Local News Archives for 2013-03

Good Friday Service

              The Alliance, Amisk, Baptist, Salvation Army and Pentacostal churches have joined together for a Good Friday service tomorrow.  Salvation Army Captain BJ Loder says it will be a time for sharing.  He says a lot of people might find a church an uncomfortable place to be but the Community Hall is a neutral place where there’s no pressure for anybody to accept anything they’re saying other than just being able to share and to be able to recognize what we do celebrate and what we do remember on Good Friday which is the sacrifice of Christ and the message is a message of hope.

              The activities begin tomorrow morning at 10 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with a free continental breakfast and the service starts at 11 with music, sharing and a message.  Around 240 people attended last year’s service.

Adult Learning Highlighted

             This is International Adult Learners Week.  In Flin Flon the Community Adult Learning Center offers courses free for any interested adult.  Coordinator Sylvia Alexus explains they can help upgrade skills in many areas including assistance to adults who are 18 years of age or over and have been out of school for one year who wish to upgrade or learn skills in reading, numeracy or math, document use and writing, also with computer use incorporated with the program.  She says they offer GED preparations for the exam adding there can be one on one instruction or group sessions can be offered.

              The Center is open downstairs in the Co-op Center Monday to Friday from 9 to 12 and 1 to 3:30 and they follow the school calendar from September to the end of May.


Extended Deadline For Artists

             The organizers of the Northern Juried Art Show announced yesterday they have extended the deadline for receiving entry forms for the show. The entry deadline is now April 26th instead of March 30th and the deadline for dropping art work off at shipping depots is now May 3rd.

              The 37th annual Northern Juried Art Show is being held in Churchill May 16th to 18th.  It is open to all artists north of 53 in Manitoba as well as Creighton and Denare Beach, Saskatchewan.

Flash Mob Being Planned

               The Women’s Resource Center’s Youth Worker Jordana Ifergan is planning a flash mob dance to mark the Day of Pink at 5 p.m. April 10th at Pioneer Square.  She says they are looking to get as many people as they can to come out and stand up against bullying and put an end to what has been going on over the years.  She explained as everyone knows bullying is an ongoing issue that doesn’t stop once students have left the school yard.  She says cell phones, computers and the use of the internet have allowed bullying to reach a whole new level.  She asks you to wear pink on April 10th not just to help put an end to bullying and harassment but to also recognize the lives lost along the way.

              You can learn the dance Sunday April 7th at noon at the Elks Hall.

              For information you can call Jordana at the Women’s Resource Center at 204-681-3105.


Nominate A Hometown Hero

              Earth Day Canada is accepting nominations for its Hometown Heroes Awards.  Their Director of Communications Keith Teffry says this award is an opportunity to recognize people for the work they have done to educate and engage your community in addressing environmental issues and it has three different categories including the individual award, the group award and the small business award.

              The group and individual winner will receive ten thousand dollars to donate to a local environmental cause of their choice, the group winner ten thousand dollars to support their work and the business winner five thousand dollars to use to make operational changes to lessen their environmental impact and they can use the Earth Day Canada logo and trademark for a year to promote their business.

              Information and nomination forms can be found at their website www.earthday.ca.  The deadline is April 1st.


Is Your Pet A Hero?

             The Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA is looking for stories about pet heroes.  Their Vice-President Debbie Heibert explains they are looking for a story that shows an act of kindness on the pets behalf or an act of heroism, something out of the ordinary that pets don’t do everyday.

              Entries can be emailed to ffspca@mymts.net or mailed to Box 863 Flin Flon or dropped off at the shelter.  The deadline is Saturday.

Design Entry Due

               The deadline is Friday for your idea for a new geocache coin for the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce.  President Kory Eastman says the coin will be used to represent our area to hobbyists and in geocaching and can also be used as a souvenir.  He explained the theme for the coin this year is 80 years of community, celebrating Flin Flon’s 80th anniversary.  He says the advertising has mentioned being an artist but if this is your first attempt at being an artist that would be great.  Eastman adds all you need to do is submit a line drawing of your idea for both sides of the coin and they will take it from there and go through the minting process.

                You can submit your design to flinflonchamber@mts.net or drop it off at the Greenstone office above Pharmasave. 

Entry Deadline Close

              The 37th annual Northern Juried Art Show is being held in Churchill May 16th to 18th open to all artists north of 53 in Manitoba as well as Creighton and Denare Beach Saskatchewan.  Categories you can enter include oil painting, acrylic painting or mixed media, watercolor painting, drawing and print making, digital art and photography, three dimensional art, fibre art and youth.  The theme for this year’s special award is Legends of the North.

              The deadline to get entry forms in is Saturday with forms and information available at the Flin Flon Public Library.  For more information you can call 204-675-2491 or email recinfo@churchill.ca.

