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New Cases in the Northern Region of Manitoba Are in the Single Digits and the Average Continues to Drop in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 147 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon holding the five day test positivity rate at 5.1 percent.  Of the new cases 64 are in Southern health and 46 in Winnipeg with much lower numbers in other regions including nine in Northern health where there are 274 active cases.  Of the total 68,308 identified cases 1403 are active, 65,577 people have recovered and 141 are in hospital with 23 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health reported 78 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 64.  Of the total 81,225 identified cases 744 are active, 79,552 people have recovered and 136 are in hospital.  Far Northeast Two reports no new cases with eight active cases reported.

Rockcliff Has Released Its Latest Assay Drill Results From the Snow Lake Area.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced high grade near surface assay drill results from its phase one drill program at its Copperman Property located in the Snow Lake Mining Camp.  The results include 4.5 percent copper equivalent across 6 meters and 3.33 percent copper equivalent across 8.3 meters.


Rockcliff’s Interim President and CEO Don Christie comments the near surface widths are very encouraging and they hope the ongoing drill program continues to produce these types of impressive results. He notes the fact the high grade zone of copper zinc mineralization and several other lower grade zones are hosted in a classic bi-modal volcanic environment is a testament to the prospectivety of the property for volcanic massive sulphides adding several other near surface geophysical anomalies similar to the one associated with the historical Copperman Deposit are untested with significant upside potential.

With All the Snow Snowmobilers Will be Hitting the Trails.

Every winter RCMP officers are called to scenes where snowmobilers have been badly injured or have lost their lives.  They report this past month alone two lives have already been lost on snowmobiles in Manitoba and in 2020 eight Manitobans died in snowmobile collisions.


The RCMP remind you to know your abilities and ride within your limits, always check the weather conditions before you leave, always ride in groups and let people know where you’re going, always wear protective clothing including a helmet, gloves and eye protection, ride sober and if you are crossing a body of water be cautious of ice thickness, never ride in single file and wear a life jacket over your outer clothing.   The RCMP note they want everyone to ride safely while enjoying the outdoors so they make it home safely to their families.

Reported Cases in Manitoba Have Topped 68 Thousand While the Average Continues to Drop in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 172 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 5.1 percent.  Of the new cases 65 are in Southern health and 48 in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 27 in the Northern region where there are 274 active cases.  Of the total 68,166 identified cases 1356 are active, 65,486 people have recovered and 147 are in hospital with 24 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health reports 71 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases down to 68.  Of the total 81,145 identified cases 733 are active, 79,484 people have recovered and 134 are in hospital.  Far Northeast Two reports one new case with nine cases reported as active.

You Are Invited to Remember the Women of Our Communities.

Counselor Calli Gerbrandt invites you to join the Women’s Resource Centre at their annual candle light vigil at Pioneer Square Monday evening.  She explains December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and on that day they will be coming together to speak and honor the women who tragically died in the Montreal massacre as well as some of our local women we have lost due to violence.  She says they are hoping to deliver the message that we will continue to be persistent in our fight on violence against women.  She point out it’ll be starting at 5:15 and Elder Margaret will be there to open and close with a prayer and a smudge, they will have some poetry read and a moment of silence for the deceased.


Gerbrandt adds this will be a time to pause, reflect and remember the women of our communities.

The Christmas Lights Came on on Main Street.

The Christmas season arrived on Main Street last evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square.  Mayor Cal Huntley welcomed everyone to this special event.  He stated over the Christmas season this year I bring greetings from Mayor and Council and the City of Flin Flon but I want to do something else too, I really want to encourage people to be very kind, like all the time.  We’ve gone through some very stressful times and there’s more stress ahead I’m sure but it’s very important to be kind to your friends, be kind to strangers, be kind as we go forward.  There’s no point in being upset about anything, its Christmas time let’s be happy enjoy the season, but be kind.


Due to Covid restrictions a smaller celebration was held in Pioneer Square but there still a good turnout for the lighting with carols with Mark Kolt and Jen McLean, candy and a visit from Santa Claus with others joining on the City of Flin Flon Facebook page.  Christmas continues on Main Street with the Santa Claus Parade of Lights on December 10th.


