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Information of Future Forestry Plans is Coming to Your Community.

Canadian Kraft Paper and Nisokapawino Forestry Management Corporation are holding public information meetings in northern communities over the next few weeks.  Area Planner Mike Paddock says they’ll discuss their future plans for the two years starting June 1st 2023…..


“We’ll be presenting the draft operating plan, the Forest Management Operating Plan, on behalf of Canadian Kraft Paper and Nisokapawino Forest Management Corporation.  We’ll be talking about proposed timber harvesting, forest renewal, road construction and road decommissioning activities and we’ll be there to inform people, answer their questions and gather feedback to be incorporated into the final version that would be submitted to the province at the end of February.”


Meetings in this area will be held in Cranberry Portage Monday at 7 pm in the Legion Hall, in Flin Flon Tuesday at 7 pm in the Cambrian Room at the Victoria Inn and in The Pas next Thursday at 7 pm in the basement of the Wescanna Inn.For information on their meetings visit their website www.niso.ca and click on community or call 204-623-8682.

You Can Celebrate the Christmas Season at the Festival of Trees.

Northern Growing Abilities is holding the Festival of Trees tomorrow and Saturday.  The organization’s Amber Beaton says they are open from 6 to 9 tomorrow evening and 10 to 4 Saturday in the Creighton Community Hall….


“They’re going to find the penny parade and a big bake sale. Then we’ve got the silent auction where businesses and individuals have donated trees and centre pieces that people can bid on.  We’ll have the concession and door prizes and then all proceeds will be to benefit programming at Northern Growing Abilities.”


Northern Growing Abilities is fundraising in order to continue their Drop-in and Activity Programs for cognitively diverse adults as well as Youth Engagement Programs for cognitively diverse children and expanding the services they provide.

They Held Candles to Remember.

People joined the Women’s Resource Centre at the Flin Flon Friendship Centre last evening for the annual Candle Light Vigil.  Counselor Hope Liebaert told them this is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women……


“We take this day to remember the women we have lost due to acts of violence.  On this day in 1989 a gunman entered a mechanical engineering classroom at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.  After separating the women from the men he shot at all of the women in the room while yelling you are all feminists.  He continued shooting in the school specifically targeting women.  In just under 20 minutes he took the lives of 14 talented, ambitious and courageous young women as well as injuring 13 others. This event shook the lives of the victim’s friends and families as well as the province of Quebec and the rest of Canada.”


They then named and recognized each of the 14 women who lost their lives in the Montreal Massacre pausing for a moment of silence in their memory.

Santa Was in Flin Flon Last Evening.

The annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights took place last evening.  In spite of the cold people lined up as vehicles covered in Christmas lights travelled up Church Street and down Main Street. As the parade lined up Greg Kritzer from the hosts for the parade the Flin Flon The Pas U15 Hockey team noted people are in the Christmas spirit…..


“I’m super excited, we’ve got a great turnout, more floats than I expected, everybody seems to be powering through the cold weather and ready to enjoy some lights and festivities.”


Before the parade people took part in the Family Christmas on Main Street hosted by the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Main Street Committee.


People are Taking Advantage of a Safe Ride Home.

Operation Red Nose had a second weekend of getting people and their vehicles home safely.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt reports this past weekend and the previous Saturday went well….


“We provided a total of 19 rides.  Volunteers were provided by the Skating Club, Hapnot staff and the Kinsmen and Kinettes.  Next weekend Hudbay staff and the Ski Club will provide our volunteers.  Please call 687-7331 to obtain a ride after 9 pm. At present we are desperately in need of volunteers for Friday December 23rd and New Years Eve.  Contact Ted at 687-7450 or Jane at 687-6488 on how to volunteer.  Operation Red Nose even though it is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Flin Flon could not be a success without volunteers throughout the community and area businesses.”


Operation Red Nose will again be available Friday and Saturday nights this coming weekend and December 16th and 17th as well as the 23rd and 31st.

Legislation Has Been Introduced to Modernize Saskatchewan Liquor Laws.

The Saskatchewan government has introduced legislation to amend the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act in order to continue to modernize liquor regulations.


Among the changes are providing municipalities and park authorities with the discretion to designate outdoor public places such as parks for consumption of beverage alcohol by individuals of legal drinking age; simplifying the recorking provisions for permittees; allowing homemade beer, wine and cider to be served at family events that are permitted with a special occasion permit including products manufactured at a U-Brew/U-Vin facility; and removing the requirement that applicants publish their intentions to obtain a liquor permit in local newspapers. 

The changes are being made following discussions with stakeholders. The Bill amending the legislation is expected to pass this spring.

The City of Flin Flon Is Looking for a New Chief Administrative Officer.

