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Your local RBC and Women of Influence are reminding you about nominations for the RBC Women Entrepreneur Awards.  Media Rep Stephania Varalli explains their goal is to recognize the female entrepreneurs that operate in Canada who are contributing to the economy and their communities and that can be on a local level, on a provincial level, national level or even internationally.  She says it’s not only because they deserve that recognition but because they really serve as role models to other women who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs themselves.

             

To nominate a woman entrepreneur go to their website www.womenofinfluence.ca and click on the link to the RBC Award.  Over the 25 years the awards in six categories have been available over 25 thousand women from their early 20’s to their mid 80s from every sector of the economy have been nominated with 126 awards presented.

 

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South Main by Monique Rainville

 

Norva is creating a new exhibition for the Flin Flon Homecoming this summer.  The Centre’s Mike Spencer says they want to show people at the Homecoming how much culture has been part of Flin Flon’s history and still is today so they’re looking for art work from artists past and present with a Flin Flon connection.  He says they want works that will speak to the culture and the history in the area and so they are welcoming people who have art in their collection that might fit the bill for their exhibition as well as artist who are working now or have made work previously that they think will fit the exhibition.

             

The exhibition will run from June 19th to July 28th at the Norva Centre.  If you can help out call Norva at 687-4237, visit their website www.norvacentre.com or email norvacentre@gmail.com.

 

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The Commission related to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is asking for people to share their stories.  The Commission is asking family members, loved ones and survivors of violence wanting to share their experiences with or testify before the inquiry to email them with your name, contact information and location.  A member of the Commission team will follow up.

             

There will be several ways to share evidence, testimony and stories.  The deadline for standing has passed but family members and survivors of violence do not require standing to share their experiences. The Commission notes your reasonable expenses for attending a fact gathering hearing will be covered.

             

If you have questions information on contacting the Commission will be attached to this story at www.flinflononline.com.

 

 

                                                            

 

 

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 Grace and Graham CraigLaVerne Hinzman

 

                                             with Deb Odegaard

 

The Flin Flon Environment Council held their annual meeting last night.  Recycling Centre Administrator Deb Odegaard reported they recycled 442 tonnes last year down 18 tonnes from the previous year but co-mingled materials were up 11 thousand tonnes.  She says this is encouraging as this material reflects residential recycling which means more people are recycling at home.

             

Odegaard added the red bag curbside service in Flin Flon continues to cover its costs, business pickup continues to be a major part of their operation, Creighton curbside pick up has greatly reduced garbage truck loads, Denare Beach is supporting the recycle program and the year round hazardous waste drop off depot at the Flin Flon landfill has been approved.

             

The Recycling Centre Community Champion Award was presented to Graham Craig, the Employee service award to Earl Crouse and the Board Member Award to LaVerne Hinzman for their volunteer work and support of the Centre.

             

The Recycling Program will celebrate 25 years in November.

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April 28th is recognized as a National Day of Mourning.  United Steelworkers Local 7106 Health and Safety Rep Ken Bateman explains the day is recognized in over 100 countries as the day to remember those employees that went to work and didn’t have an opportunity to come back and be with their families due to the fact that they’re either seriously injured or killed at work adding once again they take safety as their number one priority.                       

             

Bateman adds this year marks a special remembrance as May 9th is the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine explosion in Nova Scotia. You’re invited to the ceremony at 7:30 tomorrow night at the Steelworkers monument in Flin Flon across from the Gateway followed by a gathering at the Steelworkers Hall and at the Miner’s Cenotaph in Snow Lake at 7:30 as well.

 

 

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At a recent meeting the Flin Flon School Board faced questions from two concerned citizens regarding the purchase of Saint Mary’s Church.  Tuesday night the Board and Division Maintenance Supervisor Brent Osika answered those concerns.  The Board has consulted with many professionals like the City’s Building inspector, the Fire Department, Health Inspector as well as multiple certified tradesmen. Some minor repairs will need to be addressed but no major renovations are required. The Board in conjunction with the Food Bank hopes to be able to utilize the building to its full potential by the fall.

             

In other news the Board passed a motion regarding the planning of the next Hapnot Travel Club destination as presented by Daniel Dillon on April 11th.  Superintendent Constance McCleese in her report gave praise to the recent Canadian Parents For French evening which was accompanied by what she called a spine tingling performance from the Aurora Borealis Chamber Choir and others.

 

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General Manager Becky Cianflone spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday on Community Futures Greenstone.  She noted the purpose of the Community Futures program is to help communities develop and implement local solutions to local challenges and opportunities. She says one area they are working in is to encourage youth entrepreneurs giving as an example the Hapnot 20 time project. She explained they are allowed to spend 20 percent of their time for kind of an independent study project and it has to be focused on entrepreneurship, so the idea of something you could turn into a business.  She says they certainly see a gap in traditional education models in teaching kids about entrepreneurship and financial literacy and all these pieces that we need to grow successful business owners one day.

             

Cianflone said they have also been working with young people through their BizKids workshops, Frontier Collegiate’s Egg Lake Project and planning Biz Camps this summer in Flin Flon and Snow Lake, an Indigenous youth biz workshop and are looking at expanding programs for all ages through the school divisions.

