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Its Fun for the Whole Family Tomorrow Afternoon.

Flin Flon Parks and Recreation will be holding a Family Hay Day at the Zoo tomorrow.  Recreation Programmer Caitlin Bailey says there’ll be fun for everyone.  She says they’re going to be having a closing out barbeque for the Joe Brain Petting Zoo so it gives everyone a last chance to say bye to all their furry friends before they head back to the farm for the winter before we see them next season so they’re having the barbeque, a couple of games, a scavenger hunt, some family fun and if the weather doesn’t co-operate they’re still going to do the barbeque so come on down and say bye to everybody.


Hay day runs from 4 to 6 tomorrow afternoon and then the animals at the Joe Brain Petting Zoo start retuning to The Pas and Swan River for the winter.

You Can Save Money and Help the Environment When Preparing to go Back to School.

The Flin Flon Recycling Center is encouraging you to reuse school supplies.  Their Administrator Deb Odegaard says people have dropped things off so they are ready for their recycled school supplies give away.  She says there’ll be lots of notebooks, dual tangs, loose paper, pencils crayons, scissors, pencil cases, three ring binders both the zipper kind and the non-zipper kind so there’ll be quite a wide variety there as well as blank paper and file folders that you may not be going to school but you could use in your home and people are welcome to that as well.


The school supplies give away is Saturday from 1 to 3 downstairs at the Flin Flon Public Library.

A Summer Program for Children Wraps Up This Week.

 Summer in the Parks is completing their summer of activities for children four to nine years old on Friday.  Supervisor Haylee Werbicki says the children enjoyed all their theme weeks.  She says the number of kids they had each week fluctuated but they were mostly full at about 20 kids per week.  She adds this week its Holiday Week so each day will be a different holiday for the kids to enjoy and Friday is the Summer in The Parks birthday so they’ll be doing cupcake decorating, doing different crafts with the kids and having a birthday party windup.


Summer in the Parks began on July 2nd and is sponsored every summer by Flin Flon Parks and Recreation.


A Committee Wants to Permanently Focus on Main Street Revitalization.

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from the Main Street Revitalization Committee.  They reported on their past meetings with stakeholders and educational workshops that led to successful projects most notably the Main Street ARTery with art works along Main Street. They stated they are now in position to move forward with establishing a permanent committee with ten members chaired by Treasure Daneliuk having identified safety as concern which needs to be one of their main focuses as it presents itself as a negative connotation on Main Street.  They offered to be the spearhead to provide recommendations to the City on lighting and cameras to be installed on the Street.  The letter was received as information.  Councilor Colleen McKee who is on the Committee noted Main Street is the face of the community and is the first impression people get of the community.


Council also praised the Blueberry Jam Music Gathering Committee and musicians for providing a great weekend of music not only for locals but in bringing former locals home and bringing a lot of new people to the community.


It Was a Fun Summer at the Library.

The Flin Flon Public Library wraps up their summer camps this week.  Administrator Courtney Campbell says they’ve had a lot of kids take part and lots of great camp days with two left.  She notes tomorrow its Spy Day and Friday its their wrap up for the summer where they celebrate with all the kids who’ve been coming to the camp and bringing their passports so they’ll have some cake and some food, some fun games and they’re also going to be drawing their prizes for their reading passports as the kids have been submitting what they’ve been reading over the summer and they give prizes to reward them for doing such good work.


The camps began on July 3rd as part of their TD Summer Reading Club.

Manitobans Go to the Polls September 10th But Advance Voting Begins Next Week.

 In Flin Flon the advance poll is open in the Community Hall August 29th and September 3rd and 4th from 8 am to 8 pm and in Snow Lake at their Community Hall August 29th from 8 am to 8 pm.  The Returning Office for Flin Flon Constituency is located in Cranberry Portage and is open for advance voting August 29th to September 5th from 8 to 8 except Sunday September 1st from 12 to 6.


Everyone must show ID to vote. That can be one piece of government issued photo ID including a drivers license, enhanced Manitoba identification card, passport or treaty card or two documents that include your name such as a Manitoba health card, social insurance card, utility bill or credit card.  People on the voters list who don’t have ID can have someone vouch for them.


More information can be found on the website www.electionsmanitoba.ca.

A School Flag and a Rock Painting Played a Role in Pride.

