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Manitoba has a Tenth Day With No COVID-19 Cases Reported With Two New Cases in Saskatchewan.

Public Health Officials reported no new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Manitoba today.  The total number of reported cases remains at 325, no individuals are in hospital, four cases are active, 314 individuals have recovered and just over 69 thousand laboratory tests have been performed since early February.            


Meanwhile Saskatchewan reports two new cases bringing the provincial total to 815.  The new cases are in the Central region.  43 cases are considered active, 757 people have recovered and four people are in hospital. Residents are reminded not to let their guard down when it comes to following public health measures and personal safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Safety precautions to prevent COVID-19 include physical distancing, proper hygiene practices and complying with provincial health orders to limit the size of gatherings.

Talented Musicians are Coming to Our Street Corners.

The Flin Flon Arts Council presents Street Corner Concerts from 1 to 4 tomorrow afternoon.  Arts Administrator Kari Rutherford says it’s a rotational music event so musicians will start out at different locations around the community and rotate after 20 minute sets. She explains they have the dynamic duo Mark Kolt and Jennifer McLean, the talented Small Spaces with Kevin Allen and Megan Reimer, they also have Debbie Tripp coming up from Swan River, James Page who is a Chinese flutist coming from Winnipeg as well as herself.


You can catch these performers tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 4 at the former Elks Hall location at the corner of Bracken and Green Streets, Rotary Park, Pioneer Square, the Zoo and Steventon Playground with social distancing rules in effect.

Remember to Wear Your Lifejacket While Out on the Water.

That message comes from Lifesaving Society Manitoba during their Hooked on Lifejackets campaign. Water Smart Coordinator Doctor Christopher Love says it’s especially important to talk about in Manitoba, as most people who die during a boating accident are not wearing a lifejacket.  He explains we unfortunately push above our weight in terms of comparison to the national average when we’re talking about boating deaths.  He notes nationally approximately 80 percent of all boating fatalities are not wearing a lifejacket and here in Manitoba in the period they have stats for it was 86 percent that the boating fatalities were not wearing a lifejacket and that’s an extremely significant number whether you’re looking just at Manitoba or nationally.  He says if we’re talking at the national level that could eliminate over a hundred deaths annually if people simply picked up their lifejacket, put it on and wore it the entire time they were in the boat.

Love adds about 50 per cent of all boats sold in Canada are purchased with fishing as the main use of the boat and part of the reason why boating deaths involve a significant number of fishers is that those who fish don’t consider themselves boaters, so they don’t make boating safety top of mind when they’re out on the water.

Only Four Cases of COVID-19 are Considered Active in Manitoba. While Saskatchewan Reports Five New Cases.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon. He reports there are no new cases, the total number of cases remains at 325, there are no individuals in hospital, 314 individuals are listed as recovered and there are four active cases.


Roussin reminds you to keep the numbers low by continuing to stick to the safe practices that are in place and importantly access reliable information which can be done on their website www.manitoba.ca/covid19.  He noted they continue to look at ways to loosen current restrictions.


Meanwhile Saskatchewan reports five new cases of COVID-19 bringing the provincial total to 813 cases.  48 cases are considered active, 750 people have recovered and five are in hospital.  The Saskatchewan Health Authority is alerting individuals travelling to and from and living in Prince Albert and area of an increase in COVID-19 illnesses in the community so visitation will be restricted at Victoria Hospital and long term care homes.

You Have Seven Days to Catch the Biggest Walleye.

The Denare Beach Walleye Fishing Derby gets underway Monday running until the 20th.  Recreation Director Mel Durette explains fishing takes place on Amisk Lake and its catch and release, take a picture and send it, the entry fee is ten dollars and you can register at the Village Office.  She notes the biggest fish daily will be posted on their web page so if it’s a 27 inch then you know not to post another 27 inch fish.  She adds there’ll be an official measuring tape that you can pick up on the 13th from 9 to 5 and you’ll be good to go for seven days.


