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The Flin Flon Rotary Club is sponsoring an air show at the Flin Flon Airport on Wednesday, July 13th.  It will feature the Canadian Forces Snowbirds as well as the CF-18 demonstration team.

            

  The Club’s Rob Schiefele says tickets are now available at Kleen-All and Pharmasave or online at www.snowbirdsflinflon.ca. He says the Rotarians will also have tickets and t-shirts available during the Trout Festival at their pancake breakfasts July 1st and 2nd at Rotary Park and on Main Street for Main Street Days.

             

Tickets are 10 dollars in advance for adults 19 and up and 5 dollars for students 6 to 18 but all students in Flin Flon and Creighton schools will get a free ticket courtesy of Good Spirit Air.

             

The proceeds from the air show will go towards the new emergency ward at the General Hospital.

 

 

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This is Tourism Week in Saskatchewan.  Creighton Recreation Director Channa Senyk invites you to a free barbeque Friday at the Creighton Recreation, Culture and Tourism Office. She says they will have their new Follow the Hanson Lake Road brochures available and you can come out for a tour of the Museum.  She adds they have a special guest from Tourism Saskatchewan and he will be bringing some prizes.

             

The free barbeque runs Friday from 11:30 to 1.

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 Flin Flon RCMP report they received a call about a quad accident on the Cliff Lake Road around 10 o’clockSunday night.  A 26 year old Flin Flon man died in the accident.  His was the only vehicle involved. 

             

No further details are being released as the accident is still under investigation.

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 The annual provincial mine rescue competition was held at the T-3 Mine in Thompson over the weekend.

             

The winning team in the competition for a second year was the Vale Team from Thompson with the Hudbay team from Flin Flon a close runner up.  The Technicians competition was won by Dave Green from Hudbay Flin Flon.  The Vale Team now qualifies for the Western Regional Competition being held in Fernie, British Columbia in 2017.

             

The Flin Flon team in the provincial competition was made up of Captain Trevor Thurston, Vice-Captain Tracy Knutson, Damien Dominey, Travis Pfoh, Mike Desjarlais, Dave Green, Director of Operations Eric Durussel and Coach Trainers Olaf Hettrick and Marshal Manns. Other teams competing were from Hudbay Snow Lake and Tanco from Lac Du Bonnet.

 

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  The Freedom Outreach Program in Denare Beach held their annual Freedom Walk Saturday.  27 walkers took part and so far 57 hundred dollars has been raised.  They continue to collect pledges until the end of June.

            

  The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce held their annual radio auction on Saturday.  They raised close to 5 thousand dollars for Chamber projects.

             

The Flin Flon Motorcycle Association held a successful 24th annual Run to the Border Saturday.  The winner of their draw for a 2016 Harley Davidson Classic Motorcycle was Brad Slugoski. They collected a truck load of gifts for the Friendship Center’s Children’s Gift Program with gifts still being dropped off at the Center. Funds they raised will go to the Wish Foundation and A Port in the Storm which is a residence for northern patients traveling to Winnipeg for treatment.

             

And the MS Society held their annual MS Walk at Bakers Narrows Sunday afternoon.  They are still totaling up the results of their event.

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 Travel Manitoba President and CEO Colin Ferguson traveled north visiting Thompson recently.  He met with city representatives, local businesses and various organizations to talk about the economic impact of the tourism industry.  Ferguson says the size of the tourism industry in Manitoba on an annual basis is 1.6 billion dollars, so that 1.6 billion which is shared by hotel owners, restaurants, some ticketing attractions, fishing camps, fishing guides and all the rest is a pretty significant number.

             

Ferguson adds the province has adopted their sustainable funding model which sees four percent of that 1.6 billion dollars going to Travel Manitoba which is a drastic increase from the previous model.

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 A medical hostel in Winnipeg that houses northern Manitobans traveling to the city for medical reasons has opened their new doors.  A Port in The Storm recently moved to their new location at 311 Alexander Avenue, which brings them closer to the Health Sciences Center than their previous location at Villa Aulneau.

           

   Executive Director Stacey Grocholski says there are benefits to their new location.  She says they have full suites which is really nice with beautiful kitchens and significant amenities, it’s a quiet peaceful place very close to shopping and all amenities in the downtown area.  She adds they’re easy to find just off Main Street which is really nice for navigation for people that are from out of town.

             

Grocholski says while their room cost per night is relatively low at 58 dollars they continue to try and make it even lower having started an Adopt a Suite program where anyone willing to donate annually can reduce costs associated with that suite.

 

 

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The Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring a Dudez Day Saturday.  The Center’s Brennlee Anderson says it’s a day outdoors for boys 10 to 13.  She says the whole ideas is getting out in nature and learning a little more about the outdoors, promoting self-esteem to team building activities and getting to know other kids.  She adds they’ll be doing things like fire building contests, roasting some hot dogs, there’s going to be a performer there, they’re doing a shelter building contest as well as a survival scenario contest.

             

You must sign up as there is a limited number that can attend.  You can do that at your school office or call Brennlee at the Women’s Resource Center at 204-681-3150.

 

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 Creighton Community School is holding its annual Spring Community Night Thursday.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says the evening runs from 5 to 7:30 at the School. She says the School Community Council invites students, their families, community members and staff to an evening of fun, a complimentary barbeque, carnival games and a student art showcase.  She adds also on site there will be emergency vehicles, face painting and a cultural pavilion so everyone is welcome to attend.

             

There will be transportation to and from Denare Beach with the first pick up at the Band Hall at 4:30 and at the Alpine at 4:40 with the bus returning to Denare Beach at about 7:30.

 

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The Freedom Outreach Program is holding its 4th annual Walk For Freedom tomorrow.  The group’s Kandie Lagore says the walk will raise awareness of those affected by drugs and alcohol addiction and will support their programs based in Denare Beach.  She says they are going to be meeting at 9:30 at Jason’s Tire and Auto and will start their walk at 10 and they’re going to follow the walking trail to Flin Flon and are walking through Main Street stopping at Pioneer Square for some refreshments.  She says they then will follow Third Avenue down to Green Street turning left and ending at the Pentecostal Church with a barbeque for all participants.