   Marc Lucas



The Flin Flon Pride Committee held their third annual Pride Event over the weekend. The Committee’s Andy Richard praised the School Division for their first Pride flag raising ceremony held on June 24th. Many Faces Education Centre Principal Marc Lucas said educators have a great responsibility in providing a safe and inclusive environment for all to learn and be part of.  He said along with equitable changes to our School Division over the past few years our schools were excited to raise Pride flags and show that they are in alliance with progression, understanding and love.  He added its moments like these that they hope to be part of in the future as there’ll always be battles and people to educate whenever there’s been discrimination so Flin Flon School Division will be one of many voices to help educate and make this world a more accepting one.


The Rainbow Heart Project with hearts painted around town was started when Julia Suchoplas painted a heart on the rocks which was vandalized, repainted and added to by others with the slogan Love Always Wins. She explained she wants the Rainbow Heart Project to be the unifying symbol of love and family that can tie us together no matter how alone we feel, to live is to accept and to accept is to love.

              The weekend included several other events such as a Trans March, community barbeque, Pride parade and, their first Drag show.

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How Do Your Candidates Stand on Environmental Commitments?

The Wilderness Committee is distributing a survey to all candidates campaigning in the upcoming provincial election.  It is asking for their plans on caring for Manitoba’s environment.


Wilderness and Water Campaigner Eric Reder says never in our history has action on the environment been more critical than it is now adding Manitoba has ecological solutions, we just need the political will to implement them and this survey will help voters decide who’s up for that task.


Topics covered in the survey include park protections, climate action, combating the biodiversity crisis and saving Lake Winnipeg.  Voters will be able to view responses from their local candidates on the Wilderness Committee website www.wildneresscommittee.org/manitoba on September 3rd.

Grant Money is Coming to Creighton.

Groups and organizations across Saskatchewan are receiving more than two million dollars in charitable gaming grants.  They come from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority charitable gaming grant program.  Through the grants Creighton will receive just over ten thousand dollars with just under five thousand going to the Creighton Border Explorers Snowmobile Club, just over five thousand to the Creighton Community Centre and 185 dollars to the Creighton Lodge Trust.


These quarterly grants are equal to 25 percent of net revenues raised through licensed charitable gaming activities such as bingos, raffles, break open tickets and other events.  Charitable gaming reports submitted by the groups are used by the Authority to calculate the grants.


Churchill is Open for Business.

Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says there can be few better examples of perseverance and resilience than Churchill.  She says the news that grain is once again being shipped through the Bay Link and the Port of Churchill is the latest example of this.  She explains when the previous owners shut it down the people of Churchill and all along the Bay Line did not give up. There was so much at stake as the lifeline to the community, employment, access for residents and tourists alike as well as its historic legacy since being opened in 1929.


Ashton adds it’s a port and rail line that has huge potential with the opening up of Arctic shipping.

Far Resources Has Acquired Ownership of Another Property Near Snow Lake.

Far Resources has completed final payment obligations under its agreement to secure 100 percent interest in its Green Bay Option.  This is part of the 36 hundred hectare high grade Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake.


President and CEO Toby Mayo comments the company has now completed five successful drilling campaigns on Zoro generating a robust mineral resource of over one million tonnes at close to one percent lithium, discovered multiple previously unknown lithium bearing pegmatites and generated a strong portfolio of additional targets throughout the property.


Far reports they have applied modern techniques over approximately one third of the total Zoro project area resulting in the discovery of thirteen dykes as well as a definition of numerous additional targets which are drill ready.  Management believes the potential for additional discoveries at Zoro is very significant.

Your School Supplies Can Have a New Life.

The Flin Flon Recycling Centre is holding a school supply give away Saturday, August 24th.  Administrator Deb Odegaard says your left over school supplies can be re-used by someone else.  She explains along with the school supplies they’ve found at the Centre they are willing to take any extras people have in their homes for this give away so they can drop them off at the Recycling Centre anytime before the 22nd.  She adds they had suggested that you drop them off at the Library but they’re not able to accommodate it so they would like all the supplies to come to the Recycling Centre.


The school supply give away takes place downstairs at the Flin Flon Public Library Saturday August 24th from 1 to 3.


The Breast Screening Bus is Coming to Creighton.

Saskatchewan’s Screening Program for Breast Cancer mobile bus will be in Creighton August 19th to 27th at the Sportex.  Early Detection Coordinator Laurie Pearce says this program is important to women. She explains it’s a test that is provided to women who have health card coverage and certainly Flin Flon women are also welcome to come to the mobile bus when it’s in Creighton and it’s important because the earlier cancer is detected usually the more treatable it is and low stage it is and that goes with all types of screening programs including the screening program for colorectal cancer and also the pap test for cervical cancer so early detection really does save lives.


Screenings will take place from 8 am to 8 pm weekdays and they still have appointments open so you can call 1-855-584-8228 to book one. Following Creighton they will move on to Pelican Narrows from August 28th to September 4th at the Angelique Canada Health Centre.