Reported Cases Have Topped 81 Thousand in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported 81 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 72.  Of the total 81,074 identified cases 735 are active, 79,412 people have recovered and 133 are in hospital.  Far Northeast Two reports three new cases with nine cases reported to be active.


As of November 30th 82 percent of residents 12 and older and 74 percent of residents five and older have been fully vaccinated.



Youth Vaccines Were the Focus of Manitoba Public Health reports.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reports a previously announced public health order comes into effect Monday.  He explained public health orders will require youth aged 12 to 17 years attending indoor sports and recreation facilities which includes schools to provide proof they have received at least one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.  If they have not received a single dose they must provide proof of a Pharmacist approved negative from an approved rapid antigen test taken within 72 houses of when they participate.


Roussin also noted no cases of Omicron have been found in Manitoba.


Public health reported 124 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 5.2 percent. Of the new cases 48 were in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including four in Northern health.  To date over 14 thousand children aged five to eleven have received their first dose of vaccine in schools.

You Can Shop for Christmas in Creighton This Weekend.

A home business and makers sale is taking place at the Creighton Community Hall Friday and Saturday.  Organizer Cindy Watling says they have a great variety of items with 29 participants from home decore to Christmas trees and ornaments, some food items, baking goods, Scentsy and house plants.  She adds they also have a face painter from out of town coming from Saskatoon to show her creativity as well as a photographer there all weekend so if you’re wanting to get family photos that’s available to you and their special guest all the way from the North Pole Santa will be there Saturday from 1 to 3.


The sale runs Friday from 5 to 9 and Saturday from 10 to 6 in the Creighton Community Hall.  The current Saskatchewan health guidelines are in place for the sale.

Red Tape Has Been Reduced for Mineral Exploration.

The Manitoba government is introducing multi-year permitting for mineral exploration projects.  This is in response to industry recommendations to eliminate red tape to help grow and develop this sector.  Work permits for mineral exploration outside of parks will now be valid for three years with the option for an additional two year extension.


Also noted in the recent throne speech was the fact northern Manitoba is home to an abundance of mineral resources and the province remains committed to Crown-Indigenous consultation, collaboration and working in partnership with First Nation communities to advance mineral exploration projects and increase Indigenous participation in all phases of mineral development within their traditional territories.  Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler says this improvement will ensure that industry and northern and First Nations communities are engaging early on proposed long term projects which will assist in the planning and information sharing process.

New Cases are up a Bit in Some Manitoba Regions While They Remain Low in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 128 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 5.2 percent.  Of the new cases 66 are in Southern health and 30 in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 13 in Northern health where there are 311 active cases.  Of the total 67,877 identified cases 1418 are active and 65,140 people have recovered.


Saskatchewan health reported 42 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 73.  Of the total 80,992 identified cases 715 are active, 79,351 people have recovered and 133 are in hospital.  Far Northeast Two reports no new cases with only six cases active.

Provincial Funding is Being Provided for Mental Health Programs in the North.

The Manitoba government is providing 400 thousand dollars in new funding to Healthy Together Now. This is a community co-ordinated program focused on preventing chronic disease.


Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant says they have seen a steady increase in Healthy Together Now applications related to mental health promotion. She explains this increased funding allows them to not only support the many important programs happening across the region but also address the growing demand the COVID-19 pandemic created.  She notes two areas they are very excited about enhancing are cultural awareness and their Towards Flourishing program which currently focuses on children and new parents and they can now extend the program to all ages.  She adds this increased funding will allow them to reach a broader portion of the community promoting positive mental health in all ages.


The City of Flin Flon Invites You to Celebrate the Start of the Christmas Season.

Flin Flons Christmas tree will be officially lit up for the holiday season tomorrow evening.  Recreation Director Andrew Smith invites you to attend the celebration at Pioneer Square tomorrow evening at 6. He explains they have one performer and they’re trying to keep it small just because of the COVID restrictions right now so they’re going to have people giving out candy and they’re going to have a performance and you might even get a sight of Santa.

              If you can’t make it to Pioneer Square the lighting will be live streamed on the City of Flin Flon Facebook page.  To again celebrate the season the annual Santa Claus parade will be taking place on December 10th.

Around 9 o'clock Friday night The Pas RCMP responded to a call of a disturbance at St Anthony's Hospital.

A male suspect had a weapon and was forcibly holding a hospital employee against their will.

