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You Can Join Millions of Others by Recycling Your Cell Phone.

A free cell phone recycling program recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.  Recycle My Cell reports just under 432 thousand devices were recovered last year bringing their grand total of recycled or reused cell phones over the past decade to just under 7 million.


The President of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association Robert Ghiz says they are thrilled to have played a significant part in encouraging more Canadians to recycle or reuse their old devices rather than throwing them in the trash or stuffing them in a drawer.


In Flin Flon Bell MTS is part of Recycle My Cell so you can drop used cell phones off at 35 Main Street.  The local Recycling Centre also recycles cell phones through their battery recycling program.


To learn how to prepare your cell phone for recycling go to www.recyclemycell.ca.


Last Wednesday Manitoba RCMP received a report of a sexual assault involving three teenagers aged between 16 and 18 years old.

The investigation has determined that a female youth in northern Manitoba was sexually assaulted by two males, and the incident was recorded and shared through social media.

A 16-year-old male has been arrested and charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement, and possession of child pornography.

An 18-year-old male has been arrested and charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement, possession, distributing and publishing child pornography.

Corporal Laura Ledrew of the Manitoba RCMP says they believe the video continues to be circulated on social media and possibly between individuals via text. She adds investigators are determined to track down and lay charges against anyone who further distributes the video so If you do receive the video or are in possession of it, you need to report it to your local police immediately.

To protect the identity of the victim, the RCMP will not be releasing any further details.

Niki Ashton says Proper Consultation is Needed.

As part of her summer tour in Northern Manitoba, NDP MP Niki Ashton visited Camp Morning Star on traditional Hollow Water territory in Manitoba. The purpose of the visit was to stand in solidarity with community members calling for proper consultation on a frack sand mine, the Wanipigow Silica Sand Extraction Project, on their land.
Ashton says residents must be given the full picture about the potential environmental and health risks. Their concerns and opposition to this project must be taken seriously.

Camp Morning Star was established in Hollow Water First Nation Traditional Territory in response to the proposed Wanipigow Silica Sand Extraction Project. 



Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living is warning people about potential hot conditions for central and northern regions of the province.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting high temperatures in Manitoba on Sunday, and climbing Monday and Tuesday.  This system will bring hot conditions to central and northern Manitoba (including Flin Flon, The Pas, Norway House, Lynn Lake, Thompson and may also include Grand Rapids), with some areas experiencing this extreme heat for two to three days.

Everyone is at risk for the effects of heat.  However, during a period of prolonged heat, older adults, people with chronic illness and people living alone have a particularly high risk for heat illness, especially if they are living in an urban area or do not have air conditioning.  Others at greater health risks to heat include infants and young children, and people who work or exercise in the heat.

Take care of yourself and others.  Regularly check on neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are ill or living alone, to make sure they are cool and drinking water.  Visiting is best because it is easier to identify signs of heat illness that could be missed over the phone.

Never leave people or pets alone in a parked vehicle or direct sunlight.

Certain substances, including amphetamines, MDMA (ecstasy), cocaine, alcohol and cannabis, can alter mental status as well as increase the risk of over-heating.  Some medications can also increase your risk, so it’s important to ask your doctor or pharmacist whether the medication you’re taking affects your ability to cope with heat.

If you have many of the following symptoms, your body may be overheating and at risk of heat illness or heat stroke;
•    headache;
•    red, hot and dry skin;
•    dizziness;
•    confusion;
•    nausea;
•    rapid weak pulse; and
•    a complete or partial loss of consciousness.

The longer a person’s body temperature is above +40 C (+105 F), the greater the likelihood of permanent effects or death.

If these symptoms occur, immediately move to a cool place and drink water.  

Emergency medical care may be needed depending on the severity of symptoms.  If someone has a high body temperature, is unconscious or is confused, call for help.  While waiting, cool the person right away by moving them to a cool place, apply cold water to large areas of the skin or clothing and fan the person as much as possible.

Heat illnesses are preventable.  The health effects of heat can be reduced by:
•    drinking plenty of liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty;
•    wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed hat;
•    planning outdoor activities during cooler times of the day;
•    limiting alcohol consumption;
•    avoiding sun exposure and considering cancelling or rescheduling outdoor activities;
•    going to a cool place such as a mall, community centre, public library or place of worship;
•    taking a cool shower or bath; and
•    blocking sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.

Regularly updated weather forecasts are available from Environment and Climate Change Canada at http://weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html.

For more information on heat and health, call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1 888 315 9257 (toll-free). Or, visit:
•   www.manitoba.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/heat.html

You Can Celebrate Parks Day This Weekend.

Canada Parks Day is being celebrated this weekend with free entry into Provincial parks. Visitors to provincial parks will not require vehicle permits from today through Sunday although nightly camping fees still apply.


