Local News Archives for 2018-10

The Newly Elected School Board is Already at Work.

 

On Tuesday evening the Flin Flon School Board held the inaugural meeting of the newly elected members.  All Trustees signed the affidavit of qualifications and took the oath of office and allegiance to Trustees of School Divisions and Districts. This was followed by the election of Chair and Vice-Chair.  Leslie Fernandes is the newly elected Chair and former Chair Amy Sapergia-Green was elected Vice-Chair.  Trustee Murray Skeavington was absent from the meeting so the picking of committees the Trustees will sit on will take place at their next regular meeting November 13th.

             

In other school news the Board approved Natalie Milligan’s request for travel with the French Immersion students in the spring of 2020.  Board Chair Leslie Fernandes will be laying the Wreath at the Remembrance Day Service on November 11th.

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Recruitment, Patient Transport and Budgets are Ongoing Issues in the Health Region.

 

At their annual meeting yesterday CEO Helga Bryant spoke on priorities for the Northern Health Region.  She highlighted the fact they are taking formal ownership of the redeveloped emergency department in Flin Flon in early 2019, they are looking at increased use of telehealth, there is ongoing recruitment which is challenging, they have good partnerships with education institutes especially UCN to see that students are trained with skills that are needed, they have reduced their deficit to 70 thousand dollars down from over 3.4 million dollars last year.

             

When asked about complaints about the Northern Patient Transportation Program and coverage for escorts Bryant explained they administer the program for Manitoba Health but can’t change it but they are advocating on behalf of northerners for change.

             

When questioned about including Addictions Services under the program she said that will be included in their discussions with Manitoba Health.

            

  In reply to a question about problems with transferring health documents to Saskatchewan hospitals Bryant said that has not changed but with a single health region now in Saskatchewan provincial teams have been formed to study how services are being provided.

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A Special Prayer Service is Being Held Friday.

 

St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church is hosting the Fellowship of the Least Coin Friday night.  Organizer Dona O’Brien says it’s open to all men, women and children interested just bring your coins.  She explains Fellowship of the Least Coin is under the leadership of an international women’s association called Church Women United and it is a Christian women’s organization around the world since 1941.  Here in Flin Flon she adds there are ten churches involved and as a women’s group they are encouraged to donate their loose change or least coins at their various women’s meetings and then donate them to the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada and they pass it on to various countries that have projects that help women around the world who are suffering lack of respect and dignity.

             

The money shared last year was almost 114 thousand dollars to 21 projects.  O’Brien adds this year six women from six countries will share their stories. The celebration takes place Friday night at 7 o’clock at St. Ann’s Church on Centre Street.

 

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The Hall Will Be Full of Christmas Shopping Opportunities.

 

The Flin Flon Arts Council is holding their 38th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday.  Their Coordinator Crystal Kolt says they are featuring a variety of local and other Manitoba and Saskatchewan vendors.  She adds once again they have a full house of everything you could possibly imagine from soaps to wall hangings to arts and crafts and again the seniors are going to be offering dinner down stairs so there’s going to be something for everybody to buy as it’s time to get shopping for Christmas.

            

 The sale runs from 10 to 4 Saturday in the Flin Flon Community Hall.  It also includes Winter Wonderland where you can have pictures taken with Santa.

 

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Local Businesses Were Honored Yesterday.

Karen MacKinnon and Maryn McKee

 

  PBCN Jessica Pelly, Peter Gambin, Helen Jebsen

 

Joanne Kemp

 

Natasha Daneliuk

 

Jan Modler and Greg East

 

The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Community Futures Greenstone presented this year’s business awards yesterday.  The presentation was part of the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference.

             

This year’s Business Excellence Awards presented by Chamber President Karen MacKinnon went to Creighton Petro Canada Tim Horton’s Kiosk owned and operated by PBCN PA Fuel and Convenience, Alluring Impressions Spa owned and operated by Joanne and Jarrett Kemp and Mugsy’s Deli owned and operated by Natasha Daneliuk.

             

A new award to honor youth in the region the Emerging Entrepreneur Award was presented to grade eleven Hapnot Collegiate student Maryn McKee who operates Winx Eyelashes and has been involved in several prior ventures.  And the Community Ambassador Award for an organization that contributes to the betterment of the community was presented to Johnny’s Social Club operated by Greg East and Mark Rowe.

             

You can find pictures of the presentations on www.flinflononline.com.

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Appointments Have Been Updated for Manitoba Health Regions.

 

The province has made appointments to the boards of the five regional health authorities.  For the Northern Regional Health Authority Cal Huntley of Flin Flon has been reappointed as Chair, Carrie Atkinson of The Pas has been reappointed Vice-Chair, Anne Kenny Thompson of Lynn Lake and Elaine Kobelka of The Pas have been reappointed as members. They rejoin seven other members of the current board.

             

The boards of region health authorities are responsible for directing the management and affairs of the region to ensure the delivery and administration of health services. Health Minister Cameron Friesen notes the health system relies on boards to guide the safety and quality of care that is available in communities across the province.

 

 

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Far Resources Prepares to Drill 15 New Targets Near Snow Lake.

 

Far Resources has finalized plans for the upcoming drill program at its Zoro Lithium Project near Snow Lake where 50 Lithium targets have been identified.  Fifteen of these lithium anomalies will be tested this winter as well as further drilling on the high grade lithium mineralization discovered in their Dyke 8. Final Preparations are underway for mobilization of equipment to target the anomalies which is expected to commence ahead of schedule and prior to ground freeze up.

             

President Toby Mayo says they knew they had a fantastic opportunity to expand know mineralization at Zoro but the results of last summer’s program have been better than they imagined.  The fall program contract has been awarded to Westcore Drilling with rotary air support provided by Gogal Air Services.

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E-waste Collection is Expanding in Manitoba and is Working Well in Flin Flon.

