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Local News Archives for 2015-03


 Throughout this month the Canadian Liver Foundation has been educating the public as part of Liver Health Month.  Bianca Pengelly says a healthy diet is one of the ways people can reduce their risk of developing liver disease.  She explains if you follow your Canadian Health Food Guide that’s a really great way to help yourself because a great diet like eating as much food as your supposed to even though the chart isn’t great for everyone.  She adds speaking to your doctor about what would be the best kind of diet would be great.

             

Pengelly says a common misconception is that alcohol is a leading cause of liver disease, but that’s not the case.  She says liver disease affects people of all ages.

 

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 The Flin Flon Public Library is holding an Easter celebration tomorrow.  Library Administrator Cindy McLean invites children to register to attend.  She says they’ve got the children’s Easter party tomorrow from 1 to 2:30. She says they’re going to have a movie “It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown”, they’ve going to providing snacks, stories, an Easter egg hunt and a special guest their Easter bunny.

            

  McLean adds the first 50 children to register can come to the celebration.  You can register by calling the Library at 204-687-3397.

 

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An advance poll is being held in Denare Beach tomorrow for the April 15th byelection to elect two Councilors.  Returning Officer Meredith Norman says it’s for those who are physically disabled, have been appointed as election officials or anticipate being unable to vote on the day of the election.  She notes you’ll have to have either photo ID with your street address on it and if you don’t have photo ID you can bring in something like a power bill or phone bill that has your street address on it and regular ID.  She adds if you don’t have a phone bill or power bill you can bring somebody in who can sign a waiver declaring that you have been in that residence for three months.

             

The Advance Poll will be open tomorrow from 4 to 8 pm at the Denareplex.  There are four candidates Wanda Ginnell, Greg McBratney, Elfriede Reimer and Paul Trottier.

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 The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA is holding their second annual Fur Ball Benefit Social Saturday.  President Debbie Hiebert says it’s a fund raiser to keep their shelter operating.  She says the funds will be directly used for the operating expenses involved with the shelter.  She explains their expenses can get quite high every month with veterinary costs, upkeep, wages and things like that so that’s where the money will go.

             

The Fur Ball will feature a Guns n Roses tribute band Nightrain.  Advance tickets are 30 dollars at the SPCA Shelter, the Gateway and Flin Flon Insurance or 40 dollars at the door.

 

 

 

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 Travel Manitoba held a contest to determine Manitoba’s top roadside attraction.  People were asked to vote online last week on their choice from 32 roadside attractions across the province and when the voting ended Friday our statue of Flintabatty Flonatin was number one.  The Chair of the Flinty Committee Dave Price says it’s a magnificent win.  He says the Flinty statue is a stand out in the community and a big tourist attraction visible from the highway to anyone going by and in the summer time the Flinty committee has Flinty’s birthday party in the park right there.  He says he thinks on behalf of the Flinty committee its fantastic for Flin Flon and hopefully it will bring in lots of tourists this coming summer season.

             

The prize is bragging rights but Travel Manitoba notes on their website maybe it’s fitting that the only place in Canada named after a science fiction character who discovered streets of gold is the one that actually takes home the gold.

 

 

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 The New Democratic Party is urging the Conservatives to take immediate action to fix the Nutrition North Program. Churchill MP and NDP Aboriginal Affair critic Niki Ashton says a new Statistics Canada study shows many northern and Aboriginal people face high levels of food insecurity and the federal government must partner with northerners to create equitable program eligibility criteria and work with northerners to fix the program so that it meets the needs of all northern communities.

             

The party states according to the study food insecurity is four times higher in Nunavut than in the rest of Canada and the Nutrition North program introduced by the Conservative to address the price of food in the north has had minimal impact on food cost and there was no transparency or accountability.

             

 NDP MP Dennis Bevington adds even as elders are rooting through garbage to find food the Conservatives have refused to acknowledge how ineffectual their Nutrition North program has been.

 

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 There are a lot of activities planned for spring break at the Norva Center next week.  The Center’s Karen Clark says their Manger Mike Spencer has been busy planning many events. She says they range from nail art to copper wire jewelry and they also have some print making classes as well.  She says they’re excited to have Ann Abad there from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  She’s here for three weeks to do her alternate practicum at the Norva Center and they’re really excited because she has a broad background in many fine arts.

             

For more information on these and several other spring break activities you can call the Norva Center at 204-687-4237, drop in at 177 Green Street or go to their website at www.norvacentre.com.

 

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The Hapnot Collegiate Travel Club is spending their spring break on a Mediterranean cruise this year.  School Counselor Sandra Garinger says 21 students will be accompanied by 3 chaperones and 3 other adults on their travels.  She says they will be spending a couple of days in Athens and then they go to Mykonos, Kusadasi and then cruise back through Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Satorini which people will recognize as the area in Greece where they big blue roofs are and a lot of the plaster walls, so it’s a nice place to go and hopefully it will be warm weather with perhaps a little bit of beach time.

             

The group left Flin Flon on Wednesday and will return on Easter Sunday.

 

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 The RCMP have arrested a 19 year old Denare Beach man in relation to the robbery at the Royal Hotel on Main Street.  Last November a man wearing a hooded sweater and black bandana approached the front desk employee brandishing a weapon and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

             

The man arrested Tuesday has been charged with robbery, uttering threats, assault with a weapon, wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence and numerous other weapons offences.  He was scheduled to make a court appearance in The Pas Provincial Court yesterday.

