Local News Archives for 2017-11

You Can Take A Teddy Bear to the Bomber Game.

 

On Saturday night Northland Ford will be sponsoring their fifth annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Flin Flon Bomber game.  Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay explains when the Bombers score their first goal toss the Teddies over the glass.  He says last year they picked up about 450 of them and they’re hoping for about the same this year.  He says it’s been a very good event and a very good donation to the Salvation Army and the Friendship Center who each have a Christmas cheer program and that’s what the Teddy Bears go for.

             

Gourlay adds if you don’t have a Teddy Bear other toys are fine and they’ll have drop off points for toys that can’t be tossed onto the ice.

 

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You Can Celebrate Christmas With The Choir.

 

The Flin Flon Community Choir is featuring a Holly Jolly Christmas With the Choir Saturday night. Choir Director Crystal Kolt says they’ll feature special choral leaders with the choir.  She explains you’re going to hear some of your favorite carols with a few new ones they’ve learned that are really beautiful and they have four conductors that are going to be sharing their talents with you, Kim Jones, Anna Harrison, Crystal Kolt and Courtney Campbell and you’ve got the full 70 voice Community Choir there to give you an amazing kick off into the Christmas season.

             

The concert takes place Saturday at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall. Tickets are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street at 20 dollars for adults and 10 for youth.

 

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A Christmas Film You Should See is Coming up Tomorrow Night.

 

The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the film Yolki tomorrow night.  The group’s Colin Davis says this is a Russian Christmas comedy that you’ll talk about for a long time and Russia’s most watched film in 2010. He explains Vanya is a young girl in a Russian orphanage who has told everyone that her father is the President of Russia.  When told to prove it the other children she lives with tell her to have her father say something pointed right at her during his annual New Year’s speech.  Davis adds her only friend at the orphanage tells her that everybody know everybody else through six degrees of separation which poses the question can they get a message to someone to give to someone else down a chain that will eventually get to the President?

             

The film will be shown tomorrow night in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre starting at 7:30 with free admission.

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Two Flin Flon Students Have Received Provincial Recognition.

 

At last night’s meeting the Flin Flon School Board welcomed Cassidy Alexander and Niki Keramydas and their presentation on their recent trip to Winnipeg to attend a Young Historians evening.  The evening was hosted by the Manitoba Historical Society which recognized the girl’s project from the Red River Heritage Fair on The Metis People.  The two were invited to present their project to members of the Society and their guests earlier this month along with three other young students from the province.  Niki and Cassidy received their Young Historians Award for their work which included a gift as well as membership to the Manitoba Historical Society making them the Society’s youngest members.  The girls are also the first people out of Winnipeg to receive the honor.

             

In other school new Superintendent Constance McCleese reported the Division’s administration are participating in the Safe and Caring Schools Program which covers topics such as safety and belonging within schools.

             

Board Chair Amy Sapergia Green said she is looking forward to enjoying seasonal efforts from all the Division’s students as this always a busy and exciting time within the Division.

 

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Plans are Underway for the 2018 Trout Festival.

 

  The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee held their annual general meeting Monday night. Even with just a few people at the meeting they had names to fill their executive positions.  Current Vice-President Melissa Richard will move to President, Past President is Anita Bradt, Vice-President Anita Pruden, Secretary Annette Banach and Treasurer Colleen Arnold. Sheena Reed will handle the parade.

             

Dave Osika reported the revived fishing derby ran as a one day derby on Phantom Lake on Saskatchewan’s Family Fishing Weekend with 33 entries and excellent sponsorship and will return next year.  Annette Banach is looking into returning the Polar Splash if she can find volunteers to help her.  Anyone interested can call her at 204-271-3918 or email annettebanach@gmail.com.

             

Melissa Richard reported they are planning on booking local musicians for the Fish Fry and will be looking into more grants to support the Festival which will start with the barbeque on June 28th and will run the 29th, 30th and July 1st.

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Saskatchewan Party Leadership Candidates Should Look at Border Issues.

 

At their meeting yesterday the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce was invited to submit questions for the Next Premier Panel with the five Saskatchewan Party leadership candidates. The suggestion was made they submit questions about how the Manitoba Saskatchewan border affects services and what happens in Flin Flon Manitoba, Flin Flon Saskatchewan and Creighton and Denare Beach and a question raised earlier by the Chamber on implementing cross border fishing licences.  Past President Dianne Russell encouraged members to submit questions on these issues noting the more people raise these issues the more attention they will get.

             

Community Futures Greenstone wrote to thank the Chamber for their involvement in the recent Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference and Awards Evening.  The letter stated the Conference aims to give participants the motivation and knowledge to pursue growing a business in the north.  The Chamber has said it is an excellent Conference and more people should attend.

             

The Main Street Committee’s Dianne Russell reminded members of the Santa Claus parade Friday night at six on Main and Church Streets and the Moonlight Madness Family Night with events on Main Street December 15th from 5 to 8.

 

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A Creighton Community School Student Received a Special Youth Award.

 

  As part of National Addictions Awareness Week a young person is recognized with the Healthy Youth Role Model Award.  The National Addictions Awareness Week Committee’s Lori Stevens reports this year’s winner is Tyler Banting who is a grade twelve student at Creighton Community School. He was nominated by the Town Of Creighton who stated Tyler refrains from drinking alcohol, does not smoke or vape or chew.  Tyler does not do drugs.  He leads a healthy lifestyle by choosing friends who lead the same lifestyle as he does.  He is involved in volleyball.  Tyler is a polite young man, eager to help and care for his younger brother after school.

             

In addition to the Committee the award is sponsored by the Community Youth Resource Center and the Play It Safer Network.  Banting received a gift basket, a 50 dollar gift certificate, a personal plaque and a plaque to hang in his school.  There were eight nominations for the award.

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A Weekend Event Highlighted Christmas Decorations.

Best In Show

 

Creighton Community School hosted the Festival of Trees on Saturday under the theme Frosty Fun.  Along with the craft sale, breakfast with Santa, the Silver Bells Tea and other events those attending were asked to bid and vote on items designed and donated by various individuals, businesses and organizations.

             

The People’s Choice award for trees went to Christmas at the Cabin by Sandi Woods, for wreaths Snow Day Fun by Eddie’s Family Foods and for centerpieces Peace on Earth by B’s Ceramics Studio and best in show and first place for trees KRIS-MISChief by the Intellectual Disability Family Support Group Network. First place for wreaths was Frosty the Snowman by the Denare Beach New Horizon’s Club and for Centerpieces Holly Jolly Soul by the Flin Flon Lions Club.

             

The Festival will support the Creighton Community School Playground Committee and the Class of 2018.

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Seniors Can Tour Homes Decorated for Christmas.