Mayor George Fontaine released a statement this morning regarding the position at City Hall of Chief Administrative Officer.  He stated as Mayor and on behalf of Council we wish to inform the public that as of today our relationship with our past CAO has been severed. He adds we are seeking a new direction and ask for your patience as we move forward from here.  Current Treasurer Lyn Brown has been appointed interim CAO.

Due to privacy legislation no further details are available at this time.

You Are Invited to Support the End of Violence Against Women.

 Counselor Hope Liebaert invites you to join the Women’s Resource Centre at their annual candle light vigil at the Friendship Centre tomorrow evening….


“December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day was established in response to the tragedy of the Montreal massacre.  We will come together to speak and honor the women that died in the Montreal massacre as well as commemorate the 14 young lives taken.  December 6th is a day to reflect and recognize the violence we see in our society and as a whole.  It is time to stop, listen and reflect on what it means to really end violence against women.”


The Candle Light Vigil gets underway at 5:15 tomorrow evening at the Flin Flon Friendship Center.

Flin Flon is Well Known for Its Culture Days Celebration.

The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt reports the Flin Flon area is again being recognized for its success with Culture Days…..


“We were number one for rural and towns in the country and so we’re super proud of that and very excited.  Also proud and happy that The Pas ranked there as number three so that’s a pretty strong representation from northern Manitoba across the country.  This year we had approximately 50 events and that is a lot less than we had in 2019 but double what we had last year so it’s sort of a little bit of a sample of how things have changed and how things are building up again.”


Across the country a record 3.8 million people or ten percent of the population participated in this year’s Culture Days with over three thousand events in over 300 communities from September 23rd to October 16th.


Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development is encouraging all snowmobilers to sled safely this season.

Recreational snowmobilers are reminded that a Snopass permit is required to ride on trails managed by Snoman. A Snopass costs 150 dollars for an annual permit or 75 dollars for a seven-day permit and can be purchased through Manitoba Public Insurance. More information is available at https://snoman.mb.ca/snopass.

Manitobans are reminded there are actions that can result in provincial fines including operating a snowmobile without a Snoman permit 486 dollars, operating an unregistered off-road vehicle or failure to wear a helmet 174 dollars and public consumption of alcohol 672 dollars.

Impaired operation of a snowmobile carries with it the same consequences as driving a vehicle while impaired. Penalties can include significant fines, impoundment of the snowmobile and a conviction resulting in a criminal record.

Conservation officers and the RCMP will be conducting snowmobile patrols to help ensure public safety.

A Program to Help You Have a Safe Holiday Season is Underway in Flin Flon.

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon has launched Operation Red Nose for another season.  Chair Ted Hewitt explains how they get people and their vehicles home safely….


“We pick them up at a party or at the local bar and we get them home.  We put two people in the vehicle with them, a driver and a navigator, and we drop them off at their home with their vehicle and then we have a third person who picks up the driver and navigator. The service is free but donations are very welcome and those go to children’s activities and youth sports.”


Hewitt noted their first night was last Saturday with the Skate Club as volunteers and they received their highest donation from a rider ever at 140 dollars. Some organizations supported in the past include minor hockey, the skateboard park, soccer fields, Camp Whitney and swim programs.


The service continues tonight and Saturday,the 9th and 10th, 16th and 17th and 23rd and 31st.You can call them at 204-687-7331 after 9 those nights.


The Committee announced earlier that Kory Eastman has been selected as the Honorary Chairperson for Operation Red Nose for this year. 

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 George Fontaine welcomed everyone to this special event….


“On behalf of the City of Flin Flon, it’s got a whole batch of new Councillors, we’re proud to be here to represent them and we’re happy that we’re having another tree lighting and we’re back out in the open post Covid where people can look at each other’s faces and enjoy the beautiful tree that for the last few years has been up there and welcome people to start enjoying the season, it’s time.  It’s time to enjoy the most beautiful community in the north.”


A good sized crowd braved the cold and gathered in Pioneer Square for the lighting enjoying a visit from Santa, hot chocolate and treat bags.

False Alarms and Vehicle Accidents Dominated the Fire Chiefs Report.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs report for October indicating seven alarms during the month.  They were called to a home on Centre Street on the 7th where expired batteries set off the smoke detectors.  On the 13th they were called to the Hudbay mine site where a rumble and smoke were noticed but it was a scheduled blast that went off successfully.


On the 3rd they were called to a vehicle in the ditch on south highway ten where they assisted the ambulance with patients, on the 20th they were called to Timber Lane where a patient had slipped with his motorcycle and was stabilized until EMS arrived and on the 25th on highway ten south they were called to a rolled vehicle near the airport where they assisted EMS and set up traffic control.


There were two home fires with heat and smoke from a stove on Hillcrest causing an alarm on the 2nd and on the 30th a small fire in a basement on Second Avenue was quickly extinguished.


During the month fire crews trained on vehicle extraction in cold weather and off road winter rescue operations.