Budget Overlooks The North

             Churchill Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says the federal budget did not recognize the needs of people in northern Manitoba including the need for infrastructure.  She says unfortunately this budget doesn’t deliver when it comes to infrastructure investment, something that would create jobs and contribute to the needs that we have in the north.  She adds she’s also particularly disappointed about the lack of investment in aboriginal communities noting Stephen Harper in recent months said a lot about working in partnership with First Nations and investment in important areas like education and yet this budget fails to do that which is a blow to our region in moving forward.

              Ashton says although it wasn’t in the budget minister Vic Toews is talking about a road linking Churchill to Nunavut and if it’s done in partnership with northern and aboriginal people it would be very positive for our region.

Project In The Pre-licensing Phase

             Members of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission have met with the Creighton Community Liaison Committee as part of the early stages of Creighton’s application to host a nuclear waste storage facility.  A Commission Director Don Howard says the Commission is Canada’s independent nuclear regulator and is conducting the pre-licensing phase.  He says what they’re doing is independent research to get ready for an application for the geological repository and secondly they are doing outreach to inform communities about the Commission and their role in the project so its kind of another piece of information that communities need to know that they are there for health, safety, security and the protection of the environment.

              The Nuclear Waste Management Organization must apply to the Commission for a license for a storage facility but that is not expected in the next few years.  They must first identify a willing and informed host community in a suitable geological area.

Drilling Begins At Anderson Lake

              BacTech Environmental Corporation has awarded a drilling contract to Rodren Drilling of Winnipeg for its Anderson Lake winter drill program.

              Last month BacTech signed a memorandum of understanding with Hudbay for the Anderson Lake tailings site in Snow Lake which hosts tailings from ten past producing mines in the area. 

              The purpose of the drill program is to quantify the grade of gold and silver in the tails as well as establish an oxide/sulphide gold radio with special attention to refractory type sulphides for the tailings as possible feed for their biotech plant being build in Snow Lake.  The tailings were created through deposition from a number of local mines included the Chisel, Photo, Stall, Spruce Point, Osborne, Rod and Anderson mines.


Local Radio Changing For You

             Tom O’Brien owner of the Artic Radio Network says CFAR 590 in Flin Flon, CJ1240 in The Pas and 610 CHTM in Thompson will be expanding to the FM band this summer while remaining on the AM band.  He says its something they’ve been trying to do for a long time and it takes a long time sometimes to get everything in order with government approval and so on, but primarily they want to provide a better service to their local communities and FM is it, it is the way everything has gone but they didn’t want to turn off the AM transmitters because there would be parts of northern Manitoba that would be without radio service.

              The stations will hit the FM band in July and will be heard at 102.9 on the dial.

Family Fishing

              The 17th annual Richard Beasley Memorial Fishing Derby is taking place tomorrow afternoon on Big Island Lake near Westwood Lodge.  One of the organizers Chuck Woods says the rules are simple. It’s Manitoba regulations, catch and release, total length and they’ll have people on the ice with troughs, you catch a fish,, they come over and mark the length of your fish, your name and the time you caught it and they register it.

              Woods adds prizes include a Snowtracker sleigh for first, a Jiffy ice auger for second and a 3500 watt generator for third.  The family fishing derby runs from noon to 3 tomorrow with free hot chocolate and hot dogs for participants.  Tickets for ten dollars are available at the Gas Bar, Steelworkers office on Main Street or the Gateway.  Funds raised go to the Parkinson’s Society, the Dorion Simon Bursary and the Flin Flon Creighton and Area SPCA.

Scratch And Win!

              Two people have discovered winning Scratch n’Win tickets can be found while shopping in Flin Flon Sherry Meszaros and Edward Ballantyne each bought tickets within a few weeks of each other and each won ten thousand dollars.

              Sherry lives in Flin Flon and picked up a Cash Cards ticket at Lloydy’s corner store on Green Street took it home and scratched it. Her ticket revealed six hands for a ten thousand dollar prize.  She says she didn’t believe it until she checked it at the store.

              Edward is a Deschambault Lake resident and while in Flin Flon picked up at Crossword Multiplier at Super K on South Main.  He and his wife scratched the ticket finding eight word matches for one thousand dollars.  When they checked it at the store the retailer told them they actually had nine matches for ten thousand dollars.


Hudbay Wins Injunction

              Hudbay filed for a court injunction against the Mathias Colomb Creen Nation over rallies held this year that it claims blocked the entrance to its Lalor mine site.  Chief Justice Glenn Joyal of Court of Queen’s Bench has ruled protesters cannot block roads into the site.  Joyal says he is confident RCMP will enforce the injunction with arrests if necessary.

              Mathias Colomb Chief Arlen Dumas says the injunction violates freedom of expression laws.

