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An Awareness Walk was Held Wednesday Afternoon for the 11th Year.

The Flin Flon and Area Against Sexual Exploitation Committee held their annual Grandmothers Walk from Neighbors of the North Park down Main Street to Pioneer Square.  The Committee’s Keely Patterson says they hold this walk each year on the fall equinox in support of the Grandmother’s Protecting Our Children….


“The Grandmothers Protecting Children group was initiated by a Grandmother who became outraged after hearing stories about abuse by adults on children often in the form of sexual exploitation.  She called upon Aboriginal women, leaders and Grandmothers to stand together and let it be known that the children’s voices need to be heard, that they are not alone and that they are loved.  These women made a decision to reclaim their roles as protectors of our children.  When living in more remote regions of the province it is often assumed that something like sexual exploitation isn’t happening.  The truth however is that it is happening and a very common occurrence.”


An opening smudge was held at the park followed by remarks and a drum and song ceremony at Pioneer Square.

The Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Available in Flin Flon Next Week.

The Manitoba government is expanding access for a COVID-19 bivalent booster to people 18 and older. The bivalent vaccine has been developed to provide protection against two strains of COVID-19, the original strain of the virus and the omicron variant.  Public health recommends that adults who are due for a booster get the bivalent vaccine as it provides that additional protection.


The bivalent vaccine will be available by appointment only at the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Centre next Monday and Wednesday from 9 to 4.  For appointment call 204-687-1350. 


Adults can also choose to receive the original vaccine as their fall booster dose if they do not wish to receive the bivalent and those are available Wednesdays at the Primary Health Care Centre from 1 to 4 with walk in and appointments available.


It is recommended people wait six months from their last dose to get their bivalent booster vaccine as this provides the best immune response but the minimum interval between a person’s last dose and their booster is three months.

Voters in Flin Flon Will Go to the Polls October 26th to Elect a Mayor and Councillors But Not School Trustees.

When nominations closed Tuesday afternoon three people had filed papers to run for Mayor including Tim Babcock, Leslie Beck and George Fontaine.  Nine people filed to fill the six seats on City Council including Alison Dallas-Funk, Judy Eagle, Vair Ellison, Bill Hanson, Ted Highfield, Steven Lytwyn, Heather Richardson, Roger Siemens and Mike Slipp.


Only five people filed papers for the seven seats on the School Board so elected by acclamation are Tim Davis, Leslie Fernandes, Jackie Hucaluk, Coralie Jays and Angela Simpson.


An Advance Poll will be held Wednesday, October 19th at City Hall.  Election Day is Wednesday, October 26th with all polls at City Hall.


Small Wild Fires Were Part of the Fire Chiefs Report.

At the Flin Flon City Council meeting Tuesday night Council received the Fire Chiefs report for August.  It indicated six fire calls for the month including three wildfires and one possible wild fire.


On the 8th there was a report of smoke in the Ross Lake area where they found a small fire.  They hauled pumps to the lake and were able to extinguish the fire.  On the 16th they received a report of smoke around 91 Green Street.  They found a small fire in the trees which they contained and extinguished.  On the 17th there was a report of smoke in the area of 94 Green Street where they extinguished a small fire and on the 23rd a report of smoke just off the Trout Lake road proved to be a false alarm.  On the 12th they responded to alarms sounding in a building on Green Street but found no fire and on the 19th they received a call that EMS required assistance with the use of off road rescue equipment but they were later called off.


The Fire Department conducted ammonia procedure training as well as off road rescue practices.

Culture Days Kick Off This Weekend.

Coordinator Crystal Kolt says Saturday starts off with a Culture Days Pancake Breakfast with the Lions Club from 9 to 11 at Rotary Park…..


