Local News Archives for 2013-02

Are You An Artist?

              Your art work could be featured on a new coin.


              The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a new geocache coin.  President Kory Eastman says they are looking for an artist to design the new coin under the theme 80 years of community celebrating the city’s 80th anniversary.  The contest will run from March 1st to 29th with details available at the Chamber office.

              The Chamber office has been expanded to include the neighboring former SPCA office.  They advise the internet and phone lines are not working but should be back in service next week.  The Chamber will also be updating their website.

              The Chamber’s next meeting will be Tuesday, March 12th at noon at the Friendship Center but they will try an evening meeting on March 26th in the Unwinder at the Victoria Inn starting at 6:30.


World Day Of Prayer

             The Lutheran Church in Flin Flon is hosting a World Day of Prayer tomorrow evening.  One of the organizers Linda Hettrick says the day is observed in more than 170 countries. She says in Canada their committee focus is on issues of anti-racism, poverty and ending violence against women as well as working for justice.  She says this year their program was prepared by the women of France on the theme I was a stranger and you welcomed me.  Hettrick adds they invite everyone to come out and enjoy this program and this time of prayer together.

              The World Day of Prayer service begins at 7 tomorrow evening in the Lutheran Church.

Festival Fun This Weekend

             The annual Bust the Winter Blues Festival runs through this weekend. The committee’s Channa Senyk says Saturday starts off with a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 at the Friendship Center and there is a craft show at the Elks Hall from 10 to 4.  At the Rotary Wheel they have their family fun from 1 to 3 with free hot dogs, marshmallow roast, hot chocolate and their famous baking contest with entries dropped off at 1 and judging at 2.  Senyk adds they have skating on the pond and the horse rides have come back from Hudson Bay.  She notes at 1:30 there are cultural fun games and Senior’s cards are happening at the Seniors Center at 2 o’clock.

              Saturday wraps up with fireworks at the Creighton Soccer Field at 6:30 and the Mardi Gras Family Fun Night at 7 in the Creighton Community Hall.  Sunday includes a fishing derby on Phantom Lake with registration at 11:30 and the Border Explorers Frozen Aces Snowmobile Derby with registration starting at 11 at the Creighton Tourism Office.  The full schedule is at www.flinflononline.com.

Reduced Budget Could Mean Big Changes

             Mayor George Fontaine told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday the city budget is being greatly affected by the age of the community with not enough repairs made over the years, reduced population and under utilities the new sewage treatment plant and the upcoming water treatment plant mandated by the province who share the cost of building but not the cost of operating these facilities. Fontaine also said Council is going to be taking fire and police services off the tax roll and will pay for them in a separate charge so all people share the cost of these services equally. He added he also wants these costs shared by the cottage areas and could consider cutting these services to them if no agreement is reached.

              When asked about possible cuts he said Council is going through the budget process and is looking at everything so he can’t say if there will be cuts at this time.  He added there is a cost in keeping recreation facilities operating but he said these are important and they continue to look at sharing the cost of what have become regional facilities with other people and communities that use them

Trivia Night Is Back!

             The Flin Flon Kinette Club is holding their annual Trivia Night Friday.  The Club’s Marlene Gogal explains it will be similar to past years with a team event with up to six people per team and they’ll be engaging in three rounds of trivia with a winner determined by a cumulative score.  She says they’ll also have their local trivia event which seems to be a favorite with a lot of the participants in years past and they have their elimination draw for two flights to Winnipeg and hotel accommodations sponsored by Calm Air and the Victoria Inn.          

             The night begins at 6:30 with trivia starting at 7:30 followed by a social in the R.H. Channing Auditorium.  Tickets for Trivia Night are 20 dollars at the Orange Toad and Gas Bar. 

The Search Continues

              Foran Mining has commissioned a ground based deep penetrating time domain electromagnetic geophysical survey on its McIlvenna Bay, Hanson and Balsam properties 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.  The survey is to be conducted by Koop Geotechnical Services.