First prize for the biggest fish in the derby is 500 dollars, second 100 dollars and a Mustang lifejacket and third a Mustang lifejacket and a rod and reel.  Winners will be posted on July 21st.


The Library Had a Busy Year Last Year.

At their meeting Tuesday night City Council received the Flin Flon Public Library annual report for 2019.  Total circulation for last year was over 23 thousand, they had 164 new memberships for a total of 4420 members, held five events with 563 attending, had over 30 thousand visitors and almost 95 thousand website visits.  Total revenue was 232,625 dollars with expenditures of 237,608 dollars for a loss of just under 5 thousand dollars.  There was praise for the Library staff for their work in November in moving 30 thousand books and shelves when the flooring was replaced and during the recent COVID-19 closing reorganizing books, programs and social media upgrades.


Council also approved municipal funding for Flinty’s Boardwalk Committee of 3080 dollars to replace all the old style bulbs with LEDs along the pathway through the park to enhance the safety and appearance of the park during hours of darkness.

Saskatchewans Annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is Coming Up.

On Saturday and Sunday residents and visitors can fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public open waters open to fishing with no licence required.  Environment Minister Dustin Duncan says in Saskatchewan you can stay close to home while enjoying some of the best freshwater fishing in the world.


You are reminded during free fishing weekend all other fishing regulations remain in effect.  As well anglers must respect current public health orders and guidance to prevent further spread of COVID-19.  Travel restrictions may be in effect for some areas so check your destination before leaving home.  Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning on taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.


More information about fishing in Saskatchewan including the 2020 Anglers Guide and updates about angling during the pandemic can be found online at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.


Active Cases of COVID-19 Continue to Drop in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Public Health officials report no new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Manitoba for a ninth day today. That leaves the total number of reported cases at 325 but the number of active cases has again dropped from eleven Tuesday to only six today.  312 individuals have recovered and no individuals are in hospital.


Meanwhile Saskatchewan reported today two new cases of COVID-19 with one in the Saskatoon region and one in the North.  That brings the provincial total of reported cases to 808, 47 are considered active down from 54 Tuesday, a total of 746 people have recovered and three are in hospital. 


Summer Camp is Coming to Your Home Starting Next Week.

Due to the COVID-19 situation Simon House Bible Camp has suspended all on site programs for the summer.  Camp Director Darrell Janzen says they have developed a program so kids can still connect with each other and staff from their homes.  He explains they are excited to be able to at least present something for campers this year even though they can’t meet traditionally at the camp so they have their eCamp which is an online camp.  He says it’s a very flexible program where kids will be able to log in and there’ll be some videos they can watch, some live interaction time with staff and other kids kind of a virtual cabin time and some different activities and it’s all done from your home, it’s done on a very flexible schedule that suits you and the best part is it’s absolutely free.


The first camp takes place next Monday to Saturday for ages 8 to 10 with camps for other age groups up to 17 on following weeks. For information and to register for the eCamps visit www.simonhouse.ca.


Panhandling is Against the Law in Flin Flon and Should be Reported.

Elizabeth Wooley addressed Flin Flon City Council last night about the increase in panhandling on Main Street.  She noted how the panhandlers step in front of people insisting they hand over money.  She said she has contacted the police asking Council if they have a bylaw in respect to panhandling.


Mayor Cal Huntley replied what you have done is correct in contacting the RCMP because they are breaking the law in panhandling.  He said the RCMP patrol Main Street on a regular basis but cannot be on the street all the time so contacting them every time it happens is the right thing to do as that way they have an indication of how many incidents take place and can take appropriate action.


Council approved a memorandum of agreement with Dinosaur Valley Studios for repairs and restoration of the Flinty Statue.  Work has now started on the project. And Mayor Cal Huntley reported he has  heard a lot of praise for the Trout Festival parade  and congratulated the Committee on its success.