Caution For Snowmobilers

              Flin Flon RCMP remind snowmobilers that as spring approaches some areas of snowmobile trails will become unsafe.  They note these areas would be where there is a water current under the ice.  They urge continued caution at these crossings.

              The RCMP will also be conducting snowmobile patrols throughout the city trails and the park areas where snowmobile traffic is not allowed.

Author To Read To Kids

              The Flin Flon Public Library will be hosting an author tomorrow.  Administrator Cindy McLean says Darla O’Rourke will be available to read to children and meet with the public.  She says she will be in the library in the morning reading to the grade two and threes and will be available in the afternoon for the public.  Mclean adds Darla has written a series of books that are basically positive stories to help young students deal with issues such as bullying.

              Anyone interested in meeting O’Rourke can drop in at the Library tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 to 4.

Spring Break Activities

              Creighton Recreation will help keep you and your children busy during spring break next week.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says they have lots of fun and free activities. She says on Monday they have a card making class starting at one o’clock and on Tuesday a mother daughter jewelry class and it doesn’t have to be a mother and daughter, it can be an aunt or grandma coming out with the youth.  She says Wednesday they have a swim party at the Aqua Center starting a one and on Thursday for the boys a father and son key holder and it doesn’t have to be a father and son, it can be an uncle, older brother or grandpa.

              To register you can call 306-688-3538.

              Meanwhile Flin Flon Parks and Recreation is offering swimming at the Aqua Center all week except Good Friday and public skating at the Whitney Forum from 1:45 to 3 Monday through Thursday as well as 6 to 8 Thursday evening. There are admission charges.


New Network Helps Children

              The Northern Manitoba After School Network was launched yesterday and Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief says the network brings service providers together with people from government and from the private sector to talk about how to maximize resources we have in our communities to provide positive activities for children, youth and families.  He explained every child born is good at something and if you want to maximize those talents then what you have to be able to do is provide programming options and the only way to do that is by bringing people and resources together to create partnerships and have ongoing conversations.  He adds we will be able to create those structures for young people to do what they are naturally capable of doing.

              The Network launch was held in Thompson attended by representative from communities and youth serving organizations across the north.

A Learning Opportunity

              A Community Liaison Committee formed to look at the proposed nuclear waste storage project in Creighton is hosting a meeting tomorrow evening with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.  Liaison Committee Co-Chair George Trevor says the purpose of the meeting on Thursday is for their committee as well as the public to gain an understanding of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s role in the regulatory process of the management and transportation of radioactive waste.

              The meeting is being held at 5:30 tomorrow evening at the Prospector Inn in Creighton and is open to anyone interested in attending.

Letters Of Support Needed

              The Age Friendly Flin Flon committee is looking for community support for affordable seniors housing.  The Committee’s Aimee Deans says results of the latest survey have confirmed the community needs this housing so they are taking the next step in applying to the government. She says they are currently looking for letters of support for seniors housing.  She adds whether you’re an individual, couple, a family, on a committee or any organization in our community you can help by sending letters of support for this housing.

              Letters can be dropped off at City Hall care of Age Friendly or emailed to adeans@flinflon.ca and must be received by March 27th.

Diamond Project near Flin Flon?

              Stornoway Corporation has entered into an option agreement with a private company related to their interests in three properties including one west of Flin Flon.

              The Pikoo exploration project comprises over 33 thousand hectares of bordering claims located approximately 140 kilometers east of La Ronge and 100 kilometers west of Flin Flon close to the community of Deschambault Lake.  Previous work has outlined the potential for several kimberlites with diamond potential. In 2012 kimberlite float was discovered that returned a single microdiamond from 73.8 kilograms of material submitted for caustic dissolution.

              Upcoming work programs are designed to test for the presence of kimberlite with economic potential.


Junior Scientists Heading West

              The Northern Region Science Fair was held in Thompson on the weekend and local teacher George Trevor says Flin Flon Projects did well.  He says they had an excellent science fair and had quite a few winners from Flin Flon and a good representation of our community there.  Of note, he added, they had two grade eight students from McIsaac School who have been invited to attend the Canada wide science fair in Lethbridge, Alberta in mid-May and those students are Isaac Jays and his cousin Savanah Jays Smale so it was pretty exciting for them.                                   

              34 Flin Flon Students attended the Regionals in Thompson after placing first, second and third in the local community wide Science Fair.

Derby Results

             The fifth annual FCI fishing derby was held on Neso Lake Sunday afternoon.  Organizer Tony Poirier says they had around 110 entries for the derby.  He says first place was Donny Danielson from Cranberry Portage for one thousand dollars, second place was Loretta Burke from Flin Flon for 500 dollars and also from Flin Flon was Mike Rowe who won the ice auger and cover.