              Foran President Patrick Soares says VMS deposits typically form in clusters.  He says in and around their 43 thousand hectare land holdings west of Flin Flon they already know about their large McIlvenna Bay deposit, several zones with historic mineral resource estimates and numerous showings demonstrating the cluster of VMS mineralization in the area.

              The survey is expected to take four to six weeks allowing for drilling this winter in high priority targets.

Budget Approved

              The Board of Trustees passed two motions last night regarding the recent public budget meeting.  The 2013-14 budget has been approved as presented at the budget meeting February 20th.  The budget will now be forwarded to the Public Schools Finance Board no later than March 31st.  The special requirement for the calendar year 2013 will be submitted to the city based on the data contained in the budget.  The School Division is asking for the same funding as last year from the city.

              Superintendent Blaine Veitch reported the joint school Science Fair is taking place March 6th.  Parents, family members and the public can view the students work from 4 to 7 o’clock.  Grades 4 through 12 will received their medals at 7 pm.  Lower grade students will be presented with certificates.

Advanced Pricing Workshop

             Community Futures Greenstone in Flin Flon is holding a video workshop Thursday morning from 10 to 12.  Manager Bunny Burke says they will look at advanced pricing and costing. She explained they will cover fixed and variable costs and importance in calculating your profits, break even points and how to determine that, overhead allocations, pricing, multi-factor multi product allocation issues, fully loaded versus marginal pricing and what’s appropriate and when to use it, very good if you’re into retail and want to get good margins.

              To register for this workshop you can call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.

Cree Nation Information Session

              The Cree Nation Tribal Health Center is hosting an Indian Residential School Independent Assessment Process Claimant Information Session Thursday in Flin Flon.  Resolution Support Worker Edwin Jebb says it’s a chance for people to get more information on their claim.  He says they’ll have a person there from Ottawa from the Secretariat, they’ll also have people from the Law Society there if people have legal questions or questions on their lawyers and they have Jerry McDonald from the Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program plus people from their office.

              The session runs from 9 to 4 Thursday at the Victoria Inn in Flin Flon.

On their way

             Sixteen students and four teachers from Creighton Community School are leaving today to join fifteen thousand other students and teachers in Saskatoon to celebrate We Day which brings youth together to show them they are not alone in their journey to make a difference.  Grade nine student Morgan Switzer says it will feature a performance by Hedley and many speakers including guest speaker Marin Sheen.  She says it seems like a really awesome motivational positive environment and experience to be involved with and be part of and the main thing she is looking forward to will obviously be the speakers and performers but more just the positive environment and being in a place where everyone is aware, wants to be supportive and wants to be involved in things.

              We Day is an initiative of Free the Children which is a international charity and education partner that works with schools by offering curricular resources, campaigns and material to help turn the days inspiration into sustained action.

Increased Investment

              Hudbay President David Garofalo has reported they are increasing their investment in the Lalor Mine project near Snow Lake.  He says the underground portion of the Lalor project remains on time and on budget and basic engineering of the new Lalor concentrator is complete. He adds capital expenditure is expected to be approximately 90 million dollars higher than the original concentrator budget at 253 million dollars bringing Lalor’s total capital construction budget to 794 million dollars.  He says as of January 31st they have invested approximately 326 million of the overall budget with an additional 90 million dollars in commitment.

              Garofalo adds during the last quarter of last year Hudbay’s focus at its 70 percent owned Reed Copper project also near Snow Lake was underground ramp development and completion of surface infrastructure.  He says they have invested around 26 million dollars in the project and have entered into an additional 20.5 million in commitments.


Memorial Fishing Derby

                The fifth annual Jack Streitle Memorial Family Fishing Derby is being held at Denare Beach Saturday afternoon.  One of the organizers Christy Wasyliuk says they are offering a lot of prizes with the first, second and third place for the fish caught being cash prizes based on entry fees and what they got as sponsorship donations. She adds they usually have a pretty good variety of raffle prizes that they have at the end of the fishing derby and they have prizes for the oldest fisheman and fisherwoman and youngest fisherman boy and girl.

              They also have a loonie bucket for the first fish caught.

