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Some COVID Related Numbers are Lower in Manitoba While Saskatchewan Numbers Are Up Again.

Manitoba Acting Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal announced 171 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 9.3 percent.  He also announced two additional deaths with one each in the Winnipeg and Southern health regions. Of the new cases 64 were in the Northern health region, 56 in Winnipeg and 33 in the Interlake Eastern health region with lower numbers in other regions. The number of active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district is down to 17 from 20 Thursday. Of the total 28,260 reported cases 3261 are active, 24,204 individuals have recovered and 274 people are in hospital with 39 in intensive care.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 312 new cases this afternoon bringing the average of daily new cases to 275.  They also reported eight additional deaths with six in Regina and one each in the Central East and Saskatoon zones.  Of the new cases 88 were in Saskatoon, 47 in Regina and 39 in North Central with lower numbers in other zones including 14 in the Far North East.  Of the total 21,643 cases reported 3196 are considered active, 18,200 individuals have recovered and 177 are in hospital with 30 in intensive care.

Two Previously Postponed Workshops Will be Available Free Online.

Community Futures Visions North reports two workshops cancelled in Creighton last April because of COVID are now going online.  Visions North Executive Administrator Jean Powell says they will be held January 28th and February 11th.  The first one is Katrina German and her presentation will be on how to make social media and tech tools your best friend and it can be for business women, for homemakers, she makes the workshop suitable to everybody.  Powell adds their second speaker is Jami Young and her workshop is the art of connection, how to inspire, influence and impact and it’s how to cultivate more dynamic relationships within life and business so you don’t have to be in business to attend these workshops, they can be for everybody.

             

There is no cost for these workshops. The Katrina German workshop runs from 2 to 4:30 January 28th and the Jami Young workshop February 11th from 1 to 3:30.  To register email visionsnorth@visionsnorth.com or call 306-425-2612.   When registering provide your name, email address and phone number and which workshop you are registering for.

Callinex is Really Impressed with Results at Their Rainbow Discovery Near Flin Flon.

Callinex Mines has released results on their recent exploration campaign to expand the Rainbow Discovery at their Pine Bay Project 16 kilometers from Flin Flon.  Their technical team working in conjunction with Koop Geotechnical Services on an Electromagnetic survey has identified four highly conductive anomalies located near surface and along strike to the south of the Rainbow Discovery. The identified anomalies expand the strike extent of Rainbow over one kilometer to the south.

             

Founder of Callinex Mike Muzylowski says he believes the Rainbow Discovery may become one of the more significant discoveries he’s been a part of in his career exploring the Flin Flon Greenstone Belt. 

             

Plans are underway to immediately initiate a drilling campaign to test the four conductive bodies in tandem with continued drilling to define the Orange and Yellow zones of the Rainbow Discovery.

 

Recoveries from COVID-19 Hit 18 Thousand in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported 227 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day daily average to 286.  They also reported thirteen additional deaths with eight in Saskatoon, two in North Central and one each in Far North Central, Far North East and South East zones.  Of the new cases 62 were in Saskatoon, 50 in Regina and lower numbers in other zones including seven in Far North East.  Of the total 21,338 reported cases 3,099 are considered active, 18 thousand individuals have recovered and 197 people are in hospital with 31 in intensive care.

             

Almost 30 thousand people have received the vaccine including a range of communities across rural and northern Saskatchewan completing the administration of the first dose for long term care homes in more than 40 communities.

Non-Essential Items and Visitors Are Still Not Available in the North.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced updates to COVID-19 restrictions this afternoon but not for us. He explains the new orders would apply to Winnipeg, Southern health, Interlake Eastern and Prairie Mountain regions however because of the current case counts and test positivity in the north and many First Nations they’re going to not have this loosening of the restrictions apply to the north including Churchill.

             

The main change from the proposals presented earlier this week is the two family or friends allowed to visit your household have to be two designated people only.  The new orders come into effect Saturday and run until February 12th.  Other changes allow for the elimination of the essentials list in stores with 25 percent occupancy and barber shops and hair stylists can open also at 25 percent occupancy.

 

COVID New Case Numbers Continue to Climb in the North.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 196 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 9.2 percent.  He also announced five additional deaths with two in Southern health and one each in Winnipeg, Prairie Mountain and Northern health regions. Of the new cases 105 are in the Northern health region and 54 in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions. The total number of active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district now stands at 20.

             

Of the 28,089 reported cases 3205 are active, 24,091 individuals have recovered and 268 are in hospital with 34 in intensive care.

 

Semester Change is Underway Next Week for Hapnot Students.