 

 

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Recreation Manager Mike Dubreuil told a well attended public meeting the Aqua Center will be 40 years old in June and they now have 57 thousand people a year through their doors.  He said they hired an architect last year to do a complete study on how to upgrade the Aqua Center and they presented six options ranging from just minor changes to the building to replacing the whole complex at a cost of around 17 million dollars.

             

Dubreuil says they now need to form a committee to help guide the process, help apply for funding and do fund raising.  He said cost should be shared by the federal and provincial governments and this is easier to do if the public is involved in the process.

             

Councilor Ken Pawlachuk and Mayor Cal Huntley emphasized the need for financial support from all communities in the region that use the pool and then decide which option they can afford.  Katie Anderson recommended the committee be made up of representatives and residents of all those communities.

             

If you are interested in being on the committee you can call Mike at City Hall or attend the next public meeting being held on April 21st.

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 VMS Ventures reports mining activities continue at the Reed Mine between Flin Flon and Snow Lake in which they have a 30 percent ownership and Hudbay which is the operator 70 percent ownership.  They report in February mining activities continued to be concentrated on the zone 20 orebody.

             

Chief operating officer Neil Richardson reports they continue to see steady production from Reed and the operations safety performance has been good to date.  He adds ore production from zone 20 continues to return good copper grades and they should continue to see better grades as they get deeper in the mine and more production comes from zone 10.  Richardson says their focus continues to be on safety, ore production from zone 20 on the 110, 135 and 235 meter levels and advancing the main decline to the 260 meter level.

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Manitoba Hydro residential and business customers continue to be targeted by a phone scam.  They report several customers have received phone calls that appear to come from the utility demanding immediate payment. A typical scam call originates from a toll free number or in some cases Hydro’s phone number appears in the caller ID. The caller asks a few questions then state the customer’s account is in arrears, must be paid immediately and they are provided with payment options.

             

Manitoba Hydro says they do make reminder phone calls to customers who are in arrears and may demand payment to prevent disconnection of service but they do not accept payment over the phone, accept PayPal or credit card payments or ask you to wire money.

             

If you receive a call and doubt its authenticity hang up immediately and call Manitoba Hydro, the local RCMP non-emergency phone number as well as calling Phone Busters at 1-888-495-8501.

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Superintendent Blaine Veitch told the Flin Flon School Board last night the text messaging generation is upon us.  He says messages from Hapnot School can now be sent directly to your mobile device.  It’s a great way to stay informed about the daily happenings at the school.  You can text 1-204-800-5710 @hapnot – haps to start receiving messages.

             

Earlier this month in Dauphin 38 band students from grades 8 to 12 participated in the Parkland Norman band event.  Guest conductors choose one outstanding student from each junior, intermediate and senior ensemble.  Eve Cooper was selected out of 114 junior band members as top musician on percussion and Mykylo Odut was chosen from 75 intermediate students.

             

Earlier this month auditions were held for the provincial honor band.  Four students including Eve Cooper- percussion, Alyssa Richard-trumpet, Jemedie Morris-bass clarinet and Mikylo Odut-flute will meet in Winnipeg on April 30th.  Odut also received one of three scholarships to the International Music Camp.

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This is Fraud Prevention Month.  In an effort to protect you from fraudulent claims and common rip-offs Commissioner of Competition John Pecman says the Little Black Book of Scams is an easy to use reference guide that was developed to recognize report and stop fraud.  He explains the Competition Bureau wants you to be an informed and confident consumer, that’s what Fraud Prevention Month is all about.  He says avoid becoming a victim of fraud by protecting your identity at all times, never sharing banking information over the phone and never sending money to anyone you don’t know or trust, and remember preventing fraud is a shared responsibility so when you see it report it.

             

Pecman adds to learn more about how to protect yourself or to report a scam, enter fraud prevention month in your web browser.

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 Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday they are working on the town’s budget and they are working for and planning on a zero percent increase on the town and municipal portion of the taxes.  He says they can’t forecast the education portion of it, they have nothing to say or do about that but as far as the town goes that’s what they are planning.

             

Fiddler added the new lots in their new subdivision behind Collins Avenue will be ready and up for sale soon for 60 thousand dollars which is cost recovery.  He says they have a large water and sewer replacement project coming up at the far end of Creighton Avenue to the water treatment plant and are waiting for funding approval.  He also noted they are lobbying the province for a long term or assisted living facility in Creighton and they continue to work on economic development with discussions underway with a couple of places.  Fidler adds there will be beautification around town including the Main Street boulevards and new street lighting for Christmas.

 

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  Tomorrow is International Wear Purple Day to raise awareness about epilepsy.  Local Epilepsy Awareness Ambassador Melissa Danis who has epilepsy along with her two children says the day started in 2008 when a nine year old girl named Cassidy Megan from Nova Scotia was motivated by her own struggle with epilepsy.  She found nobody knew what it was and it was just kind of scary to everybody and she wanted to shed some light on it and just raise awareness so it’s not a fund raising effort, it’s just an awareness effort.

             

Danis adds students at McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools are holding special events tomorrow to mark purple day with information being provided on epilepsy and she would also like to start a local epilepsy alliance support group.

             

You can learn more at www.purpleday.org or call her at 306-688-0124.

 

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Eight people braved the cold water and took part in the first ever Polar Bear Dare to support the Flin Flon Trout Festival.  People were asked to collect at least 50 dollars pledges and jump through a hole in the ice at Beaver Lake Saturday afternoon. Vice-President Melissa Richard says it went really well.  She says they had eight jumpers, $4855.65 was collected, Trevor Thurston of the Kinsmen Club got the highest collected and they want to thank the Kinsmen for their warm up shack, help to organize and the Kinettes for their jumper Marlene Gogal and their donations all resulting in a great success.