A Pop Up Market Will Be In Denare Beach.

Due to the expected rain this Saturday the Denare Beach Sand and Surf Pop Up Market will be open Saturday August 24th on the Beach.  One of the organizers Crystal Banting explains it’s going to be something they try every year and it’s just going to be a little pop up market just to get people out to the Beach. She says they have quite a few vendors already but they always have room for more if anybody would like to come and take part.  She notes they have pottery, baking, produce, Danita Stallard with her books, Touch of Class, paintings by Emily Ridley and Vicki’s Beach Glass.


Banting adds they will also have Denare Beach merchandise available.  The Pop Up Market is open at the Main Beach from 1 to 4 Saturday August 24th.  If you would still like to book at space you can call the Denare Beach Village office at 306-362-2054.

You Can Pick Up Skills for Theatre and Life in General.

The Flin Flon Arts Council is offering Improv Workshops tomorrow and Friday Nights from 7 to 8:30.  Presenter Wendy Corden who is involved in Improv Theatre at the University of Saskatchewan says tomorrow is for children 14 and under and Friday for adults and will cover skills like spot theatre, unscripted, different exercises and team work.  She says she wants to bring that sort of content to Flin Flon a little bit because she knows we have Ham Sandwich, we have musicals, we have things like that and those skills go far beyond just theatre performance, they are skills that we use every day in job interviews or working with people on projects, doing presentations at work or in school or anything like that and so it keeps you on your feet, it keeps you thinking quickly and being able to respond to things fast and in a humorous way.


To take part contact the Flin Flon Arts Council at 204-687-5974 or their office in the Community Hall.  The fee is 10 dollars and a few more people are needed.

The Attendance Numbers Are In.

The Blueberry Jam Music Gathering entertained a lot of people over the weekend.  The committee’s Katie Anderson reports over seven thousand passed through the entrance over the four days of the Gathering made up of around six thousand adults and twelve hundred youth.  She says they didn’t come up with exact numbers as they ran out of wrist bands used for counting on Friday night and they shut down the entrance tables at dusk due to a lack of light with people still coming in so using the numbers they had and estimates they know it was easily over seven thousand.


Blueberry Jam ran Thursday through Sunday at Johnny’s Social Club, the Rotary Wheel and the Tourist Park Campground.


A Lot of Home Businesses Will be in One Place in September.

The Creighton Annual Home Business Show is being held September 6th and 7th.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says it’s a good opportunity for home businesses to come out.  She explains they are looking for any home business that would like to come and join them adding so far they have about 25 that have registered.  She says it’s a two day home business show at the Sportex so anybody that is selling anything out of their homes they’d love to see you.


Home businesses interested can contact the Creighton Recreation Office at 306-688-3538 and book tables at a cost of 25 dollars for the first table and 5 for additional tables.

A Busy Summer Winds Up In Creighton.

The Creighton Spray Pool windup is being held Friday afternoon.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they have activities planned to help celebrate the windup.  She invites everyone to come out for a free afternoon with refreshments, the bouncy house and some games.  She adds they’re hoping for a really nice day to say goodbye to summer and their summer staff and have some fun.


The Creighton Spray Pool Fiesta runs from 1 to 3 Friday afternoon.

It Was A Successful Fund Raiser.

The 20th annual Steve Ewing Memorial Poker Run took place Saturday.  One of the organizers Kel Brown says they had a successful ride from Flin Flon to Wanless and back. Brown explains they had approximately 30 bikes and the total of what they raised was approximately 3 thousand dollars and Bonnie Pruden and Brian Lindgren won first prize as they tied at 131 points and last place went to Katie Njegovan at 560 dollars and the bursary got a thousand.


The ride left Flin Flon at noon Saturday and left Wanless at 1 with stops at Fidler’s Corner and Cranberry Portage ending at the Hooter in Creighton.


Exploration Continues at a New Deposit.

In their second quarter 2019 financial statement Hudbay reports Triple Seven Mine in Flin Flon and Lalor in Snow lake output increased by 35 and 21 percent respectively with total ore mined increasing by one percent over the same period last year offset by the closure of Reed Mine last August.


Hudbay Senior Vice-President Cashel Meagher reports since its discovery last February drilling has continued to define the extent and geometry of their 1901 deposit which is located between the former producing Chisel North mine and Lalor mine less than a thousand meters from an active underground ramp at a depth ranging from 550 to 650 meters and within 15 kilometers trucking distance of the Stall concentrator.  He adds the mineralization is interpreted as two zinc VMS lenses with locally high grade gold and silver content.


