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Local News Archives for 2014-10


Hudbay Minerals has released its third quarter 2014 financial results.  During the quarter revenue was 185.4 million dollars 55.2 million higher than the same period in 2013 primarily as a result of higher sales volumes with the completion of the Reed mine and higher realized zinc prices, partially offset by lower realized copper prices.

             

Current year to year revenue was 431.5 million dollars 50.8 million higher that the same period last year primarily the result of higher copper sales volumes and higher realized zinc, gold and silver prices partially offset by lower zinc, gold and silver sales volumes and lower realized copper prices.

             

Ore production at Hudbay’s Manitoba business unit was 15 percent higher than the prior year as a result of higher production volumes at Lalor and Reed near Snow Lake.

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The Flin Flon Arts Council is holding their 34th annual Arts and Crafts Sale tomorrow.  Their Coordinator Crystal Kolt says they are packed to the rafters.  She says they have everything from arts and crafts, food products such as jams and jellies and Christmas decorations.  She adds they also have photos with Santa with a winter wonderland stage, babysitting will be available in the Green Room, lunch in the Seniors Room and a lot more making it a really great weekend.

             

The sale runs from 10 to 4 tomorrow in the Flin Flon Community Center

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As you turn you clocks back to standard time this weekend, the Flin Flon Fire Department wants you to also think about fire safety.  Fire Chief Jim Petrie says start with your smoke detectors.  He explains you want t o make sure those smoke detectors are operational as they are a life saving device and batteries wear out so change them at least once a year but preferably twice a year. He adds you want to make sure at two o’clock in the morning when that thing goes off you have time to get out because if it doesn’t go off it’s the smoke that will kill you.

             

Petrie also reminds you to create and practice a home escape plan and make sure your chimney is clean.

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Premier Greg Selinger and representatives of apprenticeship and training programs held a skills and jobs community forum in Flin Flon.  Selinger says through this forum employers can learn how to get into apprenticeship programs and students of all ages how to get the skills they need to be employable.  He says the idea behind it is to show and explain to the community all the opportunities there are in the trades in this province.  He adds we’ve got a huge number of building projects going on, we’ve got trucking, welding, manufacturing, all kinds of things going on in this province and if people want to have a good job where they can make a good living and stay close to their communities and live and work in Manitoba and raise a family there’s good opportunities.

 

Selinger mentioned the new training center at Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage as well as the new skills training program at Hapnot Collegiate and Northern Mining Academy in Flin Flon.

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Another MLA has come out against Premier Greg Selinger – backbencher Clarence Pettersen, the MLA for Flin Flon.

 

Pettersen said this morning Selinger has to go.

 

He says after talking with the Premier for an hour yesterday on his skills tour, I think he should resign for the betterment of what’s more important than all of us – the people of Manitoba.

 

Pettersen also says the Premier’s resignation is not something that just came up. He says caucus members have been talking about it since the summer.

 

Earlier this week, five senior cabinet ministers suggested the Premier should consider stepping aside. Selinger says he’s not going anywhere.

 

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Premier Greg Selinger officially opened the new Skills Training Center at Hapnot Collegiate yesterday afternoon.  He explained the idea behind skills programs is that young people can get an academic education and they can get a set of skills that allow them to make good wages and get good jobs right out of high school.  He says they’ll be able to do things like carpentry, plumbing and other trades that will give them a good solid foundation for the future and that is what their vision is for schools in Manitoba.

             

Hapnot Principal Brent Bedford says students are already using the new space which will create opportunities to take courses in a variety of trades.  Also attending the opening were students, Hapnot’s shop teacher Colin Davis and MLA Clarence Pettersen.

 

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Premier Greg Selinger announced at the opening of the Skills Training Center in Flin Flon yesterday a new partnership between the Manitoba Government and Manitoba Public Insurance will expand adult driver education training in the north free of charge for low income and unemployed adults to help them get access to job opportunities.  He says they know that a lot of times job opportunities take a bit of a trip to get there and a driver’s licence will make it that much easier to do that.  He says if you can drive and you’ve got a trade and an academic education you’ve got a passport to the future, there’s no wrong doors, every opportunity will be available to you and you can grow in a direction you want to grow in with many choices.

             

The new program will be incorporated into existing job readiness training already underway in Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson with classes starting November 26th including 16 hours of in class instruction and eight hours of in car instruction with a professionally trained instructor.

 

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The program is called Partners in Safety and will be available to help children who are out trick or treating tomorrow evening.  Regional Manager for Emergency Services for the Northern Health Region Ken Gurba says when kids are out vehicles from Emergency Medical Services, RCMP and the Fire Department will be there.  He says they go out in their marked emergency vehicles and the staff are wearing their uniforms.  He explains they make a physical, visible presence on the streets and if any child gets either lost or bullied or has any problems whatsoever they can flag down any one of the multiple vehicles that will be cruising the streets on Halloween night.

             

The Partners in Safety Program will run from 4 to 7 tomorrow evening.

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The new Flin Flon School Board held their inaugural meeting Tuesday night where members were sworn in for a four year term.  The trustees elected Trish Sattleberger as new chair of the Board and Tim Davis will serve as Vice-Chair.

 

Superintendent Blaine Veitch reported the French Immersion projects in the Division will benefit from a grant of 91 hundred dollars from the French Second Language Revitalization Program.  He acknowledged Sylvie Dufour for her efforts in pursuing the grant.

 

At Ecole McIsaac School Mr. McKay’s grade 7-8 class has been chosen as one of six from schools across Canada to take part in a national crime prevention event that coincides with National Bullying Awareness Week.  Students will create a charter of rights encouraging a bully free behavior and will share their ideas with other students via video conference November 19th.