           

   Richard added they had a lot of support from other groups and businesses.  She says other jumpers included the festival’s Annette Last along with Michelle Salamondra, Christine Lussier, Ivy Blackmon, Gordon Neitzke and Scott McCallum.

 

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 The 7th annual Frontier Collegiate Fishing Derby was held on Neso Lake on number ten highway Sunday afternoon.  The Collegiate’s Monica Genaille reports the first place winner of one thousand dollars was Chris Roy of Flin Flon, second place at 500 dollars went to Ron Brightnose of Cormorant and the third prize gas ice auger with to Lannie Bowsman of Flin Flon.

            

  Genaille adds they had 114 people buy tickets to take part in the derby and they raised just under 34 hundred dollars.

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  The Flin Flon Friendship Center is holding a Northern Connections Job Fair tomorrow.  The Center’s Partners For Careers Program Coordinator Theresa Wride says it’s a great opportunity to explore and connect.  She says there’ll be employers, training centers and service providers, you can network and ask questions and learn more about employment and training opportunities and about community services that provide assistance as you work toward your employment goals.  She adds there’ll be booth presentations in front of the stage where you can learn more about programs and services in a large group setting, to the left of the stage there will be a large job board advertising other numerous employment opportunities and there’ll be a concession stand on site as well.

             

The Job Fair will be open at the Flin Flon Community Hall from 10 to 4 tomorrow.  Wride adds you should bring copies of your resume if you have one prepared.

 

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 Transportation Minister Ron Kostyshyn has announced the Manitoba Government is investing heavily this year in road and bridge upgrades in the north.

             

In this area work that took place last summer on number ten highway will continue.  Number ten will see paving of 29.6 kilometers from Wanless to highway 39, grading of 17 kilometers from the Flin Flon airport access to the east junction of highway 10A and intersection improvements from the Flin Flon airport access to the east junction of highway 10A.

            

  Kostyshyn says the north is critical to the health of the Manitoba economy and these improvements will ensure businesses and municipalities can continue to grow and prosper.

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 Around two hundred people bought tickets to take part in the 19th annual Richard Beasley Memorial Fishing Derby held Saturday afternoon on Big Island Lake near Westwood Lodge.

               

Although no fish were caught the first place propane ice auger and trophy was won by Lisa Lies, the second place trappers sleigh went to Terry Smith, third place portable generator to Fred Williams and the draw for the Irvin Head fish carving was won by Adele Bishop.

             

There were numerous other prizes and giveaways out on the ice as well as free hot chocolate and hot dogs for the participants.

 

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 With the change in seasons it’s again time to think about entering pictures in the Northern Manitoba Instagram Photo Contest sponsored by Tourism North Manitoba.  Spokesperson Charlene Kissick says they want more photos to promote the north.  She explains the contest is for Instagram users so anyone with Instagram on their mobile device and they have a photo that they think represents the spirit of northern Manitoba whether its wildlife, scenery, a big catch or tourism operation all they have to do is tag Tourism North in that photo with @Tourism North and use the hash tag visit northern Manitoba and they’ll be able to see it on their end and will enter the photo in the contest.

             

The contest runs until October 31st so they can include all seasons with monthly prizes of 25 dollars and a grand prize of 100 dollars. For more visit their website www.visitnorthernmanitoba.ca.

 

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This is Kidney Awareness Month. The Communications Manager for the Manitoba Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada Melanie Ferris says Manitoba has the highest rate of end stage kidney disease in Canada.  She explains most people don’t really think about their kidneys too much but they are as important as your heart. She says the kidneys filter toxins out of your body so if you don’t have properly functioning kidneys then you’re going to start feeling really sick.  She adds there are no symptoms of kidney disease in the first few stages so they do call it the silent killer and what they want people to do in Manitoba is to ask their doctor to test them for kidney disease.

           

   Ferris says they have a new program called Healthier Together which is a screening program that will travel to northern communities including Flin Flon with a nurse and pharmacist if people are interested in having it come here.  For information you can visit their website www.kidney.ca/manitoba.

 

 

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The fifth annual FCI Campus Fishing Derby is being held Sunday afternoon.  One of the organizers Monica Genaille says their prizes this year include first prize of a thousand dollars, second prize is 500 and third is an ice auger and the entry fees is 25 dollars with tickets available at the gate.  She adds they have a canteen with burgers, hot dogs, smokies and chili and about every 20 minutes to half an hour they have door prizes drawn from the tickets.

             

Genaille adds they are raising funds for programs for students at the Collegiate.  Tickets are 25 dollars at the derby that runs from 1 to 3 Sunday afternoon at Neso Lake on number ten highway.

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Troymet Exploration reports work is moving forward on its McClarty Lake VMS project 47 kilometers southwest of Snow Lake.  The project comprises five contiguous claims totally 596 hectares.  Troymet owns 100 percent of three of the claims and holds a 40 percent interest in two claims in a joint venture with Hudbay.

             

Hudbay as the joint venture operator has recently completed a compilation and review of all the technical data for the joint venture claims.  This has resulted in the identification of new targets and subsequent staking by the joint venture of three new mineral claims.  Hudbay is currently planning ground geophysical surveys over the newly identified exploration targets.