              The fishing derby is being held in the bay at Angell’s Marina at Denare Beach.  Registration for five dollars begins at 1 Saturday afternoon with fishing from 2 to 4.


Marriage Course Available

              A marriage course begins next week at Flin Flon’s Alliance Church.  Organizer Menno Giesbrecht explains the course is for any couples whether they are married or not. He says it offers them an opportunity to talk about things they maybe haven’t talked about for a while and it gives them an opportunity to speak to their partner about some of those things and learn something about their partner, adding it’s basically about communications and spending time together.

              The marriage course begins with an introduction evening next Monday with supper at six.  To register or for more information you can call Menno at 204-687-6001.


Manitoba Historical Society is accepting nominations

              The Manitoba Historical Society is accepting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award recognizing people involved in the preservation and promotion of any part of the province’s history.  The Society’s Gordon Goldsborough says nominations are open to anyone. In fact he says they are hoping to get a wide range of people who have worked in local museums, people that have been advocates in preserving local history or even people who have helped to write local history books, anything that is in some way connected to the promotion and preservation of our history.

              Nomination forms are available at their web site www.mhs.mb.ca.  Nominations close on March 1st.

Womens Day Luncheon

              An International Women’s Day lunch is being held Friday, March 8th at the Flin Flon Community Hall.  The Committee’s Colleen Arnold says this is their 10th anniversary of doing the Women of Honor Awards so this year they are going to be honoring all past recipients and they will also have a guest speaker Crystal Kolt.

              Advance tickets are required and you are encouraged to get them by next Friday at the latest at the Women’s Resource Center, Aqua Center, Friendship Center, Primary Health Care Center, Orange Toad and Northern Rainbows End.

Hudbays last quarter

             Hudbay reports in the last quarter of 2012 they recorded a profit of 7.4 million dollars compared to a profit of 34.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Total revenue was 181 million dollars 73.3 million lower than the same period in 2011 primarily due to lower sales volumes and lower metal prices.  These issues also affected the full year 2012 with revenue at 702.6 million, 188.2 million lower than 2011.

              For the fourth quarter ore production at Hudbay’s Manitoba businesses was 20 percent lower than the previous year’s fourth quarter due to the planned permanent closures of Trout Lake Mine in Flin Flon and Chisel North in Snow Lake partly offset by the start of production at Lalor near Snow Lake.

              President David Garofalo says they expect development assets near Snow Lake and in Peru to provide significant copper, gold and zinc production growth over the next two years as they are brought into production.

Senior Housing Request

               Flin Flon City Council has received a letter from Jane Robillard responding to a request from Mayor George Fontaine for concerns about seniors housing.  She said she supports any initiative to secure some reasonable housing for seniors noting there is little accommodation available that is suitable for an older couple who require a two bedroom apartment.  She also suggested a middle income housing unit would be great adding the old Flin Flon Hotel seems like a perfect place for seniors units as it is within walking distance of the clinic, hospital, pharmacy and a grocery store.  The letter was referred to the committee of the whole Council.

              Later in the meeting Mayor Fontaine noted one problem encountered in looking for sites for seniors housing or other development is parcels of land within the city’s boundaries are owned by the province and Council has been in discussion with the province on ways for the city to obtain ownership of this land.

Winterfest Kickoff

             The 34th annual Denare Beach Winter Festival takes place tomorrow and Saturday.  Recreation Director Jennifer Donaghy says it starts with a Musher’s supper tomorrow at 6 at the Denareplex and they’ll also be having a silent auction and penny parade in which they’ll be using donations from various businesses and individuals in our area.  She says they’ll have a cribbage tournament, turkey shoot and a frozen t-shirt contest.  Donaghy adds Saturday they’ll start the day with a pancake breakfast followed by a fishing derby down by Angell’s Marina, a family poker derby, boot hockey tournament, freezie mountain, bingo, turkey curling and they’ll wrap up the weekend with their Musher’s Social Saturday night.