 

In closing new Board Chair Trish Sattleberger welcomed new Trustees Amy Sapergia Green, Leslie Fernandes and Andy Burbidge.

 

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Northern Country Crafters will be holding their 20th annual craft and home business sales Saturday.  The group advises this year they have 28 vendors with 53 tables booked.  The sale will include baking, homemade gifts, raffles, knitted articles, jewelry, stained glass and a lot more with coffee, lunch and snacks available.

             

The group also holds door raffles and a toonie parade with the proceeds going to assisting the Northern Lights Manor and Personal Care Home.  They have purchased sun screen blinds for the gathering room for the Personal Care home and a TV and patio furniture for the Northern Lights Manor. Last year they purchased a hard top gazebo for the Manor and two sets of patio tables, chairs and umbrellas for the Personal Care Home.

             

The Northern Country Crafters craft and home business show runs from 10 until 4 Saturday at the Creighton Community Hall.

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The search continues for a Healthy Youth Role Model who will receive a special award sponsored by the CADAC Outpatient Center and the Community Youth Resource Center.  CADAC’s Tiffany Ealey explains the award is presented to a local youth who lives a healthy and drug free lifestyle.  She says the youth needs to be between the ages of 15 and 19, alcohol and drug free and attending school in either Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach or Cranberry Portage and they also like to see them involved in extra-curricular activities.

             

Nomination forms are available at all the schools or contact the CADAC Center in Creighton.  The last day to get them in is Friday with the award presented during National Addictions Awareness Week November 16th to 22nd.

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Dan Reagan spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday on schooling initiatives in Cranberry Portage.  He said the new student’s residence and vocational training programs are a great benefit to northern communities where there is a deficit in education. He says there are 25 to 30 different communities that send students to Cranberry Portage.  He explained these are communities that don’t have high schools or a lot of the kids come in what’s called programs not offered.  For example Reagan says they are coming from Moose Lake where they have grade twelve but they are taking building construction and they are also going to mechanics big time and cosmetology and things like that so that’s how they get the kids to come and that’s really what Cranberry’s lifeline is and that’s what they’re trying to develop.

             

Reagan adds they offer week long, month long and semester long programs at the collegiate as well as at the nearby Egg Lake location where they are building a house while offering a level one apprenticeship program. He says these types of programs get students interested in education and they will hopefully continue with it.

 

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Flin Flon’s Community Adult Learning Center is holding an open house Thursday.  Assistant Coordinator John Leclair says if you want to upgrade your educational skills, further your studies in school, better your chances to become employable or even just fill in the gaps of what you missed in your former school years they offer resource help in reading, writing and math and those are really necessary fundamental skills for any job.  He adds they offer individual class instruction to anyone over 18 in order to focus on adult programming and if there is something you want to catch up on that is the place to do it.

             

The open house runs from 11:30 to 1:30 Thursday at the Adult Learning Center on the lower level of the Co-op store.
 

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The Nor-Man Breast and Women’s Cancer Network and Flin Flon Public Library are holding a session for women tomorrow on What’s My Risk. The Committee’s Christa McIntyre says they’re going to have information on breast and women’s cancers, interactive health displays, there’s going to be taste testing with their dietician, lots of chances to ask questions of the various professionals that will be there, there’s going to be door prizes and great snacks so everyone interested should come out.

             

The session will run tomorrow from 1:30 to 3:30 downstairs at the Public Library.
 

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Rainmaker Resources has received analytical results from the initial phase of field testing on the Jayjay and Jayjay East frac sand project in Northeast Saskatchewan approximately 150 kilometers west of Flin Flon.

 

A total of five composite samples were collected and results show that the sands generally meet industry requirements for use as a proppant sand used in the process of hydraulic fracturing.  The company says given the encouraging results the company plans to start developing a more extensive field testing program using mechanized equipment to fully test the size and extent of the deposits.  It’s anticipated this work program will take place early next summer.

 

The sand deposit lies at surface and consists entirely of beach sand from the shores of Lake Agassiz that covered much of the central prairies until approximately ten thousand years ago.

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Saskatchewan residents have only this week left to nominate someone for the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.  Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson explains they have a new deadline for the nomination of November 1st for what they say is the province’s highest honor.  The Saskatchewan Order of Merit she says prepares for its 30th anniversary next year adding any current or former long term resident of Saskatchewan who is a Canadian citizen is eligible for this nomination.

             

To nominate someone for this award you can call 1-877-427-5505 or go to their website www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

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The Government of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation are working with a company called AED4life to ensure all recreation facilities and other organizations are prepared in case of cardiac arrest by providing AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators.  Flin Flon’s Leslie Beck is working with the Foundation and says all indoor recreation facilities can apply for free AEDs.  She says there are approximately 40 thousand cardiac arrests in Canada per year and 85 percent happen outside of hospitals and the current survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrests is approximately five percent.  Beck adds for every one minute delay in defibrillation the chances of survival for a cardiac arrest victim decreases by seven to ten percent but an individual’s chance of survival is doubled when early CPR is used in combination with an AED.

             

Beck will be offering training on AED’s in November.  Information on the free AEDs for those who qualify or how to purchase one by other organizations can be found at www.aed4life.ca

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A private mineral exploration and production company GEMOIL has completed the fall till sampling program on the GEM15 projects in the Pikoo Diamond District of Saskatchewan near Pelican Narrows and Dechambault Lake just west of Flin Flon.