              Poirier adds it was a great afternoon of fun, food and prizes.  The money raised is used for more outdoor programs at the Collegiate in Cranberry Portage.

Hudbay Takes Action

              Hudbay has filed for a court injunction to prevent demonstrations at their Lalor Mine Site similar to those held by the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation last month.  Vice-President of Corporate Communications John Vincic says Hudbays top priority is the safety of their employees, contractors and visitors to their sites.  He explained they’ve shown good will during the previous demonstrations that blocked access to their Lalor site and they felt the time has come to ask for a court injunction to prevent further events from happening at their Manitoba operations.  He adds they really believe that the people who work for them should be able to come and go to their jobs and go home to their homes and families safely without interference.
              Vincic says they have filed for a court injunction and are not suing the band as some media reports have suggested.

The Importance Of Being Earnest

             Flin Flon’s Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is presenting the Importance of Being Ernest Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 in the Community Hall.  Director Tom Heine says the play focuses on two young ladies interested in anyone named Ernest.  He says they play itself is basically taking shots at just about everything, mostly the rich and the privileged class of the turn of the century and turn of the century is the late 1800s and early 1900s.  He adds the clue in the play is that the language is everything, its terrific entertainment but you really have to listen and pay attention to what they’re saying.

              Tickets for the performance are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street or at the door.

Your Kid Can Name A Police Dog

              The RCMP are inviting young people across the country to help name ten German Shepherd puppies born at the Police Training Center.  Sergeant Whitney Benoit says the rules are simple.  Contestants can suggest only one name per entry and the name can be for a male or female pup, the name must start with the letter F, the name must have no more than 9 letters, it must be one or two syllables and its open to people 16 years of age or younger who live in Canada.

              To enter print your name, age, address, phone number and suggested name on a post card and mail it to Name the Puppy Contest, Police Training Center, Box 6120, Innisfail, Alberta, T4G 1S8.  The deadline is March 22nd.

Project Still Growing

              It’s been a year since former Flin Flonners Richard Lyons and Doug Evans started the Flin Flon Heritage Project website collecting and posting the history of Flin Flon.  Lyons says the site is still growing.  He say they’ve been concentrating on older photos, trying to do that so people who are still around can help add to some of the information on them, so you’ll see a lot of older black and white photos.  He says there’s a fairly good collection of high school year books from Hapnot Collegiate thanks to Beatrice Walker and they’ve got quite a number of copies of the Northern Lights magazine posted.

              Lyons adds they continue to work with the Flin Flon Library archives on restoring photos and posting them and they need people to help add names and dates.  You can visit the website at www.flinflonheritageproject.com.

Science Projects Heading North

               The Northern Region Science Fair is being held in Thompson this weekend. Local Science Fair organizer George Trevor says several Flin Flon projects will be at the Fair.  He says they’ve got about 34 students going from both Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools between grades 4 to 8. He adds the students who placed first, second and third in the Flin Flon community wide Science Fair were invited and most of them have decided to go to Thompson for the regionals this weekend.

               The Science Fair is being held at the Burntwood Elementary School in Thompson with set up this afternoon and student interviews and award presentations on Saturday.

Daffodil Days

              The Canadian Cancer Society is holding its annual daffodil campaign next week.  Flin Flon Coordinator Marsha Reeves says daffodils will be available starting Tuesday.  She says they are starting their sale at Walmart at 11 o’clock that morning and they’re going through until 9 o’clock that night.  She says they’re also going to be in the hospital lobby on Tuesday and Friday from noon until six.  She says they still have a few spots available so if anybody has a couple of hours to offer to sit and sell they can give her a call.

              You can get hold of Marsha at 204-687-5139.  She says the daffodils are seven dollars a bunch and last year they raised around four thousand dollars.

A Gathering Of Women

              A Women of the North retreat is being organized by the St. Peter St. James Anglican Church in Flin Flon to be held at Christ Church in The Pas April 20th from 9 to 4:15.  One of the organizers Rebecca Graham says it will include learning and friendship.  She explains the event is called Cozy Mountain Lodge and it’s a retreat for women so they can get together and form new friendships and support each other.  She says it’s a series of sessions that will take you through the day and the theme is based on the Book of Ruth in the Bible so it’s the friendship that Ruth and Naomi form and how that helps them grow as women.

              Tickets are 30 dollars with the deadline Tuesday.  In Flin Flon you can contact Shelly Andres at 204-687-5744 or email sandres@mymts.net.

East Indian Cooking Class

              The Flin Flon Arts Council is offering an East Indian Cooking Class.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says this was offered before but they have new recipes with instructor Ben Salins.  She says he has had another trip to India and he has some brand new recipes to share with the community.  She adds everything is all inclusive in the price, you don’t have to bring anything and you’ll learn four really interesting East Indian dishes.