 

The Manitoba government recently approved a new five year business plan for Recycle My Electronics which keeps many kinds of end of life electronics out of the landfill.  In Flin Flon the Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard says it continues to be a successful program here.  She explains they collect the eligible products for e-waste recycling at the Recycling Center and they pack them up on pallets and when they have a trailer load they ship it out to Exnor E-Waste in Elie and the EPRA pays them for handling it so it’s working quite well for them.  She adds they are shipping about three loads every year around 30 tonnes which is pretty exciting.

             

Provincially the program diverted 3430 tonnes of e-waste from landfills. The renewed plan is expected to extend the program coverage to 95 percent of Manitoba’s population and provide better accessibility in northern and remote communities.  For information on electronics that can be recycled go to www.recyclemyelectronics.ca.

 

 

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Tickets are Now on Sale For an Upcoming Theatre Production.

 

The local Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is presenting Treasure Island on November 16th and 17th.  One of the Directors Beth Heine says it’s a fun family show.  She says this story is a pantomime so it kind of takes the original story and makes a few twists so they have pirates who become women and women that become pirates and they jump on this ship to go over to the Caribbean and find the treasure where X marks the spot.  Heine adds it has a cast of 23 plus a few extras.

             

Tickets are now on sale at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street and will also be sold at the Flin Flon Arts Council Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale at the Flin Flon Community Hall on Saturday.

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The Discovery of Gold Zones Continues Near Snow Lake.

 

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has identified an extended gold zone near Snow Lake.  They report geological prospecting has identified the McLeod Gold Horizon which is a more that ten kilometer long mineralized corridor associated with gold and copper mineralization on their SLG Gold Property.

             

President Ken Lapierre says this strategic property hosts multiple historical gold rich zones along several regional structural fault splays.  He says the McLeod Gold Horizon has never been drill tested yet hosts numerous historical gold showings adding their grab samples confirmed the presence of high grade gold and copper mineralization. In 2019 they plan to advance this gold asset with additional surface work in preparation for a drill program focusing on top priority gold targets.

             

They add the newly identified horizon is part of the regional McLeod Road Thrust Fault which is known to be associated with former gold mines on the neighboring property.

 

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Our MLA has Raised Concerns in the Legislature About Northern Manitoba Airports.

 

MLA Tom Lindsey accused the government of lowering the standards when it comes to snow clearing at airports creating a riskier situation for people in the north.  He explained the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Arlen Dumas says that the Province’s decision to cut northern airports borders on negligence adding the government’s new policy, and it is a new policy that belongs to this government, means that airports will only be cleared on the weekend if there’s a medical emergency maybe.  He added Manitoba Hydro crews often need access to remote communities to make repairs on the weekend and northern airports are also vital for bringing in food and supplies.

             

Lindsey asked Minister of Infrastructure Ron Schuler if he thinks that northern communities should go without food and power if there’s too much snow on a runway on a weekend to which Schuler replied we should be very clear that the runways are always cleared when there’s an emergency as they have staff that are trained to go up there, they have the equipment and they clear the runways.

 

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There Can Be No Trout Festival Without Your Help.

 

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee gathered for their annual meeting last night.  Due to a very poor turnout a second meeting will be held next month.  President Melissa Richard says they desperately need people to come out.  She explains unfortunately this year they are going to be looking for all executive needing to fill President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary so they need people to come out and step up and fill in those positions so we can have a 69th annual Trout Festival.

             

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15th at 7 pm at the Victoria Inn with the future of the Festival depending on the number of people showing interest.

 

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You Can Continue to Support the Food Bank at Tonights Bomber Game.

 

Northland Ford and local schools continue to collect food for the Lords Bounty Food Bank as part of the We Scare Hunger Campaign.  Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay says We Scare Hunger is a program from Ford Canada to collect food this month to support local food banks and its going well with great response from the community and the surrounding communities, everybody’s getting involved with it and they’ve got a lot of stuff in the F-150 already and the schools are ramped right up on it in the areas.  He notes tonight they’ll be at the Bomber game collecting from the public and there’s always a great response there so they’re looking forward to a great hockey game and a great collection of food items.

             

The campaign runs until the end of October.

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Attention Will be On Domestic Violence Next Month.

 

At the request of the Womens Resource Center Mayor Cal Huntley officially declared November as Domestic Violence Prevention Month at Tuesday nights City Council meeting. The proclamation stated domestic violence affects everyone – children, youth, individuals, families and the community and has immediate and long term consequences that can include serious mental and physical effects, the inability to function in society, financial turmoil and death.

             

Council was advised the Community Alcohol Management Plan Working Group is being formed in Flin Flon.  It’s a group of over 30 people representing an expanding list of local organizations.  Council will look forward to more information as the group continues to organize.

             

And Council received a request to again allow the Rotary Club to use City Hall as headquarters for Operation Red Nose, a service that helps get vehicles and their owners home safely during the holiday season. The service will run on Friday and Saturday nights starting November 30th running through December including Friday the 28th and New Years eve.

 

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Jazz Will Be The Focus For Band Students This Weekend.

 

The NorMan Jazz Festival will be hosted by Flin Flon School Division this weekend.  Band Director Kim Jones says bands from The Pas and Thompson will join Flin Flon bands with a total of 80 students taking part.  She explains they fly clinicians in from Brandon and Winnipeg and these are very high level educators, university professors who work with their students throughout Saturday and Sunday to help them work on their existing jazz band repertoire and help them in improvisation and give them information on their specific instrument like saxophones, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section.

             

 Jones adds on Sunday the students will put on a concert at 1:30 at Hapnot Collegiate with all community members invited to attend.  She says you will not only hear the student bands perform but also very high level jazz musicians from across the province playing traditional jazz as well as a couple of players from the Dirty Catfish Brass Band who will be here as clinicians.

 

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26 percent of eliglibe voters in Flin Flon Cast Ballots today for Six City Councilors and Seven School Trustee for Four Year Terms.

