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Saskatchewan is Expanding Opportunities For Health Care Training.

Saskatchewan is dramatically increasing educational opportunities for students and young adults interested in health careers.  An immediate initial investment of more than 5.5 million dollars will help create new post secondary training seats across several health care training programs.

             

Training programs that will expand beginning this fall include Medical Laboratory Assistant, Continuing Care Assistant, Primary Care Paramedic, Licensed Practical Nurse, Pharmacy Technician, Clinical Psychologist, Physical Therapist and Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor along with other out of province programs.  Post secondary institutions across the province including technical schools, regional colleges, Indigenous institutions and universities will support the expansion so students can study and work closer to home.  Saskatchewan students can access a variety of financial aid options to help support their educational journeys.  To find information on health care opportunities visit www.saskatchewan.ca/HHR.

 

 

You Can Enjoy Manitoba Parks This Month.

The Manitoba government will once again offer free park entry for the entire month of February so Manitobans and visitors can take advantage of the many winter activities available in provincial parks. Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park this month but Snopasses are still required for snowmobiles using trails. Entrance fees still apply in national parks.

             

Trail users are reminded to only use trails for designated activities, keep dogs on a leash and practice the principals of Leave No Trace.

             

They also advise annual park vehicle permits will be available beginning March 1st.  To purchase a permit visit www.manitobaelicensing.ca.

A mobile discount pass that allows people visiting Winnipeg to check out local attractions has been launched as a way to stimulate the city's tourism industry post-COVID lockdowns.

Economic Development Winnipeg’s marketing director Tyler Walsh explains the Winnipeg Attractions Pass provides access to five destinations and offers up to 35 per cent off individual admissions.

 

Walsh shares how the Winnipeg Attractions Pass benefits northerners making the trip to the capital.......

 

“That’s one thing we’re really excited to get this pass out there to our friends in northern Manitoba because there are lots of people that come in for weekends, they come in for trips or appointments and I think this is a great affordable way for people to experience Winnipeg as a tourist so I imagine many of your listeners have probably been to some of these places but this is an opportunity for them to get together with their family and go to some of these great attractions and these attractions have done a really good job of always having new and exciting things to see so it’s just a really good opportunity for folks all over Manitoba.”

 

For more information on the Attractions Pass go to www.tourismwinnipeg.com.

Semester Change is Underway for Hapnot Students.

Hapnot Collegiate is nearing the end of their first semester.  Principal Steve Lytwyn explains today is the last day of classes for semester one with students writing exams on February 1st, 2nd and 3rd and the school closed on Monday February 6th for an admin day……

 

“Second semester starts on Tuesday February 7th.  It will be sort of business as usual.  Student will report directly to their slot one class so for a few of our students they have shop in slot one over at McIssac.  They should report directly to McIsaac to go to shop and then the buses will be running to bring them back to Hapnot for classes as per usual and that again is Tuesday February 7th.  Also report cards will be available for parents and guardians on Tuesday February 7th online and if anyone wants a paper copy of the report card they just either have to email hapnot@ffsd.mb.ca or they can call the school at 204-687-7506 and we’ll be happy to provide a paper copy of the child’s report card”

 

Any parents or students needing more information can call the Collegiate at 204-687-7506.

 

You Can Provide Input on Manitoba Budget 2023.

The Manitoba government is inviting Manitobans to join telephone town hall engagement sessions and attend in person public meetings to help inform Budget 2023.  The only in person session in the north is being held in Thompson on February 9th.  The northern regional telephone town hall is being held on February 8th at 6:30 pm.  Participants are asked to pre-register and reserve a spot for an in-person meeting or sign up to receive a phone call for the telephone town hall at https://engagemb.ca/budget-2023.  You can also participate in an online survey that has now been launched at https://engagemb.ca or email ideas to Budget2023feedback@gov.mb.ca. You can find these links in this news story at www.flinflononline.com.

             

The government notes Budget 2023 will focus on what Manitobans want most including affordability measures, quality health care, education, economic growth and infrastructure investments.

The Manitoba Theatre Centre Returns to Flin Flon Saturday.

