Local News Archives for 2016-07

A Flin Flon Champ Was Part of a Special Celebration.


Ten year old Ethan Jones of Flin Flon has returned from the War Amps 2016 Western Child Amputee Seminar in Saskatoon.  The seminar brought together child amputees from across the western provinces while also marking the 70th anniversary of the War Amps Key Tag Service.


Ethan was born a double arm amputee and as a Champ is eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and devices.  The War Amps note that by attending seminars, Champs and Parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.  Ethan’s mom Tanya says seminars give Champs like Ethan the drive and determination to soar to new heights and gives him the opportunity to meet friends just like him.


The War Amps Key Tag Service was launched in 1946 and continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys with funds raised supporting their Champs programs.

Students are Brushing Up on Their French Next Week.



Canadian Parents for French are holding Camp Soleil in Flin Flon next week.  The local group’s Melissa Danis says the camp is for students ages 6 to 10 who have completed grade one of the French Immersion Program. She explains it’s basically just to reinforce and develop French language skills over the summer months, provide an opportunity for students to use the French language outside of the classroom in a fun atmosphere and encourages creativity and imagination through games, sports, story telling, songs, arts and crafts and other activities and gives some insight into French in day to day living as an enjoyable language.


 Danis adds it’s a summer day camp that runs Tuesday to Friday next week at St. Ann’s Hall with a bilingual camp coordinator and camp counselor.  There are two spots open for the camp.  Visit the Canadian Parents For French Flin Flon face book page for information.

Hudbay Reports Smaller Losses.


Hudbay has released its second quarter 2016 financial results.  The net loss for the quarter was 5.7 million dollars compared to a net loss of 44.3 million in the second quarter last year.  They report the net loss was affected by among other things non-cash deferred tax adjustments of 8.4 million dollars.


President and CEO Alan Hair says in the second quarter of 2016 the results of their ongoing initiative to optimize their operations and reduce costs were evident.  He says they saw increased production volumes across all metals compared to the first quarter of 2016 mainly due to the strong operating performance at the Constancia operation in Peru.  He notes costs at all their operations were reduced and their production and cost reduction performance at their operations enabled them to improve their financial performance during this quarter despite the low commodity price environment. 


Hair adds they remain on track to meet the cost reductions initiatives they announced earlier this year as well as their production, operating and capital cost guidelines for 2016.  We’ll look at their Manitoba operations on Tuesday.


Three Local Artists Are Part of a Provincial Show.


The 14th annual Manitoba Arts Network’s Rural and Northern Art Show is coming up in August.  It features award winning artworks in a variety of media by artists from rural and northern Manitoba submitted to the Regional Juried Art Shows held across Manitoba each year and is attended by over three thousand patrons.  This year’s show features 32 artists including three Flin Flon first place finishers at this year’s Northern Juried Art Show.  They are Matthew Enns for water color painting, Margaret Britton in digital art and photography and Doug Dymitriw in three dimensional art.


The Network states the show provides an opportunity for artists in the north and rural regions to present their work to an urban audience and gives Winnipeg audiences an idea of the scope of work being created outside the perimeter by rural and northern artists. The show is being held in the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery in Winnipeg and is open from 9 to 5 August 6th to 28th.


There are Further Cutbacks for Churchill.




Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says they have learned that OmniTrax will be cutting back on freight services to Churchill.  He says freight services will be cut from two days a week to one.  At a news conference at the Legislature he said this is on top of the fact there will be no grain shipped through the Port that he commented on earlier resulting in job cuts.  He says it’s going to increase costs and it’s also going to limit their ability to have fresh food delivered on a timely basis.  He says if it’s only coming once a week it’s not going to be that fresh when it gets there and less availability will drive costs up.


Lindsey called on the provincial government to show some leadership and let the people know they are taking charge, trying to get some answers and ensuring there is a future for Churchill.


Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke later announced the government will continue to work with their partners to ensure the continued availability of fresh food to northern centers and supports will be made available to impacted workers.


An Annual Fishing Tournament Gets Underway Tomorrow Night.


The 27th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge runs through this weekend on Big Athapap.  The Committee’s Mike Wesner says it all kicks off tomorrow night at 7 o’clock when they have the boat parade and you have a chance to win your entry fee back by going to the boat parade and then they have a short rules meeting after and a penny parade with a ton of good prizes to win at that.  He adds Saturday the fishing kicks off with a shot gun start at 8 in the morning and 8 in the morning on Sunday.


Wesner adds first prize is again 35 hundred dollars, second 25 hundred and third 2 thousand and those prizes are guaranteed with prizes right down to tenth place and a lot of other special prizes.


For information on registering you can call 204-472-3044 or go to Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on face book.  You can register right up to the start of the Challenge at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.

Flin Flons MLA Calls for Action by the Government.


Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says OmniTrax’s decision to lay off its workforce is devastating for those in the Port and Community of Churchill.  He says Manitoba’s Agriculture Minister gave platitudes to workers hurt by this decision not to ship grain through the Port.  Lindsey says the NDP believe, as do many Manitobans, that northerners deserve more and the provincial government should pick up a leadership role and bring stakeholders around the table to find a solution. 