             

The till sampling program was designed to follow up on geophysical targets covering 15 mineral dispositions that total 60 thousand hectares.   A report is now underway which will document the results and recommend future work on the project. There is a winter drill program planned for February.

             

The company made special mention of work done on the project by their Pelican Narrows field assistants Gus Sewap, Rodney Ratt and Shaun Michel as well as Kelly Stevenson of Pelican Air and the community of Pelican Narrows adding GEM is proud to have achieved 50 percent First Nations employment in their exploration program.

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At their 23rd annual meeting the Lord’s Bounty Food Banks Food Distribution Chair Dennis Hydamaka reported an increase in food distribution during the past year.  The number of client files increased from 171 to 178.  They experienced a 19 percent increase in hampers distributed and an 11.4 percent increase in the number of people fed with a lot fewer moms with children but a lot more single people coming in.

             

Hydamaka said the dynamics of the Food Bank continue to change being that large food drives and the number of corporate sponsors has diminished considerably.  They are now purchasing approximately 80 to 90 percent of their non-perishable food stuff to fill the hampers. He reported they spent 98 hundred dollars more than they took in last year but were greatly helped by the 75 hundred dollar donation from the Fire Department and Scotia Bank through the boot drive.

             

He concluded they have been blessed with a full slate of volunteers and were adequately staffed throughout most of the year.

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Flin Flon’s new Mayor Cal Huntley thanked everybody who voted for him noting it is evident from this election which he won by four votes how important each vote really is.  He congratulated the elected City Councillors adding he’s looking forward to working with them and continuing to move Flin Flon forward in a positive fashion.  He says the next several weeks will be a time of transition with him re-familiarizing himself around the key details of the issues that are ahead and formulating a strategy with Council, Administration and himself to move forward.

             

Huntley praised Mayor George Fontaine for his hard work over the past eight years as Councillor and Mayor noting you’ll never find a more committed resident of Flin Flon than George.

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The Canadian Red Cross held a meeting in Flin Flon earlier this week looking for volunteers for their new Personal Disaster Assistance team that’s being established in the community.  Their Disaster Management Support in Northern Manitoba Cherlyn Cain explains it’s a team that would help people in times of personal disaster such as house fires and flooding so they’re looking to build teams in the north in particular Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson.  She says they do have some started in The Pas and they’re working hard on getting Flin Flon and The Pas organized.

             

If you are interested in being part of the Personal Disaster Assistance team you can call Cherlyn at 204-620-2329 or contact the Red Cross office in Winnipeg.

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In spite of losing yesterdays election for Mayor by only four votes George Fontaine says he will not ask for a recount in the election.  He congratulated Cal Huntley on his win and congratulated the City Councillors who were re-elected adding he is disappointed that he won’t be at the helm but he’s looking for a good strong leader in Cal in doing good things for the city.  He thanked everybody who voted, especially for him but also for coming out and exercising your right.

             

Fontaine added the Councillors who were re-elected did a great job in the past, have good ideas and a good work ethic and will continue to do a great job.

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Only 35.4 percent of eligible voters turned out at the polls yesterday to elect a new Mayor and one new City Councillor and to re-elect five City Councillors.

             

Elected Mayor was Cal Huntley with 630 votes defeating current Mayor George Fontaine with 626 votes a difference of only 4 votes.  The third candidate Robin James received 54 votes.

               

The six candidates elected to Council were current Councillors Tim Babcock with 1025 votes, Colleen McKee 1013, Ken Pawlachuk 928, Karen MacKinnon 898, Bill Hanson 898, newcomer Leslie Beck 941 and the seventh candidate Tom Davie 867.

             

Those elected were for four year terms.

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Northland Ford and Hapnot Collegiate have teamed up to support the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank as part of the International Free the Children Campaign.  Student Council rep Brandon Kolt says they will collect food with their we scare hunger campaign. He says on Friday they’re collecting donations at the Bomber game where they’ll have a F-150 truck to accomplish their goal of filling the box of a F-150.  He adds on Saturday there’s going to be a haunted house from 1 to 4 in the Hapnot Theatre and admission is going to be a non-perishable food item donation and on Halloween kids can trick or treat for not only candy but non-perishable food items that can be dropped off at Hapnot or Northland Ford.

             

The campaign ends at the end of the month when Northland Ford reps and Hapnot students will deliver the food to the Food Bank.

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Flu Shot Clinics are underway in our area and Immunize Canada reminds you it’s important to get a flu shot.  Their Chairperson Dr. Susan Bowles says the shot is your best protection against influenza every year.  She explains the virus is a tricky thing as it changes slightly from year to year, sometimes changing dramatically so it’s important to get your flu shot every year so you have the protection against that strain of the virus that’s going to be circulating in the community.

             

Dr. Bowles says everyone should get the flu shot but there are some who are at high risk for complications from influenza including those with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, children six month to five years old, aboriginal people, residents of long term care facilities and people over 65 years of age.

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The Salvation Army soup kitchen has opened and Major Debbie Allen says its being well used.  She says the idea is to reach out into the community to provide a lunch twice a week for those who are in need or those who just want an opportunity to share a meal with other people instead of at home by themselves.  She adds they even have children from school coming over so they can have a free hot lunch.

             

The soup kitchen is located in the Anglican Church on Church Street and is again being supported by the United Steelworkers and several churches in Flin Flon.  It’s open from 11:30 to 1 Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Representatives of about a dozen groups and concerned families frustrated by the lack of services in Creighton held a meeting last week.  Creighton School Principal Stacy Lair says they’re working as a group to highlight and overcome some of the barriers of provincial border lines and for folks who live on reserves federal border lines to access services for people with intellectual disabilities so they can have the services and care in the north and they don’t have to leave the north, they can have services in the community.