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 The 19th annual Richard Beasley Memorial Fishing Derby is taking place from 12 to 3 Saturday afternoon on Big Island Lake near Westwood Lodge. One of the organizers Chuck Woods says because it’s a catch and release derby its total length and the time you caught your fish.  He explains if you catch a fish wave your arm and somebody’s going to come by with the troughs to measure your fish and take your name and the time you caught your fish.  Woods adds the prizes are always good and this year it’s a propane powered gas auger, second place is a trapper’s sleigh, third is a power generator and they also have a carving from Irvin Head in Cranberry Portage who does an awesome job for them.

             

Tickets are ten dollars and are available at the Gas Bar, the Gateway or the Steelworkers office on Main Street.

 

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 Manitoba Conservation Minister Gord McIntosh has announced this summer dogs and cats will be allowed at no extra charge in designated pet friendly cabins and yurts in provincial parks.  In the Flin Flon area two pet friendly yurts will be available at Bakers Narrows Provincial Park

             

Pet owners are reminded to keep control of their animals at all times and to pick up after them.  Failure to do so can result in penalties such as at 203 dollar fine.

            

  Reservations for provincial campgrounds will open on April 6th.  To accommodate the expected high demand on opening day call center services will begin at 7 a.m. at their website prs.gov.mb.ca or at 1-888-482-2267.  On all other days the call center will open at 9 a.m. while the online service will remain open 24 hours a day seven days a week.

 

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  The meeting opened with Council’s celebration of National Poetry Month with local poet Sheila Marchant reading three poems. This was in response to an annual challenge from Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi to have Councils across the country celebrate local poets this month.  As well on behalf of the Flin Flon Writers Guild, Toastmasters and the Library Harry Hobbs invited Council members to take part in their 14th annual poetry reading on April 10th at the Public Library.  He said this is a very well attended event with readers from all parts of the community and it is well known across the province.

             

In other business Mayor Cal Huntley reported he attended a cities meeting held by the Association of Manitoba Municipalities attended by representatives from nine cities.  He said they meet to discuss their concerns and it gives them a chance to lobby the provincial government.  He said one issue is they feel city operations should receive a rebate on their PST as they are a tax supported operation.  Huntley said this could be a significant amount if a city is conducting a major construction project.

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  If you select Energy Star certified light emitting diode or LED bulbs up to April 12th you will save 50 percent of the purchase price thanks to Manitoba hydro.  The utility is promoting efficient lighting technology under the Power Smart banner in order to help residential customers become more efficient and save money on their energy bill as LED lights use 80 percent less energy than typical incandescent lights.

            

  Participating businesses in Flin Flon include Canadian Tire, Home Hardware and McMunn and Yates and Home Hardware in Snow Lake.

 

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 The Flin Flon Friendship Center is hosting a Northern Connections Jobs Fair on Wednesday, March 25th at the Flin Flon Community Hall.  Their Partners for Careers Program Coordinator Theresa Wride says they offer opportunities for businesses to connect with job seekers.  She says they are now looking for employers with current and upcoming employment opportunities, also training centers and service providers that provide services for individuals to increase their employability prospects.  She says there’ll be an opportunity to network, promote opportunities, services, workplace essential skills and expectations and to answer questions.

             

To register for a booth contact Theresa at the Friendship Center or call her at 204-687-8851 by Friday.  There is no fee to register.

 

 

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 Members of the International Association of Machinists Local 1848 working at Hudbay in Flin Flon and Snow Lake held a strike vote yesterday.  Union Vice President Blair Sapergia reports 94 percent of their membership turned out to vote and 97 percent voted in favor of strike action. Sapergia says the next step for them is to try to get this management back to the negotiating table so they can actually sit down and come up with a real deal.  He says to date they really haven’t done any negotiating, it’s simply been no so hopefully this will turn the light on for them and they can actually take the union seriously.

            

  An earlier information release to their membership had stated the earliest any strike action could take place is April 21st.

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 The Flin Flon Friendship Center is holding a mini career fair on Thursday.  Their Partners for Careers Program Coordinator Theresa Wride says at the fair there will be University College of the North, Northlands College, Brandon University, Assiniboine Community College, Red River College, University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.  She says they’ll be there to promote their programs and services.

             

The mini career fair will be open to the public at the Friendship Center hall Thursday from 12 to 4.  For information on the event you can call Theresa at 204-687-8851.

 

 

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 The Freedom Outreach Program based in Denare Beach is holding one of their annual fund raising events on Saturday.  Program Manager Chris Lowe says they will be offering a great supper Saturday at 6 in the Creighton Community Hall and this year they’re going to have roast beef with pyrogies and mixed vegetables and there’s also going to be a penny parade and a door prize offered.  He adds it goes directly towards the running of the program as they are a non-profit organization and they get no subsidy from government so they basically have to raise their own money.

             

Tickets are 25 dollars and can be purchased at the Orange Toad, Big Dipper, Alpine or from any of their staff members.

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The Central Canada Film Group is presenting a film nominated for several awards as part of the Films Up North series.  The group’s Collin Davis says the film All is Lost stars Robert Redford in one of his finest performances. He says it’s highly acclaimed and it’s about one man’s struggle at sea.  He adds one of the interesting things is he’s in the film by himself and there’s hardly any dialogue so it’s a very interesting take on modern movie making.

            

  All Is Lost will be shown Thursday night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Admission is ten dollars.

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The Northern Health Region invites you to bring your lunch and join their dietician for a lunch of nutrition tips and ideas.  Community Dietician Joanna Ledoux says its part of Nutrition Month.  She says the theme this year for Nutrition Month is Eating Nine to Five and the goal of the campaign is to inspire Canadians to eat well at work so they are going to be offering a Nutrition Month Lunch and Learn March 25th at the Primary Health Care Center.