The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt says it’s exciting to have the Manitoba Theatre Centre back in town to perform the one man show Assassinating Thomson……

 

“Bruce Horak is both the actor and the visual artist.  He is also visually impaired.  What is fascinating about it is that he through this production tells the story about Tom Thomson who was one of the additional Group of Seven painters that disappeared, in reality we don’t know what happened and so he talks about that story while he’s also performing the show and painting during it as well.”

 

Kolt adds it’s a show for everyone, the theatre buffs, the visual artists and anyone who wants to see something really extraordinary. Assassinating Thomson will be performed Saturday night at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets available at the Uptown Emporium or online at www.flinflonartscouncil.ca.

Callinex Continues to Move Forward at their Pine Bay Project Near Flin Flon.

Callinex Mines has received final results from the 2022 exploration campaign to expand and delineate the high grade copper, gold, silver and zinc Rainbow deposit. It is located at their Pine Bay Project in the Flin Flon Mining District.  Since its discovery the Company has completed in excess of 42 thousand meters of drilling across 82 drill holes.  The drilling and corresponding assay results are properly spaced to publish a maiden resource on the deposit which is forthcoming.  President Max Porterfield notes as they await the maiden resource they look forward to continuing to aggressively advance Rainbow in their 2023 exploration campaign.

             

The final drill results from the 2022 campaign are highlighted by a drill hole that returned the best intersection to date in the Red Zone with 10.40 meters of 3.97 percent copper equivalent including 3.31 percent copper, 0.61 grams per tonne gold, 10.31 grams per tonne silver and 0.41 percent zinc. The Rainbow remains open at depth and has the potential to grow through additional exploration.

A Recently Retired Flin Flon Doctor Received a Special Award Earlier This Week.

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey presented the Queen Elizabeth the Second Platinum Jubilee Medal to Dr. Krishan Sethi in a ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature Monday…..

 

“Every MLA was given ten of these medals to present to people that we thought were deserving within the community and of course as MLA for Flin Flon I represent 15 different communities so I selected people from quite a few communities to receive them but certainly Dr. Sethi is well deserving as he’s been here for so many years and has been an integral part of the community, the fabric of Flin Flon and so I thought he was well deserving of that kind of recognition.”

 

Dr. Sethi retired and closed his family medical practice at the end of November after 43 years of service to our community.  Lindsey presented three other medals to people from South Indian Lake, Cross Lake and Norway House.

 

Advertising and Lighting Were Part of the Creighton Council Meeting.

At their meeting earlier this week the Town of Creighton reported receiving correspondence from Tinas Office on Wheels regarding placement of advertising for the Creighton Connection bus.  Fifty thousand placemats will be printed and seen when customers dine at Chicken Chef.  This request has been referred to the General Government Services Committee for further discussion.

             

Council also agreed to carry the motion to authorize the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to sign the change order for the delay costs and additional peracetic acid for the wastewater treatment plant project.

             

Council agreed to inform property owners on First Street West concerned with a lack of lighting in the back lane that the request for street lights would set a precedence the Town could not afford.  Mayor Fidler said if they start erecting lights in back lakes every property owner with a back lane in Creighton would be asking for lighting.  Council recommends installing motion lights on your garage and home.

 

Flin Flon RCMP Have Released More Details on a Recent Death.

On January 5th Kara Fosseneuve was reported missing in Flin Flon.  On the 9th they reported she was found deceased in a garage. The RCMP report the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completed the autopsy of Fosseneuve and the cause of death was due to exposure.

The RCMP note as there have been widely shared social media posts and news articles on her death with speculative information contrary to the investigative facts they have released more details.  They explain the investigation has determined that sometime in the early morning hours of December 31st Kara left a residence on Dadson Row and made her way to Green Street.  It is believed she then entered a garage located at the rear of the property to take shelter where she succumbed to the elements.  They add there is no evidence of criminality.

Planning is Underway for This Years Trout Festival.

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee held their annual meeting Tuesday night.  Acting President Dianne Russell reported on changes last year with the committee working as an umbrella group in partnership with Denare Beach Recreation for the fishing derby and Canada Day, Creighton Rec for the midway and Canada Day events, Northland Ford for the parade, the City of Flin Flon for grants and the Flin Flon Arts Council for the Fish Fry.

