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The Larger Number of New Cases Continue to be in The South in Manitoba With No New Cases in Far North East Two Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.3 percent.  Of the new cases 43 are in Southern health, 37 in Winnipeg and 27 in Northern health with lower numbers in other regions.  There are 370 active cases in the Northern region.  Of the total 62,588 confirmed cases 954 are active, 60,399 people have recovered and 87 are in hospital with 20 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health reported 302 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 312.  Of the total 75,842 reported cases 3135 are active, 71,895 people have recovered and 308 are in hospital.  Far North East Two reports no new cases with 43 cases in the District reported to be active.  The federal government is expected to send additional health care workers to Saskatchewan next week.


You Can Learn More About Recycling This Weekend.

Recycling Centre Administrator Deb Odegaard invites you to their open house Saturday afternoon.  She says people can come and see what they’re doing there, what they are collecting and they can also see what’s recyclable, what’s not recyclable and they have a couple of giveaways.  They have a small recycling bin they’re giving away and a lot of bags come in that can be re-used so they have those that people can take home and re-use if they want to.


The open house runs from 1:30 to 4 at the Recycling Centre at 9 Timber Lane.  For information on recycling you can call them at 204-687-6169.


Its National Teen Driver Safety Week.

During this week Manitoba Public Insurance is encouraging young drivers to evaluate their driving behaviours to ensure roadways in the province are safe to travel on.


 Media Relations Coordinator with the crown company Brian Smiley states teen drivers are involved in a decent chunk of collisions on the road. He says over the last decade 2011 to 2020 teen drivers have been involved in 10 percent of fatal collisions.  He notes last year alone we had 78 fatalities in our province so teens would have been involved in ten percent of that and he thinks we all agree that is all too high and we also have injury collisions were teen drivers represented seven percent of those collisions.


Smiley says it’s imperative for parents and guardians to have conversations with their children about safe driving practices.

New Cases Have Gone Up Again in Northern and Southern Regions in Manitoba and in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.2 percent.  Of the new cases 47 are in Southern health and 21 in Northern health where the total of active cases is 354 with lower numbers in other regions. Of the total 62,469 confirmed cases 926 are active, 60,308 people have recovered and 87 are in hospital with 20 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health reports 355 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 313.  Of the total 75,540 reported cases 3104 are active, 71,636 people have recovered and 322 are in hospital. They also report over the next three days three ICU patients are being transferred out of Saskatchewan to Ontario.


The Flin Flon Fire Department Was Involved in Training and a Few Fire Calls Last Month.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs report for September.  On the 4th they were called to a home on Second Avenue where burning toast set off a smoke alarm.  On the 7th they assisted EMS with a call.  On the 9th they assisted the Creighton Fire Department at a structure fire.  On the 11th they quickly extinguished a small grass fire behind McIsaac School and on the 25th they responded to alarms at the Legion apartments on Green Street where all occupants had been evacuated and they found an alarm that had malfunctioned.


During the month they had boat and rescue training on Ross Lake, new recruit training and development, motor vehicle accident training and a demo on battery operated Jaws of Life.

One of Culture Days Signature Events is Coming Up On Saturday.

The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt invites you to be part of Dance Down Main Street Saturday afternoon.  She explains they’re going to dance once again on Pioneer Square at 12:30 to Kool and the Gangs Celebration and it seems to be a perfect way to celebrate where we hope we’re all going after COVID-19 so that’s going to be a great time for people to get together, wear your mask and it’s going to led by Logan Church who’s running the Northern Lights Dance Academy and she thinks it’s going to be a lovely time together.


Kolt adds you can start gathering at Pioneer Square at 12 noon Saturday, a dance tutorial will take place at 12:30 and the Dance Down Main Street begins at 12:45.

Active Cases Have Again Dropped a Bit In Manitoba as Has the Average in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 51 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.1 percent.  Of the new cases 23 are in Southern health and 17 in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 2 in Northern health where there are 401 active cases.  Of the total 62,383 confirmed cases 998 are active, 60,150 people have recovered and 87 are in hospital with 19 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health reported 246 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 307.  Of the total 75,185 confirmed cases 3174 are active, 71,213 people have recovered and 323 are in hospital.  Far North East Two reports three new cases with 43 cases now active.

Vaccines Could Soon Be Available for Young People in Manitoba.

The Medical Lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer says Pfizer has requested Health Canada approval for their vaccine for children for ages 5 to 11. She explains this is a really important development for Manitobans because achieving higher vaccination rates in both adults and children is key to controlling the speed of the virus and ending the crisis phase of the pandemic in Manitoba and protecting the mental health of children by keeping schools open and ensuring that kids can participate in all their normal activities.