            

  Sponsor sheets are still available by calling Kandie a 204-271-4403 or from representatives of the Alliance, Pentecostal, Mennonite, Baptist and Salvation Army churches.  Pledges will be collected until the end of June.

 

 

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The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual radio auction tomorrow in the City Hall Council chambers broadcast on 102.9 CFAR.  The Chamber’s Bunny Burke says they have a great list of items including the two round trip tickets to Winnipeg courtesy of Calm Air which is always popular and they have a distressed collage window frame, all kinds of services such as massages, manicures, pedicures, all those good things that people enjoy and there’s other services like bobcat services, limestone, tools, a bit of everything for everybody.

             

Burke adds all bids are to be phoned in between 9 am and 1 pm and items cannot be picked up until after the auction closes.  There will be a viewing of the items tonight from 5:30 to 6:30 at City Hall.  There will be a list of items in today’s Reminder and pictures are on the Chamber website www.flinflondistrictchamber.com.

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Simon House Bible Camp is holding a spring retreat next Friday to Sunday.  Executive Director Darrell Janzen says it will be a fun weekend for ages 11 to 17. He says they have a great weekend where kids and youth can come and just get away for a while, meet friends from other communities, then do some fun games and activities and just have a great time away for a while.

             

You can register or find more information by calling 204-687-3340 or visit their website at www.simonhouse.ca. The cost is 80 dollars.

 

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 Denare Beach is holding its annual Community Spring Cleanup Sunday afternoon.  Recreation Director Jody Lyle says they’re asking that people who want to participate come at 1 pm and meet them at New Horizons at 2100 Spruce Street and they will either assign them an area or they can choose an area they would like to clean up and they supply the bags and gloves.

           

   Lyle adds there will be a scavenger hunt with prizes and it will wrap up with hot dogs and water from 2 to 4.  She hopes people will come out, have fun and enjoy a cleaner community.

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 The Central Canada Film Group is presenting their final film of the season tonight.  The group’s Colin Davis says they will be showing The Bank Job tonight at 7:30. He says the film is based on a true story that took place in 1971 when the vault of the Lloyd’s Bank of London was tunneled into by a ragtag group of amateur thieves.  He adds full of intrigue this true story more than touches on the many reasons behind the robbery and why Buckingham Palace was anxious to keep it quiet.

            

  The doors open at 7 at the Hapnot Theatre with an early bird showing of another film called The Bank Job starring Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.  Admission is a silver collection.

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 The Cranberry Portage Child and Family Resource Center is hosting a Community Yard Sale Saturday.  Their Executive Director Debbie McLauchlan says there’ll be 16 yard sales plus their usual sale at the Legion. She says they’ll have Grandma’s Kitchen set up in the Legion as well as the Grace Church, Dawn Johnson is going to be there selling her baking as well.  She says the Museum is providing a canteen selling lunch and coffee and the Legion will be doing a raffle.  She adds they’ve got sales going on in all areas of the community and Streamer’s will be opening up the store for the yard sale trying to clear out their remaining stock.

             

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

 

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 The 24th annual Run to the Border by the Flin Flon Motorcycle Association will take place Saturday.  The group’s Paul Garrett says they’ll start with the poker derby and toy drive with plans to leave the Gateway at 10:30. He says they will leave from there go down to Cranberry Portage come back and meet at the Gateway and will have a parade through town about 12:30 and the Friendship Center will be there to pick up toy donations again this year.

             

Once they are back at the Gateway they will form up for the parade through town onto Main Street and out to Creighton.  They wind up with a social at the Creighton Sportex starting at 8 with tickets available at Di’s Confectionary.

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 Mayor Cal Huntley reported at Tuesday night’s meeting he attended a recent northern Council meeting in Cranberry Portage.  He said there were some 50 participants from across the north for a good mix of councils and organizations. He said they talked about their communities, some of the challenges they face and some of the great things taking place.

             

Mayor Huntley added following that meeting they held another of their Regional Economic Development meetings involving Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach.  He said they are looking at ways our communities can co-operate with each other and looking at the sharing of services and opportunities where they can work together.

             

Mayor Huntley also reported they have had discussions with Canada Post on the closing of the Channing Post Office as of tomorow.  He said they have discussed installing community mail boxes and since they are part of the Flin Flon community providing them with a R8A postal code making their mail service more efficient.  Canada Post has advised Channing residents they can pick up their mail at the Flin Flon Post Office starting Monday until the best options for continuing service in Channing can be considered.

 

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  Board Chair Murray Skeavington reported the public meeting regarding the strategic three year plan for the Division will take place June 14th at 9 Terrace Avenue encouraging those with questions and concerns to attend.  He also congratulated Madison McIntyre and Chloe Reitlo for their efforts at the national science fair in Montreal proudly representing Flin Flon School Division.

             

Superintendent Blaine Veitch reported the McIsaac School spring musical Pirates goes tonight at 6:30 in the gym and the Parent Council meeting will be held Monday.  Ruth Betts students present their drama production Tuesday at 6:30.

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 Lindsey explained a propane explosion leveled a Stittco Energy building in Flin Flon injuring at least one person.  He says their thoughts are with those affected and their families as they deal with the injuries and the shock of this incident.

             

After reviewing the details of the explosion Lindsey stated he expects that Stittco Energy and Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health will conduct thorough investigations that provide answers and a way forward to protect workers and the community.  He said it pains him to be talking in the house about another workplace accident so soon after the metal worker’s death that occurred May 5th in Winnipeg saying its worth repeating that anytime someone is injured in a workplace accident it is an injury to all of us.  He added their caucus will work to do its part to make sure the Manitoba government is doing everything it can to protect workers health and safety.

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 The Vice-President of the Manitoba Business Unit for Hudbay Rob Winton spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday.  He says their goal right now is optimizing their options, lowering costs and improving their viability.  He says currently in production they have South America’s Constancia Mine with a 21 year mine life and here in Manitoba they have Lalor, Triple Seven and Reed.  He says Lalor has 15 years as it stands today with lots of upside potential, Triple Seven is sitting at 5 years right now, the Reed Mine is sitting at  3 years and Arizona is another 15 to 20 plus years operation as well but its still waiting to be permitted.