              The classes will begin Saturday and continue for the first three Saturdays in April at the Creighton Community School.  The cost is 50 dollars and you can register by calling the Arts Council office at 204-687-5974.

We Day Report

             On February 27th Saskatoon hosted their first ever We Day event at the Credit Union Center.  Thirty grade nine to twelve students from Hapnot Collegiate were among the fifteen thousand who attended.  Chelsea Russel a student council teacher advisor along with Taylor Olinyk and Taylor Kittle gave the board a presentation on their We Day experience and how they earned the tickets to attend.  A penny drive raised over 680 dollars towards clean drinking water in Haiti and food drives assisted our local food bank.

              After the event the students are even more inspired to change the world stating here in the community plans are underway to clean up negative graffiti around town, a pledge of silence will be recognized on April 18th as part of the Free the Children Initiative where students are silent for the whole day.  Another penny drive is planned in April to raise money for drinking water in third world countries and this July ten volunteer students travel to Nicaragua to help communities.

Deadline Approaching

              Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce President Kory Eastman reminded members this week the deadline for submitting designs for the new geocache coin is March 28th.  The theme is 80 years of community celebrating Flin Flon’s 80th anniversary.  Letters asking for designs have gone to the Norva Center, Arts Council and Hapnot Collegiate.  Information is available at the Chamber office.

              The Chamber has accepted a position on the Manitoba Chamber President’s Advisory Committee on Northern Economic Development.  President Kory Eastman will sit on the committee.

              Plans for the next phase for Pioneer Square were circulated including zinc panels and a copper picture of a miner by Doug Dmytriw as well as a fountain.

              The Chamber’s next meeting will be an evening meeting at the Unwinder starting at 6:30 March 26th with guest speaker Brad Lantz, Vice-President of the Manitoba Business Unit for Hudbay.


Grant Applications Are Being Accepted

              Grant applications are being accepted until Friday for the Hometown Manitoba Program.  The program has three components meeting places, Main Street enhancements and tree planting.  It provides financial support for community projects initiated by local governments, non-profit community organizations and businesses to promote unique identities and themes that will define a community through projects that enhance Main Street building exteriors and public outdoor spaces. Past funding from the program has been used to update local businesses, for Pioneer Square on Main Street and Channing Beach projects.

              Application forms are available at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/ri or contact the Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives office in The Pas.

On The Table Last Night....

              Council agreed to apply for grant in aid funding from the Province for work on two roads this year.  That includes Oak Avenue from the Cornerstone Church down to the Aqua Center and the Company road from Star Autobody to the Manitoba Saskatchewan border completing a project started last year.  Manitoba Hydro will also be instructed to install lights on existing poles at the Channing outdoor rink and the back alley of 83 to 85 Bellevue.

              Councilor Colleen McKee reported the Finance Committee is meeting with department heads to look at ways to do things more efficiently.  She said they are open to any suggestions that will help the city save money.  Mayor George Fontaine added they are taking very serious steps with the new budget system and plans for the coming year and will keep the public advised on what is happening.

The Future Of Mining?

              Mining Association of Manitoba Director Tom Goodman told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce mining represents 4 percent of Manitoba’s gross domestic product employing 42 hundred people with 85 percent of them in northern Manitoba. He said there is a real struggle to raise money for exploration, federal regulatory requirements have been causing a lot of delays in exploration and Manitoba is very unpredictable in issuing permits. He added the Association signed a memorandum of understanding in 2009 with MKO representing 16 First Nations in which both sides agreed they can gain from economic development in the north.   Goodman added the Manitoba government has a duty to connect with aboriginal communities on mineral exploration and mine development and it is clear the crown owns the rights to the minerals.  He said all parties have to come to the table to guarantee the future of mining.

              The Chamber agreed to submit a resolution to the Manitoba Chamber asking that the provincial government prioritize, engage and deliver on their requirement to consult with key stakeholders to ensure that the exploration and development of natural resources can remain a vibrant, positive economic engine in Manitoba.

New Radio Voices

              The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is taking over CFAR 590 starting Thursday afternoon for a fund raiser they call Rotary Radio Days.  The Club’s Bill Fulford explains the Rotarians go through the community and they sell advertising and once they’ve completed that they participate in reading the advertising on CFAR which can be kind of fun because some of them haven’t had much experience on the air.  He says the money raised goes to community projects such as the skateboard park, Rotary Park, Flin Flon Ski Club snowmobile for grooming trails and a lot of youth projects within the community.

              Rotarians will be on the air reading their commercials starting Thursday afternoon at 1 and will continue all day Friday and Saturday morning until 11.

Community Consultation

              The Mamawetan Churchill River Region Health Authority invites you to a community consultation on Health Services in Creighton tonight.  Team Leader in Creighton Diane Hollberg says they want to hear from as many people as possible.  She says they are going to be looking at what services Mamawetan offers to Saskatchewan residents and then as well they want to hear back from the community on what services they would like to see.

