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Guidelines for Fall Activities Are Out In Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Health reported this afternoon 11 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total reported to 1846 cases.  There are three new cases each in Saskatoon and North Central zones and one each in the North West, Central East, Regina and South East zones with one location pending.  Of the 1846 cases reported 123 are considered active, 1699 people have recovered and eight are in hospital.


The Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan has been updated for fall activities.  In addition to information to prepare for a safe Halloween they also provide direction on how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving and fall or fowl suppers as well as safely honoring Remembrance Day.  Find these online at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.

Covid Restrictions Have Been Expanded in the Winnipeg Region.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 54new cases of COVID-19 in the province this afternoon and that brings the total number of cases in Manitoba to 1764.  He reported there are two from the Prairie Health Region, two cases from Interlake Eastern Health Region, two cases from the Northern Health Region, four cases from Southern Health Region and 44 cases in the Winnipeg Health Region.


487 cases are active, 1258 individuals have recovered and 13 are in hospital with six in intensive care.  The two cases reported in the Northern Region are on the eastern side of the Region.


Public Health officials are elevating the Pandemic Response Level for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region to Restricted or orange.  As of Monday and for the next four weeks masks will be mandatory there in all indoor public places and public gathering will be restricted to ten indoors and outdoors.



You Can Share Your Favorite Winter Scenes.

The City of Flin Flon is looking for your favorite winter photos as part of their The Water and The Wild Winter Photo Contest.  Community Engagement Manager Nathaniel Boucher asks you to submit photos of the Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach area like landscape photography or photos of friends and family just something that they can use to build up a stockpile of winter photos to use in tourism and marketing initiatives as well as future graphics for posters and events things of that nature.  He notes they have quite a bit of stockpile of summer photos but they’re looking to build up those winter photos as well because we know we have four great season in Flin Flon and they want to express all those seasons.


You can submit your photos to info@flinflon.ca or to their Facebook page by October 1st.  You could win a Water and The Wild themed prize courtesy of Community Futures Greenstone.

You Can Shop For Food Products Harvested From Our Northern Forests Tomorrow.

The Communities Economic Development Fund and Look North are presenting a Northern Harvesters Market in Flin Flon tomorrow.  Look North Natural Resources Officer Saraj Thethy says at the Ross Lake Market they’re going to have a selection of non-timber forest products so that’s including some teas, honey and syrup all produced by northern Manitoba producers so they have some Rocky Lake Birch Syrup, products from Arctic Gold Honey and Forbes Forest Products along with some Manitoba Pickerel that CEDF will be bringing down.


The Northern Harvesters Market runs from 11:30 to 4:30 tomorrow at the Ross Lake Market Garden.


A COVID-19 Fine Has Been Issued in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Health reported this afternoon five new cases of COVID-19.  Two of the cases are in the Saskatoon zone and one each in Central West, Regina and South Central zones.  That brings the total number of cases reported to 1835, 130 are considered active, 1681 people have recovered and eight people are in hospital.


They also note public health officials are seeing increasing transmission rates particularly as a result of public and private gatherings.  Not following public health orders can lead to fines of 2 thousand dollars for individuals and 10 thousand for corporations plus a victim charge.  A 2 thousand dollar fine has been issued to an individual following public health’s review of their contact investigation that determined the individual did not self isolate when symptomatic.


A 19th Death Related to COVID-19 Has Been Reported in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced this afternoon 37 new cases of COVID-19.  He reported a 19th death related to COVID-19 which is a female in her 90s in the Winnipeg Health Region and this is linked to the outbreak at the Parkview Place Personal Care Home.  He adds there is one new case in the Prairie Mountain Health Region, four cases in the Interlake Eastern Health Region, two cases in Southern Health and 30 cases in the Winnipeg Health Region.  There are 449 active cases, 1243 individuals have recovered and 11 people are in hospital six of which are in intensive care.


Roussin noted the total number of reported cases in the province is now 1711.

Flin Flon Voters Will Go to the Polls to Elect a City Councillor.

Five Candidates have filed papers to fill one seat on City Council in a by-election being held on October 28th.  They are Gatlin Church, Carrie Hume, Barry Kreller, Angela Simpson and Tom Therien.  The term will run from November 2020 to November 2022.


All eleven polls for voting will be located in Flin Flon City Hall Council Chambers on October 28th open from 8 am to 8 pm and advance voting will also be at City Hall Council Chambers October 22nd from 8 to 8.  A mobile voting station will be set up on Election Day at the Northern Lights Manor, Flin Flon General Hospital, Rotary Court, Legion Housing and Hemlock Housing.  Voting by mail can take place by contacting the Senior Election Official through City Hall no later than three days before Election Day.


COVID-19 safety measures recommended by Public Health will be in place at the polling stations.

An Annual Fund Raising Art Exhibit Officially Gets Underway Tonight.