You Can Learn More About Hepatitis.


The Play It Safer Network is taking part in World Hepatitis Day at Rotary Park tomorrow.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre says the idea of the day is to raise awareness and help eradicate hepatitis.  She says their goal is to provide information and resources to the community as well as have fun.  She says the event is open to both adults and kids and they’re going to have games, prizes, resources, a community barbeque while supplies last and they’re also going to have outreach testing on site.


The event takes place tomorrow afternoon from 2 to 5 at Rotary Park. For more information on hepatitis you can go to their website www.whdcanada.org.



Local Area Talent Will Be Featured at a Fund Raising Event Saturday.



The Flin Flon Arts Council is presenting a special summer Wood n Wire concert Saturday night to raise funds for the Northern Refugee Sponsorship Committee.  One of the entertainers Mark Kolt says they have quite a line up of talent including Joanna Dauk, Janeve Masson, Kevin Imrie, Curtis Trubiak, Katrina Windjack, Faith Krahn and a couple of people from The Pas and Cranberry Portage being Jana Dutkiewicz and Pandora Furniss.  He adds musicians include himself, Sam Dufour-Jarvis, Brent Lethbridge, Kevin Imrie and Craig Bancroft.


The concert is being held at 7:30 Saturday night at Johnny’s Social Club with tickets available for 15 dollars at the Orange Toad.

There Were No Injuries in a Single Vehicle Accident.


On Friday night a vehicle was traveling on the Sturgeon Weir road about five kilometers from the Alpine Inn turnoff at Denare Beach.  Creighton RCMP report the driver swerved to miss an animal on the road and rolled into the ditch.  There were two people in the vehicle but neither was injured.


Gold Development Continues in Northern Saskatchewan.


Big Wind Capital Corporation had announced a financing project to advance gold prospects on their northern Saskatchewan properties.  The net proceeds from the sale of common shares will be used to advance the development of their claim package prospective for gold in the La Ronge Gold Belt and the Flin Flon Greenstone Belt region and for general working capital.  The project is comprised of 39 mineral claims in 7 project areas with a total land package of almost 32 thousand hectares.


Big Wind Capital’s Chairman and CEO Dev Randhawa says the La Ronge Gold Belt is known for hosting high grade gold deposits and is home to five former producing mines so with their strong well positioned portfolio the potential for new significant discoveries is high. He adds the price of gold has risen more than 25 percent this year and many experts suggest the underlying fundamentals will continue to propel the price higher.

A Pledge Ride on the Weekend was a Success.


Organizer Paulette Adolphe says their 4th annual Breast Cancer Pledge Ride North held Saturday went well. The ride from Flin Flon to Gyles Park and back raises money and awareness of breast cancer.  She says they had about 34 bikes that took part and they were geared up ready for the rain and just got a little bit so it worked out perfectly to have a lunch out at Gyles where they had a nice visit and a poker run all the way back into town.  She adds they did the parade through town and had a few people add into the parade so they were probably up to 40 bikes at that point.


The Ride was followed by a social where Ken Hyndman of Rapid City, Manitoba was the winner of the 2016 Indian Chief Classic Motorcycle.  The rider from furthest away was from Lloydminster and the most pledges were collected by Ken Strietle who raised 1830 dollars.

Saskatchewan and Local History Were on Display Yesterday.


The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach held their annual Discovery Day yesterday.  They were joined by the caravan staff from the Saskatchewan Archeological Society.  Their Program Director Katie Burdeyney explains one of their activities is a ceramic reconstruction which out of all the activities they have this one’s the most similar to what its like to actually be an archeologist.  She says what they have is broken ceramics on the table and that’s what they find when they excavate homesteads, all the broken things they left behind and as archeologists they go in and excavate it and they take it all back to the lab and try and put the pieces back together.


They also had rock painting showing how in the past people communicated using only symbols painted on rock and demonstrated an atl-atl spear thrower which was used for very effective hunting for about eight thousand years.


The caravan will be at the Northwest Mounted Police Post Museum in Creighton today from 9 to 5.

An Exploration Company is Planning a Drill Program Near Snow Lake.


Rockcliff Copper Corporation has announced they are offering 25 million units of the Company at a price of seven cents per unit for up to 1,750,000 dollars. The proceeds from the offering will be used to fund a significant drill program at the Company’s two principal properties, the Talbot and Rail Properties near Snow Lake.


Rockcliff is a Canadian resource exploration company focused on discovery and resource expansion of its high quality mineral properties at its Snow Lake Project totaling in excess of 35 thousand hectares.  The Project includes two VMS high grade copper rich resources, the Talbot and Rail Deposits, the historic high grade VMS copper Lon Deposit, a net smelter return royalty on the Tower Property which hosts the T-1 Copper Deposit, numerous properties with untested geophysical anomalies and several additional properties with VMS potential.

The Breast Check Mammogram Mobile Unit is Coming to Flin Flon.



Manitoba’s mobile breast screening clinic will be in Flin Flon August 8th to 19th at the Primary Health Care Center. Their Health Educator Brandy Pantel says this clinic is important to women.  She says they know that for women 50 to 69 who are screened through Breast Check they can reduce the risk of women dying from breast cancer between 20 and 30 percent so that is the large advantage of screening.