             

The committee agreed they had a great festival last year with all events well attended.  Treasurer Elly Spencer reported they will start this year with 10 thousand dollars in their account with Russell adding applications have and are being sent out for a number of grants that are available. Mike Slipp reported Northland Ford will be unable to organize the Canada Day parade like they did last year but will continue to be a sponsor.

             

Dianne Russell agreed to be Acting President, Laurence Gillespie will continue as Secretary and Elly Spencer as Treasurer.  They are in need of a Vice-President.  The committee will hold a planning meeting on February 21st to decide what events will be held this July long weekend.  Once they have that they will hold a blitz for volunteers to help out with the events.

 

A Program to Assist School Division Staff Was Passed at The School Board Meeting.

Lots of great stuff is happening at the Division’s Schools as the Flin Flon School Division Trustees met earlier this week.  The Board agreed to pass a motion to purchase the Employees and Family Assistance Program which was presented this past December in a letter from the Manitoba School Boards Association.  This program does confidential counseling for the Division’s non-teaching staff that are on the seniority list or on contract with the Division. The Board did ask the MSBA for help in coming up with a more affordable option and are pleased to be able to afford to do this for their employees.  The teaching staff already has their own plan.

             

Board Chair Leslie Fernandes reported the Division recently received a generous cash donation from long time Flin Flon citizen Bill Friesen.  The money will be used toward scholarships for Hapnot students going into the fields of science and math, subjects Bill himself was fond of.  The Board appreciates the gift and thanks the estate of Mr. Friesen for giving back to his community and contributing to the betterment of local students.

Your Input is Needed as Our Health Region Plans For the Future.

The Board of Directors of the Northern Health Region is looking ahead and renewing its commitment to strategic planning.  They are asking you to complete a survey to help shape the direction for the next five years.  In the survey they note to achieve their goal of improving health services they are looking for your experiences and insights on the Northern Health Region adding since you have a stake in a healthier community and a stronger Northern Health Region you have a valuable perspective that they need to hear. They are asking that you to take the time to complete a survey that will be open until January 31st. Their strategic plan is due April 1st.

             

To complete the survey go to their website www.northernhealthregion.com and scroll down to Community Stakeholder Survey or find the link at www.flinflononline.com and give your opinion on their current direction and what direction they should be going over the next five years.

It Was Another Successful Journey for Sight.

The Journey for Sight is a snowmobile fundraiser for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.  It started in Flin Flon last Wednesday wrapping up in Brandon Saturday.  Committee Chair Dave Mullin from the Swan River Lions Club said it went pretty well with the weather being the best they’ve had in a while and the snow was good…..

 

“The biggest thing was it would have been nice to have a few more riders but we’re hoping that will come next year once we kind of get back going here again.  We had a little problem with our snow machines, I’m not really sure why but we had 15 to start but over the course of the week we did have four of them blow a motor so not real good odds when you start with 15 and you lost four of them but besides that everything kind of went pretty decent.  A lot of support again from everywhere we stopped so it was good.”

 

Mullin added they had a little over 20 thousand dollars turned in Saturday but riders still have pledges to turn in and they also have the money from their snowmobile raffle to come in.

Hudbay is Expanding Its Drill Program in Snow Lake.

At the Hudbay awards night Friday the Vice-President of the Manitoba Business Unit Rob Carter explained how they are moving forward in Snow Lake….

 

“Lalor Mine is advancing several key initiatives to increase production to 5300 tonnes per day.  Stall Mill recovery improvement project is well underway with all major pieces of equipment on sight and steel work being directed to support the installation of the state of the art Jameson cells as were installed at New Brit to increase metal recovery.  We’re seeing positive results from New Brit Mill and current throughput is trending above initial project design and operating costs are decreasing.  Surface exploration has commenced north of Lalor Mine with five drills turning.  These drills are targeting down plunge of their high grade copper and their gold zone testing for new ore bodies at depth of 1500 meters to 2000 meters below surface.”