 

The five incumbents led the polls from the twelve candidates for City Council.  Elected were Colleen McKee with 646 votes, Ken Palwachuk 632, Karen MacKinnon 620, Tim Babcock 610, Guy Rideout 592 and new to Council Colleen Arnold with 512 votes.  The other candidates were Joe Buie 498, Tom Heine 379, Dave King 317, Jordana Oulette 304, Patricia Sattelberger 289 and Alan French 162. Councilor Bill Hanson did not seek re-election and Mayor Cal Huntley was re-elected by acclamation.

             

Elected to School Board from eight candidates were Ebony Trubiak with 860 vote, Amy Sapergia-Green 812, Leslie Fernandes 806, Jill Akkerman 782, Leslie Power 658 and Murray Skeavington 656.  Because of the close vote for the seventh position on School Board between Tim Davis and Angela Simpson a recount will be done before the final results are released tomorrow morning.

 

**Update:  Afer a recount the final seat on School Board has been determined with Tim Davis receiving 557 votes.  Angela Simpson received 552 votes.**

 

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Pelican Narrows RCMP are Seeking public assistance to locate Leroy George Custer

 

 

On October 20thPelican Narrows RCMP received a complaint of a missing adult male. 33 year old Leroy George Custer who is from Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan has not been seen since June of 2018.

 

Custer is described as 5’8”, 140 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. There is reason to believe Custer may be in Prince Albert, Creighton, Flin Flon or even Saskatoon. The RCMP is requesting your in locating Custer. Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Pelican Narrows RCMP at 306-632-3300 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip on-line at saskcrimestoppers.com 

 

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Students Are Planning for a French Immersion Trip.

 

At the latest meeting of the Flin Flon School Board teacher Natalie Milligan presented the next French Immersion trip proposal.  The trip allows students to learn actively in a new context and gives students a taste of travel and helps them in their future travels later.  The trip planned for the spring of 2020 will see students spend two nights in Ottawa, two nights in Montreal and two in Quebec taking in historical tours.  EF Educational Tours will be the Company the trip will be booked through as they offer a lot of support, a 24 hour tour director, security and much more.

             

This was the last regular meeting for this group of Trustees due to the election. Superintendent Constance McCleese wanted to publicly express that she felt it has been an honor and pleasure sharing a common bond in making education the best in our community.  Board members reflected on the past four years noting that great strides have been made moving forward, our School Division is ready for the future and it also says a lot about the teaching staff.

             

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The North Should Continue to Have Five Members of the Legislature.

 

When Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew was in Flin Flon Friday I asked him about changes to the electoral map.  The Electoral Division Boundaries Commission has proposed combining Flin Flon and The Pas ridings, both NDP seats, into one.  Kinew says the north deserves proper representation and if one MLA has to serve a huge geographic region in the north is every community in that region going to get the proper representation at the Legislature?  He adds on the party side if they have their MLA in The Pas and an MLA in Flin Flon one of them is going to lose out on this so it’s obviously a situation he doesn’t want to see because they’ve got two great MLAs and they’d like to have them continue to represent their communities and then also there’s differences regionally in the north so why not respect the diversity in different communities.

             

Kinew says the commission has until the end of the year to present their report but he understands they’re almost finished their work and will release their report in the near future.

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New Support Programs Continue to be Introduced at the Local Food Bank.

 

At their 27th annual meeting yesterday the Lords Bounty Food Banks Distribution Chair Dennis Hydamaka reported a decrease in food distribution over their past year.  They experienced a 17 percent decrease in hampers distributed and an 8 percent decrease in the number of people fed with 1368 food hampers distributed to feed 2858 people.  He noted this is largely due to client visits being reduced to two per month instead of three. He added things have started to change with a record set last month with over 300 people fed up from around 220 they usually have per month.

             

The Board’s Alison Dallas reported they moved into their new permanent location on December 1st at 2 Hiawatha, the former St. Mary’s Church, and their goal is community involvement as they team up with other people and support groups.  Last month was their first month for these presentations, the first year of harvesting their community garden and they now prepare meals for special occasions such as Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving.

             

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Council Said Farewell to a Long Time City Councilor.

 

Bill Hanson is not seeking re-election and attended his final City Council meeting last night after 19 years as a Councilor.  He says it’s been a long road and he has served with some awesome people.  He explained it’s been a privilege and an honor to work with the people in the City of Flin Flon, five Mayors and five different Councils, the administration staff have always been very respectful and very good and he just really loves the city and is encouraged by the number of people who are running for Council and wishes everybody good luck and hopes for the best in the future.

             

His fellow Councilors thanked Bill for his dedication to the community with Mayor Cal Huntley praising him for his wealth of information noting they are going to miss that. Huntley also had praise for the present Council and having been re-elected by acclamation he looks forward to continue working with Council and the city staff and administration.

 

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There Should Be Support For Mining Communities Dealing With Job Losses.

 

While visiting Flin Flon Friday Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew commented on the Mining Communities Reserve Fund.  Although the government says it is not available as it was allowed to fall below a set level Kinew says it should be.  He says basically the Mining Reserve Fund was created to help communities in times of need and you paid into this fund during the good times and it should be there to help communities that are facing job losses now.  He notes the bigger picture is we need to have job creation in the north to be a big priority and they are going to keep pushing the government on that front.  He says so far what they’ve been talking about is just a committee, it’s just a brochure but there hasn’t been real investment, they haven’t been putting resources to help create jobs.

             

Kinew adds a job is about having a pay cheque so people can provide for their families but it’s also about ensuring people have the pride, the dignity and the discipline that comes with work and that hits a community hard so his priority for the next election will be jobs and health care.

 

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You Can Celebrate Halloween at the Library.

 

The Flin Flon Public Library is holding their annual Bomber Halloween party this Thursday.  Administrator Courtney Campbell says it’ll be a fun afternoon with the Flin Flon Bombers coming and they’re going to help with the games, the prizes and all that fun stuff that they usually do at their Halloween parties.  She adds it’s on Thursday from 4:30 to 6 and they’re going to have crafts and snacks and all that good stuff, just make sure you’re there to supervise your kids.

             

You can drop in to the Library to register or give them a call at 204-687-3397.

