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You Can Purchase Work by Local Artists This Weekend.

The Square Foot Art Exhibition and Auction wraps up Sunday at the Norva Centre.  People purchased a 12 by 12 inch canvas and returned it with their art work or other items on it.  The Centre’s Cindy McLean says a silent auction is underway with a live auction Sunday.  She says it is open now with over 50 artists with a wide variety of styles including Monique Rainville, Karen Clark, Lois Pederson, Ron Watt noting there’s too many to mention. She adds they also have an Arts Council season pass and a one night stay at the Victoria Inn, there’ll be over 92 pieces to bid on, you can also purchase a ticket on their raffle so come on down to Norva anytime before Sunday to place your bid on a silent auction and you can come Sunday afternoon to either revisit your bid or bid on something else.


The live auction gets underway at 2 Sunday afternoon with auctioneer Raphael Saray with the doors open at 1.  This auction is a fund raiser for programs at the Norva Centre at 177 Green Street.


Flin Flons Safe Haven Was Part of an Announcement on the International Day of the Girl.

The Manitoba Government recognized the International Day of the Girl Wednesday by supplying nine Women’s Resource Centres with free period packs for the girls that access their services.  Flin Flon’s Women’s Safe Haven received around 50 hand purses filled with supplies.


 Minister Responsible for Status of Women Rochelle Squires stated the government values the important work and supports these community led organizations provide to women and girls in need including access to feminine hygiene products that many women take for granted.  She added she hopes the gesture will begin a movement of others in providing support and discussing this important topic.


It was noted all women should have equal access to feminine hygiene products as this is a basic need that many participants in these centres ask for and often do not have the financial means to buy and hopefully this donation will encourage others to consider donating as well.


Jazz Will Be the Focus For Band Students This Weekend.

The NorMan Jazz Festival takes place in Thompson this weekend.  Band Director Anna Harrison says Flin Flon School Division will be sending 25 students.  She explains they take the grade 8 to 12 jazz students so they are student from all three schools and they are going to Thompson to participate in a learning festival so they all come with some material prepared.  She says they spend all of Saturday working with clinicians who are coming from Brandon and Winnipeg this year so they’re jazz players and jazz educators from those areas so they work with them for a whole day and a little bit on Sunday morning and then they have a concert at the end where they share what they’ve learned.


Harrison adds the NorMan Jazz Festival is an annual event that is hosted each year by Flin Flon, The Pas or Thompson.


Clothing and a Variety of Other Items Will Be Available in Creighton Tomorrow.

Kids First North is holding a clothing give away tomorrow open to anyone needing them.  Their Supervisor Shelly Vancoughnett explains they’ve been in Creighton for about 18 years and they take families with children from pre-natal to age four and it’s a home visiting program and they really promote child development and parenting skills and two or three times a year they do a clothing give away because they know that clothing is a need, children are growing and items are needed by families.  She notes they have a very generous community and they donate items so they put these items out for the community to come and pick.


Vancoughnett adds they have clothing of all sizes, household items, books and toys. It runs from 9 to 4 in the Kids First board room at 430 Main Street in Creighton and all items are free.


There is a New Mineral Development Fund.

The Manitoba Government announced yesterday the establishment of a new fund that will help jump start mineral and economic development initiatives in the north and throughout the province.


The fund will be administered by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce with Manitoba providing 20 million dollars to establish the fund with an additional annual infusion of up to six percent of revenues to be provided under the Mining Tax Act.


Under the new agreement communities and businesses including Indigenous groups, municipalities and the not for profit sector will be eligible to apply for funding.  Financial assistance from the fund could include one-time grants for activities that help advance new mining opportunities and outreach to First Nations for collaborative resource development.  Manitoba Chambers will have final decision making over which projects will be supported and will report annually to the province about the fund’s activities, results and financial health. The new fund replaces the Mining Community Reserve Fund.

A Highly Praised Film is Being Shown Tonight.

The Central Canada Film Group is presenting a Toronto International Film Festival film tonight as part of their Films Up North Series.  The group’s Tim Heine says they will be showing Stan and Ollie which is about Laurel and Hardy the famous comedic duo that was really popular in the 50s and it’s a bit of a view of their life especially in the latter years.  He notes it’s got some really critical reviews and some of their people have already seen that it’s just a terrific movie so they certainly encourage people to come out and see something perhaps a little different, not completely comedic but he’s sure they’ll be presenting a good show for all.


Stan and Ollie will be shown tonight at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Because this is a Toronto International Film Festival film admission will be ten dollars.