             

Another meeting will be held in a couple of weeks.  If you’re interested or have questions you can contact the Inter-agency Coordinator for Creighton Sheri Campbell at 306-688-2203.

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With election day today members of City Council last night thanked the community for their support over the past four years and quickly moved through their agenda.

             

Council voted to accept the contract with city employees who are members of CUPE Local 228 that runs until January 31st, 2017.

             

They received a request from Flin Flon School Division to reduce speed limits in all school zones to 30 kilometers an hour. The letter was referred to the Traffic Commission.

             

Council approved a donation of 500 dollars to Operation Red Nose operated by the Rotary Club during the Christmas season to get partiers and their vehicles home safely.

             

Councillor Skip Martin, the only Councillor not seeking re-election today thanked his wife for her support over the past four years, the media for their fair coverage of Council meetings and the citizens of Flin Flon for giving him a chance to serve on Council.

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The Nor-Man Breast and Women’s Cancer Network and Flin Flon Public Library are presenting a session for women on What’s My Risk. The Committee’s Christa McIntyre says they’re going to have information on breast and women’ cancers, interactive health displays, there’s going to be taste testing with their dietician, there’s going to be lots of chances to ask questions of the various professionals that will be there, there’s going to be door prizes and great snacks so they invite everyone to come out.

             

The session will run Wednesday October 29th from 1:30 to 3:30 downstairs at the Public Library.

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Tomorrow is election day in Flin Flon for a Mayor and six Councillors for a four year term.  There are three candidates for Mayor and seven for the six Council positions.

             

The polls will be open tomorrow from 8 am to 8 pm.  People living south of highway 10-A will vote in the R.H. Channing Auditorium of the Flin Flon Community Center and those living north of highway 10-A will vote at the Northminster Memorial United Church.

             

You are advised that identification may be required before you can vote.  You may be required to produce one piece of government issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport or at least two other documents that provide proof of identification.

             

Residents of the Saskatchewan portion of the city can vote in this election.

             

We should have results available here on CFAR beginning at about 8:30 tomorrow night.

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The Flin Flon Community Choir is holding auditions for their upcoming production Les Miserables tomorrow and possible Wednesday.  Director Crystal Kolt says they are hiring a professional director for this production so they are holding auditions now.  She says it’s for people that want to audition for the leads in the musical but you don’t have to audition to be part of the chorus, you just join the choir and you can be part of the chorus.

             

Kolt asks you to phone the Arts Council office to make an appointment for an audition.  She says you can also go to the Rainbow Stage website to get an audition package.  Just click on community and then auditions.

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The Flin Flon Arts Council is presenting one of the most authentic Johnny Cash tribute shows with David James and Big River. James says it’s a show for everyone because they bring a really high energy Johnny Cash show.  He says if all they see is older folks they’re going to get a more authentic one while if they see a mix they’re going to put a little more energy into it.  He adds it’s a lot of fun and they’re going to sell you the whole seat but you’re only going to need the edge.

             

The Johnny Cash tribute show is on stage October 29th at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are 25 dollars at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

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In a letter to staff of the Northern Health Region, CEO Helga Bryant indicated that the first order of business is to have the person transferred immediately to Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.   For example, if a person contacted a northern hospital by phone, they would likely be transported directly from their home to the closest airport for LifeFlight transfer.   Health Sciences Centre is the only hospital in Manitoba designated as a testing and treatment site for Ebola.   

 

Plans have been developed at many levels throughout the region for EMS, clinical sites, Public Health, Infection Control, Emergency Departments and Nursing stations.    

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The Flin Flon Public Library is holding a Halloween party Monday and Administrator Cindy McLean says this year they are going to be having a Lego Halloween party with the Bombers and all ages are welcome to join them for free drinks and spooky snacks.  She adds the Library is also going to be hosting a costume contest and Lego building with the Bombers so they hope everybody will join them.

             

The Halloween party runs from 4 to 6 Monday at the Public Library.

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Cancer supporters in our community have demonstrated an interest in again holding the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and they need leadership volunteers to help organizing this fund raising event.

             

The Society says the Relay for Life in an inspirational, non-competitive, 12 hour overnight event that brings you and your community together to celebrate life and fight cancer.  They add it’s the biggest cancer fund raiser and your community’s chance to make a huge difference in the fight for life as all money helps Manitobans by funding life saving research and programs, and support services for people with cancer in your community.

             

An open house and information session will be held Monday night at 7 in the Flinty Room at the Victoria Inn.

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The Citizens on Patrol Program is returning to Flin Flon.  One of the organizers Ben McCutcheon says people can join COPPS to improve the safety of our community. He says they work together with the RCMP to help out with crime prevention in the community.  He says they are the eyes and ears and are in constant communication among themselves.  He says the types of patrols would be by vehicle, on foot and stationary which is just looking out your window at night every now and then.

             

McCutcheon adds besides patrols you can take on other roles.  He says right now they are setting up an administrative council and they need more volunteers from the community.  If you are interested you can call Ben or Sherrie at 204-687-3811 or attend their next meeting Sunday at 5 at BV’s Pizza at 179 Green Street.

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The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Greenstone and our four area communities presented awards at their Celebration Communities gala.

             

Volunteer awards for Creighton were presented to Paul Garrett, Vasti Lamb and Eric Nasselquist, for Denare Beach to Lisa Rogers and for Flin Flon Tim Babcock, Bunny Burke, Kathy McCormick and Doug O’Brien.

