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Special Guests Will be in Flin Flon Next Week.

At last night`s Flin Flon City Council meeting Councillor Ken Pawlachuk confirmed Manitoba`s Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon will be in Flin Flon next week to attend Culture Days and her special guest will be Canada`s Governor General Julie Payette and they have requested the opportunity to visit all parts of our community.  Councillor Colleen McKee noted it is great for our community whenever you can bring people of that calibre here.


The City had hired a Community Engagement Manager.  Nathaniel Boucher comes here from Timmons, Ontario.  He will be the liaison between Council, the media and the community in building their new brand, getting their message out, writing blogs, meeting with committees and gathering information while upgrading and adding information to a new interactive website and Flin Flon app.


At their last meeting Council approved local funding and applied for a grant to build a new Community Aqua Centre and Recreation Facility.  Councillor Guy Rideout reported reaction has been largely positive with other Councillors agreeing noting there have been some negatives. They noted the present Aqua Centre is important to our community but requires major repairs and they found they could build a new one for about the same cost as upgrading the present one.


You Can Learn More About the History of the Denare Beach Area.

The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach is hosting a conference of the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Archeological Societies.  The Museum’s Les Oystryk says the Societies are inviting you to an open house at the Creighton Community Hall Friday night at 7.  He explains they will be showing the film The Peddlers which is a 1964 Department of Education film that talks about the discovery of the Fort Henry Frobisher site on Beaver Lake and there’s an extensive interview with Harry Moody and it’s a film that has never been shown here in the local area so it’s a kind of premiere event.


Oystryk adds they also offer an opportunity for people to bring in any artifacts or archeological items they may have to get more information on them from experts in archeology attending.  The ArcheoCaravan will be on hand with activities for children of all ages.

The NDP Has Committed to the Return of Needed Health Services in Flin Flon.

NDP candidates Niki Ashton in Manitoba’s Churchill Keewatinook Aski and Georgina Jolibois in Saskatchewan’s Desnethe Missinippi Churchill River have committed to fighting for the reopening of the obstetrics ward and re-instating maternal health services for people in Flin Flon Creighton and surrounding communities.  She says they believe what is taking place here in Flin Flon in this part of our north is wrong, it’s unjust and it’s had a detrimental impact so today they are making that clear commitment.  She adds this is something they fought for already but it’s a commitment that they will reinstate these services and for health services across the north for people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


Ashton says although health care is a provincial responsibility the province does receive funding for health care from the federal government. Other candidates in Ashton’s riding include Conservative Cyara Bird, Liberal Judy Klassen, Green Party Ralph McLean and Peoples Party of Canada Kenneth Klyne.


We’ll have more Saskatchewan issues on tomorrow’s news


You Can Walk to Support the Freedom Outreach Program at Denare Beach.

The Freedom Outreach Program is holding its seventh annual Walk For Freedom Saturday September 28th. The group’s Kandie Lagore says walkers will meet at Jason’s Kal Tire in Creighton at 9:30 with the walk starting at 10 and ending at the Pentecostal Church with a barbeque for all participants.  She explains the proceeds are going to Freedom Outreach and it helps to run their one year program to help the men who have courageously stepped up and asked for help to overcome their life controlling addiction so they want to give hope back to the addict as well as their families and they’re doing it one person at a time and they just want to impact our community.


Lagore adds the walk is open to all ages with sponsor sheets available here at CFAR and at the Alliance, Baptist, Pentecostal and Cornerstone churches. The prize for the participant who raises the most money is a weekend stay for two at the Victoria Inn of your choice.


A Drill Program Could Lead to Production.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has started a 100 thousand meter two phase drill program on its Snow Lake Project.  In phase one of the drill program a total of five drills have been mobilized on three separate properties Talbot, Rail and Bur with an additional three drills planned to be mobilized by the end of the month. The 16 month drill program will initially focus on enhancing several advance stage deposits.  The phase two drill program will attempt to expand the Company’s historical resources and drill test significant new grass roots discoveries.


Rockcliff President Alistair Ross says this marks the first step in implementing their strategy of finalizing sufficient knowledge of several resources that will allow the next step of choosing the optimal property to take into production.

You Can Support Charities With a Cookie.

Tim Hortons in Creighton is joining others across the country in the annual Smile Cookie Campaign this week.  It raises money for 550 local charities, hospitals and community programs across Canada.  All this week Tim Hortons guests will be able to purchase signature chocolate chunk cookies decorated with blue eyes and an iconic pink smile for a dollar plus applicable taxes and the full dollar will be donated by Tim Hortons restaurant owners.