“and then the Flin Flon Station Museum will be open in the afternoon from 1 to 4.  We have the Wild Things Market back with over 26 or 27 at least vendors at this point and that’ll be at Creekside Park again and that’s also going to include Kidz Culture and then the Pumpkin Parch where there will be story book reading for the little kids and then we also have the Main Street tour with Ken Pawlachuk and that’s going to be at Pioneer Square at 2 o’clock.  The Bombers are going to be at Creekside Park rink from 2 to 4 and in the evening we have a Culture Days movie free from 7 to 9 at the Hapnot Theatre and its called The Book Thief.”


Kolt adds on Sunday the Wild Things Market will again be open from 12 to 6 at Creekside Park and Tom Heine’s Walk Through a Volcano starts at 1 at North Avenue Park.  Culture Days run until October 16 with a list of events available at a variety of businesses and other locations around the community.

City Employees Will Be Off Work on September 30th.

At the Flin Flon City Council Meeting last night Council resolved that the City will recognize the National Day for Truth and reconciliation on September 30th as a paid holiday to recognize the colonial legacy of residential schools, honor Indigenous survivors noting it is vital to the ongoing reconciliation process.


Council also agreed to support the Flin Flon Public Library in its application for a grant opportunity from the Provincial Small Capital Grants Initiatives Program for the Flin Flon Library Project involving building upgrades.


Council approved a donation to the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA for the use of the Flin Flon Community Hall as requested in their Municipal Funding application.  The application noted they rescue and house animals until they find forever homes and educate the community.


Mayor Cal Huntley thanked the people who filed papers to run for Council for stepping up for your community and advised be ready to work with your fellow Councillors locally, provincially and even federally for the betterment of your community.

With it being Farm and Food Awareness Week Agriculture in the Classroom has launched its new resource for Manitoba teachers and students.

Executive Director of the non-profit Sue Clayton has the details on the Foundations of Manitoba Agriculture Virtual Resource Hub........


“It is really a series of interactive resources that helps teachers educate students about the different crops and animals raised in Manitoba.  We have 18 different commodities on there to start and each resource includes an in depth sheet with background information for older students and for teachers that has a lot more detail about that particular crop or animal and then there’s a summary sheet of really bite size information for younger students to take in with some graphics and pictures and then there is an interactive E-learning webpage with games and multi-media components.”


Clayton says not enough Manitobans know where their food comes from and the hope is that this resource will help students and educators across the province to incorporate agricultural studies as a part of their lesson plans.


Nominations Have Closed for the Local Election.

Nomination closed a four this afternoon for candidates running for Mayor, City Council and School Board.   Three people have filed papers to run for Mayor, nine for the six seats on City Council and five for the seven seats on the School Board.


The candidates have 24 hours to withdraw if they choose so names cannot be released until Thursday morning.  Election Day is October 26th.


Callinex Continues to Expand Its Rainbow Deposit in the Flin Flon Mining District.

Callinex Mines has announced initial results from their exploration campaign to expand and delineate the high grade copper, gold, silver and zinc Rainbow Deposit. It is located at their Pine Bay Project 16 kilometers from Flin Flon.   They report one of their intersections shows 33.67 meters of 4.29 percent copper with other high grade intervals.


President and CEO Max Porterfield stated drill results outlined today continue to deliver some of the widest intervals and highest copper grades intersected at the Rainbow Deposit to date adding we are incredibly pleased with the success of our step out drill holes to date which has expanded the Rainbow Deposit in multiple areas.


Callinex has now completed the necessary drilling to delineate Rainbow within the first 800 meters of surface in anticipation of publishing a maiden resource estimate. They are currently completing the final exploration hole of the current exploration campaign to test Target Area Oden which is located between Rainbow and the newly discovered Alchemist deposits.

The Manitoba Federation of Labour Held its Quarterly Executive Meeting in Thompson.

The Manitoba Federation of Labour and other union and labour organizations were in Thompson last week to talk about issues affecting working people in the province.


MFL President Kevin Rebeck says the minimum wage and paid sick leave are a top priority......