 

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Tickets for the Flin Flon Community Choir’s production of Grease keep selling out.  All tickets for the May 5th, 6th and 7th shows sold out as have the tickets for the Homecoming performance on July 2nd.  Director Crystal Kolt says people still have a chance to see Grease as they are selling tickets for the dress rehearsal next Thursday night May 4th.  She says they want to give people another opportunity to see it.  She says this will be a dress rehearsal and people will be able to see an amazing production as this is something unparalleled here in our communities.

             

Tickets at 20 dollars for adults and 10 for youth will be available Saturday from 12 to 2 in the Flin Flon Community Hall lobby and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 7 also in the Community Hall.

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Parents are reminded to register your children for Kindergarten in Flin Flon School Division.  Assistant Superintendent Dean Grove says they should register by Friday at the latest.  He says they’re asking parents to go to the nearest school in their catchment area and pick up a registration form.  He reminds you if you’ve had your child enrolled in Kindervention you don’t need to do this as you’ll already be registered for Kindergarten automatically.  Grove says you go there, bring a birth certificate and they’ll give you the forms and the deadline date for that is April 28th but if you are applying for school of choice that’s a different form and you need to come up to the Admin office to get that form and the deadline for that is May 15th.

             

More information is available at both McIsaac and Ruth Betts Schools or by contacting the Board Office.

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Walmart Canada has launched their Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign which includes its Flin Flon store.  This is a national fund raising campaign calling on Canadians to join the fight against hunger.  The campaign runs until May 10th hoping to raise enough funds to secure five million meals for Food Banks Canada and its network of more than five hundred Food Banks including our Lord’s Bounty Food Bank.

             

You can join the campaign by purchasing participating products from some of Canada’s largest food companies with vendors donating a portion of the proceeds.  You can donate at the register by rounding up your purchase to the nearest dollar.  You can share the hashtag #FightHungerSparkChange and Walmart will donate a dollar and non-perishable food items are being collected in a bin at the front of the store.

 

 

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Foran Mining Corporation has engaged an international independent mining consulting firm Micon International Limited. They will conduct a detailed technical review of the Preliminary Economic Assessment completed on Foran’s McIlvenna Bay project 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.

             

The review will lay out budgetary options for development in terms of timing and costs, putting the Company in a better position to choose the most appropriate path forward to completing Preliminary Feasibility Studies.

             

The Preliminary Economic Assessment was completed by JDS Energy and Mining in January of 2015 and envisioned a five thousand tonne per day conventional underground mining operation utilizing longhole stoping and cemented paste backfill.  The mine was expected to have a 14 year life with a stand alone concentrator adjacent to the McIlvenna Bay mine.

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Community Futures Greenstone continues a series of free Lunch and Learn workshops on Branding and Marketing.  Their Manager Becky Cianflone says their next workshop is on May 3rd.  She says this topic is Marketing Have A Strategy so this is all about building that marketing strategy.  She says it’s almost like building a business plan but it’s directly related to all the marketing efforts for your business.

             

You can bring your lunch and attend the workshop Wednesday, May 3rd from 12 to 1 at the Northern Mining Academy at 2 Hart Avenue.  An RSVP would be appreciated by calling 687-6967 or email admin@cfgreenstone.com but walk ins are welcome.  Two more workshops on marketing and advertising will be held May 17th and 31st.

 

 

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The Employment Links Development Center is beginning a new session of EWIN or Entry to Work in The North Program May 1st.  The Center’s Barb Link explains they offer Manitoba residents life skills, upgrading your essential skills such as numeracy, reading, oral communications, some computer use, thinking skills, working with others and they do certificate programs such as first aid, CPR, WHMIS, safe foods and others.

             

Link says you can come to their office at 51 Main Street tomorrow at nine for the first intake and assessment or call Barb for a second date.  For information you can call their office at 204-687-8791.

 

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In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary the RCMP are asking for help in naming 14 foals born this spring at their breeding farm in Ontario.  A winner will be selected from each of the 13 provinces and territories and an entry submitted by a school class will also be selected.

             

To qualify names must begin with the letter “O”; an individual entry must include a child’s first name only, school, city, province and email address; school class entries must include the teacher’s name, school, city, province and email address; entrants must be 14 years old or younger; only one entry per child and online entries must be received no later than April 30th.

             

To enter online go to your favorite search engine and type in name the foal contest Canada 150 edition. Winners will receive a number of RCMP prizes including a framed picture of the foal. Winner will be announced in May on the RCMP website.

 

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The Women’s Resource Center is holding a Jail N Bail fund raising event during the Leisure Show Thursday through Saturday.  The Center’s Colleen Arnold explains it begins with participants putting in a request to put themselves in or have their boss, their spouse, a politician, a friend or a co-worker arrested and then the mock police officers arrest the jailbird and their whisked off to jail which is at the Sportex during the Leisure Show.  She says the jailbirds do have to agree to this and then they have to receive pledges to get themselves out.

             

Arnold adds last year they raised just under two thousand dollars. Arrest forms are available by contacting the Women’s Resource Center.  All bail donations of 20 dollars or more will receive a tax receipt with all proceeds going to the operation of the Safe Haven which is an emergency shelter for abused women and their children.