              The consultation takes place tonight from 6:30 to 8 at the Provincial Building in Creighton at 298-1st Street East.

5th Annual Derby

              The 5th annual FCI Campus Fishing Derby is being held Sunday afternoon.  Organizer Tony Poirier says they have a good line up of prizes.  He says this year they have one thousand dollars for first prize for the biggest fish and second prize is 500 dollars for the second biggest fish and third prize is an ice auger and like every year they have prize draws every ten minutes for the fishermen.

              Poirier adds they are raising funds for more outdoor programs at the Collegiate.  Tickets are available at Kleen-all in Flin Flon, at the Collegiate in Cranberry Portage or at the derby that runs from 1 to 3 Sunday afternoon on Neso Lake on number ten highway.

Sexual Exploitation Presentation

              The Flin Flon Sexual Exploitation committee invites you to a presentation addressing sexual exploitation.

              The Committee’s Colleen Tower says it will include speakers that combine experience, academic knowledge, storytelling and interactive participation.  She says the speakers will talk about what sexual exploitation is, what it’s going to look like around here compared to what it looks like in the city and get into some discussion on ways to prevent it.

              Tower says the presentation is recommended for anyone who is connected to children and youth as well as the youth themselves.  It will be held tomorrow night at 7 in the Ruth Betts Community School mini-gym.  Use the office doors on Terrace Avenue.


Registeration Wednesday

             The annual MS Walk will be taking place in May but early registration will be held Wednesday.  Robin Searle from the MS Society of Canada Parkland Chapter says she will combine two events at the Orange Toad on Main Street.  She says the MS Coffee Connection will be taking place again from 2 to 4 and people with MS and their caregivers can meet with her there.  She says the second part of the trip is doing a walk registration at the Orange Toad at the same time from 2 to 4 so those people who would like to register for the walk can come in and they will sign them up.

              The annual Walk for MS will be held on May 26th.

10 Years Celbrated

              At the International Women’s Day lunch Friday there was a celebration of ten years of presenting the Women of Honor Awards, the women who received them and local women’s achievements from the past ten years. 

              Guest speaker Crystal Kolt spoke on why we do things we wouldn’t normally do and encouraged people to get involved in your community.  She ways sometimes you share your talents because you have to, you share your talents because it’s the right thing to do and sometimes you share your talents because you’re a super star and you share your talents just because its fun and don’t forget to dream big.

              The Committee’s Katie Kawerski recognized the 33 women who received the Women of Honor Awards over the past ten years.  Those who were able to attend were presented with bread and roses.


Ski Event

             The Flin Flon Ski Club is holding their 38th annual Centaloppet Sunday afternoon.  The Club’s Dave Price says it’s a community event for skiers of all ages and hopefully all the folks around town who have skis will be there.  He says they’ll start them off on the Beaver Pond which is just below the Chalet and they’ll ski an easy 3.4 kilometer course around the valley and some of their other trails and the whole idea is participation by everybody.

              You can register at the Ski Chalet basement Sunday from 1 to 1:30. There is no entry fee and the event starts at 2 with a variety of prizes including the Centaloppet cup.


Mr. Mark

             The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says the community has been requesting some family entertainment so they are presenting a family show by Mr. Mark on Sunday.  She says Mr. Mark plays everything from a horn to a turkey baster adding he is an amazing performer.  She says he comes out with a countless number of instruments but they’re not necessarily instruments that you would imagine and he’s just really fun, entertaining and energetic.

              Mr. Mark will perform at the Flin Flon Community Hall Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

Northern Opportunities

             Career Trek and the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy in Flin Flon have teamed up to help local kids get a better understanding of the careers available to them in the Norman region.  Career Trek’s Norman Project focuses on hands-on learning and actual job tasks that help students discover what they could expect to do if they choose a specific career. 120 ten and eleven year old students from the Norman Region venture to post-secondary institutions to experience 13 careers three Saturdays between January and March.  On January 26th and March 2nd the students experienced tasks associated with being a limnologist, miner, exploratory geologist, lab technician and material scientist at the Mining Academy.

              The Academy’s Director Rob Penner says uncovering a student’s passion for mining related careers now will help to ensure the sustainability of the industry into the future.


A World Of Silent Films

             The Central Canada Film Group, the newest addition to the Flin Flon Arts Council, invites you to learn more about silent films.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says Colin Davis will present and speak about two great films.  She says one is A Trip to the Moon that was made in 1902 and it’s gone down in history as being the first science fiction film and it’s an amazing film and they’re also showing the Great Train Robbery made in 1903 and that’s considered one of the best silent films in history.