 

 The Flin Flon Inner Wheel Club and Hudbay are sponsoring a Seniors Christmas Lights Tour on Wednesday December 6th.  The Inner Wheel’s Betty Smith explains they are taking names and they have a limited number of seats on the bus but if you can get to City Hall by 6:30 they will leave from there and you go on a tour and then you’ll come back and it’ll be followed by hot chocolate and goodies will be served by the Inner Wheel Club.

             

For information and to register you can call Betty at 204-687-3298.

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People Got Home Safely On the Weekend.

 

Operation Red Nose had a successful first Friday of taking vehicles and their owners home safely in the Flin Flon area.  Rotary Club committee chair Ted Hewitt says it went well.  He says Friday evening Operation Red Nose provided a total of nine rides noting this was their first night of the year which is notoriously slow.  He added they had a total of eight volunteers from the Border Explorers to provide the service and next Friday McIsaac School staff and the Kinsmen are providing the volunteers followed on Saturday by the Creighton School staff and the Ski Club.  

             

Operation Red Nose runs every Friday and Saturday night until December 23rd as well as December 29th and 31st.  Hewitt says without volunteers Operation Red Nose wouldn’t exist and they desperately need volunteers for December 22nd, 23rd and 31st.  To volunteer pick up a form at the Scotia Bank, fill it out and take it to the RCMP office in Flin Flon or Creighton or call Ted at 204-687-7450.

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Your Response to the Bells Will Support Christmas Hampers.

 

 

The Salvation Army annual Christmas Kettle campaign got underway on the weekend.  Major Debbie Allen says they’ll be out ringing the bells beside the kettles Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Co-op and Walmart with some occasions at the Royal Bank raising money to support their programs.  She says most of the money, two thirds of it is used directly for the Christmas Hamper program and the other third is used partially for Soup Days and other family services programs that they run.

             

Major Allen says they still need some volunteers to be out with the kettles during the day some Thursdays and Fridays.  If you can spend an hour with a kettle call the Salvation Army at 204-687-7812.

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They Came to Stand Against Violence.

 

A group of supporters joined the Women’s Resource Center for Take Back the Night in Pioneer Square Saturday evening.  Executive Director Colleen Arnold told them Take Back the Night is an event to protest the fears that women have walking the streets at night safely.  She says we stand together on this night because we believe, we believe that violence against women is not inevitable, we believe in a safe community for everyone regardless of their age, religion, race, sexual orientation or gender, we believe in the right to a world free of sexual violence, we believe that by standing together we will affect change. She stated we have chosen hope over fear, we are saying that accepting violence against women is not an option and we will not allow it to continue.

             

Arnold added every woman and girl deserves a life free of violence.  The group left Pioneer Square and marched down Main Street, Angel Avenue, Hapnot Street and back to Pioneer Square.

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Christmas Comes to the Stage Next Week.

 

The Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is presenting the Christmas Spirit December 8th and 9th.  Director Mark McDonald gives us an idea of the story but doesn’t want to give away the whole plot noting what he will say is Julie Dowling wakes up early Christmas morning with a very unusual visitor in her house and she invites that unusual visitor to Christmas dinner and hilarity ensues and that’s all he can really say about it.

             

The Christmas Spirit will be performed December 8th and 9th at the Flin Flon Community Hall starting at 7:30.  Tickets are available at Northern Rainbows End.

 

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You Are Invited to Support Women in a Walk Tomorrow Evening.

 

 

The Womens Resource Center invites everyone to be part of Take Back the Night.  The Center’s Colleen Arnold asks you to join them tomorrow at an event to protest the fear that women have in walking the streets at night. She says the event is designed to bring visibility and exposure to the impact of sexual violence in women’s lives.  She explains the Take Back the Night march reiterates that violence against women impacts an entire community and it’s important that we work together to challenge violence and its detrimental effects on our community.  She adds it will take place on November 25th which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

             

The walk begins at 5:15 tomorrow evening at Pioneer Square when they will march down Main Street, Angel Avenue and Hapnot back to Pioneer Square.

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Its Time to Celebrate the Christmas Season With a Parade.

 

102.9 CFAR and the Reminder are encouraging anyone interested to take part in the annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights being held next week.  CFAR Manager Dianne Russell reminds you now is the time to enter.  She explains all you have to do is fill out a form with some at CFAR and also at the Reminder and you just light up your vehicle so you can do it as a float, you just need one of those inverters to plug it in.  She adds they just want to light up the streets and celebrate Santa Claus and have everyone come out that day and just enjoy themselves.

             

The parade is sponsored by 102.9 CFAR and the Reminder with support from the Main Street Committee, the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce and Hudbay.  It will travel down Main Street and up Church Street starting at six next Friday, December 1st.  There will be judging and the winning entry will receive a total of 600 dollars in advertising at CFAR and the Reminder.

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Training and Employment Funding is Supporting Some Local Services.

 

The Manitoba Government is investing 25 million dollars in 86 community based training and employment agencies that provide services to help more than 20 thousand unemployed and low income Manitobans improve their skills and employment opportunities.

             

In this area the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center will receive just over 267 thousand dollar for the Employment Links Development Center and the MPI Adult Driver Training Program. The Snow Lake Resource Center will receive just under 46 thousand dollar for the Snow Lake Employment Assistance Center.

             

Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart says they are investing in training and employment organizations throughout the province to prepare for better jobs and brighter futures.

 

 

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RCMP Continue to Investigate a Fatal Accident.

 

  Just before seven o’clock yesterday morning there was a single vehicle accident at highway 10 and 10-A in Flin Flon.  Flin Flon and Cranberry Portage RCMP responded along with The Flin Flon Fire Department and EMS.  The RCMP report a vehicle traveling east on highway 10-A went through a stop sign at the intersection at a high rate of speed and collided with a rock face. A 39 year old woman from Flin Flon was pronounced deceased at the scene.  They report she was not wearing a seatbelt and road conditions were not a factor.

             

The investigation continues with assistance from an RCMP forensic collision reconstructionist.

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Its an Old Film With a Message For Today.

 

 

The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the film A Face in the Crowd tomorrow night.  The group’s Colin Davis says it’s a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith in his Hollywood debut and the lead role as Lonesome Roads a down and out alcoholic but charismatic hobo who becomes immensely popular.  He explains that’s the story as its seen but the real story behind the film is that it’s a scathing social commentary on how television has become an influential tool in shaping the minds of the American public and whoever controls the media controls the people and therefore the country, adding this film was years ahead of its time and is actually a lot more relevant today than it was at the time it was made.

             

A Face in the Crowd will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Admission is free with a voluntary silver collection.

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Past and New Vendors Will be at a Crafts Sale Saturday.

