Local News Archives for 2019-05

You Can Help Protect Our Lakes.

The Citizens Protection of Water Committee in Cranberry Portage has a warning about the invasive species zebra mussels.  The committee’s Ron Black says the can damage our lakes, they’re in southern Manitoba, they’re not here yet and can only get here on water related equipment.  He explains every time they get their boat out of the water or if they go to another lake clean it, wash it off, dry bait wells and pull those drain plugs.  He notes the province this year is starting to enforce the rules and set fines so if we are caught transporting our boat with our drain plug installed it’s a 237 dollar fine so pull the drain plugs, keep the boat dry and clean before it goes into another body of water, that’s our insurance against transporting the zebra mussels.

             

For more information on zebra mussels go online to www.manitoba.ca/stopais.

 

Local Art is Coming to Main Street Next Month.

The Main Street Revitalization Task Force has announced the opening of the Main ARTery.  This project will display banners featuring work by local artists on Flin Flon’s Main Street as well as some areas of Creighton and Denare Beach. The Committee’s Treasure Daneliuk says the unveiling celebration will be held on Main Street on Thursday June 13th from 5 to 7.  She says many artists entered work to their selection process.  She explains the chosen pieces will be highlighted up and down Main Street and beyond.  This project is expected to expand over the coming years and will enhance both the local and visitor experience while providing a no cost gallery for families and tourists to enjoy. They are calling out to all businesses, residents and community leaders to come out and support the first step to Main Street revitalization adding they share a proven belief that when a community’s main street core is strong it will contribute to the integrity and economic wellbeing of our region and together we will celebrate the first step to our revitalization.

             

Events planned for the 13th include a Wine and Cheese at Mugsy’s Deli patio, Sidewalk Chalk Art at Pioneer Square sponsored by the Flin Flon Public Library, Children’s Art Storefront Exhibit and buskers to entertain you.

 

Your Donation Will Support the War Amps Amputee Program.

You should have received your War Amps key tags in the mail. Their Public Affairs Officer James Jordan explains if you lose your keys the finder can call the number on the back of the tag or drop them in any mail box and they will be returned to you free.  He says they rely on donations for their work so any donation is appreciated and its goes to fund programs for amputees across the country such as the Child Amputee Program which provides financial assistance for artificial limbs for kids not only in our province or our community but also right across the country and also emotional assistance through many of their programs for amputees.

            

 Jordan adds they have returned over 1.5 million sets of keys to their owners since they started the key service over 70 years ago to support returning war amputee veterans.

 

Two Grass Fires Were Quickly Put Out.

The Flin Flon Fire Department was called out at 7:26 last night.  They found two grass fires one between the Victoria Inn and Canadian Tire and the other behind the Extra Foods building.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper says they were quickly contained.  He adds the cause is suspicious and being investigated.

 

Two Retailers Have Been Selected for Cannabis Sales in Flin Flon.

Last July the province requested applications from potential retailers interested in operating cannabis retail stores in seven Manitoba communities including Flin Flon.  Random draws have been made with one ballot for each community as well as a second standby ballot.

             

The selected retailer for Flin Flon is a numbered business 10552763 Canada Corporation Garden Variety with the standby retailer Auxly Cannabis Group incorporated.  Selected retailers have been asked to confirm within ten days whether or not they are interested in opening a store in the community they were drawn for and if not the opportunity will be presented to the standby retailer drawn.  Once confirmed retailers will enter into written agreements with the province and can begin the process to open their stores including securing the necessary permits from the communities and receiving a license from the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority.

 

You Can Help Cleaning Up the Community.

The City of Flin Flon Spring clean up is getting underway.  Foreman Sheldon Farkus says there are two ways to participate. He explains what they’re asking you to do is put whatever items you want in the same spot as your garbage pickup and that you sort the items based on the material they’re made of just to help in the clean up and they’ll look after it from there. He adds if you don’t want to wait for them to make it around to your area it’s also free to go out to the landfill and get rid of it yourself.

             

The free drop off at the landfill starts tomorrow and runs until Friday June 14th and home pickup takes place on the same day as your regular garbage day starting this coming Tuesday until the following Monday.

 

The Arts in Flin Flon Have Received Provincial Recognition.

