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A Program to Help You Have a Safe Holiday Season Gets Underway Next Friday.

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon has launched Operation Red Nose for another season.  Chair Ted Hewitt says the idea is to get people and their vehicles home safely when they’re out celebrating the Christmas season.  He says although the service is free they accept donations which benefit the community.  He explains it was around 13 thousand last year and that comes out of donations from the riders their clients, donations from local businesses and also they receive a donation out of the Manitoba Safety Council and that’s usually around 5 grand so it all comes to about 13 thousand and they donate to local children’s activities and organized sports.


Some examples he mentioned are the Soccer Club, Ski Club, Minor Hockey, Swim programs, Camp Whitney and Friendship Center children’s events.  Operation Red Nose starts next Friday and Saturday and runs every Friday and Saturday up to and  including December 20th and 21st as well as New Years Eve.


You Can Shop and Enjoy the Christmas Spirit This Weekend.

Creighton Community School presents the Festival of Trees tomorrow under the theme Merry and Bright.  The Committee’s Tiffany Ealey says it kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 and at the same time there’s Santa photos, there’s a Silver Bells tea from 1 to 3 and during that time there’s family photos going on.  She adds throughout the day there’s a craft sale, bake sale, penny parade, silent auction, raffles and a concession.  She notes people also have a chance to vote on their favorite tree, wreath and centre piece and of course award the fan favorite best in show.


The Festival of Trees runs from 9 to 4 tomorrow in the Creighton Community School gym and will benefit student support initiatives and allow for the purchase of additional chairs for special events.  It’s also a drop off point for winter clothing for Koats for Kids and non-perishable food items for the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank.


You Can Nominate a Teacher For a Special Award.

All Manitobans are invited to nominate a deserving educator for a Manitoba Excellence in Education Award.  The province is now accepting nominations for outstanding achievement by educators in five categories including teaching excellence, outstanding new teacher, outstanding team collaboration, outstanding school leader and Premier’s award for excellence in education.


Nominations can be made by parents, students, school trustees, fellow teachers and school division administrators by the December 2nd deadline.  All nominees must be educators who hold a valid permanent Manitoba teaching certificate at the time of nominations.  They must also work directly with kindergarten to grade twelve students in a school setting on a daily basis. More information and nomination forms are available by visiting the Manitoba government website at www.gov.mb.ca, go to the education department and under news click on Manitoba Excellence in Education Awards.


You Can Learn More About a Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Flin Flon School Division is again planning their Kindervention program that prepares four year olds for school.  Administrative Assistant Kathryn Church says the Division is holding Kindervention registration with an information session for all interested parents.  She says one will be held at Ruth Betts Community School on Monday November 25th at 1 pm and the other at Ecole McIsaac School on Monday at 6:30 pm.  She notes you can attend either session and this is for children who were born in 2015.


If you are unable to attend either information session and have questions you can contact the school in your catchment area to register your child.  The registration deadline is December 6th.

A Provincial Award has Come to Our Region.

The Economic Development Association of Manitoba has announced the winners of their annual Economic Development Awards.  The Rising Star Award was presented to the Regional Economic Development Officer for Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach Eve O’Leary. She was one of three people from across the province nominated for the Rising Star Award which is presented to an individual whose accomplishments have made a significant contribution in the field of economic development and have demonstrated exceptional best practices.


O’Leary arrived in Flin Flon to become Regional Economic Development Officer in February of last year and has been instrumental in developing strategic plans for Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach and in `moving forward with economic development planning for our region.


There is Little For the North in The Throne Speech.

The Manitoba Government presented their Throne Speech Tuesday opening a new session of the Legislature.  Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says he didn’t see a lot for this region other than tourism and the proposed Manitoba Mineral Development Fund which raises concerns.  He explains he’s all in favor of creating another fund for use particularly in northern Manitoba just for economic development but it shouldn’t replace the existing Community Reserve Fund that was there specifically to help mining communities when the mine shut up.  He says this fund is going to be used for all kinds of different things so it may not ever go to help a mining community that’s in trouble.