 

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Simon House Bible Camp is taking registrations for their summer camps.  Director Darrell Janzen says they have camps and fun activities planned all summer.  He says they have camps for all ages from 6 all the way up to 17. He says they have three days and 2 nights for ages 6 to 9 and then from 8 to 17 they have week long camps after that.  He notes you can register by going to their website www.simonhouse.ca to register online and print off registration, you can call them at 687-3340or if you’re in the Flin Flon area they have an office above pharmasave.

             

Janzen adds their discount early bird registration deadline is April 30th with regular registrations continuing after that.  They have financial assistance through the Sunshine Fund for those who need it so all children have a chance to attend camp. They will also be at the Leisure Show in the Creighton Sportex this weekend with camp information.

 

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The Federal and Manitoba Governments will invest in 24 new water and waste water projects across the province. 

             

Among those receiving funding is the Town of Snow Lake which will received funding for phase two of their water and sewer line renewal project. The federal government will invest just under 1.4 million dollars and the province just over 687 thousand in the project expected to begin in July.

             

The federal government funds up to fifty percent of eligible project costs with the province and municipality funding the balance.

 

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The Flin Flon Credit Union held their Annual General Meeting Wednesday night.

             

President Rod Gourlay reported a successful 2016 noting the Credit Union passed the 50 million dollars asset milestone ending the year with 50.9 million in assets and a net income of 207 thousand dollars after taxes and allowances for doubtful loans.  Financially the Credit Union improved its capital position bringing total equity to 3.5 million dollars to help ensure a strong and stable future for the organization.

             

The Credit Unions newest director Lorna Quinn was officially welcomed to the Board as her recent appoint was ratified by the membership.  Three Board positions were up for election this year and incumbents Tom Fehr, Frank Fieber and Tina Tait were all returned to the Board by acclamation.

             

Copies of the summary financial statements will be available from the Flin Flon Credit Union website www.ffcu.ca.

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MLA Tom Lindsey told the Legislature the north is a flourishing arts and culture hub with local museums being a beacon of northern Manitoba’s rich history.  He used as an example the Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum developed by the community and nearly a decade in the making.  He says the museum welcomes visitors from across the country.  He says cuts to arts and culture funding hits small communities especially hard.  Lindsey explains we need to remember that for the people of Cranberry Portage, a community of 771 residents, their museum is so much more than a place that holds artifacts.  He says it’s a place that holds the collective memories of families who have lived in the community for generations, it’s a place that preserves the history of Manitoba’s north and finally it’s a place that teaches young people about their heritage and culture.

             

Lindsey adds he’s concerned about cuts to arts and culture funding noting investing in culture means investing in the people of Manitoba and this is true for all the small communities throughout the north.

 

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Board of Directors President Dave Kendall told the 72nd North of 53 Co-op annual meeting construction of their new store is moving along on time and on budget.  He says they hope to have the grand opening early next summer.  He says they plan to keep their administration area in the current uptown location adding they are pursuing options for the present location with one group looking at the whole building and others at parts of it.

             

General Manager Tom Therien reported 2016 was another great year for the Co-op with sales of almost 26 million dollars. The Board authorized an allocation to the membership of 3.5 percent for food and 7 percent for petroleum. Cheques should be available in the store staring May 12th.

             

Nominations were held to fill two three year terms on the Board.  There were five nominations submitted.  Erhart Dzuibak and Del Ward are seeking re-election along with Donna Champagne, John Moore and Richard Dansereau.  An advance poll will be held Wednesday, May 3rd and voting Friday, May 12th in the store.

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A tag day is being held tomorrow to support National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week.  Local Coordinator Nora Fontaine says they want people to seriously think about organ and tissue donation.  She explains their theme this year is sign up for life and register your intent to become an organ donor.  She says they’re hoping that more people will register online at www.signupforlife.ca where they’ll be linked to the data bank and more provinces are joining forces and they hope that all of Canada will be in a central registry making it easier for families at a most sensitive time when a loved one is on life support.

             

Fontaine says they’ll be holding a tag day tomorrow from 10 to 4 on Main Street, the Gateway and Canadian Tire as well as from 6 to 8 at Triple Seven.  They will have cards to show how to register online and if you have any questions Nora will be at the Community Hall lobby from 10 to 4.

 

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The Flin Flon Environment Council is recognizing Earth Day Saturday.  Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard invites you the visit the Center Saturday afternoon.  She says they’ve planned an open house from 1 to 4 which is a chance for people to come in and look at the different things that they recycle or dispose of safely, the way they do it and how it all works.  She adds they’re having a bale come out of the baler at 1:30 and at 3 o’clock so if people are interested in seeing that process they should be there then.

             

The Recycling Center is located at 9 Timber Lane.  The Environment Council also reminds you of their annual meeting being held on Wednesday of next week at 7 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

 

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At approximately 2:35 yesterday morning the Flin Flon Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 84 Callinan Street.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports upon arrival fire crews found heavy smoke visible from the rear of the building.  They deployed fire attack hoses to the rear of the building to attack the fire and search for any occupants.  Due to a partially collapsed floor and fire in the basement they were transitioned into a defensive fire attack from outside the building.