Special events are being held to celebrate Canada Parks Day tomorrow afternoon at Bakers Narrows Provincial Park.  You can join the staff from 1 to 4 tomorrow afternoon in the picnic area for cake, ice cream, refreshments, hot dogs, prize draws and face painting and there will be a water bomber and helicopter with an initial fire attack crew at the Flin Flon airport.


The Governing PC Party and the Opposition NDP are Clashing When it comes to Issues Surrounding the Northern Manitoba Mining Community.

Wab Kinew, the leader of the Manitoba NDP, spoke with Arctic Radio News about how his party would focus on job creation with the Mining Community Reserve Fund. He says we need exploration to continue to identify the next generation of mineral reserves.  He noted the other thing is the NDP has a strong record of working with both workers and mining companies to be sure that deals get done in order to ensure that jobs stay in the north and he thinks there’s probably opportunities to create jobs in other sectors that are either some of the support industries for mining but also some new areas like cold weather testing.


His remarks follow statements from both parties that were released yesterday, criticising each other over their commitment to northern mining communities.


Its Not Too Early to Start Planning a Float.

The Flin Flon Pride Committee is holding their third annual Pride parade at 11 Saturday morning August 17th.  The committee’s Melissa Streitle encourages all community groups and businesses to help make Pride a success again this year by entering a float in the parade. She explains you can be a walking group, have a car or truck, you can ride your bike or make an incredibly elaborate float, your group can decide what works best for you, floats can be as simple or extravagant as you like. She adds they have had an overwhelming amount of support again this year and cannot wait to see their parade grow to show our support for equality and human rights.


You can enter the parade by emailing flinflonpride@gmail.com, message them on Facebook or pick up and drop off forms at Pharmasave on Main Street by August 15th.

A Mineral Property Has Moved One Step Closer to Development.

Foran Mining Corporation has filed their technical report for the recent revised resource estimate for the McIlvenna Bay Deposit 65 Kilometers west of Flin Flon. They note the Resource Estimate represents a significant milestone for the Company as it progresses with a Feasibility Study for potential development of the Deposit.


As they reported earlier there has been substantial growth in the Deposit since the 2013 Resource was issued demonstrated by the large increase in contained metal in the Deposit including an 89 percent increase in contained zinc, a 52 percent increase in contained copper, a 61 percent increase in contained silver and a 48 percent increase in contained gold in the indicated category.


In December 2017 Foran had announced an agreement with Glencore Canada Corporation to provide technical expertise and advice in order to advance McIlvenna Bay to feasibility in exchange for an off-take agreement on the metals and minerals produced from the Deposit.

Recycling Was Not Only a Success in Flin Flon Last Year But Also Across the Province.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received the 2018 annual report from Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba.  They report just over 84 million kilograms of packaging and printed paper was collected in 2018 which is consistent with previous years.  There were 144 participating municipalities and other partners and they welcomed three new First Nations communities who are actively recycling so 94 percent of Manitoba’s population has access to a residential recycling program.


The Flin Flon Recycling Centre reported earlier this year they recycled just over 510 thousand kilograms in 2018 beating their previous record of 500 set in 2007.


A Proclamation and Correspondence Highlighted Last Nights Flin Flon City Council Meeting.

Mayor Cal Huntley officially proclaimed the week of August 16th to 23rd as Flin Flon Pride Week commending its thoughtful observation to all citizens of our community.


Council received a report from Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers thanking them for their annual contribution to their program. To date they reported approximately 18 million dollars in goods, property and drugs have been recovered due to this program.


The Border Explorers Snowmobile Club advised they will be running their annual trail maps this coming winter which will be free to all snowmobilers in the area. Council referred their request to purchase advertising to the Finance Committee.


Councilor Ken Pawlachuk reported the Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation’s Flower Power event was well attended on Saturday at Pioneer Square and he thanked the Recreation Department and Tourist Bureau Campground staff for all the work and assistance they provide in preparing for the Blueberry Jam Music gathering coming up in the Campground in August.


Things Continue to Move Forward at the Hudbay Snow Lake Camp.

 A recent fire destroyed the kitchen at Hudbays Snow Lake Camp.  The camp had to be closed as the water, electrical and fire alarm systems were damaged in all of the sleeping trailers.


In a notice to employees Monday their Vice-President of the Manitoba Business Unit Robert Assabqui reported in the existing camp two dorms have now been opened up and they are working to repair the rest of the sleeping trailers which are expected to be back in service hopefully by the end of August.  He added a new kitchen is expected to be ready by today and additional sleeping trailers and beds are being brought in.


Regarding the workforce Assabqui reports the Lalor and Stall employees are now back at work and the Administration Team will continue to coordinate the accommodation arrangements. He adds his thanks to all who assisted following the fire calling that assistance truly incredible.

The Premier Will Look at One Request From Northern Communities But Not Another.