Money raised at the Creighton Tim Hortons location this week will be donated to Creighton Community School’s new land base program so they will have students there today and Tuesday from 1 to 2 and Wednesday morning from 9 to 10 helping to decorate cookies.


Tim Hortons Chief Operating Officer Mike Hancock says their brand has been built up over the last 55 years and this is one of many initiatives that allows them to give back to the communities in which they live and work.  Last year the Smile Cookie campaign raised 7.8 million dollars across Canada.


Funding Applications Are Now Being Accepted For Local Projects.

Re Uz It accepts donations of gently used items they sell to support local groups and organizations. Manager Kathy McCormick says funding is now available.  She explains Re Uz It invites non-profit groups and organizations in Flin Flon and surrounding areas who may require a bit of financial assistance with a project to apply with them for a portion of three thousand dollars with the goal of assisting with several projects. She says applications will be accepted until September 30th in writing to Re Uz It, 359 Queen Street, Flin Flon, Manitoba R8A 0M8 and those chosen will be contacted.


Presentation of funds will take place October 5th at Re Uz It at 5 Cliff Lake Road.


In the past year Re Uz It has donated 500 dollars to the Flin Flon Army Cadets, 500 to the Flin Flon Creighton Aqua Doves, 350 to the Flin Flon Friendship Centre and one thousand dollars to the Flin Flon Aqua Centre Community Committee.


An Awareness Walk is Being Held Thursday.

The Flin Flon and Area Against Sexual Exploitation Committee invites you to their eighth annual Grandmother’s Walk Thursday.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre explains it was originally started by a grandmother who wanted us to stand together and let it be known that children’s voices need to be heard, that they’re not alone and that they are loved, so we join together men, women, children and youth and we walk in solidarity to bring awareness to sexual exploitation and to help deliver the message that violence against our children must stop.


The event begins at 11:30 Thursday morning with a pipe ceremony at the Neighbors of the North Park near Super K.  At 12 noon the Awareness Walk will go down Main Street to Pioneer Square where there will be free entertainment, food and refreshments.



Snow Lake RCMP are investigating historical child abuse allegations

On August 8 Snow Lake RCMP began an investigation following a report from an adult male who advised that he had been sexually abused when he was a child living in Snow Lake. The victim indicated that the assaults occurred between 2004 and 2012 and provided the name of the suspect.


During the investigation, a second adult male came forward with allegations that he was also sexually abused as a child by the same suspect during the same time period.


On August 30 officers arrested a 34-year-old Flin Flon man and charged him with 11 offences including Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference and Sexual Exploitation. He was remanded into police custody and has since been released with numerous court imposed conditions. 


Snow Lake RCMP along with assistance from the RCMP Major Crime Unit continue to investigate.


There Was a Low Turnout in Flin Flon Constituency in Tuesdays Provincial Election.

Final numbers have been posted for Flin Flon Constituency from Tuesdays Manitoba election.  Only 35.5 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.  With all 57 polls reporting the NDP’s Tom Lindsey was easily re-elected with 3023 votes followed by the PCs Theresa Wride with 1363 votes, Liberal James Lindsay 292 and the Green Party’s Saara Murnick 206.


Alpha Invites You to Join Them Next Week.

The Alpha Course is starting a new session at the Flin Flon Alliance Church Tuesday evening.  Pastor Reg Friesen says Alpha has a lot to offer.  He explains if you’ve ever wondered if there’s more to life than just the day to day the Alpha Course if a great way to discover there’s so much more to be experienced so they just want to invite folks to join them on Tuesday the 17th at 6 pm.  He says it’s going to be a lot of fun, the perfect evening to find out more about Alpha, enjoy a great meal, some music and a video.  He adds if you decide you want to do Alpha the film series starts the following week, each Tuesday dinner is served, there’s a short video, time to talk about things noting Alpha really does create a great environment where we can explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view.


To register or for more information you can call the Church at 204-687-8498.


Scottish Piper Ian Kinnear Will Be in Flin Flon September 25th.

The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt says Ian Kinnear is from Northern Scotland.  She says as well as being an entertainer he is an expert on building smallpipes which is like a small bagpipe.  She says these are just amazingly detailed beautiful instruments.  She explains her husband Mark and Ian had a chance to perform in Scotland a year and a half ago and it was so wonderful to see so they wanted to bring Ian here to Flin Flon to perform and to also show his instruments and craftsmanship during Culture Days so he will be coming here to perform on the 25th of September at the Lutheran Church and they couldn’t be more excited.