             

To pre-register or for more information you can call Joanna at 204-681-3149.

 

 

 

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Flin Flon Toastmasters will be holding their annual open house Tuesday

evening.  The Club’s Harry Hobbs says it will be a chance for you to see what goes on at Toastmasters meetings and how it helps people improve their listening skills and their speaking skills.  He says there’ll be a demonstration of how they do impromptu speaking, about the prepared speech and the evaluation to give people an idea of the opportunities that Toastmasters offers.

             

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

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The Flin Flon Trout Festival committee is holding a fund raising event they call a Polar Bear Dare.  Their Vice-President Melissa Richard says you collect at least 50 dollars in pledges and jump through a hole in the ice.  She says its an event they heard about to there’s going to be an 8 by 10 hole with a ladder latched on, rubber matting around the hole, a warm up tent and what they’re hoping is people get pledge sheets and you can dare somebody to do the dare with you or you can just get people to pledge with you.

             

The event takes place Saturday at the main beach at Beaver Lake with registration at 12 noon. Pledge packages are available at the Gateway and Alpine Convenience.  You can get more information from Annette at 204-271-3918 or Melissa at 204-271-2705.

 

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The Ministry of Environment reminds you that ice fishing season closes in northern Saskatchewan on April 15th so all fishing shelters in areas north of highway 16 must be removed by March 31st.  They note each spring a number of ice fishing shelters are abandoned and this creates identification and cleanup challenges for the province and can pose environmental concerns.  All litter including fish entrails and offal must also be removed when the ice shelters are taken off the ice.

             

If shelters are not removed owners can be prosecuted and the structure and contents may be confiscated and removed by the ministry.  As an example they report in 2014 a Saskatoon man was fined 28 hundred dollars for leaving an unmarked ice fishing shelter on the ice covered waters of Blackstrap Lake and for littering.

 

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 Flin Flon School Division students are taking part in the annual Parkland Nor-man Honor Band in Dauphin this weekend.  Band Instructor Kim Jones says it includes students from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson, Swan River and Dauphin areas.  She explains the organizers hire three different band directors to direct a junior, intermediate and senior honor band and the kids participate in about 13 hours of playing over the weekend and then it culminates with the great big concert on Saturday for the junior, intermediate and senior bands and it’s a very amazing experience for the kids to work with other kids who really enjoy band as well and to work with the directors who are all professionals in their field.

             

Jones adds about 37 students from grades 8 to 12 are attending from Flin Flon Schools.

 

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The City of Flin Flon is looking at a list of options for upgrading the Aqua Center.  Recreation Manager Mike Dubreuil says they are forming a committee of representatives of all communities that use the pool to help move forward. He says the role of the committee is to help guide the process, to help apply for funding and do the fund raising.  He says there needs to be that community committee to move this forward as a lot of the funding out there is not available to municipalities and without the support of that committee a lot of this funding can’t be tapped into so they can move this project forward.

            

  A public meeting will be held to discuss the Aqua Center on Tuesday, March 24th at 7 in City Council chambers.  Information on the options being looked at can be found at www.flinflononline.com, on the City of Flin Flon website or copies will be available at city hall and the Aqua Center.

 

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The 26th annual Snow Lake Winter Festival runs tomorrow through Sunday.  One of the organizers Kim Stephen says their theme this year is Super Heroes with events kicking off tomorrow afternoon.  She explains shortly after three at the school they’ll have the freezie hunt and then they’ll go out into the ice worm hunt and on to the third annual Mark Gogal memorial road hockey tournament taking place at the Snow Lake Motor Inn starting at 9.  She adds on Saturday they have the human curling and the scavenger hunt, entertainment this year is Seanster and the Monsters along with the famous Bubble Man and Sunday they have a raffle of two return airline tickets from Calm Air and they have a lot of other events going on so she invites everyone to dig out your costumes and come over to Snow Lake and have some fun.

            

  She adds people are coming in from across the country for the road hockey tournament.

             

For information on tickets or the festival you can call 204-358-9743.

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The Women’s Resource Center is hosting the annual International Women’s Day luncheon at noon Saturday at the Flin Flon Community Hall.  Their Executive Director Colleen Arnold says this year’s theme is Influential Women Agents of Change with guest speaker Member of Parliament Niki Ashton.  She says Niki has been a strong voice for equality in Parliament and she has spoken out on poverty throughout her political career and is calling for action to end third world conditions facing aboriginal people.  Arnold adds Niki is a strong voice for gender equality and human rights and they are inviting her to come to talk about her life journey and how she got to where she is today as they want to inspire women and girls in the community to take on leadership roles and enter into politics.

            

  Tickets are 15 dollars and are available at Northern Rainbows End, the Orange Toad and the Women’s Resource Center.

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The Central Canada Film Group is presenting a film that has won numerous awards around the world.  The group’s Collin Davis says The Name of the Rose is a 1986 mystery thriller starring Sean Connery and Sean plays a monk during the 14th century and he is called to a monastery to investigate a series of deaths.  He says some say it’s the work of the devil and others find links to the book of revelations but Connery’s character thinks otherwise and he intends to find the murderer by using fact and reason which back in the time were tools of heresy.

             

The Name of the Rose will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Admission is free but donations can be made at the door.

