Local News Archives for 2018-12

Its Time to Register for a Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Flin Flon School Division will again be running their Kindervention program starting next month.  Assistant Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne explains it prepares four year olds for school.  She says it’s just a start to the school so they get to know the school environment and kind of what school entails, learning how to sit, listen to a story, some find motor development and fun with the teacher.

             

This is for children entering kindergarten next September and must be five years of age by December 31st 2019.  Ballantyne adds information meetings are being held for parents with one on January 8th from 2:30 to 3:30 at Ruth Betts School in the Family Room and then there’s one on Wednesday January 9th from 7 to 8 in the Library at McIsaac.

             

You can attend either session and you can contact the school in your catchment area to register your child or for more information.  The deadline to register is next Friday, December 21st.

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An Annual Christmas Service Supports the Flin Flon Food Bank.

For the 13th year the local choir Borealis will hold a Service of Lessons and Carols For the Whole Community Sunday afternoon.  The choir’s Tim Spencer says the concert will support the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank while offering you music and readings.  He explains it’s going to be a traditional lessons and carols church service so there’ll be readings of the Christmas story from the bible but in between each reading there’ll be carols sung by the choir and they have a small guest choir in Kaleidoscope which are a young people’s choir that are going to be joining them.  He adds they’re doing the greatest hits of carols for the congregation to sing along too, all of the most familiar ones.

             

The service will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue.  Admission is an offering of money or non-perishable food items for the Food Bank.

 

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Manitoba Motorists are still Drinking and Driving.

Manitoba RCMP charged 28 people with impaired driving during the first week of Holiday Checkstop.  The program was officially launched December 1st and runs until January 1st focusing on the detection of high risk drivers with week one resulting in approximately 25 hundred vehicles checked across the province during 59 checkstops.  28 people were charged with impaired driving including 23 for alcohol, 2 for drugs and 3 refusals with the highest blood alcohol reading 3.5 times more that the legal limit. Nine people were charged with improper storage of alcohol or cannabis in a vehicle, ten ticketed for using a hand held electronic device while driving and four for not wearing a seatbelt.

             

The RCMP remind you to buckle up, drive sober, put your phone down, drive for conditions and ensure everyone gets home safely.

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A Flin Flon Event Will Benefit From a Government Grant.

The Manitoba Government will be providing 950 thousand dollars in grants across the province to projects for non-profit and community led organizations.  A total of 57 projects were approved in five programs that are designed to improve the well-being of residents in our communities.

             

Under the Community Support Small Grants Program the Flin Flon Arts Council is receiving 7 thousand dollars for their annual Culture Days event held in late September.  The other northern region grants were under the Community Places Program with just under 21 thousand dollars going to the Thompson Ski Club for replacement of ski lift cables and just over 41 thousand dollars going to the Town of Lynn Lake arena redevelopment.        

             

For more information on these grant programs go to the Manitoba government website and click on Departments, Municipal Relations and then Community Development.

 

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Its Time to Light Up Your Home in Denare Beach.

Residents of Denare Beach are again taking part in the Village of Lights by putting up Christmas lights.  Recreation Director Mel Durette explains you just decorate your home and you can have a chance to win first place of a hundred dollars gift card to Canadian Tire, second place is a 75 dollar gift card and third is a 50 dollar gift card.  She adds the judging will be at 6 o’clock Friday night and they’ll let the winners know Saturday at their Christmas party.

             

This is the tenth year for the Village of Lights.

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Sing Along and Support a Summer Music Gathering.

You are invited to attend a viewing of Handels Messiah that included the Flin Flon Community Choir tomorrow night.  Choir Director Crystal Kolt says you can watch and sing along while supporting the Blueberry Jam Music Gathering.  She explains they’re calling it Sing-A-Long Messiah so they will be showing the 2013 performance of Messiah called Messiah Refreshed at the Lincoln Center in New York City with about a hundred Flin Flonners down their performing and visiting and they are inviting people that know Messiah or sang with Messiah to bring their scores and to sing along with that production and the people who want of come and just listen can come and enjoy and it’s a fund raiser for Blueberry Jam and they’re really excited about supporting them.