The Manitoba Arts Council has revealed the recipients of its first round of the Prizes in the Arts. The Rural Recognition Award goes to the Flin Flon Arts Council. In nominating the Arts Council for the Award the Manitoba Arts Networks Rose-Anne Harder wrote the Flin Flon Arts Council believes that arts and culture are the heart of any community.  They provide numerous initiatives to support and promote arts and culture in their community including donating complimentary tickets to students and seniors.  Always searching for new youth initiatives the Flin Flon Arts Council is one of the few art councils that has a youth representative on their Board. Concluding because of the Flin Flon Arts Council Flin Flon has proven to be a driving cultural force in northern Manitoba.

             

The prize recipients were selected by a peer jury and will be awarded a ten thousand dollar prize in recognition of the high quality of their work and all the contributions they have made to the arts in our province, Canada and beyond.  The Prizes in the Arts reception will take place June 18th at the Forks in Winnipeg.

 

The Flin Flon School Board Heard an Update on the Division Hockey Program.

Tuesday night teacher Rob Abbott gave the Board a presentation on the success of the Division’s Hockey Academy which is also run by Craig McIntosh and Steve Lytwyn.  The program is open to all students male and female with the target to give students who would not have the opportunity a chance to participate.  Abbott stated that about sixty percent of the students involved each year never played hockey and not many could even skate.  Students are up early and at the rink ready to play and learn ultimately improving their skills.  The Academy kicks off in the first weeks of September and runs until early March.  Abbott says he thinks the program is awesome and thanked the Board and the Rotary Club for their continued support and the Academy is looking forward to another successful year.

             

In her report Superintendent Constance McCleese congratulated Amber Zerbin, Miranda Bowman, Daniel Dillon and Steve Lytwyn on completing their Masters of Education Degrees this year.

 

The RCMP Will be Keeping a Closer Watch on Your Driving Habits.

This is Canada Road Safety Week which is a national campaign to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.  Manitoba RCMP report this week has been chosen as it’s the first summer long weekend so more people are travelling on the roads and traffic collisions are more frequent.  Police vehicles will be stationed at key locations around the province to remind people that safe driving habits save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

They note whether you drive a car, motorcycle, bicycle or are a pedestrian it’s important that you focus on the road, pay attention and be aware of changes in your surroundings at all times.

             

As part of Road Safety Week the RCMP will be participating in National Impaired Driving Day Monday which will involve additional resources throughout the province conducting checkstops and additional traffic enforcement. They report they have responded to 15 fatal collisions this year that were preventable so buckle up, put the phone down, drive sober and slow down.

 

Support is Available for People Interested in Starting, Expanding or Buying a Business.

Manager of Community Futures Greenstone Becky Cianflone reports they have partnered with Community Futures Visions North in Saskatchewan to present a Lender Coffee Chat.  She explains they are bringing together lenders and service providers who work with entrepreneurs from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  She adds it’s a free event and people can just show up so if you are thinking about starting a business and not sure where to start, maybe looking for some capital, looking to expand you can come by the Prospector Inn banquet room May 27th from 3 to 7 and just chat with the folks about what your next steps might be.

             

For more information you can call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967 or Visions North at 306-424-2612.

 

Cadets from 2-3-2-8 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp Received Awards Monday Night for their Work Over The Past Year.

The highest award available to cadets the Lord Strathcona Trust Medal for exemplary performance was presented to Curtis Dumas who also received the Captain W. A. Sweeney Trophy for general proficiency for a senior cadet and the Ubique Trophy for recruiting.  The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 Legion Medal for excellence and performance went to Eden Morris, the CWO Fisher Trophy for general proficiency for a junior cadet to Kenneth Morris, the Sergeant J.A. Horrocks Trophy for dress and deportment to Jemedie Morris who also received the Major M.J. Naylor Trophy for dedication and commitment and the Cadet Corps Award for best attendance, the Lieutenant Colonel F. S. Gira Trophy for citizenship to Zarine Grindle, the Second Lieutenant M. Beauchamp Trophy for most improved cadet to Keestan Montgrand who also received the Army Cadet League of Manitoba Award for best first year cadet.

             

The Cadet’s Sponsor group presented plaques to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Flin Flon Ski Club for their ongoing support.