 

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 Last night Ecole McIsaac Parent Advisory Council Chair Kara Plamondon and Lunch Supervisor Fran Whitbread spoke to the Flin Flon School Board on the lunch program.  Plamondon was looking for some input on where the program needs to go next letting the Board know what’s been going on over the past four years.  The program started as a pilot project in 2010 and has seen steady growth in numbers over the years, currently over 100 children are registered.  Plamondon talked about the many hurdles they have faced over the years, one of the biggest being finding staff to fill in when others are ill.  Ideally she said she would like to see the Division take over the program in a year or two offering ideas for the future of the program.

          

    In other school news March is attendance month with all schools striving for near perfect attendance numbers, K to 12 reports cards go home March 23rd and parents are encouraged to make appointments to discuss their child’s progress at parent teacher interviews on March 26th.  Spring break is March 30th to April 3rd.

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Churchill Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says chronic under funding is to blame for the deaths of two children in a house fire on a Saskatchewan reserve.  She says there are steps the federal government should take noting water and sewer services are a key part of that in a number of communities where there isn’t proper infrastructure for water.  She says there’s been a lot of talk around the need for building codes to be upheld on reserves which isn’t always the case because communities don’t get enough funding for housing.

               

Ashton says many of the suggestions come from an inquest currently taking place in Manitoba into fires on reserves.

 

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Mayor Cal Huntley told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday it has been 20 weeks since the election.  He says the main thing City Council is working on now is the city budget.  He says the guidelines around that are for a zero tax increase for 2015 because he and council felt there was a significant increase last year.  He says there will be a small increase in the special levy adding they had hoped to keep that exactly the same but what has take place is it generated a significant amount of interest with people amalgamating properties rather than paying twice.

             

Huntley says after this year they are looking at the idea of tying tax increases to the cost of living index.

             

When asked about the community’s future, Huntley said we should be looking at growing in the future.    He says we have a vibrant community with a lot of services but we need help in maintaining and expanding those services beyond the taxpayer and Council will be strongly lobbying the federal and provincial governments for that support.

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 The RBC Foundation is offering grants of up to 40 thousand dollars for community based organizations that offer after school programs.  Flin Flon Royal Bank Branch Manager Mike Yarowy explains the RBC after school project supports organizations that provide children with a safe place to go after school where they can get some homework help, learn new skills and increase their self esteem. He adds there’s been studies and they found that children who participate in after school programs are more likely to complete their homework, achieve higher grades, less likely to drop out, improve their social skills and have a more positive attitude towards school with a greater interest in pursuing post-secondary education.

             

The deadline to apply for the grant is Monday with forms available on their web site www.rbc.com/afterschool.

 

 

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 Twelve members of the Northern Manitoba RCMP entered the icy waters of Paint Lake near Thompson in minus fifteen degree weather last Thursday and Friday. The officers were instructed in how to save yourself if you fall through the ice and safely rescuing others. They entered the water to practice the techniques they learned in the classroom.  Some entered the water wearing everyday clothing to gain the experience and understanding of what is required in a rescue. 

             

Each officer is now a certified Ice Rescue Technician and the RCMP have 35 of these Technicians in the province with the majority posted in northern Manitoba.

 

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              The Salvation Army soup kitchen continues to offer lunch and Major Debbie Allen says it is being well used.  She says they continue to serve between 25 and 40 people Monday and Wednesday and that includes between 15 and 20 children for lunch.

             

The soup kitchen is located in the Anglican Church on Church Street and is supported by the United Steelworkers and several churches in Flin Flon.  It’s open from 11:30 to 12:30 Mondays and Wednesdays.

 

 

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The Northern Neighbors Foundation is accepting applications for grants until March 15th.  Their President Jane Robillard says they have over 80 thousand dollars in a variety of funds.  She explains they have their flow through funds that come through the Moffat Foundation and this year they have 49 thousand dollars to support economic, social, physical, intellectual activities for children and families, they have the Joe Brain Fund of 6953 dollars and they have the local Northern Neighbors Fund that is over 28 thousand dollars.

             

Robillard adds they also have a Health Care Bursary with applications available at the high schools in Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage and Snow Lake.  Grant applications and information on other grants are available at the Greenstone office, Public Library or contact the Northern Neighbors Foundation.

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  The annual Bust the Winter Blues Festival resulted in a busy weekend.  Committee members Channa Senyk and Kody Turner said the nice weather brought a lot of people out. They had 80 fishermen at Phantom Lake yesterday to take part in the fishing derby, they guesstemated a couple of hundred were out to the Rotary Wheel Saturday who came out to take part in events and have a sleigh ride with the horses and enjoy some socialization.  They had two or three hundred out to the family dance where they did a cup cake decorating challenge, face painting and it all went very well.

            

  Senyk added this was probably the largest attendance they’ve had at their events over the eight years she’s been involved.

 

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 The Northern Neighbors and Thomas Sill Foundations have again partnered with Hapnot Collegiate for a Youth in Philanthropy grant program. The Collegiate’s Corinne Mathews says grants are available to any registered charity within the Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach area.  She explains their guidelines say they are hoping to promote art, culture, education, environment, health, heritage, recreation and sports so it’s very open ended.  She says they kids are really excited to see what kind of projects are out there in our community so really any non-profit organization who is working on a project can apply for these grants.

            

  To apply for a grant or for more information you can contact Corrine at Hapnot Collegiate at 204-687-7506 or contact the Northern Neighbors Foundation.  The deadline to apply is April 30th.

 

 

 

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Altius Mineral Corporation and Callinan Royalties have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement in which Altius will acquire all outstanding shares of Callinan.  Callinan will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Altius.