There is Another COVID-19 Related Death in Saskatchewan While the Number of Active Cases Continues to Drop in Manitoba.

Saskatchewan Health reports a 15th COVID-19 related death this one an individual in their 20s in the North region.  One new case was reported today bringing the provincial total to 806, 54 are considered active, 737 people have recovered and four are in hospital.  Starting today there are expanded visitation guidelines related to patients, outpatients, clients and residents in Saskatchewan Health Authority facilities, long term care homes and affiliated organizations, personal care homes and Ministry of Social Services Group Homes.           



Meanwhile for a seventh day Manitoba Public Health officials reported today no new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the province.  The total number of reported cases remains at 325 but the number of active cases has dropped to eleven from fourteen reported Monday and 16 last Friday. No individuals are in hospital and 307 individuals have recovered.


The province continues to invite feedback on proposed personal care home visitation shelters.  You can take the survey online at www.engagemb.ca/visitation-shelters.


Summer in the Parks Continues Into Its Second Month.

Summer in the Parks began June 9th for children 5 to 10 years old and four year olds turning 5 this year.  Assistant Supervisor Nevada Shirran says the camp has been going well with programs underway for July.  She explains they’ve been having a lot of good crafts and good weather for the beach and stuff like that and the kids seem to be enjoying it.  She notes some of their July plans include Under the Sea Week and they also have Disney Week, Art Week and an Animal Week where they’ll be doing differt beach days and then crafts that match the theme of each week.


Shirran adds most of the upcoming weeks still have spots available so to register you can go to Flin Flon City Hall at 90 dollars a week and 20 dollars for limited daily spots.  For information call the Rec Office at 204-681-7542 or Haylee at 306-514-1860.


Computers are Coming North.

Tech Manitoba is expanding its refurbished computer give away and basic training program.  It is supporting rural schools, immigration services, community centers and First Nations communities across Manitoba through its DigitALL Program.  Four palettes of donated desk top computers refurbished by Computers for Schools  have been loaded on a Gardewine truck and will be delivered free to families in need across the province including Flin Flon, Thompson and the Marcel Colomb First Nation. These computers are being delivered to people who have already applied and been approved for the program.  If you know someone in need of a computer you can still apply for a future delivery by going to www.techmanitoba.ca/digitall.


Tech Manitoba states in today’s world a working computer is essential to help newcomers, indigenous communities and those in need access information, conduct job searches and home school their children during this pandemic.  Recipients will also receive a keyboard, monitor, mouse and a pre-loaded video on computer basics.

No New Cases of COVID-19 Were Reported in Manitoba with Nine in Saskatchewan.


With no new cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend and none today Manitoba has gone six days without a positive test.  Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports the number of cases remains at 325, there are no individuals hospitalized, 304 residents are listed as recovered and there are 14 active cases.


Roussin adds even with numbers remaining to be good we need to continue to be vigilant including social distancing when outdoors to keep our numbers low as we still expect COVID-19 to be around for a while.


With numbers remaining low Health Authorities in the province are starting to restore home care services such as meal preparation and helping clients get dressed.


Meanwhile Saskatchewan reported nine new cases with two reported on Saturday, four on Sunday and three today with three of the new cases in the Far North region.  That brings the provincial total reported to 805, 59 are considered active, 732 have recovered and four are in hospital. As part of the Re-open Saskatchewan plan, the VLT network resumed operation today.  At the same time the commission paid to sites will temporarily increase from 15 per cent to 25 per cent until Jan. 3.


A Summer of Fun Events Has Been Planned.

The City of Flin Flon is starting a series of Summer Fun Days tomorrow.  Organizer Kelcey Anderson says it runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 at Rotary Park for ages ten and over.  She explains they have broken it down so each day is going to be something different.  She says coming up on Tuesday they have their giant games day with some giant Angry Birds they’ve made, giant bowling, Jenga, things like that and they’re also going to have Arts and Crafts Days, a day where they’re tie dying, a day where they’re painting some rocks, they’re having some water fight days so they’ve got a whole bunch of different days planned.