Hapnot Collegiate is nearing the end of their first semester.  Vice-Principal Jordy Dumenko explains exams start on Tuesday and run until Thursday and the exam schedule is posted in each cohort area along with on their Hapnot Collegiate Facebook page, their reminds and their website.  Students on their designated day will enter through their cohort area and write their exams in the appropriate rooms that have been assigned.  He adds they have Admin Day on January 29th so their school will be closed that day for report card writing and getting their final grades ready and then their second semester starts on February 1st and their report cards will be available online February 1st.

             

Any new students and students wishing to change their semester two timetable can email Mrs. Garinger or call the office to set up an appointment.

The beginning of 2021 is still bleak for many business owners across Manitoba who are trying to make it work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s according to Jonathan Alward, a regional director for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.  He explains in terms of how many businesses are fully open right now in the province just 45 percent of small businesses consider themselves fully open, just about 38 percent give or take of Manitoba’s small businesses consider themselves fully staffed and less than 30 percent of businesses right now in the province are earning normal revenues or better for this time of year so it’s very bleak to say the least.

                                                        

Alward goes on to say the Federation has been advocating for easing of certain restrictions, which the province says they are considering after polling Manitobans this past week.

 

However, due to the high COVID-19 case counts in northern Manitoba and First Nations any proposed changes will most likely not apply to the region.

 

The Average of Daily Cases in Saskatchewan is Below 300.

Saskatchewan health reported this afternoon 234 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 298.  They also reported four additional deaths with one each in Regina, North Central, Saskatoon and South East zones. Three past deaths have been removed as it was determined they were not COVID-19 related.  Of the new cases 66 were in Saskatoon, 39 in the North West and 27 in the Far North West with lower numbers in other zones including 18 in the Far North East.  Of the total 21,112 reported cases 3702 are considered active, 17,184 individuals have recovered and hospitalization numbers were not available.

More Information is Available on Vaccines in Manitoba.

Manitoba Acting Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal announced 153 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 9.5 percent.  He also reported six additional deaths with five in the Winnipeg region and one in Prairie Mountain health.  Of the new cases 70 are in the Northern health region and 48 in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions. The total number of active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage, Snow Lake, Sherridon district has dropped two to 18.  Of the total 27,893 reported cases 3137 are considered active, 23,968 individuals have recovered, 273 are in hospital with 36 in intensive care.                

             

A member of the Manitoba Vaccine Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer reported a new online vaccine dashboard has been launched and it shows how many doses they have received, how many have been given to eligible Manitobans, how many doses are scheduled to be given to Manitobans in the next 28 days and a breakdown of the age and sex of those Manitobans who have been immunized.

             

It can be found at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine.html.

Homelessness and Hiring Were Part of Last Nights Flin Flon City Council Meeting.

At their meeting Council received a letter from Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey on homeless people in our community.  It notes last year it was estimated there were approximately 100 homeless people in Flin Flon.  He asked if Council would be interested in attending a Zoom or some sort of distance meeting to discuss how to make a homeless shelter happen in our community.  He added they hope to get a committee established with many stakeholders interested in exploring the opportunity to help the individuals who are homeless including if they require short term or long term solutions and services needed.  Council or any other groups interested can contact Tom Lindsey at 204-687-3246 or email flinflon1@yourmanitoba.ca.

             

Council referred to the Finance Committee a request from the Flin Flon Station Museum Board for a renewal of the grant of 15 thousand dollars from the city for the fiscal year 2020-21

             

Council also approved the agreement to hire Bernardo Pasco as Director of Works and Operations for the City effective February 1st.  It was noted he has an engineering technology background as well as with sewer and water services.

A Drill Program is Underway on the Tower Property.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has initiated a drill program on their Tower Property 126 kilometers south of Wabowden in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone Belt.  The focus of the drill program will be on a highly prospective, buried, untested, geophysical anomaly termed T3 located about 12 hundred meters north of the copper rich Tower Deposit where a recently completed preliminary economic assessment highlighted positive economics.

             

President Alistair Ross says their development rates and costs proposed in the assessment indicate that should T3 provide encouraging grade and size the cost schedule of reaching that area will fit very well inside the current intent of extending the proposed mine life of the Tower Property adding they are examining their Rail Property near Snow Lake for similar opportunities.

 

Saskatchewan COVID Case Numbers Can Come Down.

           

Saskatchewan health reported 309 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the daily average of new cases to 300.  They also reported six additional deaths with two each in Regina and South East zones and one each in Central West and Saskatoon zones. Of the new cases 69 are in Saskatoon, 43 in Regina, 30 in North Central, 29 in North West with lower numbers in other zones including 18 in the Far North East. 