The unit arrived in Snow Lake on Saturday and will be at their Health Center through tomorrow.


For information visit their website at www.breastcheckmb.ca and to book an appointment call 1-800-903-9290.


Your Cheques Will Be in the Mail.


The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba advises they have resumed using Canada Post services for mail delivery.  This includes injured workers’ wage loss, pension and medical aid cheques and health care provider’s goods and services cheques.  In June the WCB had implemented its postal disruption contingency plan by discontinuing the use of Canada Post and providing a cheque pick up service.


They note at this point Canada Post and the union representing its employees have indicated that there must be at least a 72 hour notice before work stoppages can be implemented and the Board feels confident that the needs of injured workers and healthcare providers are better served by using Canada Post to deliver essential mail.  They will continue to monitor the situation and will re-institute its Postal Contingency Plan if necessary.

An Annual Fishing Tournament is Set For the Long Weekend.



The 27th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up July 30th and 31st on Big Athapap.  The Committee’s Mike Wesner says the prizes will be the same as past years with first, second and third prizes guaranteed so first prize is 35 hundred, second place is 25 hundred and third place is 2 thousand and then there’s money prizes right down to tenth place which is 700 dollars based on 100 boat entries.


The boat parade is on Friday night July 29th with fishing the following Saturday and Sunday.  For information on registering you can call 204-472-3044 or go to Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on face book. You can register right up to the start of the tournament at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.


Manitoba Talent Will Be Featured Tomorrow Night.



The Flin Flon Cranberry Portage Folk Music Society is presenting two Manitoba entertainers tomorrow night.  The Society’s Mike Spencer says they’ll feature Logan McKillop and Kevin Roy who are both up and coming Manitoba singer song writers and they’ll be backing each other up on each others work and you’ll get a bit of both of them.  He says it’s going to be a really fun evening of a kind of eclectic mix of blues, folk and country.


Their performance takes place at Johnny’s Social Club at 177 Green Street tomorrow night at 7 with tickets 20 dollars at the Orange Toad. He adds the liquor policy at Johnny’s has changed and there will now be a cash bar.


Moves Are Being Made Towards Developing a Dog Park.



At the Flin Flon City Council meeting Tuesday night Mayor Cal Huntley reported progress on plans for a dog park.  He said they are looking at the Riverside ball park which is not now being used.  He said it is already fenced in and is away from homes on that side of the street and will make it easer for people to clean up after their dogs.  He added it still a work in progress and no time frame has been set for when it will be completed. 


It was also noted there have been complaints about the mess of droppings along the Boardwalk but these are from geese and not dogs. Councilor Colleen McKee reported there have also been complaints about people dumping grass clippings along parks and these attract insects and rodents so the clipping should be bagged and disposed of properly.


At the last Council meeting people using Channing Beach asked Council about bathroom facilities because of the large number of people now using the beach.  Council agreed to look into the cost and maintenance needs but as an interim measure a port a potty has been placed there.


And Council passed a resolution congratulating the Rotary Club on the magnificent air show last week noting support from the Club, sponsors, volunteers and the whole community.



Motorcyclists Are Gathering in Flin Flon to Support Breast Cancer Research.


The 4th annual Breast Cancer Pledge Ride North is ready to hit the highway Saturday.  Organizer Paulette Adolphe says registration is from 9 to 10:30 at the Rotary Wheel for all riders and classic car drivers. She says kick stands are up at 11 heading for Gyles Park for lunch being prepared by members of our local Lions Club.  She adds all registered participants are welcome to the social evening at the Rotary Wheel starting at 8 pm just show your wrist band.  She also welcomes any family, friends, and friends of friends to join their social event where there will be a ten dollar gate fee.


The social event will have food services available, the local band The Mix and the draw for the 2016 Indian Chief Classic Motorcycle which has sold out.  Pledge forms are still available at VA Services below the Co-op with a minimum of 40 dollars in pledges required.

Posting Signs and Existing Signs Were Part of Last Nights Flin Flon City Council Meeting.



Council gave final reading last night to a bylaw to allow for the regulation of signage on public property.  As we reported after first reading the bylaw refers to signs like those posted on telephone poles.  A permit will be required to post these signs and there will be a fee of 20 dollars reduced to 10 if the sign is to be up for less than seven days.  This bylaw will ensure that signs that are posted are taken down when the event is over.


Mayor Cal Huntley responded to a complaint at their last meeting about an MPI sign beside Rotary Park showing an accident victim with the message don’t drink and drive. He and Council members checked the sign and Mayor Huntley says he feels its there to send a message and he doesn’t find it offensive adding there’s similar messages in television ads.  Administrator Mark Kolt added they had a call from MPI and they have received no complaints from other communities.


And Council gave first reading to an amendment to the standards for maintenance of residential property bylaw that allows a maintenance notice to be posted on a building or property if it cannot be served or mailed to the owner and sets a minimum period for response.

More Northern Communities Will Receive Food Subsidies.