 

  

Lunches are Again Available for High School Students on Thursdays.

First Baptist Church Pastor Jim Galbraith reports lunches for high school students from Hapnot, Many Faces and Creighton Schools will again be available starting tomorrow and they’re going to do it for four straight Thursdays.  He says they’re hosting it at St. Ann’s Church Hall noting the Catholics have been very generous to allow them to use their facilities which are right across the street from Hapnot and Many Faces adding they’re going to offer lunches from 12 to 1 as they don’t want kids cutting classes or anything like that they just want to reach out to them and give them a chance to come over and enjoy a good hot lunch with friends.

             

Galbraith adds the lunches as always will be free of charge. He notes the final lunch will be a burger barbeque on the first Thursday in June.

 

 

The Arts Council Said Thank You to the City With a Picture.

At the Mamma Mia concert Saturday night the Flin Flon Arts Council showed their appreciation for city support.  Arts Council President Linda Allen presented Mayor Cal Huntley with a picture.  She explained the Arts Council wanted to give the City of Flin Flon this picture in appreciation of all the support they have received from the city over many years.  She said the picture is of a hockey player holding a ballerina and it is from the founder of Culture Days Jean Giguere and they felt it really represents our city so well and shows that arts and culture and sports go hand in hand and that is a big part of what makes Flin Flon such a wonderful place to live and also the fact that we all support each other.

             

Allen added they look forward to many more years of working with the city.

             

 

 

You Can Hear the Best in Jazz Tomorrow Night.

Bands and soloists will be performing at the annual Hapnot Jazz Night tomorrow night.  Band Instructor Kim Jones says admission is ten dollars at the door and this will include two hours of entertainment from their choir, their jazz bands and their soloists so the students have a chance to be accompanied by a community house band that’s composed of teachers, Hapnot alumni and community members. She adds they also will get refreshments and desserts served at intermission and it’s always a really fun night and one of their favorite concerts of the year.

             

The concert starts at 7 tomorrow night in the Hapnot Collegiate Gym.

Creighton School Students Are Learning About Bike Safety.

Creighton Community School is running their annual bike safety program this week.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland explains it teaches students valuable lessons and the theme for this year’s Bike Safety Week is to Build Safe Bikers.  She says during this week students will learn the rules of the road and safety tips such as wearing a helmet on every ride.  She notes students will be practicing for the rodeo today and tomorrow with the actual rodeo taking place on Thursday.  If anyone is available to volunteer feel free to give the school a call at 306-688-5138.

             

Sutherland adds last week students learned lessons about bike safety in the classroom with two members of the Creighton RCMP.

 

An Evening of Fun and Food is Being Held at Creighton School.

Creighton Community School is holding its annual Spring Community Night tomorrow.  School Coordinator Carol Sutherland says the evening starts at 5 at the school and the School Community Council invites students, their families, community members and staff to an evening of fun, a complimentary barbeque, a scavenger hunt, cultural connections and a gardening station.  She says everyone is welcome to attend and there will be transportation to and from Denare Beach with pick up at the Band Hall at 4:30 and at the Alpine at 4:40 returning at approximately 7:45. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

             

Sutherland adds the event is made possible through funding received from the Community Initiative Fund, Cameco Creative Kids, Sasktel and the School Community Council.

 

Three Members Have Been Returned to the Co-op Board.

133 ballots were cast by members of the North of 53 Co-op for three members of their Board of Directors.  The three Board members seeking re-election Dave Kendall, Linda Clark and Rob Schiefele were returned to the Board. They were elected to three year terms.  The other candidate was Tim Davis.

             

Other members of the seven member Board are Richard Dansereau, Dennis Whitbread, Erhart Dzubiak and Del Ward.  The Directors are charged with the overall financial well being of the Co-op.

 

 

Several Flin Flon Area Artists Came Home With Awards From a Juried Art Show.

The Northern Juried Art Show was held over the weekend in Thompson with 80 entries from across the north.  Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach artists did well.  In painting Monique Rainville came in first and Laura Bryson third, in Watercolor Elizabeth Fitzsimmons first and Jan Modler third, in drawing print making honorable mention went to Rosemaire cabral Dos Anjos, in Crafts Tamra Martin first, Elaine Angelski second and honorable mention to Mike Spencer, in Fibre Arts Patricia Evans was third and honorable mention to Lorna Heuchert, for photography Brandy Bloxom was first, in the youth category Braeden Tetlock was second and honorable mention to Myah Leclerc and the Special Theme Award went to Brandy Bloxom.

