety requirements they will resume passenger train service in the area as soon as possible.
Passenger service continues to be offered between Winnipeg and Gillam according to the normal schedule. No alternate transportation between Gillam and Churchill is being offered.
Any further information required can be found on their website www.viarail.ca or call 1-888-VIA-RAIL.
The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is back to building its first home in Flin Flon at 189 Steventon Boulevard. They are asking individuals, groups, organizations and businesses to come out and spend some time helping to build the home. In other Habitat Communities they feature service club days, business days, ladies days, youth days and others where groups of people adopt a day and come out and work. If you can help out you can call their Volunteer Coordinator Katie Anderson at 204-687-3935.
You will need safety footwear, hard hats and safety glasses when on the building site. Habitat has a few hard hats and safety glasses. You will also have to take a short safety course online or in person. To do that you can call Kathy McCormick at 204-687-6582.
Habitat provides a hand up with low income families paying the fair market value for their home through a no interest no down payment mortgage that is geared to their income.
Community Futures Greenstone is asking you to nominate outstanding volunteers. Manager Bunny Burke says anyone in the Flin Flon area can nominate someone to receive a volunteer award. She says they’re looking for names of individuals with a bit of a biography so the selection committee can make their choice. She says it can be a student, adult, male, female, anyone that would be deserving of recognition for their work in the community.
Burke adds they hope to honor four volunteers from Flin Flon, two from Creighton and two from Denare Beach. Nominations can be dropped of at the Greenstone Office above Pharmasave or mailed to them at suite 228-35 Main Street in Flin Flon. The deadline is July 31st. Those receiving awards will be invited to the annual Celebrating Communities Gala in October to receive a gift and certificate of recognition.
The Flin Flon Arts Council is holding its 34th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday November 1st. Coordinator Crystal Kolt says they invite merchants from all over Manitoba and Saskatchewan to book spaces to sell their items. She says that includes virtually everything imaginable from canned goods to jams and jellies to Christmas arts and crafts, woodworking, knitting, crocheting, there’s any number of things.
Kolt adds this year they will again have their photos with Santa at the Wonderland on stage.
To obtain a registration form you can call the Arts Council office at 204-687-5974 and leave a message.
Callinan Royalties Corporation has received a payment of just over 2.9 million dollars from Hudbay. This payment includes interest and represents the remaining balance of payments for 2013 to Callinan and brings the total royalty payments for the 2013 calendar year to just under 11.5 million dollars including interest.
Interim quarterly payments were made throughout 2013 estimated by Hudbay to represent 75 percent of six and two thirds percent of the net profits from the Triple Seven Mine and Triple Seven North Mine in Flin Flon plus 25 cents per ton of ore milled. The remaining 25 percent is paid with interest annually in July.
The payments are derived from Callinan’s royalty interests on lands that include the two mines.
The Norva Center is offering a variety of classes for kids over the summer. The Center’s summer student Laura Garinger says they have three classes. She says the first one is Whacky Hats where kids will be able to make their own dress up accessories and it runs July 15th from 10 am to noon at 25 dollars to register. She says then they’ve got the Duct Tape Accessories which is July 17th with Colleen McKee showing kids how to make tablet covers and wallets out of colored duct tape and it’s also from 10 am to noon at 25 dollars to register. She adds they also have the Socktapus July 23rd from noon to 3 where they’ll be recreating their favorite underwater characters form socks and that’s 20 dollars to register.
You can find out more at their website www.norvacentre.com, call the Center at 204-687-4237 or drop in at 177 Green Street.
Manitoba’s mobile breast screening clinic will be in Flin Flon from July 21st to August 7th at the Primary Health Care Center. Their Health Educator Brandy Pantel says this clinic is important to women. She says they know that for women ages 58 to 69 who are screened through Breast Check they can reduce the risk of women dying from breast cancer between 20 and 30 percent so that is the large advantage of the screening.
For more information visit their website at www.breastcheckmb.ca and to book an appointment call 1-800-903-9290.