“I think whether you’re in the north or anywhere in Manitoba over half of Manitobans have no paid sick days so one of the initiatives that we’re working on is we have a postcard campaign going on calling for the establishment of ten paid sick days for all workers so people don’t have to make that impossible choice between coming in contagious and infecting others or not having a paycheque, they should have that, we should have paid sick days in legislation for everyone.”


Rebeck says while he’s glad the provincial government is taking steps to increase the minimum wage those steps don’t go far enough and they should be aiming closer to 20 dollars an hour for a livable wage.


He goes on to say that issues that were brought up during the meeting will be taken into consideration when prioritizing future MFL campaigns and lobbying efforts.


You Can Support Creighton Community School With a Cookie.

Tim Hortons in Creighton is joining others across the country in their 26th annual Smile Cookie Campaign this week.  It raises money for 665 local charities and community groups across Canada.  All this week Tim Hortons guests will be able to purchase signature chocolate chunk Smile Cookies decorated with blue eyes and a pink smile for a dollar plus applicable taxes and the full dollar will be donated by Tim Hortons restaurant owners.


Money raised at the Creighton Tim Hortons location today through Sunday will be donated to Creighton Community School.


Tim Hortons reports the campaign is led by restaurant owners across Canada and is one of many initiatives that allows them to give back to the communities in which they live and work. The Smile Cookie has raised over 77 million dollars across North America since 1996 and last year alone raised a record 12 million dollars.


The Tim Hortons in Dunville Ontario sold the most cookies in Canada last year.  With a population of about six thousand they sold 48 thousand Smile Cookies which works out to roughly eight cookies for every resident.


It Was Another Successful Year for the Arts Council.

The Flin Flon Arts Council held their annual general meeting Thursday night.  Cultural Coordinator Crystal Kolt reported they again faced challenges due to COVID-19.Much of the regular performance season was cancelled but they carried on.  They supported Home Routes-Prairie Panorama, SHIPS:Love Loss and a Desire to Connect, two Ham Sandwich performances Ripcord and The Butler Did It, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Woody Holler and the Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale.  They also featured the Summer Music Series Street Corner Concerts, Culture Days, an Introduction to Drama workshop with the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the Community Garden and helped with the Trout Festival and Blueberry Jam Music Gathering.


Kolt added most notable is the work they did through the Uptown Emporium growing since its inception from 11 to over 111 vendors.  They also developed a business strategy and conducted a survey throughout the north to collect data on northern artists and artisans.

COVID-19 Case Numbers are Down in Manitoba While Increasing in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reports 342 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the week of September 4th to 10th a decrease from 474 the previous week.  The Winnipeg region reported 185 new cases followed by the Northern health region with 60 down from 106 the previous week.  The volume of lab tests decreased to on average 327 people tested per day compared to 344 the previous week with a test positivity rate of 19.9 percent a decrease from 22.5 percent the previous week.  There were 65 hospital admissions down from 70 and 10 ICU admissions down from 16 the previous week.    


In their monthly report for Augusts 14th to September 10th Saskatchewan health reported 1932 new cases or on average 483 per week compared to 1524 new cases or 381 per week for the previous month with a test positivity rate of 8.9 percent up from 7.4 percent. Both hospital admissions and ICU admissions have increased. Hospitalizations for the period were 594 or 149 per week up from 556 or 139 per week and ICU admissions were 38 or 10 per week up from 30 or 8 per week in the previous period.

Alpha Invites You to Join Them Next Week.

The Alpha Course is starting a new session at the Flin Flon Alliance Church Tuesday evening.  Pastor Reg Friesen says Alpha has a lot to offer……


“If you’ve ever wondered is there more to life than just the day to day the Alpha Course is a great way to discover there’s so much life to be experienced.  I know many people who have taken the time to explore life and faith in this way have seen an incredible season in their lives.  You can join us Tuesday at 7 pm for a short introduction to the course, a fun relaxed evening, a video, just a great introduction to what the course is all about.  If you want to connect with some really friendly and welcoming people join us for coffee and dessert, come with a friend or come and meet some new friends.”