             

Cooper says it was an extremely difficult and stubborn fire to fight.  He says the fire was concealed within void spaces and several additions to the home over the years which made it very difficult to find the seat of the fire.

             

All occupants escaped the fire and there were no injuries reported.  Cooper says the home is a complete lloss and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

 

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The total budget is just under 13.4 million dollars down from 13.5 million actually spent last year.  The special services levy will increase by 3 percent to $635.04 but Treasurer Glenna Daschuk says with the decrease of .57 mills in the general municipal mill rate a house assessed at 100 thousand dollars will not see an increase or decrease in taxes.  If you include the school levy which is collected by the city for the School Division the mill rate is set at 44.99 for residential property an increase over last year of 1.37 percent and 55.49 for commercial an increase of 1.11 percent. Hudbay’s grant in lieu of taxes is just over 6.3 million dollars with 1.51 million going to the school division. With our drop in population in the last census per capita grants from the province will be reduced.

             

Some improvements around the community budgeted for include Community Hall washrooms, Whitney Forum lighting, Centoba Park and Tourist Bureau site upgrades, Aqua Center structural study, Willowvale pool assessment, accessibility upgrades required by provincial legislation and landfill expansion.

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At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council gave final reading to two traffic bylaw amendments.  The first sets the fine preventing the long term storage of vehicles or trailers on city streets over the winter at 100 dollars plus towing costs. Council will continue to work on the bylaw to determine the definition of storage.  The second sets fines for ignoring a barricade, detour or road closed sign at 200 dollars for the first offence, 300 for the second and 500 for the third offence.

             

In response to complaints received Councilor Bill Hanson reported the snow we had in October filled potholes and cracks in the streets with water which froze causing more damage.  He says crews are working on them and he asks driver to use caution until the work is completed.

             

Councilor Colleen McKee reported the upcoming Homecoming is putting Flin Flon on the map.  She has received calls from all sorts of locations still looking for tickets.  She says 24 hundred have been sold and there are 100 rush tickets that will be available at registration June 29th.  A schedule of events will be available soon.

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The Manitoba Government has appointed eight new members to the University College of the North Governing Council.

             

Albert Tait of Norway House, Tracey Como of Cranberry Portage and Sharain Jones of The Pas have been appointed as members for terms of office expiring June 30th, 2018.  Edith Sexsmith of The Pas, Dayna Waring of Thompson and Linda Markus of The Pas have been appointed as members for terms expiring June 30th, 2019.  Kelsi Hitch of Thompson and Brock Kramble of The Pas have been appointed as student members for terms expiring March 31st, 2018. As well Tom Goodman of Flin Flon has been selected as Chair of the Council.

             

UCN’s Governing Council is responsible for determining the College’s mission, vision and values, appointing the president, determining the council’s compensation and determining the administrative and academic organization of the institution.

 

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A Special Education Community Forum is being held Thursday night.  Flin Flon School Division Assistant Superintendent Dean Grove says the province has announced they are going to fund Special Education differently starting next year and they want to share that information so all folks are welcome to come out and hear that and they are also trying to get information back from parents in terms of what things they see are important with the current system that they have in terms of supporting kids and also any questions they may have that they can try and answer for them.  He adds the general information meeting around where the province is going is to try to give people some notice about it and make sure they are prepared for any changes that might be coming up in the following year.

             

The meeting is being held Thursday night from 7 to 9 in the McIsaac School music room.

 

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The future of the Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation hung in the balance awaiting the Manitoba budget last week.  Their Executive Director Laurence Gillespie says they have received some good news from the budget.  He says it shows the funding for the Neighborhoods Alive program which is the provincial government program that funds the operation of their office has not been reduced so it would seem that it’s likely that their office will be allowed to continue to operate for the coming year.  He adds what they don’t know is whether they will be able to administer the two programs they traditionally run which are the small grants and the fix up program as the funding situation for those is not clear at this point.

              Gillespie says he will let us know when funding for their programs is confirmed.  You can contact Laurence’s office at 204-687-6972 for more information.

 

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Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says families and communities in the north were hit hard by the latest budget from the Pallister government. He says at a time when the north needs investments in health care, education and jobs the government has turned its back on families adding the north needs jobs and training strategies that will ensure long term economic growth and provide families with hope for a brighter future for their children

             

He listed examples by noting the cutting of investments in roads and infrastructure including closing the Grace Lake airport near The Pas at a time when the government is also cutting funding for the Northern Patient Transportation Program, making no new investments in mining or resource industries in the north at a time when workers are facing job insecurity, cutting funding for arts programs, libraries and cultural programs for northern communities and leaving municipalities in limbo by refusing to tell them what funding would be available for local roads and bridges.  He adds the government has still not provided any details on their plan for the duty to consult with Indigenous communities a year into their mandate.

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The Flin Flon Environment Council is holding their annual meeting tomorrow night.  Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard invites you to the meeting.  She explains the first part of the meeting is usually a review of some of the interesting things that are happening at the Recycling Center and they honor people who have been contributors.  She says the second half is the business part of the annual general meeting with a financial report and board elections and they’re always looking for new board members so anyone who’s interested in becoming involved that way is definitely welcome to come.

             

The meeting starts at 7 tomorrow night in Flin Flon City Council Chambers.