 

 

The Cranberry Portage Child and Family Resource Center is holding their annual Cranberry Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday.  The Center’s Debbie McLauchlan says they have over 50 vendors with over 100 tables with a great variety of items that cover just about everything that people would be looking for and they do have an added feature this year Bev and Friends Delectable Desserts and Coffee House that’s going to be open from 9:30 to 3 at the Legion Hall, it’s a place to go by and have a coffee and sample some of her wonderful desserts.

             

The sale is open Saturday from 9:30 to 4 in the Frontier Collegiate and Cranberry Portage Elementary School gymnasiums with lunch available at both locations.

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Things Are Looking Up For the Mining Industry.

 

At the Flin Flon City Council Meeting Tuesday night Councilor Ken Pawlachuk reported on the Mining Convention he recently attended in Winnipeg.  He says things were more positive than at last year’s convention due to improving metal prices including copper and zinc. He noted mines at Puffy Lake and Sherridon are in the final stages of development and First Nations are part of a development taking place at Oxford House.

             

Council agreed to apply to the New Building Canada Fund’s Small Communities Fund for financial assistance for local infrastructure improvement projects.

             

Mayor Cal Huntley urges you to have a safe holiday season and be aware of road conditions with Councilor Tim Babcock reminding you to use Operation Red Nose to get you and your vehicle home safely during Christmas and New Years celebrations and Councilor Karen MacKinnon thanked everyone involved in the successful Christmas tree lighting in Pioneer Square last week.

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You Can Shop and Enjoy the Christmas Spirit This Weekend.

 

Creighton Community School presents the Festival of Trees Saturday under the theme Frosty Fun.  The Committee’s Tiffany Ealey explains Breakfast with Santa is happening from 9 to 11 and also from 9 to 11 they’re having photos with Santa and an option for family photos.  She adds the Silver Bells Tea is happening from 1 to 3 and then throughout the day there’s going to be a bake sale, craft sale, penny parade, lots of raffles and the wonderful display of trees and wreaths.

             

The Festival of Trees will support the school’s playground committee and the class of 2018.  It runs from 9 to 4 Saturday in the Creighton School gym. They are also a drop off point for the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank and Coats for Kids.

 

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Seniors Are Invited to Celebrate the Christmas Season Sunday.

 

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding their annual Seniors Christmas Party Sunday afternoon.  Chairperson Bill Pauley says they have a fun afternoon planned.  He says they have a lot of entertainment lined up, a lot of singing, they get coffee, dainties, sandwiches and a present.  He adds Santa Claus hopefully will show up again this year as he usually makes a trip down here for them and if transportation is needed they will pick seniors up, just phone Bill at 204-687-6581 and leave a message and he’ll make sure you get picked up.

             

Pauley invites all seniors and their spouses to attend the party from 1 to 4 Sunday in the Flin Flon Community Hall.

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The Fines Have Been Set.

Council Prepares for Christmas

 

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council gave first reading to an amendment to the Smoking Bylaw.  It sets fines to be implemented for people who smoke within five meters of the entrance to a public building.  They start at 50 dollars for a first offence rising to 500 for the fourth and future offences.

             

Council approved the appointment of Glenna Daschuk as Municipal Administrator and Lyn Brown as Treasurer effective December 1st.  Mark Kolt retires as Administrator after 22 years with the City but returns as City Solicitor.

             

Council received a letter from Spencer Payson owner of Payson’s Smoke N’Vape asking for their support in applying for a licence for selling cannabis at the retail level in Flin Flon.  He says he has been provided with the opportunity to potentially be included in a proposal being put together by a company with retail stores in numerous provinces that would have him operate a store within their retail network in Flin Flon.  Council has not discussed the letter and referred to the Committee of the Whole Council.

 

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Several Charges Were Laid During a Check Stop.

 

Last Saturday and Sunday RCMP from Prince Albert, Sandy Bay and Pelican Narrows, Prince Albert Traffic Services and officers from the Ministry of Environment conducted two days of enforcement on roads in the Creighton area.  They performed check stops targeting alcohol and traffic enforcement.

             

Between three and four hundred vehicles were stopped and checked with seven people charged with canvassing or bootlegging and one for open liquor.  Among other charges two criminal code warrants were executed, two people were charged for theft under five thousand dollars and two for possession of stolen property.  Two were arrested for taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and twelve warnings were issued under the Traffic Safety Act.

             

A significant amount of alcohol was seized with an estimated re-sale value of over 13 thousand dollars.

             

The RCMP will be conducting similar initiatives in various northern communities throughout the year with the objective to disrupt the supply of alcohol destined for illegal resale.

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Loans are Available for Northern Businesses.

 

 

Representatives of the Communities Economic Development Fund were in Flin Flon yesterday meeting with the Greenstone Board and Chamber of Commerce.  The fund is designed to provide loans to start or expand small to medium size businesses.  Their CEO Oswald Sawh says they have done over 220 million in loans since 1972.  He says when it comes to economic development communities look at bringing in new businesses but they should look within. He explains most economic activity will take place from local businesses by way of expansion or by local residents who look to start up a business so if anything the focus should be helping to find, build and grow local capacity and trying to help out the local businesses, trying to support local businesses and trying to make sure that we help to grow that next generation of entrepreneurs by introducing self-employment to the young people.

             

Sawh says their focus in now on Churchill, Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson adding they encourage people to go to banks first and if unsuccessful then contact CEDF in Thompson at 204-778-4138 or their website www.cedf.mb.ca.

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Area Residents Were Again Generous with their Shoe Boxes.

 

  Operation Christmas Child has wrapped up in the Flin Flon area.  It’s a program to collect shoe boxes with gifts and other items for needy children around the world.  The program was coordinated by the Baptist Church and their Pastor Jim Galbraith says it went well again this year.  He explains they brought in 256 boxes and that means 256 kids are going to get a really delightful gift in a month or two.  He adds the boxes go to one of two main processing centers with ours going to Calgary and there they get inspected, sealed and sent to one of eleven different countries that Canadian boxes go to.

             

 Last year Canadians filled more than 664 thousand shoe boxes and since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed almost 147 million shoe box gifts around the globe.

 

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People Traveling South Will Be Able to Picture Road Conditions.

Highway 10 and 60 Monday afternoon

 

Highways Minister Ron Schuler has announced the installation of 25 new cameras to the provincial highway network.  He says the cameras have been added to the Manitoba 511 system with images available on the Manitoba 511 website and mobile apps and will help Manitobans see what conditions are like on many roads they are planning to drive on.

             

For us traveling south cameras have been added on highway ten at Minnedosa, Souris River Valley, junction of highways ten and sixty and Birch River and on highway six at Williams River, Devils Lake, junction of highway six and provincial road 236, Saint Laurent, Fairford and Ponton.

             

For information on road conditions or highway safety visit www.manitoba511.ca or call 511.