Kolt adds tickets for the concert are available at Northern Rainbows End starting today for season pass holders and starting tomorrow for everyone.


You Can Be Part of a Market.

Culture Days will again feature a Wild Things Outdoor Market Saturday September 28th from 11 to 3.  The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt says the market celebrates and promotes our local craftsmen and local food.  She explains they have Danielle Yungwirth and Caitlin Bailey who started that about three years ago, it takes place in Creekside and it’s a series of tents nestled among the trees there. She adds there is just a variety of vendors already on board for that about 20 already wanting to be part of that.


You can be part of the Market by calling the Flin Flon Arts Council at 204-687-5974 or visit Wild Things Market on Facebook.


Financial Support and An Election Highlighted a School Board Meeting.

The Flin Flon School Division Board of Trustees met this past Tuesday and approved a previous motion to assist student Jarek Osika financially with a thousand dollars to help cover expenses for his trip to Abu Dhabi.  Jarek has been accredited by Youth Science Canada to participate in MILSET Expo Sciences International with his project Radio Eyes Black Hole Hunter.  This is one of the biggest non-competitive STEAM events in the world that shines a spotlight on the creativity of children and youth from around the world.  This year’s event runs September 22nd to 28th.  The Board wishes him the best.


The Board also held elections for Chair and Vice-Chair. Congratulations to Murray Skeavington as new Chair and Amy Sapergia Green as Vice-Chair.


  Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne gave a shout out to the North of 53 Co-op for supplying the food and beverages for the welcome back barbeque at Hapnot and Ruth Betts.


Its Time to Enter Your Local Art Work.

Entries are now being taken for the Square Foot Art Exhibition and Auction coming up at the Norva Centre.  The Centre’s Karen Clark explains artists are encouraged to take part so they can purchase a registration for 25 dollars and they get a square foot canvas or they can use different supports other than the canvas, some people go to boards, some people use fabric and September 22nd is the last day for registration.  She adds the show is installed on September 22nd and on the 26th they will have an opening in the evening around 7 o’clock.


Clark notes a silent auction runs through Culture Days culminating in a live auction at 2 pm Sunday October 20th.  She adds the auction is a fundraising event for Norva to cover operating and programming expenses.

A Faith Program for Young People Starts Tomorrow.

Youth Impact is being held Thursday nights at the Alliance Church.  One of the organizers Lia Schmidt explains it’s a program for youth 11 to 18 to explore their faith.  She explains they usually have music, snacks, videos and games for the kids and just a safe place for them to ask any questions about what Christianity is, what their church believes, those kinds of things and they have a youth band as well who often play music for them and they’ve got some really cool events happening this fall.  She says they’re going to go out to Beaver Lake Bible Camp and have some fun out there, they’re going to have movie night and all those kinds of things so it’s really exciting and lots of fun for the kids too.


Youth Impact is free and runs from 7 to 9 Thursday nights starting with an introduction tomorrow night at the Alliance Church at 237 Green Street.  For information call Lia at 204-271-3738.


Parents and the Community Can Meet Teachers Tomorrow Evening.

Creighton Community School is holding its annual open house tomorrow evening.  School Coordinator Marlee Salamondra invites you to the school. She explains they will be having a complimentary light supper and transportation for their Denare Beach residents will be provided as well so they will do a pickup at the Band Office at 4:30 and a pickup at the Alpine at 4:40 and they will be returned to Denare Beach at 6:30.  She adds it’s kind of just a fun event for individuals and students to come out and meet the staff and have a tour of the school.


The open house runs from 5 to 6:30 tomorrow evening at Creighton Community School.

Voters in Flin Flon Constituency Re-Elected Their Member of the Legislature.

NDP candidate Tom Lindsey was re-elected to a second term in Flin Flon Constituency.  Lindsey says he’s pleased with the results of the expanded constituency.  He said it’s quite an honor and privilege to represent the people of this constituency yet again and really to represent the people of the new constituency because Cross Lake and Norway House are new to us and its exciting and challenging and he wants to be a part of building some links between those communities and this community so throughout the north we do better together.


When counting stalled early this morning with 48 out of 57 polls reporting Lindsey had 2435 votes followed by the PC’s Theresa Wride with 1294, Liberal James Lindsey with 279 and the Green Party’s Saara Murnick with 203

Manitoba RCMP Have Issued a Warning About Fraudulent Phone Calls.