The NorVa Centre is holding the grand opening of their Square Foot Art Exhibition and Auction tonight.  Their Fund Raising Chair Cindy McLean explains the NorVa Centre annually holds their Square afoot Auction and it’s a fantastic event that supports the Centre as well as the artists.  She points out viewing and bidding on the art will start tonight during their grand opening from 7 to 9 so come down and have a look at the art and the bidding will continue right up until October 18th.  She adds they have over 80 pieces of art available for bidding and this year they also welcome phone in bids to NorVa Centre at 687-4237 and watch their Facebook page for regular highlights of all available pieces or come down to NorVa anytime between tonight and October 18th to have a look at the art.


The Grand Opening is at 7 tonight at the NorVa Centre at 177 Green Street and COVID-19 precautions are in effect.

The Flin Flon School Board Heard How Well Students Have Adjusted to Back to School.

Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne reports she recently had the opportunity to tour all schools and was very impressed at what she saw.  Staff and students seem to have adjusted well to the new normal.  Ruth Betts spent this first week of school getting students back to a safe routine practicing proper hand washing and mask wearing.  Yesterday the grade fives participated in the socially distanced Terry Fox walk supporting Terry and the fight against cancer.  Students in McIsaac are also adjusting well to the new routines and expectations.  The French Immersion students have kept up their language skills over the summer break and the music and band teachers are utilizing an online program called Music Play which they are enjoying.  The McIsaac Student Council will hold their meetings virtually.


Board Chair Murray Skeavington advised parents to visit your child’s school website, their Facebook pages and the Divisions website for complete school updates.  The Board continues to discuss extra-curricular activities and asked for patience as the year has just gotten underway and they are still in the process of making sure everything is running smoothly.


The Number of New Covid-19 Cases Continues to Grow in Southern Manitoba While New Cases are Low in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Public Health reported this afternoon 42 new cases of COVID-19.  30 of the cases are in the Winnipeg Health Region, six in Southern Health, three in Prairie Mountain Health, two in the Interlake Eastern Health and one in Northern Health Region.  Three schools in the south have confirmed cases including Gladstone Elementary, St. Maurice and Emerson Schools.  These are considered low risk and the infections were not acquired at school. The provincial total of reported cases is now 1674 with 418 active, 1239 individuals have recovered and 11 are in hospital.


Meanwhile Saskatchewan Health reported six new cases this afternoon with three in Regina, two in Saskatoon and one in Central West zone.  That brings the total reported cases to 1830 with 133 active, 1673 people have recovered and nine are in hospital.  They also note the number of active cases in communal living settings is now very low.

Community Outreach and Keeping Community Events Supported Were Goals Set Out at an Annual Meeting.

The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation held their annual meeting Monday night.  Chair Mark Kolt reported their main focus in 2019-20 was in the areas of homelessness including involvement with the Everyone Deserves a Home housing group and the Friendship Centers DIY Tenant Education Project. The Corporation approved ten of the eleven Small Grant applications submitted this year with a total of just over 29 thousand dollars approved but only just over 23 thousand was actually spent.


The Small Grants supported Culture Days, the Main ART-ery Street Festival and Banner Project, the Trout Festival, the NorVa Visting Artist Exhibition, Blueberry Jam Music Gathering and Culture Days.  The Corporation also supported downtown revitalization projects, the Flowers on Main Street Project and Women’s Safe Haven Renovations.                                        


 Kolt noted they are planning to do more community outreach and working to find ways to address community priorities in a way that is consistent with slowing the spread of the pandemic with input from the community.

A New Leader Will Work to Transform Health in Northern Manitoba.

 Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin or KIM Inc. has announced the appointment of Dr. Barry Lavallee as CEO.

In place as Medical Advisor since May 2019, Dr. Lavallee provided much needed clinical and systems expertise at a time when Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak was taking significant steps towards the establishment of a new northern First Nations led health transformation entity. KIM was established by the MKO Chiefs Task Force on Health during their Assembly on Health in January of 2020.                     


Chief Larson Anderson of Norway House Cree Nation and Chair of KIM’s Chiefs Task Force on Health stated

 this appointment solidifies our ambition to become leaders in Health Transformation for the north. We trust him to set in motion what we know is needed – First Nations community led health transformation.                       


 Dr. Barry Lavallee responded  by noting he is pleased to accept the opportunity to make a long-term positive impact on the health and well-being of First Nations citizens living in Northern Manitoba.


COVID-19 Case Numbers Continue to Grow in Winnipeg While Saskatchewan Also Prepares for the Flu Season.

Manitoba Public Health reported this afternoon 24 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.  20 of these cases are in the Winnipeg Health Region and two each in the Interlake Eastern and Southern Health Regions.  Total cases reported are at 1632 with 380 active, 1234 individuals have recovered and eight are in hospital with two in intensive care.  In Winnipeg there are now 20 confirmed cases in the John Pritchard School cluster and one at College Louis Riel and two are linked to Maplewood Manor in Southern Health.          


