Local News Archives for 2017-08

The Flin Flon School Board met Tuesday night to Discuss the Upcoming School Year.

 

On the agenda were upcoming workshops for staff and administration.  A human rights workshop will be offered on October 5th for the school leadership teams and on September 19th the Manitoba Teachers Society and the Manitoba School Boards Association will host workplace safety and heath training.  The Board also reviewed a report on early childhood development, the high school graduation requirement letter, enrollment cap for international students letter, changes to the Department of Education and Training letter, an update from the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils and the safe and caring schools curriculum.  Today is the division’s new teaching staff orientation and September 5th is teacher professional development day with a BBQ, resource fair and Manitoba Teachers Society presentation on internet safety.  The first day of class for students is September 6th.  The next regular meeting of the School Board is September 12th.  The Board meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 9 Terrace Avenue at 7 pm and is open to the public.

 

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Rockcliff has Funds for its Snow Lake Project.

 

  Rockcliff Copper Corporation has closed its non-brokered offering after placing 22.5 million units at a price of 6 cents per unit for gross proceeds of 1.35 million dollars.

            

  Rockcliff President and CEO Ken Lapierre says they are pleased that the oversubscribed financing is now complete and significant funds are available to continue with their exploration efforts on their Snow Lake Project.  He says they will continue to focus on their priority properties specifically the Laguna Gold Property, the Talbot Copper Property and the Bur Zinc Property. He adds their project hosts some of the highest grade precious and base metal properties in the Flin Flon Snow Lake mining camp and they plan to advance these properties through a systematic, scientific approach focused on geology, geophysics and drilling.

 

 

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The Battle Continues With Fires in Northeast Saskatchewan.

 

  At a news briefing yesterday afternoon Executive Director for Wildfire Management Steve Roberts reported the three large uncontained fires in Northeast Saskatchewan are localized in the Pelican Narrows area.  He says they range in size from 6 thousand hectares in the Wilkins fire, 14 thousand for the Preston fire and over 50 thousand hectares in the Granite fire.  Collectively he says these fires are putting heavy smoke into the area and they are causing evacuations for the two small communities of Jan Lake and Birch Portage already and in the priority case the evacuation from Pelican Narrows with access from highway 105 which has been breeched by the fires so it can only be used if they are guided through the area.

             

Roberts added the province is focused on the priorities of protecting people, property and critical infrastructure in the Pelican Narrows area.  He expects with weather conditions, wind changes and heavy fuel that they will continue to see aggressive fire activity around the clock with no reprieve from weather conditions for at least a week.

 

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You Can Celebrate Labor Day.

 

 

The United Steelworkers Local 7106 will hold their Labor Day Celebration Monday.  Their Health and Safety Rep Ken Bateman says everyone is welcome. Children, retirees and anybody in the community can come out and get a hot dog on them.  He says they are going to be sharing as they did last year two gift certificates from Eddies Family Foods for 200 dollars in food vouchers.  He adds hot dogs are going to start about 11:30 and then shortly after 1 o’clock when they run out that’s when they’re going to wrap it up.

             

The Labor Day Celebration is taking place Monday at Rotary Park.

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Smoke from forest fires forced general evacuation of Pelican Narrows, Sask.

 

A general evacuation has been ordered for a northeastern Saskatchewan community because of smoke and road closures caused by wildfires.

The Saskatchewan government says emergency social services is preparing to receive an additional 1,100 people from the community of Pelican Narrows.

The government says the plan is to send 500 of those residents to Saskatoon shelters and hotels and 600 to hotels in Prince Albert.

The general evacuation comes after about 450 people - including the elderly, those with health concerns and their families - were forced to leave on Tuesday.

Pelican Narrows is under a special air-quality statement from Environment Canada because of high levels of air pollution due to smoke from forest fires in northern Saskatchewan.

The statement covers a wide area from Spiritwood in central Saskatchewan, east to the Manitoba boundary and north to La Ronge.

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New Students Can Get Familiar with High School.

 

Hapnot Collegiate will be helping grade nine students prepare for their first year at the Collegiate.  Principal Brent Bedford says they want them to come to the Collegiate tomorrow.  He explains the student council is welcoming all the grade nines tomorrow and they’re to show up there at 11 0’clock  and they get a tour of the school, get their timetable, find out where their locker and classrooms are and they’re going to have some fun stuff for them to do and some lunch as well.

             

The Collegiate will be open mornings this week for students who want to come in and make changes to their timetables.  Any students with questions can also drop in or call the Collegiate at 204-687-7506.

 

 

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A Summer Drill Program is Underway on What Could Be a Major Zinc Discovery.

 

Callinex Mines has started its summer drilling campaign at the Pine Bay and Big Island Projects within the Flin Flon Mining District.  The campaign is anticipated to include approximately six thousand meters of drilling to follow up on the new zinc and gold rich volcanogenic massive sulphide discovery at the Pine Bay Project and conduct a maiden drilling campaign at the Big Island Project.

             

Drilling at the Big Island Project will be focused on the near surface Tara Lake Deposit which they describe as one of the highest grade zinc rich VMS discoveries ever made within the Flin Flon mining district.  Callinex believes that the western portion of the Big Island Project which hosts the Tara Lake Deposit may contain a similar sequence of primitive arc tholeitte volcanic rocks  that host the Flin Flon, Callinan and Triple Seven Mines that have collectively produced over 100 million tonnes of ore.

 

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Wildfire Smoke and Road Closures Forced 450 people to leave a Saskatchewan Community.

 

 

About 450 people are leaving a northeastern Saskatchewan community because of smoke and road closures caused by wildfires.

The Saskatchewan government says approximately 150 priority residents - the elderly and those with health concerns - and 300 of their family members will be transported from Pelican Narrows to a shelter in Saskatoon. Pelican Narrows, which is near the Manitoba boundary, is under a special air quality statement from Environment Canada. The statement says there are high levels of air pollution due to forest fire smoke from fires in northern Saskatchewan, which will reduce visibility and bring extremely poor air quality. The government says evacuees with health concerns will be supported in hotels. Another 12 residents from the community of Birch Portage are staying in a hotel in Prince Albert.

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Fire Crews Are Struggling With Fires in Northeast Saskatchewan.