             

Winton says their biggest focus now is to upgrade their resource in the gold zone at Lalor near Snow Lake.  He says they are losing money so the status quo cannot continue so they are looking at lowering costs and are meeting with their suppliers and vendors.  He also mentioned the metallurgical plant in Flin Flon is not directly tied to Triple Seven and they are exploring bringing more concentrate to Flin Flon and they have five years to look at purchasing more ore to bring in. He added mines can open and close but its metallurgical facilities that communities can thrive on.

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 The City of Flin Flon’s financial plan for the year was presented at a public meeting last night.  The total budget is just over 13.4 million dollars compared to 13.38 million actually spent last year.  The mill rate is set at 44.38 for residential property the same as last year and 54.88 for commercial down 1.11 mills.  The special services levy is set at $616.54 a three percent increase with business taxes increasing from 3.75 to 5 percent.

             

Some of the larger expenditures are for upgrading the heating plant, lift stations, water treatment plant, the city garage, city hall roof, sidewalks and curbs and their clean and green city beautification project is budgeted for 85 thousand dollars this year. Finance Chair Colleen McKee says they are looking for grants for this project as well and have set up an email address cleanandgreen@flinflon.ca so residents can share ideas and volunteer to be part of the project.

 

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 At last night’s City Council meeting Councilor Karen MacKinnon stated many communities have banned the use of plastic bags from businesses in their communities.  She says she has heard complaints from people about the bags, has seen them blowing all over at the landfill and suggested Council take a look at banning the use of these bags in our community at a future meeting.

             

Council passed on final reading a bylaw to establish an animal control panel made up of three members of Council. It will deal with complaint about dangerous dogs including the fate of dogs that have bitten someone.

            

  The city is looking at developing a dog park as a result of numerous requests from residents. They have budgeted 20 thousand dollars for the project.  Mayor Cal Huntley says this is one way to keep dogs in one area and will make it easier for owners who should be responsible for their dogs to do so.  They are still looking for a location for the dog park.

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Around 7:30 this morning an employee was working on a propane truck in the garage at Stittco when an explosion occurred.  The garage was destroyed and the employee was injured and is being treated in hospital.

             

The propane truck was not badly damaged but a car parked nearby suffered heavy damage. The garage was totally leveled with pieces spread across the lot and across Third Avenue to the Gas Bar.  Firefighters remained on the scene spraying water to cool down the tank on the truck.

             

The cause of the explosion has not been determined.

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A nice day combined with ice cold water for a successful Polar Bear Splash Sunday afternoon at Denare Beach.  The Committee’s Annette Banach who took part in the swim says they had five adults and nine children take part. She says it was really cold, not much warmer that when they went through the ice last year so it was definitely worth it.  She thanked every one who supported them as well as OMG Food Truck, Dave Brooks of the Victoria Inn who brought out hot chocolate as well as Dave Gunn of Gunn Sound and Light for the tents and tables adding they hope to see everybody again next year.

             

The adults taking part included Annette Banach, Anita Pruden, Ashton Lunam, Amanda Larson and Jess Hogarth and the children were Taylor Dundas, Sierra and Gracie Banach, J’akolby Morin, Tyra and Dustin Hogarth and Keenan Rasmussen.

 

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  Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club is holding its annual boot sale Saturday, June 4th.  The Club’s Agnes Mills says it’s a chance to sell what you don’t need while supporting the charities they donate to.  She says they presently support Transplant Manitoba Gift of Life which is organ donation and its sponsored by Melody and Todd Quinn and Nora and George Fontaine and the other one that they went with this year was the Fort McMurray disaster relief fund.

             

You can book a space for fifteen dollars to sell from the trunk of your car which gives the sale its name or from a table or the back of your truck.  To book a space call Agnes at 204-687-8204.  The sale runs from 10 to 1 Saturday, June 4th at the Victoria Inn parking lot.

 

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 Callinex Mines has signed a binding purchase agreement with Slam Exploration.  They will acquire the Superjack and Nash Creek Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide projects located in the Bathurst Mining Camp of New Brunswick. They report these Projects host significant zinc rich resources that are near surface and within close proximity of operating processing facilities.

             

Callinex has also signed a binding purchase agreement to acquire the Point Leamington zinc, gold, silver copper VMS deposit located in north central Newfoundland from Newmarket Gold.

             

President Max Porterfield says they are pleased to acquire the advanced stage Point Leamington deposit which contains sizeable near surface zinc and gold rich mineral resources located within a leading Canadian mining jurisdiction.  He says they believe this transaction will increase Callinex’s exposure to rising metal prices and compliments their exploration activities near Flin Flon.

 

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 Lorri Neilsen Glenn

 

The Flin Flon Public Library is hosting the second in their series of Ore Sample Readings Thursday night.  Administrator Cindy McLean says this one starts with a free workshop titled Awake in the Moment Writing With Spirit which will be led by Lorri Neilsen Glenn who is one of the guest authors and it will run from 6 to 7.  Then at 7 o’clock they have local author Harry Hobs reading as well as CC Trubiak and Lorri Neilsen Glenn will be reading as well.

             

McLean adds along with the poetry and music they will be serving coffee and dainties.

 

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The Flin Flon Recycling Center and Acklands Grainger sponsored the 20 Minutes of Magic that was to end last Friday.  Center Administrator Deb Odegaard says there was some delay due to the rain and snow.  She says they had three individuals and families, three offices and businesses and some community groups including the schools in Flin Flon and the Kin Kids clean up different areas of town between the end of April and actually the last cleanup will be today because things were postponed because of the snow.

             

Draws were made from the list of these who took part.  Susan Thompson, Margaret Hicks, Nadine Smart and Amber Jessup won gift certificates from the Victoria Inn, Home Hardware, Eddies and the Co-op and five children received coupons from Subway.

 

Sam and Rebecca Moore who cleaned an area with their grandmother Margaret Hicks

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Melanie Martin came to Flin Flon with her family in 1979 at four years old.  She returned to Newfoundland in 1998 and developed an interest in its history resulting in her first book. She says the book A Splendid Boy is a story of the First World War as told through the lens of two young Newfoundlanders Daniel and Emma whose lives and love are torn apart by family class and the war.  She explains she’s been interested in the First World War for a long time and did a masters in Newfoundland history in Memorial University and became really interested in Newfoundland’s involvement in the First World War which was really unique because they weren’t a province of Canada at the time, they were a Dominion of Britain so their link to the Motherland when the War broke out is what you would consider now to be one of the most unique Canadian stories there is.