             

The performance will be shown at 7 tomorrow night in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Admission is a silver collection to support this summer’s Blueberry Jam Music Gathering.

 

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The Northern Patient Transportation Program Was Raised in the Manitoba Legislature.

During Question period last week The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed funding concerns with the Northern Patient Transportation Program. She said they know that the Minister of Health put false information on the record when he said there have been no changes to the Northern Patient Transportation Program and the Minister still hasn’t retracted that information and today is his last day until the next session to do so.  She asked will the Minister retract the false information he’s put on record, acknowledge the harmful cuts he’s making and most importantly reverse these cuts.

Minister of Health Cameron Friesen stated the Northern Patient Transportation program is essential for Northern Manitobans to be able to reach appointments in the South and there are rules in place for the program but some rules failed to be enforced.  He added the Northern Health Authority is once again enforcing those rules to make sure the program stays strong for Manitobans.  According to Lathlin, over 1 million dollars for the Northern Patient Transportation Program was cut and this has forced the Northern Health Region to reduce the number of people who get flights under the program.

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Christmas Shopping and Celebrating Will be the Focus on Main Street.

The Main Street Committee is presenting Moonlight Madness tomorrow night. The Committee’s Treasure Daneliuk says it’s a Main Street family night with a lot of fun activities.  She says there is going to be a fire barrel and free hot chocolate by RBC with the Kinsmen manning those for them and will have their ice shack tickets for sale.  She adds down at Mugsy’s they’ll have a free wrapping station so come and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, tea and desserts and get your gift wrapped free and there’s also pictures with Santa at the Library and Sal’s Fitness group space will be hosting fun games for kids with the Flin Flon junior Bombers this year so come check it out.

             

You should also remember to pick up a Moonlight Madness Passport at various businesses and have it stamped to enter a draw for a valuable prize. The Moonlight Madness Family Night runs from 5 to 8 tomorrow night on Main Street.

 

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Its Time to Buy a Gift From the Angel Tree.

The Salvation Army has set up an Angel Tree in Walmart to help collect toys for children.  Major Debbie Allen explains on the tree you will find tags and you pick a tag and go shop for a child.  She says the ages are listed on that tag and so you check the age of the child, male or female, and return it once its paid for to the service desk at Walmart and they will hold it for her.

             

Major Allen adds the toys will be distributed to children in Cranberry Portage and Sherridon as well as the Flin Flon Friendship Center’s gift program.  The Angel Tree will be in Walmart until December 22nd.

 

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A Lot of Teddy Bears Came to the Bomber Game.

Northland Ford held their annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Flin Flon Bomber Game Friday.  Sales Consultant Doug Gourlay explains when the Bombers scored their first goal fans tossed Teddy Bears over the boards. He says it went very well so thanks to everybody in the whole area who came out to the Bomber game, it was a great game and they got their two points as well and they collected 412 Teddy Bears and 15 toys so they’re going to get them to the Friendship Center as soon as possible and then they’ll be distributed to kids in the area.

             

This was the sixth year for the Teddy Bear Toss and is up from 230 bears and toys collected last year.

 

 

 

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The Library is Practicing Forgiveness at Christmas Time.

The Flin Flon Public Library Administrator Courtney Campbell reminds you now is the time to return overdue library books.  She explains they have a partnership with the Friendship Center and if you bring in non-perishable food items, new toys or new books they will waive the fines that you have on your account and they’ll give those toys to the Friendship Center and that runs until December 14th so you still have a bit more time to get those fines waived away.

             

Campbell also invites you to drop in Thursday night during Moonlight Madness Family Night on Main Street as they are going to be Santa’s Workshop so while you’re doing all of the fun stuff they’ve got going on uptown you can stop by the Library and the kids can play, you can pick up some books and Santa will be there from 6 to 8 pm and you can take some pictures with your cell phone.

