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Army Cadets Award Ceremony

The 2328 Royal CDN Army Cadets will be holding their annual ceremonial review on Monday May the 13th  at the Flin Flon Community Hall starting at 7.

 

Commanding Officer  Laurel Mymko  gives us the details:

 

"That evening, we're celebrating their accomplishments throughout the year. There is four star levels which are green, red, silver and gold. We also are giving out awards and trophies for different achievements throughout the year. The rifle team which will be getting their trophies and their D levels and their cross rifles and crowns, If they have qualified for that. During the year, we are celebrating our 75th anniversary for cadets in this year. So we're joining that with our anniversary cake and we're encouraging the parents to come and witness their and join in with their kids and their achievements."

 

This year cadets from Flin Flon, Cranberry , Creighton and Denare Beach will all be receiving awards and there are 26 total.

 

If you would like to join the cadets you can join any time you can register any time if you are between 12 and 18. You can sign up by going to www.joincadets,ca, then type in 2328, 21 field engineer and all the necessary information will pop up.

Members Of City Council Attend Meetings In Brandon

Members of Flin Flon City Council recently attended the Association Of Manitoba Municipalities meetings in Brandon . Mayor George Fontaine was there with councillors Alison Dallas Funk, Judy Eagle and Mike Slipp.

 

Slipp mentioned there were a lot of topics that got covered.

 

"  These meetings we have twice a year , this is the spring one and they are very important for a lot of reasons. We are able to connect with the Minister of Housing, Addictions and Homelessness, Bernadette Smith and Ian Bushie who is the Minister of Municipal of Municipal and Northern Relations. The meetings are quick but you get your mission in. There is networking with other municipalities, we are part of the cities caucus as Flin Flon is still considered a city. We pass ideas and solutions back and forth, it is a great networking and very important conference that we go to twice a year."

 

Some of the other topics that were covered included infrastructure, addictions, governance, the Stars Ambulance program and 911 service. Council will be sharing other information from the meetings on up coming City Beat programs on 102.9 CFAR.

Public Forum Being Called For Water Rates

The City Of Flin Flon has submitted two applications to the Public Utilities Board for a public hearing to be held on Monday May the 27th at the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

Doors will open at 5 and the meeting will begin at 5:30. The first application will be the approval to recover a deficit which has been going on for a number of years. The second application is to increase the water rates which haven’t gone up since 2021.

 

Any questions concerning the City’s rates and recovery of the operating deficits can be sent directly to the city.  If you are interested you can attend the public hearing and make your views known to the board with a public presentation.

 

You can also send an e-mail to publicutilities@gov.mb.ca on or before May the 20th.

More Fundraising For The Flin Flon Aqua Centre

The Flin Flon Aqua Centre Volunteer Committee continues to work hard on raising funds for the new building with construction starting up again this week.

 

Corine Kerfont  from the committee   says they will be teaming   up with some other organizations to help raise money.  "  On May the 5th, the Flin Flon Community Choir along with the Hapnot Choir and Children's Choir are doing a show. I spoke to Angela about doing something for the pool and she suggested doing an auction for people getting a chance to conduct one of our pieces. I am also looking to do a bake sale and am waiting to hear back from people. We will definatelt be doing some type of ticket option for something."

 

If you would like to make a donation, volunteer or need any information you can go to the City’s website at flinflon.ca and click on the Aqua Centre tab.

Northern Mining Academy Offering First Aid

UCN through the Northern Mining Academy will be offering first aid courses to anyone who is interested .

 

Kelsey Farkus who is the acting Co-ordinator for the Northern Mining Academy explains what is going to be covered.  "  Our first aid programs include a one day and a two day, taught using face to face delivery of ST John's Ambulance corriculum. The primary focus is the CPR Level C for adults, infants and children with defibilater and emergency situations. The Intermediate First Aid is a two day course that is more in depth than the basic first aid and covers all the same things but is more in depth . This is good for anybody to take with a lot of people taking it for work , a lot of people take it just to have and it is good training that you can't go wrong with."