             

A Splendid Boy will be officially released on May 27th and will be available to buy online at chapters.ca, amazon.ca and amazon.com but is available for pre-order now.

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  After two delays due to ice conditions the Trout Festival Polar Bear Splash will take place Sunday afternoon.  The Committee’s Annette Banach explains the event is going to start at 2 at the main beach at Denare and they ask that everyone bring their pledges or donations to the registration table that will be there.  She says they will have change tents available for everyone that is nice and cold and want to get changed into warm clothes. She adds they want the younger swimmers to be accompanied by adults if they’re going to complete the swim and they’re going to have prizes for the best costume, a 50-50 draw and there’s going to be free hot chocolate and coffee donated by the Victoria Inn.

             

You’re asked to collect at least 50 dollars in pledges or make a donation to help support the Trout Festival in order to take part.  Pledge forms are at the Gateway, Orange Toad, CFAR, Di’s Confectionary and the Reminder.

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 Canadian Parents for French will be running Camp Soleil in Flin Flon this summer.  The local group’s Melissa Danis says the camp is for students ages 6 to 10 years who have completed grade one of the French Immersion Program. She explains it’s basically just to reinforce and develop French language skills over the summer months, provide an opportunity for students to use the French language outside of the classroom in a fun atmosphere and encourages creativity and imagination through games, sports, storytelling, songs, arts and crafts and other activities and gives some insight into French in day to day living as an enjoyable language.

            

  Danis adds it’s a summer day camp that will run from August 2nd to 5th with a bilingual camp coordinator and camp counselor. Registration letters have gone home with French Immersion students and if you need more information you can call Melissa at 306-688-0124.

 

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 At the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA annual meeting Tuesday night the organization honored three volunteers.  Jason Somers and Jilli Porter Baines received the Shelter Volunteer of the Year Awards and Tijana Clarke the Community Volunteer of the Year Award.

           

   President Erica Husberg thanked the local businesses, community members and volunteers who keep the shelter running.  She reported last year animals brought in to their care totaled 147.  They had 55 cats and 57 dogs adopted and currently have 13 dogs and 16 cats in their care.  Husberg says one highlight last year was the third anniversary celebration of the Shelter opening at which they held the official opening of their Dog Park.  She says they are now applying for grants to add a much needed isolation room to the Shelter where they can keep animals quarantined until they get a clean bill of health.

             

Treasurer Kelsey Horrocks reported overall it appears they operated with a loss for the year of 28 thousand dollars due to almost 30 thousand dollars in vet expenses, the fencing project, lower donations and a decrease in some fund raising revenue.

 

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 A Creighton community yard sale is coming up on Saturday, May 28th from 9 to 1.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says there’ll be three opportunities to have items removed from your yard.  She says residents put up a table of their wares in their yard for the day and people are welcome to come and shop.  Then after the Saturday they are going to leave anything that they don’t want with a free sign so the stuff remaining is available for anybody to drive by and pick up and then Monday starts the spring clean up from May 30th to June 3rd and anything still remaining at that time will be taken to the landfill.

            

  You’re asked to register your yard sale with the Creighton Recreation Office by Tuesday so it can be advertised as well as put on a list of sales that will be available at the office.

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 The Manitoba Youth job Center is open for another season.  Youth Engagement Leader Carissa Zoerb says they offer a variety of services including a free referral service to employers who are wanting to hire an eager hard working young person.  She says employers of all types including businesses and households can take advantage of the free services.  Zoerb says they are looking for all types of work from full time summer positions to one time casual work opportunities.  She says they also encourage students and youth over the age of 12 to register with their office so if you are seeking full time, part time or casual employment, need help with your resume or want to expand your job search or interview skills drop by and they’ll be happy to work with you.

            

  Zoerb adds the Odd Job Squad will also be back again this summer offering fun casual summer work for 12 to 16 year olds.  For information you can call 271-1493 or stop in at the Center office at 143 Main Street.

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The Flin Flon chapter of Canadian Parents For French will be holding a fun run in June.  One of the organizers Leah Stanley-Jones says they have a good route selected for the run. She explains their plans are that families will come out and support and promote French by joining them in the run.  She says it takes place on Saturday, June 11th at McIsaac School in the morning adding registration is online at www.therunningroom.com/events for the 10 and 5 K and the 1 kilometer has registration in person.

             

Cost for the event is 25 dollars for the 10K run or walk and 15 dollars for the 5K run or walk.

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The new Manitoba Government presented its first throne speech Monday.  Flin Flon MLA and NDP Labor Critic Tom Lindsey says the speech was scant on details leaving him with concerns. He says most things were left out of the Throne Speech adding he’s very concerned for what’s going to happen with labor going forward with the change to the certification process and things of that nature. He also says talking about the Trans Pacific trade partnership is he believes bad news for working people in the province of Manitoba and probably bad news for manufacturing as well.

             

Lindsey says the government didn’t really talk about anything for the north.  He says there was some mention of tourism but there weren’t a lot of details on anything.

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The Wilderness Committee has released a report titled Keep It Wild-A Conservation Vision For Manitoba.  Their Campaign Director Eric Reder says it is a path forward to preserve the province’s wilderness and surpass the global goal of protecting 17 percent of Manitoba lands and waters by 2020 including the northern boreal forest.  He says there’s mining interests and logging interests but we also have the fact that the boreal forest has very little protection in the northern region and we have woodland caribou herds that don’t have protection required for them to survive in so we need to look and ensure we are protecting great portions of that northern forest with areas that are set aside from development so they will maintain caribou and maintain all of the other services that we get from the boreal forest.

             

Reder says the report is available at their website www.wildernesscommittee.org/manitoba with the goal getting a conversation started and hopefully leading to the government starting public consultations on the issue.