            

  Altius President Brian Dalton says Callinan Management recently successfully converted the Triple Seven Mine net profit interest royalty to a lower risk net smelter return royalty while enhancing the exploration upside of the Hudbay Triple Seven mine in Flin Flon by optioning key mineral lands to the operator.  He says this achievement was a significant motivating factor for Altius in pursuing this business combination.  Dalton adds a combined Altius and Callinan creates a leading diversified mineral royalty company with a stronger consolidated balance sheet and shareholder base from which to further expand and diversify its royalty portfolio.

             

Callinan President Glenn Brown says the Altius royalties on important mines in western Canada pay for over thirty years and provides the longevity of income sought by Callinan.

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The Flin Flon Ski Club is holding their 40th annual Val and Ivor Hedman Centaloppet Sunday afternoon.  The Club’s Dave Price says it’s an event that’s open to everybody, it’s a mass participation and they want to see all local skiers out there.  He says the event starts at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon and they start on the beaver pond just below the Chalet, ski a very easy loop of 3.4 kilometers and they end again at the Chalet.

            

  Price adds they have skiers taking part ranging in age for six to those in their 70’s.  He says there’s no entry fee and there are a lot of prizes including the Centaloppet Cup.

 

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The Bust the Winter Blues Festival is holding a craft sale tomorrow.  The committee’s Rikki Petersen says there’s a little bit of everything from home made crafts and some home businesses ,food venders and the Elks are also providing a soup and sandwich lunch available for six dollars.

            

  The sale runs from 10 to 4 tomorrow in the Elks Hall on Green Street.

 

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An exploration project is changing hands. A Toronto based junior gold exploration and development company Alexandria Minerals Corporation reports the security holders of Murgor Resources which has interests in the Flin Flon Snow Lake area voted in favor of the Acquisition of Murgor by Alexandria.  The effective date of the arrangement is expected to be March 10th.

             

Alexandria President Eric Owens says one of the early goals with the newly acquired assets will be an updated resource estimate for both the Hudvam and Wim copper, gold, zinc, silver deposits in the Flin Flon Snow Lake area as the resources estimated for those projects were last completed in 2008 at much lower metal prices. He adds combination of the two companies each with significant mineral resources will lead to a substantial increase in mineral resources for the combined company and this increase will occur at a substantially lower cost than equivalent exploration.

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 The Annual Bust the Winter Blues Festival is being held this weekend.  Committee member and Creighton Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they have a lot of events planned.  She says on Friday they’re starting out with the stew and bun at the Heritage Manor followed by the fun swim, public skate and the Kinette’s Trivia Night.  She adds Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast followed by the craft sale and lots of fun at the Rotary Wheel ending up the evening with the family dance while Sunday has their fishing tournament followed by spades and crib.

             

The Festival is put on by Creighton Recreation, Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, Creighton Community School and the Friendship Center.

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The Salvation Army and St. Peters St. James Anglican Church are hosting a World Day of Prayer tomorrow night.  Major Debbie Allen says this event was started by the women of various countries around the world who decided they should meet for prayer.  She explained that has become a day of prayer for men and women although the women continue to organize it and this year it’s the women of the Bahamas who have organized the service.  So she says all over the world tomorrow there will be World Day of Prayer services focusing on the country of Bahamas.

             

The World Day of Prayer gets underway at 7 tomorrow night at the Salvation Army on Hemlock Drive.

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Mayor Cal Huntley reported Flin Flon City Council met with representatives of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization before their meeting Tuesday night.  The Organization updated Council on their decision not to continue with their research into a nuclear waste storage facility in the Creighton area due to the fact the geological structure near the community will not allow for a safe storage facility.

            

Mayor Huntley said they thanked the Organization for the way they approached the project in Creighton and how they engaged the community and surrounding communities.  He said it’s a real tribute to their dedication to safety since as soon as they found a problem with rock fractures they let the community know they could not proceed.  Huntley added its unfortunate for Creighton as well as Flin Flon that the economic opportunities the project would have brought won’t be there but he believes there will be other opportunities in the future.

 

 

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The Flin Flon Fire Department was called to 192 Center Street shortly after two yesterday afternoon.  Fire Chief Jim Petrie reports the probable cause of the fire is electrical.  He says it started in the attic area above a light fixture in the bathroom and spread to the wood chip insulation in the attic.  He says the house was fully involved when they arrive with visible flames and heavy black smoke.  He says the fire hadn’t spread to the interior yet so they did a search of the home. They then had to remove the ceiling to get at the burning wood chips.

             

Petrie says the building is a total loss. He says with the extent of the fire and the high winds the quick actions of the fire fighters prevented the fire from spreading to neighboring buildings.

 

 

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The Flin Flon Kinette Club is holding their annual Trivia Night Friday.  The Club’s Marlene Gogal explains there’s a bit of a change in the format.  She explains they’re offering four rounds with the same amount of questions but it gives the opportunity to people to have a shorter round of trivia, have a few more breaks, give their brain a little bit of a refresher and get ready for the next round.  She adds they have their elimination draw which they have every year which is a flight for two Flin Flon Winnipeg return plus hotel accommodations at the Victoria Inn.  She says they also have cash prizes, door prizes and a penny parade.

             

The night begins at 6:30 with trivia starting at 7:30 followed by a social in the R.H. Channing Auditorium.  Tickets for Trivia Night at 20 dollars or 10 dollars for the social only and are available at the Orange Toad and the Gas Bar.