              Tickets and festival buttons are available at the Village office, the Alpine and Di’s Confectionary or call the Denare Beach Recreation Office

School Board Presents Budget

              The Flin Flon School Board presented their budget plans at a public meeting last night.  The school division has a total budget of just over 13.2 million dollars for the 2013-14 school year, an increase of 2.9 percent over this years budget.

              The Division received an increase of 2.8 percent or 218 thousand dollars over this year from the province.  The tax incentive grant was discontinued in 2012 but the province is providing the equivalent funding for 2013.

              The mill rate on the school tax portion of the 2013 property tax will remain the same as that for 2011 and 2012.  The Division notes they will continue to maintain and improve classrooms and facilities in 2013-14 while maintaining a 3.05 percent surplus. Board Chair Murray Skeavington adds it’s a good budget as it allows them to do that without going to the taxpayers for more money.

Drill Program At Dickstone

           Rockcliff Resources has started its winter drill program at the former Dickstone Copper Mine near Snow Lake.  They report the untested drill target is interpreted as a large buried conductive anomaly beneath the existing mine workings and measures 250 meter wide by 800 meters long.  As well at the Tower property a geophysical survey is being completed after which drilling will start.  Both properties are part of Rockcliff’s Snow Lake Project located in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone belt.


10 Week Family Violence Program

            The Women’s Resource Center in Flin Flon is offering a ten week education group.  The Center’s Debbie Campbell says they will cover issues for women interested in gaining a better understanding of the dynamics surrounding family violence.  She says they will cover the cycle of abuse, why men abuse and the profile of an abuser, why women stay in an abusive relationship, emotional abuse, effects of family violence on children, what is a healthy relationship, sexuality and abuse gender roles, communication and safety planning in an abusive relationship.

              The sessions start on March 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 and to register you can call Debbie at the Center at 204-681-3105.

The City Meets

              At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from Scotia Bank Manager Judy Schmidt asking them to consider a no loitering bylaw on Main Street as a result of individuals loitering in front of their business approaching customers and staff in an aggressive manner.  She stated such a bylaw would be grounds for fines or charges to be laid which would hopefully discourage this type of behavior.  The letter was referred to the committee of the whole Council.  Mayor George Fontaine reported the RCMP have been making the requested patrols on Main Street on a regular basis and it will continue as part of their Main Street strategy.

              Blair Sapergia approached Council saying he has concerns about any plans to raise taxes.  He said instead of putting money into facilities like the Aqua Center, Community Hall and Whitney Forum Council’s priorities should be the community’s infrastructure including sewer lines and roads. Sapergia added if taxes go much higher people will leave the community.  Mayor Fontaine said Council is looking at how outlying areas and neighboring communities that use the facilities mentioned can share the cost of maintaining them as they are really regional facilities.

Callinan receives latest payment

              Callinan Resources has received interim quarterly payments totaling just over 3.9 million dollars from Hudbay.  The payments include just over 3.8 million from the six and two thirds net profits interest royalty and just over 114 thousand from the production royalty of 25 cents per ton of ore for the quarter ended December 31st.

              The net profits interest payment represents 75 percent of an estimate by Hudbay with the remaining 25 percent paid annually in mid-July.

              The quarterly payments are due to Callinan’s royalty interests on lands that include the Triple Seven Mine in Flin Flon.

              Callinan uses its royalty income to provide alternative financing options to mineral exploration and development companies with attractive projects

Fire And Ice

              To kick off Flin Flon’s 80th anniversary year you’re invited to a Fire and Ice Family Fun Day on Ross Lake Sunday from 1 to 8.  Recreation Manager Mike Dubreuil says throughout the day they are going to have bonfire and skating areas. He says from 1 to 3 they’ll have the Flin Flon Bombers out where you can have an opportunity to skate with them and also starting at one o’clock they’ll have the Kinsmen shoot to win which is a fund raiser for the Kinsmen Club. He also mentioned on top of that they also have Dennis Stringer who’ll be starting to do his chain saw carving at 1 and he understands they are going to hold a raffle throughout the day for that carving.

              Dubreuil adds skates have been donated and refurbished and will be available for use by those who don’t have their own skates.