The ten session course runs on Tuesdays starting September 27th. To register or for more information you can call the Church at 204-687-8498 or email office.flinflonalliance@gmail.com.

New Power Poles, a Library and Mining Were Part of the Creighton Town Council Meeting.

This past Wednesday at their meeting Council reported that Saskpower has informed them of planned construction in between Denare Beach and Creighton along highway 167.  They received a construction map and a brief description of work that will see replacement of 22 existing rock set poles.  Council also received an information package from the Pahkisimon Nuye-Ah library system in La Ronge which serves the information needs of northern Saskatchewan.  The letter contains plenty of information about the services they offer.  The info package has been forwarded to Creighton Community School.


Council also received an invitation from Jason Linklater with Foran Mining to meet along with Flin Flon and Denare Beach for a community information session scheduled for early October.  Jason is the Community and Government Lead and has been working with the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation communities for 15 years.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is Celebrating its 100 Year Anniversary This Week.

Vaughn Wadelius outlines some of the history of the Catholic Church in The Pas and how it originated….

“It’s the third building that was used because the first one was a log cabin sort of thing that was built in 1897.  It’s still next door to the cathedral and is now a museum.  Our original Bishop Charlebois used it as his residence as well as a little church in those early days.”


In 1922 the cathedral was built and at the time only cost 30 thousand dollars.  It opened on September the same year.  The church will have a number of displays over the weekend including artifacts dating back to Bishop Charlebois.  There will also be tours to show some of the more recent additions to the Church including stain glass windows and the history behind them.

A Fire That Trapped Miners in Snow Lake Was Put Out Last Night.

A piece of equipment caught fire underground at the Lalor Mine in Snow Lake yesterday afternoon.  Hudbay reported the fire was extinguished and all workers were accounted for and returned to surface.  They noted in a statement last night all mine safety protocols were quickly activated and the mine rescue teams responded in a timely manner to remedy the situation adding normal operations were expected to resume within 24 hours.

Flin Flon School Division Has Received Funding Support from the Province.

At their regular meeting Tuesday night the Flin Flon School Board reported the Division has received 117,280 dollars from the Strengthening Support and Learning Fund.  This was Flin Flon’s portion of the 20 million dollars announced by the province this past June. The Manitoba government allotted the money for school support and academic improvements for student in Kindergarten to Grade 12 for the current school year.  As part of the province’s education action plan the 20 million dollar fund will prioritize investments in literacy and numeracy, mental health and well being, student re-engagement and additional support for students with diverse learning needs.


In her report Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne thanked the Rotary Club for the welcome back breakfast for new and returning staff earlier this month.  Board Chair Leslie Fernandes welcomed back staff, students and families for the new school year.  She also mentioned School Trustee elections are approaching.  She noted Trustees help shape the education landscape and asked that you consider running for your community and have your voice heard.


Crafters Can Book a Place to Help People with Their Christmas Shopping.

The Women’s Resource Centre Christmas Craft and Home Show is coming up in November.  Executive Director Laurie Sealey invites you to book a table now….


“We’re having our annual Christmas Craft and Home Show Saturday, November 5th at the Creighton Community Hall from 10 to 4.  We are looking for home crafters, home businesses to participate and if they would like to have a table they can call the office at 204-681-3105. We have registration forms that can be picked up and dropped back off at the office.”


The show will also include door raffles and a tooney parade with proceeds going to the Women’s Safe Haven.

Funding Applications are Now Being Accepted for Local Projects.

Re Uz It accepts donations of gently used items they sell to support local groups and organizations.  Manager Kathy McCormick says funding is now available. She explains Re Uz It invites non-profit groups and organizations in Flin Flon and surrounding area who may require a bit of financial assistance with a project to apply to them for a portion of three thousand dollars with the goal of assisting with several projects.  She noted applications will be accepted until September 22nd in writing to Re Uz It, 359 Queen Street, Flin Flon , Manitoba, R8A 0M8 and those chosen will be contacted.