             

Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab says you have to follow public health orders to see restrictions lifted.  He notes our current measures if they are complied with universally are sufficient to bring case numbers down, we saw that happen very dramatically in the middle of December and even now whenever we see transmissions its almost always lack of compliance with current measures.

             

Of the 20,871 reported cases 4156 are considered active, 16,490 individuals have recovered and 207 are in hospital with 31 in intensive care.

 

A COVID Outbreak is Over at a Care Home in The Pas.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr Brent Roussin announced 111 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 9.9 percent.  He also reported 11 additional deaths with seven in Winnipeg, two in Southern health and one each in Interlake Eastern and Prairie Mountain health regions. The outbreak is declared over at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in The Pas. Of the new cases 52 are in Winnipeg and 33 in Northern health with lower numbers in other regions.  The total number of active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon region is listed as 20.  Of the total 27,740 reported cases 3,088 are active, 23,869 individuals have recovered and 279 are in hospital with 37 in intensive care.

 

Proposed Changes to Manitoba Public Health Orders May Not Apply to the Northern Region.

Following the advice of public health officials and input from tens of thousands of Manitobans the government is considering modest changes to public health orders. They include allowing two additional people to visit a household, outdoor visits of up to five people plus members of a household on outdoor private property, retail stores open for sale of all products and current requirements to maintain physical distancing with occupancy limits in place, the elimination of the essential items list and barber shops and hair stylists to reopen at 25 percent capacity with adequate physical distancing.

             

It was noted with the high case counts in northern Manitoba and First Nations any proposed changes would most likely only apply in the Winnipeg, Southern heath, Interlake Eastern and Prairie Mountain health regions.

             

The province encourages input from Manitobans on the proposed changes that could come into effect Friday by going to engagemb.ca.

 

People Interested in Manitoba History Can Receive a Special Award.

The Manitoba Historical Society is accepting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award.  The Society’s Gordon Goldsborough says nominations are open to anyone interested in the history of the province.  He explains the award is intended primarily for people who have done service in the promotion of Manitoba’s history, so pretty much anyone who has done things like writing books, various art projects, running museums, anything that has an aspect of preserving and promoting Manitoba’s history will qualify.                                                                         

 

Previous recipients have included Flin Flonners Don Peake and Gerry Clark who received this award in 2018 for their work in preserving and promoting the history of Flin Flon.

             

Nomination forms and more information are available on the websites of the Manitoba Historical Society www.mhs.mb.ca or the Lieutenant Governor at www.manitobalg.ca.  The deadline is February 19th. 

 

A Flin Flon Man Has Been Charged Following a Robbery.

Around 1:10 last Thursday Flin Flon RCMP responded to a robbery at a financial institution on Main Street.  A man entered the business and demanded cash stating he had an explosive device in his bag and was carrying a firearm.  He stole cash, left his bag and fled on foot.  When RCMP attended they determined the bag did not contain an explosive device nor had anyone seen a firearm.

             

The RCMP later identified the suspect after talking with witnesses and the following morning Creighton RCMP arrested a male suspect at a residence in Denare Beach. Marcel Sewap of Flin Flon has been charged with robbery and uttering threats and was remanded into custody as RCMP continue to investigate.

 

Saskatchewan Continues to Have High Rates of Active COVID cases.

Saskatchewan health is reporting 290 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 291.  They also reported four additional deaths with one each in the North East, Far North West, Saskatoon and Far North East zones.  Of the new cases 55 are in Saskatoon, 45 in Far North West, 41 in North West, 33 in North East and 25 in Regina with lower numbers in other zones. Of the total 20,562 reported cases 4265 are considered active, 16,078 individuals have recovered and 210 are in hospital with 30 in intensive care.  They also report 22,618 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province to doctors and nurses working with COVID-19 patients and staff and residents of long term care homes.

Work Continues to Control COVID Cases in the North.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported 118 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.6 percent.  He also reported four additional deaths with three in Winnipeg and one in the Northern health region linked to the outbreak at the Rod McGillivary Memorial Care Home.  Of the new cases 46 are in the Northern health region and 45 in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions. Roussin says they are still seeing outbreaks in northern and First Nations communities and so there’s a lot of work on the ground with the rapid response teams, rapid testing, a lot of work right now on alternative isolation accommodations because it’s very important to get those cases of contact isolated to break the chain of transmission. He adds they see the numbers today showing a slight downturn but they’re still concerned about the outbreaks in the remote settings.

             

Of the 27,629 reported cases 3,108 are active, 23,748 individuals have recovered and 289 are in hospital with 35 in intensive care. It was noted that the delay in Pfizer vaccine distribution will have no affect on the commitment of Moderna doses made to First Nations communities.