 

  Scott Wasylenchuk with the Provincial Wildfire Center in Prince Albert says things are still very dry in the area.  He says smoke caused problems for aircraft fighting the Granite Lake fire that started northeast of Jan Lake.  He says it’s kicking up a little bit in the areas of heavy fuel and it had spotted across yesterday evening and breached highway 106 and they’ve moved heavy equipment in there trying to contain it and get the spot fire that came across the highway.  Otherwise he says crews have been trying to contain the areas they’ve been assigned.  He says they’ve been smoked in most of the morning so they’re just starting to put some of the aircraft out and about.

             

Wasylenchuk adds fire behavior has been picking up in the afternoon and becoming extreme with fires making runs with the wind.

 

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Drive With Caution on Gravel Roads.

 

Manitoba Public Insurance and the RCMP have partnered in a joint public awareness and enforcement campaign specific to gravel roads.  They want to reduce the number of injuries, and deaths from accidents on gravel roads in the province. On average nearly 500 people are injured in crashes on Gravel roads annually and about 14 people are killed in these crashes.  One of the goals Manitoba Public Insurance has to heighten awareness about the challenges associated with driving on gravel roads is to enhance its high school driver education program. This will help to expose all teen drivers to training on how to properly control their vehicle on gravel. Some of the safety tips for driving on gravel roads include: slow down when you’re moving from a paved road to gravel, avoid sudden changes in direction as swerving may cause you to lose control and if you lose control take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go.

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Three Flin Flon School Division Projects Have Been Approved For Funding.

 

The Manitoba government has announced it is investing 53.7 million dollars in 110 infrastructure renewal projects across the province to ensure the continued well-being of students and educators in public schools.

             

Flin Flon School Division will receive funding approved by the Public Schools Finance Board for roof replacement at Ruth Betts Community School and funding for grooming rooms for special needs students at both Ruth Betts and Ecole McIsaac Schools.  As it is late in the season and school is starting next week these projects will be done next spring and over next summer while school is out.

             

The government announcement notes all approved projects will be completed within a timeframe of six to twenty-four months following the award of tenders and start of construction.

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All Groups and Organization Can Hold Registration in One Place.

 

 

  Flin Flon Parks and Recreation is again holding an event called Registration Under One Roof Wednesday, September 6th.  Recreation Director Caitlin Bailey says people interested in registering for upcoming events will be able to do so in one place.  She says they have different organizations from TOPS, Northern Lights Dance Academy, Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, the Flin Flon Aqua Center, Flin Flon Canadian Army Cadets, Flin Flon Minor Hockey, the Skating Club, Nor-Man Parent Child Coalition, they have a bunch of different groups so that families can come out and get registered and ready for the school year.

             

Any other interested organizations who want to hold registrations at this free event can contact the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542 or email cbailey@flinflon.ca by this Friday.

 

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Calm Air is Looking at Improved Service.

 

The president of Calm Air Gary Bell was one of the guests at last week’s Thompson Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting. He said he wants to apologize to everyone who has flown with Calm Air during the last few years.  He says as they have gone through their transition they have been short aircraft sometimes, they have been short flight crews sometimes so their on time performance has suffered during a lot of that transition.  He says they were down to a point where they were down to about 55 percent on time performance which is not good at all.

Bell added the airline was transitioning between the old planes and a new fleet. He said they expect to be 90 percent plus on time by the end of the year.

 

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A Grant Program For Local Projects is being Revived.

 

 

  The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is hosting an information meeting on Thursday at noon.  The Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie says members of the Neighborhoods Alive staff will be on hand to explain how the Neighborhood Renewal Program can benefit community groups. He explains the Neighborhood Renewal Fund has been a long term operation of the provincial government but its operation was suspended for a year and a half following the last election and so this is the first time that they have opened the doors again for community groups to apply for funding for various community projects and they’re fortunate that Neighborhoods Alive staff are going to be coming to town to explain how the current intake will be handled.

             

The information meeting will be held Thursday at noon in the Flin Flon City Council chambers. The deadline for applications to the program is September 11th.

 

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Hudbay Has Expanded Its Holdings.

 

Hudbay has announced it has acquired ownership of just over 10.7 million common shares of Mason Resources Corporation.  The purchase price was 26 cents per share for total consideration of just under 2.8 million dollars.  As a result of this investment Hudbay now owns and has control of just under 10.9 million shares representing approximately 13.9 percent of the issued and outstanding shares.

             

Mason Resources is a Canadian mining company focused on copper exploration and development in the United States with the Ann Mason copper deposit in Nevada and the copper gold Lordsburg projects in New Mexico.

             

Hudbay stated the acquisition of shares is being made for investment purposes and they may in the future increase or decrease ownership of the shares depending upon the business and prospects of Mason, future market conditions and Hudbay’s investment objectives.

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There Are Jobs Available Across the Country.

 

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business recently released their job report for the second quarter of 2017.  They report that almost 300 and 30 thousand jobs are left unfilled in Canada with 89-hundred unfilled in Manitoba. Jonathan Alward, the director of provincial affairs for Manitoba, says that those numbers aren’t the best way to judge how the province is doing.  He explains the numbers have stayed very close to what they were last quarter but if we look to another report that they do every month called their business barometer they’ve actually seen business optimism in the province has been very strong, actually before July it was at a five year high.  He says they have some other metrics that go along with that, the overall business health.  46 percent of members said their overall state of business health was very good compared to just 5 percent who said it was bad.

Alward added that there was an increase in vacancies in oil, gas, construction, manufacturing, transportation and hospitality, while there were decreases in information, arts, recreation and real estate.

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Teams and Individuals are Registering for the Relay for Life.

 

The Relay for Life is coming up September 9th from noon to midnight at Queen’s Park.  The Relay raises money and awareness for the Cancer Society.  The Committee’s Margot Gray says teams continue to register as plans develop for a fun day of walking and other activities.  She says they’ve got kids activities because they are closing off Green Street so they’ll have access to the Kin Park there, there’ll be bouncy houses, a penny parade, a 50-50, the Calm Air tickets and they have an Edmonton Oilers jersey and it’s on an auction on the internet right now so people can click on and peruse the jersey and you can bid on it that night.

             

Gray adds you can walk as part of a team or as an individual by making a donation and walking.  To register go to www.relayforlife.ca or find the link at www.flinflononline.com.

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It Was a Fun Summer at the Library.