 

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It is a Service Designed With Your Safety in Mind.

 

  Operation Red Nose starts this coming weekend hosted by the Rotary Club of Flin Flon.  Mayor Cal Huntley has been named this year’s Honorary Chairperson.  He says he is very honored to be the Honorary Chairperson and it’s a service that’s really good in the community in getting you and your vehicle home safely adding he certainly takes full advantage of it over the festive season and he hopes everyone else does as well. Huntley says it’s a wonderful service to have in the community over Christmas time and New Years and he looks forward to a lot of people using it.

             

Operation Red Nose gets underway this Friday and continues every Friday and Saturday until December 23rd as well as the 29th and 31st.  You can call them those nights at 204-687-7331.

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Applications Will Be Taken for Christmas Hampers.

 

 

  The Salvation Army in Flin Flon is accepting applications for Christmas Hampers starting tomorrow.  Applications will be accepted tomorrow through Thursday from 10 to 3 at the Salvation Army and Major Debbie Allen says anyone in need can apply.  She explains you need ID for every member of the family also an income statement so a pay slip if you’re working or your statement from assistance and she’ll need to have an idea of your expenses so they can fill out the budget form and most people who do come in qualify.

             

Major Allen adds they cover Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Cranberry Portage and Sherridon and last year they handed out 148 hampers.  If you need more information you can call the Salvation Army at 204-687-7812.

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There is a Fun Way to Learn More About Addictions.

 

  This is National Addictions Awareness Week and the local committee has several events planned.  The Committee’s Jolene Gardiner explains they have floor hockey with the RCMP and First Responders at 5 today and Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol and Other Drugs at 6:30 both at Ruth Betts School and Thursday they have AFM Jeopardy at the Flin Flon Youth Center from 4:30 to 6pm.  Friday they have Hockey Night in Flin Flon with the Bombers versing the Estevan Bruins and students got free tickets through the schools and they have Youth Drop In Movie Night out at the Denareplex starting at 7 watching Captain Underpants and on Saturday the have a free swim at the Flin Flon Aqua Center from 6:30 to 8.

             

They will also have the presentation of the Healthy Youth Role Model Award, displays around Flin Flon and Creighton and a radio contest here on CFAR.

 

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Interest is Being Shown in the Rail Line to Churchill.

 

The federal government is hinting there may soon be a takeover deal for the broken rail line to Churchill in northern Manitoba.

Energy Minister Jim Carr says Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings has expressed interest in partnering with two northern Manitoba groups Missinippi Rail and One North that hope to take over the Hudson Bay Railway and Port of Churchill.

Fairfax president Paul Rivett says he is optimistic about the prospects of northern gateways.

Part of the rail line flooded out last spring, hurting the region's tourist industry and driving up prices for food and fuel.

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A Program to Help You Have a Safe Holiday Gets Underway Next Week.

 

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon has launched Operation Red Nose for another season.  Chair Ted Hewitt says the idea is to get people and their vehicles home safely when they’re out celebrating the Christmas season.  He says although the service is free they accept donations from people using the service, provincial organizations and local groups and businesses benefiting the community for 18 years.  He says they started in 1999 and it was brought to the Rotary Club by Doug O’Brien and in these 18 years they’ve raised close to 250 thousand dollars and given it to children’s activities and organized sports in the community.

             

Operation Red Nose starts next Friday and runs every Friday and Saturday until December 23 as well as Dec 29 and 31 and volunteers are still needed for those final three days.  You can find a form online at www.operationrednose.com, fill it out and take it to the RCMP office in Flin Flon or Creighton with two pieces of identification.

 

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The Christmas Lights Are on on Main Street.

 

 

The Christmas season arrived on Main Street last evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square.  Mayor Cal Huntley welcomed everyone to the special event noting it’s going to be a white Christmas and we look forward to a safe and happy Christmas and we’re going to light the tree, have some hot chocolate and enjoy the Christmas season.

             

In spite of the heavy snow fall Pioneer Square was crowded for the lighting with people enjoying carols with members of the Community Choir, a visit from Santa and hot chocolate.

 

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There is a Program to Make Sure Children Get a Gift.

 

The 24th annual Christmas Gift Program is underway at the Flin Flon Friendship Center.  It’s designed to enable parents or guardians to give their children a gift at Christmas when circumstances prevent them from doing so.  The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner explains they are once again working in partnership with the Salvation Army who will be doing a hamper and gift registration from November 21st to 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm at the Salvation Army.  She says those who don’t meet the requirements for the hamper program can register from November 27th to December 8th by calling the Friendship Center at 204-687-3900 or her at 204-687-8852.

             

Gardiner adds they also welcome donations for the gift program. You can drop off gifts or cash donations at the Friendship Center at 57 Church Street.

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The Cheque Has Been Passed.

 Martin Johnson, Chad Cooper, Jim Abram

 

The Flin Flon Fire Department held their annual Charity Boot Drive in early September.  The Boot Drive raised 14,500 dollars to be shared by the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center, the Flin Flon Ski Club and the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund with each receiving just over 48 hundred dollars.

             

Last week Fire Chief Chad Cooper presented a cheque to representatives of the Burn Fund Martin Johnson and Jim Abram.  Cooper says it feels great to be able to donate to such a charity that does so much for burn victims and fire prevention programs for resident of Manitoba.

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The Christmas Season is Getting Underway on Main Street.

 

  Flin Flon’s Christmas tree will be officially lit up for the holiday season this evening.  Recreation Manager Nicole Hartman encourages everyone to attend this celebration.  She says it’s at 6 pm at Pioneer Square when they will light up the Christmas tree and everyone’s welcome.  She adds they’ll have hot chocolate and Christmas carols and hopefully a visit from Santa as well.

             

This evening’s tree lighting kicks off the Christmas season but there’s also the annual Santa parade coming up on December 1st and Moonlight Madness December 15th.

 

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Thanks and Ongoing Programs Were Part of the School Board Meeting.

 

At their regular meeting Tuesday night Superintendent Constance McCleese reported to the Flin Flon School Board that staff and administration are participating in a board wide initiative.  Professional Learning Communities is teacher driven research projects like taking the classroom outside to addressing special education improvements.  Teacher Daniel Dillon’s computer media class was recently interviews by CBC radio in regards to their virtual reality project. 

             

The Board also heard about an update for the grade 9-10 French second language curriculum.  Community Futures Greenstone sent a thank you letter to the Division for the use of the gym at Ecole McIsaac School last month for the successful cardboard challenge and on display at the meeting was a tea carafe along with a cream and sugar bowl.  This set was received as a gift from the Arts Council for the use of space at St. Mary’s Church during Culture Days.  The set once belonged to a former long time member of the Church Sonya Goodman’s mother. You can see the picture of the set on the 102.9 Facebook page.