Saskatchewan Health reported ten new cases this afternoon with six in Saskatoon, two in Regina and one each in the Far East and Central West zones. Of the 1,824 reported cases 146 are considered active, 1,654 people have recovered and nine are in hospital. Two of the new cases reported in the Saskatoon area are associated with the workplace outbreak previously identified at Brandt Industries.

                As well with influenza season around the corner the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has purchased 36.5 percent more vaccine than last year to meet the anticipated increase in demand with residents 65 and over receiving the high dose vaccine at no cost in personal care and long term care homes starting in mid-October.

Students in Our Area Will Have Support in Preventing the Spread of COVID-19.

Associate Dealer Ranjit Soman reports Canadian Tire Flin Flon is supporting kids and schools in Flin Flon and surrounding communities.  He explains they are hoping this donation actually helps more kids to attend classrooms and not missing the social aspect of school instruction so they basically are donating about 360 liters of sanitizers to nine schools around our community so the schools in Flin Flon, Creighton, Cranberry Portage as well as Cormorant and Moose Lake.


Overall 40 liters of sanitizer will be donated to each of the nine schools.

Flin Flon Joins Other Manitoba Schools in Receiving Support to Ensure Safe and Healthy Learning Environments.

Manitoba Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen has announced the province has shared with school divisions details about the per-pupil money flowing from the Safe Schools funding. Flin Flon School Division with 987 students will receive just over 152 thousand dollars for the 2020-21 school year.


Of the 52 million dollars made available 21 million is estimated for mask and personal protective equipment, 32 million for school divisions and independent schools to access a per-pupil maximum and 8 million to address serious and urgent health and safety measures over and above the school division allocation. The focused funding will also be used to directly support schools, teachers and students with enhanced cleaning and sanitization including more supplies and custodian staff, increased bus transportation capacity, technology related costs and ensuring substitute teachers are available.

Indications are Travel Led to an Increase in COVID-19 Cases in the Saskatoon Zone.

Saskatchewan Health reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 20 on Sunday.  The largest numbers were in the Regina zone with 15 and Saskatoon zone which reported 10 related to the workplace out break previously identified as Brandt Industries with indications these are related to out of province travel        They reported seven new cases this afternoon with five in the Saskatoon zone and one each in the Regina and South East zones.  The total reported cases stands at 1814 with 145 considered active, 1645 people have recovered and ten are in hospital.


You are reminded that in Saskatchewan there can be very serious consequences for not following Public Health Orders such as limiting gatherings to 30 people with two meter spacing including fines that may be two thousand dollars for individuals and ten thousand for corporations plus a victim charge.

Two More Deaths Related to COVID-19 Have Been Reported in Manitoba.

Manitoba Public Health reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday and 29 Sunday.  36 of these cases were in the Winnipeg Health Region.


This afternoon Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported 22 new cases bringing the total number of cases to 1608.  He announced a 17th and 18th death related to COVID-19 a man in his 80s from Southern Health and a female in her 80s from Prairie Mountain Health. He adds there’s one new case in Prairie Mountain Health, three in Southern Health and 16 in the Winnipeg Health Region.


Of the 1608 reported case 363 are considered active, 1227 people have recovered and eight people are in hospital with two in intensive care.


You Will Have to Find a Safe Way to Get Home Over the Coming Holiday Season.

Operation Red Nose in ten Manitoba Communities including Flin Flon will not operate its safe ride service this year.  In Flin Flon its run by the Rotary Club with their Committee Chair Ted Hewitt who explains with the current public health situation and the logistics necessary to provide the safety of their volunteers and clients they decided not to offer the service.  He says the Rotary Club has enjoyed offering Operation Red Nose for the past 20 plus years providing a free and confidential ride home for their clients noting all proceeds during this time in excess of 200 thousand dollars have been donated to local organizations dedicated to youth and amateur sports.  He adds it is their intention to re-visit the public health situation next year and hopefully Operation Red Nose can be safely provided.


Operation Red Nose invites you to always plan for a safe way to get home in all circumstances by calling a friend, a relative, a cab or by designating a sober driver.


Local Schools Will See Improved Lighting.

Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has announced payments to schools under the Climate Action Incentive Fund.  The government is providing 12 million dollars to fund 164 projects that will help schools save money, reduce energy costs and enable them to take part in Canada’s climate plan.


From the fund Creighton School Division is receiving 133 thousand dollars and Flin Flon School Division just over 57 thousand dollars.  Both Divisions will put the money towards the cost of upgrading to more energy efficient LED lighting.