             

Businesses recognized with awards were AJ’s Maintenance and Supply Limited, Jim’s Custom Doors and Windows, M.A. Iron Works, Paws N’Claws and the Snow Lake Motor Inn.

             

The Ambassador’s Award for the promotion of Flin Flon went to the Phantom Lake Golf Course and Dave Mayer of Snow Lake received an award for 25 years of service with Community Futures Greenstone.

             

All speakers thanked the award recipients for their dedication in making a difference in their communities.

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The Canadian Union of Postal Workers in Flin Flon hosted a public forum last night to share information on saving our postal service.  Speakers included Churchill MP Niki Ashton and the Union’s National Director Gord Fischer.  Aston says this is a continuation of the campaign with local postal workers to save door to door delivery. She says we’re seeing attacks on a fundamental service, our postal service, something that we all pay for in all of our communities and northerners are saying it’s not right.  She adds the other piece is these are good paying jobs in our communities, they’re family sustaining jobs, people have contributed to the community as a result of working for a place like Canada Post.

             

Fischer added concerns about community mail boxes include convenience especially for those with limited mobility, traffic problems and security of your mail.  He says Canada Post says their five year plan that includes privatizing some services is to prevent them from losing money but that’s not true as they have had significant profits in the past.

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October 22nd is election day for Mayor and Council in Flin Flon.  An advance poll for the election is being held today for people who are qualified to vote but have reason to believe that they will be absent or otherwise unable to attend their proper voting place on election day. The advance poll will be located at City Hall at 20 First Avenue today from 8 am to 8 pm.

             

You are reminded that you may be required to produce one piece of government issued photo identification such as a drivers license or passport or at least two other documents that provide proof of identity.

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At this week’s Flin Flon School Board meeting superintendent Blaine Veitch reported that twenty Hapnot Students will be traveling to Winnipeg for the We Day event on October 29th.  Over 15 thousand students from across the province will be joining the event that encourages young people to take action as agents of social change.  Students had to earn their ticket by participating in events outside the regular school curriculum demonstrating their will to be global citizens.

             

Next month Hapnot students McKenzie Grove and Jayde Reykdal will be attending the TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences event at the U of M. Over 190 students will have the opportunity to explore careers in Health Sciences and Medicine.

             

In closing Board Chair Murray Skeavington reminded parents that the Hapnot drop off area is no longer in front of the school but has been moved to the side the Vocational Building.

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Manitoba and Saskatchewan RCMP took part in Operation Impact over the Thanksgiving weekend.

             

In Manitoba there were 33 criminal code impaired driving charges, 24 administrative roadside suspensions, 27 charges for failing to wear seatbelts, 6 charges for using a handheld electronic device while driving, 467 other traffic related charges including speeding, intersection related and other provincial charges.

             

In Saskatchewan there were 69 alcohol impaired driving charges, 24 distracted driving charges, 965 aggressive driving charges including 935 for speeding, 23 seatbelt related charges and 48 for driving while prohibited.

             

The RCMP remind you educating the public in safe driving practices remains the priority of all RCMP Traffic Services Units and Detachments.

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The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce hosted a debate with the candidates for Mayor with Mayor George Fontaine and Cal Huntley attending. Candidate Robin James was not present.

             

When asked their three priorities Fontaine said maintaining the services we have now in terms of infrastructure and recreation adding we have a lot of things other communities our size do not have, involvement of our neighboring communities and cottage areas to work together to maintain our services and maintaining a good working environment for their city workforce.

             

Huntley listed responsible, reasonable and understandable taxation and using every dollar as effectively as possible, taking a more planned approach to infrastructure renewal and establishing or re-establishing favorable relationships with all stakeholders including lobbying the province for much needed support around seniors housing, infrastructure, recreation facilities and economic diversification.

             

Other questions included the use of the hotel tax, the future of recreation facilities, a base tax versus a service fee, possible use of social media to distribute information, seniors housing with provincial support and both agreed this is still a safe community.

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The staff at Pharmasave held a bake sale on Friday to help the Flin Flon Fireworks Committee replace equipment that was damaged by vandals following this year’s fireworks display.

             

The bake sale was to run from 11 to 2 but was sold out by 12:30 raising just over 444 dollars to help replace the damaged equipment.

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RBC Branch Manager Michael Yarowy and Senior Accounts Manager Cheryl Hilts spoke to yesterday’s Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce meeting on protecting your small business from fraud.  Hilts says approximately 50 percent of business owners experience fraud but it’s often under reported.  She said internal fraud can happen anywhere and includes asset misappropriation, theft, corruption, cheque fraud and technology fraud but there are ways to protect your business.  She says you should have more than one person responsible for your business finances, implement mandatory vacations and perform background checks on employees, hire an external analyst to perform audits, keep diligent records to avoid duplicate or false payments, remember your cheque processing red flags and review your accounts regularly online so you can monitor your business transactions and balances.

             

One website to find more information is the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center www.antifraudcentre.ca.

 

 

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Living with stroke is a free group learning program that consists of eight two hour workshops conducted weekly.  The Northern Health Regions Chronic Disease Nurse Robi-Lynn Cooper Roberts says it’s been developed for people who have had a stroke or for people who care for them.  She says some topics include understanding stroke, what stroke is, physical changes and challenges, swallowing and nutrition, cognitive perception and communication, emotion, activities and relationships, reducing the risk of stroke and moving forward.
             

The workshops will start tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock and will run for eight weeks on Thursdays at the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Center through Telehealth.  If you are interested you can contact Robi-lynn at 204-681-3137.

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This is the first shift underground since the shutdown of operations on October 6th when the ore conveyance got lodged in the main production shaft.  Normal underground operations were halted but underground shaft repairs were done by their employees in conjunction with their health and safety team and the mines branch.