The suspect reportedly held the victim in order to gain access to the secure rooms in the hospital and while a lot of damage was done to these rooms nothing was taken.

The 21 year old suspect Keewatin Lachose from The Pas was apprehended and is facing numerous charges ranging from assault with a weapon, robbery with an offensive weapon, forcible confinement to resisting arrest.  He was found to be in possession of a stolen ID pass and a key to the narcotics room He was also wanted on unrelated warrants for assault and for violating his probation. He has been remanded into custody and the investigation continues.

The 17 year old victim was not physically injured.

The Larger Numbers of New Cases are Still in Southern Manitoba While Saskatchewan Numbers Continue to go Down.

Manitoba public health reported 495 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified since Thursday bringing the five day test positivity rate to 5.1 percent.  Of the new cases 216 are in Southern health, 148 in Winnipeg and much lower numbers in other regions including 50 in Northern health where there are 307 active cases.  Of the total 67, 753 confirmed cases 1493 are active, 64,945 people have recovered and 142 are in hospital with 25 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health reported 174 new cases since Friday bringing the seven day average of new cases to 77.  Of the total 80,950 confirmed cases 858 are active, 79,166 people have recovered and 130 are in hospital. Far North East Two reported one new case with nine active.  No cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Manitoba or Saskatchewan.


Support is Available for Businesses and Communities North of the 53rd Interested in Snowmobile Tourism.

SledMB53 has launched online Business and Community Sled Friendly Training and Certification programs.  Their Project Manager Al McLauchlan says training is designed to make snowmobilers feel welcome by having frontline workers, businesses and communities knowledgeable about snowmobiling and the importance of snowmobiling to the economy of northern Manitoba. He explains snowmobiling brings millions of dollars into Manitoba, much of that comes to the north as we have lots of snow up here and we have great groomed trails by our clubs up in the north so they just want to encourage everyone to take these online courses especially people who are in the hospitality industry so that when snowmobilers come to your place of business and ask questions that you have answers for those questions.


To find out how to receive the free training go to the Manitoba Tourism Education Council website at www.mtec.mb.ca.

Hudbay Has Announced Senior Management Appointments

Hudbay Minerals has announced the appointment of Andre Lauzon as its Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Effective January 4th.  He replaces Cashel Meagher who has provided notice that he will be leaving the company to pursue other interests.  Lauzon joined Hudbay in 2016 and has held strategic and operational leadership roles in Manitoba where he served as Vice-President of the Manitoba Business Unit until 2018 and in his current role where he oversees the Company’s U.S. business.

              They also announced the promotion of Candace Brule to Vice-President of Investor Relations where she will continue to lead the company’s investor and media communication activities.  She joined Hudbay in 2010 in a corporate development role and has been executing the company’s investor relations program since 2014 and their media relations activities since 2019.

This is Diabetes Awareness Month in Canada.

With diabetes on the rise in Manitoba Diabetes Canada is reiterating the importance of residents being aware and proactive for Diabetes Awareness Month.


Regional Director Andrea Kwasnicki explains we have approximately 146 thousand people that are living with either type one diabetes or type two diabetes but the scary part is that there are 408 thousand people in those statistics when you add in the pre-diabetes so approximately 28 percent of Manitobans are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.


Diabetes Canada is urging Manitobans to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise in order to reduce the risk of developing diabetes or to manage the disease especially if you’ve been diagnosed with type-two diabetes or pre-diabetes.


New Case Numbers are Down in Manitoba and Up a Bit in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon dropping the five day test positivity rate to 5.4 percent.  Of the new cases 52 are in Winnipeg and 51 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 25 in Northern health where there are 317 active cases.  Of the total 67,420 identified cases 1516 are active, 64,599 people have recovered and 134 are in hospital with 24 in intensive care.


              Saskatchewan health reported 108 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 98.  Of the total 80,775 identified cases 1017 are active, 78,842 people have recovered and 143 are in hospital.  Far Northeast Two reports another new case bringing the total of active cases to 10.

Flin Flon Has Made the Culture Days 2021 Top Participating Communities List.