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Flin Flon Voters Will Be Heading to the Polling Stations Tomorrow.

 

Tomorrow is election day for six City Councilors and seven School Trustees in Flin Flon.  Mayor Cal Huntley was re-elected by acclamation.  There are twelve candidates to choose from for Council and eight for School Board.

             

Polls will be open from 8 am to 8 pm.  People living from the Ross Lake area though the uptown area and South Hudson will vote at the Community Center while those below the hill including Birchview, Willowvale and Channing areas will vote at the Northminster Memorial United Church.  Voters must have been a resident of Flin Flon Manitoba or Saskatchewan as a home owner or renter for at least six months and must have one piece of government issued photo ID such as a drivers licence or passport or at least two other pieces of identification that could include a health card.  If you haven’t voted before poll clerks will be there to help you out.

 

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It is Time to Fill Shoe Boxes With Gifts.

 

Operation Christmas Child is again underway in the Flin Flon area.  The Baptist Church is the collection center and their Pastor Jim Galbraith is asking you to fill shoe boxes with toys and other items to be delivered to children in countries where there is war, natural disasters and famine.  He explains the one thing they like to do is have a wow item like maybe a deflated soccer ball with a pump or a really nice doll and then the usual items are school supplies and hygiene items except no liquids and on a general scale nothing war related like knives or toy soldiers and sometimes if you’re doing for an older child you can put in something like sewing equipment or tools.

             

Galbraith adds boxes can be picked up at Dollar Store With More or at participating churches and returned there or to Pharmasave.  Final collection week is November 5th to 11th.

 

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Manitobas NDP Leader Wab Kinew met with a variety of people in Flin Flon on Friday.

 

 

One of the issues raised was northern health care.  Kinew says the need to stop cuts and expand services was highlighted by the unfortunate death last week of a northern man on a medical trip by bus to Winnipeg who was also involved in the Northern Patient Transport Program and that’s an issue that cuts across community lines and affects a lot of people in the north.  He says they’ve been hearing a lot about changes to that program, escorts not being provided anymore, harder and harder for people to get air transport approved so that’s an issue they’re going to press on in the immediate future.

             

Kinew called for a federal and provincial inquiry into the death.  He says there’s also a need to have more doctors in the north and one way to do that is by training more northerners starting in high school with a emphasis on the sciences and also ensure there are state of the art health facilities in the north so people can get care closer to home.

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Free Flu Shots are Available for the Creighton Area Starting Today.

 

Saskatchewan residents can get their free flu shot starting today at public health clinics.  Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shabab says influenza can cause serious illness and may lead to complications, hospitalization and even death recommending you get your flu shot early in the season to protect yourself, your family and those to whom you provide care.

             

Flu clinics start for the Creighton area today at the Health Center from 9 to 5 and continue this month through November and into December.  For a complete list go online to www.4flu.ca, click on clinic locations and scroll down to Creighton or Denare Beach.

             

Flu Shots are recommended for those at higher risk including seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five and pregnant women.

 

 

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They Have Supported Women in our Community for 20 Years.

 

The Womens Safe Haven Resource Service celebrated their 20th anniversary last night.

             

Guest speaker Father Paul Bringleson said it’s hard to ignore suffering and violence against women and children must not be tolerated.  He spoke on the need for honesty in a relationship, the need to be open to other points of view, to live differently and be willing to give one hundred percent.  He explained we need to use our lives and see them as always being an influence each and every day seen and heard by those we live with and work with and those we love, never diminish the significance of who you are and we make mistakes and we don’t always get it right but remember tolerance, there must always be room for not to keep it perfect but we must continue to try.

             

Executive Director Colleen Arnold thanked all who have supported them over the years adding we need more men to work with them as allies to stop violence against women and girls.

 

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You Can Relive the Music of Patsy Cline.

 

The Flin Flon Arts Council is presenting a concert by the InClines next week. The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it’s called Sweet Dreams of Patsy Cline.  She explains this is the first show of their season and the group’s name is actually coined from a Patsy Cline tribute band so it’s going to be a super fun concert as everybody loves Patsy Cline and these performers are exceptional so that’s going to be the first concert of the season for the Flin Flon Arts Council.

             

The show traces Patsy’s life through narration and song recreating a Patsy Cline concert.  The InClines will perform next Saturday October 27th at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

 

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Our Member of Parliament has Called for an Inquiry into a Death on a Bus.

 

In Question Period Wednesday and in a letter to Minister Jane Philpott MP Niki Ashton called for an inquiry into the death of Abraham Donkey.  She explained Abraham, a 58 year old northern Manitoba heart patient died during a ten hour Greyhound bus trip to see a doctor in Winnipeg ten days after getting heart surgery noting Indigenous Services refused to send him by plane or with an escort.  Ashton stated systemic racism kills, systemic underfunding kills adding Abraham’s family is seeking justice and to ensure this never happens again.  She asked will the Minister meet with Abraham’s family and will this government commission an inquiry into this inexcusable tragedy?

             

Prime Minister Trudeau stated the Department of Indigenous Services is looking into the details of this matter.  He added this confirms the need for improved health services designed, managed and delivered by and for Indigenous communities something they will continue to work towards.

 

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Creighton Voters Have Elected a New Town Councilor.

 

Twenty percent of eligible voters in Creighton went to the polls yesterday to fill one seat on their Town Council.  From the five candidates Anita Rainville was elected receiving 77 votes.  The other candidates were Max Owen with 76 votes, Steele Higgins with 21, Richard Masson with 20 and Heather Strom with 7 votes.

             

204 residents cast ballots.  Rainville will serve a two year term on Creighton Town Council.

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Cannabis Sales Will Not Result in Major Revenue For the Province.