 

The courses will be taught by Kari Lentowitz and you can sign up going to the website at nmma@ucn.ca or calling the Northern Mining Academy at 204-687-7038. There will be a cost of $126.00 for Basic First Aid and $ 194.25 for Immediate First Aid.

Nelson House Search Leads To Seizure Of Drugs And Cash

On Tuesday , as a result of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking, Nelson House RCMP, along with assistance from the Manitoba North District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST), executed a search warrant at a residence located in the community of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

As a result of the search, officers seized approximately 85 grams of cocaine, 24 grams of crack cocaine, over $3,000.00 in cash and other drug-related paraphernalia.

Jeffery Lee Linklater, 45, and Megan Kobliski-Dumas, 32, both of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, were arrested on scene and charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

Linklater was remanded into custody whereas Kobliski-Dumas was later released for court scheduled August 21, 2024, in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

Nelson House RCMP continue to investigate.

Progess Continues On The Brand New Aqua Centre

 

Progress continues to go well for the City Of Flin Flon who are working very hard on opening up the brand new Aqua Centre with fundraising efforts, donations  and work  has begun on the structural part of the building.

 

Flin Flon Rec Director Cait Bailey says this is very exciting.  "  It has been a long time coming project , and I know some of these volunteers that are on this committee really got going with other prevelent community members. Colleen McKee who we really miss dearly was instrumental on this project back in 2016. They have been at it for a long time and it is nice to see shovels in the ground and real movement."

 

Earnst Hunch has been hired out of Winnipeg to look after both the engineering and construction and have started working on the site. They don’t expect the snow to slow them down to much and will be back on the site next week. You can follow all the updates with the new Aqua Centre by going to the city’s website at cityofflinflon.ca and clicking on the Aqua Centre tab.

Flin Flon Recycling Centre Hosting Their AGM

The Flin Flon Recycling Centre will be hosting their AGM and general information meeting coming up on April the 30th starting at 7 at Council Chambers.  Deb Odegaard is the Recycling Centre administrator and is looking for the community’s support.

 

"  Well our AGM will be on April the 30th at City Council Chambers. AGM'S are usually boring but we usually have a more exciting meeting in the first part and this year we are facing some challenges as a recycling program so we want to hear from the community if they think it's important. What is working and what they think we should do better or different,  and we invite everybody to come out and participate. If anyone is interested we also need some board members so they can stay for the AGM which will be the second half of the meeting."

 

The AGM will also include a report on finances and reports from the Chair and Administrator. Feel free to show up and ask questions or feel free to just listen in. The Recycling Centre will also be at the CFAR Trade and Leisure Show starting next Thursday at the Sportex, so you can stop by and ask questions then.

PC Party Will Choose A New Leader

The Progressive Conservative  Party of Manitoba will choose a new leader on April the 26th but not til 2025.

 

The leadership committee led by Winnipeg lawyer Brad Zander  said the long lead time will benefit prospective candidates and ensure the race, the first to be conducted under new rules approved in January, will run as smoothly as possible.

 

Zander also said that Manitoba PC’S should benefit in 2025 from the leadup to the federal election that the Conservative Party hopes to win that  fall.

 

The new PC leader will be the first to be chosen by party members since Heather Stefanson won a race to succeed former Premier Brian Pallister in October of 2021. Stefanson served as Premier from November of 2021 til October of 23 when the PC’S were defeated by Wab Kinew’s New Democratic party.

 

Stefanson stepped down in January, when party members selected Lac Du Bonnet MLA Wayne Ewasko as interim leader.

You Are Invited To A Fireside Chat

It is a trip down memory lane tonight with the Flin Flon Archives Board who are presenting a Fire Side Chat.

 

Les Oystrik is helping put on tonight’s event and  tells us what we can expect and some of the artifacts and stories that they will be highlighting.

 

"  What people can expect is an opportunity to ask questions and to learn a little more about the Flin Flon Heritage project. The history of it, what is in the collection which is an online collection that we would like help to explore. We will be sharing some information on how this all started and where it is today, particularly  how we are transitioning this collection to the city and community. We are going to go pull up the website and to go through some searches to familiarize people and answer some questions."

 

This will take place tonight at Council Chambers starting at 7 and is open to everybody.