New Truck Pilot Project


              A pilot project has been launched with Tolko Industries to test the safety and economics of lengthening truck-trailer units hauling wood to the company’s plant in The Pas.  During the pilot project, one truck will be allowed to carry a load 2.5 meters longer than currently permitted which gives the truck about 20 percent more load capacity.  Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation’s Motor Carrier Division will monitor results of the month long project.

              On average about 200 truckloads of round wood arrive at Tolko’s plant at The Pas each week. 

Upgrades To Facilites

              Several recreation and community facilities in the northern area will be upgraded thanks to funding from the Manitoba government’s Community Places Program North.

              Included in the grant approvals is 25 thousand dollars to the Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum Corporation for phase two of the museum building restoration and 48 thousand to the Town of Snow Lake for arena roof repairs. Three grants are going to the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, 33 thousand dollars for renovations at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Center Arena, just under 21 thousand for the Big Eddy youth center renovations and just under 6 thousand for OCN youth center renovations.

Alpha Course

             The Alpha course will be starting a new session at the Flin Flon Alliance Church on Tuesday.  Leslie Wood explains Alpha has a lot to offer people from all backgrounds, religions and view points. She says the Alpha course runs for ten weeks and each session starts off with a meal in a relaxed atmosphere with a short video and discussion.  She says anybody interested in taking the course can contact her at 306-688-4470 and she looks forward to meeting all kinds of new people there.

              Alpha begins at six Tuesday evening at the Alliance Church with a celebration supper so you can learn what it’s about.

Snowmobile Checks

              The North District Traffic Services has partnered with the Flin Flon Cranberry Portage RCMP detachment and Manitoba Conservation this winter to conduct snowmobile checks with both static and roving snowmobile patrols on area trails and lakes.

              They report 58 off road vehicles have been checked. Six impaired drivers were detected resulting in sanctions involving either 24 hour or 90 day driving suspensions and in one case an operator is facing criminal code impaired driving charges.  In addition six people were charged with operating an unregistered snow machine, one with operating without a valid licence, one open liquor charge and two fishermen were charged with fishing with a barbed hook.

              The RCMP report patrols and checkpoints will continue in an effort to make area trails and lakes safe for all.

Chamber Meets

             At this weeks Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce meeting President Kory Eastman announced the Chamber is planning to mint a new geocache coin for this year after the success of last years coin with less than one hundred left from the 750 made.  The coin will mark the 80th anniversary of the city of Flin Flon and they hope to have it available for this summers Trout Festival.

              Eastman also presented member Vair Ellison from H&R Block with the 2012 Membership Referral Reward for promoting the Chamber in the community and bringing a new member into the Chamber.

              John Clark was introduced as the new Economic Development Officer for Community Futures Greenstone.

              The Chamber accepted a recommendation from the Membership Committee to hold quarterly evening general meetings.  They are planned for March 26th, June 25th and September 24th at 6:15 at the Victoria Inn.

              The Guest speaker at the next Chamber meeting February 26th will be Flin Flon Mayor George Fontaine.

Teacher Staff Appriciation

              This is teacher staff appreciation week and Manitoba Teachers Society President Paul Olson says it’s a week for us to recognize the dedication and contributions made by teachers and other staff to students and the community.  He adds the basic idea behind the week is just a show of support and thanks for all the people working in the schools who are doing great things for kids.  He adds it’s really a very positive time and allows people a time to just reflect on the fact there’s really a lot of good things happening and we should recognize that now and then.

              Olson says teachers need and appreciate parental engagement in their child’s education adding parents and teachers working together are a powerful force in helping students reach their potential.

New Emergency Room?

             Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday the redevelopment of the emergency room at the General Hospital announced in the last election is in the planning stage and hopefully the funding announced will be enough.  She said the Region is working on priorities set by the province including the cancer patient journey from diagnosis to treatment, long term care which is becoming more important as more people are staying in the north, access to services and access to a physician for all by 2015, adding they no longer receive complaints about this in Flin Flon but it is a problem in The Pas.