Everyone, including visitors to Saskatchewan, is free to fish tomorrow and Sunday without having to buy a licence. Environment Minister Scott Moe says the Free Fishing Weekend is an excellent chance for people to enjoy fishing in some of the province’s beautiful lakes and waterways.
On average more than 200 thousand people fish in Saskatchewan each year, including more than 40 thousand out of province anglers. Almost 70 different species of fish inhabit the province’s lakes, rivers and streams.
Free Fishing Weekend does not occur in national parks and anyone planning to take fish out of the province must purchase a licence. All other fishing regulations apply, including possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers.
More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2014 angler’s guide available wherever fishing licences are sold or online at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.
Bridgman Collaborative Architects have been studying the local Aqua Center looking at all the background studies, holding public workshops and they received over 200 responses to their community survey. The firms Marcilla Poirier says they have presented the city with five options to expand the present building noting option one and two really don’t add any revenue generating areas to the facility, option three introduces a very important feature which are the family change rooms and options four and five add revenue generating spaces with an improved weight room, fitness room, a therapeutic pool as well as a classroom. She says these rental spaces really can pay for themselves over time but the return on the investment is a long one at 32 to 35 years but it is something the city will have to consider as they move forward.
Poirier adds option six a new building at 18 million dollars is not a workable option. She says its now up to the community to decide which option they are willing to support through fundraising with a new survey posted online at www.flinflononline.com.
Denare Beach Recreation is offering day camps starting this week and running for six weeks. Camp Counselor Adrianne Markham says they have a lot of activities and crafts and they go from ages 5 to 11 and five days a week Monday to Friday. She says this week they did a pirates theme and they do a theme every week. She adds for the week of the 20th to the 26th they have drowning prevention week so they do things with that and the 26th is on a Saturday so they will go out to enjoy a lot of activities, demonstrations, games and they’ll have a coloring contest.
The camp accepts drop ins and to register for the camp or to get more information you can call the Recreation Office at 306-362-2050.
Their general fund will support the Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum with 42 hundred dollars for archival storage, the Flin Flon and District Environment Council 25 hundred for an overhead door and water heater at the Recycling Center, Flin Flon School Division 5 thousand for phase two of Queen’s Park development, the Ski Club 15 hundred for widening trails, the Station Museum 15 hundred for a computer and printer and Norva 24 hundred for tools and equipment.
Their new Youth in Philanthropy group presented their first grants of one thousand dollars each to support the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank for a freezer and Habitat 53 ° toward their first home build.
They also access funds from the Moffat Foundation to support the Army Cadets with 35 hundred dollars for wilderness camping equipment, the Association for Community Living 2791 for a copier, Denare Beach Recreation 5487 for a climbing wall, the Arts Council 5 thousand for Walking With Our Sisters, the Junior Rifle Club 4 thousand for rifles, the Pentecostal Church 3165 for the youth dart club, the Sherridon Gardening Committee 2923 for a community gazebo and the Snow Lake Family Resource Center 561 dollars for a printer fax machine.
Between June 11th and 25th an unknown number of people entered a Hudbay site as well as a road construction site in Snow Lake. Hundreds of feet of copper wire as well as a number of power and hand tools were stolen from the two sites.
No further information is available as police continue to investigate.
Anyone with information is asked to contact your local RCMP detachment or Manitoba Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477, on their website www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text TIPMAN plus your message to Crimes.
Around 6 last Saturday evening The Pas RCMP, Fire Department and EMS responded to a report of a possible drowning. A 40 year old man had been out in a boat fishing on Clearwater Lake with family members. The boat was about a quarter mile from shore when he dove into the water to go swimming and did not resurface. The man’s body was recovered around 7 pm and transported to The Pas Health Complex. Emergency personnel were unable to resuscitate him.
The man’s name will not be released. The RCMP continue to investigate.
