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Spring Clean Up Season is Getting Underway.

The Town of Creighton is holding their annual spring clean up week. Chief Administrative Officer Paula Muench says the spring cleanup starts May 24th and will go through the week.  She notes some people require special circumstances where they need assistance for large items and they can contact the Town Office at 688-8253 and they can make some arrangements for pickup and also to assist residents with their yard clean up there will be free dumping fees for the same time during that week but a reminder though any fridges  or freezers must have the Freon removed first.

             

If you need more information you can call the Town office at 306-688-8253.

Now is the Time to Book a Space at the Boot Sale.

Flin Flons Inner Wheel Club is holding their annual Car Boot Sale from 10 to 1 Saturday June 4th at the Victoria Inn parking lot. The Club’s Agnes Mills says it’s a chance to sell what you don’t need while supporting the charities the Club donates to noting they’re going to support the pool this year and the Grad bursary, the Food Bank, the Legion and they’re making a donation to the Ukraine and that’s going to be a thousand dollars and that’s not written in stone, it could change and they could donate to more maybe depending on what they make at their Boot Sale.

             

You can book a space for 15 dollars to sell from the trunk of your car, a table or your truck by calling Nora at 204-687-6188 or Agnes at 204-687-8204.

 

Flin Flon City Council Applied for Flood Water Assistance and Set Rates at Their Meeting Last Night.

Council approved an application to the Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program as it has incurred expenses as a result of response and repair costs for 2022 spring flooding. That includes overtime for public works and water crews related to flooding and any other expenses not covered by insurance.  They also requested to participate in this program in the event residents incurred financial costs.

             

They approved the Community Hall Gym Fee Schedule setting rates at adults 400 dollars yearly, 150 quarterly and 60 dollars monthly and for seniors and youth 300 yearly, 112.50 quarterly and 45 monthly. This is the first year the City has operated the Gym.

             

They also passed on final reading the annual per parcel Special Services Levy for police and fire services, recreation support services and snow removal and dust control.  They total 894 dollars for all ratable properties and just over 395 dollars for the business tax roll in the community for this year going up one percent in each of 2023 and 2024.                                             

             

Council approved the appointment of Janice Bee as Senior Election Official for the October Municipal Elections and they will hold a public meeting to discuss plans for the proposed new pool on Tuesday June 7th at 6 pm in City Council Chambers.

 

Fishing Season Opens in Manitoba This Weekend.

Manitoba’s recreational angling season officially opens Saturday in the northwest and north central regions of the province.  They note due to late spring conditions some fish may still be spawning during the start of angling season.  Anglers are asked to protect fish stocks by releasing fish that are discharging eggs back into the water.  The late spring may also result in dangerous conditions including unstable ice, fast flowing currents and colder water temperatures.  Anglers are reminded to follow boating safety measures, wear life jackets, check ice conditions and use caution when angling.

             

Angling licenses are available online and can be immediately purchased and printed at home by visiting www.manitobaelicensing.ca. For information on provincial fishing regulations refer to the 2022 Manitoba Anglers Guide at www.manitobafisheries.com and the province will again be operating watercraft inspection stations to help watercraft users be compliant with aquatic invasive species requirements.

 

Overnight Summer Camps Can Receive Financial Support in Manitoba.

The Manitoba government is providing 750 thousand dollars to the Manitoba Camping Association to support eligible overnight camps. The one time funding grants up to 50 thousand dollars per camp and can be used to offset financial impacts experienced by camps due to COVID-19.  This includes financial strain due to closures and implementing services under conditions of public health orders.  It will also help support future recovery efforts.  Eligible costs will include fixed operating costs such as property taxes, utilities and insurance.

             

Applications are available on the MCA website at www.mbcamping.ca.  Intake is open until May 31st at 4:30 pm.  Camps should send completed applications and all required paperwork to financialaid@manitobacamping.ca.

 

The Manitoba Metis Federation Continues to Invest in Manitoba.

At the opening of their Flin Flon sub office Saturday President David Chartrand reported the Manitoba Metis Federation is really active in the province. He stated they have invested in a lot of successful projects noting they’re building hotels, building apartment blocks, pharmacies, clinics and like Ronald McDonald House they’re asking if they come to the city it’s so expensive to stay at a hotel so they already bought the land by Notre Dame by the hospital so they’ll be building a 12 or 18 family facility there for when families come in they have a place to stay.  He said they started a fur company so he put a million dollars into a separate account and it’ll be buying fur starting this year and onward noting they believe in the industry of fur and particularly the cultural connection with their history.

             

Chartrand added one challenge is to provide services for their members not only in Manitoba but wherever they live in the country.  Chartrand was acclaimed as President for another four year term adding a promise he made when first elected in 1997 that he will never forget the north.