             

Next year’s Northern Juried Art Show will be held in The Pas.

 

Rockcliff is Preparing to be a Leading Manitoba Company.

Rockcliff Metals has completed a financing agreement with Greenstone Resources and a transfer of assets from Norvsita Capital Corporation in Manitoba.

             

Their President and CEO Ken Lapierre says this transformational transaction is finally complete and will position Rockcliff as a leading metals developer and explorer in one of the most established mining jurisdictions in the world.  He says they are now very well funded as a result of a cornerstone investment from Greenstone Resources and have secured two advanced copper assets, the Talbot and Tower projects near Snow Lake and a leased processing facility, the Bucko Mill at Wabowden from Norvista.  Lapierre notes their Tower copper project is anticipated to be fully permitted by the fourth quarter of this year which will allow them to make a construction decision as early as the first quarter of 2020 adding a 100 thousand meter drill program gives them the potential to significantly increase their existing resources as they search for the next big discovery in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone belt.

 

Officials from Snow Lake and Hudbay Minerals Have Signed a New Grant in Lieu of Taxes Agreement.

The present agreement grants the Town operating budget 1 million 144 thousand dollars plus 126 thousand dollars in taxes for the New Britannia property per year.  That will now be increased to just over 1 million 338 thousand dollars for this year and will increase 2 percent each year until 2023.  Hudbay will also pay the Town 750 thousand dollars each year until 2023 for their capital budget.  The New Britannia Mine will now be included in the grant in lieu but other properties inside the Town boundaries including the Lalor Camp will be on the tax roll.

             

Mayor Peter Roberts states with the capital funds the Town now has at its disposal it will be easier to lever more money for further infrastructure projects through agreements with the Provincial and Federal governments.

 

A Restaurant Fund Raiser Was A Success.

McDonald’s Restaurant in Flin Flon joined others across the country in celebrating McHappy Day Wednesday.  They raised 607 dollars for their charity Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg which is used by people from this area.  This was down a bit from last year.

             

A dollar from every Happy Meal, Big Mac, breakfast sandwich or hot beverage sold was donated to the charity along with the money raised from the sale of red heart cards.

 

Our MLA Says Program and Staff Cuts are Harming the Quality of Life in the North.

In the Legislature MLA Tom Lindsey raised the issue of recent cut in the north.  He said due to the fact that clerks at the Conservation Office were cut people are unable to obtain a fishing licence and at the moment there are no Manitoba Housing managers at the local office in Flin Flon.  Now he adds we’ve learned that the funding for the Snow Lake Centre on Family Violence has been cut effective July 1st, 2019.  He says the Centre provides services like emotional support, crisis intervention, information, referrals and education workshops that people would otherwise have to leave the community to utilize so now that their funding has been cut many of their services will have to be eliminated and vulnerable women, children and men will struggle as a result.

             

Lindsey stated northern Manitoba shouldn’t be expected to get by with inadequate services adding services available in the north need to be maintained and improved.

 

Awareness was the Focus of a Walk Yesterday.

Flin Flon RCMP and members of the community held a walk yesterday morning.  Organizer Corporal Ray Hamilton says it was to focus on an issue the RCMP take very seriously. He explains the idea of the walk is to raise awareness of violence against women and children in the community and across the province.  He adds some stats he was reading show 77 percent of Canadians are aware of a female who’s been sexually or physically assaulted and now the awareness is to get people talking and report those incidents.

             

The walk began at Pioneer Square, down Main Street, up Angel Avenue and down Hapnot Street back to Pioneer Square.

 

You are Asked to be Part of a Community Survey.

The Community Alcohol Management Plan Working Group is asking community members in this area to complete their newly released community survey.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre explains the CAMP working group with permission from community leaders in Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation is beginning a community group input process where they will be consulting community members, service providers, community leaders, individuals and families to find out what our overall knowledge, attitudes and behaviors are in relation to alcohol and alcohol related harms in our communities.