Lindsey adds it’s not what they say in the Throne Speech but what they do after that really affects us.

Rezoning and the Fire Chiefs Report Highlighted the Flin Flon City Council Meeting Last Night.

Council passed on first reading a bylaw to rezone the portion of Main Street from the former Co-op building down to Super K from Residential single family dwelling to Central Commercial Zone.  Mayor Cal Huntley noted this does not change things for residential buildings already in that area but opens up opportunities for business properties to be developed in the area should the opportunity arise.


Council accepted the Fire Chiefs report for October indicating five incidents during the month.  Fire Chief Jason Kuras reported there were two structure fires, a shed on Bellevue and garage on Terrace with damage at each estimated to be five thousand dollars, a hydro pole fire on Dadson Row, a false alarm and a smoke alarm set off by cooking.  Fire fighters received training in working with energized electrical lines, air bag operations and vehicle stabilization and vehicle extrication scenarios.


Mayor and Council representatives will be attending the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual meeting next week in Brandon.  Mayor Huntley noted they meet with other Councils in the province but also get to meet with government ministers to discuss issues they want brought to the provinces attention.


You Can Be Part of a Team That Gets People Home Safely.

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is looking for volunteers to help with Operation Red Nose through the Christmas season. It’s a program to get partiers and their vehicles home safely.  Chairperson Ted Hewitt says they need volunteers to get clients home. He explains they have a group of three one of which drives the clients vehicle, the second person is called the navigator who rides with the driver of the clients vehicle and they have a third person in a second vehicle who picks them up after the drop off and most evenings they need anywhere from three to five teams of three.


Operation Red Nose will run on Friday and Saturday nights starting November 29th running through December including December 20th and 21st and New Year’s Eve.  To volunteer you can go online to www.operationrednose.com, print and fill out a form and take it to the local RCMP office with two pieces of identification.  You can call Ted at 204-687-7450 for more information.

You Are Invited to Support Women in a Walk Monday Afternoon.

The Womens Resource Center invites everyone to be part of Take Back The Night.  The Center’s Laurie Sealy asks you to join them at an event to protest the fear that women have in walking the streets at night.  She explains it’s just designed to bring visibility and exposure to the impact of sexual violence in women’s lives.  She says statistics show that it is an increasing problem and over 80 percent of sex crime victims are women, adding one in four American women will be sexually assaulted during their life time, that being 25 percent which makes sexual assault the most common and serious crime. Sealy adds on average every six days a woman is killed by her intimate partner.  As survivors she says we are demanding lives free from sexual violence, murder, living in poverty and the violence that is directed towards women and children noting this event is for anyone with a chance to come together in unity to take back the night.


The walk begins at 5:15 Monday afternoon at Pioneer Square when they will march down Main Street, Angel Avenue and Hapnot Street back to Pioneer Square.


Past and New Vendors Will Be at a Craft Sale Saturday.

The Cranberry Portage Child and Family Resource Center is holding their annual Cranberry Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday.  The Center’s Debbie McLauchlan says they have 49 vendors with 113 tables including children’s books, Christmas stuff, quilts, bath and body items, beaded art and pins, bannock, tea, paintings, Northern Natural Wreaths and Crafts, Bert’s Syrup and Boreal Products, perogies, Custom Knives, scrapbooking supplies, jams, jellies, moccasins, mukluks, blankets, baking, baby items, wood signs and home décor, bath salts, Pink Zebra, leggings, honey, mitts, rugs, pottery and a variety of gift wear.


The sale is open Saturday from 9:30 to 3 in the Frontier Collegiate and Cranberry Portage Elementary School gymnasiums with food venues available at both along with the Legion.

New Paramedics Will Benefit Our Health Region.

Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen has announced more frontline full time paramedics are working in communities across Manitoba.  These new paramedics will be providing emergency response services to communities such as Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Russell and Swan River and provide cover to shifts in the Southern Health Region.  He did not indicate how many have been hired to date but noted the majority of positions have now been filled with work underway to have remaining positions in place by mid-January. In June Friesen had announced 13 new paramedics would be hired and strategically placed throughout the Northern Health Region. Paramedics fall under the jurisdiction of Shared Health and not the Health Region.


Friesen says when people are experiencing a health emergency they need to know skilled paramedics are available to provide care as quickly as possible.  He adds this investment ensures more consistent reliable care to communities across northern, western and southern Manitoba when it’s needed most.

Music Memories of Christmas Come to the Stage Next Week.

The Flin Flon Community Choir and Flin Flon Arts Council will present the Dean Martin Christmas Special November 30th.  Choir Director Crystal Kolt says it will be special.  She says they’re going to be featuring some of those same great songs from those golden years with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra but there’s going to be a lot of other really fun material with some of the classics but some new surprises and it’s all based on a much loved drummer in town by the name of Dean Martin so they are singing the songs that he particularly loves and its going to be something new and a really great adventure and a great Christmas celebration for everybody.


The Dean Martin Christmas Special will take place Saturday, November 30th at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall. Tickets at 25 dollars for adults and 10 for youth are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

They Marched to Support Birth.


Supporters of the We Want Birth Committee gathered in Pioneer Square Saturday afternoon to mark the one year anniversary of the temporary close of obstetrics at Flin Flon General Hospital. They were joined by Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey who has raised the issue in the legislature in the past and says it’s important to keep drawing attention to the need for these services to return.  He says it’s very important for women in this town to be able to give birth in this town, it’s also important for neighboring communities to be able to have their women come here and give birth and it’s important to this town to keep growing our health care facilities instead of shutting things down.


The group then marched down Main Street up to the hospital and back to Pioneer Square.  You can learn more about the We Want Birth Committee on their Facebook page We Want Birth or you can email wewantbirth@gmail.com.

Seniors are Invited to Celebrate the Christmas Season Sunday.

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding their annual Seniors Christmas Party Sunday afternoon.  Chairperson Dean Grove says Tim Spencer has been working on some entertainment so the Community Choir will be there, there’s some other performers scheduled to be there, they have the Junior Bombers coming out again so they’ll be helping the seniors and doing some serving and of course the Rotary Club has an agenda packed with an appearance by our special friend and they’ll be giving out some gifts and trying to spread some Christmas cheer through the event.


All seniors and their spouses are invited to attend the party from 1 to 3 Sunday afternoon in the Flin Flon Community Hall. If you need a ride you can call Bill Pauley at 204-687-6581 or 680-9688 and if there’s no answer  leave a message and Bill will call you back.


Is the Ketogenic Diet Right For You?

As part of Diabetes Month the Northern Health Region is presenting information on the Ketogenic Diet Thursday.  Diabetes Educator Oribim Kingson explains it will be a 45 minute discussion on the facts and current research for and against the diet and her aim is if she does her job correctly that people who are currently on the diet or who are considering going on the diet have enough information to decide if this is something for them or if they want to try other options.  She adds her goal is also to make sure that those who are currently on the diet are doing it safely because there are some tests you have to do.  She thinks it’s going to be very informative for people who want it for weight loss or diabetes management.


The discussion will be take place at 12 noon Thursday at the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Centre.  You can register by calling the Centre at 204-687-1350 or you can just drop in. Snacks will be provided.


The Christmas Lights Came on on Main Street.


The Christmas season arrived on Main Street Wednesday evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square.  Mayor Cal Huntley welcomed everyone to this special event and said his usual message won’t change this year and that is Christmas is a season for family and for remembering and for all kinds of good memories but it’s also a time to make sure that its safe because Christmas is a time of joy and sometimes there’s a little bit of added joy to it and we should do that responsibly.