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The City’s new Workplace Health and Safety representative Bill Fulford was introduced at last night’s Flin Flon City Council meeting.  Administrator Mark Kolt says its great to have him aboard and he has already done a lot of work reviewing the city’s safety plan.  Fulford said his 20 years in safety at the Company will benefit the city’s management and work crews.  He says he will look for gaps in the plan and see what can be done about them.

             

Council will invite one of our local poets to their next meeting to recognize National Poetry Month. Council passed on final reading the bylaw to set the speed at 30 kilometers per hour in the school zones around McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools.  Council approved up to 17 hundred dollars to assist the Flin Flon Aqua Doves in the purchase of underwater speakers.  And Council agreed to move their next meeting from Tuesday March 17th to Wednesday the 18th due to a Mayor and Reeves meeting in Winnipeg on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Nuclear Waste Management Organization is concluding work in Creighton which has been engaged in learning about Canada’s plan for the long term management of used nuclear fuel.  Their Manager of Communications Mike Krizanc explains the NWMO did conduct a geological study over the past year in the Creighton area and the information gleaned from that revealed the areas near Creighton really had some geological complexities that reduced the likelihood of finding a suitable site.

             

Krizanc adds there were numerous fractures found in the areas of interest that could have had an impact on the safety of a sight.  He says they are grateful for the opportunity to work and learn with the people of Creighton as well as Denare Beach and Flin Flon.

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 Callinex Mines has started phase one of its two phase 4 thousand meter drilling campaign at its Pine Bay Project near Flin Flon and adjacent to Hudbay’s Triple Seven Mine.  The first phase consists of approximately 8 to 10 holes totaling 2 thousand meters with completion anticipated towards the end of March.  The objectives of the two phase drilling campaign at the Pine Bay and Flin Flon Projects are to confirm, expand and discover high grade copper and zinc rich massive sulfide mineralization.

             

The Company has outlined several new targets within the vicinity of the Pine Bay deposit which is 16 kilometers east of the Triple Seven Mine and hosts four high grade VMS deposits. Callinex reports the project includes a mineral lease that allows for the right to operate a mine.

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A school division wide Science Fair is being held tomorrow in the Flin Flon Community Hall.  McIsaac School Vice-Principal George Trevor explains they are looking at Science Fair projects by their elementary school students from grade one to grade eight who have picked a topic of interest, researched it and done some experiments and are presenting that information to the public and to the judges.

             

Trevor adds judging will take place during the day tomorrow with public viewing of the projects from 4:30 to 6:30 followed by the awards presentation at 6:30.

 

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Flin Flon City Councillor Leslie Beck was on the inaugural flight for a new air service from Flin Flon and The Pas.  Missinippi Airways is providing flights to Saskatoon Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.  Beck says they left here at 11:30 Friday morning for about an hour flight to Saskatoon where they met with Arlen Dumas, Chief of the Mathias Colomb First Nation of Pukatawagan owners of Missinippi Airways.  She says it’s a good partnership with Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan adding she would certainly like to see it well used, she’s like to see it really embraced by businesses for freight and for business travel.  Beck says she thinks the price is reasonable and she really hopes to see it as a full service back and forth.

            

  A one way ticket on Missinippi’s nine seat aircraft to Saskatoon is 349 dollars and 698 return including taxes and fees.

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 Manitoba Finance Minister Greg Dewar met with Flin Flon City Council Friday evening.  He said he holds pre-budget consultations to receive input from local councils and residents on what they would like to see in the budget.  He says people want them to continue to improve their infrastructure, they want them to ensure that they have health care when they need it, they have opportunities for their children and they want to make sure Manitoba remains an affordable place for them to live.

             

Dewar visited the Rotary and Hemlock housing to see the need for seniors housing in the community.  Council discussed with the Minister the need for a commitment to seniors housing, needed support for major infrastructure projects including upgraded water lines in the uptown area partly due to the expansion of the emergency room at the hospital, the need for financial support from cottage areas and neighboring municipalities for local recreation infrastructure, the possibility of some type of local sales tax which the minister said isn’t likely to be approved and the need to attract new people and homes to the community.

 

 

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 The 36th annual Denare Beach Winter Festival opened on Friday with a well attended supper and wrapped up yesterday afternoon.  Some of the event winners include Kids Got Talent 10 year old Cordelia Osmond; Turkey Curling the team of Dale Holmgren, Mel Durette, Mike Durette and Jen Feuerstein; Family Fishing largest fish at 2.1 pounds Mark Lane, smallest 2 pounds Trina Senyk, most fish Mark Lane and oldest fisher Ed Andrusiak; Family Poker Derby Marty Streitle, oldest entry Eric Wallaker and youngest Halle Norman, King Trapper Kyle Dubinak and Queen Trapper Jen Feuerstein.

 

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VMS Ventures reports good results in all sectors at their Reed Mine between Flin Flon and Snow Lake in which they have a 30 percent ownership and Hudbay which is the operator 70 percent ownership.  They report in January mining activity concentrated on the copper rich zone 20 lens.

             

Chief Operating Officer Neil Richardson reports as of the end of January the mine had 254 consecutive days with no lost time accidents.  He says expectations were exceeded for production and development meters and they have intersected ore on the 210 meter level from both zone 20 and zone 10. He adds high copper grades are anticipated as they continue to develop new working faces within zone 10.

             

Richardson says their focus continues to be on safety, ore production from zone 20 on the 110 and 135 meter levels and driving the main decline below the 235 meter level.

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