             

The CAMP working group is a community driven committee with 30 members representing 20 local services whose main focus is addressing alcohol related harms in this area by using the knowledge gained during this survey process. The survey will be available until July 5th with paper copies at many locations or you can complete it online.  You can find the link attached to this story at www.flinflononline.com or there will soon be a link on the City of Flin Flon website.

 

 

LINK https://s.surveyplanet.com/ldf6daDrm.

 

 

 

Hudbay Continues Development in Peru and Manitoba.

Along with the Manitoba results we reported yesterday Hudbay President and CEO Alan Hair reported in the first quarter of 2019 they continued to maximize the potential of their Peru and Manitoba operating assets with record copper recoveries at Constancia and record throughput at both Lalor and their Stall concentrator in Snow Lake. As well they achieved several de-risking milestones at their Rosemont project in Arizona.  Hair added their focus for 2019 is to continue to deliver on a number of near term catalysts including advancing their new Lalor gold strategy, completing the early works program and finalizing financing arrangements for Rosemont, developing the high grade Pampacancha satellite deposit in Peru, continuing to maximize throughput and recoveries at Constancia and advancing both near mine and Greenfield exploration activities. 

             

Hudbay reported a net loss in the quarter of 13.4 million dollars compared to a net profit of 41.4 million in the first quarter last year.  Operating cash flow decreased as a result of lower realized prices and lower sales volumes of copper, gold and zinc and higher cash costs compared to the first quarter of last year.

 

Requests for Support Led the Flin Flon City Council Meeting Tuesday.

The Pride Committee wrote to Council requesting that the week of August 16th to 23rd be proclaimed Flin Flon’s third Pride Week.  They also requested permission to repaint their rainbow crosswalk near the end of June and that the rainbow flag be flown at City Hall following the flag raising August 16th at 5 pm until the 23rd.  Weekend events include a community barbeque, Pride parade, Drag Show and Pride in the Park.  The letter was referred to Administration.

             

They referred to the Finance Committee a request for sponsorship for the 69th annual Flin Flon Trout Festival that runs from June 27th to July 1st featuring Main Street Days, canoe races, Canada Day Parade as well as a fishing derby from June 10th to 24th depending on sponsorship.

             

Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for April indicating four incidents during the month.

 

There are Prizes for Student Videos.

Community Futures Greenstone is sponsoring a Think Outside The Box student video contest.  Their Manager Becky Cianflone explains its open to Flin Flon, Creighton, Cranberry Portage, Snow Lake area students and they are looking to inspire area youth to think about what their business ideas might be or why they think they might be interested in entrepreneurship.  She adds they are accepting 2 to 4 minute videos from students grade 10 through 12 describing that business idea they might have and why they might have a passion for entrepreneurship.

             

The top student video receives a Chromebook, online entrepreneur training from Go Forth Institute, 350 dollars cash and prizes while the two runners up receive 250 dollars in cash and prizes.  You can learn more and get an entry form on their website www.cfmanitoba.ca/greenstone, on the Community Futures Greenstone Facebook page or call them at 204-687-6967. Entry deadline is May 31st.

 

Hudbay Continues to Move Forward in Manitoba.

Hudbay yesterday released its first quarter 2019 results.  President and CEO Alan Hair repeated their announcement from early April that Flin Flon’s Triple Seven mine life has been extended to the second quarter of 2022 from the end of 2021 and the Flin Flon mill and zinc plant are also expected to continue operations until then.  He added following the positive new mine plan for Lalor gold in Snow Lake announced in February they are pleased with the recent exploration results in Snow Lake and the potential to unlock further value through resource conversion, Lalor in-mine extension and definition of other known regional deposits to maximize the availability of their base metal and gold concentrators in Snow Lake.

             

Hudbay continues to advance exploration activities at Lalor where drilling has confirmed the extension of know high grade lenses while testing and studies continue at their other deposits in the area including the WIM, Pen II and New Britannia mine properties as well as at their newly discovered 1901 zone between Chisel North Mine and Lalor Mine.

 

 

Major Infrastructure Projects Are Coming Up In Flin Flon.