 

The Flin Flon Public Library wraps up their summer camps today.  Summer student Aliece Angell says the summer was fantastic and the kids had fun and want to come back.  She says they played games, did lots of crafts and by the end she did not want the kids to leave, they were so nice and she had so much fun with them and she knows they are going to be life long readers after this as they read books with them and she loved hearing them say read another story.

               

The summer followed themes including Harry Potter Days, Minion Day, Superhero Day, Indigenous Day, Lego Day, Music and Story Days among others as well as a Canada 150 week.

 

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A Summer Program for Children Wraps Up Tomorrow.

 

  Summer in the Parks is completing their summer of activities for children five to nine year old.  Supervisor Tristan Barteski says they had a lot of new children who enjoyed all the theme weeks they had.  He says they saw a different variety of age groups this time, like previous years they had seen maybe fire year olds and eight year olds but this year they have more of a spread out of ages.  He adds they didn’t have the numbers that they were looking for this year but no matter what they still had a lot of fun and they were able to do a lot of cool things like go to Norva, out to Bakers Narrows and Denare Beach and do lots of tours around the city like the Recycling Center.

             

Their summer of activities wraps up tomorrow with their Unbirthday Day with cake, snacks and a bouncy house.  Summer in the Parks is sponsored every summer by Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, Flin Flon Arts Council and Flin Flon School Division.

 

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The Fire Situation continues to improve in Northeast Saskatchewan.

 

Fire Center Manager Dennis Trueman reported late yesterday while the Granite Fire north of Jan Lake and the Wilken Fire south of Pelican Narrows are still not contained the Flo Fire at Florence Lake 19 kilometers north of Creighton is at 27 hundred hectares and is contained.  He says scanning for hot areas near and around the perimeter of the Flo fire is ongoing and crews continue to extinguish any hot areas identified by the scanning process.  He says there’s still pockets of fuel within the perimeter that continue to burn and produce some smoke in the area so people will see smoke but the fire is contained at this time.

             

Trueman adds the Wilkin fire covers about 61 hundred hectares and the Granite Fire is about 20 thousand hectares but crews are making good progress in spite of difficult weather conditions with fire fighters, helicopters and air tankers working on these fires.

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You Can Support a Creighton Family.

 

 

Skye is a 15 year old girl from Creighton.  On August 19th Skye was involved in an ATV accident which has left her with brain injuries, a broken collar bone, collapsed lung and other internal injuries.  She is now in Saskatoon at the Royal University Hospital in critical condition.

             

A GoFundMe campaign was started in the hopes of taking off some of the financial pressure by helping Skye’s family stay by her side.  Canadians have shown their support for this family raising more than 240 dollars of the two thousand dollar goal on the first day.

             

To donate go to www.gofundme.com and search Skye.

 

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RCMP Have Laid Charges in a Homicide.

 

At 5:38 last Saturday morning Pukatawagan RCMP responded to an assault in the community.  A 17 year old male victim of an assault was transported to hospital where he died from his injuries. At 9:04 am RCMP Major Crime Services and Pukatawagan RCMP arrested two men from the community.  They have been charged with manslaughter and remain in custody.  They report the victim and the accused were known to each other.  The investigation continues.

 

 

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You Should Book Your Winter Travel to the Sun Now.

 

You are invited to be part of the CFAR Travel Club as they head to Cuba on February 5th.  Station Manager Dianne Russell says it’s your trip for one or two weeks.  She explains they are heading to Varadero, Cuba and they’re working with Jackie Sproxton TPI for a second year with great rates and something called a non-stop flight which is better than the direct flight because it literally means non-stop.  She says they’re right on the white sand beach, balconies and a great price so its kind of everything you want and no work and your trip adding it’s not group travel, it’s a travel club which means you get the benefits of a group but it’s your own trip.

             

A deposit of 150 dollars is required by September 15th.  To book your trip contact Jackie at 204-687-4677 or drop in at 78 Main Street.  For more information you can call Dianne or Mari at CFAR or check www.flinflononline.com.

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The Breast Screening Bus is Coming to Creighton.

 

  Saskatchewans Screening Program for Breast Cancer mobile bus will be in Creighton September 1st to 13th at the Sportex.  Manager Jocelyn Smith says early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.  She explains finding breast cancer early means less invasive treatment and a better survival rate.  She encourages all women 50 years and older to have a screening mammogram while their bus is in your location.  She advises women to call their toll free number 1-855-584-8228 for a mammogram appointment and a doctor’s referral is not needed.

             

Screenings will take place from 8 am to 8 pm daily.  After Creighton they will move to Pelican Narrows from September 14th to 20th.

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There is Less Liquor in Northern Saskatchewan.

 

Last Thursday and Friday members of the Pelican Narrows, Sandy Bay, Southend and Creighton RCMP Detachments were assisted by Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management. They conducted two days of enforcement on roads and highways around several northern communities targeting alcohol and traffic-related offences.

Significant amounts of liquor were seized and 15 people were charged under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act with canvassing, possession or bootlegging related liquor offences. The total estimated street value of the seized liquor is 6380 dollars. In addition to the seizures: 879 vehicles were checked; 7 traffic safety act violations were issued; one Criminal Code arrest warrant was executed.

RCMP advise they will be conducting future initiatives in various northern communities throughout the year. The primary objective is to disrupt the supply of alcohol destined for illegal resale in northern Saskatchewan communities.

 

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Students are Still Learning Over the Summer.

 

 

  As many as two thousand students from grades 1 to 12 are improving their learning skills this summer through support from the Manitoba government for five summer learning enrichment programs. One of these programs is put on by University College of the North which receives 40 thousand dollars for its Into the Wild Program. 

             

The program is designed to meet the needs of northern Manitoba youth from The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and surrounding communities.  The activities focus on literacy, numeracy and land based education to reduce summer learning loss and assist students in the transition back to school in the fall.

             

UCN’s Director of Communications Jim Scott says the Wild is very much science based so participants are often a step ahead when they return to the classroom is September. He adds it also provides summer employment for UCN education students allowing them to develop those critically important classroom skills that will be a major part of their careers once they receive their teaching degrees.

 

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She Continues Walking the Distance it Takes to Get to Winnipeg.