Reimer adds the vaccine works well even in children.  She says while still waiting for approval they are preparing to start the vaccines around the end of November.


Hudbay Has Expanded its Operations in the Snow Lake Area.

Hudbay officially opened its New Britannia Mill in Snow Lake yesterday afternoon. In 2008 Hudbay’s exploration and geology team found the gold zone in the Lalor deposit and 13 years later the gold ore is being processed at the New Britannia mill.


 The New Britannia expansion includes the refurbishing of the gold plant and adding a new copper flotation facility ensuring increased production at the Snow Lake operations. Hudbay anticipates annual gold production from the Lalor and Snow Lake operations will increase to over 180 thousand ounces during the first six full years of operation and they expect 17 years of operation at New Britannia.


The Director of human resources, external and Indigenous affairs Richard Trudeau stated Hudbay’s story began here in Manitoba and nearly a century later their commitment to Manitoba continues as today marks the start of an exciting new chapter for our company, the Town of Snow Lake and the Province.


Manitoba Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler added congratulations to Hudbay on the opening of the New Britannia mill which he notes will process ore on site and help keep more jobs in Northern Manitoba.

Local Residents Are Concerned About Our Uptown Area.

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from a 45 year resident of this area.  She stated we must do something to assist our local businesses, the safety and wellbeing of all our residents as well as something about the aesthetics of our communities. She stated the vagrant homeless people loitering on Main Street are disturbing and the amount of garbage is unhealthy.


She recommended having some of the city crew members perform regular clean up on our streets, sidewalks and parks, amend or implement no loitering and no panhandling bylaws, have more of an RCMP presence on Main Street to prohibit hanging around business entrances, explore choices and meet with the groups involved to see what can be done.  She added this issue needs to be placed on the agenda of all upcoming Mayor and Council, Northern Health Region, RCMP and Chamber of Commerce Executive meetings to discuss solutions for the betterment of Flin Flon and its residents.


Council members noted they are open to solutions but it’s not just a local issue communities across the country are trying to find solutions to similar problems and they have brought it up in discussions with the provincial government. They emphasize if you see something happening contact the RCMP.

Active Cases in Manitoba Have Topped One Thousand While Total Cases in Saskatchewan Approach 75 Thousand.

Manitoba public health reported 102 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.3 percent.  Of the new cases 34 were in Northern health where there are 407 active cases and 32 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions. Of the total 62,332 confirmed cases 1007 are active, 60,091 people have recovered and 92 are in hospital with 14 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health reported 2232 new cases from October 13th to 19th bringing the seven day average of new cases to 319.  There were 3186 recoveries over the same period.  There are 335 people in hospital with 83 in intensive care. 75 percent of the people in hospital are not fully vaccinated. Total reported cases now stand at 74,940.  Far Northeast Two reports six new cases with a total of 43 cases active.

Exploration Continues to Provide Good Results West of Flin Flon.

Foran Mining Corporation has announced an updated mineral resource estimate for its McIlvenna Bay Deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon. The estimate outlines significant changes to the resource compared to the previous resource estimate published in 2019 with over 25 thousand meters of infill and expansion drilling in 36 holes completed since the prior estimate.  Indicated resources increased by 70 percent to 39.1 million tonnes from 23 million tonnes.  Indicated resources now grade 1.2 percent copper, 2.16 percent zinc, 0.41 grams per tonne gold and 14 grams per tonne silver.  Mineralization begins 25 meters below surface and extends down plunge approximately two kilometers where it remains open in all directions.


CEO and Executive Chair Dan Myerson says they are now integrating the data from this resource estimate into their coming feasibility study and are planning for an aggressive and exciting exploration program next year.

Foster Families Are Needed in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan government has once again proclaimed October as Foster Families Month.  It celebrates the many contributions of foster families across the province and encourages individuals and families interested in giving back to look into becoming an approved foster home.  Social Services Minister Lori Carr says foster families provide a safe and stable home to children and youth when their families are in crisis.


There are nearly 500 foster families currently in the province. The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association manages recruitment, training and support for foster families and there are currently a number of recruitment drives across the province to encourage people to learn more about becoming a foster parent.  Anyone interested in learning more about what is required is encouraged to call the Association at 1-800-667-7002 or visit www.saskfosterfamilies.ca.

New Case Numbers Have Slowed Down in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health announced 51 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.3 percent.  Of the new cases 26 are in Southern health and 11 in Prairie Mountain with lower number in other regions including two in the Northern region where there are 377 active cases.  Of the total 62,230 confirmed cases 976 are active, 60,023 people have recovered and 90 are in hospital with 16 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health announced 279 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 319.  Of the total 74,673 confirmed cases 3670 are active, 70,218 people have recovered and 335 are in hospital.  Far North East Two reports three new cases with 49 cases listed as active.