You can pick up a summer pass at City Hall for 60 dollars or drop ins can just show up at Rotary Park and pay the five dollar drop in fee.  Complete details on what is planned and information for parents can be found on the City of Flin Flon website and Facebook page where their calendar is posted.

The Foals Have Their Names With One Coming From Northern Manitoba.

The RCMP have released the names and winners of their Name the Foal Contest.  Youth ages 14 years and younger were invited to submit their best names for foals born this year starting with the letter S and 53 hundred entries were received from across the country with one winner in each province.


The winner for Manitoba was Hayven from Thompson submitting the name Star.  Two of the names submitted have special significance commemorating lives lost in the April 2020 Nova Scotia tragedy with Scotia and SHeidi named in memory of RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson.  Other names were Spring, Sosi, Scout, Steele, Scarlet and Sarge.


Winners receive a 2020 Musical Ride horseshoe, a picture of the horse they named and a certificate signed by the RCMP Commissioner.


National Fishing Week began on Saturday and runs through to this Sunday.

The week is celebrated in the first full week of July every year and is meant to encourage Canadians to renew their love of the sport or try it for the first time.


A spokesperson for the Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation Mike Melnik explains the whole idea is to promote the fact that we have it so good in this country in that we have so many lakes, rivers, streams and oceans that surround us that we need to get out and enjoy that heritage activity because the more people who fish will result in more people who take care of the fishery as well and that’s very important for the future.


Melnik encourages fishers of all levels to check out the catchfishing dot com website for handy tips and guidelines for fishing.


A New Case of COVID19 was Reported in Saskatchewan and None in Manitoba.

Saskatchewan reported one new case of COVID-19 today.  The new case is in the Far North and brings the provincial total to 796 cases with 335 of the cases from the Far North. 71 cases are considered active, 711 people have recovered and four are in hospital.  Just under 68 thousand tests for COVID-19 have been performed in Saskatchewan.


Meanwhile Manitoba reported no new cases today holding the total number of cases at 325.  16 cases are reported as active, 302 individuals have recovered and no individuals are in hospital.  65 thousand tests for COVID-19 have been performed in Manitoba since early February.


Manitoba Has Plans to Catch Up on Delayed Surgeries.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen says due to COVID-19 it has been a difficult time for people who required elective surgeries.  He explains throughout this period surgeries did continue but surgeons were given directions to delay cases that could safely wait 90 days while surgeries that were deemed to not be able to wait for that period of time continued.  He says approximately seven thousand elective surgeries, procedures and activities were cancelled across the province due to COVID-19.


Friesen announced with the risk of COVID-19 low they are issuing a request for proposals to complete elective surgeries that were postponed.  He notes the proposals which can be submitted by both public and private facilities must present details on how the applicant will be able to address priority surgical and diagnostic areas by creating additional capacity in the system. Services must be able to be delivered beginning August 1st.


Member of Parliament Niki Ashton has Called for Federal Assistance for Northern Manitoba.

Ashton points out record rainfall and extreme weather have had a negative effect on communities and the infrastructure they depend on across Northern Manitoba.  She notes the north has had record rainfall and that’s meant that highways like provincial road 280 have washed out, highway 391 has been deeply damaged and other roads including the one to Sherridon have been affected with people left stranded and communities are struggling.  She also noted the provincial governments hiring freeze for civil servants, the cut backs to maintenance of our highways and the neglect of our infrastructure needs have contributed to this situation. She adds the federal government must be part of the solution to invest and restore critical infrastructure now.


Another COVID-19 Related Death has Been Reported in Saskatchewan With no New Cases in Manitoba.