While in Flin Flon Friday I asked Premier Brian Pallister about the northern communities request for more use of the Mining Community Reserve Fund.  He explained he is not allowed to do any announcements during the pre-election period and won’t do that but he will say that fund used to be a lot higher before the NDP got hold of it and it went down below the ten million dollar mark and the rules said you can’t access it if its below ten million.  He said they’ve been building it back up but he can’t say anything about allocation because that would be wrong of him to do but he can says they’ve got plans to make sure that the fund is available for communities when they need adjustment support and that is why it was set up in the first place.


 When asked about a request to share profits from cannabis with municipalities Pallister said no as they already have the most generous support for local governments in the country and they don’t know yet if there will be profits to share and he doubts municipalities would want to share losses.

A Group of Young Entrepreneurs Made Good Use of Their Skills.

Community Futures Greenstone wrapped up their Biz Kidz Day Camp in Flin Flon Friday.  Camp Coordinator Kaylee Oulette says during the week the 9 to 13 year olds learned about business and they took those entrepreneurial skills to their market at Pioneer Square. She says they had 17 kids and it went amazing and the kids managed to sell out their products at the market on Friday and they made a lot of money and that’s always nice.


The Biz Kidz Day Camp is being held in Cranberry Portage this week and their wind up market will be part of the Artisans Market at the Museum Saturday from 11 to 3.  A Biz Kidz Camp is planned for Snow Lake from August 5th to 9th but more registrations are needed by calling the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.

An Updated Plan for a New Aqua Centre is Being Developed.

Mayor Cal Huntley updated the Aqua Centre Community Committee on how the city is moving forward.  He explained they are looking at how they can get a new facility to meet the needs of all users so they are looking at existing facilities already working in other communities.  He noted they are very close to having paid off the water treatment plant and will have money to work with with their current debt load reduced.  He said they are close to deciding on a model for the new Aqua Centre at a cost of around 6.6 million dollars which is dramatically lower that what was proposed in the earlier feasibility study for a new facility.  Once they have narrowed it down they will meet with the committee because he can’t emphasize enough how important continued community input is.               


As fund raising continues the committee can use more help.  They have raised 290 thousand dollars with a raffle and golf fund raiser coming up August 24th.  Anyone willing to work with the committee can call Lindsay at 204-681-7517.



Discovery Day Was Held at the Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach Yesterday.

Historian Les Oystryk outlined some of the displays in the Museum on the archeological history of the Beaver Lake area.  He explained they would like to focus on and highlight some of the archeological work that Harry Moody and other people that he was able to attract to the area back in the 1950s and some of the First Nations people that helped him with his archeological field work over those years as well as some of the professional archeologists who came from places like Toronto and Ottawa to help interpret those sights over the years.


Oystryk adds they did have other archeological studies that were done on Beaver Lake in 1961 as well as in the early 90s funded in partnership with the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.  He noted the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Archeological Societies will be holding their first joint meeting from September 20th to 22nd in Denare Beach.


Manitoba Liberals Will Restore and Expand a Life Saving Drugs Program.

Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont announced his party’s plan to reinstate and expand the Life Saving Drugs Program.  He explained in April 2018 the PCs cancelled the Special Drugs Program which paid the total costs of necessary drugs for many Manitobans including insulin and cystic fibrosis.  As a result many faced increases in deductibles of hundreds of dollars a month for drugs they need to keep themselves alive.


Lamont says they will cover drugs for cystic fibrosis, cancer medications, diabetes drugs, reduced costs for test strips, CPAP breathing assistance machines and HIV medication.  As part of the program they will also remove the age restriction on insulin pumps for people with Type 1 diabetes.


Lamont says the investments would pay off by reducing health care costs elsewhere noting HIV medication can prevent further cases, CPAP machines can prevent cardiac arrest and better control of diabetes can prevent heart attacks, strokes, blindness and amputations.



The PCs Are Looking Forward to the Election in a Long Time NDP Riding.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister joined local Progressive Conservative candidate Theresa Wride for a lunch at Pioneer Square Friday.  Pallister said he has confidence in the Flin Flon riding with Theresa for the upcoming provincial election as she is well known in the community, well respected, well liked and he thinks that’s the key.  He said he also thinks he wouldn’t want to be an NDP candidate this time because they’re backing this big carbon tax that’s going to make it harder on people in the north and rural communities. The second thing he adds is the NDP are running on higher taxes, they don’t want the PST to come down.  He says he believe that taxes should be lowered and they’re promoting tourism and economic development in the north and he thinks we’ve got some good opportunities coming forward here.


Pallister added they reduced the PST one point and are taking the PST off home insurance leaving a little more on the kitchen table which is key to a lot of families.



A Series of Summer Concerts Celebrating the Main Street Flowers Begins Tomorrow.