              Bryant said they are challenged to create a more sustainable system.  She says wages have not increased in two years but they will soon enter negotiations on new contracts and the reduced Greyhound bus service is causing problems with their travel budget which is around 20 million dollars for the whole region.  She added they are doing more at their new clinic which continues to greatly reduce visits to the emergency room.


Flash Dance Flin Flon

The Women’s Resource Center invites all women and those who love them to take part in flash dances tomorrow around Flin Flon.  The Center’s Colleen Arnold says its part of a world wide event called One Billion Rising.  She says it is regarding ending violence against women and girls adding one in three women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime and there’s one billion women being violated, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends.  She adds they ask everyone to rise with them on February 14th when they’re having various flash dances around town through the day ending at 5:15 a Pioneer Square.

              For more information you can call the Center at 204-681-3105 or go to www.onebillionrising.org.

Operation Christmas Child Makes A Difference

              Canadians donated just over 662 thousand shoe boxes packed with toys, hygiene items and school supplies during the 2012 Operation Christmas Child shoe box campaign.  As we reported in November over 200 of those boxes came from the Flin Flon Creighton area.

              Operation Christmas Child staff, volunteers and partners are now distributing these shoe boxes in the developing world.  Canadian Director Randy Crosson notes each shoe box is an opportunity to show these children, who likely have never before received a gift, that they are loved by God and by generous Canadians from coast to coast.

              Since 1993 Samaritan’s Purse has collected and hand delivered more than 100 million shoe box gifts to children in over 130 countries hurt by war, poverty, natural disaster, disease and famine.

School Board Notes

              Trustee Angela Simpson and Superintendent Blaine Veitch attended the Manitoba Education Research Network Winter Forum Revisioning Education held in Cranberry Portage on January 25th.  The For the North video conference focusing on twenty-first century learning was attended by other school division members from Winnipeg, Dauphin, Brandon, Norway House and Thompson via Skype.

              Gerald Farthing, Deputy Minister of Education for the province was the keynote speaker highlighting five main priorities including to help students live distinctively and sustainably, integrating digital learning, the need for good teachers who are committed and caring, balance that is making sure students have fun while learning and last was the need to work together to make learning better.

              Chair Murray Skeavington noted this week is teacher and staff appreciation week encouraging parents to send feedback with your child for the teachers.

MS Coffee Connection

             Robin Searle from the MS Society of Canada Parkland Chapter will be in Flin Flon tomorrow afternoon.  Searle says she will hold a coffee connection group. She says she hasn’t been able to be up to the north for the past two years and this is an opportunity for her to reconnect with people living with MS and their caregivers in a really comfortable setting with discussion being just real coffee time conversation.

              Searle will be at the Orange Toad on Main Street from 2 to 4 tomorrow afternoon.


Pricing Seminar

              Community Futures Greenstone in Flin Flon is holding a video workshop Thursday morning from 10 to 12.  Manager Bunny Burke says they will cover pricing and costing including how to price your product once you have determined your actual cost to get your effective margin or your percentage, what are fixed costs, indirect costs, overhead, owners salary, all that information that will help you improve your bottom line.

              To register for this workshop you can call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.


Cam Forbes Art Talk

              The Norva Center is presenting Winnipeg Artist Cam Forbes in Flin Flon this week.  Norva’s Karen Clarke says Forbes will hold an artists talk tonight that will be about her art practice and what her journeys have been like in developing her art and that is at Norva and it’s free.

              Clarke adds Forbes will conduct a print making workshop on Friday from 6 to 9 and Saturday from 9 to 4 and she’ll also be doing some painting and working with stencils and materials that are pretty easy to find.

              The workshop costs 70 dollars and you can register by calling Norva at 204-687-4237 or email norvacenre@gmail.com.

100 Days Celebration

Students at Ruth Betts Community School will celebrate 100 days in their school year on Wednesday.  The school’s Family Programmer Kristina Lies says K to 3 students have put a lot of work into special projects.  She explained each student creates a picture of one hundred things displaying their creativity and knowledge of counting and grouping.  She adds these projects are usually something students remember for years.  Lies says they can use stickers, candies, stars or whatever they would like and they look forward to accomplishing 100 days at school and sharing in the celebration.