 

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 The Freedom Outreach Program is holding its 4th annual Walk For Freedom Saturday May 28th.  The group’s Kandie Lagore says the walk will support their programs based at Denare Beach. She explains they don’t get any government funding so the walk helps to support the Center and the Center is for men ages 18 and over who are dealing with addictions and they run a one year program with the men living at the Center.  She says as you may have seen on posters all over town they have different work that they do which also helps with the finances in order to keep the Center running.

             

Sponsor sheets are now available by calling Kandie at 204-271-4403 or from representatives of the Alliance, Pentecostal, Mennonite, Baptist and Salvation Army Churches.

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 The Flin Flon Community Choir will be celebrating their 20th anniversary later this month.  Director Crystal Kolt says the concert has three components. She says the first half of the show is going to feature songs from each of their musical theatre productions from the past 20 years and the second half is going to be a performance of Morten Lauridsen’s piece Lux Aeterna which is the same piece the choir is performing in Carnegie Hall in June.  Kolt adds the third thing is the Maestro Jonathan Griffith is coming to Flin Flon from New York to work with the choir and community members who are interested on the Saturday before the concert and he is conducting their concert in Flin Flon.

             

The 20th anniversary concert will be performed Sunday, May 29th at 1 in the RH Channing Auditorium.  Tickets are 25 dollars at Northern Rainbows End.

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Creighton Community School is running its annual bike safety program this week.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland explains it’s running under the theme may the helmet be with you. He says the bike safety program has three components, classroom instruction about rules of the road and safety, the second being practicing the proper signals and safety on a bike and program support from parents and community members.  Sutherland adds the road practice is today, tomorrow and Wednesday with the bike rodeo taking place on Thursday.

             

The bike safety program runs all this week with assistance from the school, parent volunteers and the RCMP.

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The Women’s Resource Center is presenting a workshop called What About Me.  The Center’s Courtney Gieg says it’s made up of eight sessions.  She explains it is a self-esteem workshop for women.  It focuses on how to improve low self-esteem, changing your inner critic and learning how to communicate effectively to be your own advocate.  She says this group will be a safe and supportive base to take time to focus on yourself and rebuild your self worth to help you live the life you want.

            

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

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 The top mine rescue team at Hudbay in Flin Flon has been chosen following the annual competition among the Company’s mine rescue teams.  Mine Safety’s Olaf Hettrick says the team member include Captain Trevor Thurston who is a senior mine planner at Triple Seven, Mike Desjarlais and Dale Holmgren who are development miners at Triple Seven, Damien Dominie who’s a development miner at Reed Lake, Travis Pfoh a large hole driller at Triple Seven, Dave Green an electrician at Triple Seven and their Director of Operations is Don Last the operations manager at Triple Seven.

             

Hettrick says the team will compete in the provincial competition being held May 27th and 28th at Vale’s T-3 Mine in Thompson.  Other teams competing will be Vale from Thompson, Hudbay from Snow Lake and Tanco from Lac du Bonnet.

 

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Band Director Kim Jones says they have 61 grade 8 to 12 band students from Flin Flon and Creighton going to Saskatoon today.  She says they will be participating in workshops with high quality band and choir directors in Saskatoon for Saturday and Sunday and going to some great entertainment in the evenings ranging from blues music to the Saskatoon Symphony to Mary Poppins in the Persephone Theatre and then Monday and Tuesday they’ll be heading out around Saskatoon and doing some concerts in some smaller schools that don’t have band programs to promote band and choir.

             

Jones says their last concert will be back in Creighton School on Tuesday to introduce that they will be having a band program in house next year and to promote band and choir in their school as well.

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 The War Amps have mailed their key tags to Manitoba residents under the theme Key Tags at Work.  Their Safety Events Coordinator James Jordan who was born with part of his left arm missing says funds raised go to their program that supports child and adult amputees.  He explains in his case growing up he had a lot of different sports and recreation arms as he was very active playing hockey, biking and swimming and it was quite expensive to have to go out and get all those prosthetic devices so that’s where the War Amps came in. He says they paid for his artificial limbs which allowed him to participate in sports, keep up with his friends and they do this for amputees enrolled in their programs across Canada.

             

The War Amps receive no government funding so they depend on your donations from their key tag and address label programs.

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 As part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup the third annual shoreline cleanup will take place Sunday along the shores of Ross Lake. Organizer Danielle Yungwirth says the cleanup will run from 1 to 4 o’clock.  She says this year they’re planning on doing the whole Boardwalk all the way from Stittco to the stairs and people can show up at 1 but nobody has to come for the whole afternoon, you can come for half an hour or even fifteen minutes if that’s all you can spare and all effort is greatly appreciated.

             

Yungwirth says you can meet at the Manitoba Avenue access at 1 ‘clock Sunday and garbage bags, gloves and water will be provided.

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  The two candidates in the City Council byelection spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.  Guy Rideout says he has practical ideas for solving some of our community’s challenges.  He says the ground work for the community is seniors and it would be nice to have something set up in places for them to park their hats.  He says recreation is a big thing with surrounding areas plus our own immediate people number one but it would be nice to work with everybody as we have to have something for the kids and other people to do and it would be nice to have something that involves seniors.  He says there’s all sorts of issues like our infrastructure which is in bad shape but we’re just going to have to bite the bullet and take baby steps at a time.

            

  Rideout adds there’s a need for services for homeless people, opportunities for businesses to grow and even though we are dependent on the mining industry there are other viable ideas that can be looked at.  He suggested looking at ideas to get people involved in the Flin Flon Clean and Green plan such as bringing back block parties as part of a neighborhood clean up and he says he’s easy to talk to.

             

We heard from the other candidate Colleen Arnold on yesterday’s news.

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Denare Beach will he holding a community wide yard and garage sale Saturday.  Acting Administrative Assistant Laurie Stomp says they’ve got about six locations that have advertised with the dates and the locations but they’ve had a few other calls from people who are going to be putting on yard sales but missed the deadline so you’ll have to drive around town and find the locations where there are additional yard sales.  She says they’ll have brochures available at the Alpine and the Village Office that will give the time and locations.

             

Stomp adds Denare Beach New Horizons will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks as a fund raiser from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Center at 2100 Spruce Street.