A Broadway Musical will Again Hit the Stage in Flin Flon Next Spring.

The announcement was made on the weekend by the Director of the Community Choir Crystal Kolt that they are going to be producing Mary Poppins with four performances in May 2023 and they’re super excited to have Ann Hodges back directing with them a wonderful magical adventure that only Mary Poppins can do for us.  She added she just sort of thought with everything we.re going through with COVID and all the issues that are happening in the community and the world generally it would be lovely to have a wonderful family production and it is one of the best scripts around in Broadway right now so they’re really excited to have the rights to produce this.

             

Kolt note auditions for Mary Poppins will open in October.

You Can Join a Virtual Walk to Support People with Dementia.

The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is asking Who Are You Walking For as they invite you to take part in this year’s IG Wealth Management Walk For Alzheimer’s.  Their Senior Manager of Regional Services Liz McLeod says it continues to help offer programs and services to meet the needs of over 23 thousand people living with dementia and their caregivers in Manitoba. She explains this is the 30th year that they’ve held a walk to raise funds for their programs and services and they’re partnered with IG Wealth Management, they’ve been their sponsor now for a number of years and they’re very happy to have them on board.  She says the last two years they walk has been virtual but this year they’re actually having an in person walk but only in Winnipeg and the reason for that is many of their walks in rural areas are partnered with Personal Care Homes and they have restrictions.

             

McLeod adds you can sign up as a virtual participant at www.alzheimer.mb.ca and have fun raising money for a fantastic cause.

 

Flooding that has washed out many roads and bridges in a section of western Manitoba has cut off one community from the outside world.

Bridges north and south of Mafeking have been severely damaged, which means none of the 130 residents can leave by road.

Robert Hanson, reeve of the Rural Municipality of Mountain, says the ambulance station has been closed because the ambulance is outside the community and cannot get back.

Hanson says anyone needing medical care will have to be taken out by medical helicopter.

Heavy rain late last week combined with melting snow, which has caused rivers to surge.

Hanson says he and others in Mafeking may be able to leave in three days, when a bridge to the north is expected to reopen.

A New Office Was Officially Opened on Main Street Saturday.

 A sub office of the Manitoba Metis Federation The Pas Region officially opened on Main Street in Flin Flon Saturday morning.   The Federation’s Vice President for the Pas Region Judy Mayer says they wanted to expand their services to other communities and Flin Flon was the first one that they picked for a number of reasons, number one it’s their second largest local, two it’s their most active, three it’s right on the Saskatchewan border so as they expand their boundaries they’re representing all the Red River Metis in Canada wherever they live and they do have a lot of citizens that live in Creighton.  She adds having the office here show their presence in Flin Flon and the Flin Flon local is very active as they participate in a lot of community events and they want to show the City of Flin Flon that they want to be a good partner with them in the community.

             

Mayor Cal Huntley, Chamber President Colleen Arnold and MLA Tom Lindsey stated they look forward to the Federation having a really active future in our community.

 

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Will Be Even Better This Year with Help From a Government Grant.

Manitoba Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke has announced the Trout Festival has been conditionally approved to receive a grant from the Building Sustainable Communities Program.  Recreation Manager Andrew Smith says the Committee will make good use of it.  He explains they got around 12 thousand dollars for the Trout Festival this year and it’s meant to ensure that this event can continue sustainably in terms of them purchasing stuff and make all of the events run a little bit smoother and it will ensure them that they can sustainably continue this event and once again grow it to what it was in past times.

             

You can learn more about what the Festival Committee has planned for June 25th to July 1st on their website www.flinflontroutfestival.com.

University College of the North is Working with Fishers in the North.

UCN reports they will continue to administer the Collaborative Stock Monitoring Program in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and Indigenous fishers in northern communities The Program is a unique training initiative and data collection partnership to achieve sustainable fisheries and economic development in northern Manitoba.

             

Coordinator Brian Kotak says the program supports the capacity building of Indigenous Commercial Fishers and provides a basis of fish stock monitoring knowledge.  It also empowers commercial fishers with more participation in fisheries management with the province of Manitoba and contributes local knowledge and fisheries data towards eco-certification of Manitoba’s harvest.

             

The program is funded through the Government of Canada’s Strategic Partnership Initiative under the Indigenous Inland Commercial Fisheries Initiative and the Province of Manitoba.

 

Rockcliff has Successfully Completed Another Drill Program Near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced the completion of its phase two drill program at the historical Last Hurrah Zone at its Freebeth Property in the Snow Lake mining camp.  The Last Hurrah Zone is defined as a near surface, steeply dipping, high grade volcanic massive sulphide lens that is open at depth, to the north and partially the south. They intersected shallow high grade mineralization with 7.2 percent copper equivalent across 1.7 meters, 4.3 percent across 3.0 meters and 3.8 percent across 4.2 meters.