              The presentation is free starting at 7 tonight at the Norva Center on Green Street.

Flin Flon Band In Dauphin

              Flin Flon band students will part of an honor band concert in Dauphin this weekend.  Band Instructor Anna Jardine says it will be quite an experience for the students.  She says student from Thompson, Flin Flon, Swan River, Dauphin, Minitonas and The Pas will gather in Dauphin for the Parkland Norman Regional Honor Band so the junior high students will be working with one conductor, grades 9 and 10 with another conductor and the senior students with another.  She says they rehearse all day Thursday and Friday and put on a concert Saturday to celebrate what they’ve learned.

              Jardine adds it gives them a chance to play in a really big band which is a great opportunity for the students.

Winter Whoot Festival

             The annual Snow Lake Winter Whoot Festival runs tomorrow through Sunday.  One of the organizers Kim Stephen says they have a busy weekend planned.  She says on Friday night some of the events include the ice worm and something new this year the miniature golf tournament.  On Saturday they have the pancake breakfast, scavenger hunt, human curling, road hockey and then at night they are holding a spaghetti supper with Flin Flon’s Ron Burwash playing and Mr. Mark from Winnipeg.  Stephen adds on Sunday they have two bouncy houses, bingo, cake walk, pepsi and coke challenge and over 100 items in the penny parade.

              This is the 24th year for the Snow Lake Festival.

The Healthy Are Rewarded

               The six week In Motion Health Challenge winners have been determined.  The Committee’s Fran Labarre says it was a great success with 34 teams and 170 people meeting health challenges and collecting points.  She reports in first place is TNT which stands for Teachers in Trades, second place was a tie between Thinning Out the Herd and Skinny Beaches and in third place there was a three way tie Calwin’s Crew, Fit Four and Lard Love Us.

              Labarre says it was the closest year ever with only one point separating each of the three places.  The first place team received 1000 dollars with second and third receiving In Motion items.

              Labarre adds they are planning an individual health challenge for April.


Aqua Jets host Swim Meet

              At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a request for a donation of pool time from the Aqua Jets when they host the Flin Flon Spring Thaw Swim Meet on May 11th and 12th.  They anticipate around 100 participants with teams coming from Thompson and The Pas with invitations also sent to Brandon, Dauphin, Prince Albert and Yorkton.  Council approved a donation of 603 dollars to offset the cost of the pool rental.

              Council received the Fire Chiefs report for February indicating three fire calls during the month.

              In response to a question Mayor George Fontaine said the budget preparation process continues as Council determines how much money they have to spend and what the priority areas for spending are. As we’ve reported before they continue to look at separating RCMP and Fire costs from the tax bill sending them out as a separate bill so all property owners share these costs equally. A public budget presentation will be held around the end of April.


Nutrition Month 2013

              Community Dietician Joanna Ledoux spoke to the Healthy Flin Flon Community Forum on this year’s Nutrition Month theme best food forward: plan, shop, cook enjoy, dedicated to navigating the grocery store where healthy eating starts. She said you should have a meal plan, check flyers and coupons that will help you save money, compare brands, read labels including the nutrition facts, buy only what you need and make shopping a family affair to teach children how to make healthy choices. Ledoux recommends cooking from scratch so you can control the ingredients and the cost.

              More information is available at www.dieticians.ca or call Joanna at the Primary Health Care Center.  She can also arrange grocery store tours for interested groups.


Build Your Business Proposal

             Community Futures Greenstone in Flin Flon is holding a video workshop Friday from 1 to 3.  Manager Bunny Burke says it will help you build your business proposal.  She explains the workshop will help build and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to build a compelling proposal, you’ll learn how to construct a proposal, address the problems with your individual and unique situation based on pricing, value, customer satisfaction. Burke adds it’s really good if you’re researching into resolving some issues within your business.

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

160 People Took To The Ice

             The fifth annual Jack Streitle Memorial Fishing Derby was held at Denare Beach Saturday.  One of the organizers Christy Wasyliuk says they had 15 fish caught with 160 people taking part.  She reports they had first catch of the day with a 123 dollar loonie bucket and that went to Rick Quaal with a 23 inch jack, first place for 1000 dollars was won by Andy Wasylciw with at 33 inch jack, second place went to Dean Nykiforuk for 400 dollars with 32 inch jack and third place for 200 dollars went to Frank Wiegers with a 27 inch jack.

              The youngest fisherboy was 7 month old Kolton Niedermaier, the youngest fishergirl 8 month old Dillon Churchill, oldest fisherwoman Violet Skeoch and oldest fisherman Tony Wasyliuk who is 80.


Festival A Success

              A lot of people came out to enjoy the Bust the Winter Blues Festival over the weekend.  The committee’s Channa Senyk said their events saw good participation.  She says for the fishing derby they had 60 fishermen and women out for the afternoon, the Border Explorers had a good turnout for their poker derby, the meat draw and toonie parade had great numbers and the family dance saw over 100 people out enjoying their evening.