Come Celebrate A Canada Day Of Film

Make your way to the Hapnot Theatre tonight for the last movie of the season as the Central Canada Film Group will be showing MR Dressup The Magic Of Make Believe.

 

Colin Davis says it will be a great way to relive your childhood. "  If I mention the names Casey and Finnigan, who does that make you think of? If you said MR. Dressup, then you were watching the CBC between 1967 and 1996. MR Dressup was and still is a Canadian icon, beloved by millions and sadly taken from us in 2001. We are honoring this great man tonight at the Hapnot Theatre with our very special presentation of the documentary MR Dressup, The Magic Of Make Believe. If you want to have a special look behind the scenes of one of your happiest memories  of your childhood, you owe it to yourself to come and join us."

 

Today is also recognized as Canada Day Of Film and the Central Canada Film Group is happy to be offering this Canadian masterpiece.  Doors  open at 7 and the movie is 7:30 and it  will be the last movie shown til September.

Sandy Bay RCMP Seize Drugs And Firearms

On Friday  at approximately 6:00 p.m., Sandy Bay RCMP performed a routine traffic stop in Sandy Bay, SK.

 

As a result of investigation, during the traffic stop officers located and seized approximately 107 grams of crack cocaine, 19 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of ecstasy, a large number of knives, axes, baseballs bats, an imitation handgun, a sum of cash, and drug trafficking paraphernalia.

 

An adult male was arrested at the scene.

 

34-year-old Kelvin McCallum from Prince Albert is charged with multiple offenses including three counts, possession for the purpose of trafficking.

 

Kelvin McCallum will appear in court in Sandy Bay on Thursday 

Registration Being Taken For Poetry Reading

Registration is now being taken for the 22nd annual Flin Flon Poetry reading coming up  on Friday April the 19th.

Harry Hobbes from the Flin Flon Toastmasters  invites everybody  to take part.

 

"  April is national poetry month and every year we celebrate in Flin Flon by having a poetry reading with members of our own community,  as well as guests from as far away as Malaysia and the States. We are always interested in having people to come out just to listen so don't forget to register and enjoy the evening."

 

The event is hosted by Flin Flon Toastmasters, Flin Flon Writers Guild and the Flin Flon Public Library. Readers are welcome from all over the world for this event which will be held online. You can read your own work or something submitted by someone else.

 

Once you sign up they will send you the link. You can also get information by going to the Flin Flon Poetry facebook page.

Northern Manitoba Flooding Update

 

The Manitoba government is warning about the possibility of overland flooding in the northwestern part of the province.

 

Forecasters are monitoring a system that could bring up to 50 millimetres of rain and snow in the coming days.

 

Among the affected communities are Flin Flon and the Pas.

 

People in the affected areas are being advised to stay off waterways and keep away from flooding areas and dams.

Nelson House RCMP Make Arrest

 

On Friday , at approximately 4:30 am, Nelson House RCMP received a report that a youth had pointed a firearm at another youth before running off in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Officers obtained a warrant for the youth’s residence.

 

A search of the residence located a rifle and ammunition.

 

The 16-year-old male suspect was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of an Offence, and Pointing a Firearm. The youth had been on conditions that included a curfew and not owning, possessing, or carrying any weapon. He is also charged with Breach of Release Order. He remains in custody.

Flin Flon Pentecostal Church Is Bringing In Mark Davy

 

You are invited to come out to the Flin Flon Pentecostal Church to hear the good news this Wednesday through Friday as evangelist Mark Davie will be in town and will help transform your life with stories on what his ministry is doing world wide.

 

The pastor from the Pentecostal church, Mikael  Mantyla tells us it will be a very inspirational  experience.  " He will be sharing  stories from the ministry of what he has been doing,  including some awesome things like people being healed, some miraculous things that are taking place. Not only will he be sharing testimonies and stories from his ministry but the bible as well. If anyone needs prayer for anything that they are going through including sickness are  more than welcome to come out."

 

Each service will start at 7pm Wednesday through Friday at the Flin Flon Pentecostal church at 180 Green street. Doors open at 6:30.