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The Flin Flon Recycling Center continues to partner with Call 2 Recycle Canada to make recycling of used dry cell batteries easy in our community.  Call 2 Recycle spokesperson Orysia Boytchuk says recent studies indicate that you can find over 100 batteries in the average Canadian household.  She explains Call2Recycle Canada is funded by over 200 product manufacturers who don’t want to see their batteries end up in land fills.  She says it works noting since their inception they’ve diverted over 7.8 million kilograms of batteries.  Boytchuk adds for over 17 years they’ve been collecting and managing the recycling of batteries and they’re also the official battery recycling program for the provinces of Manitoba, British Columbia and Quebec.

             

Your rechargeable and single use batteries can be dropped off with your other recycling at the Recycling Center.  You’re asked to put them in a sealed bag so they can be easily located in your recycling.

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The Rotary Club of Flin Flon invites you to be part of their Texan Hold’em poker tournament this weekend if you’re 18 and older.  Rotarian Tim Smith says you can have fun while helping the club support community projects at their semi-annual tournament for Rotary Texas Hold’em.  He says the entry fee is 150 dollars and that includes your supper and if you get knocked out a little bit early they have sit and go tables as well that you can play at after the fact.

             

Smith adds the top ten will be paid in cash prizes based on entries.  The tournament takes place Saturday at the Elks Hall starting sharp at two o’clock and probably runs until 11 with tickets available at Kleen-all.

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Creighton Community School is inviting all Creighton and Denare Beach seniors to join them for their annual senior’s lunch Thursday.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says it celebrates Seniors Week and they’ll have a complimentary lunch as well as entertainment being provided by their school choir as well as Ms. Nickerson’s music class with their recorders.  She says transportation may be arranged if needed and they are asking folks to RSVP to her office at 306-688-2204.

             

The senior’s lunch is being held Thursday at noon in the Creighton School gym.

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At Tuesday night’s Flin Flon City Council meeting Councilor Skip Martin presented for second reading an amendment to the Trailer Court bylaw that deals with continuing reports of persistent noise in the Trailer Court.  He said not everybody there is concerned about noise but those who are will have a way to have something done about it under the Persistent Noise Rules.

             

Councilor Bill Hanson opposed the amendment saying the process of filing a complaint is too cumbersome. Councilor Colleen McKee said it’s a good idea but it has to be developed further.  She agreed with Councilor Karen MacKinnon’s earlier objection that it deals only with the Trailer Court where the city is landlord but should be extended to the rest of the city.

             

The bylaw amendment was tabled for further development.

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The Flin Flon Elks Lodge is holding their fall Home Business and Craft Sale on Saturday, November 15th.  Exalted Ruler Gord Evans says people can book tables now.  He says they’re looking for anybody that has anything they want to show and sell and people out in the public are looking for Christmas items at that time so anybody that has any Christmas things that they do for crafts that would be a good thing to bring out.

             

To book a table you can call Gord at 204-687-5276 or the Elks Hall.

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Creighton and Denare Beach residents can join other Saskatchewan residents in nominating a volunteer from your community for the next round of Volunteer Medals which will be presented in 2015 when the honor celebrates its 20th anniversary.  Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson explains any current or former long term resident of Saskatchewan who is a Canadian citizen is eligible for the volunteer medal.  She says nominations are accepted until October 18th and they would like the public to make note of that date.

             

Nomination forms are available on their website www.ops.gov.sk.ca and click on volunteer medal.  Since its inception in 1995 165 people have received the medal.

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Hudbay’s Director of Corporate Communications has released a statement on the shutdown of operations at Triple Seven Mine in Flin Flon.  It states on Monday at Triple Seven Mine the ore conveyance became lodged in the main production shaft.  It occurred at a time that did not affect the employees on shift from coming to surface.  Their main concern is safety and they are working in conjunction with the Mines Inspector to return the shaft to full function.  They assess progress on a daily basis and based on the information today they anticipate repairs will be completed in a few more days.  Identifying the cause is part of that process.

             

The statement continues normal underground operations have been halted but underground shaft repairs are being done by their employees in conjunction with their Health and Safety teams and the Mines Branch.  Employees will go underground once the shaft has been safely secured.

             

They are exploring potential options to redeploy employees who cannot go underground during the repairs.  In the meantime the Flin Flon concentrator continues to treat ore from Reed and Triple Seven North and the zinc plant is drawing on a large quantity of stockpiled concentrate.

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There’s an urgent need for affordable childcare in Canada.  
 
Churchill MP Niki Ashton says the NDP has heard that message loud and clear.
 
Ashton said that in 2014 it’s unacceptable that many families have to pay as much for childcare as rent.   In their bid to come up with a national childcare program, the NDP launched consultations with parents, experts and community activists this summer.   The focus of those consultations are early childhood education and childcare.   
 
Ashton says that after 30 years of empty promises from the federal government the NDP will be the ones to announce details of a national childcare program in the coming weeks.
 
 
 

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The Women’s Resource Center is holding a workshop on Men Standing Together for Justice starting Tuesday.  The Center’s Barb Hopkinson says men have a role to play in preventing violence against women and girls.  She says violence affects people no matter what your income, race, age, sexuality and its affects families, workplaces, institutions and communities.  She adds becoming allies with men is tackling this gigantic and increasing problem.  Hopkinson says they offer recovery, safety, empowerment and hope for men and women.

             

The eight week program is presented by the Women’s Resource Center and Father Paul Bringleson.  It starts Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 in St. Ann’s Hall.  You can register by calling the Women’s Resource Center.