Gift Shopping is Coming to Denare Beach.

Denare Beach will be holding its Jingle Bells Craft Sale and Home Business Show Saturday.  Organizer Crystal Banting says they have a lot available…..


“We have a full house with over 20 vendors.  We have fire starters, macramé, baking, knitting, Epicure, lots of gift ideas and there’ll also be a hot lunch that is put on by our Youth Drop In Group and all the proceeds will go to that program.”


The sale runs from 10 to 5 Saturday at the Denareplex in Denare Beach.


A Screen Legend Will Be Remembered Tomorrow Night.

The Central Canada Film Group’s Colin Davis invites you to watch To Sir With Love tomorrow night at the Hapnot Theatre…..


“Sidney Poitier was a screen legend.  People remember him from such landmark films in the 1960s as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and In The Heat of the Night and for his famous quote “They call me Mr. Tibbs.” We lost Sidney Poitier last January, passing away at the age of 94.  We would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone to come out this Friday to the Hapnot Theatre for our very special presentation of the Sidney Poitier classic To Sir With Love.”


Davis adds doors open at the Hapnot Theatre at 7 tomorrow night and the feature starts at 7:30. He notes there is a special presentation for early birds you won’t want to miss, snacks will be available at the door and as always admission is free.

Appointments Were a Large Part of Last Nights Flin Flon City Council Meeting.

At their meeting Council approved the appointment of Brooke White as the Regional Economic Development Coordinator for Flin Flon Creighton Denare Beach..  This will include her responsibilities as Regional Tourism Officer. Council approved the appointment of Coucillors Alison Dallas-Funk, Bill Hanson and Heather Richardson as members of the Community Development Corporation and the appointment of Councillor Steve Lytwyn and the City Media Coordinator Thomas Duncan as members of the Flin Flon Reconciliation Team.  They approved their list of Standing Committees for 2022 to 2026 as presented at their last meeting.  That includes Councillor Steve Lytwyn as Deputy Mayor from November 2022 to June 2023, Councillor Alison Dallas-Funk as Chair of the Finance and Administration Services Committee, Councillor Heather Richardson as Chair of the Social Community and Recreation Services Committee and Councillor Bill Hanson as Chair of theEngineering Services Committee.


The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie advised Council that they are working on developing a Community Mobilization Committee to bring Social Workers, service providers and the RCMP together to help people who have a situation arising that needs to be handled by more than one organization.  Mayor George Fontaine said he will appoint a Councillor to sit on the Committee with both Councillors Dallas-Funk and Eagle expressing interest.

You Can Enjoy the Start to the Holiday Season With the Community Choir.

The Flin Flon Community Choir is presenting Tidings of Joy on Saturday.  Choir Director Crystal Kolt says since their last in person Christmas concert was in 2019 the choir is excited to again be singing for the community…..


“This year we’re featuring a Winnipeg Brass Quartet which is sure the ultimate Christmas feeling I feel and so we’re essentially having four very talented musicians coming from Winnipeg to be part of the concert as well with a few solos it’s going to be a very Christmassy Christmas concert and so we’re looking forward to everybody to come and you can get tickets at the Uptown Emporium or online through Showpass at www.flinflonartscouncil.ca.”


The concert takes place Saturday evening starting at 7:30 in the RH Channing Auditorium in the Flin Flon Community Hall.

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

Flin Flon’s Christmas tree will be officially lit for the holiday season tomorrow evening.  Recreation Programmer Kelcey Andersen invites you to attend the celebration at Pioneer Square….


“It’s on Thursday the 1st at 5 so at 5 we’ll get the tree lit up, we’ll have a special guest coming we’ll have Santa Claus.  As well there will be free treat bags and hot chocolate for everyone who attends.”


To again celebrate the Christmas season the annual Santa Claus parade will be held next Tuesday at 6 along with the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Main Street Committee Family Christmas on Main Street from 4 to 6.

Its Time to Celebrate Christmas by Entering a Parade.

The Flin Flon The Pas U15 Hockey Team is encouraging anyone interested to take part in the Annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights next Tuesday December 6th. The Team’s Greg Kritzer says it is easy to join the parade…..


“You need to fill out a form and you can either get that form in hard copy from the Gateway or you can email myself at grkritzer@gmail.com and once you fill out that form we’ll have you on the list and you’ve just got to get yourself some decorations and put them on your vehicle. The big thing is its dark so you don’t have to worry about all the decorative stuff, get yourself some lights, play music and just be festive.”


The Parade will form up at 5:30 the evening of December 6th at the Whitney Forum parking lot and at 6 it will proceed up Church Street past the hospital and personal care home and then down Main Street.

              While you’re waiting for the parade you can join the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Main Street Committee in celebrating Family Christmas on Main Street with events from 4 to 6.

A Drill Program Is Set to Get Underway Near Snow Lake Friday.