NRHA Will Be At Trade Shows

Raj Sewda  who is the  CEO of the NRHA stopped by the CFAR studio to update the public on Friday that they will be participating at all the trade shows happening around the North this spring.

 

Sedwa outlines what they will be sharing at these trade shows.  "  We will be featuring a lot of career information, public health programs and we will talk about our Northern Health Foundation and a there is a lot of prizes to be won. So stay tuned with these locations and dates as  we have a job for everyone. We always look for people to fill our vacancies and their may be jobs that we can fill with your skills."

 

The trade shows will be taking place in Flin Flon and Creighton April the 25th to the 27th, Snow Lake April the 30th to May the 1st , Thompson  May the 3rd to the 5th and the Pas May the 9th to the 11th.

 

You can also get information by going to the website northernhealthregion.com.

You Are Invited To A Trip Down Memory Lane

The Flin Flon Archives board want to take you down memory lane with a Fire Side Chat which will take place this Thursday at Council Chambers starting at 7.

 

Crystal Kolt stopped by the CFAR studio last week and invites everyone to come out for a great night in Flin Flon’s history.  " I am so excited about this little group that I have come to love. What we decided to do is form the Flin Flon Archives Board and it has been under the city for about a year and a half. We all know that this is an amazing town with all the great stories and we wanted to have Fire Side Chats. I started it during Culture Days where people could show up and talk about the history of the town. We are going to be holding this at City Council Chambers but it will be more with a big screen and pictures from the Flin Flon Heritage Project. There is going to be artifacts and stories with our local historians, Les Oystryk, Ken Pawlachuk, Don Peake and Frank Feiber. It will be a really good chance to get together as a community."

 

 

It will be a chance to enjoy an evening of memories including photos and stories about Phantom Lake, Early mining and the start of the town.  Kolt also went on to say they will be having more of these sessions in the future. It is absolutely free and all are welcome.

Fundraising Continues For The Flin Flon Aqua Centre

Fundraising continues for the new Flin Flon Aqua Centre as construction on the building will be starting very soon. As well as donations and grants the committee also have some more fundraising events coming up as we hear from Karen McKinnon.

 

" We are working are on a larger 50/50 with tickets on sale soon and will be drawn during the Blue Berry Jam weekend. We are looking at doing another Escape Room that was such a success and we have had requests to do another one. We are having that the weekend of May the 3rd to the 5th and there will also be an event hosted by the Flin Flon Arts Council."

 

On May the 5th the Community Choir will be joining the Hapnot Choir and Children’s Choir and they will do an auction, and set up another fundraiser to help raise funds for the Aqua Centre. We will have more information soon.

 

You can follow updates on the Aqua Centre Committee by going to the City Of Flin Flon website at cityofflinflon.ca and click on the Aqua Centre tab.

Grant Money, A Donation And Nomination At The Latest Town Of Creighton Meeting

 

AT THEIR MEETING EARLIER THIS WEEK THE TOWN COUNCIL OF CREIGHTON REPORTED RECEIVING NOTICE OF THE NORTHERN MUNICIPAL REVENUE SHARING GRANT. THE TOWN OF CREIGHTON WILL RECEIVE $111,790 DOLLARS AND 84 CENTS FOR 2024-25.

COUNCIL ALSO RECEIVED A REQUEST FROM STARS,THE SHOCK TRAUMA RESCUE SERVICE FOR A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO SUPPORT THE LIFE SAVING SERVICE WHICH WAS REFERRED FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION.

COUNCIL HAS RECEIVED AN INVITATION FROM THE UNITED STEEL WORKERS LOCAL 7106 TO PRESENT A WREATH ON THE ANNUAL DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONY APRIL 28th. COUNCIL HAS ACCEPTED THE INVITATION.

COUNCIL RECEIVED A REQUEST FROM THE FLIN FLON FIREWORKS COMMITTEE FOR A DONATION TOWARDS THEIR CANADA DAY CELEBRATION. COUNCIL AGREED TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION OF $750 DOLLARS.

COUNCIL ALSO PASSED A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE SUNCORP VALUATIONS 2024 APPRAISAL UPDATED FOR PROPERTIES OF INTEREST TO THE TOWN OF CREIGHTON.