             

Moonlight Madness Family Night runs from 5 to 8 Thursday on Main Street.

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There is an Increasing Interest in Getting Home Safely.

Operation Red Nose completed its third weekend of getting people and their vehicles home safely in the Flin Flon area.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says it was their best weekend so far this year.  He reports Operation Red Nose supplied a total of 68 rides and volunteers from the Women’s Resource Center, Friendship Center, Creighton School staff and McIsaac School staff worked the Friday and Saturday.  He adds even though Operation Red Nose is a free service those that received the service were very generous with donations and all the funds collected stay in the community for children’s activities preferably organized sports.

             

 Operation Red Nose continues to provide service Friday and Saturday nights until December 28th as well as New Years Eve and they still need volunteers for December 22nd, 28th and New Years Eve.  You can apply online at www.operationrednose.com or pick up forms at Flin Flon and Standard Insurance.  You can call Ted at 204-687-7450 for more information.

 

 

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Fire Damaged a Home in Flin Flon Friday Night.

The Flin Flon Fire Department was called to a house fire at 49 Third Avenue Friday night.  They report heavy fire could be seen coming out of the kitchen window and there were initial reports of someone possibly being inside.  Fire crews attacked the fire while a search took place with no one located in the building.  Fire damage was contained to the main floor of the home.  No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.

 

 

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You Can Help Us Remember 1984.

The Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is holding auditions for their spring production tomorrow night.  Director Tom Heine says they are looking for mostly adults but will consider people 15 and over for George Orwell’s 1984 which he says is a play more than applicable to the society we’re living in today.  He says it was a warning and when George Orwell wrote the story basically  it was maybe not a portent of the future but it looks like he was kind of right in a lot of respects so he thinks it’s a play that will be relevant to what our world is like today.

             

Auditions are being held tomorrow night at 7 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with the performance taking place March 8th and 9th.

 

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Our MLA is Calling for Action on the Northern Economy.

In the Legislature last week MLA Tom Lindsey stated northern Manitobans don’t know what this government is doing to grow the northern economy. He explained the Premier’s made it clear countless times that he knows job losses are coming and to be clear he has know for a long time somewhere between 1500 and 2000 job losses are coming maybe more.  He added this government’s reply so far has been business as usual asking when will this Premier stop the evasions, take responsibility for helping northern Manitobans with a plan to grow the economy and maintain the services they need.

             

Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pederson replied they are working very closely with the mining industry in the north as there is huge potential for discovery and they are working with communities to open those mines as well as working on a tourism strategy.  Lindsey again asked when the minister will talk to northern Manitobans and give them a northern economic jobs plan.

             

Our Member of Parliament Niki Ashton raised similar concerns in the House of Commons calling on the Federal Liberals to do more about the job situation in northern Manitoba.

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The Sounds of Christmas and More are Coming to Hapnot Collegiate.

A Hapnot Collegiate winter band concert is taking place tomorrow night.  Band Instructor Kim Jones says it will feature a weird, wacky and wonderful line up.  She says there will be some Christmas carols but also a showcase of all the things they have been doing throughout the fall and there’s some really interesting music with the choir doing a piece with choreography, monkey chants from Bali and the band is doing a really interesting piece with electronic accompaniment. She adds they have the jazz band as well performing some jazz standards as well as a Christmas piece and joining them this year they also have the History of Modern Music students performing some songs so it’ll be a lovely showcase of all their music ensembles at Hapnot Collegiate.

             

The concert takes place tomorrow night at 7 in the Hapnot Collegiate gymnasium.

 

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The Emergency Room Upgrade Community Fund Raiser has Reached its Goal.

At their meeting yesterday the Rotary Club of Flin Flon presented a cheque for 50 thousand dollars to Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant.  This brings the Club’s contribution of the new General Hospital Emergency Room to 150 thousand dollars from the two air shows they sponsored.  Bryant stated the Rotary Club has been so supportive of the project right from the beginning and this 50 thousand dollars goes a huge way towards maintaining and gaining the rest of the community contribution and the energy that they have built up in the community and the project has really prompted other donors as well.