The Third Dose Campaign in Manitoba is Expanding into First Nations.

Manitoba is expanding its recommendation for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines to include First Nations people living on reserve.  This includes an estimated 72 hundred people and should be given at least six months after the last vaccine.  The Public Health Lead for the First Nations Pandemic Coordination Team Dr. Marcia Anderson says the vaccine program has gone well so far on First Nations. She explains almost 200 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been provided to over 105 thousand First Nations people which gives them coverage with at least one dose for over 93 percent on reserve with 82.6 percent being fully vaccinated and off reserve there continues to be significant improvements in coverage noting currently just over 70 percent have at least one dose and 64.5 percent who are fully vaccinated.


All Manitobans can now make an appointment for their seasonal flu vaccine and can receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the same time if they choose.  You can find sites where shots are available at www.protectmb.ca or www.manitoba.ca/vaccine.


You Should Still Make Sure You Have a Safe Ride Home.

Operation Red Nose has announced its safe ride service will not be taking place this holiday season. They state since deploying the annual large scale service depends on the public health situation and other things the organization has no choice but to push the very appreciated service to next year. Their National Executive Director Anne-Marie Audet says the safety of their volunteers and clients is their priority.


In all circumstances Operation Red Nose and Safety Services Manitoba invite you to plan for a safe way to get home by calling a friend, a relative, a cab or designating a sober driver.                                    


Operation Red Nose is a non-profit organization that promotes responsible behavior to help prevent impaired driving.  They provide a volunteer chauffer service with donations received from passengers distributed to help fund local youth and amateur sports initiatives.  In Flin Flon Operation Red Nose has been operated by the local Rotary Club through December.


Will the Sequel be Written to the Flinty Story The Sunless City.

The Snow and Bloodlust Collective led by playwright Raphael Saray will perform a live online play Friday night.  Saray says it’s in the spirit of an old timey radio play.  He explains they’ve got a very talented crew of local performers noting it’s a play he has written about in their little world that they set up and the Sunless City is the biggest novel in the history of literature and J. E. Preston Muddock has to struggle through writing sequels and that struggle is illustrated through a theatrical presentation.


Tune in for the performance Friday night at 7 on the Flin Flon Arts Council Facebook page.


The Town of The Pas is Assisting in the Purchase of Vacant Land.

The Pas Mayor Herb Jaques has announced they have approved the purchase of 66 acres of highway frontage vacant land located on the west side of The Pas at the town’s entrance.

The purchase was done in cooperation with The RM of Kelsey, The Kelsey Planning District, and the Community Development Corporation.

Mayor Jaques explains it’s technically in the RM of Kelsey but they’re working on it together.  He says if you travel at all you go into any sort of community and as you approach that community you see all those developments, big box stores or warehouses but the Town of The Pas just doesn’t have that type of vacant land but now with 66 acres of land that they’ve acquired as a group and with the efforts of the CDC they hope to be able to find somebody who will help to start to develop that land.

Jaques added that just about any business could be built on this vacant land and he hopes to see a business that creates stable employment opportunities. The land is located at the corner of highway 283 and Stockcar Road.

New Cases Have Dropped Below 100 in Manitoba While Saskatchewan is Up a Bit.

Manitoba public health reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.2 percent.  Of the new cases there were 30 in Southern health and 17 each in the Winnipeg and Northern health regions with lower numbers in other regions. In the Northern region Norway House and the Cree Nation district report 153 active cases and Pukatawagan Mathias Colomb Cree Nation district report 128. Of the total 61,987 reported cases in the province 963 are active, 59,794 people have recovered and 92 are in hospital with 16 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health reported 312 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 380.  Of the total 73,662 reported cases 4364 are active, 68,525 people have recovered and 39 are in hospital. Far North East Two reported nine new cases bringing their active cases to 67.


Lions Members Were Honored By Their Club.

The Flin Flon Lions Club held their annual Charter and Awards Night Wednesday with all attending required to be fully vaccinated.  District Governor Chris Miles from the MacGregor Lions Club spoke on his theme following up on how COVID affected club activities in the community Restart Your Passion For Service which tags on to the International President’s theme Service From The Heart.  He explained for him service is most often where you find it.  Most often it may not look like service, it might look more like potential drudgery but when you can see that your work has created a good thing, a smile, a laugh in your community and a real sense of well being with yourself that’s when you realize that there’s power in service and that you’ve got enough power in yourself to just do it.