The Federal Government has announced measures to help ensure that northerners living in isolated communities have access to quality and nutritious food.  They have expanded the Nutrition North Canada Program to include 37 more northern communities including 12 in northern Manitoba.  The Assistant Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs Stephen Van Dine explains the program was updated in 2011. He says the key elements of that change were to shift it from a transportation based subsidy to more of a retail subsidy and that put shipping decisions in the hands of the retailers who they were encouraging to make the most efficient transportation choices or supply chain choices to get their goods to the community and nutritious and perishable foods became the focal point for what was eligible.  He says that enabled them to actually add another piece to the program which was nutrition education which they did through First Nations Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada.


The government will continue engagement sessions in September with northern communities including Oxford House and St. Theresa’s Point in Manitoba on how to improve the program.


The CRA Scam Continues to Catch Victims.


Since the beginning of this year there have been over 805 complaints made to RCMP Detachments in Saskatchewan about the Canada Revenue Agency or CRA scam.  17 individuals in the province have been victimized with nearly 70 thousand dollars in losses.


The callers threaten arrest, legal action, seizure of homes, vehicles and other assets if a payment is not made to the Agency.  The callers will often be aggressive if victims don’t comply with their demands.  The callers can be spoof local telephone numbers or even RCMP Detachment numbers although most come from numbers with area codes outside Saskatchewan or 800 numbers.


The RCMP remind you the CRA will never contact people by phone, text or email and ask for personal information or demand payment.


If you have provided personal information to one of these callers contact the RCMP, your bank, financial institution and credit card company.


Local Parents Will Join Others Across the Country in Receiving Support From a New Benefit Program.



The Government of Canada announced in their Budget a new benefit to help parents with the high cost of raising their children.  Eligible families will receive their first Canada Child Benefit payment starting tomorrow.  The new Benefit will be issued monthly to Canadians and will replace the Canada Child Tax Benefit including the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Universal Child Care Benefit.


The Government states the new Child Benefit will be simpler with a single payment every month, tax free, better targeted at those who need it most with low and middle income families receiving more benefits and more generous with families benefiting seeing an average increase in child benefits of almost 23 hundred dollars in this benefit year. The maximum annual benefit will be up to 64 hundred dollars per child under six and up to 54 hundred per child 6 through 17.


Parents who already receive a child benefit and who file their income tax and benefit return will automatically be eligible for the new benefit.

You Can Discover History at the Museum Sunday.



The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach is holding their annual Discovery Day Sunday afternoon.  Their Board Chair Penny Morissette says they’ll have a new feature this year with a visit by a caravan from the Saskatchewan Archeological Society along with artifacts and a couple of archeologists.  She says there’ll be a number of activity stations set up.  Visitors will be able to participate in rock painting, spear throwing and that type of activity.  She adds if visitors have some kind of artifact that they have found around this region, especially the Denare Beach region, they’re encouraged to bring it in and the archeologists will take a look at it and tell them what it is, what it was used for and possibly how old it is.


  Discovery Day runs from 2 to 4 this Sunday afternoon.  The Museum at Denare Beach is open daily from 12 to 7.




Changes Continue at Flin Flons Musuem.


A lot of work is taking place at the Flin Flon Station Museum this summer.  The Committee’s Tom Heine says people will see a big change.  He explains they are in the process of completely re-organizing the Musuem.  They’ve got a staff there but had some challenges at the beginning of the season as they weren’t funded for a student worker but they’ve made some arrangements to get people there to man the Musuem.  He says they’ve got a grand opening coming up and this will coincide with Flinty’s birthday on August 14th.


Heine adds the Museum is a work in progress and they’ll continue to work at it so people can enjoy exploring and learning more about the history of Flin Flon. The Museum is now open from 10 to 6 weekdays.  For information you can call them at 204-687-2946.


A Special Caravan is Coming to Creighton.


An Archeology Caravan will be at the Museum in Creighton next Monday.  Michelle Hrywkiw from the Recreation Office explains its coming out of Saskatoon sponsored by Sask Culture and the Saskatchewan Archeology Society and they have free hands on crafts and activities where you can create pottery, hunt bison, make rock art and learn some ancient skills.


The Caravan will be open at the Royal Northwest Mounted Police Post Museum on Creighton Avenue next Monday from 9 to 5.

It Was An Event Everyone Will Always Remember.



The Flin Flon Rotary Club held an Air Show Appreciation Luncheon yesterday.  It recognized show sponsors, volunteers and special guest from the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Demonstration Team who put on an extremely popular air show Wednesday night.  Rotarian Bill Jackson who organized the event says they estimate around five thousand people attended the amazing show.  He says they had a great turnout, a safe show, good weather for the show, they are very happy and want to thank all the sponsors, all the volunteers, all the helpers and everybody that supported it adding it’s a proud day for our Rotary Club and our community.


Jackson was presented with an autographed portrait of the CF-18 by Captain Ryan Kean and sponsors of the event received autographed portraits of the Snowbirds.  Mayor Cal Huntley said it is amazing with this community can pull together, it was a spectacular show, well attended, well supported urging the teams not to wait another 25 years before coming back.



You Can Celebrate Parks Day tomorrow.