A large delegation from Channing attended last night’s Flin Flon City Council meeting to again discuss the number of septic tank pump outs the City will provide for residents. Mayor George Fontaine says they have been discussing the issue and want to find a system that will work and work for the long term. Council has proposed a pump out every ten days and putting money up to help those who want to transition to a larger holding tank.
Residents have told Council every ten days does not work for everyone especially large families who need more pump outs than smaller families suggesting finding a way to average out the total pump outs over the 69 households. Council will continue to look at the issue with input from residents with Mayor Fontaine saying they want to keep it running as efficiently as possible.
In other business Council received the Fire Chief’s report for June indicating eight calls including five false alarms with Council considering charging residents a fee to cover the cost of false alarms.
And Councilor Skip Martin announced he will not be seeking re-election this fall.
The University of Manitoba is sponsoring a Kidnetic Energy Science and Engineering summer day camp in Flin Flon in August for students 9 to 12 years old. Communications Officer Amber Skrabek says they operate with different themes. She says this years themes are zoology and ecology on one day, they’ll also have a day dedicated to robotics, there’ll be a food,science and nutrition day, an extreme engineering day, as well as a sport science day so a lot of things to learn this year.
The Kidnetic Energy Camp runs from August 18th to 22nd at Ruth Betts School. The registration fee is 110 dollars with forms available online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca or by calling 1-800-432-1960 extension 9340.
Post-secondary students can now access hundreds of online courses at a single location with the help of a new website called eCampus Manitoba. Administration Officer Dave Neale says the site hosts about 520 unique university and college courses and over 11 hundred course equivalencies. He explains they have among their seven public institutions in the province an amazing array of online courses that are available to people. He says they can take these just one course at a time or they can do a whole degree online these days. He says this website puts it all in one place where you can see all those opportunities and easily search them and then decide how this might work with your own educational journey.
Neale adds if you have any questions the site has a virtual help desk. You can find information at www.ecampusmanitoba.com.
The RCMP are reminding parents to talk about bike safety with their kids before they go riding.
Lisa Wowchuck with the RCMP in Thompson says helmets need to be worn properly. She explains your helmet should sit snugly on your head and when the helmet is on top of your head you should have a two finger space from underneath the top part of the helmet to your eyebrows and the strap should form a proper V over your ears and with the strap under your chin you should be able to fit one finger underneath the strap. Other tips include wearing bright colors while biking, and to look both ways before crossing the street. Wowchuck suggests making eye contact with drivers so they know you're there.
The Canadian Red Cross is providing aid to those people whose lives have been disrupted by flooding that has devastated parts of western Manitoba and the province’s Interlake region. For displaced families who have requested help the Red Cross is providing essential care items they may have had to leave behind. Other recovery assistance may include clean-up material and the replacement of essential personal items destroyed by flood water. Red Cross volunteers will also work with individuals and families to identify needs and available resources.
You can donate by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111 or giving on line at www.redcross.ca/mbflood and earmark the donation for Manitoba floods. Donations for the Red Cross can also be made at any Royal Bank or Scotia Bank branch earmarked either Manitoba flood or Saskatchewan flood appeal.
Open houses are being held tomorrow to reveal the results of the recent Aqua Center study. Recreation Manager Mike Dubrieul says Bridgeman Collaborative Architecture was in about two months ago and they had some follow up information that they had to compile such as a review numbers, look at a number of things from operational to dollar figures and verify those. He adds what they are going to be doing is a public presentation to review the final outcome of the study to show what is and is not possible and hopefully they can figure out a direction to move in from there.
The open houses will be held tomorrow from 1 to 3:30 and 6 to 8:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with the same information presented at each session.
Flin Flon Parks and Recreation’s Summer in The Parks program gets underway today running until August 29th.
Supervisor Erin Hall says they offer a variety of programs each week for five to nine year olds. She says this summer they will be going on various field trips to places such as the SPCA, fire hall and police station and the kids will be able to enjoy such activities as hiking, zumba, swimming and even some super soaker water fights. She says registration is still open for all the weeks in the summer and you can call her with any questions at the Rec Office at 204-681-7542.