Foremost Lithium announced it received a work permit from the Mining Permit Office of the Manitoba Government.  It has finalized plans to begin a 24 hole thee thousand meter diamond drill program on its Jean Lake Lithium Project located near Snow Lake.  The Company has signed a drill contract with BRL Drilling.  Air support, core storage and preparation facilities in Snow Lake will be provided by Gogal Air Services, drill pads will be cut by Moss Line Cutting of Snow Lake and field technical support will be provided by Golden Frost Exploration of Oak Bank Manitoba.


Vice-President of Exploration for Foremost Mark Fedikow says they are anxious to have the drills turning on Jean Lake to test their integrated targets consisting of the high grade B 1 and B 2 pegmatite dikes and UAV or drone defined linear magnetic trends with coincident lithium soil geochemical anomalies. Two rock samples from B 1 assayed 3.89 and 5.17 percent Lithium Oxide.  He adds their field crews have mobilized to the Jean Lake property where they are finalizing drill plans and drill site set ups.


They Came to Stand Against Violence.

A large group of supporters joined the Women’s Resource Centre for Take Back the Night in Pioneer Square Friday evening.  The group left Pioneer Square and marched down Main Street, Angel Avenue, Hapnot Street and back to Pioneer Square where the Centre’s Madison McIntyre told them Take Back the Night is an event designed to bring visibility and exposure to the impact of violence in women’s lives……


“Violence against women does not just impact one individual, it impacts an entire community.  We are gathered here today because we all have one thing in common and that one thing we have in common is we believe.  We believe in a world where violence against women and children does not exist and we are willing to fight for it.  Accepting violence against women is not an option and we will not allow for it to continue.  We are not just here to claim one night we are here to claim every night.  Most importantly we are here to demand change.”


The group paused to remember six local area women who lost their lives to gender based and domestic violence.

Its Time to Register Your Youngest Students for School.

Flin Flon School Division is again taking registrations for their Kindervention program that begins in January.  Administrative Assistant Kathryn Church explains they are providing information for parents ….


“The Flin Flon School Division will be holding parent information sessions on December 6th at 2 pm in person at the Division office which is at 9 Terrace Avenue or at 6:30 pm which will be a virtual session and the virtual link is on our website.  The Kindervention program is for students that are born in 2018 and any interested parents can attend the information session or they can call the Division office or the School in their catchment and we will be taking registrations until December 22nd, 2022.”


For more information and to find the virtual meeting link visit the School Division website at www.ffsd.mb.ca.

Your Response to the Bells Will Support Local Assistance Programs.

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is underway in Flin Flon.  Lieutenant Kelsie Burford says the kettles raise money to support their programs…..


“The Christmas Kettles money stays here in Flin Flon.  It all goes to us so it goes to helping in the community whether that’s to our lunch program that we do twice a week on Monday and Friday wherein we’re able to provide lunches for those who need it or it goes towards our Christmas campaign wherein we are able to give Christmas Hampers to those families who are truly in need this time of year.”


The Kettles will be at a various locations around the community Thursday, Friday and Saturday until December 17th and then the week of December 19th to 24th.  They are in need of people to ring bells at the kettles so if you can give them an hour of your time call the Salvation Army at 204-687-7812 and if they’re not available leave a message and they will return your call.

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon Hosted a Visit by Their District Governor Wednesday Night.

Fred Wright is from Kenora Ontario and is responsible for District 5550 which includes Northwest Ontario, all of Manitoba and most of Saskatchewan.  He explained COVID hit Rotary a bit for membership but they’ve got a lot of good things happening in the District and they need to capitalize on that and make sure they tell everyone in the community about Rotary.  He noted the Flin Flon Club…..


“This is a strong Club one of the stronger ones in the District and they do a lot of really good work in the community and I think the big thing for Flin Flon like other Clubs is to do more visible work with our youth because if we do more visible work with our youth the parents of the youth will see what’s going on and like some of the Clubs and I’m sure it’s going to happen here the parents end up joining Rotary and having fun with us.”


 Rotary’s highest honor the Paul Harris Fellow Award for outstanding club and community service was presented to community member Dianne Russell.


Discussion on Reports and Correspondence Was Part of the Creighton Council Meeting.

At their meeting earlier this week the Town of Creighton reported receiving correspondence regarding a request from owners of commercial zoned lots on Roche Street to be rezoned to industrial,  This request has been forwarded to the Environmental Development Committee for further discussion.  Council also has received information from the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center regarding their community outreach services.  Also received was a report from ATAP Community and Water System regarding circuit rider training from October.  Mayor Burce Fidler stated he had a good look at the report and said it’s all very good and the crew is keeping on top of things along with their training. 


Council is encouraging residents to submit their letters of concern regarding last month’s public safety meeting.  They have received some but Mayor Fidler stated the more they receive the better.


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