             

Rockcliff  Interim President and CEO Ken Lapierre says their phase two drill program has now identified  continuity of VMS mineralization across the strike length of over 350 meters and to depths of up to 300 meters vertical.  He adds this Zone is part of their exploration efforts in the Snow Lake region to identify high priority targets near existing mining infrastructure.

This is National Nurses Week.

The Executive director of the Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba Joyce Kristjansson says this past year has been challenging for nurses in the province.

 

She speaks specifically about the challenges northern nurses face. She notes like all of the province but exacerbated more by remoteness of many communities in the north there is a huge nursing shortage and what that means is the nurses that are in place are giving everything they have.  She says she’s just so incredibly impressed by the dedication and the leadership of these nurses to fill the gaps and be creative to find ways to provide patient care within the limited resources that exist.

 

This year National Nurses Week runs from May 9th to May 15th and falls during the week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday which is May 12th.

 

New Case Numbers Continue to go Down in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 902 new cases of COVID-19 for the week of May 1st to 7th down from 1042 the previous week.  The total reported case in Manitoba now stands at 142,875.  Of the new cases 455 were in Winnipeg with 88 in the Northern health region up from 83 the previous week.  Hospital admissions during the week were 183 down two from the previous week of which 131 were admissions to ICU. The volume of lab tests decreased to an average 832 people tested per day compared to 840 in the previous week and the test positivity rate was 17.6 percent a decrease from 20.7 percent the previous week.

 

              Saskatchewan health reports 710 new cases for the week of May 1st to 7th down from 765 the previous week. Far Northeast had the lowest number of new cases at seven up from five the previous week.  As of May 11th 321 people were in hospital down 69 from the previous week with 16 in intensive care down four.  The Omicron BA.2 sub variant accounted for 94.8 percent of variants of concern which is higher than 83.4 percent the previous week.

A Local Organization Needs Your Help to Keep Active.

The Creighton Branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is in need of an executive in order to operate as a Branch.  The group’s Scott Rosenberger explains members need to step up and relieve their current executive and get some new and younger people involved for the club to keep their activities going.  He says the unfortunate part would be that with the  help of the Northern Neighbors Foundation they just put up a beautiful shooting structure out at the range and if they don’t have the executive to keep the club going they then will be losing the rifle range as well noting they have already lost the archery range due to the building being sold so it would be nice to keep what they have existing around for a while longer.

             

Anyone interested in the executive or volunteering can contact a current member of the Branch, call Scott at 204-271-1742 or go to their Facebook page Creighton Branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

 

Hudbay Has Seen Improved Results Over the Last Quarter.

President Peter Kukielski reported in their first quarter of 2022 Hudbay has net earnings of 63.8 million dollars compared to a net loss of 10.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. He explains they maintained steady operations during the first quarter despite being faced with a number of external challenges including COVID related absenteeism, extreme weather conditions and inflationary cost pressures.  He says this was testament to their effective risk management systems and focus on operating efficiencies and as a result they have reaffirmed their full year production and cost guidance for 2022.

             

Kukielski added they have seen strong performance from the New Britannia mill in Manitoba, they are on track to mine the significantly higher grades in Peru later this year and they look forward to continuing to advance their world class project pipeline including the release of a robust Preliminary Economic Assessment on their Copper World project in Arizona in the second quarter.

Administration Teams Highlighted Recent School Board Meetings.

At their meeting earlier this week the Flin Flon School Division Board of Trustees Chairperson Leslie Fernandes reported that over the past few weeks the Board met with the Admin teams from each school.  This was a great way for Board members to see the schools in action and learn all the ways students are benefitting.  The Board appreciated the Admin teams for taking the time to highlight all the progress being made and showing the Board that students are put first.  From videos to project displays the Board was able to see students having fun while learning. 

             

Fernandes went on to say that one of the purposes of a School Board is to set forth the educational goals of the Division and meeting with the Admin teams allowed the Board to see student’s success in learning and follow up with the best steps in achieving those outcomes.

Deschambault Lake RCMP are asking for assistance in locating man who escaped police custody.

LOCATED MAY 12

Keith McCallum escaped at approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 4 when he fled on foot when being escorted to a parked police vehicle. He was in court to address numerous charges including theft of motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, break and enter, and failure to comply. 

As a result McCallum has been charged with one count of escaping lawful custody. A warrant has been issued for his arrest and Deschambault Lake RCMP are actively working to find and arrest him. 