Culture Days National congratulates Flin Flon on ranking fifth nationwide among rural and small towns.  The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt says she is pleased they were able to offer some Culture Days Events.  She adds she is really surprised and really happy that Culture Days nationwide was able to continue in light of what we’ve been going through with COVID and that Flin Flon was able to still have quite a few events to be able to offer the public both in person and virtually and also she wants to congratulate The Pas because they came in number six just behind us and so northern Manitoba is showing what it can do which is kind of nice as well.


Now in its 12th year Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands on and behind the scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture by connecting communities and creators.

Saskatchewan Communities Including Creighton Have Received Information on an Insurance Cost Increase.

At their Council meeting Wednesday night the Town of Creighton discussed a letter received from the insurance program SUMAssure which is owned and governed by subscribing members of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association.  Since 2009 they have been dedicated to giving their subscribers the best possible property and liability coverage at the most cost effective prices.  In the letter it states as the new year approaches they are in one of the toughest situations since their inception thirteen year ago.  Facing a hard insurance market, especially so serving the public sector and still waiting to hear from the Superintendent of Insurance about potentially freeing up three million in equity, this year saw the losses of two major properties in their member pool.  For the 2021-22 policy year they require a twenty percent rate adjustment.  These rate changes are shared in advance allowing members to budget more accurately.  SUMAssure states they remain proud that in thirteen years they have reduced rates or held them steady more often than they’ve had to increase them.


Mayor Bruce Fidler mentioned it was a significant increase and Council members agreed to sit in on the upcoming virtual dates scheduled to address any questions.


The Test Positivity Rate Has Dropped Again In Manitoba While Health Orders are Extended in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 183 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon as the five day test positivity rate dropped to 5.5 percent.  Of the new cases 60 are in Southern health and 44 in Prairie Mountain with lower numbers in other regions including 38 in Winnipeg and 34 in Northern health.  Of the total 67,275 confirmed cases 1493 are active, 64,478 people have recovered and 136 are in hospital with 24 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan’s current public health orders will be extended to January 31st. That means masking is mandatory in all indoor public spaces including schools and proof of vaccination or negative test requirements are in place for public access to a list of establishments, businesses and event venues.


Saskatchewan health reported 96 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 95.

Of the total 80,667identified cases 993are active, 78,759 people have recovered and 142are in hospital. Far Northeast Two reported one new case with 9 cases active.


The Throne Speech Offers Nothing New.

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says the Manitoba Throne Speech was a repeat of old ideas.  He says there was one mention of the north.  He explains about the only thing they talked about is a onetime only creating 20 nursing spots noting it’s a good stop gap measure but it’s not a long term plan to address health care or the absence of health care we’ve seen in the north.  He adds he thinks it was a lot of nothing, a lot of re-hashing ideas that have already been presented either by Pallister, Goertzen or Stephanson prior to the Throne Speech so he really doesn’t think there was anything new or exciting and no real bold vision for what the new Premier is going to doing differently than the old Premiers.


The Throne Speech kicked off an eight day fall legislature sitting.

Winter Conditions Were the Focus at the Flin Flon School Board Meeting.

Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne reported this past Tuesday that with the arrival of winter parents are asked to keep up to date on potential school closings or bus cancellations by checking the Division’s Facebook pages or listening to CFAR.  Information may also be sent through School Messenger.  Buses will not be operating when the temperature drops below minus 35 not including the wind chill according to Environment Canada’s forecast for Flin Flon.


The Division is currently looking for casual EAs and substitute teachers as well as clerical and custodial assistance.  If you are interested more information can be found on the Division’s Facebook page and website.


Parents are asked to continue self screening their children before school using the Manitoba Health screening tool https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/.


The Schools in the Division will be scheduling grades four to six for vaccines over the coming weeks.  Those under grade four will have the parents taking them to various clinics.

There Will Be a Safety Zone Around Saskatchewan Hospitals.

The Saskatchewan government reports health care workers, patients and families entering hospitals in the province will now have the protection of a safe zone or bubble.  Legislation has been passed to create and enforce safe access zones around hospitals.  Any protests near hospitals must now be outside of a 50 meter perimeter to ensure people accessing the facilities aren’t delayed or harassed.


Saskatchewan health reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 95. Of the total 80,571 identified cases 994 are active, 78,663 people have recovered and 148 are in hospital.  Far Northeast Two reports one new case with 8 cases now reported as active.



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