Flin Flon Has a New Fire Chief.

At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Chief Administrative Officer Glenna Daschuk introduced our new Fire Chief.  Jason Kuras comes to Flin Flon after serving as a Fire Paramedic in Thompson for ten years. Daschuk reports he just arrived and is already busy with the Fire Department.


Council received a letter from Manitoba Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon thanking them for the wonderful hospitality shown during her recent visit to Flin Flon.  She noted she and husband Gary were touched by the warm welcome and kindness show to them by everyone from organizers, teachers, students, volunteers and residents of the community.  She adds the excitement in the air was a reminder of the rich history Culture Days held not only for residents of Flin Flon and surrounding communities but Manitobans and visitors from afar concluding it was a truly memorable trip.


In response to a question local Citizens on Patrol Chair Sinclair James reported they continue to patrol the community with 21 volunteers adding they are always looking for more volunteers.


And Council approved the attendance of Councillor Ken Pawlachuk at the Central Canada Mining Exploration Conference in Winnipeg in November.


Upcoming and Past Events Were Detailed at Yesterdays Flin Flon and Distict Chamber of Commerce Meeting.

The Chamber will be holding their annual Radio Auction this Saturday.  It will run from 9 to 1 Saturday in City Hall broadcast on 102.9 CFAR.  This is a major fund raiser for the Chamber. Any members or older teenagers interested in helping out are urged to contact the Chamber office at 204-687-4518 or Michelle at 306-688-0838.


The Chamber will be holding their annual general meeting Monday November 4th from 12 to 1 at the Victoria Inn lounge.  Committees will submit their reports and a slate of officers will be elected.


President Elect Becky Cianflone reported the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Economic Development Tour brought 19 delegates to Flin Flon from the Winnipeg area last week many of whom were visiting for the first time and it was a great success with two days of activities, tours and meetings with community and business leaders to learn more about what is available in this area with a lot of positive feedback. 


And Cianflone introduced Stephanie Johnson the Look North Economic Development Advisor for this area.  Johnson said her job is to determine what community needs are, to help coordinate and find business opportunities and promote tourism in the north.


The RCMP Have Made An Arrest Related to Two Robberies.

Around 8:30 Friday morning the RCMP responded to a robbery at a business on Highway 10A in Flin Flon.  A female entered the business with her face covered and holding a can of bug spray.  She demanded money from the employee but left empty handed.  She then entered a second business also on Highway 10A.  She threatened to spray the employee with bug spray, attempted to grab money from the till but was unsuccessful and then fled on foot.


The RCMP have arrested a 22 year old Flin Flon woman and she has been charged with two counts of Robbery and disguise with intent to commit an offence.  She has been remanded into custody and was to appear in court yesterday.  The RCMP continue to investigate.


One of the Best is Coming to Flin Flon.(POSTPONTED TO APRIL 18TH)

The Flin Flon Arts Council presents Woody Holler and His Orchestra Saturday night.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it’s going to be a very entertaining show.  She explains he is a country singer so the classic country but it’s kind of eclectic so he has a wider range of music that he plays as well and he comes with his band which is the bass and the guitar and he’s also know for extreme yodeling so you get a little bit of everything with Woody Holler and he’s one of the best musicians in the province so we’re really excited to have him coming.


Woody Holler and His Orchestra perform Saturday night at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall. Tickets are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.



You Can Help Support the Food Bank All This Month.

Northland Ford and local schools are supporting the Lords Bounty Food Bank as part of the We Scare Hunger Campaign.  Manager Allison Cooper says We Scare Hunger is a program from Ford Canada started six years ago to support local food banks. She explains they collect all non-perishable food items along with paper towels, toilet paper, anything that somebody may need for day to day living and everything will be donated to the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank.  She adds they can be dropped off at Northland Ford anytime this month and Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools are taking donations as well so the kids are going to start collecting and they can win a pizza party from Northland Ford and they will be collecting at the Bomber home game Saturday October 19th.


We Scare Hunger runs until the end of October.  You can also drop off gently worn winter clothes as part of the Coats for Kids program.


Bullying is the Focus of a Special Week.

The Canada Safety Council is a not-for-profit organization that provides safety through information and education.


Lewis Smith, the Manager of National Projects says they have National School Safety Week running in mid-October from the 17th to the 23rd.  He explains when they were deciding on the theme and on a topic they landed on bullying pretty quickly because it’s a pretty pervasive issue.  He adds they realized as much as they want to talk about bullying in the context of workplaces or day to day life statistically speaking the majority of bullying does tend to happen in schools.