Manitobans and visitors are invited to take advantage of free access to all provincial parks tomorrow as part of Canada’s Parks Day celebration.


Events are planned at Bakers Narrows Provincial Park.  There will be water bomber tours from 1 to 4 tomorrow at the airport, a barbeque from 2 to 4 at the picnic area in the Park and a kid’s bike decorating contest from 1 to 4 followed by a bike parade.


Visitors to provincial parks will not require park vehicle permits today through Sunday.

Local Artists Can Share Ideas With Others.


The Norva Centre is hosting an artists retreat next week. The group’s Karen Clark says they invited local artists as well as others to share the experience this year at the Denareplex in Denare Beach. She says they have this carved out piece of time that is totally devoted to whatever their art experience or desires are and they can work together or individually.  She says it’s not instructional but often people will approach one another to teach a technique or even just to share an idea.


Clark adds there will be a public display and sale of some of the work done during the week on Saturday, July 23rd from 2 to 5 at the Denareplex. For information you can call the Norva Centre at 204-687-4237 or visit their website at www.norvacentre.com.

A Camp For Younger Children is Underway.


The Flin Flon Friendship Center’s Camp Moochikun is running again this summer.  Camp Director Jeremiah Hermann says it’s a summer camp for children ages 5 to 9 free of charge for the parents and the camp dates run from July 11th to August 26th which is about seven weeks of programming.  He says they do daily crafts and activities with the kids and they also provide nutritious snacks for the children.


Hermann adds Camp Moochikun is full right now with the maximum of 25 children attending daily.  The Camp runs from 9 to 3:30 Monday to Friday.


Creighton Will Share Funding for Water Upgrades.


The Federal and Provincial Governments have announced funding for water and waste water infrastructure projects in northern Saskatchewan communities.  The communities of Creighton, Beauval, Ile a la Crosse, Dore Lake, Pinehouse and La Loche will share just over five million dollars for upgrades of water treatment plants and reservoirs.  The projects have been identified as part of the ongoing Northern Water and Sewer program which manages the water and sewer assets of northern communities and is administered through the Northern Municipal Trust Account which is a provincial government agency.


  A release states by ensuring that water and wastewater systems are modern, efficient and meet the capacity needs of communities they are safeguarding the well being of residents, protecting waterways and preserving our ecosystems.


You Can Learn More About a Northern Prospector.



The Aurora Borealis Arts Council is presenting the story of Kate Rice and the Herb Town Settlement every Saturday at the Snow Lake Motor Inn.  The Inn’s Gerard Lamontagne says it continues presentations from past summers about a pioneer who prospected in the Snow Lake, Flin Flon and Thompson areas of northern Manitoba starting in 1913. He explains its basically a third script in the continuing saga of the story of Kate with Brooke Davies doing the acting this past Saturday and she will for most of the summer.  He says it’s going a little more in depth to Kate’s life in the north, her relationship with Richard Woosey and a little more in depth to the business side of things as they were sort of victimized a bit by the mining companies.


Lamontagne says the play is written and produced locally adapted out of the Kate Rice book.  It is performed every Saturday over the summer at one o’clock at the Snow Lake Motor Inn.

The RCMP are Again Expressing Concern About Worker Safety.



Saskatchewan RCMP are reminding motorists to slow down to 60 kilometers per hour when passing highway workers, emergency vehicles and tow trucks.


They explain the 60 zone applies when passing a highway worker, any highway equipment occupied by a worker in a designated area, any highway equipment  on a highway that has warning lights in operation whether its in motion or not, a flag person or peace officer directing traffic, an emergency vehicle that is stopped on a highway with its emergency lights in operation including fire engines, fire department apparatus, ambulance, police vehicles or other vehicles while being used in response to an emergency and tow trucks stopped on a highway with its amber lights in operation or a vehicle providing assistance as a tow truck.


The fines start at 140 and 210 dollars and increase per kilometer over the speed limit.

A Local Writers Work Hits the Stage in Winnipeg.



102.9 CFAR’s Raphael Saray returns to Winnipeg this week to produce a performance at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.  He says it’s a play he has written and friends of his have contributed to called Ellie and David’s Parents.  He explains it’s a one act play starring two people who are parents and they raise children who are never seen on stage and it’s all about trying to find your identity through relationships and parenthood and losing it through your own children.


Saray adds performances start today with eight shows throughout the two week Festival at the Playhouse Studio downstairs at the Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg.  For more on the performance and the Festival visit their website www.winnipegfringe.com.

Constituents Concerns and Possible Leadership Plans are Part of Our Member of Parliaments Summer.


Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton is traveling the constituency over the summer to hear your concerns. She says we have a new government at the federal level and people are quite hopeful about some of the commitments we’ve heard.  She adds she had an opportunity to meet with Mayor Cal Huntley and CAO Mark Kolt and they talked a bit about some of the commitments that have been made to municipalities, the commitments that have been made towards housing for example but obviously what we’re all keen to see is these commitments come to fruition and actually translate into action and to tangible differences whether its in terms of health care, infrastructure and in terms of protecting jobs in our communities.