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Culture Days took place at the end of September and Project Manager of Culture Days Manitoba Melissa Courcelles reports it was attended by close to 45 thousand people over the three day action packed weekend with over 355 free arts and culture activities taking place across the province, an increase of 5 thousand people over last year.

             

Courcelles says attendance across the province continues to grow with Flin Flon leading the way with over 65 hundred people attending 86 events.  People are counted at each event they attend.

             

Across Manitoba 28 rural communities participated and organized 142 events.  In Winnipeg there was a record number 212 events over the three days.  Across Canada some 2 million people participated in Culture Days with over 75 hundred events in 873 cities and towns.

             

Plans are underway for next years Culture Days weekend which will run from September 25th to 27th.

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At Tuesday night’s Flin Flon City Council meeting Mayor George Fontaine says some people have complained about the property taxes going up this year but he said their budget actually resulted in the mill rate going down.  He says the increase in the local tax bill came from an increase in the school division’s budget but the larger increase came from the provincial property tax assessment.

             

Mayor Fontaine said there has been a lot of positives out of the separation this year of police and fire services from the tax portion of the tax bill and he would like to see it continue.  He says there was a glitch in the system since it was billed per property allowing commercial properties to pay the same cost as residential properties but that will be looked at in the future.

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This is Fire Prevention Week and Fire Chief Jim Petrie reports the number of fires in Flin Flon remains around average.  He says last year we had 62 fires which is a little below average but this year we’ll be around average which is approximately 75 fires. He adds we’re already at 61 fires so far this year.

             

Petrie says we can do better as a community adding we have to be more vigilant about fire prevention in our homes and in case of fire every home should have smoke detectors.  You can contact the fire department if you have any questions.

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The search is on for a Healthy Youth Role Model who will receive a special award sponsored by the CADAC Outpatient Center and the Community Youth Resource Center.  CADAC’s Tiffany Ealey explains the award is presented to a local youth who lives a healthy and drug free lifestyle.  She says the youth needs to be between the ages of 15 and 19, alcohol and drug free and attending school in either Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach or Cranberry Portage and they also like to see them involved in extra-curricular activities.

             

Nomination forms are available at all schools or contact the CADAC Center in Creighton.  The deadline is October 31st with the award presented during National Addictions Awareness Week November 16th to 22nd.

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At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council approved the rate schedule for the Whitney Forum for 2014-15.  All rates remain the same as last year.  They also approved the rates for recreation facilities.  They increased by four percent except for the ball diamonds and Camp Whitney which were increased last year.

             

Mayor George Fontaine and Council had a lot of praise for Crystal Kolt for her hard work as well as all the people involved in the Culture Days celebration with Mayor Fontaine also adding congratulations to the Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity for their successful Coffee House held on the weekend noting all the people supporting the group from our communities and to Dr. Intwala for her work on the highly successful Bollywood performance organized as a fundraiser for the expansion of the General Hospital emergency room.

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This is walk to school week.  School Superintendent Blaine Veitch says it’s an international week that’s set aside to recognize and encourage youth to use personal motion to get to school everyday so it’s things like riding a bike, skateboard or walking and he says he has seen a number of students and their parents walking to school.

             

Veitch says the schools in our Division notified parents of the week and encouraged students to take part.

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The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce held their annual radio auction on 102.9 CFAR on Saturday raising around 65 hundred dollars through sales with a few items still to be picked up. The funds will go towards operation of the Chamber and projects they are working on.

             

Later in the day Saturday the Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity packed the Creighton Community Hall for their annual coffee house to raise funds towards building their first home in Flin Flon.  Admissions, raffles and a 50-50 draw helped them raise just over 35 hundred dollars.

             

On Sunday the annual CIBC Run for the Cure took place at Flinty’s Boardwalk raising 22 hundred dollars for breast cancer research.

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The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA’s Manager Carmen Ward says they are looking for people to get involved in the fundraising aspect of the SPCA so they’re going to be holding a fundraising meeting.  She says they’re looking for new ideas for fundraising and volunteers to help make these ideas happen.

             

The meeting is being held tomorrow evening at 7 in the SPCA building at the corner of the Perimeter Highway and the Cliff Lake Road.

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This is Fire Prevention Week and Fire Chief Jim Petrie explains this year’s theme is smoke detectors save lives.  He says smoke detectors are an extremely important early warning device and they’re a life saving device and everybody should have them in their home preferably interconnected but if you can’t do that they should be battery operated and they should be tested once a month minimum.  He says smoke detectors should be located in bedrooms, in hallways, in the basement, in every area of the house.

             

Petrie adds batteries should be changed once a year and the smoke detector should be replaced every ten years as they have a shelf life. He also says families should develop an escape plan in case of fire with a designated place to meet outside once you leave the home

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The Elks Lodge is now holding its annual Christmas Cheer canvas in the Flin Flon Creighton area.  Exalted Ruler Gord Evans says the funds raised are used to buy gifts and food items for hampers to feed the needy at Christmas time.  He says they desperately need held with the canvas as he hasn’t got a lot of people anymore as there are only six in the organization and they’re not too active because they’re up in age so it’s pretty hard to send them out on the street to canvas.  He says they’ll run this month and probably into next month and it can last just about up to Christmas time noting although they stop canvassing people keep sending donations in right up to when the put up the hampers.

             

If you can help out with the canvas give Gord a call at 204-687-5276.

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Flin Flon Toastmasters will be holding their annual open house tomorrow evening.  The Club’s Harry Hobbs says Toastmasters learn to communicate effectively as well as to think on their feet and learn some leadership skills so everybody in the public is welcome to come and see that they’re all about.