Key and Diamond Centennial Membership Awards for sponsoring new members were presented to John and Debbie Kuzub, Hope Medals from the Lions Foundation of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario to Neal Dimick, Jan Nikkel and Lisa Tower and Judge Brian Stevenson Awards from the Lions Foundation of Canada to Ken Tetreault and Doreen Gabler with another to be received by Kristina Tetreault.


A Contribution to Economic Development Will Continue.

Creighton Town Council recently received a letter from Hudbay regarding financial contributions to the ongoing work of the FDC Regional Economic Development Commission. These contributions support the work of the Regional Economic Development Office.  In appreciation of the work Hudbay has done over the years with the Town’s team and the Commission Hudbay is pleased to be providing an additional contribution of 25 thousand dollars on January 1st, 2022.


The Commission is an Interprovincial-Municipal body which envelopes the City of Flin Flon, the Town of Creighton and the Village of Denare Beach making it the first and only Interprovincial-Municipal Economic Development in Canada.  Hudbay plans on providing the same level of communication and co-operation toward regional development moving forward as Flin Flon operations are being transitioned to Snow Lake by the end of 2022.


Mayor Bruce Fidler has accepted an invitation to attend the opening ceremonies for the New Britannia Gold Mill in Snow Lake which will take place on site Tuesday.


Reported COVID Cases in Manitoba are Approaching 62 Thousand While New Cases in Saskatchewan Drop Below 300.

Manitoba public health reported 107 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.8 percent.  Of the new cases 45 are in the Northern health region bringing the total of active cases to 355 with the larger numbers in the Norway House and Cree Nation district with 149 and Pukatawagan Mathias Colomb Cree Nation district with 118.  Of the total 61,900 reported cases in the province 962 are active and 59,712 people have recovered with 93 in hospital and 17 in intensive care.


Saskatchewan health reported 293 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 418.  Of the total 73,350 reported cases 4294 are active, 68,287 people have recovered and 335 are in hospital.  Far North East Two reports six new cases bringing their total of active cases to 59.

Zoom Has Helped a Local Group Boost Their Membership.

Next week is Toastmasters Week in Manitoba. Harry Hobbs reports Flin Flon Toastmasters will be holding an open house on Zoom on Monday night.  He explains right now Zoom in our community is for Toastmasters a very good benefit because the people who live in Cranberry Portage, Sherridon, Snow Lake might be interested in Toastmasters but wouldn’t want to drive all that way in and out, especially when we get more inclement weather and now meeting on Zoom gives them the opportunity to be a Toastmaster sitting in the comfort of their own living room.  He adds actually their club is growing that way as they have members that live in Winnipeg and one as far away as North Dakota who are members of their club.


The Zoom meeting will include a featured speaker talking about the benefits and problems with social media.  To take part in the Zoom meeting Monday night at 7 contact Harry at harrychobbs@gmail.com.

Activities Are Keeping Students Busy in Flin Flon School Division.

The Flin Flon School Board met this past Tuesday evening where Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne reported there is a lot happening.


At Many Faces the Tower Garden is underway growing a variety of produce and herbs. 


At Ruth Betts the daily breakfast and lunch program continue.  Teachers are finding creative ways to keep social distance while providing the best learning environment whether its gym class, music, band or extra-curricular programs. The Terry Fox Walk raised over five hundred and sixty dollars for the Terry Fox Foundation through guess the number of candies in the jar, bubble gum and popcorn sales.  The Family Room has re-opened following guidelines set by Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Schools COVID-19 Education Plan.


Over at Ecole McIsaac School students are immersed in math, science, art, health, English language arts, social studies, wellness, cultural programming and a variety of extra-curricular activities.


Parents and caregivers are asked to keep up to date with everything happening in the Division on your child’s school or the Division’s Facebook page and websites.

Two Regions Report the Higher Numbers of New Cases in Manitoba While Saskatchewan Reported Cases Topped 73 Thousand.

Manitoba public health reported 79 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.8 percent.  Of the new cases 25 were in Southern health and 24 in the Northern region with lower numbers in other regions. Of the total 61,796 reported cases 923 are active, 59,649 people have recovered and 94 are in hospital with 15 in intensive care.  Just over two million, 25 thousand doses of vaccine have been administered in the province.


Saskatchewan health reported 327 new cases bringing their seven day average of new cases to 465.  Of the total 73,057 reported cases 4423 are active, 67,870 people have recovered and 337 are in hospital. Far North East Two which includes Creighton, Flin Flon Saskatchewan, Denare Beach, Pelican Narrows, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and Sandy Bay reported four new cases bringing active cases to 57.


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