Ashton adds she is receiving encouragement to run for the leadership of the federal NDP and says she will be considering it over the summer as the vote is not until October 2017.


The Spotlight Will Again Be On Local Entertainment.



  Jennifer Hanson has returned to Flin Flon for the summer. She will be performing at Johnny’s Social Club Friday and Sunday along with local guest entertainers as part of their spotlight series.  She says she’ll have her sister Susan and her husband Brent Lethbridge with her, John Bettger on bass, Craig Bancroft on drums and Mark Kolt on piano and a special appearance by CC Trubiak.  She adds they are doing everything from country to southern rock, to jazz, blues and torch music so it’s a big variety of music for the night.


The first show on Friday has been sold out.  The second show is Sunday at Johnny’s with doors open at 7 and music at 7:30.  Tickets are available at the Orange Toad for 20 dollars.


A Death in Pelican Narrows is Being Investigated.


Just after 8 o’clock Saturday night Pelican Narrows RCMP were called to the local Health Center after an unresponsive man was rushed to the clinic.  Attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful and the man was declared dead soon after.


The Office of the Chief Coroner, Major Crimes Unit South and members of the Prince Albert and Saskatoon General Investigation Sections are assisting Pelican Narrows with the investigation.  An autopsy has been tentatively scheduled in Saskatoon later this week.


The RCMP state as the investigation is in the preliminary stages, there is no additional information that can be release at this time.

Our M.L.A. Says He Will Be Available to Constituents.


  Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey has officially opened his constituency office at 93 Main Street. He says he will spend the summer in the constituency following his first session in the Legislature.  He says obviously being in opposition is not where he wanted to be but it’s certainly been a good experience for him personally.  He says with 14 of them in the NDP caucus they’ve been very active and are making sure that they’re holding the PC’s to account for things they’ve said that they haven’t lived up to and things they’ve said that they might live up to as they want to make sure all Manitobans get represented and represented properly.


Lindsey adds he will be in the office unless he is traveling north in the constituency or at the Legislature in Winnipeg.  Otherwise his assistant Lila Yaremchuk will be there. He says the office is a place for people to stop in and Lila will always be able to get hold of him and will make sure the communications from constituents gets to him no matter where he is.


The Rotary Club Wants You to Park and Ride.


The Flin Flon Rotary Club Air Show with the Snowbirds and CF-18 demonstration jet is coming up Wednesday.  The Club’s Bill Pauley says they want you to help traffic run smoothly so they’ve set up a bus service from the Walmart parking lot starting at 3 pm on Wednesday, it will be a round trip, it is five dollars a person and the nice thing is you’re going to be dropped off right in the parking lot at the airport instead of having to park potentially a fair length away if you drive out.  He says the buses will run until six only, the show is at seven and then they’ll have as many buses at they can come up with to do the shuttle back to town immediately after the show so around 8:30.


Pauley also reminds you that for security purposes back packs, coolers and glass bottles are not allowed on the site.


There Are New Roads for You to Discover in Manitoba.



  Manitoba Infrastructure has issued the 2016 official highway map free of charge.  There are a number of changes to this year’s map including new highway additions such as provincial trunk highways 190 through CentrePort Canada and 110 near Brandon as well as town and city boundaries, new parks, removed or renamed rail lines, listing provincial road 483 as paved to Pelican Rapids and adding Chitek Lake Provincial Park.


The map will be available at Travel Manitoba and other designated locations such as Tourism Offices.


Channing Beach is a Busy Place.

A quiet late evening at Channing Beach


At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received a letter requesting washroom facilities at Channing Beach.  The letter stated the number of people using the beach is rapidly increasing and it’s a shame people are using the lake and yards of Channing residents that live near by.  A resident attending the meeting said Channing Beach has become the new Phantom Lake with people from all over the area using the beach during the day. The letter was referred to committee of the whole Council with Mayor Cal Huntley adding they are looking into how to allocate resources to deal with the problem including ongoing maintenance if the facilities are installed.


  It was also mentioned there is a need for sidewalks in the area for children walking to the beach adding some vehicles drive through there quite fast.  Mayor Huntley said that would be the ideal situation but for now they will look at signage and enforcement of speeds in the area.


Improved Broadband Service is Planned For Flin Flon and Northern Manitoba.



BCE and Manitoba Telecom Services have announced extensive plans for the expansion of mobile and wireless broadband communications networks in northern Manitoba.  They state this is another component of the Bell MTS plan to invest one billion dollars over five years to accelerate broadband communications services across Manitoba. 


This latest infrastructure project focused on Northern Manitoba will deliver enhanced broadband service for the key mining center of Flin Flon which will significantly boost internet speeds, full wireless coverage for the Highway Six corridor to Thompson significantly improving safety and connectivity along this important transportation route and new wireless and wireline broadband services for five indigenous communities including Easterville, Gods Lake Narrows, Gods River, Grand Rapids and Red Sucker Lake.


You Can Fish Without a Licence.


Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is tomorrow and Sunday.  Residents and visitors can fish in the province without an angling licence.


You are reminded all regular angling limits and all other sport fishing laws remain in effect.  Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone planning to take fish out of the province must purchase a licence.