 

Carter added they haven’t done this amount of surface exploration drilling at Lalor since the initial discovery more than ten years ago.

 

You Can Support the SPCA and Enter a Draw at Twin Motors.

Twin Motors with a helping hand from Canadian Tire is holding a fund raising event for the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA. Product Specialist Brett Hanson explains how it works….

 

“We’ll match cash donations up to five thousand dollars so total if we get that amount brought in we will match that over the next month and it could be a total of ten thousand dollars in cash as a possible donation to the SPCA.  We are also accepting any food and supplies that the SPCA uses and we have a truck pretty full already down here at the showroom.  We’ll put your name in for a free oil change, full interior detail and exterior wash.  It’ll be a full peace of mind inspection with a synthetic oil change.”

 

Donations will be accepted at Twin Motors until February 14th.

 

The Quarter Century Club Continues to Grow.

Membership in Hudbays Quarter Century Club climbed to 3187 Friday night with the awarding of watches to 12 employees who have completed 25 years of continuous service with the Company.  Safety awards were awarded to 13 employees with 25 years, 7 employees with 30 years and 12 employees with 35 years without a lost time accident.  Those receiving safety awards represent 925 years of safe work at Hudbay. 

             

The Vice-President of Manitoba Business Operations Rob Carter spoke on nearly 100 years of Hudbay in Flin Flon and now moving forward in Snow Lake noting the contribution the award recipients have made to the success of Huday…..

 

“But tonight we’re here to congratulate and thank safety recipients and the 25 year watch recipients.  You should be proud of your achievements.  Please wear your watches with pride.  Without the people in this room we would not be the business we are today and I appreciate our commitment to the Company.”

 

Also recognized were the members of the Flin Flon Mine Rescue Team who won top spot in Manitoba last year.

 

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People interested in applying for the University of Manitoba's Northern Social Work Program have until March 1st to do so.

Program Director Lee Anne Deegan explains jobs pertaining to social work will continue to be in demand saying many of their graduates stay in the north as they pursue their careers.

 

Deegan walks through the application process for prospective students.....,

 

“Students come into our program in two different routes.  We have students who come in externally who apply directly to the University of Manitoba and those students have a minimum of 30 credit hours of University level course work at a College so they can just Google Faculty of Social Work Fort Garry Campus of the external students and the application information bulletin and all the details will be there.  Our access students come directly into our program.  They have to be at least 21 years of age and have less than 27 credit hours of University level course work.”

 

She reports 460 people have graduated from the program since 1988 meaning around ten to 15 students graduate from the program in a given year.

 

Help Is Available to Make You a Non-Smoker.

This is National Non-Smoking Week in Canada.  The week has been celebrated annually in Canada since 1977.  Its goals are to educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking and to help people quit. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey smokers are more likely to quit in January than any other month.  Approximately 48 thousand Canadians die each year from tobacco use and direct health care costs in 2017 were estimated to be more than six billion dollars.

             

The Canadian Lung Association is a partner in Smoke Free Curious which is a website launched during Non-Smoking Week last year.  The site represents what a smoke free life might look like and includes a range of resources and tools to support Canadians in their quit attempts. You could also receive a free sample of Nicotine Replacement Therapy like the patch and gum. Go to www.smokefreecurious.ca.

 

This is Snowmobile Safety Week.

Sergeant Jeremy Knodel of Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan reminds snowmobilers their teams are working to keep people safe on the roads and trails but can’t be everywhere. He asks you to help contribute to trail safety by wearing proper protective equipment and weather appropriate clothing, don’t ride impaired, register your snowmobile and check local trail conditions.  Always share your snowmobiling plans with someone before you head out, pack extra supplies and ensure your cell phone is charged.

             

Sergeant Knodel emphasizes riders must have their snowmobile registered before they ride it on public roads where allowed, in ditches, other highway rights of way, provincial parks, crown land, designated snowmobile trails or on rivers or lakes.  He also reminds you consuming alcohol or drugs in warm up shelters is not permitted and someone violating this could be issued a 250 dollar fine adding this is in addition to the obvious dangers associated with impaired driving.