 

 

Inspired by her daughters treatment for ovarian cancer Paulette Adolphe is collecting pledges and walking 7 kilometers a night around Flin Flon to add up to the total kilometers to Winnipeg.  She will then join her daughter’s team Amanda’s Roses in Winnipeg to take part in the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope September 10th. Adolphe reported yesterday to date she has been walking for 71 days and so far she has walked 611 kilometers or 380 miles which means she’s got 149 kilometers to go and if you look on a map of Manitoba she has from Flin Flon going over Easterville down number six passed Ashern and is on her way to Eriksdale and Lundar now.

             

Adolphe adds she will have an information and pledge booth at Pharmasave Saturday from 11 to 4 and those making pledges will be entered into a draw for prizes donated by local artists.  Pledge sheets are also available at VA Flin Flon and the Big Dipper.

 

 

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It Was a Successful Pride Weekend.

 

 

Flin Flons Pride Committee celebrated their first Pride event over the weekend.  It began with the raising of the Pride Flag at City Hall Friday where committee member CC Trubiak said Pride is a celebration for the whole community.  He says it’s become a beacon of hope to any one of the millions of people in our world who have felt the sting of being an outcast.  He added with acts of violence, hate and fear constantly grabbing the headlines Flin Flon’s Pride Committee hopes to show the world that our little northern town is in fact a northern light.  He said it’s a place where people are accepted and respected for their contributions to the town and not ostracized for what makes them different.

             

Father Paul Bringleson told those attending our communities are incomplete without your voice and without your needs being met and being heard with the dignity they deserve and Shelley Rhyno asked those attending to be willing and open to accept all that defines the person standing next to you.

             

The flag raising was followed by a barbeque in Pioneer Square, the Pride parade Saturday morning, a Community Fair Saturday afternoon and a Glow Party Saturday night.

 

Best Float Womens Resource

 Pride Committee                                                                                                  Center

 

Best Costume Colleen Arnold

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You Can Help Out at the Relay For Life.

 

The Relay for Life is coming up September 9th from noon to midnight at Queen’s Park to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Society.  The Committee’s Margot Gray says they have had success with volunteers in the past and are looking forward to people volunteering this year.  She says if you just want to come down spend an hour or two helping out with things like the set up or the take down and this year it won’t be so bad because you don’t have to stay all night as it will be done after midnight.  She adds the different booths like the registration, there’s the survivor booth, selling tickets, the penny parade, the finance part of it, anything with the kids as well as selling and placing the luminaries.

             

To volunteer you can call Margot at 204-687-3163, go to www.relayforlife.ca or find the link at www.flinflononline.com.

 

 

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Students Had a Successful Summer of Finding Jobs.

 

  The Manitoba Youth Job Center is closing today after a successful summer.  Youth Engagement Leader Katlynn Shaitel says it was smooth sailing this summer.  She says their Odd Job Squad got to participate in five successful events thanks to all the support from the community and community members.  She says this is a great Center to help you kick start the job process if you are between the ages of 12 and 29 so don’t be afraid to check out their Center next year as it will re-open in May 2018.

              The Youth Job Center is open from mid May to mid August and offers a variety of services for students and youth looking for jobs and opportunities to learn job skills.

 

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You Have an Opportunity to Spay or Neuter Your Pet.

 

The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA is hosting a mobile spay and neuter clinic September 12th and 13th at St. Ann’s Church.  Shelter Manager Carmen Ward explains the clinic is offering spays and neuters to dogs and cats.  She says initially they are offering spaces to low income homes and they did offer spots to regular income homes but they’ve all been filled and they only have about five spaces left of be filled by low income families.

             

Ward adds if you want to get your animal in drop in at the Shelter on the Cliff Lake Road Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 4:30 or call them at 204-687-8744.

 

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Smoke and ash.

 

 

   For those concerned about the smoke and ash coming over our community the wildfire situation has not changed.  The Florence fire is still 19 kilometers north of us and is not a danger to our community. The air flow has changed and is sending smoke and ash in our direction.

 

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A Busy Summer Winds Up In Creighton.

 

 

  The Creighton Spray Pool windup is being held tomorrow afternoon.  Michelle Hrywkiw with the Recreation Office says they have activities planned to help celebrate the wind up.  She says it’s a family event and it’s free of charge so come on out for an afternoon of fun, healthy snacks will be provided and a bouncy house will be there as well.  She notes the pool will still be open the following week.

             

The Creighton Spray Pool Fiesta runs from 1 to 3 tomorrow afternoon.

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The Fire Situation is Improving in Northeast Saskatchewan.

 

 

Scott Wasylenchuk with the Provincial Wildfire Center in Prince Albert reported yesterday afternoon progress is being made on wildfires in the Creighton Denare Beach area.  He says the Flo fire which is about 19 kilometers straight north of Creighton is listed at 2765 hectares as of yesterday morning and they have resources on that and they’re actually making some good progress on it.  He adds the Granite fire is about 14 kilometers northeast of Jan Lake and that one is doing quite well too with quite a few crews on that with support from helicopters and air tankers as well and on the Wilkin fire which is 19 kilometers south of Pelican Narrows they’re making good progress as well.

             

Wasylenchuk adds they have crews, helicopters and air tankers on these fires, they had some scattered showers through the area and crews are making really good progress.

 

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Residents Are Taking Care of Our Community.

 

At the Flin Flon City Council meeting Tuesday night Mayor Cal Huntley reported he is really impressed and amazed at the amount of renovations going on leaving the community looking really good.  He says people are taking the city’s Clean and Green initiative seriously and taking care of their properties.

             

Councilor Bill Hanson had praise for Channing Beach and the fact people are cleaning up after themselves resulting in a beautiful beach that is being well used.  Mayor Huntley added he was told over 50 people were at the beach at times.

             

 Councilor Guy Rideout noted there’s one area that still needs work.  He has heard ongoing complaints about people not cleaning up after their dogs.  Council reminds dog owners it is their responsibility to pick up and properly dispose of residue left by their dogs.

             

And Council agreed to make a donation in kind to the Flin Flon Arts Council for Culture Days running September 29th, 30th and October 1st. It will help offset the costs associated with the use of the Community Hall and Rotary Wheel.

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Cross Lake RCMP Have Seized Drugs, Liquor and Cash During a Quad Traffic Stop

 

At approximately 5:30 Saturday afternoon Cross Lake RCMP conducted a traffic stop after spotting a quad with two occupants being driven erratically through the community. The occupants were not wearing helmets and not obeying road safety signs.

 

The quad operator, a resident of Cross Lake, was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle. A further search of the accused led to the discovery of 42 grams of cocaine and a sum of Canadian Currency. Police also seized a case of beer from the quad.