 

Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding met with community representatives in Flin Flon Tuesday as part of pre-budget consultations.  I asked about the province sharing tax revenue from cannabis sales with municipalities and he noted the province will face the bulk of costs through health care, addictions treatment and that sort of thing. He added he doesn’t want to leave listeners with the impression it’s going to be a huge windfall for the province because it certainly won’t be as they don’t anticipate bringing in more revenue than expenditures for at least two to three years but they have asked municipalities to track and watch their costs.  He said one thing that will be transferred to municipalities is the federal government has committed money for the devices in terms of roadside testing as well as some of the police training costs.

             

On another topic Fielding said they have gone through major changes in the health care system to get better results and are investing about 386 million dollars more every year to health care but it has to be spent wisely.

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You Can Be Part of the Community Choirs Next Big Musical.

 

Auditions are coming up for the Flin Flon Community Choirs performance of Mamma Mia that features the hits of Abba.  Choir Director Crystal Kolt says everyone interested is invited to audition this weekend as they’re having auditions coming up this Sunday and Monday so people interested in auditioning are encouraged to do that but you need an audition package so you can call her on her cell phone and she will get your information to email it to you and that is 204-271-0315 or you can email the Arts Council at info@flinflonartscouncil.com and they will get you a package and set up a time for you to audition this coming weekend.

             

Mamma Mia will hit the stage May 10th to 12th.

 

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Toastmasters Invite You to Learn What Their Group is About.

 

Flin Flon Toastmasters will be holding their annual open house Monday evening.  The Club’s Harry Hobbs says it will be a chance for you to see what happens at a Toastmasters meeting.  He explains they’re having the open house in honor of Toastmasters Week which is a week that’s been set aside by the government to recognize the importance of good communications at Toastmasters meetings.  He adds they will be demonstrating some of the things they learn at Toastmasters like some impromptu speaking, prepared speaking and a chance to ask questions and find out information on what Toastmasters can do to help you.

             

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

 

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Niki Ashton Will Carry The NDP Banner in the 2019 Federal Next Election.

 

MP Niki Ashton was officially nominated last weekend as the NDP candidate for the Churchill Keewatinook Aski riding for the 2019 Federal Election. Ashton has promised to stand up for key issues facing northerners including housing, health care, and good jobs.

She says the government has always left regions like ours behind and we provide a lot of wealth for this country and  deserve better.

Ashton will continue visiting across the riding to speak out on the issues that matter.

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Economic Development is a Priority in the North.

 

Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding made a stop in Flin Flon as he travels the province holding budget consultations.  He says he’s hearing northern Manitoba priorities for the budget include fixing the economy to reduce debt servicing costs so money can be spent providing services, growing the economy and economic development. Ensuring that we have a diversified economy and a labor force base he thinks is something he’s heard loud and clear is important to the province and they put kind of a plan together Look North which they think is good for the economic bases but also there are some of the over arching issues that they hear, things like health care where they need to get better results.  He notes when they took office we had some of the longest wait times in the country and so they’ve been able to turn those things around by spending wisely in these certain areas.

             

We’ll have more later in the week.  You can share your ideas on a budget survey online at www.manitobansmakingchoices.ca.

 

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Foran Mining Reports Good Results From Their Drill Program West of Flin Flon.

 

Foran Mining has announced results from three additional holes from their summer resource definition drill program at their McIlvenna Bay copper zinc deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon. One of the holes intersected three contiguous zones of copper rich sulphide mineralization with a combined core length of 29.24 meters grading 2.76 percent copper equivalent.

             

Their President Patrick Soares says the three holes all targeted the copper and zinc rich Upper West Zone and continue to intersect significant grades and widths of mineralization.  Of particular interest he adds is the thick sequence of high grade copper in the deeper part of the deposit and this speaks to the expansion potential that still exists as they continue to explore McIlvenna.  The summer drill program was completed September 24th.

 

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Worker Safety Was Highlighted in the Manitoba Legislature Last Week.

 

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey questioned the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pedersen on a reduction in safety inspections and other measures in the workplace.  He stated the Pallister government eliminated the Department of Labor, they cut the Advisory Council on Workplace Health and Safety, they’re weakening acceptable exposure standards for chemicals and other standards and now Workplace Health and Safety inspections have fallen by sixty percent asking will the Minister reverse course and make investments to keep workers safe.

             

 Pedersen replied they are targeting safety inspections against those who are most likely to have workplace accidents which he says is a far better system than trying to have as many safety inspections as we can with no real purpose.

 

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Thompson Bus Will Offer Freight Service for Snow Lake, Flin Flon and The Pas.

 

Thompson Bus has announced that they are now offering daily freight service between Thompson and north-western Manitoba.

The route will begin in Thompson with stops in Snow Lake, Flin Flon and The Pas before returning to Thompson. The company added that they will add a stop in Cranberry Portage once they have secured a location, and that freight will depart for Winnipeg following their normally scheduled service upon arrival in Thompson. The local depot for Thompson Bus will be at the current Greyhound depot at Coutt’s Convenience in Creighton.

Thompson Bus says that passenger service along the Thompson to Flin Flon route will follow in the near future.

 

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You Can Cast Your Ballot in Advance Tomorrow.

 

Advance voting is being held in Flin Flon tomorrow to elect six City Councilors and seven School Trustees for those unable to vote on Election Day.  There are 12 candidates to fill six seats on Council including Colleen Arnold, Tim Babcock, Joe Buie, Alan French, Tom Heine, David King, Karen MacKinnon, Colleen McKee, Jordana Oulette, Ken Pawlachuk, Guy Rideout and Patricia Sattelberger.  There are 8 candidates for School Trustee with seven to be elected including Jill Akkerman, Tim Davis, Leslie Fernandes, Leslie Power, Amy Sapergia-Green, Angela Simpson, Murray Skeavington and Ebony Trubiak.

             

The advance poll will be open tomorrow from 8 am to 8 pm at Flin Flon City Hall at 20 First Avenue.  Election Day is October 24th.

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Exploration is Being Promoted for the Creighton Denare Beach Area.

 

The Saskatchewan Government is receiving applications for a new incentive to help encourage mineral exploration in targeted areas of the province.  One objective of the incentive is to encourage base metal exploration in the Creighton Denare Beach region which has a long history of base metal mining and processing.