The Minister explained this funding comes from the proceeds of the federal carbon pollution pricing system which invests in projects that reduce carbon pollution, save money and create good green jobs.  It was launched in May 2019 and returns carbon pollution pricing proceeds to the jurisdiction where they were collected.

Member of Parliament Niki Ashton has Outlined her Priorities for a New Parliament.

Ashton notes there will be a new Throne Speech this week and a new and very different Parliament because of COVID-19.  She says they have to deal with the fact that COVID-19 is on the rise again and here in Manitoba there has been an increase in the number of cases including cases in First Nations Communities as well as across Canada and many other jurisdictions throughout the world. She adds they have to continue to focus on limiting the spread of the virus, making testing available and continuing to provide the economic supports needed. Ashton also notes they need to focus on rebuilding our economy, on economic development and on jobs.

She concludes as they return to Parliament she will be watching not only the Throne speech but most importantly the budget to see if this minority government is listening and acting on these keys issues.



There Are Concerns Over the Number of COVID-19 Cases in Winnipeg While Saskatchewan Residents can Access a New App.

Manitoba Public Health Officials reported this afternoon 40 new cases of COVID-19 in the province. 29 of the cases are in the Winnipeg Health Region, four each in Prairie Mountain and Interlake Eastern Regions and three in the Southern Health Region.  That brings the total number of reported cases to 1540 with 325 active and 1199 recovered.


They note the concerning increase in the number of cases in Winnipeg adding recent success in Prairie Mountain Health shows that focusing on the fundamentals can reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and urge residents and visitors to Winnipeg of focus on those fundamentals including staying home when sick, hand washing and physical distancing.


Saskatchewan reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon with 12 in the Saskatoon area, 4 in the Regina and 3 in the Central West zones.  That brings the total to 1776 reported cases, 113 are considered active and 1639 people have recovered.


Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe advises people in the province can now receive one time keys from their Health Authorities to use with COVID Alert which is Canada’s COVID-19 exposure notification app.  The app helps notify users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


You Can Come Out and Discuss Local Issues.

The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is holding their annual meeting Monday night.  Executive Director Laurence Gillespie invites you to come out as they review the past year, future plans and hold the election of officers hoping to get more people interested in filling those roles.  But he adds the real thing is with the pandemic it’s really forced them to reconsider a lot of their long term programs and activities and there’s a lot of stress on trying to preserve capacity in Flin Flon to do things that will help keep a lot of activities that we’ve cherished over the years going but perhaps in a different form so they really want to get an idea from people as to what they would like them to do in the COVID area and how they can address these capacity maintenance issues that are really becoming quite prominent right now.


The meeting is being held at 7 Monday evening in Council chambers at City Hall or you can join them on Zoom by contacting Laurence at 204-687-6972 in advance of the meeting.


The New Co-op Store Had a Successful First Full Year.

General Manager Tom Therien told the 75th annual meeting of the North of 53 Co-op Wednesday night 2019 was another banner year sales wise for the Co-op. He noted for the first time in their history sales exceeded 31 million dollars including 22.6 million in food sales in the first full year for their new food store.   He told those attending the Co-op will experience a few lean years as they transition from an old aging to a new modern food store reporting 2019 resulted in a local loss of 1.2 million dollars primarily as a result of high depreciation costs and interest on the outstanding loan needed.  Therien noted as a result of their local loss and smaller than expected patronage refund from Federated Cooperatives Limited due to drastically reduced petroleum sales they were left with a net savings after tax of just over 177 thousand dollars which they elected to allocate once again to their reserves only.


Board President Dave Kendall reported this year there were openings for two positions for three year terms on the Board which were filled by acclamation by the incumbents Erhart Dzuibak and Del Ward in the spring when the annual meeting is usually held.


Saskatchewan is Enforcing the Size of Social Gatherings.

Saskatchewan Health reported this afternoon seven new cases of COVID-19.  There are four new cases in Saskatoon, two in the South East and one in the South West zones.  That brings the provincial total of reported cases to 1757, 109 are considered active, 1624 people have recovered and five are in hospital.


A two thousand dollar fine has been issued to the organizer of a large social gathering in a private household in Saskatoon.  This gathering had approximately 47 people in attendance contravening the gathering size limit of 30 people in the Public Health Order.  This gathering led to 21 identified cases of COVID-19 to date with contact tracing continuing.


Reported COVID-19 Cases in Manitoba Have Hit 15 Hundred.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced this afternoon 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.  Eight of the new cases were in the Winnipeg Health Region, two in the Southern Health Region and one in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.  None of the new Winnipeg cases are linked to John Pritchard School where cases were reported earlier this week.  The total reported cases is now 15 hundred with 293 active, 1191 individuals have recovered and ten are in hospital with two in intensive care.


Roussin also reminds you masks are strongly recommended but not required and public gatherings will be limited to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors but they will continue to monitor all regions with increased cases closely to determine if additional restrictions are necessary.



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