 

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A Craft Sale Will Help You Shop For Christmas.

 

The Creighton Community Center is holding a craft and home business sale tomorrow and Saturday.  One of the organizers Dianna Boulet says they have around 50 tables with a variety of items including handcrafted items, sewing, knitting, soap, Christmas arrangements, jewelry, mitts, wood working, baking, leggings, beach glass, honey, Mary Kay, kids books, Tupperware, Watkins, Scentsy, Home Style Signatures and they have something new this year a fellow coming up from The Pas with Green Energy products and they also have a concession going with fresh home made soups and sandwiches.

             

Boulet adds they’ll also be a drop off point for any gently used winter wear you’d like to donate.  The sale runs tomorrow from 4 to 8 and Saturday from 11 to 4 at the Creighton Community Hall.

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You Can Support a Local Foundation This Weekend.

 

  The Northern Neighbors Foundation encourages residents of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage and area to make a gift Saturday as part of the Endow Manitoba 24 Hour Giving Challenge.  Their Chairperson Jane Robillard says this is a great opportunity to support the Foundation.  She explains for one day only, that’s Saturday November 18th, gifts made to our Foundation’s unrestricted fund will be stretched by the Winnipeg Foundation, one dollar for every five dollars donated and new this year the Province of Manitoba will also stretch each five dollar gift by one dollar so that means any money donated on that day within the 24 hour period a five dollar gift becomes seven.

             

You can donate online at www.endowmanitoba.ca, write a cheque payable to the Winnipeg Foundation dated for Saturday and drop it off at the Home Care office at 50 Church Street until 4:30 Friday afternoon or call Jane at 204-687-6488 or the Winnipeg Foundation at 1-877-974-3631 Saturday between 9 and 3.  Robillard adds donations made Saturday will help grow the Foundation’s capacity to support a wide range of charitable projects in our communities for generations to come.

 

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Our Recycling Program Has Been Reducing Loads to the Landfill for 25 Years.

 Karen MacKinnon, Deb Odegaard, Mayor Cal Huntley

 

The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce joined the Recycling Center in celebrating the Centers 25th anniversary at their meeting yesterday.  Center Administrator Deb Odegaard explained the Flin Flon and District Environment Committee started recycling with a Gardewine truck at the Market Garden 25 years ago.  Some of the highlights over the years included a 65 thousand dollar grant from the city in 1996, purchasing their building at 9 Timber Lane in 2004 when they also took over the landfill contract, ongoing support from our communities but Odegaard added it’s mostly about the people. She reports they’ve had 32 people serve on the Board of Directors, many people volunteered in the early days, they’ve had great coverage from the media from our community radio and from the newspaper, they have a very stable dedicated working group of employees but if people here didn’t want to recycle they could want to recycle all they want but if nobody put their stuff out to recycle or brought it to the dock or stuck it in the trailer they wouldn’t be going anywhere.

             

Chamber President Karen MacKinnon presented Odegaard with a Certificate of Appreciation for their 25 years of service to the community.

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You Can Start Preparing for the Ski Season.

 

 

The Flin Flon Ski Club is holding their annual open house Sunday.  The Club’s Dave Price says it’s a chance for people to learn more about what’s available for skiers.  He says they’ll have all their regular skiers there and they hope to welcome a lot of new folks to the sport of skiing and they’ll tell them all about their amazing facilities they’ve got out there with 28 kilometers of the best trails you’ll find anywhere and a beautiful chalet, all sort of programs like jackrabbits and programs for the kids.  He adds they’ve got some retirees setting up a new sort of coffee shop there and everyone’s going to be welcome.

             

Price adds Fresh Air Experience will be in from Prince Albert with their latest gear and you’ll be able to purchase your membership.  The Ski Club open house runs from 11 to 4 Sunday at the Ski Chalet.  You can learn more about the Club and their trails at their website www.flinflonskiclub.com.

 

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The Voice of the North and Your Radio Have Been Informing and Entertaining You for 80 Years.

 

 

80 years ago today CFAR Radio came on the air in Flin Flon with a power of 100 watts at 1370 on your dial from studios on Main Street.  We moved to our present frequency of 590 in 1947 with 1000 watts of power in 1948 later increasing to 10 thousand watts and on December 9, 2013 adding an FM signal at 102.9.

             

Some of the past managers include Gerry Quinney, Buck Whitney, Carl Edmonds, Jay Leddy and Doug O’Brien who purchased CFAR Flin Flon, CJAR The Pas and CHTM Thompson in 1982 later selling to his son Tom and wife Sue who are the present owners with then Manager of CFAR Maureen Kozar.

             

Current Manager Dianne Russell says she is really excited we’ve been here for 80 years.  She says we’ve been the voice of our community and we have been part of this community adding its been a big change over the years from 78s, 45s, LPs, reel to reels and now we’re all digitized and computerized and there’s been a lot of changes and we’re happy to be here.

             

CFAR invites you to join us in our 80th anniversary come and go celebration on Thursday, November 23rd from 5 to 7 at the Unwinder at the Victoria Inn.

 

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Its Time to Bring in Your Filled Shoe Boxes.

 

 

This is the week to turn in filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  The program is being coordinated by the Baptist Church and their Pastor Jim Galbraith says boxes can be dropped off at Pharmasave and The Dollar Store For More or at the Baptist Church below the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue today and tomorrow from 9 to 1 and on Thursday it’s 9 to 11:30 and then 1 to 4 and Thursday also has their packing party at 6 o’clock when they have plenty of people from the public coming to pack up the boxes.  He adds Friday and Saturday is 1 to 5 and Sunday is the last day 1 to 4 and then at 7 they have a special wrap up service and watch some videos about where the boxes go, they pray for the boxes and then they’re off.

             

The boxes will be delivered to children in countries where there is war, natural disasters and famine.

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You Can Brush Up On Your History Thursday Night.

 

 

 

The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the movie Churchill Thursday night.  The group’s Colin Davis says this film looks at the war years and Sir Winston Churchill who is one of the most famous figures of the 20th century for successfully getting Britain through World War Two and as Prime Minister of the UK he had to live up to the confidence people had in him and struggle with each decision making sure he was consistently doing the right thing and on top of this he also saw his power marginalized by military leaders and allied forces.  He adds their film on Thursday will look at Churchill’s life towards the end of the war and his own reservations and doubts about the upcoming Normandy invasion.

             

Churchill will be shown Thursday night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Because this is a Toronto International Film Festival Film admission will be ten dollars.

 

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Crafts and Home Businesses Will be Featured in Snow Lake this Weekend.