The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation and the Friendship Centre Youth Group begin a Flower Power Concert Series tomorrow.  The Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie says they’ll be at Pioneer Square on Main Street tomorrow from 12 to 4. He says their summer student Jacob Harvie has recruited a stalwart band of some of Flin Flon’s most interesting musicians and it will also involve a variety of children’s games, they’ll have a special Flower Power cake to slice up and hand out and there’ll be Flin Flon trivia questions hosted by a special MC.


Gillespie adds the next two concerts will move to Rotary Park on Saturdays July 27th and August 3rd.  The flower baskets on Main Street were provided by the Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation, the City of Flin Flon and Hudbay.


You Can Support the Journey For Hope.

The Journey for Hope walk held in Winnipeg supports the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society and its free programs and services.  Flin Flon’s Ray Berg is now visiting businesses and will be going door to door in our community to collect pledges to support the walk done by Katrina Tinman the Society’s Special Events Administrator.  He says last year he gained 6358 dollars but last year was different because he used index cards that explained how people can make donations online and that gained an extra 700 dollars.  He adds this year he has business cards also and he’s passing those out and he’ll have a donation table set up at the Co-op on different days and people can donate there.


Berg has raised well over 16 thousand dollars over the past four years noting anyone pledging 20 dollars or more will receive a tax receipt after the walk.  The Journey for Hope takes place Saturday, September 21st starting at the Forks in Winnipeg.


Its a Good Weekend to Try Fishing in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewans annual summer free fishing weekend is coming up. On Saturday and Sunday residents and visitors to the province are welcome to fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence. Anyone planning to take part in the free fishing weekend is reminded that all other fishing regulations including possession limits, gear restrictions and size limits on some lakes and rivers remain in effect.  Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning on taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.


The first free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan was held in the summer of 1989 to encourage participation in sport fishing and increase public awareness about the value and diversity of angling opportunities in the province.  More information on fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the Angler’s Guide at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.


The Breast Check Mammogram Mobile Unit Will be in Flin Flon Later This Month.

Manitobas mobile breast screening clinic will be in Flin Flon from July 22nd to August 8th at the Primary Health Care Center.  Their Health Educator Larissa Sawchuk says this screening is important because breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and in Manitoba about 900 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 200 women will die from this disease every year so it’s important to get checked early and know if you’re at high risk.  She adds screening is just a process where you’ll go into their mobile vehicle for an x-ray with a female technologist in a private room.


For information on breast screening visit their website www.cancercare.mb.ca/screening or call 1-855-95-CHECK for information on appointments.


The Communities Economic Development Fund and World Trade Centre Would Like to Showcase Northern Manitoba Businesses at a Trade Show Later This Year.

The Kivalliq Trade Show is a major annual business event in the Nunavut Region and CEDF’s CEO Oswald Sawh says it’s a great opportunity for northern Manitoba companies to explore new business and learn about the market. He says this is a region that is very under serviced for both products and services everyday things that we take for granted, there is a huge gap in a lot of these services so for northern businesses, the ones that are really just in the back yard of Nunavut to be able to see okay there’s an opportunity for me to service this region.


The Kivalliq Trade Show will be held in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut from September 23rd to 25th.  The deadline to register for the Show is July 26th and up to eight northern businesses will get financial support up to 25 hundred dollars to cover travel costs to the Show. You can find more about the show at www.kivalliqtradeshow.ca.



Local Artists Can Share Their Ideas With Others.

The Norva Centre is hosting their annual artist retreat and open house next week.  The Centre’s Karen Clark says they invited local and out of town artists to share ideas and work on their art.  She explains they have a Batik Village that gets created and they also have Raku which happens which is an outdoor firing of pottery and besides these two kinds of activities they have painting, multi-media, print making, there’s a lot of things that happen. She says they have writers and they’re hoping this year to have a couple of composers come by like musical performers and she’s really looking forward to the whole thing.


Clark adds there will be a public display and sale of some of the work done during the week at the annual Retreat Open House Exhibition on Saturday the 20th in the afternoon at the Denareplex in Denare Beach.


There Was No Impact on Mine Production Following a Weekend Fire.

Over the weekend the kitchen at the Lalor Mine Camp near Snow Lake was destroyed by fire.  Communications Director Scott Brubacher reports there were no injuries.  He says they are working around the logistical disruptions relating to housing and food but don’t expect any material impact on production.  He adds they believe they can get camp facilities back to normal in a week or two.


Hudbay is Looking for a New President.

Hudbay Minerals reports Alan Hair has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director for the Company.  Hair spent more than 20 years with Hudbay serving as Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2015 before being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016.


Hudbay’s Board has started a search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer.


Peter Kukielski has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer.  He has more than 30 years of extensive global experience within the base metals, precious metals and bulk materials sectors having overseen operations across the globe. 


  Hudbay has mines and other operations in Flin Flon, Snow Lake and other locations in North and South America.

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