Environment Minister Herb Cox says free fishing weekend is an excellent opportunity for families, friends, residents and visitors of all ages to experience summer fishing in Saskatchewan’s beautiful environment.


More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2016 Anglers Guide available where angling licences are sold or online at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.


There Will Be Regulations for Posting Signs.


At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council gave first reading to a bylaw to regulate signs around the city.  This bylaw excludes the commercial signs which are already regulated.  Councilor Ken Pawlachuk says this bylaw refers to signs like those nailed to telephone poles including garage sale signs adding there will be a small permit fee of 20 dollars reduced to 10 dollars if the sign is to be up for less than seven days.  He says this bylaw includes regulations for putting up the signs and will make sure they are taken down.  The bylaw requires two more readings before coming into effect.


  Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for June indicating four calls during the month.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper added they are seeing very low numbers for the month so things are going well.


  Council also reminds you that Gerry Clark will continue his history tour of the Main Street area with the next one Saturday at 11 starting at the clock on Pioneer Square.  They note the tours have been well attended and are receiving a good reaction from not only visitors but local residents as well.

Grant Money is Coming to Creighton.


Groups and organizations in Saskatchewan are benefiting from approximately two million dollars in grants being provided by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.  Through these grants the Creighton Community Centre will receive 2538 dollars.


These quarterly grants are based on 25 percent of the net revenues raised through licensed charitable gaming activities such as bingos, raffles, break open tickets and other events.  Groups that conduct licensed charitable gaming activities and events do not have to apply for the grants as the reports they submit on the events are used by the Authority to calculate the grants.

Your Kids Can Have Summer Fun at Denare Beach.


  Denare Beach Recreation is offering fun at their Day Camps starting this week and running until August 12th.  The Camp’s Regan Schneider says they have a variety of activities for five to 11 year olds. She says they offer a lot of outside time as in the afternoon they do a lot of swimming and they’ve taught some of the girls traditional hoop dancing.  She says in the mornings they have lots of crafts and they find coloring to be the best.  She adds they have themed weeks so the first week is Under the Sea, next week is Camping and then they have Outer Space with lots of science experiments so it’s going to be a good time.


The camps run Monday to Friday from 10 to 4:30.  To register or to get more information you can call the Sand Castle at 306-362-2150.  The cost is 55 dollars a week or you can drop in for a fee of 12 dollars a day.


A New Family Was Officially Welcomed to Flin Flon.



At last nights Flin Flon City Council meeting Mayor Cal Huntley, members of Council and local MLA Tom Lindsey welcomed the new Syrian family to Flin Flon. In welcoming them Mayor Huntley presented them with City of Flin Flon flags.  The parents Omer El Shami and Samira Hamzeh and their sons Wael El Shami and Amir El Shami came to the city supported by the local Northern Refugee Sponsorship Committee.


In other business Council approved grants to five local organizations for one thousand dollars each.  They went to the Friendship Center to help defray the costs of National Aboriginal Day, the Flin Flon Trout Festival, the Fireworks Committee, the Manitoba Summer Games rep girl’s volleyball team to help with registration costs at the games in Steinbach and the Citizens on Patrol for posts for their new speed sign.


  Mayor and Council congratulated the Trout Festival on a successful weekend including the well attended opening barbeque at Pioneer Square. Mayor Huntley also congratulated the city crews and local residents who have been cleaning up the community with a lot of comments received on how good the community looks.


Local Area Projects Will Benefit From Government Grants.


  The Community Places Program is marking 30 years of supporting recreational and cultural facilities with nearly 3.6 million dollars in grants.  The program provides funding and planning assistance to build, upgrade, expand or acquire facilities focused on culture, recreation and wellness.


In this area the Flin Flon Ski Club receives 8 thousand dollars for phase two of their lighted ski trail upgrade, the Cranberry Portage Museum 98 hundred dollars to refurbish their platform and additions to accommodate accessibility and the Snow Lake Mining Museum 25 hundred dollars for interior LED lighting and exterior signage improvements.


Successful Community Places grant recipients must also contribute to the project costs often through local fund raising efforts, grants from other sources or donated labor and material.

The Library is a Fun Place to be Again This Summer.

Harry Potter Day 2015


The Flin Flon Public Library is offering summer camps again this summer.  Summer student Mikayla Gawiak says they’ll keep kids busy while having fun.  She says their camps are running from 1 to 3:30 on a selected number of days throughout the summer and what they are hoping is that in the two and a half hours there’s going to be lots of fun.  She says they’re going to be doing games, crafts and it’s going to be a lot of excitement in that time.  She adds each day is going to have a theme and some of their really big days are Lego Day, Star Wars Day, Spy Day and their Harry Potter Week.


For more information on their camps and registration you can contact or drop into the Library or visit their website www.flinflonpubliclibrary.ca.


A Summer Activity Program is Underway.



Flin Flon Parks and Recreation’s Summer in the Parks program got underway yesterday and runs until August 26th.  Supervisor Taylor Davidson says they offer a variety of programs each week for five to nine year olds.  She says this week they’ve got Treasure Island Week, adding she’s got some great staff and this year they had some really good training and they’re all getting along really well.  She says it looks like they’ll be headed to Rotary Park, they’ve got a day to spend at the Rotary Wheel and they are excited on Friday to go to the Aqua Center for its first day open after the shut down.