A good sized crowd gathered in Pioneer Square for the lighting enjoying carols with members of the Community Choir, a visit from Santa and hot chocolate.  Christmas continues on Main Street with the Santa Claus Parade of Lights on November 28th and Moonlight Madness December 13th and 14th.

A Craft Sale Will Help You Shop For Christmas.

The Creighton Community Centre is holding a craft and home business sale starting this afternoon and running through Saturday.  One of the organizers Dianna Boulet says they have around 50 tables this year with a full house of products from home baking to jams, sewing, knitting, soaps, art, herbal medicines, natural products, children’s books, woodworking, Scentsy, dog treats so come on down and warm up with a bowl of homemade soup.


Boulet adds they’ll also be a drop off point for gently used winter wear you’d like to donate.  The sale runs today from 4 to 8 and tomorrow from 11 to 4 in the Creighton Community Hall.


You Can Help Students Support Our Community.

Students at Many Faces Education Centre are working towards creating community change.  Teacher Daniel Dillon says that starts with you filling out a survey.  He explains the students are working on a project where they are taking on their own personal interest project and it’s for them first to get community feedback to find out which project would go forward so that it would be having community engagement so that when they’ve completed their project they would know that people in the community could be involved in it so for example a hydroponic garden and have accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables is that something the community would like to have accessibility to.  He adds there are a variety of options in the survey so they’re just trying to connect the kids with the community so the work they are doing in school is truly authentic to giving back into our community.


You can find the survey link attached to this story at www.flinflononline.com with data collection ending next Friday.



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It was Another Successful Year For a Summer Event.

The Blueberry Jam Music Gathering held their annual general meeting Tuesday night.


Chair Edgar Wright reported they had a very successful Gathering with a lot of support from the community, the city, businesses, sponsors and a lot of volunteers and hopes that continues into 2020 on the weekend of August 7th to 9th.  Treasurer Lynn Brown reported they had income of just over 52 thousand dollars and expenses of just under 41 thousand leaving a surplus of just over 11 thousand dollars. 


Production Chair Mark Kolt reported they had 76 acts up from 56 the first year resulting in a third stage at Johnny’s Social Club in addition to the one at the Tourist Park and the Rotary Wheel.


The executive agreed to stay on for next year’s event with Chair Edgar Wright, Vice-Chair Linda Eryou, Secretary Ellie Spencer and Treasurer Lynn Brown.  Several others agreed to stay in their committee chair positions with some other committee positions still vacant.


As well the Manitoba government announced Tuesday the Blueberry Jam Music Gathering will receive 15 thousand dollars from the Building Sustainable Communities Program to spotlight northern talent.


Hudbay is Moving Forward with Exploration in the Snow Lake Area.

In their third quarter 2019 financial report Hudbay indicates ore mined at their Manitoba operations increased by four percent compared to the same quarter last year.  The increase is due to high production value at both Triple Seven in Flin Flon and Lalor in Snow Lake partially offset by the closure of Reed Mine in August 2018.  Interim President Peter Kukielski says exploration continues in the Snow Lake area.  He explains they will have an updated reserve and resource statement from Snow Lake late in the first quarter which will incorporate the results from the infill drilling to update Lalor inferred resources and the exploration drilling at the Lalor in mine targets such as lens 17.  He says the update reserve and resource statement will also include results from the ongoing work to upgrade WIM, Pen 2 and New Britannia zones to a reserve specification. Throughout 2020 he notes they will advance drilling and feasibility work on the 1901 deposit and they will continue to explore their large land package to provide potential additional feed to their Stall and New Britannia mills.


Kukielski adds the new Britannia mill refurbishment in Snow Lake is running on schedule for completion late in 2021.


The School Board Heard About Positives at One of Our Schools.