 

The Aurora Borealis Council Craft and Home Business Sale is taking place in Snow Lake Sunday afternoon.  The Council’s Sylvia Zamzow says they have over 34 tables with quite a variety of potential gifts. She says they have lots of baking, crafts, everything from knitting to wood working, lots of different crafts that people are doing.  She says they always have a bake table, cosmetics, it’s a good chance to buy some neat things and actually see what’s available for people to buy in Snow Lake.

             

Zamzow adds they will have a concession with a variety of lunch items, a penny parade and 50-50 draw.  She says the money raised is used to bring shows into the community such as the Manitoba Theatre Centers Christmas Carol featuring Rod Beattie from the Wingfield Farm series coming to Snow Lake November 24th.

             

The Craft and Home Business Sale runs from 1 to 4 Sunday in the Laurie Marsh Community Hall in Snow Lake.

 

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Tickets Are Still Available for a Fall Supper.

 

The Denare Beach annual fall supper is coming up Sunday.  Recreation Director Crystal Banting says they provide a great meal.  She explains it’s a home cooked meal of turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, veggies, buns and home made apple pie. She says it’s going to be on November 19th at 5 pm with adult tickets 15 dollars, youth 6 to 11 at 6 dollars and any children five and under are free.

             

Tickets are available at the Village Office, Alpine Convenience and Di’s Confectionary.

             

Denare Beach is also holding their first Jingle Bell Craft Sale and Home Business Show on December 2nd from 10 to 4 in the Denareplex and you can book a table for ten dollars by calling 306-362-2050.

 

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The Health Region Reminds You to Watch Your Step.

 

            

With winter conditions upon us falls are once again a common occurrence.  The Northern Health Region’s Bruce Krentz says seniors are the ones most at risk of falling.  He says in older adults falls account for about two billion dollars in direct health care costs annually noting over one third of older adults will be admitted to long term care after hospitalization for a fall.  He says it’s kind of a scary thing that 20 to 30 percent of seniors experience at least a fall a year and 95 percent of all hip fractures are due to a fall.

             

Krentz adds the best ways to avoid falls around home are to keep active, eat well, use medication wisely and keep your house well lit and free of obstacles.

 

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An Information Session is Available on Dementia.

 

The Primary Health Care Center is hosting a telehealth seminar Thursday presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.  Their Program Director Norma Kirkby says it’s part of Telehealth Family Education for Those Experiencing Dementia and this session will be Understanding the Person.  She explains when we understand more about the person and the things that they have done over their life course it will help us understand the actions and reactions that they have in their present circumstance.  She says what it means is that when we know where a persons mind returns to and they live more in long term memory it helps us shift our conversations and understand what will touch them, reach them and give them quality of life in their present.

             

The session is being held at the Primary Health Care Center from 6:30 to 8 Thursday.  To register online go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca, email alzmb@alzheimer.mb.ca or phone 1-800-378-6699.

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Rockcliff is More Than Copper.

 

Rockcliff Copper Corporation has announced approval of their name change to Rockcliff Metals Corporation.  They state the change of name better reflects the polymetallic nature of the Company’s high grade VMS properties that comprise copper, zinc, silver and gold.

             

Rockcliff is a Canadian resource exploration company focused on the discovery, advancement and consolidation of a portfolio of the highest grade, undeveloped metal deposits in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone Belt.  Their current portfolio of projects consists of 45 thousand hectares located in and around the Snow Lake Mining Camp as well as the near surface MacBride zinc deposit north of Snow Lake near Leaf Rapids.

             

Rockcliff has also announced the start of a phase one drill program on the Bur Zinc Property in the Snow Lake Mining Camp to expand the high grade volcanic massive sulphide zinc deposit.

 

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Grants and the RCMP report were part of Wednesday nights Creighton Council meeting.

 

Among the highlights was the town receiving a Northern Municipal Sharing grant for community allocation of just over 1.2 million dollars.

The money will be divided up for administration, water and sewer, landfill, transportation and other community services.

The Creighton RCMP reported that they handled 77 calls for service and occurrences for the month of October. This included calls for public, self generated matters and probation breaches.

Among the incidents were mischief, 2 break and enters, a theft and 14 other criminal offences.

Council is also waiting for information on the 2016 census that was done on Creighton  that  should be released in two weeks.

A resolution was passed to donate 150 dollars to the up coming Festival of Trees and approval was also given to the 2018 graduating class to use the Sportex for next summer’s grad.

 

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Plans are Developing to Continue to Promote the Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach Area.

 

 

  At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council agreed to contract with Travel Manitoba to develop a brand to promote our community and region with assistance from a top advertising agency.  Travel Manitoba has initiated a place branding program as a means of growing tourism through increased visitation to distinct destinations in Manitoba.  The program begins with a facilitated stakeholder session in the community with Probe Research conducting the session and McKim Communications attending and presenting a proposed brand within 4 weeks.  Council agreed to assemble investors and raise a minimum of 10 thousand dollars for brand implementation.

             

Councilor Karen MacKinnon announced the city launched an official tourism Facebook page on Friday titled Flin Flon Rocks to promote what you will find when you come to Flin Flon.  Councilor Guy Rideout also reminded residents with winter coming on its time to get stored vehicles and trailers off the streets in order not to interfere with snow removal and the Fire Chief reported four calls in October.

 

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There is a Group for Women Who Do Too Much.

 

 The Womens Resource Center is hosting a Relaxation and Stress Reduction Group starting next week.  The Center’s Brodie Hooper explains the eight week program. She says this group will be held at the Women’s Resource Center upstairs from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesdays starting November 14th.  She says it will be about coping methods like meditation, thought stopping, breathing techniques, assertiveness training and so much more.

             

To register for the Relaxation and Stress Reduction Group you can call Brodie at 204-681-3105.

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Area Residents Will Pause to Remember Saturday Morning.

 

 

Remembrance Day will get underway in Flin Flon Saturday morning with the annual parade and service. Membership Chair for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 Bunny Burke encourages members and others to meet at the Legion by 9:30 and once everyone is there and they get assembled they will go down Hapnot Street all the way to the Co-op hang a left and then hang another left on Hill Street and go down past the Cenotaph and march over to the Community Hall where the service will be held.

             

The service begins at 10:45 at the Community Hall and will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR.  This year’s Parade Marshall is Morley Naylor, Sergeant at Arms John Muench, guest speaker Father Paul Bringleson and reader Salvation Army Major Debbie Allen.

 

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You Should Learn More About Diabetes.

 

 

 November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  Regional Diabetes Coordinator Cheryl Scott says the focus this year is on type two diabetes.  She says November is National Diabetes Awareness Month with November 14th marking World Diabetes Day. She explains today there are more than 11 million Canadian living with diabetes or pre-diabetes and many of these individuals don’t know.  She adds every three minutes another Canadian is diagnosed so this year the Regional Diabetes Program is creating awareness and learning and assessing individual risk factors of developing type two diabetes.