At their meeting last night City Council agreed to enter into agreement with the Royal Bank for temporary financing to assist with the construction and completion of major water infrastructure projects. The city entered into a contribution agreement in 2017 under the Canada Manitoba New Building Canada Fund Small Communities Fund for the upgrade and repair of the Critical Water Infrastructure Project which includes among others upgrades to the water tower, heating plants and reservoir.  The financial contribution for all parties totaled four million dollars but the funding cannot be received until 90 days after completion and the project is to begin in mid-June and will take three years to complete.               

             

Council agreed to move their meeting of June 4th to June 11th at 7 PM and they passed a motion to adopt their Strategic Plan as presented at the public meeting on April 16th.

Some of Our Best Artists Are on Display This Weekend.

Thompson is hosting the 43rd annual Northern Juried Art Show this weekend.  The Committee’s Jan Hall says people will see a display of art work from Northern Manitoba artists.  She says there are about 80 entries and most of them have come from the three big places Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson adding they didn’t really get any from some of the smaller communities.  She notes it’ll be open Friday from 8 to 8, Saturday from 8 to 8 and Sunday from 8 to 2.

             

The show will be set up in the C.A. Nesbitt Arena in the Thompson Rec Center.

 

The Library had Two Months of Successful Saturdays.

The Flin Flon Public Library was open on Saturdays during March and April.  It was a trial run with the results to be used to plan future hours.  Administrator Courtney Campbell says it went great as they were seeing a lot of different people that have been asking to come in and they made a really concerted effort to show up on the Saturdays instead of the other days to prove that it was worth it for them.  She says she crunched a couple of numbers and their total circulations were up by about a thousand compared to last year over those two months so that just means that they have more books going out.  She adds now she’ll take these numbers she has crunched to the Board and then they’ll find a way to work within the budget that they’ve already got ready to try make this happen again for the winter of 2019-20.

             

Campbell says the support from the community was great and they now have some numbers to work with in making a decision on future Saturday openings.

 

Flin Flon Students Were Successful at a Heritage Fair.

Fifteen McIsaac and Ruth Betts students and their nine projects took part in the Red River Heritage Fair in Winnipeg last week.  These students were among the top winners in the local Heritage Fair held in March.  One of the local organizers Susanne Westhaver says the students did really well in Winnipeg bringing home four awards.  She reports Addie Neill won twice including the Family History Award and the Manitoba Museum for Manitoba History as well, Cassidy Alexander and Nikki Keramydas won the Sustainable Development Award for their project on Auto Recycling and Callie Erickson from Ruth Betts Community School won the Heritage From the Heart Award for her project on Kathleen Rice.

             

This is the sixth year local students have taken part in the Red River Heritage Fair.

Get ready for another test of the Alert Ready system.

The test is scheduled for 1:55  tomorrow afternoon.

 

It will go out on cell phones, radio and TV.   Not all phones may be able to receive the alert, due to a number of reasons including device compatibility, software and settings.

 

The Alert Ready system was created to warn Canadians of life-threatening situations such as fires, floods and major weather events.

 

There is no way to opt-out of the service and the CRTC now requires all devices sold since April 6th of this year to be WPA compatible to receive the alerts.

 

To learn more about the system go to Alertready.ca.

 

You Can Support a Home Away From Home With Your Purchase.

McDonald’s Restaurants in Flin Flon and The Pas are joining a national celebration of McHappy Day Wednesday.  Store Manager in The Pas Shelly Gallaugher says you can support a service used by people in this area.  She explains for the Flin Flon and The Pas area they’re both raising funds for Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg as there’s quite a few families that use it from both areas.  She adds with any Big Mac, breakfast sandwich, Happy Meal or coffee bought one dollar will go towards the charity Ronald McDonald House.

             

McHappy Day runs all day Wednesday at the McDonald’s restaurant in the Walmart store in Flin Flon.

 

The Flin Flon Credit Union Held Their 78th Annual General Meeting Last Week.

 Financially the Flin Flon Credit Union reported total asset growth of 5.55% to end the year at 57.7 million dollars. Gross income was similar to the previous year and after some prudent allowances were made to prepare for potential future loan losses the net income was reported at just over 211,000 dollars which was a 31% increase over 2017.