              Senyk adds they appreciated all the support, donations and sponsorship they received for the annual festival.

Local Science

              A division wide Science Fair is being held in the Flin Flon Community Hall tomorrow.  One of the organizers George Trevor explains both McIssac and Ruth Betts School students will be participating in the Science Fair at the Community Hall and they have about 120 projects between grade one and grade eight entered so far.

              Trevor adds judging will take place during the day tomorrow with public viewing of the projects from 5 to 7 followed by the awards presentations at 7 o’clock.

More Scams...

              The first is the mail scam where people receive a letter from a lottery company or business containing a cheque or money order.  Instructions are to cash the cheque, keep part of the money and forward the remaining funds to another party.  If cashed and found fraudulent you will be responsible for the full amount plus any fees.

              The second is the grandparent scam where you receive a call claiming a family member is in trouble and needs money immediately.  You are urged to verify the information before you send any money.

              These incidents should be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501.

              The RCMP remind you this is Fraud Prevention Month and ask you to recognize it, report it and stop it.


Babysitting Course Available

              A Red Cross babysitting course is being presented in Flin Flon from 1 to 4 March 26th and 27th during spring break for ages 11 and up.  Instructor Cailie Paterson says it will teach the skills necessary to care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.  She says the Red Cross is famous for its life saving and first aid so there will be baby first aid and child first aid and they’ll touch base on how to be responsible and how to leave the house for example having toys and things picked up before you go home and that kind of thing.

              The cost of the course is 30 dollars and you can register at the Flin Flon Aqua Center.

A Special Visit

              The Flin Flon Lions Club hosted their District Governor Willie Brown from the Russell Lions Club last week.  Brown praised the club for the work they do in the community and in partnership with clubs around the world.  He said whenever a Lions Club gets together problems get smaller and communities get better because they help where they’re needed in our communities and around the world with unmatched integrity and energy.

              Brown made special mention of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program supported by Lions Clubs including Flin Flon through donations and the Walk for Dog Guides.  He also mentioned the hearing screening, international measles reduction, disaster assistance programs and project pride that provides grade one students with Canadian flags.

Murder In Pelican

               On February 23rd a man was transported to Flin Flon General Hospital with serious injuries. At the time it was reported to the hospital and police that he had been in a snowmobile accident while traveling to a remote camp 30 kilometers west of Creighton.  The man from Pelican Narrows later died as a result of his injuries.

              RCMP members from Creighton and Pelican Narrows, with assistance from the RCMP Major Crimes Unit North, Forensic Identification Unit from The Pas and the Manitoba Medical Examiner investigated and determined 39 year old John James Ballantyne was a victim of a homicide.

              24 year old Thurston Jack Thomas of Pelican Narrows has been charged with second degree murder and is to appear in Provincial Court in La Ronge today.

A Night At The Cinema

               The Flin Flon Skating Club is presenting their year end ice show called a Night at the Cinema tomorrow evening.  The Club’s Heather Powell says it will feature everyone from their pre-Can skate group which is their 3 and 4 year old first time skaters, all of their Can-skate levels, their Can-power skate program will be showcased doing some of their special drills and their Rising Star, Future Star and Senior Star skaters which are figure skating groups and the special junior syncro group which is a first time program for the skating club.

              The skating show starts at 6:30 tomorrow evening at the Whitney Forum at a cost of 3 dollars at the door.

Awards This Week

              The Flin Flon Lions Club held their annual awards night Wednesday night.

              President Roger Poirier presented the Past President’s appreciation award to Ron Draper.  The highest award from Lions Clubs International the Melvin Jones Fellowship was presented to Andy Wasylciw and a Hope Medal from the Lions Foundation of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario to Ron Draper.

              District Governor Willie Brown presented a 30 year chevron to Joe McCormick, the International Convention pin to Roger Poirier and his Governor’s pin to Treasurer Monica Lone.

              The Club also recently recognized Ken Mansell and Wilf Schmitz with Life Memberships in Lions Clubs International.

Craft Sale Tomorrow

              The Bust the Winter Blues Festival is holding a craft sale tomorrow.   The committee’s Rikki Petersen says it features 20 to 30 booths with a variety of crafts and home businesses including jewelry, Tupperware, crocheting, knitting, a couple of tables of baking, people coming in from out of town doing lawn ornaments and another with jigsaw lamps. She adds there will also be Sensi, Mary Kaye, Epicure, Jockey, Creative Memories and all sorts of home made crafts.

              There will also be a penny parade and lunch will be available. The sale runs from 10 to 4 tomorrow in the Elks Hall on Green Street.


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