             

The Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive is designed to cover a portion of expenditures associated with ground based exploration activities.  It offers a rebate of 25 percent of eligible direct drilling costs up to an annual maximum of 50 thousand dollars per company on a pro-rated basis.  The incentive will focus on base metals, precious metals and diamonds, commodities that have significant unrealized potential in the province.

             

During the past summer airborne electromagnetic, magnetic and gravity gradient surveys were flown over the vicinity of Creighton and Flin Flon funded as part of the Mineral Development Strategy. More information on the incentive can be found on the Saskatchewan Government website.

 

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Information is Available on the Effects of Marijuana on Work.

 

The Northern Manitoba Sector Council has made arrangements with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources to provide a seminar on the legalization of cannabis and the workplace in Flin Flon November 1st.  The Council’s Executive Director Jamie Grant explains basically there are several questions about the anticipated impact on the culture and safety in the workplace and this workshop is designed to cover topics such as developing an effective drug use policy and how to identify someone under the influence.  She adds the presenters that they have coming up to Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson are a lawyer from Taylor McCaffrey and an Addictions and Training Specialist both from Winnipeg.

             

The session which runs November 1st from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Hudbay Staff House is free but due to limited space you should register as soon as possible.  To register contact Cindy Best at University College of the North at 204-687-1560 or email cbest@ucn.ca.

 

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Bus Service Will Continue Across Manitoba.

 

Opaskwayak Cree Nations Aseneskak Casino has announced that Kelsey Bus Lines
2014 has received approval from The Manitoba Motor Transport Board to conduct
public bus transportation throughout Manitoba effective November 1st.
Passenger routes will include routes previously operated by greyhound along with
additional routes and the rates will also be similar to the ones offered by
Greyhound. They are also expected to offer freight service once all required
training and equipment is acquired.

The companies buses have been used by schools, sports teams, and various other
agencies and they have also been used to assist in evacuations.

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Its Time to Plan for Your Flu Shot.

 

The seasonal flu vaccine is once again available free of charge to all Manitobans aged six months and older.  Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen says getting the flu vaccine is important for the health of all Manitobans but especially for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close family and friends.  She adds every Manitoban knows an infant, a senior, someone with diabetes or asthma or someone seeking treatment for cancer so she encourages all to protect themselves as well as others by getting their no charge flu immunization this fall.

             

Flu shots will be available at the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Centre October 29th and November 3rd, 7th and 21st, at the Cranberry Portage Wellness Centre November 1st and 15th and the Snow Lake Health Center November 2nd, 13th and 14th.  A complete list for the region is available on the Northern Health Region website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creighton Residents go to the Polls Wednesday.

 

Wednesday is by-election day in Creighton.  Voters will cast ballots for one Town Councilor from a list of five candidates.  They include Steele Higgens, Richard Masson, Max Owen, Anita Rainville and Heather Strom.

             

The polls will be open Wednesday from 9 am to 8 pm in the Town of Creighton Council Chambers at 300 First Street East.  Voter identification will be required to vote.  Results will be officially released Thursday morning.

 

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You Can Help Support the Food Bank All This Month.

 

Northland Ford and local schools are supporting the Lords Bounty Food Bank as part of the We Scare Hunger Campaign.  Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay says We Scare Hunger is a program from Ford Canada to collect food to support local food banks.  He explains last year they gathered over 25 hundred pounds of food items and this year they’d like to top the 3 thousand pound mark and with the charity of the local people in the Flin Flon Creighton Denare Beach area he’s quite certain they can do that mark.  He adds they’ll be at the Bomber game on the 26th of October and they have a drop off point at Northland Ford where they want to fill the back of an F-150 and they’re certain that can be attained.

             

The campaign runs until the end of October.

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Good Results are Leading to the Start of a Fall Drill Program Near Snow Lake.

 

Far Resources has identified multiple new exploration targets on its Zoro Lithium Project near Snow Lake. Final Mobile Metal Ion analytical reports have been received for 784 soil samples collected from the Project.

             

President Tony Mayo says each round of this highly successful geochemical technique yields further targets.  He notes they now have over thirty anomalies for follow up at Zoro any of which could yield high grade lithium dykes of an economic scale adding all of the background work has been completed with every dollar spent on the Project having the potential to add significantly to the mineral inventory so they look forward to drills turning in the very near future.

             

So the proposed fall drill program can start prior to freeze up and assess the numerous anomalous responses situated in low lying ground Far Resources in conjunction with Westcore Drilling have developed a modified drill platform that will stabilize the drill and permit the next planned drill program to begin shortly.

 

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Lunch is Being Served Twice a Week.

 

Soup Days are underway for another season.  Salvation Army Major Debbie Allen says Soup Days started Monday and are being well used.  She explains they average 40 people but Monday they actually served 49 people including 10 children and that’s about what they finished with in the spring.  She says sometimes they have larger crowds but that’s about an average.

             

Allen adds Soup Days run with volunteers from several churches in our community Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Anglican Church on Church Street and everyone is welcome.

 

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Our MLA Says All Manitobans Regardless of Where They Live Deserve Quality Health Care.

 

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey told the Legislature programs and services in the north need to be upgraded not cut.  He stated this government made cuts to the Northern Patient Transport Program which helps people get the medical care they are entitled to in the city adding the most egregious cut is to the escort family members require when travelling to medical care in Winnipeg as people rely on this program for various reasons be it mobility issues, old age or lacking familiarity with the city.  He added investment needs to be made in the active recruitment of medical care practitioners noting right now there are over 50 vacant nursing positions listed by the Northern Regional Health Authority and stating don’t get me started on the doctor shortages.

             

Lindsey says while the government is pocketing these cuts to funding, northern Manitobans will have to suffer the expense of travelling to reach health services that are not available in their own communities or worse just stay home and get sicker eventually increasing the cost of health care adding they deserve better.

 

 

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Cannabis Was Discussed by the Flin Flon School Board Tuesday Night.