Saskatchewan Health reports a resident of the Far North who tested positive for COVID-19 has died.  The individual was in their 70s and that brings the total number of deaths in the province to 14.  As of today there are 795 total cases in the province with four new cases on Wednesday and six new cases reported today.  Seven of the new cases are in the Far North, two in the north and one in the Saskatoon region.  Of the total 80 are considered active, 701 people have recovered and six are in hospital.



Meanwhile in Manitoba no new cases of COVID-19 were reported so the total number of cases remains at 325.  No individuals are in hospital, 16 cases are active and 302 individuals have recovered while the number of deaths in the province remains at seven.

The High School in Cranberry Portage has Suffered Extensive Damage.

Cranberry Portage RCMP are investigating a break in at the local high school.  Just after 3:30 Monday morning they were called to the high school in the community for a disturbance.  When officers arrived they found 105 windows had been broken and entry had been made into the computer lab where 42 computers were destroyed.  The damage is estimated to be 200 thousand dollars.


On Tuesday a 27 year old man from the community was arrested and will be facing charges of breaking and entering, mischief over five thousand dollars and possessing break in instruments,


The RCMP continue to investigate.   

Just Over Two Weeks of Fishing Resulted in Some Big Prizes While The Parade Attracted a Lot of Attention.

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Fishing Derby ran from June 12th to 28th.  The top five winners in the Walleye Derby were Jayden Ouellet with a 31 and a half inch fish receiving 15 hundred dollars, Donna Borsa 31 and one eighth inches receiving one thousand dollars, Sheldon Wiebe 30 and three quarters receiving 750 dollars, Al Roschuk fourth receiving 500 dollars and Jayden Oulett fifth receiving 250 dollars.


In the Youth Category Maddox Dominey won with a 30 inch fish receiving 250 dollars cash and a 250 dollar gift card while Marik Dominey finished second with a 29 and five eighths inches receiving 150 dollars cash and a 150 dollar gift card and third went to Josie Wiens receiving 100 dollars cash and a 100 dollar gift card.


The Trout Festival parade had around a dozen interesting floats along with fire trucks from Flin Flon, Hudbay, Creighton and Denare Beach Fire Departments celebrating the Festival’s 70th anniversary as well as our graduates and essential workers.  The top three floats in the non-commercial category were Ham Sandwich Class of Narnia, second the NorVa Center and third Norman Community Services and in commercial Phamasave followed by McKeen’s Trucking.  The winner of the 700 dollar Share in the North draw was Alex Suchoplas.



Upgrades are Coming to the Hospital Fire Alarm System.

Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen has announced funding for health care facilities.  He announced over 380 million dollars in capital projects across the province to ensure Manitobans have safe reliable care at health care facilities for years to come.


Among the projects are upgrades to the fire alarm system at the Flin Flon General Hospital.  He says the government is committed to ensuring health care facilities are in line with revised Manitoba Fire Code requirements.


Friesen also announced eHealth initiatives for the province that will include upgrading the provincial electronic health record system eChart Manitoba.


A New Case of COVID-19 Has Been Reported in Southern Manitoba With Six in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Pubic Health officials reported one new case of COVID-19 this afternoon.  This case is a woman in her 20s from the Winnipeg Health Region.  The total number of reported cases in the province is 325 with no individuals in hospital, 18 cases are active and 300 have recovered.


With Canada Day being celebrated tomorrow you are reminded to continue to practice social distancing and follow public health guidelines for gatherings whether at home, the cottage or camping.


Meanwhile Saskatchewan reports six new cases of COVID-19 with three in the Far North, two in the North and one in the South.  Total cases reported now stands at 785 with 88 considered active and 684 people have recovered.


Beginning Monday in Saskatchewan indoor pools, indoor rinks, indoor sports and activities and the performing arts will be able to re-open.  The seating capacity for restaurants and licensed establishments will also increase to a level that allows staff and customers to maintain two metres of physical distancing.  On Thursday the 9th casinos and bingo halls will be able to re-open.  Find more information at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.



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