Local business owner Dawn Hlady was ratified to the Board of Directors after the retirement of Tom Fehr who served the organization for 37 years. Darren Grant and Don Scott were returned to the Board by acclamation. The other Board members still serving out their terms include Rod Gourlay, Frank Fieber, Tina Tait and Lorna Quinn.

General Manager Kory Eastman highlighted the amount of work and planning which the Credit Union has completed since November to prepare for possible changes in the community’s workforce by 2022. This review has provided a sense of security to Board and management about the ability of the organization to serve their members needs well into the future.

Copies of the summary financial statements can be downloaded from the Credit Union website at www.ffcu.ca.

We Should Know Next Week Who Will Sell Cannabis in Flin Flon

The selection process for the second phase of Manitoba’s cannabis retail rollout will take place May 15th.  This phase includes Flin Flon and six communities in southern Manitoba.

           

Last July the province released a Request for Pre-Qualification seeking potential retailers interested in a future opportunity to operate cannabis stores in the province and where they would be prepared to open a store and over 100 applicants pre-qualified.  A random draw will be held on the 15th and the successful applicants can then proceed through the agreement and licensing process.  A second ballot will also be drawn as a standby retailer in case the primary retailer is unable or unwilling to open a store in the community for which they were drawn.  Successful retailers will be announced following the draw.

Hudbay Minerals Inc. says it has reached a settlement agreement with an activist investor that wanted changes to company leadership.

The Toronto-based miner says it has agreed with Waterton Global Resource Management on a slate of 11 board of director candidates for the company's May 7 annual meeting.

The slate includes seven incumbent directors, one Hudbay nominee, one shared nominee and two Waterton nominees.

Hudbay board chairman Alan Hibben will also step down once a new chairman is selected, but will stay on the board until the company's 2020 annual meeting.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Sam Crittenden says the settlement represents a good outcome and creates certainty on the direction of the company. It also removes the risk that Waterton would abruptly sell its 12-per-cent stake in the company.

The dispute over leadership at the company had turned acrimonious at times between Hudbay and Waterton, including a lawsuit and accusations of predatory schemes.

The Deadline is Close for Getting Younger Students Registered at Creighton School.

Creighton Community School is accepting Kindergarten registration until next Friday.  Principal Patti Korchinski explains the Kindergarten program is open to Creighton and Saskatchewan residents for the fall.  She says students will need a birth certificate and a hospitalization number and they can purchase supplies through the school instead of having to do them on their own.  She adds the teacher this year is Val Madarash and if they have any questions for her they can call Creighton School at 306-688-5138.

             

Children registering must be five years old on or before December 31st. Registration deadline is next Friday and forms are available at the Creighton Community School office or online at www.creightonschool.com.

There is Still Time to Collect Pledges for a Mini Golf Tournament.

The Flin Flon Kinsmen Club invites you to take part in their 29th annual mini golf classic tomorrow.  The Club’s Tom Therien says golfers collect pledges for Cystic Fibrosis Canada and bring the pledges to the Legion between 12 and 1 tomorrow where they play the first six holes.  He explains you have to get a pledge sheet and bring in at least 75 dollars in pledges to participate and that’s your green fees and you just come in with your pledges and your money and they set you up, they wine you, dine you and give away a whole bunch of prizes at the end so it’s a lot of fun for everyone and the winner of the whole thing is Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

             

Pledge forms are available from Kinsmen members or call Bob at 688-3572, Tom at 687-0311 or Tim at 271-5160.

Our Member of Parliament Says the Government Should Focus More on Working People.

In Question Period Wednesday MP Niki Ashton told the Prime Minister May Day is a day to celebrate working people and yet today we hear one more example of how this government is prioritizing their billionaire friends instead.  She explained not only did this government give money to Loblaws to buy fridges it gave them privileged access in exchange for generous donations from lobbyists.  The reality is, she added, as the billionaire class rises workers in Canada are paying the price noting a recent OECD report shows that the middle class in our country is shrinking so instead of doing favors for their billionaire friends where is the Liberal government’s defense of working people.

             

Prime Minister Trudeau responded by noting their government has been unequivocal in their support for labor listing the many bills passed or amended and the strengthening of occupational health and safety standards to stand up for labor.

 

Your Children Can Prepare For School.