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The Chair of the Board of Trustees of Flin Flon School Division Murray Skeavington has issued a release correcting misinformation that was given during Tuesdays Board Meeting.  It was stated that no contract had been signed regarding the joint purchase of Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.  The release states the Chair misunderstood the process and misspoke.  Possession date was April 3rd.  The final land title document was given to the School Division lawyers on April 12th.  The Division was informed on the 12th that in cases of a purchase without a mortgage there are no contracts requiring signatures on closing.

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The meeting was attended by teacher Daniel Dillon and five of the twenty-five students who traveled to the Netherlands over spring break.  The theme of the trip was architecture and agriculture including several tours following this theme in Amsterdam, Arnhem where the Canadian Memorial Cemetery is located, Rotterdam, The Hague, The Delft and Leiden (lie den). Dillon requested permission for their next trip in 2019 to Germany, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

             

Also at the meeting some changes were made to school administration following the announcement of the appointment of Ruth Betts School Principal Tammy Ballantyne as Assistant Superintendent.  Current Vice-Principal Amber Zerbin has been appointed Principal of Ruth Betts but since she will be on leave next year Mark Lucas will serve at Acting Principal and Mike McLellan as Acting Vice-Principal all effective September 5th.

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The North Central Canada Center for the Arts and Environment committee presented a feasibility study on their project last night. Their goal is to build a center in the Flin Flon area that will support and enrich our communities. The study recommends a building containing a theatre, visual arts spaces and a gallery, a common room and a selection of multipurpose rooms for events in addition to the arts with a cost estimated at 38.7 million dollars. Consultant Rick Schick says they have provided the committee with a guide they can use as they move forward.  He says as those things change the study is a guide so that you come back and you can start to manipulate some of the tables and some of the information that’s in there to provide a new look and a new budget as the project grows.

             

Schick says the committee can now determine funding, whether or not it’s a project they can proceed with and how many groups would be interested in using the Center and contributing to it.  He adds somebody has to say it’s something we need to do and find a way to make it happen.  The complete study can be found on their website www.ncccae.ca.

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Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage is one of sixty locations in Canada to host the Power of Ideas tour.  The Collegiate’s Bill Taylor says they are the only high school in Manitoba hosting the tour.  He says there are three parts in the tour that runs Tuesday and Wednesday next week presenting high end information on Canada’s innovation future, present and past. He explains the first part is the exhibition that’s put on by the Perimeter Institute and it will be a walk through exhibition where students and the general public can walk through the gym and observe various innovations in science.  The second part is talks that students and the general public can attend and they are held in the gym and there will be four talks during the day and they will also be on topics related to innovations in science.

             

Taylor says the third part is Maker workshops including lasers, 3-D printers and walk through stations presented by Actua, one of Canada’s highest stem science outreach organizations whose role is to inspire future innovation.

 

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Greg East and Bruce Reed questioned the Flin Flon School Board on the purchase of St. Mary’s Church across from Ruth Betts School.  They noted the space available in our schools due to the reduction in the number of students over the years and questioned the cost of the building and renovations needed to an old building to bring it up to education building standards, staff requirements and the burden placed on taxpayers.

             

In her report Superintendent Constance McLeese mentioned securing the building with little cash outlay due to a partnership with the Food Bank and the learning opportunities it can offer and opportunities for increasing community and parent engagement in the education system.  Looking at programming she noted they are focusing on student engagement for vocational education support and engagement for at risk students and for Aboriginal students as well as enhanced learning opportunities for all students adding the space is ready to be used.

             

In response to a question from East Board Chair Murray Skeavington said an agreement to purchase has not yet been signed and the Board will answer their questions on the need for the building, renovations required and costs at their next meeting.

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The Chamber reports they are waiting for an estimate from a fiber glass expert who can repair and repaint the Flinty statue.  He will have help from the Flinty Committee’s Dave Price and they will apply for assistance from the City once the estimate is received.

             

The Chamber has a community barbeque in the planning stages for July 2nd during Homecoming to include raffles and geocache coin sales.  They also encourage members to decorate their businesses along the Homecoming theme Home is Where the Heart Is and enter a float in the parade.

             

The Chamber has circulated petitions to help save STC bus service being cut by the Saskatchewan government.

             

It was reported Community Futures Greenstone and the Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation have received federal funding to hire summer students. The Corporation will be going ahead with the flowers on Main Street again this year.

             

The Chamber’s annual radio auction is planned for May 27th and members will be approaching businesses for donations.

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The Primary Health Care Center has been hosting a series of telehealth seminars presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.  The Society’s First Link Coordinator Marilyn Maartense says they are part of Telehealth Family Education for Those Experiencing Dementia.  She says the final session on April 25th is Food and Nutrition presented by a dietician and it will be how food impacts our physical and emotional health.  She says they will learn how nutritional needs and eating habits are affected as dementia progresses and suggestions and solutions will be offered.

             

The session is being held at the Primary Health Care Center from 6:30 to 8 on April 25th.  To register go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca or email outreach@alzheimer.mb.ca or phone 1-800-378-6699 and use the reference code Flin Flon.