 

The accused is facing charges of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and Resisting Arrest. He was released on a Promise to Appear and will appear in court at a later date.

 

 

The investigation continues.

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A Canadian Singer Song Writer is Returning to Flin Flon.

 

 

Entertainer Ben Sures is making his third appearance in Flin Flon on Friday. He is on tour and contacted Ann Ross and Doug McGregor to let them know he wanted to do another show here.  Ross says Sures is a true road musician noting he’s traveled the world sharing his quirky song writing style that’s based in blues and roots and distinguished by easy lyrics expressing a different take on unusual topics.  She adds he’s an all around engaging entertainer and Ben won the 2005 John Lennon song competition in the folk category for his song Any Precious Girl.

             

Sures will perform Friday night at 7:30 at 183 Murton Boulevard.  You can reserve a seat for 20 dollars by calling 204-687-8193 or just come on Friday night.  The doors open at 7.

 

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The Smoking Bylaw is Still on Hold.

 

At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley said Council is still reviewing the proposed smoking bylaw.  The bylaw would ban smoking on Main Street and adjoining streets and within 15 feet of the front doorway of any commercial establishment that employs more than two employees at any one time. He says they are reviewing the distance and are considering a possible designated smoking area on a piece of city owned property on or close to Main Street.

             

Mayor Huntley reported they are keeping a watch on the wildfire that is north of us noting it is not a danger to us so far and they will keep people informed.  He adds there’s a large body of water and distance between us and the fire. He reminds residents that the City fire ban is still in place with no open fires or use of fire pits allowed.

            

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It Was a Successful Fund Raiser.

 

The 18th annual Steve Ewing Memorial Poker Run took place Saturday.  One of the organizers Kel Brown says they had a successful ride from Flin Flon to Wanless and back raising a lot of money.  He says it was a really good day for a ride and they had about 40 bikes show up so it was a great turnout and a good time.  He adds they raised about 25 hundred dollars with a thousand going to a bursary, a thousand to the first hand and 500 dollars to the lowest hand.

            

The first hand was held by Dwayne Wenger and the lowest hand by Sandra Yuremchuk.

 

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Flin Flon First Pride Event Takes Place This Weekend.

 

The Pride event is planned for Friday and Saturday.  Committee members Kirsten Fritsch and Jordanna Oulette report they start out with a flag raising and speeches at city hall at 5 o’clock Friday and then CUPE is helping them host a barbeque at Pioneer Square at 5:30 and it will be a barbeque by donation.  At 11am Saturday they’re going to have the Pride parade which will be the same route as the Canada Day parade and from 2 to 6 it’s going to be a community fair at Queen’s Park next to Hapnot with local vendors, food trucks and all sorts of fun stuff and at 9 pm they are having a glow party at the Unwinder with glow paint, glow sticks so it’s going to be a good time.

             

Mayor Cal Huntley has officially proclaimed this week Pride Week in Flin Flon.  For more information visit the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.

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Fires Continue to Expand in Northeast Saskatchewan.

 

 

The Provincial Fire Center Manager for Saskatchewan Dennis Trueman says fires in the Creighton Denare Beach area are still not contained.  He reports the Wilkin Fire north of Jan Lake is approximately 1520 hectares, the Granite Fire west of Granite Lake is approximately 3274 hectares and the Flo Fire south of Florence Lake is approximately 16 hundred hectares at this time.  He says crews are currently working hard and making good progress but current weather conditions are making it difficult to contain.

             

Trueman adds crews and helicopters continue to work on these fires and there is some rain in the forecast but that brings with it erratic winds which can make fire fighting a little more difficult.

 

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Summer Camp Days Were a Success.

 

Denare Beach Recreation offered day camps for 4 to 11 year olds over the summer.  The camps wrapped up on Friday and the camp’s Kaylee Banting says summer went really well.  She says the most kids they had was 11 but they only had 11 for two days, it usually ranged from 6 to 8 kids everyday.  She adds they did some relays, crafts, mostly they went outside and swam or played on the jungle gym which was a favorite thing to do.

             

Themes for crafts and activities over the summer included Under the Sea, Camping, Outer Space, Science, Superheroes, the Olympics and Pirates.

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A Man Dedicated to Scouting was Honored Yesterday.

Jim Fell & Tom Heine       

 

As part of Flinty’s birthday party Jim Fell was inducted to the Flin Flon Station Museum Wall of Honor yesterday afternoon.  Museum Board President Tom Heine say Fell is best known for his volunteer efforts in scouting.  He explained even before Fell came here he was involved in the Canadian scouting movement and he stayed with that for 60 years as a leader, scout master and then administrator organizing various activities, including jamborees both provincial, national and world jamborees so he was very committed to the scouting movement.

             

Heine says Fell was also a member of the HBM&S pipe band and a founding member of the Legion pipe band, was involved with his church and the Museum Board and has received several awards including the Manitoba Premier’s Volunteer Award, the Queen Elizabeth the Second Jubilee Medal and for scouting the Silver Acorn Award and the Canadian Baden Powell Recognition Medal among others.

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Government Funding is Helping With Renovations.

 

             

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are funding projects in communities across the province under the Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund.  The City of Flin Flon is receiving 60 thousand dollars for Community Center renovations.  Major upgrades have been made to the Community Hall kitchen with plans for renovations to the washrooms.

             

The Small Communities Fund supports priority public infrastructure projects in communities with fewer that 100 thousand residents across Canada.

 

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There is a Fire Pit Ban in Flin Flon.

 

Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports the Wildfire north of Flin Flon has grown to 720 hectares and continues not to pose a risk to Flin Flon. Officials are monitoring the situation daily. Air quality due to the smoke will vary depending on the wind direction and humidity.

With the increased temperatures over the weekend and no rain in the coming few days, everyone is urged to be cautious that no new fires start when outdoors. The City of Flin Flon still has a backyard recreational fire pit ban in place until further notice.

 

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Crews Continue to Fight Wildfires in Northeast Saskatchewan.

 

The Provincial Fire Center Manager for Saskatchewan Dennis Trueman says crews continue to fight three of the larger fires in the Creighton Denare Beach area.  He says they’ve got the Wilken fire which is north of Jan Lake and it’s approximately 700 hectares at this time, they’ve got the Granite Fire west of Granite Lake which is approximately 800 hectares and they’ve got the Flo fire south of Florence Lake and it’s approximately 950 hectares right now.