The mineral resource estimate indicates 2.1 million tonnes grading 9.67 percent zinc, .87 grams per tonne gold, 30.7 grams per tonne silver and .25 percent copper.  They note the gold and silver rich mineralization is likely to constitute a suitable feed for the New Britannia gold mill after its refurbishment is completed in 2022.

A Company Exploring for Lithium Near Snow Lake Has Formed a Next Stage Partnership.

Far Resources has expanded its relationship with BattMatt Technologies to allow the company to partner with BattMatt in the development of various patentable battery related technologies.  A binding letter of intent has been signed between Far and BattMatt to form a joint venture with a definitive agreement to be finalized in the coming weeks.  Through this agreement Far will have the opportunity to participate in early stage ownership of patentable battery related technologies, to advance relationships with battery manufacturers and to gain access to a wider alternative base of stakeholders.  It will allow the partners to quickly and efficiently assess and invest in battery and power related projects leveraging the use of the company’s Zoro lithium project near Snow Lake and Hidden Lake lithium project in Yellowknife as a future source of raw materials while also allowing Far to gain access to a broader investor base and to numerous potentially revenue generating projects and inventions.

Hudbay has Announced a Loss in the Second Quarter But a Solid Performance.

Hudbay has released its second quarter 2019 financial results. Interim President and CEO Peter Kukielski said building off a solid first quarter Hudbay delivered strong operating results in the second quarter including record mine production at Lalor, record throughput at the Stall Concentrator, both in Snow Lake and strong production results in Peru notwithstanding the planned semi-annual maintenance activities at the Constancia mill.  He noted based on these results they are on track to achieve their full 2019 production cost and capital expenditure guidance.


Kukielski added in Snow Lake they announced the initial resource estimate for the 1901 deposit which we will look at in tomorrow’s news.  In the second half of the year they will continue advancing the WIM, Pen II and New Britannia zones to upgrade them to a reserve classification.  At Rosemont in Arizona they intend to appeal a court decision suspending construction work while evaluating options for advancing the project.


Hudbay reported a net loss in the second quarter of 54.1 million dollars compared to a net profit of 24.7 million in the second quarter of last year.

Plans Continue to Fall Into Place for Flin Flons Third Pride Event.

Pride Week is being celebrated in Flin Flon this week.  Committee member Billy Williamson says their weekend celebration starts with the Flag Raising at City Hall Friday at 5 o’clock and there is a barbeque afterwards followed by the Transgender March.  He adds Saturday they have their parade and if you want to just walk or enter a float entry forms are at Pharmasave of on their Facebook page Flin Flon Pride and then their Drag Queen Mermaid which is the first ever drag show that Pride has put on and their Much Music Video Dance with a 90’s theme is at the Unwinder Saturday night.  He notes Sunday they have Pride in the Park at the Creighton Spray Pool where there’ll be food, music and lots of fun for the family.


The committee has also repainted the rainbow crosswalk between the Royal Bank and the Steelworkers building parallel to Main Street.  A complete list of events can be found on the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.

The Flinty Committee Needs Your Help.

The Flinty Committee held a meeting Wednesday night to discuss their work in the Boardwalk area over the past year.  Along with regular maintenance they laid down eleven new name boards last September.  They have four new boards to router and these will be laid down this September along with any other boards purchased.  You can purchase a name board at City Hall for 100 dollars.


In winter maintenance the Ski Club did eight passes along the Boardwalk this past winter funded by the Lions Club.  A new sign was installed at the entrance arch acknowledging the Lions and the Ski Club assistance with winter trail maintenance.  The committee has purchased stain with funding provided by the City.  The main stairs at the north end of Ross Lake and other wood infrastructure above the lake will be stained by volunteers once things dry out.


The committee is also looking for new committee members and volunteers to help their with security duties at Flin Flon Bomber games on a regular or occasional basis.  Interested volunteers for staining or assisting the committee can call Dave at 204-687-8653.

A Week Long Event For Children is Taking Place in Denare Beach.

The Amisk Lake Church in Denare Beach is presenting an adventure for children Monday to Friday next week.  Sunday School teacher Doreen Campbell says it’s put on by the Child Evangelism Fellowship.  She explains it’s called G Force Adventure for ages 5 to 13 at Amisk Lake Church Augusts 12th to 16th from 1 to 2 and it’ll be a fun time for the children as they will have snacks, bible stories, sing songs and they’ll have a great time.


The event is free so you can just show up at the Amisk Lake Church at 1725 Moody Drive in Denare Beach at 1 o’clock Monday to Friday next week.  If you need more information you can call Doreen at 306-688-6277.


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