Summer in the Parks runs Monday to Friday from 12 to 5 and you can register or get more information by calling the Recreation Office at 204-681-7542 or 204-271-3673.


Hitting a Golf Ball Supports Local Organizations.



The Million Dollar Hole in One is offering anyone who can hit a golf ball a chance to win big prizes this week.  102.9 CFAR Manager Dianne Russell says this is a fun fund raising event.  She explains they are excited this year because they’re back at the driving range with the Phantom Lake Golf Course and they’re coming out to help put on the event with the money going towards the driving range.  She says this is all about fund raising and a charity event with Rotary, Kinsmen and Lions Clubs doing the bulk of the work with the Phantom Lake Golf Club Members.


The event will run from today through Sunday with more information at www.flinflononline.com.  Some organizations supported in the past from funds raised at this event include the Lions Handivan, Creighton Spray Pool, SPCA Shelter, Kinpark, Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Resource Center and last year the FlinFlon Ski Club.




Men in Red High Heels had a Successful Walk.


The Women’s Resource Center held another successful fund raising event called Walk a Mile In Her Shoes.  Male volunteers collected pledges and then walked in red high heels.  Executive Director Colleen Arnold says it raised awareness on violence against women and girls as well as money.  She says they had 26 walkers, they raised over 75 hundred dollars and Guy “Beastie” Rideout raised the most funds with just over a thousand dollars and he received the Red Shoe Trophy.


The money raised will support the Women’s Safe Haven.

An Incident in the South Hudson Area Ended Peacefully.


At approximately 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon Flin Flon RCMP entered into an investigation of an assault.  During the investigation they received information that the accused was in possession of a firearm and had made threats to use the firearm to harm himself or others.  Public access to a section of South Hudson Street was blocked off for about 15 hours.  Flin Flon RCMP were assisted by Creighton Detachment and various D Division support units with the Emergency Response Team and negotiators in securing the cooperation of the accused.


At approximately 9:50 yesterday morning the suspect voluntarily left the residence and was arrested without incident.  A Flin Flon man has been charged with assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.  A court date is still being determined and the investigation continues.


An Incident on South Hudson Has Ended Peacefully.


  Flin Flon RCMP would like to thank you for your co-operation during an incident on South Hudson.  Traffic is back to normal in the area.


  Details on the incident are not being released by the RCMP at this time other than there were no injuries and an adult male is in custody.

It Was a Successful Festival Weekend.

  BBQ Pionner Square 1950 Mercury


The Flin Flon Trout Festival kicked off Thursday night with a well attended barbeque in Pioneer Square.  Mayor Cal Huntley said this was the start to a bigger celebration next year.  He says the message is have a responsible good time, enjoy the good weather, the good company and companionship adding this will be a good preamble to the party that we’re going to throw for the 150 and it’s starting off very well.


The barbeque was sponsored by the City of Flin Flon, Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce, Hudbay, Flin Flon Trout Festival and the Flin Flon Lions Club.


The Canada Day parade was held Friday morning.  The winner of the best commercial float was the North of 53 Co-op followed by Northland Ford and Westwood Lodge, the best non-commercial float was the City of Flin Flon, followed by Canadian Parents for French and the Breast Cancer Pledge Ride North and the classic car prizes went to Ken Grindle with a 1950 Mercury.        .


Canada Day celebrations were held in Creighton and Denare Beach while Main Street Days took place Friday and Saturday.  It all wrapped up yesterday with Beaver Lake Day at Denare Beach.


City of Flin Flon Co-op

You Are Encouraged to Join People Across Canada in Fishing This Summer.



This is National Fishing Week sponsored by the Canadian National Sport Fishing Foundation for the past 15 years.  Their Multimedia Correspondent Sarah McMichael says the idea is to encourage Canadians to get away from technology and other distractions and start or get back to fishing.  She says every year it’s gotten bigger and bigger and they are really happy to see that happening.  She says they are finding that Canadians are really receptive to this as its something Canadians are so passionate about, adding Canadians have been fishing for generations, it’s a Canadian heritage activity so its something that people really care about and she thinks people really value the opportunity to get outdoors and appreciate this wonderful Canadian landscape we have that gives us so many amazing opportunities to go fishing.


For information on how to get started fishing visit their website www.catchfishing.com.

Your Children Can Learn More About Science and Engineering This Summer.



The University Of Manitoba is again sponsoring a Kidnetic Energy Science and Engineering summer day camp in Flin Flon in August for students 9 to 12 years old.  University student Stephanie Kozar from Flin Flon says they operate on daily themes with five new themes they will be introducing in Flin Flon.  She says the first one is at the heart of science, and then they have a marine biology day, construction day, plant and fungi day and friends of science day.  She adds they’ll be in Flin Flon from August 15th to 19th at Ecole McIsaac School and they’ll have 40 spots this year for students to register for.


The registration fee is 110 dollars with forms available online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca or by calling 1-800-432-1960 extension 9340.


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