Smith says stats also show that 75 per cent of people say they have been impacted by bullying, either as a victim, a bystander or aggressor.


Some Changes Are Taking Place at the Hospital.

Rumors that the 5th floor at Flin Flon General Hospital is being closed are not accurate.  Communications Coordinator for the Northern Health Region Twyla Storey explains what they have noticed in the past few months is that the bed utilization has been out of sync for a number of months and now they’re taking steps to correct that and they’re doing that by transitioning patients and staff from the 5th floor to the 3rd floor and in addition to that they’ve also identified an opportunity to achieve some efficiencies which are expected to better balance the work load amongst nursing staff on the units and thereby enhancing their patient care in the hospital.


Storey adds the 5th floor is not closed as they continue to provide day surgeries and those patients are admitted to the 5th floor.


Lunch Will be Served Twice a Week.

Soup Days get underway for another season next week.  The Salvation Army’s Nellie Brown says Soup Days will start Wednesday.  She explains they usually start right after Thanksgiving weekend and they run Soup Days Monday and Wednesday so twice a week from 11:30 to 1 and that takes place out of the hall at the Anglican Church and everybody is free to come and participate, have a meal and there’s no cost for that.


In the past they have averaged between 40 and 50 people including children each day for Soup Days.



Action is Needed on Northern Issues.

Yesterday Churchill Keewatinook Aski candidate Niki Ashton along with other federal NDP candidates across the country announced the party’s Indigenous People and northern platform.



Ashton spoke of reconciliation and the failure of the Trudeau government to bring about effective change explaining reconciliation is meaningless unless we are talking about ending the housing crisis on First Nations and in northern communities, unless we’re talking about proper funding for health care that is badly needed across our north, unless we’re talking about fully supporting education not just K to 12 but also post secondary for people coming from First Nations, Metis and northern communities.


Ashton said the NDP are committed to improving infrastructure, especially in northern communities where there are no airports and those that can no longer rely on winter roads due to climate change. Other candidates in the riding are Liberal Judy Klassen, Conservative Cyara Bird, Peoples Party Ken Klyne and Green Party Ralph McLean.



There Was a Break In at Simon House Bible Camp.

Camp Director Darrell Janzen reports the camp was broken into and a number of things were stolen.  That includes some outboard engines, a generator, air compressor, a chainsaw and jerry can with fuel.  There may be more he hasn’t found yet.  They have a detailed list and pictures on their Facebook page Facebook.com/simonhousebiblecamp.  If anyone has any information on this theft you are asked to contact the Cranberry Portage RCMP.


Past and Upcoming Events Were Part of Tuesdays Flin Flon School Board Meeting.

In her report Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne gave a review of the recent visit by several dignitaries during Culture Days.  The students were quite curious and engaged and were great representatives of our School Division. 


The Division has received a email from a Canadian teacher currently teaching in Abu Dhabi who was quite impressed with Hapnot student Jarek Osika who has returned from participating in the Expo-Science International Science Exhibition.  Board Chair Murray Skeavington congratulated Jarek stating it’s always a pleasure when a member of the Division is asked to represent our community.


At Ruth Bets the new and improved breakfast snack program is a success with students eating healthy and loving it.  Grade 8 jazz band students at both elementary schools are getting ready for Norman Jazz Band in Thompson October 18th to 20th and at Many Faces all students can receive optional credits led by experts in baking, art and photography.

Seven Local Organizations Will Benefit from Grants.

Re Uz It accepts donations of gently used items they sell to support local groups and organizations.  Manager Kathy McCormick has presented cheques to seven organizations from the three thousand dollars in grants available this year.


The Flin Flon Guidance Nursery received 600 dollars for needed art supplies.  500 dollars each went to the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA towards an isolation area at their shelter, the McIsaac School Lego Club to purchase Lego and Norman Community Services to purchase a salt and sand bin for their Boam Street residence.  400 dollars went to the Flin Flon Aqua Jets for equipment needed to host a Swim Manitoba meet, 300 to the Flin Flon Skating Club to help with expenses to keep their fees low and 200 dollars to 2328 Army Cadet Corp towards education programs such as hunter, snowmobile and watercraft safety.


Flin Flon Did Itself Proud Over the Culture Days Weekend.