             

Bryant adds with community support they have reached the community contribution of just over two million dollars. She noted a decision will be made soon on when they can take over the department with two months required for hiring, staff orientation and moving equipment.  In later discussion she reported they are now providing urology services, are communicating with an ophthalmologist and are awaiting the results of a province wide clinical study expected in the spring to see if an opportunity can open up to safely return to obstetrics.

 

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Creighton Residents Are Invited to Take Part in the Christmas Light Program.

The Town of Creighton is holding a Light Up For Christmas contest.  Acting Recreation Director Tina Law explains the judging will take place the night of Friday, December 14th after the Family Dance so they’re requesting everyone have their lights on between 9 and 11. She adds there’ll be a cash prize awarded for the most traditional, the most lights and the most animated so there’s three categories and the winners will be posted on the Creighton Rec page so have your lights on and get all your decorations out.

             

If you require more information you can call the Recreation Office between 10 and 2 at 306-688-3538.

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They Lit Candles to Remember.

People joined the Womens Resource Center at Pioneer Square last evening for the annual Candle Light Vigil.  The Center’s Keely Patterson told them the event remembers victims of the Montreal Massacre of 1989.  She explained in just 20 minutes this young man killed 14 young talented ambitious and courageous women because of their gender and to this day people still remember hearing about this tragic event through the media and felt the sudden shock that someone would murder these intelligent young women based on their gender. She said all 14 of these women lost their lives before having the opportunity to pursue their dreams and fulfill their professional aspirations.

            

Patterson added the day marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and is a call for action as today and every day women must have what they need to live without fear, without violence and with choice, so let’s work together here in Flin Flon to make it happen.

 

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City Councils Voice is Being Heard by the Provincial Government.

At Tuesday nights Flin Flon City Council meeting Councilor Colleen McKee reported on the recent Association of Manitoba Municipalities meeting.  She said it was a busy three days during which along with business and resolutions Council met with five provincial cabinet ministers and attended the Northern District meeting.  She said it was good to let the ministers know we are here and what our concerns are.

            

  Mayor Cal Huntley added they are starting to see some reaction to issues they have been raising with the government for a long time such as the basic tax and outlying areas and some results may be coming. He said they understand Flin Flon has issues and are willing to work on these and not just depend on others to find solutions.  Council will also attend the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities meeting in Saskatoon in February.

             

Mayor Huntley also added to his earlier statements on the planned closure of Hudbay in 2021.  He said they are waiting for more details on how that will take place but have for the past three years and continue to look at ways to diversify the local economy including moving forward to a service community.

 

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You Can Take a Teddy Bear to the Bomber Game.

Tomorrow night Northland Ford will be sponsoring their 6th annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Flin Flon Bomber game.  Sales consultant Doug Gourlay explains they’ll be at the Bomber game on Friday night and they’re going to be collecting Teddy Bears and small toys and things for the Friendship Center and Salvation Army this year and they are distributed through town and what happens is on the Bomber’s first goal the game will stop and the fans will throw the Teddy Bears on the ice and they scoop them all up and get them over to the Salvation Army on Monday.

             

Gourlay adds if you don’t have a Teddy Bear they’ll have drop off boxes for toys that can’t be tossed onto the ice as well as a drop off at Northland Ford.

 

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The Santa Store Will Be Available for Students Next Week.

Creighton Community School will be opening its annual Santa Store in the school gym Thursday and Friday of next week.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says it gives the younger students a chance to do some Christmas shopping.  She explains the School Community Council is once again hosting their annual Santa Store and they are seeking donations of small ornaments, kitchen or household items, all donated items are set up in a store fashion for students to shop for their families, all items will be gift wrapped, the Santa Store will run December 13th and 14th and donations will be accepted until December 12th.  She adds all items will be 25 cents each and the School Community Council thanks the community for their continued support.