 

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Gone Wild is an exhibit featuring the art work of Flin Flon artist Lois Pederson.  Sam Waller Museum Director Sharain Jones says the display has opened at the museum.  She says Pederson is an artist who is based in Flin Flon and she’s painted all these paintings on what’s called Yupo paper and she’s been using alcohol ink so a number of these paintings look quite abstract.

             

The paintings will be on display until May 25th daily from 1 to 5 at the Sam Waller Museum in The Pas.

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The Canadian Red Cross is recognizing a second Pink Day tomorrow.  They celebrate Pink Day on February 24th and April 12th making use of both national and international bullying prevention days to promote respectful relationships.

             

At Creighton Community School students and staff will be encouraged to wear pink tomorrow to show their support for Pink Day.  At Hapnot Collegiate students and staff will also be encouraged to wear pink tomorrow and they continue to celebrate Think Pink Fridays every week to raise awareness on bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia.

             

Ruth Betts Community School will hold a school wide assembly and tell the story on how the Day of Pink started and take the Day of Pink pledge.  Some classes will present poems and songs. The top three students wearing pink will receive a 15 dollar Walmart gift card while the class that best represents the message of Pink Day will receive a pizza party. 

             

The Red Cross says they encourage people to talk about these issues year round as every day can be Pink Day.

 

 

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The Community Adult Learning Center has announced it is now a GED testing site for Flin Flon and surrounding area.  The Center’s Heather Jobes explains GED stands for General Educational Development and is available to applicants 19 and over.  She says applicants previously had to travel to Thompson or The Pas to write their GED test.  Jobes adds not only are they a testing center for GED but they also offer support and resources to help you prepare.

             

For more information you can drop in to the Community Adult Learning Center on the lower level of the Coop store or call them at 204-687-3223.

 

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The Flin Flon Aqua Center Community Committee will be selling a FlinFlonopoly game as part of the Homecoming this summer.  It is being designed by Jerome Conaty of The Pas with 623 Professional Services who did a game for The Pas area that raised 15 thousand dollars for a skate park.  Conaty says the game is similar to monopoly and he is looking for sponsors for properties on the game submitted by the committee.  He says they listed off a bunch of Flin Flon iconic spots like Flintabatty Flonatin, the Hudbay smokestack, spray park, neighborhood bunk, Creighton Sportex, all the different areas that are encompassing Flin Flon, Denare Beach and Creighton.  He adds then all these different spots are up for sale and then on the board game once its released it’ll have a photo of that spot as well as the logo of the Company that decides to sponsor it.

             

Businesses have been sent an email about sponsorship but if you have not been contacted and are interested in sponsoring email flinflonopoly@gmail.com.

 

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On behalf of the Flin Flon Creighton Seniors Rose Marie Ariko is looking for people interested in Mahjong.  Ariko says it’s a challenging strategy tile game.  She explains the game that they play is Modern Mahjong with 152 tiles and there are three suits and what’s called winds, flowers and dragons and you try to match the tiles to a series that is on a specific card.

             

Ariko says she has around twenty people who are interested so far and is holding training sessions Fridays and Tuesdays at one o’clock at the Seniors Center in the Flin Flon Community Hall.  If you are interested in learning you can drop in or call Rose Marie at 687-3316 or message her on Facebook.

 

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 Shaun Brown (left) with Rotary President Ted Smook.

 

The Flin Flon Rotary Club held their third annual Flinty Fishing Derby yesterday at Sally’s Beach at Bakers Narrows.  440 people were fishing with 38 prizes and 31 fish caught. Prizes were awarded to the 31 people catching fish with draws for the remaining seven prizes.

             

The top five included Shaun Brown from Prince Albert first with an 85 centimeter fish receiving 25 thousand dollars, second Michelle Olynick of Flin Flon receiving a 14 foot Lund boat and 15 horsepower motor for an 81 centimeter fish, third Bob Gummerson of Flin Flon winning a Polaris Quad for a 75 centimeter fish, fourth Brian Souter of Flin Flon winning two return tickets anywhere Calm Air flies for a 73.5 centimeter fish and fifth Glen Whitbread of Flin Flon a Polaris generator with a 71.5 centimeter fish.

             

Fishing ran from 11 to 2 with the first fish caught at 11:03 and the last one at 1:59.

 

 

 

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Around 3:06 Thursday afternoon the Flin Flon Fire Department was called to a fire at 53 Hill Street.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports upon arrival they found heavy smoke and fire were visible from the rear of the home.  He says fire crews made an aggressive interior fire attack and search for possible occupants.

             

Cooper adds this was a difficult fire to initially fight.  He says fire crews encountered high heat and poor visibility inside the structure with limited to no access to the rear of the structure and close proximity of the neighboring structure.

             

The fire cause significant damage to the home and is believed to have originated in the basement.  It is not being treated as suspicious and the cause is being investigated.  The occupant was not home at the time of the fire.  22 fire fighters attended the incident and fire damage is estimated at 36 thousand dollars.

 

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The 41st annual Northern Juried Art Show is being held in Flin Flon in May.  It’s open to Manitoba residents North of 53 as well as artists from Creighton and Denare Beach.  One of the organizers Mike Spencer says entries have closed and the show will be featuring a variety of art works.  He says they’ll have painting, water color, drawing and print making, fibre arts, traditional crafts, photography, digital photography, digitally enhanced art works, graphic art, video work, sculpture and three dimensional works like that as well as youth categories for 12 and under and 13 to 17 years olds.