             

Trueman says crews assisted by helicopters are making good progress on these fires assisted by water bombers when required but the current weather conditions are making them difficult to contain.

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Flin Flon RCMP Have Located a Missing Man.

 

The RCMP report Andrew Harkiss has been safely located.  He was reported missing on Sunday. They thank the public, the media, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, the Flin Flon Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources for their assistance in this matter.

 

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A Colorful Run Takes Place in Denare Beach.

 

Denare Beach Recreation is holding its first annual Rainbow Run tomorrow.  Recreation Director Crystal Banting explains the run involves runners and throwing colored powder starting at 11 am with the racers leaving the Denareplex, they’re going to run a loop around Denare Beach and going to end up at the main beach which is their finish line.  She says they’re going to have a barbeque, a deejay with music so everybody can come down and welcome the runners and they’ll have a limited quantity of colored powder for sale to welcome the runners at the finish line.

             

Banting adds they have 27 runners registered for the run.

 

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You Are Invited to a Community Birthday Party Sunday.

 

The Flinty Committee is ready to go with Flinty’s 55th birthday party Sunday afternoon.  The Committee’s Bunny Burke says they’ll have something for everyone including their usual beef on a bun, hot dogs, home fries that the Rotary Club cooks for them and they have the traditional birthday cake for Flinty.  She adds they also have a teddy bear picnic, dinosaur races, the fish pond, a geocache event and the Friendship Center and RHA are bringing down some games for the kids.

             

The party will also include the installation of another Flin Flonner on the Wall of Honor.  The party runs from 1 to 4 Sunday afternoon at the Flin Flon Station Museum.

 

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A Warning About Open Fires.

 

 

Due to extremely dry conditions fire bans are in effect for the town of Creighton and village of Denare Beach.  Open fires are prohibited until further notice.  It does not include propane and briquette barbeques.

             

Currently in Saskatchewan 47 fires are burning 6 of which are not contained, 35 have ongoing assessment, 4 are contained and at 2 fires activity is focused on protecting property.

             

In the northeast section that includes the Creighton and Denare Beach area 4 fires are not contained, 2 are contained and 4 have ongoing assessment.

 

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Cancer Survivors are Encouraged to Be Part of the Relay For Life.

 

The Relay For Life takes place September 9th from noon to midnight at Queen’s Park to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Society.  The Committee’s Margot Gray has put a call out to cancer survivors to register.  She says it’s just a general call out for anybody that’s been affected by cancer, it doesn’t matter what type of cancer.  She says they have a reception tent and they usually have goody bags for everybody but it’s mostly to celebrate those who have survived cancer.  She notes they would love to have people do testimonials up on the stage if they are so inclined even though people are shy to do that but it’s a great thing because it shares hope with anybody else or somebody who’s just been newly diagnosed to hear other stories.

             

Gray adds the survivors take part in the first lap and are joined by their caregivers for the second lap. If you need information or wish to register call Cliff Melnick at 204-687-4135 or go to the Relay link at www.flinflononline.com or go to www.relayforlife.ca.

 

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All Drivers Are Invited to be Part of a Poker Run.

 

The 18th annual Steve Ewing Memorial Poker Run will be held Saturday afternoon.  One of the organizers Kel Brown says all bikes, trucks and cars are welcome.  He says they will be leaving the Gateway at noon and leaving Wanless at 1 o’clock.  He notes their stops are Wanless and the Cranberry Portage, at Steve Ewings Mom’s place at Big Island and she feeds the whole crew and the last stop is at the Hooter.

             

Brown adds at the Hooter there will be a meat draw and the awarding of prizes.

             

Ghost hands are available at Pharmasave, Eddies or at the Gateway before they leave Saturday. For information call Kel at 204-687-0102 or email kelbrown658@gmail.com.

 

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Cross Lake RCMP Have Seized Drugs and Liquor During a Traffic Stop.

 

At approximately 2:10 Sunday Morning the Cross Lake RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Highway 374. The traffic stop led to the search of a vehicle which resulted in the seizure of 154 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, 52 Tylenol-3 tablets as well as a quantity of liquor.

 

RCMP have arrested and charged an 18-year-old, 25-year-old, 27-year-old and a 50-year-old all residents of Cross Lake. Each has been charged with two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

 

All four accused were remanded in custody and scheduled to appear in Thompson Provincial Court.

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You Can Reuse School Supplies.

 

The Flin Flon Recycling Center is encouraging you to reuse school and office supplies.  Their Administrator Deb Odegaard says they can help you do that.  She explains the Recycling Center gets a lot of really usable school supplies in and they would like someone to reuse them instead of just recycling them so they’re setting up at the Library Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3:30 and people who want to come and check them out can pick up their school supplies and make good use of them.

             

Odegaard says they have a lot of notebooks, a variety of paper, file folders, three ring binders and other supplies.  She adds if you have any school supplies that you won’t be reusing that they can add to what they have drop them off at the Library Saturday between 1 and 2.

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Flin Flon RCMP are looking for missing man

 

At 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon Flin Flon RCMP received a report of a missing 52-year-old man. Andrew Harkiss was last seen on August 5, at 4:40 pm, driving away from his parent’s residence.

 

Harkiss is described as Caucasian in appearance, 6feet tall, 220 pounds, brown eyes, shoulder length brown hair, a faint mustache and wearing a baseball hat.

 

RCMP are concerned for his wellbeing and believe he may still be in the Flin Flon area.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Flin Flon RCMP at 204-687-1422, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES.

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Ore Production in Manitoba Was Up Over Last Year.

 

 

  In their 2017 second quarter financial report Hudbay says ore mined at their Manitoba operations increased by two percent over the same period last year.  President Alan Hair says that was primarily as a result of increased production at the company’s Lalor and Reed mines, partially offset by decreased production at the Triple Seven mine in Flin Flon. He notes Manitoba contained metal production increased as a result of higher grades in all metals at Triple Seven as well as higher throughput in grades at both the Flin Flon and Stall Lake concentrators.  He notes due to increased Lalor mine throughput and higher zinc rates at Triple Seven, concentrate production is exceeding the processing capacity of the Flin Flon zinc plant and as a result sales of excess zinc concentrate inventory began in the second quarter of this year and will continue as long as the concentrate production exceeds zinc plant processing capacity.