             

Donated items can be dropped off at the school.  This is the 15th year for the Santa Store at Creighton School.

 

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Moose Lake RCMP are Looking for a Suspect Who May be in the Flin Flon The Pas Area

At approximately 4:00 o’clock Tuesday morning Moose Lake RCMP received a report of a fire at the convenience store located on Runway Road in the community of Moose Lake.

Officers attended and determined the fire that caused extensive damage had been deliberately set

They also discovered a large sum of money had been stolen from the business prior to the fire starting.

RCMP have charged 28-year-old Bernell Ramsey Ettawacappow, of Moose Lake, with Arson, Break and Enter and Theft Over $5000 and have issued a warrant for his arrest. The accused is believed to have fled Moose Lake and may be in The Pas, Flin Flon, or Winnipeg.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moose Lake RCMP at 204-678-2399 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

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Manitobans Have Expressed Concerns About Winter Driving.

CAA Manitoba has surveyed its members about their winter driving worries.  The results indicate that while hardy Manitobans don’t let winter reduce the frequency of their travel they do worry about hazardous driving conditions including black ice, blizzards, high snow banks left by plows, ruts on the street, blowing snow and snow on roads that’s more than a few centimeters deep.  Beyond the elements and maintenance they added distracted drivers, tailgaters and people who drive too fast for conditions.

             

CAA lists three tips suitable for all winter conditions including increasing your following distance to avoid collisions, prevent skidding by practicing good driving habits and see and be seen for safety by removing ice and snow from the entire vehicle.

 

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You Are Invited to Light a Candle Tomorrow.

The Womens Resource Center is holding its annual Candle Light Vigil tomorrow evening. The Center’s Laurie Sealey invites everyone to take part as December 6th is designated as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against all Women.  She says this day is a remembrance for the young women who lost their lives at Ecole Polytechnique but it also reminds all of us violence can strike at any time so together we can form a strong alliance, we need to stand united to help deliver the message to end violence against women and girls.  She adds together we need to use our own collective voices to say enough is enough and work together to end violence against women.

             

Candles will be available at Pioneer Square with the Vigil stating at 5:15 tomorrow evening. If you can’t attend you can listen to 102.9 CFAR at 5:15 to hear their message.

 

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Plans For a New Main Street Business Were Presented to Flin Flon City Council Last Night.

 

Council heard plans from Jamie Szocs and Chandra Morgan for the long vacant Flin Flon Hotel building on Main Street.  Their plan is for a six to eight lane bowling alley, a lounge with fresh made food services, children’s entertainment area, virtual reality games and many other entertainment options.  The second and third floors will be renovated in the future possibly to provide suites for medical staff, students or seniors. They noted they are a group of three women with extensive bowling and business experience who believe Flin Flon needs a safe sporting option for children and adults alike providing employment for 12 to 20 people.

             

They asked Council about parking, access to the dump with renovations starting, taxes and water services.  Mayor Cal Huntley asked for a copy of their business plan to be referred to Council and the Finance Committee.

 

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A New Course Will Prepare Youth for the Job Market.

The Manitoba government is launching a new online Youth Worker Readiness Certificate Course to teach youth the basics about workers and employers rights and responsibilities for safety and health in the workplace.  The interactive course is based on Saskatchewan’s successful youth readiness course and is tailored for Manitoba. Employers seeking to hire a worker under the age of 16 are required to confirm the successful completion of the course and keep a copy of the certificate as an employment record.  A person must be 13 years of age to work in Manitoba and there are restrictions on the hours a person under 16 can work including not working more the 20 hours during a school week.

             

Youth can complete the online course at by going to the Safe Manitoba website www.safemanitoba.com and click on Young Workers Course

 

 

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Seniors Can Tour Homes Decorated for Christmas.