             

Spencer adds they will also have the People’s Choice and Best in Show prizes as well as their theme category which this year is Boreal Canada.  The shipping deadline for artists is April 15th with the show taking place in the Flin Flon Community Hall May 19th and 20th.

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The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is holding a Community Forum Wednesday night. The Foundation’s Sheri Fandrey says the forum will cover what youth and families need to know.  She says she’ll give a presentation on Fentanyl and some of the specific aspects of Fentanyl that make it so dangerous as a street drug.  She adds her colleague from Flin Flon Marlee Salamondra Milley who is the youth school based counselor will be providing a presentation on how to have those difficult conversations with young people about drugs and then they’ll open up the discussion between a panel of local people plus herself and take any questions people may have from the floor.

             

The Forum takes place Wednesday night from 7 to 9 at Hapnot Collegiate and it’s open to anyone interested.

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Rockcliff Copper Corporation has released drill hole assay results from its ongoing Phase 2 drill program on the Talbot Property.  The Property forms part of their Snow Lake Project in the Snow Lake Mining Camp.

             

They report the first drill hole testing the North Lens Deep Conductive plate intersected high grade gold rich mineralization along the top edge of the Plate. It intersected 3.94 meters grading 7.49 percent copper equivalent with .24 percent copper, 7.3 grams per tonne gold, .88 percent zinc and 112.5 grams per tonnes silver including .32 meters grading .54 percent copper, 77.8 grams per tonne gold, .01 percent zinc and 1219.5 grams per tonne silver.

             

Another drill hole is presently testing closer to the center of the plate.

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Manitoba Hydro reminds you this is the time of year for pole fires.  They report warm spring weather brings humidity and when humidity mixes with built up winter grime on power line insulators, electrical short circuits can occur on wooden poles.  In the humidity from dense fog or very light rain or snow the dirt mixes with moisture on the insulators and can create a pathway for electricity to travel from the power line to the wood pole and this short circuit causes a fire. If fire burns through the pole the power lines can drop and present a public safety hazard.  They advise if you see a pole fire or a downed line call Manitoba Hydro at 1-888-MBHYDRO so they can deploy a crew to assess the damage and restore power to affected areas.

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Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield has announced ten of the province’s most dedicated volunteers will receive the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.  Among them is Denare Beach resident Mary Wright.  Wright says she was surprised by the announcement and she feels honored but she also feels there are so many volunteers in the community that also deserve an award so she’s hoping that they will get their turn as well and she’ll certainly make some recommendations in the future.

             

The announcement mentions Mary Wright is a long term member of the Denare Beach Recreation Board and for more than 20 years has been committed to the community and its residents.  She has spent countless hours investing in the future of local youth by ensuring the youth drop-in program continues to operate as a strong, viable community resource adding Mary is committed to the development of sport, culture, recreation and to the preservation of nature.

             

She will receive her medal in Regina on Monday, April 24th.

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The Flin Flon Rotary Club is holding their third annual Flinty Ice Fishing Derby Sunday.  Rotarian Glen Smith says the ice is the thickest they’ve seen in fifteen years.  He measured it a few days ago at 40 to 44 inches thick so that’s great for the anglers but a little hard for drilling holes because its thick ice to drill through but the ice is great.  He adds there has been water on the ice but the water is now draining and they’re pretty sure that by Sunday it’ll be high ice and the water will have drained off and it could be perfect conditions for fishing.

             

The derby offers 25 thousand for first place.  Smith says they have two new prizes with a hidden length at 25 hundred and the smallest fish at 500 dollars. He says they will have tickets available Sunday for walk-ins with fishing running from 11 to 2 at Sally’s Beach at Bakers Narrows.  The event is part of a great ice fishing weekend as it follows the Bill Bannock Derby held in The Pas Saturday.

 

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At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council gave first reading to a bylaw to set fines for ignoring a barricade, detour or road closed sign.  The first offence will cost 200 dollars, the second 300 and the third 500 dollars.  They also gave first reading to a bylaw setting a fine preventing the long term storage of vehicles on city streets over the winter at 100 dollars plus towing costs.

             

Council passed the Fire Chiefs report for March indicating five incidents including one fire, a false alarm and three medical assistance calls.

             

Council thanked Dana Dadson who has retired from the cemetery maintenance contract he has held since 2007 for all the excellent work he has done for the city.

             

Council wished the Bombers well in their series with the Nipawin Hawks.  Mayor Cal Huntley has a special interest in the series in that he has a bet with the Mayor of Nipawin Rennie Harper. The Mayor of the losing team’s community will buy the other Mayor supper while wearing the winning team’s jersey.

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The Flin Flon Writers Guild, Flin Flon Toastmasters and Flin Flon Public Library will be holding their 16th annual Poetry Night Friday.  The group’s Harry Hobbs says its part of National Poetry Month.  He says they are going to have readers from different cross sections of our community and local writers.  He says they have reps from the city, Hudbay, school division, so about 24 people on the program and it’s a fun night to come out and enjoy poetry in honor of that month.