AND A MOTION WAS PASSED TO NOMINATE LINDSAY SHIRRAN TO THE NORTHERN SPORT CULTURE AND RECREATION DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Trail Committee Meeting This Weekend

The newly formed Wahkohtowin Trails Committe   continue to meet regularly as  they continue to identify trail areas in the Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach areas.

 

Christine Williams from the committee reports that they have come up with their first trail that people of all ages will be able to enjoy.  " On Tuesday night a group of people met for the Wahkohtowin Trails Committee, for the weeks leading up to Tuesday we had been having a vote for 5 local trail areas around Flin Flon. We voted on Tuesday night that we were going to develop an all season hiking, snow shoeing trail at Phantom Lake. Phantom Lake is the perfect location for a lot of people because Hudbay graciously allowed us to use their land and they made a great donation for covering our insurance costs. This will allow us to safely use the trails and volunteers to work on the trails."

 

This will be approximately a 2 km trail that they will start working on in the spring. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to join their committee, they meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Creighton Rec Office.

 

They will also be meeting this Sunday at noon at the Phantom Lake parking lot to hammer out the first part of the trail.

Saskatchewan Anglers Guide Is Now Available

The Saskatchewan  Anglers Guide for 2024-25 is now available online.

 

This Anglers guide will help with regulations, policies and practices that guide recreational fishing in the province including a list of all the water bodies, catch limits and regulations.

 

This guide will give you everything you need to know for the angling season.

 

You can access the online guide now by going to Saskatchewan.ca/angling.

 

Physical copies of the guide will be available at Saskatchewan Field Offices and Provincial Park Offices in early May.

Swan River RCMP Locate Stolen Vehicle And Make Arrest

Last Thursday , at approximately 9:40 am, Swan River RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle from Swan River. It was reported that a suspect had entered a home, taken keys, and stole the homeowner’s vehicle.

 

Officers located the stolen vehicle on Valley Road at Highway 10, and initiated a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and was driving erratically at a high rate of speed.

 

The vehicle was later located and continued driving erratically.  Officers deployed a spike belt on Highway 10, and the suspect vehicle went over it and stopped a short distance away.

 

A female driver and male passenger were arrested. The female driver provided a sample of her breath which registered a fail.

 

Trisha Cook, 32, has been charged with multiple offenses including flight from a police officer x2.

  

She was also issued several provincial tickets under the Highway Traffic Act and the Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Control Act.

 

She was remanded into custody.

 

A 33-year-old male is facing a charge of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 17, 2024, in Swan River.

 

Swan River RCMP continue to investigate.

Gods Lake Narrows RCMP Arrest Two for Kidnapping

On April 1st, at approximately 8:00 am, Gods Lake Narrows RCMP received a report of a shooting at an outdoor location in the community of Gods Lake Narrows. When officers arrived on scene, a 35-year-old male was found to have been shot and suffering life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Winnipeg for treatment, and he now remains in hospital in stable condition.

 

 The investigation determined that the 35-year-old male and a 28-year-old female had kidnapped a 28-year-old male at gunpoint and taken him to the outdoor location and confined him there. While in the commission of this offence, the 35-year-old male suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The other two individuals were not physically injured.

 

The 35-year-old male and the 28-year-old female are both charged with Kidnapping with a Firearm and Forcible Confinement. The female suspect remains in custody.

Women in Business Community Celebration is a Success

Community Futures Greenstone held a  Women In Business Community Celebration back in March show casing some successful women in business here in Flin Flon. The event was moderated and hosted by the Chamber of Commerce’s Dianne Russell who was very happy with the turn out.

 

"It was so great to see a full packed room, just full of women, really excited to celebrate the opportunity for entrepreneurship. Half of them, if not more were already entrepreneurs. So part of the evening was getting the support by Kelly and Cindy and Dawn, but it was also about supporting each other. So it was just really great motivation, motivational evening. And we know we're going to have a lot more in the future because there is just so many women going into business these days."

 

Russell went on to add they will be doing more events in the future to help promote helping people get into business in the North.

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