The Salvation Army is More Prepared to Help Those in Need.

The Salvation Army Flin Flon church is now the owner of an emergency disaster vehicle known as a Critical Response Vehicle.  Major Al Bain says their focus includes any disasters in the north. He explains they will be using it to deliver bag lunches throughout the community Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and it could be used to provide food and beverages at community functions outdoors and be available for emergency disasters, fires or floods in northern Manitoba to provide food and beverages to victims, volunteers and disaster services personnel.

             

Major Bain adds the Salvation Army is providing free training courses on Zoom for those who choose to volunteer their services related to emergency disasters.  Anyone interested can call them at 204-687-7812.

 

There are Lessons to Learn From this Pandemic.

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic into 2021 the Director of the Centre of Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba Arthur Schafer says it’s not too early to learn from this pandemic.  He says it should teach us how to be better prepared should a similar situation arise in the future.  He explains we live in a globalized world where there’s a hell of a lot of mobility and people are travelling and every country is vulnerable and new viruses can move from remote parts of the world and they’re going to be here.  He adds we’re living now in an age where the threat of pandemics and all the deaths and harm they do is going to be ever present and ever with us so we’ve got to be prepared and in Manitoba the emergency preparedness committee was shut down over the summer to save money and that makes no sense as we’ve all got to have such committees in place.

 

Schafer says another lesson to learn from this is for countries to work with the World Health Organization to better monitor and act quickly when a new virus is discovered.

 

The Lynn Lake Region is a COVID Concern while Saskatchewan Numbers Remain High.

Manitoba public health reported over the weekend 369 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.4 percent.  They also reported ten additional deaths with eight in the Winnipeg region and one each in the Southern and Northern regions.  Of the new cases 164 are in the Northern region and 148 in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions. Of the total 27,511 reported cases 3081 are active, 23,661 have recovered and 292 are in hospital with 39 in intensive care.  The Lynn Lake region reports a total of 127 active cases and on Saturday an outbreak was declared at the Lynn Lake hospital which has been moved to the critical or red zone.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 557 new cases over the weekend bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 308.  They also reported five additional deaths with three in Regina and one each in the Far North West and North Central zones.  Of the new cases 162 are in Saskatoon, 84 in Regina and 70 in the North West zone with lower numbers in other zones including 25 in the Far North East.  Of the total 20,272 reported cases 4121 are considered active, 15,936 individuals have recovered and 203 are in hospital with 33 in intensive care.

 

COVID Case Numbers Continue to Climb in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported this afternoon 382 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 320.  They also reported four additional deaths with two in South East and one each in Saskatoon and North East zones.  Of the new cases 88 are in Saskatoon, 46 in Far North West, 45 in North West, 42 in Regina, 38 in North Central and 36 in North East with lower numbers in other zones. Of the total 19,715 reported cases 4,010 cases are considered active, 15,495 individuals have recovered and 210 people are in hospital with 35 in intensive care.

             

As of January 15th 14,017 doses of vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan.

 

Work is Being Done Following Reports of Increasing COVID Numbers in Some Northern Communities.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 191 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to ten percent.  He also reported five additional deaths with three in the Winnipeg region and one each in the Southern and Northern health regions. Roussin noted the current restrictions are making a difference explaining they looked back at the modeling numbers on the trajectory we were on in early November and looking back at that they’ve figured that from November 12th to January 3rd these red level restrictions have likely saved 17 hundred lives.

             

Of the new cases 84 are in the Northern health region and 71 in Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions. Roussin says a lot of work is being done in northern communities including Lynn Lake, Thompson and Garden Hill First Nation experiencing high case numbers.  Of the total 27,145 reported cases 2907 are active, 23,478 individuals have recovered and 284 are in hospital with 35 in intensive care.

Our Recreation Departments Encourage You to Get Into Cross Country Skiing.

The Flin Flon and Creighton Recreation Departments are offering an intro to cross country skiing.  Creighton Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they are sponsoring ski equipment rental and trail fees from the Flin Flon Ski Club for families who wish to give cross country skiing a try.  She explains they are inviting people to bring their families and try out the sport of cross country skiing and all they need to do is give Dennis Whitbread a call and arrange for rental of the equipment they need and the trail permit fees as well.  She adds they are offering it for six weeks and hope the good weather keeps up and people get out and try a new sport and enjoy the winter.

             

You can call Dennis at 204-271-4522 and make sure you tell him it is under Flin Flon or Creighton Rec. They also recommend you download the TrailForks app so you will be able to pinpoint your location on the trail at any point in your ski. 

 

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