At their regular meeting Tuesday the Flin Flon School Board received a presentation from Ruth Betts School administrators Mike McLellan and Craig Bancroft. The presentation was to share the positive feedback from staff and students on why they like the school.  The teachers liked the work environment and the community feeling and the students liked things such as the new playground additions, the breakfast program, reading program and the teachers themselves.  The presentation also touched on the electives program, the life skills program, the integrated arts program and many other activities offered at Ruth Betts.  The school also has a new fundraising partnership with the Rd Apple which helps out with the snack program as well as milk for the popular breakfast program.  McLellan noted almost all the students participate daily in the hot or continental breakfast offered, thanking the Co-op for the generous fruit donations.


Laughter and Deep Thought Are Part of a Special Presentation Tomorrow.

The Women’s Resource Centre invites you to their presentation of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer tomorrow evening.  The Centre’s Brodie Hooper explains it’s a series of monologues written, published and edited by a lady by the name of Eve Ensler so the series of monologues will include women and men’s stories with regards to violence against women.  She says it’ll be a very intriguing night of monologues with some heavy ones in there for sure that aren’t as nice but there’s also some monologues that are a little bit on the lighter side.


The presentation which is not advised for younger audiences takes place tomorrow evening from 6:30 to 8 at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Tickets are only two dollars at Creighton Petro, Super K, the Gas Bar, Gateway, Northern Rainbows End, the Orange Toad and the Women’s Resource Centre and those that are left will be available at the door tomorrow evening.  A silver collection will also be accepted.

Its Time to Prepare for the Ski Season.

The Flin Flon Ski Club is holding their annual open house Sunday.  The Club’s Dave Price says it’s a chance for people to learn more about what’s available for skiers.  He says you’ll find a lot of their existing members who would be very happy to talk to people about all their programs and facilities and the wonderful 28 kilometers of trails and learn about the programs for young kids like Jack Rabbits. He notes they’ve also got the ski and play group for the very young, babes in arms and moms who want to come and ski and leave the kids safely at the Chalet and all about their moonlight tours and their rentals of skis where they’ll rent you some to see if you like it or not.


Price adds Fresh Air Experience will be in from Prince Albert with their latest gear and you’ll be able to purchase your membership at ten percent off.  The open house runs from 11 to 4 Sunday at the Ski Chalet.  You can learn more about the Club and their trails at their website www.flinflonskiclub.com.

Hudbay Reports Reduced Profits.

Hudbay has release its third quarter 2019 financial results.  They report a net loss in the quarter of 274.8 million dollars compared to a net profit of 22.8 million in the third quarter of 2018.  Interim President and CEO Peter Kukielski says the loss reflects an after tax impairment loss of 242.1 million on Hudbay’s carrying value of the Rosemont copper project in Arizona following the US District Court decision vacating and remanding Rosemont’s permits which Hudbay intends to appeal.


He commented on their operations in Peru and Manitoba noting in the third quarter Hudbay continued to deliver solid operating results with record quality mill throughput at Constancia and strong cost performance in both Peru and Manitoba.  He says they produced over 36 thousand tonnes of copper in the quarter which is a 20 percent increase compared to last quarter due to high grades and recoveries at Constancia along with record quarter throughput at the Constancia mill.


Hudbay’s Board of Directors continues its search for a permanent Chief Executive officer.


We’ll have more on Manitoba operations on tomorrow’s news.

You Can be Part of an Anniversary March.

The We Want Birth Committee invites you to join them Saturday for a one year anniversary march.  Committee Co-Chair Kirsten Fritch explains this march is to bring awareness to the temporary closure of obstetrics in our community that’s now been in place for one year.  She says women and families in our community have been uprooted and put under undue financial and emotional strain because of the closure adding their committee has heard from expectant and new mothers that there are gaps in their care as a result of the closure so they want politicians and decision makers to understand that this closure has come with serious implications for our community and for the surrounding area.


The march begins at Pioneer Square at 2 Saturday afternoon, goes down Main Street up to the hospital, down Church Street and back to Pioneer Square.  If you’re unable to join the march you can meet them on Church Street in front of the hospital. You can get more information on the Committee on their Facebook page We Want Birth or you can email wewantbirth@gmail.com.



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