 

With the use of non-medical cannabis becoming legal on October 17th the Flin Flon School Division received a letter from the Minister of Education and Training Kelvin Goertzen.  This is a follow up to the information that all school divisions in Manitoba received this past April regarding the negative impact cannabis can have among young people.  The division will be sending letters to parents in the near future which will contain relevant information as well as links to government websites.

             

The division’s math review in underway.  This review will take a closer look at how the current curriculum is working.  The math review is in rotation with reviews on all subjects in the division like literacy and technology.  Parents will be asked for their input early in the new year.

 

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A Film Will Feature a Long Time Favorite Neighbor.

 

The Central Canada Film Group is featuring the film Won’t You Be My Neighbor tomorrow night as part of their Films You May Have Missed series.  The group’s Colin Davis explains it’s a film that takes an intimate look at everyone’s favorite neighbor Mr. Fred Rogers.  He says this brand new documentary takes us beyond the zip up cardigans and the land of make believe and into the heart of a creative genius adding you can see what Mr. Rogers neighborhood looked like behind the scenes as we look into the life of this man that we all felt we knew.

             

Wont’ You Be My Neighbor will be shown at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre tomorrow night at 7:30 with free admission.

             

The group is also featuring another film about neighbors A Man Called Ove tonight at 7:30 at the Hapnot Theatre.  It’s a story about an angry old man’s reaction to a boisterous young family that moves next door. Because it’s a Toronto International Film Festival feature admission tonight is ten dollars.

 

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You Can Purchase Work by Local Artists this Weekend.

 

The One Square Foot art exhibition and auction wraps up Sunday at the Norva Centre.  People purchased a 12 by 12 inch canvas and returned it with their art work on it.  A silent auction has been underway and the Centre’s Karen Clark says this week they have been doing draws from the silent auction and these are posted on their Facebook page so an early bird draw means that the bidding has stopped early and they’re hoping people will come in and check their bids for their favorite piece and make sure that they are the top bid before they get drawn for the early bird.  She adds on Sunday at 1:30 the live auction begins and Raphael Saray is the auctioneer and at 1 o’clock the doors open to give people a chance to come in and scan the sheets to see what there is that they want to bid on.

             

At the auction they will also feature a demonstration and display of tattoo art by Jason Feuerstein. The auction is a fund raiser for the Norva Centre at 177 Green Street.

 

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Upcoming Events Were Highlighted at the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Meeting Yesterday.

 

Community Futures Greenstone’s Becky Cianflone reminded members of their Cardboard Challenge coming up Saturday from 1 to 4 at Ecole McIsaac School.  It is free to enter with all supplies provided for all ages and challenges people to use their imagination in building creations with cardboard provided by the Recycling Center.  You can register by calling them at 204-687-6967.  She also mentioned their Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference coming up October 29th.  It’s focus is to grow innovation and entrepreneurship in the north under the theme Dare to Do and is open to businesses, people in leadership roles and anyone else interested.

             

Chamber members continue to prepare for their annual Radio Auction on 102.9 CFAR October 27th.

             

And the Chamber has cancelled their October 23rdgeneral meeting with the next one being held on November 13th.

 

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Business and Community Awards Will Be Presented Later This Month.

 

The Flin Flon & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Community Futures Greenstone has selected this year’s business and organization honourees.

This year’s recipients are;

Creighton Petro Canada- Tim Horton’s Kiosk- Owned and operated by PBCN PA Fuel & Convenience

Alluring Impressions Spa- Owned and operated by Joanne & Jarrett Kemp

Mugsy’s Deli- Owned and operated by Natasha Daneliuk

In addition, a new award has been created to honour youth in the region who show entrepreneurial spirit and ability. This year’s Emerging Entrepreneur Award goes to Grade 11 Hapnot Collegiate student Maryn McKee who operates Winx Eyelashes and has been involved in several prior ventures.

The Committee also selects a recipient for the Community Ambassador Award for an organization that contributes to the betterment of the community. The winner of this award is Johnny’s Social Club, operated by Greg East and Mark Rowe. 

Awards will be presented during lunch at the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference on October 29th at the RH Channing Auditorium. To reserve tickets contact the Greenstone Office at 204-687-6967.

 

 

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Electrical Issues Continue to Start Fires.

 

This is Fire Prevention Week.  Flin Flin Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports residential fires are still a concern.  He explains data from Stats Canada show that the number of structural fires declined by 20 percent between 2005 and 2014 however residential fires consistently accounted for roughly 6 of every 10 structure fires during that period.  He says the Flin Flon Fire Department responded to 74 emergency calls in 2017, 8 of which were residential structure fires with one fire fatality reported.

             

 Cooper adds the leading cause of home fires last year was electrical in nature.  We remind you once again that anyone ordering a pizza from Domino’s today might receive their pizza delivered by a fire truck.  If your smoke alarms are working the pizza is free, if not a smoke alarm will be installed free of charge. The theme of Fire Prevention Week is look, listen, learn be aware fire can happen anywhere.

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The Fire Department is Reminding Residents of Fire Awareness.

 

This is Fire Prevention Week and Flin Flon Fire Chief Chad Cooper explains this years theme re-enforces the need to be aware of fire.  He notes this week’s fire prevention theme is look, listen, learn and be aware fire can happen anywhere so under look you look for where fire could start, listen you listen for the sound of your smoke alarm and learn you learn two ways out of every room.

             

Firefighters will also be visiting local schools this week to talk to students about fire prevention.

Anyone ordering a pizza from Domino's tomorrow may received their pizza delivered by a fire truck. If your smoke alarms are working your pizza is free, if not a smoke alarm will be installed free of charge.

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Employers and Industry Reps can Register Now to Meet With UCN Students.