At their meeting Tuesday night Mayor and Council congratulated everyone involved in the Culture Days weekend.  Councilor Ken Pawlachuk hosted Governor General Julie Payette and Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon and talked about their visit to Cranberry Portage and their time spent at many events at Culture Days adding it was an exceptional experience. He says it was amazing that this little city of Flin Flon in northern Manitoba could have this, the Lieutenant Governor come and her guest was the Governor General which was unprecedented anywhere, this has never happened anywhere else and it was amazing with the positive attitude and the Governor General and Lieutenant Governor saw that, the hard working people in town and the positive attitude.


Pawlachuk added they had nothing but praise for the whole community, the dedication people have for this community and the warmth of the people here.


Mayor Cal Huntley noted it was great to have them here in Flin Flon and the way the community reacted made him proud.

Seniors Can Join Creighton School Students for Lunch.

Creighton Community School is holding their annual seniors lunch Tuesday.  School Coordinator Marlee Salamondra extends an invitation to all Creighton and Denare Beach seniors to attend.  She says this is just a great opportunity for their students to engage with the seniors in their community and they’d like to provide them with a lunch and it’s just a time for everyone to kind of get together.


The seniors lunch is being held Tuesday at 11:30 in the Creighton School gym.


A Fund Raising Walk Was a Success.

The Freedom Outreach Program in Denare Beach held their 7th annual Walk For Freedom September 28th.  The group’s Kandi Lagore says the Walk went well as this year they raised just over 73 hundred dollars so they just want to say thank you again to all the participants and all the businesses that provided food and this year Joanne Sturley won the prize of a two night stay at a Victorian Inn of her choice.


The Walk is a fund raiser that Freedom Outreach runs to help raise funds for their Centre that is about helping men struggling with addictions who want help to live a life of Freedom.


Moms and Babies Will Get Together Tomorrow as Part of a Challenge.

Moms and their babies are invited to join a breastfeeding celebration being held tomorrow morning.  Northern Health Region Public Health Nurse Ruth Unrau invites all breastfeeding mothers, the kids and anybody wanting to learn more about breastfeeding because breastfeeding is important, its benefiting families, the environment and our community so they want to celebrate that and during the celebration they’re going to have a chance for breastfeeding moms to participate in the annual breastfeeding challenge because it’s a fun event to see which geographical area has the most breastfeeding babies as a percent of the population and that’s a worldwide thing and they want Flin Flon to be part of that.


The breast feeding celebration takes place in the Ruth Betts Community School Family Room tomorrow morning from 10:30 to 12.  Unrau says there is no cost and there will be snacks, cake and prizes.


Her Experiences Led a Candidate to Enter the Election.

Conservative candidate in Churchill Keewatinook Aski Cyara Bird was in Flin Flon on Orange Shirt Day Monday.  She says she decided to run as concerns in her community of Little Black River and surrounding communities were being ignored noting her community was without water for two weeks.  She added there’s a lot of issues, there’s the lack of mental health services, the lack of addictions services, the natural resource development projects that are shutting down so we need to make sure that those people stay employed as our natural resource development in northern Manitoba is incredible, we’ve got something really good here and we need to make sure we’re strongly supporting the people who work for those projects.


Bird adds there’s a lot that needs to improve in our Indigenous communities and she wants to be the voice that brings these issues to the attention of the federal government and ensure that something is done.  Other candidates in the riding are Liberal Judy Klassen, NDP Niki Ashton, Peoples Party Ken Klyne and Green Party Ralph McLean.


A World War Two U-Boat Movie is Coming Up Tomorrow Night.

The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the film U-571 tomorrow night.  The group’s Colin Davis invites you to an exciting film.  He explains during World War Two the allies were having trouble against the Germans especially their U-boats because of their highly sophisticated cipher machines and being able to capture one of these enemy U-boats along with this enigma machine was indeed one of the Royal Navy’s main goals during the war.  He adds it’s an exciting sit on the edge of your seat kind of film and they’re sure you will enjoy it.


 U-571 will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre and admission is free.


A New Website and Promotion are Part of His Goals.

Flin Flon City Council introduced the city’s new Public Relations and Community Engagement Manager at their meeting last night.  Nathaniel Boucher says he will work on promoting The Water and The Wild brand among his other long term goals which are to update the website, to ensure that we increase tourism in the area and to streamline communications between Council, Administration and the public as well.


Boucher comes here from Timmins Ontario where he received training in Public Relations with his latest involvement at Northern College where he assisted with recent branding and marketing initiatives.


Also introduced was the new Aqua Centre Supervisor April Dayton who is from Flin Flon.


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