The RCMP is warning you about fraudulent telephone calls which appear to be coming from the RCMP. Those called are told there is a warrant for their arrest and they can take care of the warrant by making a payment via bitcoin or money transfer. The fraudsters are using Caller ID spoofing which allows scammers to disguise their call as it will appear to be coming from local or familiar numbers to trick people into answering the phone and trusting the caller. In this instance, the number displayed is a valid RCMP phone number. 

 RCMP Corporal Julie Courchaine explains they've been made aware this incident occurred a number of times last week in Manitoba.  She reminds you the RCMP would never contact individuals through email or telephone to request payment or monetary transfers.

Information is Available on Elder Abuse.

Flin Flon Seniors in partnership with other organizations invite Flin Flon area seniors 55 and older to an Elder Abuse Prevention, Education Conference October 1st.  One of the organizers Rose Marie Ariko says the idea behind this conference is to provide seniors with consistent education and resources available both locally and provincially. She explains post conference participants will be able to mobilize events or organizations to create displays in the community to increase elder abuse awareness and available resources locally.  She notes participation in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be encouraged.  Ariko adds participants who attend this conference will understand elder abuse, how to identify it and find local and provincial resources available.


The conference is free with lunch provided and its taking place October 1st from 9:30 to 3:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall.  Registration is required by calling Rose Marie at 204-687-3316 or Doreen at 687-4618.


Today is Election Day in Manitoba.

Voters across the province are going to the polls today to elect their next government.  Polls are open from 8 am until 8 pm.


In Flin Flon polling stations are located in the Community Hall and St. Ann’s Church on Centre Street, in Cranberry Portage in the Elementary School, in Snow Lake in their Community Hall, in Pukatwagan in the Mathias Colomb Adult Centre and in Sherridon at their Community Hall.


Candidates in Flin Flon Constituency are Liberal James Lindsay, NDP Tom Lindsey, Green Party Saara Murnick and PC Party Theresa Wride.


We’ll have results available here on CFAR once the polls close and the counting gets underway.


The Cat Patio is Officially Open.


The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA held a dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon.  During an open house at their Shelter Board President Erica Husberg officially opened the new Catio dedicated to the late Debbie Ramsay.  She explained Debbie was instrumental in creating a safe place for the animals in our community, a place where they would know warmth, they would never be hungry, they would never be hurt again and know what it is to be loved and cared for.  She said Debbie and others worked endless hours to fund raise to where we are today, ten years that’s what it took and they never gave up and while doing that they were taking in animals and always finding the best home possible.


 Husberg added when Debbie passed her family asked for donations to build a Catio for the cats at the Shelter which was completed this summer.

Creighton and Denare Beach Will Benefit from Water and Wastewater Funding.

The Federal and Saskatchewan governments have announced funding for two water and wastewater projects serving nine communities in Northern Saskatchewan.  They report residents of Creighton, Denare Beach, Cumberland House, Green Lake, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Michel Village, Buffalo Narrows, Timber Bay and Weyakwin will soon benefit from new or upgraded drinking water and wastewater systems.  In Creighton that includes upgrading their lagoon and other work and in Denare Beach water line replacement in the Welsh Crescent area.


The projects are cost shared with the Federal, Provincial and local governments each paying a third of the cost under the National and Regional Projects Fund. The total cost for all six northern water system upgrades is just over 11 million dollars with each level of government contributing just over 3.7 million and the seven wastewater system projects total just over 13 million with each level of government contributing just under 4.5 million.


You Can Help Bring a New Production to the Stage.

The Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is holding auditions for their winter production Wednesday night.  Director Leslie Fernandes says they are looking for actors of all ages and other help for their presentation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  She explains they have about 20 acting roles and some of them are specifically for young actors so they encourage children and adults to both come out for auditions.  She adds they also have a lot of behind the scenes roles that they need filled such as props, sets, makeup and costumes so if any of those seem interesting to you please come out and audition on the 11th they would love to see you.


Auditions are being held Wednesday night at 7 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with the performance taking place December 6th and 7th.  You can contact HamSandwichFF@gmail.com for more information.


You Can Share the Positives in Your Life.

The Flin Flon Hope North Committee’s C C Trubiak reports they are recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday with a social media campaign.  He explains if you can include the hash tag #what keeps you well on any of your social media posts so that would be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, you name it that way you can share with us the meaningful people, places or things that you have in your life that either increase your joy, give you strength, give you courage all that really good and positive stuff so that’s their initiative as the Hope North Committee.


Trubiak adds this is a positive mental health promotion where people here and around the world can follow the many positive ideas and learn for themselves or even re-enforce positive things they already have in their life adding it’s a hash tag you can adopt now and use forever.



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