Callinex Will Continue to Move Forward at Its Pine Bay Project near Flin Flon.

In his annual letter to shareholders Callinex President Max Porterfield reported over the last year Callinex has remained focused on delineating the high-grade copper, gold, silver and zinc Rainbow Deposit and testing regional targets developed by their team at their Pine Bay Project, located just outside of Flin Flon. He explained at Rainbow the Company has completed over 42,000 meters of drilling into the deposit area since its discovery in August 2020.  They have now completed all the necessary drilling to establish a maiden resource estimate for Rainbow down to the 800 meter level. Looking forward they are eager to continue to advance Rainbow with infill drilling, a key step prior to commencing economic studies, and are excited to conduct exploration at depth to further increase the size of the deposit.            

He also noted exploration opportunities beyond Rainbow and the recently discovered Alchemist look bright and bring the potential to stack a pipeline of discoveries at Pine Bay. Within the main growth fault, corridor follow-up is planned at target area Odin which is located between Alchemist and Rainbow as well as the Cabin deposit area to the east.

Financial Goals Should Be Part of Your Plans For the New Year.

While financial recovery is top of mind for many Canadians only one-in-three are setting financial goals as a New Year’s resolution.

 

A financial advisor for PC Financial, Jackie Porter, elaborates on why this is the case.....

 

“I think there’s a level of anxiety that comes with not knowing what to do.  Even if you have goals it’s like what do I do next.  So the holiday bills have come in, do I feel anxious about them, will I open the bills, will I look at them.  So the first thing is to take action around our fears, open those bills and come up with a plan to pay off the bills sooner than later as we know we’re in high inflation, high interest times and I think tools are really important when it comes to creating a plan, like what tools do you have at your disposal.”

 

Porter adds establishing a “rainy day” fund is important, and says even contributing a small amount of money monthly can make a difference in the long run.

Flin Flon City Council is Working on Ways to Attract People to the Community.

At  their meeting last night Council agreed to transfer funds from their operating budget to the Flin Flon Community Development Corporation to facilitate the purchase of housing when and if necessary to increase housing availability for RCMP members.  Mayor George Fontaine explained it is difficult to get RCMP members to come here as it is elsewhere in the country.  He noted as well the departure of Hudbay concerns people when it comes to making a commitment to purchasing a home so they are working on a series of policies including housing in conjunction with the RCMP to attract and retain members here.

             

Mayor Fontaine also noted they are working on attracting industry here and are meeting with provincial ministers regarding land.  He said there are large areas within the city that belong to the province and the problem is when people show interest in these properties the city has to run to the province and by the time that process takes place they have gone somewhere else so the city needs a blanket policy to change parcels of land from the province to the city to be able to answer the call for land when it comes and bring industry here. There are 116 properties in the city’s jurisdiction that belong to the province.

You Can Expand Your Knowledge of Book Keeping.

Community Futures Greenstone is offering a free in person Build a Better Business workshop tomorrow night.  General Manager Becky Cianflone says it covers book keeping basics…..

 

“This workshop is intended to be very introductory level so it’s going to talk about some of the basic steps, setting up your chartered account, some common transactions that you need to know about as a business person and then also when you need to consider hiring someone or bringing in additional expertise to help you manage your books.”

 

The free workshop is being held tomorrow night from 7 to 9 at their office at 79 Main Street.  You can register by calling them at 204-687-6967.

Your Support Helped the Salvation Army Have a Successful Christmas Season.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Mark Burford reports they had a successful Christmas kettle and hamper program in the Flin Flon area……

 

“We did 176 Christmas hampers which supports the communities of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Cranberry Portage and Cold Lake-Sherridon. One of the new things we instituted this year was the extra large Christmas hamper which helps support some of the larger families that are in need this year.  And overall in terms of money raised for the Flin Flon Salvation Army we raised over 40 thousand dollars.  We raised $40,708.37.  On the kettles we raised $26,809.37 and through our mail out campaign we received $13,899 even.”

 

Lieutenant Burford added a big part of their success was due to the community and their volunteers and they are very grateful for the support they received this year.

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