Presentation of funds will take place September 24th at Re Uz It at 5 Cliff Lake Road.


Some of the groups Re Uz It has donated to in the past include the Flin Flon Curling Club, the Flin Flon Creighton Aqua Doves, the Flin Flon Friendship Centre, the Flin Flon Aqua Centre Community Committee, the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA, Flin Flon Guidance Nursery and Norman Community Services.

This is Suicide Awareness Month.

Shelly Virville from the Hope North Suicide Prevention Committee spoke about mental health and life promotion….            

“We all can take small steps to mental wellness and can all benefit just like we benefit from looking after our physical health and we can also benefit from looking after our social, our emotional, our spiritual wellbeing.”            

Virville went on to say social connections can help manage stress.  Some of the things you can do to promote wellbeing include finding ways to stay positive, being active and connecting with others.

              The Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line can be reached at 1-877-435-7170 if you or someone you know may need resources.

Callinex Has Discovered a New High Grade Deposit Near Flin Flon.

Callinex Mines has discovered the Alchemist deposit which is a new high grade copper, zinc, gold and silver bearing Volcanic Massive Sulphide deposit at their Pine Bay Project 16 kilometers away from Flin Flon.  The Alchemist sits at the base of the interpreted growth fault corridor that hosts six other deposits including the emerging high grade copper, gold, silver and zinc Rainbow deposit 1420 meters to the east.


President Max Porterfield comments it’s noteworthy that to date each deposit discovered along the growth fault corridor at Pine Bay is significantly larger than the one that precedes it in proximity to Millrock Mountain. He says similarly the Flin Flon deposit sits in proximity to Millrock Hill a well known outcropping at the base of the growth fault that also hosts the Callinan and Triple Seven deposits in Flin Flon.


The last hole to intersect the discovery returned 4.40 meters of 4.20 percent copper equivalent including 1.60 percent copper, 5.14 percent zinc, 0.40 grams per tonne gold and 21.78 grams per tonne silver.


The Government Will Conduct Further Consultations on A New Seniors Strategy.

 Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Scott Johnston has announced the Manitoba government is tailoring the initial phase of its new senior’s strategy to meet the specific needs of Manitoba seniors and those who support them.  He says they have been informed by the quality input received from thousands of Manitobans through EngageMB’s Building a Plan with Older Manitobans public consultation survey,

Based on survey responses the department will explore key findings identified by Manitobans including access to physical and social activities; challenges with the health-care system; supports for caregivers; physical accessibility of public spaces; communication and navigating public services; support for seniors with specific needs; and affordable and accessible housing options.

As the next phase of the senior’s strategy is developed Manitobans are invited to participate in further consultations including additional surveys and public engagement sessions.

A new series of public surveys will launch over the next three months to seek more detailed input from seniors and their caregivers.

An Alert Issued at the Denare Beach Landfill Has Been Rescinded.

The Civil Emergency Alert issued Saturday due to a fire at the Denare Beach landfill was rescinded yesterday. The landfill will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.  Garbage collection will continue on regular pick up days. Residents can access the Town of Creighton landfill at this time.


The Municipal Fire Ban will remain in effect until further notice due to dry conditions.


An Information Session is Being Held for People Thinking About Running for a Seat on City Council.

The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Greenstone The Hub Entrepreneurship Centre are holding a pre-election info session Wednesday night.  Facilitator Dianne Russell says it will give people planning to run for a seat on City Council an idea of what to expect….            

“I think what they’re going to find out is what the Chamber and Greenstone want to provide is an opportunity to understand that if you’re running for election and you get elected this is what it means to be on Council or what is the election process like or am I the right person to run for Council.  This gives people a chance to go to an information session that gives them a level of information and comfort with the idea of Municipal politics.”            

The info session will be held Wednesday night from 7 to 9 in the City of Flin Flon Council Chambers.  Nominations must be filed by September 20th at City Hall and Election Day is October 26th


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