Summer in The Parks runs Monday to Friday from 12 to 5 and this year is based at the Elks Hall.
The North of 54 Cottage Association is holding a general meeting Wednesday evening.
Interim co-chair Ian McKay says this is an umbrella organization and within that they have two divisions. He says division one is Little Atahapap cottage owners and extending out to Twin Lakes to Neso and Payuk Lake and division two is the Big Island Schist Lake area and that comprises the main group.
McKay says this is their first meeting since being incorporated last October after a process that took a year and a half so they will be getting organized and setting up the process to elect an executive which will take place at their second meeting of the year this fall.
McKay says all members should attend the meeting which is being held at 7 Wednesday evening in the Creighton Community Hall.
As Saskatchewan youth look for summer employment those 14 and 15 years old are reminded they must complete the province’s Young Workers Readiness Certificate Course in order to work. The course teaches youth about their rights and responsibilities related to health, safety and employment standards in the workplace.
All 14 and 15 year old workers must provide their employer with proof of age, written consent from a parent or guardian and a copy of their certificate. Employers are required to keep a copy of any young worker’s certificate on file.
The current course can be taken online at www.lrws.gov.sk.ca/ywrcc and you can learn more about the course by calling 1-800-667-1783.
Justice Minister Andrew Swan made the announcement yesterday in Thompson noting the funding will be used for a few different things. He says it’s about 38 thousand dollars and the intention is to provide uniforms. He says Cross Lake’s program has been up and running for a while but it’s been pointed out they could use some new uniforms and in Norway House and Nelson House they’re at a much earlier stage so it will also help them with uniforms and it’ll provide healthy snacks for cadets while they’re in training. The funding will be provided by criminal forfeiture money which comes from the proceeds of unlawful activities. Cadets help the RCMP establish and strengthen relationships between officers, youth and community residents.
Tomorrow marks the start of National Fishing Week sponsored by the Canadian National Sport Fishing Foundation. Their spokesperson Mike Melnick says the idea is to encourage Canadians to start or get back to fishing. He says there are a lot of Canadian who used to fish or have never tried fishing before and it’s a way of reminding people it’s a good idea whether during National Fishing Week or other times of the year to take a break from the electronics, from all the emails and texts and get together with family and friends and enjoy this country’s great outdoors.
Melnick also encourages people to take part in the free family fishing weekends held in each province including Manitoba in June and Saskatchewan later this month. For information on how to get started fishing visit their website at www.catchfishing.com.
The Flin Flon Friendship Center’s Camp Moochikun will start Monday running all summer from 9:30 to 4 Monday to Friday. Camp Director Christina McKay says they provide a variety of activities for children 5 to 9 years old. She says every day they will be doing crafts, every Tuesday they have their Cultural Adviser coming in and when they’re not doing crafts they’re either out at the beach or the parks getting some physical activity because they are promoting a healthy lifestyle this summer. As well she adds they plan to be out in the community going to local museums, the fire department, cop shop, the zoo and places like that.
For information on the camp you can call the Center at 204-687-1314 or drop in to fill out a registration form.
The Freedom Outreach Teen Challenge Program held their annual Walk for Freedom May 31st and their Program Director Chris Lowe reports all money has been turned in and they raised a total of 19,651 dollars from walks held in Flin Flon, The Pas and La Ronge. The walk is held to raise awareness of those afflicted by drug and alcohol addiction and supports the programs they run.
Prizes were awarded for most pledges with a 15 hundred dollar travel voucher or cash won by Moe Ricard of Flin Flon who raised 725 dollars and also returned his prize money to Freedom Outreach. Second prize of a flight to Winnipeg return on Calm Air went to Allyson Brown of La Ronge who raised 680 dollars and a weekend stay for two at the Victoria Inn went to Jacqueline Chitrena of La Ronge who raised 650 dollars.