The Flin Flon Inner Wheel Club is offering a Seniors Christmas Lights Tour on Wednesday December 12th at 6:30 pm.  The Inner Wheel’s Betty Smith explains they do a tour around town to the decorated homes to let everybody have a look at everybody’s work and then they go back to City Hall to have hot chocolate and goodies that will be served and this is all sponsored by the Flin Flon Inner Wheel Club with the help of Hudbay.

             

For information and to reserve your seat call Betty right away at 204-687-3298 as there is limited seating available.

 

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More People Called For Rides This Past Weekend.

Operation Red Nose had a successful second weekend in the Flin Flon Area.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says it was a good weekend providing a total of 24 rides.  He says they expected a few more but were satisfied with what they got. He explains volunteers from the Border Explorers and the Ski Club worked the Friday and Saturday and the weather was warm and the road conditions were very good. Hewitt notes even though Operation Red Nose is offered as a free service those receiving the service were very generous with their donations adding all the funds collected stay within our community for children’s activities preferably in organized sports.

             

Operation Red Nose will again be available Friday and Saturday nights until December 28th as well as New Year’s Eve.  Hewitt adds they still need volunteers for December 21st, 22nd and 28th as well as New Years Eve.  Forms can be found online at www.operationrednose.com and at Flin Flon and Standard Insurance which are taken to the RCMP office with two pieces of identification.  For information call Ted at 204-687-7450.

 

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The City of Flin Flon is in the Process of Developing Plans For the Closure of Hudbay.

Mayor Cal Huntley says the proposed closure of Hudbays Flin Flon operations in 2021 still leaves a lot of questions to be answered.  But he says they have to start planning for the scenario presented in the news release.  He says they’ve already started working on diversity and different things like that to help try and mitigate so he doesn’t see a huge change in strategy right now other than planning for some additional initiatives around the community as a whole.  Hs says they’ve planted some seeds with the government around the Mining Reserve Fund and some potential projects that could help with the sustainability of the community and so they’re looking at everything right now as well as looking at how do they can do things better from a city perspective given that theoretically in three years the way it’s being proposed there could be a significant decrease in funding.

             

Huntley adds they have to decide how they are going to deal with that issue.  He says over the next several weeks they’ll start to formulate how they need to change the strategy that they presently have in place and what that will lead to.

 

 

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High Grade Copper and Gold Have Been Encountered at an Exploration Site West of Flin Flon.

Foran Mining Corporation has announced the final results from their summer resource definition drill program at their McIlvenna Bay copper zinc deposit 65 kilometer west of Flin Flon.  That includes encountering 39 meters of 3.13 percent copper equivalent intersected in the heart of the deposit.

             

Their President and CEO Patrick Soares says the 2018 McIlvenna Bay drill program has been an unqualified success.  He explains tighter drill spacing in deeper parts of the deposit should upgrade a significant portion of the inferred resources to the indicated category which in turn should roll into the mineral reserve.  Engineering and metallurgical studies are underway he added and the project is on track to deliver a feasibility study in the second half of next year.  Soares notes they are working hard to advance McIlvenna Bay towards a production decision he hopes will catch the anticipated copper-zinc price rebound.

 

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Testing is the Focus of HIV AIDS Awareness Weeks.

Last week was HIV AIDS Awareness Week, Saturday was World Aids Day and this week is Aboriginal HIV AIDS Awareness Week.  The local Play It Safer Network has been providing information to the community and the committee’s Tara Dutcawich explains the theme this year is Know Your Status the importance of being tested and knowing your HIV status.  She says the message is they want people to know that HIV is a preventable virus and that there are things that we can do to prevent transmission of HIV even if you are HIV positive, for example taking your medications every day.  She adds you can’t tell by looking at someone whether they have HIV or not so you really need to go and get tested and find out your status so they’re really trying to normalize HIV testing as a part of taking care of your sexual health so feel free to talk to your family doctor or come to the Public Health office and a Public Health Nurse can test you.

             

The Play it Safer Network is a community based committee made up of health care professionals, service providers, school representatives, community members and youth.

 

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