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 Superintendent Blaine Veitch reported the Wise Kidnetic Energy Camp will once again be returning to our community this summer. Run out of Ecole McIsaac School this year there are forty spots available for students aged nine to twelve.  Registration is on a first come first served basis at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca and usually fills up fast.  The camp runs from August 15th to the 19th.

             

The Division’s outdoor education program kicks off soon with a hiking trip set for May 30th while the Division’s band program gets set for a trip to Saskatoon this weekend.  Schools in the community will be doing their part in the 20 Minutes of Magic event this Friday to assist in cleaning up the neighborhoods.  Ruth Betts students are hosting a talent show on May 19th at 6:30.  Parents and family are encouraged to attend and Board Chair Murray Skeavington reported the recent Drive One For Your School event at Northland Ford raised 38 hundred dollars towards the snack program at Ruth Betts School.

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 The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce heard from the two candidates in the City Council byelection at their meeting yesterday.  Colleen Arnold told the Chamber there are issues we need to continue to look at including seniors housing as we are an aging community and we need to ensure housing is available for seniors, homelessness is becoming a bigger issue every year, infrastructure as roads need to be fixed and the sewer pipes and drains need upgrading, recreation where we need to ensure sports and recreation are available for families, especially for newcomers, to promote service and tourism more so that we’re not relying on Hudbay which Council is already working looking at and we need to work together with Creighton and Denare Beach as we’re all one community.

             

Arnold adds Council needs to share ideas and partner with different groups and businesses in the community, continue to support arts and culture and see that all members of the community have an equal voice and are being heard and represented.

             

We’ll hear from the other candidate Guy Rideout on tomorrow’s news.  Election Day is June 1st.

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 The Flin Flon Recycling Center is conducting a survey.  Their Administrator Deb Odegaard explains the survey gives them a chance to find out what people know and don’t know and also where they get their information and what are the issues that they face when they’re recycling or not recycling and the survey is available for people who don’t recycle as well as for those who do.

            

  The survey is available on their facebook page, on their website www.flinflonrecycle.org and they will be at the Co-op store today from 1:30 to 4 and Saturday from 10 to 4.  A draw will be made on May 18th from names of people who filled out the survey for a Samsung tablet and a one hundred dollar grocery card from the Co-op.

 

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 The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Walk alternates between Flin Flon and The Pas each year.  One of the organizers Tracy Kirkness says if you go to www.jdrf.ca/walk you can find their location and within there you can register online and print off a pledge form and all the information should be on there.

             

The walk has been held since 2010 and the goal is to connect with individuals, groups and organizations that understand what it’s like to live with type one diabetes.  They also raise money to support leading research focused on curing, better treatment and preventing type one diabetes. The walk starts at the Roy H. Johnston Arena in The Pas Sunday afternoon at 2 with registration at 1.

 

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 Local businesses report they have been contacted by a company called E-Workplace Training regarding WHMIS training.  They were told their employees must receive this training which is offered online for about 37 dollars an employee.  These businesses warn you should not agree to this offer as training in this program is provided free by Safe Workplace Manitoba.

           

   Businesses in other provinces have also been approached by this Company for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System training.

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 Creighton Community School is accepting Kindergarten registration until Friday.  Principal Jason Straille says the program helps in child development.  He explains the kindergarten program is a little more structured than the pre-kindergarten program but in Saskatchewan they’ve gone to more of a play based learning as well so the program will develop different parts of the child whether it be socially or academically in a play based learning environment.

             

Straille adds when parents come in to register they’ll have to bring their health care number and a birth certificate.  Children registering must be five years old on or before December 31st.

 

 

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 The first award was the First Class Canadian Decoration to Captain Bill McLean for 22 years of service.  He is retiring as Captain with the Corp in November but will return as a civilian instructor.

            The highest award available to cadets the Lord Strathcona Trust Medal for exemplary performance was presented to Jemedie Morris who also received the Captain W.A. Sweeney Trophy for general proficiency by a senior cadet and the Ubique Trophy for recruiting.  The CWO Fisher Trophy for general proficiency by a junior cadet went to Tristan Kolenosky who also received best attendance at one hundred percent, the Sergeant J.A. Horrocks Trophy for dress and deportment  went to Kaylee Banting who also received the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 Medal for excellence and performance, the Lieutenant Colonel F.S. Gira Trophy for citizenship to Torin Abrahamson and Michael Ward, the Second Lieutenant M. Beauchamp Trophy for Most Improved Cadet to Luan Gowse, the Major M.J. Naylor Trophy for dedication and commitment to Mark Leifso, the best first year cadet to Keenan Campbell and a four year service medal to Jeffrey Odegaard.

 

Captain Bill McLean

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Fourteen grade four to ten students from Flin Flon took part in the Red River Heritage Fair at the University of Winnipeg last week.  The Fair is held to encourage students to learn more about our nations past under the theme Canadian Heritage.  Teacher Michelle Reitlo reports Flin Flon students took five awards. She says Michael Ward received the World War Two Award, Sarah Factor and Brooklyn Morin received the Technology Award, Isabel Plamondon and Andy Richards received the Young Citizens Award so they will be having videos posted online for voting later on closer to summer and also Isabel Plamondon received a Award of Excellence for her project and was placed in the top three projects in the Fair so they were quite happy this year.

            

  Reitlo adds there were 220 projects in total at this year’s fair.

 

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 Statistics Canada says it’s important for you to fill out your census form. They state it’s important for your community and is vital for planning services.  One example of that is the Flin Flon Public Library. Their Administrator Cindy McLean explains part of the funds the Library receives does come from the provincial government through Manitoba Culture and Heritage from where they received eight dollars and fifty cents per capita and that’s based on the census so if people don’t complete their census the library funding will be down for 2017.  She says it’s really important as well to municipal offices that people complete their census so that our community benefits from the funds that they receive from the respective governments.

             

You should have received a letter explaining how to fill out your census form online or how to receive a paper copy.  More information is available on their website www.census.gc.ca.

 

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Creighton Community School is accepting applications for the Pre Kindergarten program that will start in September.  Principal Jason Straille says it prepares children for school as it offers a good opportunity for three and four year olds to come into a school environment and have some play and learning that occur. He says this is really good for brain development and will allow some socialization so they’ll be prepared for school in the coming years into kindergarten, grade one and so forth.