The Saskatchewan Government is providing 600 thousand dollars to eight school divisions to host summer literacy camps including Creighton School Division. The Division’s Director of Education Bob Smith says the camp benefits students 5 to 12 years old adding the literacy camp is intended to provide kids with an opportunity to be exposed to learning activities similar to what would happen in a classroom but much more in a sort of a play camp format and the purpose is to try and retain their literacy skills over the summer. He says when children are away from school for a two month period some of the students have quite a drop in their learning and the intent of the camp is to try and maintain their reading levels over the course of the summer.
Students interested in attending the summer literacy camps starting July 21st running until August 8th can call Coordinator Chelsea Veitch at 204-271-2140.
Simon House Bible Camp is taking registrations for their summer camps. Director Darrell Janzen says they have several camps for the summer and ages range from 6 to 17 and at these camps they have all kinds of activities, a climbing wall, lots of lake activities and one of their new ones is their stand up paddle boarding as well as archery, crafting, games, all kinds of things for kids and youth of all ages.
For more information or to register for their camps you can check their web site at www.simonhouse.ca or call them at 204-472-3025.
On Monday the RCMP received a report of a man discharging a firearm on North Avenue in Flin Flon. The man was reported to have discharged a shotgun while threatening passersby. Police attended and arrested a suspect in the back alley of North Avenue.
As a result of the police investigation two firearms were seized as well as a quantity of ammunition.
A 38 year old Flin Flon man has been charged with four counts of assault with a weapon, four counts of uttering threats, careless use of a firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and causing a disturbance. He has been released and will appear in Flin Flon Provincial Court on September 4th
RCMP have laid charges against a second man in relation to the multiple shooting incident that took place in Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan during the early morning hours of June 14th after a group of people surrounded a home attempting to smash windows.
The 22 year old man was arrested late last week after the investigation revealed he and another man allegedly took turns shooting into a group with a .22 caliber rifle where three victims suffered gunshot wounds. He has been charged with three counts of assault with a weapon, one count of discharging a firearm with intent and one count of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.
He was to appear in Prince Albert Provincial Court today.
This summer youth in Saskatchewan can ride with STC the Saskatchewan Transportation Company for just 20 dollars plus tax for a one way ticket or 40 dollars return.
STC President and CEO Shawn Grice says this is their way of giving them a convenient and affordable way to get out and experience all the adventures the province has to offer. He adds the company expects the affordability of this offer and access to on bus amenities such as wi-fi on all routes to help build the success of this sale.
Youth ages 12 to 25 can purchase their sale tickets from any STC agent across Saskatchewan from now until August 31st.
The annual Flin Flon Trout Festival wrapped up yesterday with the Canada Day celebrations.
Prizes awarded for the Canada Parade included first for commercial floats Phamasave, second City of Flin Flon and third Elite Communications.
For non-commercial floats first place went to the Flin Flon Ski Club, second French Immersion and third Habitat for Humanity.
For classic cars first was awarded to a 1970 Chev Impala owned by Dennis Anderson, second to a 69 Charger owned by Rob Robinson and third to a 71 Torino owned by Darren Wheeler.
The winners of the Spirit of the Trout Festival award for volunteers still in high school was shared by Danielle Nelson and Andy Shaw each receiving 300 dollars.
The photo scavenger hunt was won by the Look Sharp Team made up of Rikki Petersen, Blair Rasmussen, Lori Hodder and Danica Vachon.
The Women’s Resource Center held a fund raising event called Walk A Mile in Her Shoes with male volunteers collecting pledges and then walking in red high heels. Executive Director Colleen Arnold says it raised awareness on violence against women as well as money. She says they had 12 walkers and they managed to raise over 5 thousand dollars adding Father Paul managed to raise over 14 hundred dollars himself so he was the one with the most pledges and they also had a draw for a flight for two via Calm Air to Winnipeg and Matt Lacrosse won that.
The money raised will support the Women’s Safe Haven.