             

Hair adds the strong ramp up of ore production from the Lalor mine in the first half of this year has resulted in the accumulation of an ore stockpile as Lalor’s production has exceeded the Stall concentrator’s current milling capacity so they have started to truck some of the stockpiled ore to the Flin Flon mill for processing in the second half of this year.

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You Can Support the Journey For Hope.

 

 

The Journey For Hope Walk held in Winnipeg supports the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society and its free programs and services.  Flin Flon’s Ray Berg is going door to door in our community to collect pledges to support the Walk.  He explains there’s a lady Katrina who is the supervisor for the event and she will be doing the walk for him and he will be collecting pledges up here for her.  He adds he’s got about 3100 dollars and last year he had 3850 dollars and his girl friend in Winnipeg got 550 for a total of 4400 and they got first place.

             

Berg encourages people to have cash on hand when he comes to your door.  He says anyone pledging 20 dollars or more will receive a tax receipt from the Schizophrenia Society.  The Journey For Hope Walk takes place Saturday, September 16th starting at the Forks in Winnipeg.

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Hudbay Reports Increased Earnings.

 

 

Hudbay has released its second quarter 2017 financial results.  The net profit for the quarter was 25.6 million dollars compared to a net loss of 5.7 million in the second quarter last year.  President Alan Hair reports their increase in operating cash flow to 124.1 million from 69.5 million in the second quarter last year is the result of growth in sales volumes of most metals and higher realized copper and zinc prices.  He says they are allocating some of their positive cash free flow generation to expand their exploration budget and build their long term growth pipeline.  He notes they have been active in identifying and acquiring grassroots exploration property in Peru, Chile and British Columbia during the downturn in metal prices.

             

Hair adds the increase in exploration expenditures is expected to fund drilling on the grassroots exploration properties as well as testing targets in Manitoba and drilling down plunge at Lalor near Snow Lake.

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There is Only a Month Until the Relay For Life.

 

 

Teams and individual walkers are encouraged to register for the Relay For Life.  It is being held September 9th at Queen’s Park with people collecting pledges and walking the track to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Society.  The committee’s Margot Gray explains they have changed their hours from past events so its from noon to midnight even though traditionally they walk through the night because cancer doesn’t sleep but they did a survey the last two Relays that they did and people were finding it was just a little bit more difficult each year to do that from midnight on to 6 o’clock and it was difficult getting volunteers because everyone wants to volunteer at the beginning.

             

To enter as a team or individual walker go to the Flin Flon Relay For Life Facebook page, visit their website www.relayforlife.ca and enter Flin Flon as your location or contact Virginia Leifso at 204-687-8129 or email vleifso@hotmail.com.

 

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They Are Working to Make a Difference.

 

 

Rotary Clubs in Flin Flon, Thompson and The Pas hosted their District Governor this week.  Peter Neufeld is from Regina and is responsible for District 5550 with 46 clubs in eastern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.  He spoke to the Clubs about their District Conference theme this year Building Peace Through Rotary and how Clubs can build peace.  He explains they often don’t think about what they do with the kids and help them to have positive experiences in the schools with their friends and as they get a little older and are going into high school and often also they an exchange program with children going to other countries and other youth coming here and all of those are building relationships that end up making our world a more peaceful place.

               

Neufeld adds this falls within International President Ian Riseley’s theme for this year Rotary Making a Difference.

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An Annual Fishing Tournament Gets Underway Tonight.

 

The 28th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge runs through this weekend on Big Athapap.  The Committee’s Mike Wesner says they’ll be lining up the boats tonight.  He says the actual fishing takes place on Saturday and Sunday but the derby starts tonight with a boat parade at about 7 o’clock heading out from the Cranberry Portage Curling Club.  He says fishing starts both mornings at 8 o’clock with a shot gun start and on Saturday you have to be back in the bay past the dock by 4 and on Sunday you have to be back in the bay past the dock by 3.

             

Wesner adds first prize is again 35 hundred dollars, second 25 hundred and third 2 thousand and those prizes are guaranteed with prizes right down to tenth place.

             

For information on registering call 204-472-3044 or go Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on Facebook.  You can register right up to the start of the derby at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.

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Safe Boating Will Be in Focus This Weekend.

 

 

The Canadian Safe Boating Council and RCMP Manitoba are teaming up to reduce impaired boating deaths over this long weekend.

             

They report drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 percent of boating related fatalities on Canadian waterways.  To raise awareness the two groups are launching year five of an initiative called Operation Dry Water to educate boaters about the dangers and potentially fatal consequences of impaired boating.  They note combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat the effects of alcohol on water can be greatly increased.

            

  RCMP officers across the province will be out on the water talking to boaters, educating about the risks involved with impaired driving and ensuring proper safety equipment is on board, including a personal floatation device for every person on board.

 

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The City has Received its Share of the Federal Gas Tax.

 

 

  In July the Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual 34.3 million dollar federal Gas Tax Fund installments to Manitoba.  The funding flows through the provincial government to all of its municipalities on a per capita basis to support community infrastructure projects.

             

The City of Flin Flon receives just under 292 thousand dollars from the Fund which goes into the works and operations part of their yearly budget. The funding is made available in two annual installments, one in July and the other before March 31st.                                

             

A release states the Fund gives each community across Canada a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long term funding and communities can use the funds immediately on priority projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use it to finance major infrastructure expenditures. 

 

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Chamber Members Across the Province Feel Governments Should be Responsible for the Churchill Rail Line.

Chuck Davidson

 

In this weeks Biz Newsletter the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce reported the results of their survey of members across the province on the Churchill rail line closed by spring flooding.  In response to their question who should pay for repairs for the rail line to Churchill 58 percent of members responding said a combination of federal and provincial governments, 25 percent private investment or a new owner, 17 percent present owners Omnitrax and 0 percent for the government of Canada or government of Manitoba.

             

Last week Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President Chuck Davidson along with Board member Merv Gunter met with business owners and local government officials in Churchill to hear first hand the challenges facing the community and business owners. The Chamber has requested a meeting with Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen to discuss establishment of a fund that could be utilized to offset the increased costs business owners are experiencing as a result of the loss of the rail line.

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A Couple of Bylaws are Still on the Drawing Board.