           

   Parents must fill out an application form as there’s a limited number of spots.  He says they must bring in their health care number and birth certificate and the school will pick the students that will most benefit from the program.  The deadline to register is Friday.

 

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 McDonald’s Restaurant in Flin Flon joined others across the country in celebrating McHappy Day last week.  They raised just over nine hundred dollars for their charity Ronald McDonald House.  This was down a bit from last year.

            

  A dollar from each Happy Meal, Big Mac, Egg McMuffin, coffee or McCafe beverage sold was donated to the charity along with a dollar from each red shoe card sold.

            

  Across Canada McHappy day raised 4.9 million dollars.

 

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 Rockcliff Copper Corporation reports high gold grades from surface grab samples at its Dickstone North Property as part of its ongoing regional exploration program on its Snow Lake Project.  Grab sample results ranging from trace to as high as 21.2 grams per ton were identified within a mineralized quartz vein system along a strike length of 140 meters.  Also a fully permitted geological and geophysical exploration program will start shortly on areas of the Project with high priority targets for VMS mineralization.  Rockcliff states the Project presently hosts several high grade VMS deposits rich in copper, gold, zinc and silver and numerous additional areas with potential for discovery.

            

  President Ken Lapierre says with a successful summer field season they look forward to a busy drill program this fall.

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 As we told you earlier this week Northland Ford is holding a Drive One For Your School tomorrow at their dealership to support the snack program at Ruth Betts Community School.  Sales person Doug Gourlay says Ford has expanded the program so not only does the school receive 20 dollars for every test drive but 20 dollars will also go to support people affected by the fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

             

Drive One for Your School runs from 9 to 4 at Northland Ford.

 

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The Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is reopening its ReStore for another season tomorrow.  Manager Kathy McCormick explains they accept donations of building material, appliances, furniture and other gently used, unwanted or discontinued items which they sell at reasonable prices to raise money to build a home that provides a family of low income with access to affordable home ownership.  She adds they especially like to have people who are building or renovating to come by to see what they have available or what can be donated to the store.

            

  The Re Store is located on the Armories lot next to Twin Motors and will start the season by opening for one day a week.  They will be open every Saturday starting tomorrow from 11 to 3. If you would like to volunteer to help out at the ReStore you can call Katie Anderson at 204-687-3935.

 

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This is Emergency Preparedness Week.  A member of the local area Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Team Jean Champagne says their message is are you ready.  He asks are you ready to face a home fire for instance, are you prepared and is your family prepared, do you have a plan, do you know where to go?  He says they want to convey the message to people to prepare themselves and their family if it’s a personal disaster and make sure their plan is recognized by their family.

             

Champagne says you need a plan if you have to leave your home and if you have to stay in your home you need a kit that will get you through 72 hours.  A lot more information can be found on their website www.redcross.ca where you can also volunteer to join their emergency preparedness team.

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The Flin Flon Kinsmen Club invites you to take part in their 26th annual mini golf classic tomorrow.  The Club’s Tom Therien say golfers collect pledges to golf in a fund raiser for cystic fibrosis.  He says you need at least 75 dollars in pledges and it starts at the Legion at 12 noon tomorrow where you will hand in your pledges.  He says you’re going to do six holes of golf at the Legion then they’re going to move you on to the Royal Hotel where you do six more holes and they finish off at Burkee’s with another six holes and after that they feed you and then give out some prizes.

             

Pledge forms are available from any Kinsmen member or from Tom at the Co-op.

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The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding its annual Lobster Night Saturday, May 14th.  The Club’s Glen Smith says they are offering the same as they have in the past noting they’ll do the two lobster for sixty bucks, or a lot of people have now become steak and lobster, and some people who are not steak eaters will do the chicken and lobster or if you don’t want lobster they’ll do steak and chicken adding there are lots of combinations there the same as they’ve had for a few years.

             

Smith adds after supper the Usual Suspects will provide music.  Tickets are available at Kleen-All or Pharmasave and Smith says they have been selling well so far.

 

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Grade 4 to 10 students from Flin Flon schools are in Winnipeg today to participate in the Red River Heritage Fair.  The Fair gives students the chance to learn more about our nations past under the theme Canadian Heritage.  Teacher Michelle Reitlo says they have 14 students with projects from Hapnot Collegiate and McIsaac School.  She says one is called Canada Yums and it has different Canadian baking, they have a project on Percy Moggy from Gypsumville who escaped from Stony Mountain, a project on the local Queen Mermaid contest through the generations, sports, some current event type things, a whole bunch of different projects going down this year.

             

The Fair takes place at the University of Winnipeg today. Last year over 200 students took part with Flin Flon students the only ones from outside Winnipeg.

 

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At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received and filed a petition with over 300 signatures.  It asks them not to bring in bans on specific breeds of dogs.  Mayor Cal Huntley says they will receive the petition as information as they haven’t even considered the idea of a ban adding pets have to be managed properly and that has to be done by the owner.

             

Councilor Karen McKinnon told Council that she has invited the two candidates in the byelection to fill a seat on Council to speak to the Chamber of Commerce.  Guy Rideout and Colleen Arnold will speak to the Chamber at their meeting May 10th at noon at the Friendship Center.  She says it is a Chamber meeting but the public is invited to attend.

             

Council also agreed to move their next regular meeting from May 17th to the 24th in order to include their budget meeting at 7 o’clock before their regular meeting starts at 7:30.  Mayor Huntley says you’re not going to see anything dramatic in the budget but there are challenges to be met.

             

Mayor Huntley also officially welcomed Sergeant Mark Svaren to the Flin Flon RCMP detachment and congratulated the Flin Flon Bomber team and organization on a great season of hockey.

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The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the movie Limitless tomorrow night.  The group’s Colin Davis says this is part of their films you might have missed series.  He says this is about the adventures of Eddie Morra who is a struggling writer who discovers a top secret pill that unlocks 100 percent of his brain capacity.  He instantly acquires mind bending talents and mesmerizing visions that bring him big money, beautiful women and limitless success.  Davis adds Eddie’s dream soon turns into a nightmare as the drug’s terrible side effects take their toll and then he finds himself entangled with cunning foes that want everything Eddie has and more.