            

Hobbs invites everyone to Poetry Night at the Public Library Friday night starting at 7.

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Flin Flon School Division is hosting the Northern Manitoba Regional Science Fair this weekend.  One of the organizers teacher Kari LaBorde says it takes place at Ruth Betts Community School.  She says they have grade four through eight students with the top projects in northern Manitoba coming in on Saturday and students will be judged from nine until noon and then they have public viewing at Ruth Betts from 1:30 to 2:30 with awards happening at 2:30.

             

LaBorde says they have over 60 projects involving around 80 students from across Northern Manitoba.

 

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CAA Manitoba is once again asking you to help identify roads in dire need of attention with its 6th annual Worst Roads Campaign.  Their Public and Media Relations Specialist Erika Miller says they want to make sure our infrastructure issues are front and center because they think the condition of Manitoba’s roads, highways and bridges need to be top priority for all levels of government.  She says it’s really because infrastructure impacts everyone whether you’re a driver, a cyclist, taking your family to a hockey game, seniors going out to bingo or our kids.

             

Miller adds CAA Manitoba has been working closely with municipalities and the province to ensure roads nominated each year are on government’s priority lists.  You can vote at their website www.caamanitoba.com/worstroads or the CAA Manitoba Facebook page.  The deadline is midnight April 17th.

 

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Callinex Mines has completed a total of seven drill holes in three target areas at their Pine Bay Project 16 kilometers east of Flin Flon. They report although the drill holes intersected significant alteration within favorable felsic volcanic rocks no material concentrations of base metal mineralization were identified in these holes.  They are currently drilling a hole approximately 125 meters to the south of a discovery hole that intersected 10.3 meters grading 13.1 percent zinc equivalent mineralization including 6 percent zinc, 1.8 grams per tonne gold, 60.4 grams per tonne silver, .7 percent copper and .4 percent lead.

             

Callinex plans to start a drilling campaign on their New Brunswick properties in May through to July.  The drill team will then be mobilized back to the Flin Flon Mining District to start a summer campaign in July at the Pine Bay Project and its newly acquired Big Island Project containing the prospective high grade Tara Deposit.

 

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The final concert in the 2016-17 Home Routes series takes place on Thursday and Friday nights.  One of the organizers Tim Spencer says Home Routes will feature from Edmonton Daniel Gervais who’s the reigning Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion and he’s bringing a phenomenal guitarist with him Clinton Pelletier, so the two of them are going to do two shows and he plays all kinds of styles.  Spencer adds you’ll be getting traditional stuff, folk stuff, Don Messer, Charlie Daniels and you’ll even get some Django Reinhardt gypsy jazz as well.

             

The Home Routes concert starts at 7:30 Thursday night at the home of Anne Ross and Doug McGregor at 183 Merton Boulevard with tickets available by calling 204-687-8193 and Friday night at Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street with tickets at Northern Rainbows End.

 

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The federal and Manitoba governments have agreed to provide funding requested by the City for a new bus garage.  The governments have announced they will invest more than 6.6 million dollars for 43 projects across the province under the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.  The federal government will provide up to 50 percent of the projects eligible costs with the province and municipality covering the rest.

             

Under the agreement the federal government will provide just over 99 thousand dollars for the city’s new bus garage and the province almost 50 thousand dollars.  City Administrator Mark Kolt says the city will be required to at least match the provincial contribution but the final number is still to be determined.

 

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Hudbay has announced an optimized mine plan for Lalor Mine near Snow Lake as well as a feasibility study for its Rosemont project in Arizona.

             

The updated Lalor Mine plan incorporates an increase in the throughput rate at the Stall concentrator and in planned zinc production.  Feasibility work is ongoing for the Lalor gold zone and copper gold zone targeting an additional 15 hundred tonnes per day through the New Britannia mill.

             

President Alan Hair says these enhancements offer low cost, near term zinc production growth with potential future gold production upside and positions their Manitoba business unit to be a strong contributor to Hudbay’s results for many years to come.  He adds the Rosemont project is expected to be one of the first new copper mines to be built when copper prices improve and once approved has the capacity to generate strong returns for Hudbay shareholders.  The focus of the Flin Flon area Triple Seven and Reed mines is maximizing values as the mines approach the end of their lives. Hudbay has re-sequenced the Triple Seven Mine plan to prioritize stopes containing higher zinc grades in order to take advantage of favorable expected zinc prices.

 

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Community Futures Greenstone is hosting a series of four free Lunch and Learn workshops on Branding and Marketing.  Their Manager Becky Cianflone says the first workshop is on April 19th and is called Creating Your Brand asking what kind of message do you want your business to convey.  She explains people often think that a brand is simply their logo or the color scheme but it’s so much more that that.  She says it’s what do people think about, how do they feel when they see your brand and your business, your color scheme and how does that connect to your target audience.

             

You can bring your lunch and attend the workshop Wednesday, April 19th from 12 to 1 at the Northern Mining Academy at 2 Hart Avenue.  An RSVP would be appreciated by calling 687-6967 or email admin@cfgreenstone.com but walk ins are welcome.  Three future workshops on marketing and advertising will be held in May.

 

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