 

University College of The North is holding an Industry Engagement Night at their campus in The Pas November 6th.  Their Cooperative Education Coordinator Krystle Paskaruk says it offers UCN students the opportunity to meet one on one with as many employers as possible.  She explains when she speaks about the Industry Engagement Nights she encourages them to go out and meet people, get some names, get some telephone numbers and get themselves connected to the future.  She adds there’s an opportunity for them to have meaningful conversations with employers and industry partners about career pathways, how to get their foot in the door, what kind of training they need, what a day in the life of this career looks like and really start some meaningful dialogue to advance them in their career path.

             

The event takes place November 6th from 5 to 7 at The Pas UCN campus as well as in Thompson on the 8th.  Registration for interested employers is required by October 19th by contacting Krystle at 204-627-8557 or email kpaskaruk@ucn.ca.

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Concerns Were Raised About a Dangerous Situation on Boam Streeet.

 

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council heard from a local resident about piles of dirt, rock and concrete left on city land at the end of Boam Street by a contractor.  She said she has contacted City Hall but nothing has been done even though the contractor was not given permission to leave it there. She asked if there are rules or bylaws to prevent someone from leaving piles like these where they interfere with sidewalks, traffic and plug culverts.  Mayor Cal Huntley replied having just received this information they are not prepared to answer her questions but will review the presentation, pictures and the site and will make sure she gets some answers and see that it is cleaned up appropriately.

             

Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for September indicating a false alarm, a residential fire and assisting with a child with a foot impaled by a metal spike and Council will move their next regular meeting from October 16th to Tuesday October 23rd at 7 pm.

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A Coffee House is Supporting an Upgraded Pool.

 

A Local Roots Aqua Center Coffee House Benefit is coming up Saturday October 13th.  One of the organizers Ann Ross says it’s a family friendly night of music featuring Syd Tippett, Ron Burwash, Jake and Friede Reimer, Holly Freeborn with Lyle Wallaker, Harold Romo, John Taylor and Colin Davis.

             

The Coffee House gets underway Saturday October 13th at 7 in the Flin Flon Community Hall. Tickets are at the door at 10 dollars for adults and 5 for children 12 and under. Ross adds coffee, tea, pop and juice will be provided and if you wish you can bring your own apps, desserts or snacks. There will also be a penny parade and the FlinFlonopy game can also be purchased.

 

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A Fund Raising Walk Was a Success.

 

The Freedom Outreach Program in Denare Beach held their 6th annual Walk For Freedom last month.  The group’s Kandie Lagore explained the Walk is a fund raiser that Freedom Outreach runs to help raise funds for their Center and their Center is all about helping men struggling with addictions who want help to live a life of Freedom.

             

Lagore reports money is still coming in but so far they have raised just over 8331 dollars.  The winner of the prize for raising the most money was Della Chilson receiving a weekend stay for two at the Victoria Inn of her choice.

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A Summer Drill Program West of Flin Flon Continues to Show Good Results.

 

Foran Mining Corporation has released the results from an additional three holes of its

summer resource definition drill program at its McIlvenna Bay zinc copper deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.  Foran intersected 27 meters of continuous mineralization including 8.2 meters of massive sulphide grading 11.3 percent zinc.

             

President Patrick Soares says they continue to intersect thick high grade zones of mineralization at the deposit as indicated by these latest results.  He adds they have just wrapped up a four drill program where they have completed over 12 thousand meters of drilling.  In addition to the resource definition and in-fill drilling, holes for metallurgical sampling, geotechnical and hydrogeological studies have been completed which are critical to the preparation of the feasibility study they initiated earlier this year.

 

 

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You Can Build What You Can Imagine.

 

Community Futures Greenstone invites you to be part of their amazing cardboard challenge.  Their General Manager Becky Cianflone explains the cardboard challenge is all about challenging our community to get together and be creative and innovative and to build the ideas that we night have in our minds. She adds pre-registration is preferred but if people just want to show up that’s fine too as they’ll have lots of cardboard and supplies for everyone to join in.

             

You can enter as a team of 3 to 5 people by calling their office at 204-687-6967 or visit their Facebook page.  It runs Saturday October 13th from 1 to 4 in the Ecole McIsaac School gym. It is free and sponsored by Community Futures Greenstone, the Flin Flon Recycling Center and Flin Flon School Division.

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Our Member of Parliament is Asking the Federal Government to Take Action on First Nations Housing.

 

In Question Period last week M. P. Niki Ashton told the Prime Minister about her visit to a mom in Red Sucker Lake. She explains as she was leaving Rhonda told her how happy she was it was summer time because she could stay in her house, a house that was covered partially by tarps and without a bathroom in Canada in 2018.  She added her question to the Prime Minister is why is his government failing First Nations people like Rhonda and so many First Nations women across this country by failing to act on the housing crisis that exists in Canada today.

              Prime Minister Trudeau responded they have moved forward to correcting the housing situation in their first years in government with 8.6 billion dollars towards Indigenous communities particularly in housing and they recognize there are still significant needs moving forward with a 40 billion dollars national housing strategy.

 

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A Lot of People Learned More About Culture in Our Community.

 

A large crowd gathered yesterday to celebrate a successful weekend of Culture Days by Dancing Down Main Street.   Organizer Crystal Kolt says living in Canada we could expect a cold Culture Days but it was still amazing.  She says they had 134 events and every one of them was well attended.  Dancing Down Main Street was another amazing success with Evan Zach and Courtney Lycan’s song Summertime.  She adds they had so many memorable new experiences with Dancing Light Through Birch Bark and then all of our favorites were there with all the guest artists that visited so it was another perfect, wonderful exciting Culture Days, a great tribute to arts and culture in Canada.

             

This year’s 134 events tops last year’s just over 120 events when Flin Flon placed first for events in communities with under 50 thousand people and third across the country.

 

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Seniors Can Join Creighton School Students for Lunch.

 

Creighton Community School is holding their annual seniors lunch Wednesday.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland extends an invitation to all Creighton and Denare Beach seniors to attend for a complimentary lunch with Miss Unrau’s music students providing the entertainment.  She asks you to RSVP her at 306-688-2204.

              The seniors lunch is being held Wednesday at 11:30 in the Creighton School gym.

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