Creighton Community School is accepting applications for their Pre Kindergarten program that starts in September.  Principal Patti Korchinski explains Pre Kindergarten is a program at the school and it’s part of the Saskatchewan early childhood development initiative and is open to Creighton and Denare Beach residents that are 3 and 4 years of age.  She says children must be potty trained and applications for the upcoming school year are available at the Creighton Community School website or at the office and anyone with further questions can call the school at 306-688-5138.

             

The registration deadline is Friday, May 10th.  A limited number of spots are available.  Children who would benefit most from enhanced programming are prioritized for enrolment.

 

We Have a Really Talented Community.

The Flin Flon Community Choir production of Mamma Mia is coming up next week.  Director Ann Hodges from Winnipeg says after directing Les Miz here she is again impressed with the local production of Mamma Mia which she also directed on Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg.  She explains one thing she didn’t know until she came to Flin Flon is just the scale and the scope with which people do things here and so this is not a tiny little musical, there’s a lot of people on stage, incredible costumes, really really high level choreography and she’s the Director she can say its high level directing, the musical expertise is incredible so it’s really going to be a phenomenal night of live theatre and it’s something you can’t get if you go to the movies or stay home and watch  Netflix.

             

Mamma Mia is being performed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday next week at the Flin Flon Community Center.  Tickets are still available for the Thursday show at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

 

Ladybugs Were on Our MLAs Mind in the Legislature Recently.

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey spoke on a small and beautiful hideaway call the Ladybug Garden in Snow Lake.  He had praise for woman at the helm of the garden that is filled with colorful plants and flowers, small fountains and walking paths Beverly Taylor. He explains since the summer of 2016 she has worked tirelessly sometimes throughout entire days and nights planting and expanding the garden into the community touchstone it is today.  He says the garden has also become an attraction for out of town visitors who come to admire the beauty and see the abundance of ladybugs after whom the garden is named.  He adds while Beverly has put her time and money into cultivation the garden it is still a community project as people and businesses throughout Snow Lake have made donations or contributed in some way to the garden.

             

Lindsey thanked Beverly for all the hard work she does in an area that was once littered with garbage and broken glass and is now one of the community centerpieces.

 

Thirteen Puppies Have Their Names.

The RCMP have announced the winners of the 2019 Name the Puppy Contest.  The winning names starting with the letter M will be given to the first 13 puppies born this year at the Police Dog Service Training Center.

             

The winning entry for Manitoba came from Lyila Bruyere from Fort Alexander with the name Makwa.  Other winning names were Mace, Madox, Magnum, Maple, Marci, Marlow, Max, Maya, Memphis, Mika, Milly and Moose.  The 13 winners will each receive an official RCMP baseball cap, a plush dog called Justice and a laminated photo of the puppy they named.  The Center received a record 34,714 entries from children in every province and territory.

 

Preschoolers Can Be Part of Wellness Days.

The Primary Health Care Center will be holding Preschool Wellness Days Tuesday and Wednesday.  Public Health Nurse Ruth Unrau explains all Manitoba Children born in 2015 and 16 are invited along with their parents to book a one hour appointment for free professional screening.  She says your child will receive a passport and visit stations where they will participate in fun activities and they’re screened in the areas of fine motor, gross motor, speech and language, problem solving, social skills and dental hygiene, fluoride varnish will also be offered free of charge to all participants and the kids have a chance to have a snack and take home a goody bag.

             

To book an appointment or for information call the Primary Health Care Center at 204-687-1350 or drop in to the Center across from the Community Hall.

Flin Flon Students are Part of a Provincial Heritage Fair.

McIsaac and Ruth Betts School students are travelling to Winnipeg today to participate in the Red River Heritage Fair at the University of Manitoba.  One of the local organizers Susanne Westhaver says students will be taking their winning projects from the local Heritage Fair held in March. She explains they are taking 15 students and their 9 projects and travel all day today, set up projects this evening, the fair is all day tomorrow and they have a two hour break in the afternoon where they go down to The Forks and Friday they do a couple of tours.  She says in past years they have won the Spirit Award which is a tour of the Delnavert Museum so they’ll be taking that in the morning and a tour of the Legislature later in the morning and they should be back in Flin Flon hopefully by 9 o’clock on Friday.

             

This is the sixth year local students have taken part in the Red River Heritage Fair.

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