Keith is described as approximately 5’8” tall and 140 lbs. He has black chin-length hair often pulled back in a ponytail and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the community of Pelican Narrows. 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Keith McCallum is asked to call Deschambault Lake RCMP at 306-632-2392, 911 in an emergency, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Hudbay Continues to Move Forward in Manitoba.

Hudbay released their first quarter 2022 results yesterday.  President Peter Kukielski reported the Triple Seven Mine in Flin Flon is within a month of closure and as development requirements wind down personnel and equipment are being redeployed at Lalor in Snow Lake as part of the Lalor ramp up strategy.  He outlined what’s happening in the Snow Lake area noting they are advancing their Snow Lake gold strategy with plans underway to achieve 53 hundred tonnes per day at Lalor by the end of the year.  He said they are also implementing their recovery improvement program at the Stall Mill this year to increase copper and gold recoveries as part of their Snow Lake gold strategy.  He added they will continue regional drilling in the Snow Lake area to explore for base metals and gold upside and they will continue to compile results from ongoing infill drilling programs at Lalor and 1901.

             

Kukielski also reported Hudbay is continuing to explore the concept to potentially reprocess the Flin Flon tailings in the future but it is too soon to set a time line on the results of that project.

 

Cheques Will Be In the Mail For Co-op Members This Summer.

General Manager Randy Dumenko told the 77th annual meeting of the North of 53 Co-op 2021 was another successful year.  Sales in the food division were just under 26.6 million dollars and the petroleum division were 8.4 million dollars for total sales of just under 35 million.  He noted as a result of this with their local savings, Federated Co-op patronage and loyalty programs they were left with savings after tax of just under 1.6 million dollars so the Board has elected to do a allocation of just over 719 thousand dollars to the membership and will pay out some of that this summer.

             

Board President Dave Kendall reported this year there were openings for three positions for a three year term.  Dave Kendall and Linda Clark were re-elected by acclamation along with new member Nevada Ross.  Other members on the Board are James Johnson, Del Ward, Dennis Whitbread and Kelsey Horrocks.

 

High Water Has Closed a Portion of the Boardwalk in Flin Flon

The City of Flin Flon has announced that with the

extremely high and rushing water they have place barriers

along the Boardwalk and will be shutting down the Ross Lake

portion as the bridge there is completely surrounded by water.

People are asked to stay away and warn your children of the danger until the water subsides.

The Flin Flon Community Choir is Preparing to Announce their Next Broadway Production.

The Choir is presenting The Big Reveal Saturday night.  Choir Director Crystal Kolt says they have been unable to present their Broadway Musical which they have done every second year due to COVID and are now prepared to make an announcement at The Big Reveal Saturday night.  She explains they have connected with New York and they know the musical they have the rights to be able to present and they are going to reveal what it is this Saturday.  She says this is going to be a cabaret style event and they’re going to be having musical theatre songs presented throughout the evening as well as having wine available so this is going to be a lovely evening and everybody should come out and see what the next big musical is going to be for 2023.

             

Tickets for The Big Reveal taking place Saturday night at 7:30 in Johnny's Social Club are available online at www.flinflonartscouncil.ca or at the Uptown Emporium on Main Street.

 

A Hudbay Employee has Received a National Award.

Hudbay President Peter Kukielski has congratulated their Executive Director of Metallurgy Technical Services Matthew Taylor on receiving the 2022 Mineral Processor of the Year Award from the Canadian Mineral Processors at an award ceremony last week.  The honor is awarded in recognition of outstanding results achieved in tackling significant mineral processing challenges and related to Taylor’s work on the Snow Lake and New Britannia processing strategy. 

             

Kukielski says Matthew has been a valued member of the Hudbay team for over three years whose contributions have not only been recognized internally but also by his peers in the mining community.  He noted Matthew has been instrumental in the implementation of the innovative flotation circuit at the New Britannia mill in Snow Lake and led the design of their processing facilities at their Copper World project in Arizona.

Twelve projects will receive 1.6 million dollars in funding through the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund which is managed by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

 In the first quarter of this year the Fund’s review committee approved funding in support of exploration activities, drill programs, business renovation and start up costs, equipment and training investment, renewable energy projects and community consultations.

             

Among the projects in rounded off figures 157 thousand to Snow Lake Lithium, 275 thousand to Wolfden Resources/ with exploration on the Rice Island project 5 kilometers from Snow Lake Mining infrastructure and Nickel Island 10 kilometers west of Garden Hill, 300 thousand to Willeson Metals exploring 72 kilometers southeast of Lynn Lake and 25 thousand to the Northern Manitoba Sector Council.

             

The Manitoba government established the Fund in 2019 with an initial investment of 20 million dollars and each year six percent of tax revenue collected from the Mining Tax is allocated to the Fund.

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