 

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council reported they are reviewing the bylaw that requires residents to be responsible for the boulevards in front of their homes. Mayor Cal Huntley notes it may require stiffer penalties as they are still getting complaints about overgrown boulevards. And Council is  reviewing the results of a survey of Chamber of Commerce members before introducing their smoking bylaw at a Council meeting.  The proposed bylaw states smoking is prohibited on the street, sidewalk or road allowance located on or adjoining Flin Flon’s Main Street and within 15 feet of the front doorway of any commercial establishment which employs more than two employees at any one time.

             

Councilor Bill Hanson congratulated the President of the local Ham Radio group Kevin Rose who has won a trip to Japan through the Ham Radio Association.  He noted the local Ham Radio group is part of the city’s emergency plan.

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Kids Were Focused on Mining Yesterday.

 

 

The University of Manitobas Wise Kidnetic Energy Camp is underway at McIsaac School this week.  The camp’s Eric Koskie says they have 22 kids ages 9 to 12 in the camp this summer.  He says they have five theme days offering a mixture of science and engineering with the focus on mining yesterday.  He explains they were just bio-leaching for gems and now they have water that is contaminated and they need to find a way to filter it out so they can use that water and not pour all of the contaminants back into our water supply so they are going to be building filters and trying to neutralize the acidic water.  He adds after that they will be mining for cookies and trying to extract some chocolate chips and they’ll be talking about asteroid mining and what those kinds of endeavors might look like in the future.

             

Other themes for the camp this year are space discovery, medical science, sustainability and genetics.

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Timmys is Coming to Creighton.

 

The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and Peter Ballantyne Group of Companies have announced they have executed a franchise agreement with Tim Hortons.  They say they have worked diligently in the past year and more for the opportunity to bring a Tim Hortons franchise operation to the Flin Flon Creighton area.  It will be a non-traditional build with a kiosk operation when located within the Petro Canada station on Main Street in Creighton.  They are currently going through the planning phase for renovations.  Upon opening they will be offering a full beverage and baked goods line.  After opening they will be evaluating the option to offer additional menu items in the future.

             

They will be recruiting for Management and staff in the next few months anticipating that the Tim Hortons operation will create 12 new positions. Their goal is to open the Tim Hortons in the last quarter of this year.

 

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It Was a Busy Month for Fires.

Tweedmuir Street fire July 9

 

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs report for July.  It indicated 16 incidents during the month resulting in 200 thousand dollars in damage.  Mayor Cal Huntley and Councilor Ken Pawlachuk remind residents of the importance of having the required number of smoke detectors in your home as they do save lives.

             

Council approved requests for funding at the meeting.  They will support the Flin Flon Junior Bombers for the 2017-18 hockey season with 75 hundred dollars, one thousand dollars to the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center to help cover the costs of National Aboriginal Day held on June 21st and a donation of 570 dollars to Community Futures Greenstone to offset the cost of Community Hall rental for the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference to be held October 25th.

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Teams Collecting Pledges for Relay for Life Can Turn in Their Money.

 

  The Relay for Life takes place in Flin Flon September 9th at Queen’s Park from noon to midnight to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society.  The committee’s Caitlin Bailey says teams and individuals are now collecting pledges so they are having an early bank night. She says the bank night will be tomorrow night at 6 pm at the Victoria Inn and you just come in and ask at the front desk for the Relay for Life room.  She explains this is giving teams the opportunity to turn in fund raising money so that their total fund raising dollars are recognized on their online system and this will count towards their team standings and its nice to get your fund raising money in before the event as well.

             

For information on the Relay for Life or to register as a team or individual go to their website www.relayforlife.ca and enter Flin Flon as your location or go to www.flinflononline.com

 

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Appointments Have Been Made to Regional Health Authority Boards.

 

 

Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen has announced appointments to the boards of Manitobas five regional health authorities. Appointed to the eleven member board in the Northern Health Region were June Chu owner and operator of the Silver Leaf Hotel and Motel in Wabowden, Angela Enright a consultant on economic development, international trade and real estate from Snow Lake and Mary Head a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the manager responsible for natural resources.  Reappointed to the northern board is Judith Kolada from Thompson.

             

Goertzen noted the regional health authority boards guide the important work of providing the right care in the right place at the right time adding these new board members will help guide health care as they work to strengthen the system and improve access to consistent quality care across the province.

 

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Manitoba and First Nations Communities Will Look at Mineral Development.

 

 

Premier Brian Pallister has announced the Manitoba Government will be developing a new provincial mineral development protocol with First Nation communities. He says the protocol will enable them to establish a clear pathway forward on mineral development            

             

The process will be co-chaired by Chief Ron Evans from Norway House Cree Nation and Jim Downey, former Manitoba deputy Premier will engage First Nations communities that have immediate or potential mineral development opportunities and are interested in participating . The new protocol will define how consultations will occur during phases of mineral development including grassroots exploration, mechanized disturbance, advanced exploration and mine development.

             

Pallister added it will also provide mineral exploration and mining industries with a clear understanding of the requirements and processes for mineral development projects in indigenous territories.

 

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You Can Still Register for a Summer Bible School.

 

 

The Flin Flon Pentecostal Assembly is holding a Vacation Bible School from 1 to 4 Monday to Friday next week for ages 5 to 12.  The Church’s Denise Roy says they will feature a team from Brandon.  She explains they’ll have Devoted Ministries coming up and presenting the Go Fish curriculum Victory and students will be engaged in arts, crafts, games, bible stories and songs and they’ll be encouraged in just what it means to be walking victoriously.

             

You can register by calling Denise at 204-687-4238, email dandgroy@mts.net or at the Church at 180 Green Street before and after their Sunday service.

 

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It Can Be Bigger Than Ever.

Culture Days 2016

 

  Flin Flons Culture Days finished number one in the country last year for the number of events in communities with a population of less than 50 thousand.  The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says she would like it to be an even bigger celebration this year. With 104 events last year she would like to see 150 events for Canada’s 150th birthday.  She says they are going to be having the provincial Culture Days kickoff here in Flin Flon and as far as she knows the Lieutenant Governor will be coming as well as the Minister to see what we’ve got, so anybody who has anything they want to show off or just share, it could be absolutely anything that you love doing that could be part of Culture Days.

             

If you have any ideas for Culture Days which runs September 29th to October 1st this year contact Crystal at the Arts Council Office, call 204-687-5974 or go to their website www.culturedays.ca.

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