             

Scott encourages you to visit Diabetes Canada at www.diabetes.ca to take the risk factor questionnaire or call the Primary Health Care Center in Flin Flon or The Pas to speak to a member of the Regional Diabetes Team to find out more.

 

 

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Events Are Taking Place To Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence.

 

 

 This month is National Domestic Violence Prevention Month.  The Women’s Resource Center’s Colleen Arnold says they have displays with information, buttons and purple and white ribbons around town and they encourage all citizens in the area to join the purple ribbon campaign.  She explains the display of the purple ribbons in our community sends a strong message that there is no place for domestic violence in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools. She adds the white ribbon is a symbol of men’s opposition to violence against women and wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

             

Arnold reminds you they will be holding their annual Take Back the Night event on November 25th at 5:15 in Pioneer Square on Main Street.

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A Bylaw Amendment to Help Clean Up the Community Has Passed.

 

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council heard from Lyla Yaremchuk regarding an amendment to their standards of maintenance and occupancy for residential property bylaw passed on first reading at their last meeting. It allows for fines for not maintaining your yard and if not paid they will be added to your taxes.  Yaremchuk said this will affect low and fixed income people who can’t get the refuse picked up and the fine could be added to their taxes when they are already high enough.

             

Mayor Cal Huntley said they want the community cleaned up and they want people to be responsible for their yards and if they aren’t and the city cleans it up the cost comes out of tax money so it should be paid for by the homeowner.  He added there are very few people who cannot pick up garbage or have someone help them do it.  But there are some who don’t think it’s important and don’t do it.  The bylaw he added is to encourage them to do it or pay a fine and if they don’t it’s added to their taxes and there’s a pretty good chance it will be paid.

             

The Bylaw amendment passed on second and final reading last night.

 

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Your Christmas Decorating Can Support a School Fund Raiser.

 

Creighton Community School is hosting the Festival of Trees in their gym Saturday, November 25th.

The Committee’s Tiffany Ealey says they are now looking for people to get involved in the Festival.  She explains what they’re looking for is businesses, organizations, clubs, families, individuals to create an item for them.  They’re looking for people to make trees, wreaths, center pieces that will be donated to the Playground Committee and then sold by silent auction.  She says people interested in doing so can contact her at Creighton School at 306-688-2209 and she can send them a registration form.

             

Ealey adds they are asking that registration forms be back to the school by this Friday.  The Festival of Trees is raising funds to support the Creighton Community School Playground Committee with their upgrade of the playground.

 

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Our Culture Days Reached Number One and Number Three.

 

 

The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt says numbers show this years Culture Days held in late September were a great success. She says they had 112 registered events for Culture Days in Flin Flon but there were other events that happened that weren’t registered because they came in at the last moment which is perfectly fine so she thinks they were close to 120 total but that placed them again number one in the country for communities under 50 thousand people but number three overall for the whole country which is really pretty exciting.

             

 Kolt expressed her appreciation to everyone involved in Culture Days adding this is a great achievement for a small community in this country.

 

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A Young Person You Know Could Be a Role Model.

 

The search is on for a Healthy Youth Role Model who will receive a special award.  The award is sponsored by the National Addictions Awareness Week Committee, Community Youth Resource Center and the Play It Safer Network.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre explains you can nominate any youth between the ages of 15 to 19 years who are drug free, who live in Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach or Cranberry Portage who are currently attending a local school and are involved in extra curricular activities.

             

Nomination forms have been sent out to organizations or can be obtained at the Friendship Center or by calling Lori at 204-687-1665.  The deadline is November 16th with the award presented during National Addictions Awareness Week November 19th to 25th.

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Its Time to Remember All Those Who Served.

 Chad Cooper  Wray Henderson

 

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 in Flin Flon held their annual Remembrance banquet Saturday night.  Guest speaker Fire Chief Chad Cooper who has served in Afghanistan said Remembrance Day is the day we remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during time of war, conflict and peace. He says he thinks that Remembrance Day should not be a day to focus on one point of view, we should remember and appreciate all the suffering and sacrifice of all the soldiers and civilians on all sides of the wars adding if we do not then we risk making the mistake of going to war too easily.

             

Service pins were presented with the highest going to Douglas Gourlay Senior for 65 years and Wray Henderson with 75years. They also received long service medals from Past President Bob Penner along with Jack MacArthor 70 years, Marg Beever and Jack Larrsson for 60 years and Morley Naylor and Ernest Kichuk for 50 years.   Bob Penner was presented with his Past District Commanders pin and he announced Father Paul Bringleson has been appointed Provincial Command Roman Catholic Chaplain.

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A Food Drive Was a Great Success.

 

  Through October Ford Canada and Northland Ford held a We Scare Hunger campaign to collect non-perishable food items for the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank.  Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay says it was an amazing event with support from local schools and service clubs and the Bombers.  He says this year they topped every other year raising over 27 hundred pounds of non-perishable food items for the local food bank.  He adds they did Halloween night with the students from Hapnot going around part of the town, they had the Bomber game a couple of weeks ago which raised a fantastic amount of food items and also the Rotary Club at their meeting last week raised a whole pile of food for them.

             

Last year We Scare Hunger collected 22 hundred pounds of food for the Food Bank.

 

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A Plan Should be Out Early Next Year.

 

   The Hudbay third quarter 2017 financial report we reported on on Friday noted Manitoba ore production.  It included an increase compared to last year’s third quarter in zinc and precious metal production as a result of higher grades at Triple Seven and Lalor as well as higher production at Lalor and a decrease in copper due to lower production at Triple Seven.  President Alan Hair says with the closing of Reed Mine next year they are reviewing their Manitoba operations.  He explains what they’re trying to do here is look at the Manitoba business unit as a whole.  He says there’s a number of variables and still a number of unknowns and they’re trying to solve that particular equation to make sure they maximize values in the Manitoba business unit and don’t shut off any future optimality adding they don’t want do something that they’d regret in the future so they will provide a bit more guidance on where they see the business as a whole going in Manitoba early in 2018.

             

Hair adds they intend to take advantage of higher metal prices and increase revenues at a slightly higher unit cost by trucking excess ore from the Lalor stockpile to the Flin Flon Mill for processing for the remainder of the year.

 

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It is The Season to Remember With a Candle.

 

 

Flin Flon’s Anglican Parish is offering memory candles for a 12th holiday season.  The committee’s Yvonne Fawcett explains the candles appear in the community just before Christmas and the purpose of the candles is to remember loved ones prior to the hustle and bustle of the season.  She says candles can be placed at any of the cemeteries in the Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach are including columbariums or you can take them home and light them whenever you want and this is the third year they will place candles roadside at the Cranberry cemetery.  Fawcett notes mass lighting is scheduled to take place at all cemeteries on Sunday, November 19th with the exception of Cranberry Portage which will be on Saturday the 18th weather permitting.