              Lies adds some classes are baking cookies, holding skating parties and playing games using the 100 days theme.

Valentines Day Concert

The Flin Flon Arts Council is presenting Evie and Jeff Sawatzky in a Valentines Day concert at 7:30 Thursday night in the R.H. Channing Auditorium.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says the show will thrill audiences of all ages.  She says they are just beautiful singers adding they’ll do anything from pop to the classics, it’s all in more or less a romantic theme but its generally good music and its great entertainment.  Kolt says they just can’t believe their luck in being able to have them here on Valentine’s Day.

              Tickets for the concert are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

We Day Celebration

Sixteen students and four teachers from Creighton Community School will join fifteen thousand other students and teachers at Credit Union Center in Saskatoon February 27th to celebrate We Day which brings youth together to show them they are not alone in their journey to make a difference.

              We Day is an initiative of Free the Children, an international charity and education partner that works with schools to implement the We Day Act Program which offers curricular resources, campaigns and material to help turn the days inspiration into sustained action.  The day will feature celebrities, musicians and heroes sharing their inspirational stories.

              Students were selected through an application process that included a written application, an interview or video outlining why they should be selected.

              You can learn more by visiting their website at www.weday.com.


PST And Your Business

              Community Futures Greenstone in Flin Flon is offering a video seminar on Tuesday from 10 to 11:30.  Manager Bunny Burke says it will give businesses an introduction to PST including what is subject to the tax, how to collect it, how to remit it, how to get your rebate back on it as owners are offered a commission to collect the PST so it’s how to calculate all of that and how to keep on the straight and narrow as far as the PST is concerned with the government.

              To register for this video seminar you can call the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967.


Winter's Eve Escape

              Women Connecting is presenting a Winter’s Eve Escape Saturday, February 16th at 6:30 at the Bakers Narrows Lodge Club House.  One of the organizers Peg Baynton says they have an interesting night planned with Dave and Sarah Lynne Koop sharing some of their travel adventures to Costa Rica and various other places, Nathan and Emily Willems providing special music for the occasion and then Awie and Liana Gouws, relatively new people to Flin Flon, will share their faith journey after arriving here from South Africa about three years ago.

              The evening will include a pork loin dinner and the cost is 25 dollars a person with tickets available at Mugsy’s Deli or by calling Peg at 204-681-3250.

Shop Local Movement


              There is a Shop Local movement growing across Canada to support local economies as well as the families behind the storefront.  The first Canadian Shop Local event is being held in Oakville, Ontario this weekend.  Fiona Story from the Yellow Pages Group explains Shop Local really wants to highlight the vital role that small businesses play in our neighborhoods.  She says small businesses are the backbones of our economy, they drive 30 percent of our national GDP and they’re responsible for the employment for close to half of Canada’s overall workforce.  Story adds the role they play in helping grow neighborhoods and creating sustainable communities is pretty crucial.

              The Oakville event is a pilot with plans to launch this event across the country later this year.

Earth Day Scholarship Program


              Applications are being taken for the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program.  Communications Director Keith Teffry explains the program offers scholarships to 20 graduating high school students.  He says any student that is going on to a post secondary education is welcome to apply for this scholarship.  He adds the scholarship is a five thousand dollar grant they can use towards the first year of their education at a university or college.  As for eligibility Teffry says what they are looking for is students who have done environmental work in their schools or in the broader community.

              In addition to the scholarship the national winner receives a Panasonic notebook computer.

              You can apply by visiting their web site at www.earthday.ca/scholarship.  The deadline is February 15th.

Read To Me


              A new season of Read to Me is starting on February 13th running Wednesday and Friday mornings for six weeks.  Coordinator Heather Jobes says they offer stories and a lot more.  She says it is a free family literacy program for 2 to 5 year olds and their guardian and siblings are welcome.  She adds each day consists of a theme of things like dinosaurs or colors and they run from 9 to 11:30 on Wednesdays and Fridays.

              To register or for more information you can call Heather at 306-688-5818. 


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