             

The open house is being held tomorrow evening at 7 in the Community Adult Learning Center on the lower floor of the Co-op store.

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The Pas RCMP and the Thompson RCMP Major Crimes Unit arrested four boys yesterday in relation to the September 28th arson at Mary Duncan School in The Pas.

 

A 12-year-old boy, two 14-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy are all facing charges of Arson. A fifth youth under the age of 12 was involved, but cannot be charged with a criminal offence due to being underage. All those charged are from The Pas.

 

The four have been released to their parents with a curfew of 7:00 pm. They will be appearing in The Pas Provincial Court on November 4.

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Flin Flon Parks and Recreation is holding a fun run Sunday at the Phantom Lake Golf Course.  Recreation Programmer Caitlin Bailey says they’re going to meet shortly before 10 am at the Golf Course right outside of the Club House and they’ll start the run from there and they welcome anyone who wants to come and take part.  She adds they have finished the registration for the t-shirts but you can feel free to come out and take part just for the fun if you like.

             

The cost is 30 dollars and the run is open to ages 12 and up.
 

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The annual Celebrating Communities Gala is being held Thursday, October 16th sponsored by Community Futures Greenstone, the Chamber of Commerce and the communities of Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach. Greenstone Manager Bunny Burke says at the gala they recognize volunteers from the three communities and they also recognize four businesses from Flin Flon and one business from Snow Lake or Cranberry Portage as they’re Community Futures Greenstone communities. She says they have a seven course meal before the presentation of awards.

             

Tickets are 60 dollars and are available at the Greenstone and Chamber offices above Pharmasave.
 

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Saskatchewan Transportation Company or STC is extending its 15 dollar senior seat sale until October31st.  Seniors aged 60 and over will get to ride with STC for 15 dollars one way or 30 dollars return plus tax for the entire month of October as they extend the September seat sale.

              

STC President Shawn Grice says the senior seat sales have turned quiet months into some of their highest ridership months throughout the year.  He says they also extended their May sale to include June and saw more than 17 thousand seniors take advantage of the seat sale over the two months.

             

Seniors can purchase sale tickets from any STC agency and must use them by October 31st.

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Upon further investigation and additional evidence brought forward the fire at Mary Duncan School in The Pas is now being investigated by the RCMP as arson.  The Office of the Fire Commissioner continues to assist with the investigation.

             

The fire started early Sunday morning and caused extensive damage to the school.

 

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The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual radio auction Saturday at the Friendship Center broadcast on 102.9 CFAR.  The Chamber’s Bunny Burke says they have a variety of items including a Calm Air return flight to Winnipeg, weedeaters, tools, a heated jacket, gift certificates from various businesses throughout town for various services, oil, cases of pop, a great variety with something for everybody.

             

Burke adds all bids have to be phoned in between 9 am and 1 pm Saturday and items cannot be picked up until after the auction closes.  There will be a viewing of the items tomorrow night from 6 to 7 at the Friendship Center.

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The annual CIBC Run for the Cure takes place in Flin Flon Sunday afternoon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. CIBC Manager Jody Korte invites you to join them at the boardwalk. She says they’re going to have a draw there and pledge forms can be picked up at the branch and they will also have them at the walk since even though the walk is that day they’re still going to continue to collect pledges. She adds they also have merchandise in the branch that they are selling on behalf of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and they will bring that down to the run site as well.

             

The run gets underway at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon on Flinty’s Boardwalk.

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The Women’s Resource Center is presenting a workshop called What About Me.  The Center’s Debbie Campbell says it’s made up of eight sessions and participants will learn about what is self esteem as well as working on improving it, they’ll also be working on challenging your negative self talk, enforcing your boundaries, twisted thinking, communication, recognizing your choices and managing your anger differently.

             

The workshop begins next Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 and runs for eight weeks.  To register call Debbie at the Women’s Resource Center at 204-681-3105.

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Women and their babies are invited to join the World Breast Feeding Challenge being held on Saturday to support moms and promote breast feeding. Public Health Nurse Loida Agpalza says breastfeeding benefits the health of both the baby and the mother.  She says the theme this year is breastfeeding a winning goal which accentuates the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.  She adds exclusive breastfeeding and adequate complimentary feeding are a key intervention for improving a child’s survival world wide.

             

The breastfeeding challenge takes place at the Flin Flon Public Library Saturday morning with registration starting at 10:30.

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A 30th anniversary of French Immersion in Flin Flon celebration is being held tomorrow evening.  Kristi Schaerer from Canadian Parents for French invites everyone out to this event where they will have a performance by Marie Josee Clement, they’ll be serving coffee, juice and cake and there’s no charge to the public.  She adds they’re also including presentations from their French Immersion students, teacher awards and a silent art auction of student’s art as well as a history of the French Immersion program in Flin Flon.

             

The celebration is being held at the Flin Flon Community Hall starting at 6:30 tomorrow evening.

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The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA invites you to celebrate the second anniversary of their shelter on Saturday.  Shelter Manager Carmen Ward says from 1 to 2 they will have a fun walk where they’ll be teaming up with the In Motion group to do a dog walk and they encourage everybody that has a rescue dog or a dog from the SPCA to attend the walk.  She says every dog is welcome but they’re especially celebrating the rescue dog this year.

             

Along with the walk they will have an open house from 12 to 4 with a hot dog and drink sale, an adoption sale with all cats and dogs at half price and you can check out the SPCA and their volunteer opportunities.  The shelter is located at the corner of the Cliff Lake road and the Perimeter highway.

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