             

Fawcett adds if winds are more than 10 kilometers an hour the candles cannot be lit and lighting will take place on another day. Check CFAR and Facebook for updates.  The candles are ten dollars each and can be ordered at the craft shows at the Flin Flon and Creighton Community Halls tomorrow or at Nasselquists, Big Dipper, Candy Bar, Northern Rainbows End or call Yvonne at 204-687-7463.

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Prospecting Teams are Being Dispatched to the Snow Lake Area.

 

 

Far Resources has announced undiscovered tantalum potential of the Zoro Lithium property in the Snow Lake area is being undertaken.  This decision is based on a review of its assay data base of 310 drill core samples, 87 rock chip samples and the interpretation of Mobile Metal Ions soil geochemical data.

             

President Keith Anderson states elevated tantalum on the property including their assay of .113 percent tantalum underscores the potential for significant tantalum mineralization in association with their lithium bearing Zoro pegmatites.  He says they have dispatched two prospecting teams to Snow Lake to continue exploration in the areas where pegmatite related multi-element anomalies including tantalum and lithium have been documented.

             

Tantalum is used in the electronic industry for capacitors and high powered resistors as well as in dental and surgical instruments and implants as it causes no immune response.

 

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Hudbay Reports Increased Profits.

 

 

Hudbay has released its third quarter 2017 financial results.  The net profit in the quarter was 40.9 million dollars compared to a net profit of 33.6 million in the third quarter last year.  President Alan Hair says they benefited from higher metal prices. He reports they continued to generate growing positive free cash flow during the third quarter as they delivered on their operational targets while realizing higher metal prices.  He says a strong cash flow generation helped to significantly reduce their debt balance this quarter.  They also applied part of the proceeds from their equity offering in late September to fast track debt reduction and have fully repaid the remaining cash borrowing under a senior secured credit facility.  Hair adds net debt declined by 300 million dollars from the end of the second quarter to 650 million dollars and with the reduction of debt over several quarters they are now well positioned to fund the development of their growth pipeline.

             

Hudbay reported an increase of 24 percent in operating cash flow from the second quarter as a result of growth in sales volumes of zinc and gold and higher realized copper and zinc prices partially offset by decreases in the sales volumes of copper.

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Local Performers Will Feature Your Favorite Christmas Music.

 

 

  Local flute musician Mikylo Odut is presenting a concert titled Carols and More later this month.  He says in this concert he’s going to play all sorts of Christmas carols so everybody’s favorite ones, the ones everybody knows.  He adds he has Courtney Campbell playing on the piano and Kim Jones playing the clarinet and she’s going to do some singing.

             

The Carols and More concert will be held at 7 pm November 27th and 29th in St. Ann’s Hall on Center Street.  Tickets will be available at the Flin Flon Arts Councils Craft Sale Saturday in the Flin Flon Community Hall as well as at the Creighton Community Center craft sale November 17 and 18th and the Festival of Trees November 25th or you can call Mikylo at 204-271-3694.

 

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Think Fire Safety This Weekend.

 

As you turn you clocks back to standard time this weekend Fire Chief Chad Cooper wants you to think about fire safety.  He says the Flin Flon Fire Department reminds all residents this weekend when you set your clocks back to also change your smoke alarm batteries and test your smoke alarms to ensure the alarm is working. He adds if you have any questions or require a smoke alarm please call the Fire Department at 204-681-7535.

             

Manitoba returns to standard time early Sunday morning so you’re reminded to turn you clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.  Daylight saving time returns the second Sunday in March.

 

 

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Our MLA Has Raised Student Concerns in the Manitoba Legislature.

 

 

  Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey tabled in the Legislature a list of questions from grade 6 and 7 students from Lynn Lake. He said the questions shed light on the economic and social realities that community is facing noting one question asked why can’t we drink the water explaining Lynn Lake has been under a boil water advisory for many years.  Health workers at the Town Center reported serious health issues in children that they believe are related to the water so Lynn Lake needs a safe drinking water system so kids don’t have to worry about drinking from the tap.  Lindsey says another question asks can we please have a mental health facility adding isolated communities like Lynn Lake have a steady rising rate of mental illness due to the absence of enough treatment beds, daytime services and a lack of a hopeful future.

             

Other questions raised by the students were on the need for recreation facilities, a cultural center, more security and a homeless shelter and food bank. Lindsey concluded the Premier can help with answers back to the students and he can take action so that kids stop worrying what will happen to their families and start being kids.

 

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A Special Prayer Service is Being Held Friday.

 

Northminster Memorial United Church is hosting the Fellowship of the Least Coin Friday afternoon under the theme Stand Up For Human Dignity. The Chair of the United Church Women Linda Oke says it’s open to all churches and everyone interested. She explains the idea behind the Fellowship of the Least Coin is on the first Friday of November world wide congregations gather to follow a set program of worship and pool their coins and if everyone puts their coins together great things are done in the world.  She adds from these funds grants are given out world wide to empower those who are infringed so they can better themselves.

             

The celebration takes place Friday afternoon at two o’clock at the United Church on Bracken Street.

 

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The Chamber is Set For Another Year.

  Karen MacKinnon takes oath of office with nomination chair Dave Kendall.

 

Becky Cianflone and Twyla Storey take oath of office

 

The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce accepted their slate of officers at their annual meeting yesterday.  Karen MacKinnon will serve a two year term as President, Past President is Dianne Russell, President Elect Becky Cianflone, Vice-President Twyla Storey, Treasurer Bunny Burke, Secretary Kory Eastman and Directors Courtney Campbell, Mary Dwernichuk, Myrna Ewing, Laurence Gillespie, Dave Kendall and Tom Therien.         

             

Committees highlighted increased membership, holiday shine contest, fundraising, the annual radio auction, homecoming events, Main Street events and the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference and Celebrating Community Awards with Greenstone Manager Becky Cianflone presenting an award to Kory Eastman recognizing the Flin Flon Credit Union and Parkland Credit Unions as major sponsors of the Conference.

 

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Expanding Chambers in the North was a Success for a Past President.

 

Dianne Russell completed her term as President of the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday.  She says the two year term was a great experience reviewing events over the year highlighting two events to expand the local Chamber as part of the northern region noting the Look North Committee that she was part of and the northern Chambers meeting in Thompson with the next one in Flin Flon.  Russell says in the next year she hopes they continue to build in the areas of connections and collaborations with other Chambers, First Nations and new businesses and cross border initiatives with municipalities and provinces, fishing licences, tourism and economic opportunities.  She says we face industry challenges and our communities are ready for new ideas with the best people to face those changes.

             

Russell encourages more people to join the Chamber noting Chambers are about bringing business and community people together to make change and support the community.

 

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