             

Limitless received the award for best thriller at the 2011 Scream Awards and was nominated for Best Science Fiction Film at the 2012 Saturn Awards.  It will be shown tomorrow night starting at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Admission is free.

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Northland Ford is again sponsoring Drive One For Your School Saturday.  Salesperson Doug Gourlay says they will have vehicles at their Flin Flon dealership for you to test drive.  He invites everyone in the area to come down to support the Ruth Betts Community School snack program. He adds they will be on site at the dealership from 9 to 4 this Saturday and for every test drive Northland Ford will donate 20 dollars to the program and there will also be a barbeque at the dealership all day so come out and help support this very important program.

             

There’s only one test drive per family and you must be 18 years or older with a valid drivers licence.  Last year Northland Ford raised just over two thousand dollars for the School Community Council at Creighton School.

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  Councillor Colleen McKee did a presentation at last night’s Council meeting on Flin Flon Clean and Green, a project to increase pride in our community through beautification initiatives.  She says recognition was given to the fact our community is starting to look tired and needs refreshing.  Some needed areas recognized were signage, painting commercial and residential buildings, clearing and trimming trees, enforcing derelict vehicle bylaws and enacting and enforcing clean up bylaws. McKee adds this will be done by the recreation department crew, public works operations, support workers, volunteers and also by engaging our community members and groups through participation.  She has a proposal to Council for funding to start this initiative and set aside dollars every year to do things beyond what they normally would do and will work on ways for people to get involved as volunteers but for now they can start by cleaning up their own property.

             

To help with this Mayor Cal Huntley says they have dropped the tipping fees at the landfill from May 21st to June 13th and will be bringing back the spring pick up program for this year with the dates to be advertised for each area of the community.

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Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street is hosting a local presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar.  The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says tickets are proving to be very popular so they’ve added an extra show on May 14th.  She says it’s a concert version of the very famous theatre production Jesus Christ Superstar and is perhaps one of the final Wood n Wire features of the season.  Kolt adds it was originally sold out but because of the demand they’ve opened up one extra show on Saturday at 3 o’clock and tickets are now available at the Orange Toad.

            

  Other shows are being held on the nights of Friday the 13th , Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th but those sold out quickly.

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  McDonald’s Restaurant in Flin Flon is joining a national celebration of McHappy Day tomorrow.  Store Manager from The Pas Shelly Gallaugher says you can support Ronald McDonald House with your purchase.  She says with every Big Mac or Happy Meal or any coffee or McCafe  product like a latte, cappuccino or hot chocolate a dollar goes towards a charity of their choice and they are choosing again Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg as we have people from this town that use it so they like to contribute to them for that.

            

  McHappy Day runs all day tomorrow with various community representatives including 102.9 CFAR’s on air staff helping out in the restaurant.

 

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The Snow Lake Chamber of Commerce is holding their second annual Spring Trade Show today and tomorrow.  President Dennis St. Jean says they’ll have some of the same vendors as well as new ones.  He says they’ve got cars and all kinds of hot tubs, clothing and there’s also some new people coming in so they have knives now and some Body Works and Tupperware and other cosmetics and other fashion stuff so there’s a big variety of stuff this year.

             

 The Spring Trade Show is being held in Snow Lake’s Wilfred T. Lipton Arena today from 3 to 9 and tomorrow from 10 to 8.

 

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  In the first quarter 2016 financial results Hudbay President Alan Hair reports increased ore but lower grades at their Manitoba operations.  He says total ore mined grew by 12 percent from the same period in 2015 as a result of increased production at their Lalor and Triple Seven mines.  He says the grades were lower in the first quarter of 2106 compared to the same quarter of last year in line with mine plan expectations with the exception of Lalor zinc grades which were lower due to stoke sequencing but are expected to improve throughout the balance of the year.  He adds ore processed in Manitoba was higher than the same period in 2015 as a result of increased production at Lalor offset by unscheduled maintenance at the Flin Flon mill during the quarter.

             

The unscheduled maintenance occurred when they had a breakdown of two pieces of equipment associated with the mill.  One was the crusher in Flin Flon and the other was a belt tear which took them off for eight days.  Hair says the shortfall will be made up over the balance of the year.

 

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 The Flin Flon Recycling Center and Acklands Grainger are coordinating the Twenty Minutes of Magic community clean up campaign.  The Center’s Administrator Deb Odegaard explains you can clean up anytime on or before May 13th.  She says you just need to register with them, let them know where you’re going to clean up and go out and do the clean up and if you’re short of supplies like plastic bags or whatever let them know and they’ll get some for you.  She adds when you’re done send them a picture by email to recycled@mymts.net and they’ll put you in the draw for gift cards and certificates.

            

  For more information call the Recycling Center at 204-687-6169 or email recycled@mymts.net.

 

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  Hudbay has released its first quarter financial results for this year.  They report a net loss of 15.8 million dollars compared to a net loss of 19.8 million dollars in the first quarter of last year.  President Alan Hair says they benefited from Constancia’s performance in Peru and their stable Manitoba operations.  He explained in the first quarter of 2016 they saw increased copper production volumes and lower cash costs per pound of copper produced resulting in increased operating cash flow values than in the same quarter last year.  He says copper production increased 150 percent to approximately 39 thousand tons despite having lower mill capacity at Constancia while the trunnions on one of the grinding circuits were being replaced in March.  As a result he says they nearly doubled their revenue to 254 million dollars compared to the same period in 2015 not withstanding lower realized copper and zinc prices.

             

Hair added based on their operating and cost performance to date they are on track to meet cost reduction targets of over 100 million dollars as well as their production, operating and capital cost guidance.

 

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 Statistics Canada has announced that the 2016 Census is almost here with collection beginning this month across the country.  They report you will soon be receiving their census letter in the mail with instructions on how to complete their questionnaire on line.  A toll-free number will also be included for respondents who would prefer to request a paper questionnaire.

             

They remind you that Census information is important for all communities and is used in planning services such as child care, schooling, public transportation, housing, skills training for employment and police and fire services.  Census data is also used in making decisions for communities, provinces and territories and the country as a whole.

            

  More information is available on their website www.census.gc.ca.

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