Local News Archives for 2017-07

Control Has Been Returned to the Northern Authority.



The Manitoba Government and the First Nations of Northern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority have ended the order of administration implemented in 2014.  It turns control back to a board of directors under the supervision of the province and the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.


The Northern Authority oversees First Nations child welfare agencies across the province and entered into administration in November 2014.  Following many months of work with the executive and MKO a new collaborative working relationship has been established that has led to lifting the order of administration.


Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson says having First Nation authority over the well-being of their children and families is fundamental to supporting healthy families and communities and they move forward knowing decisions will be made from the perspective of northern First nations, guided by the wisdom and experience of their board members.


There is a Proper Place for Your Old Pills.



The Health Products Stewardship Association is targeting expired or unused medications for aches and pains long forgotten.  Their survey shows 24 percent of Manitobans have unwanted or expired medications and of those who disposed of them 56 percent used their Take Back Program and returned them to their community pharmacy.  However 32 percent admitted they threw medications in the garbage and 11 percent reported they disposed of them in a sink or toilet which means more work needs to be done to keep these products out of landfills and local water sources.


The Association says the service is free and returning medication to a pharmacy ensures these products are disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way. They report last year 15 tonnes of expired or unused medications were collected and safely disposed of through the Manitoba Medications Return Program.


The Library Continues to be the Place to Be for Kids This Summer.



The Flin Flon Public Library continues to offer their TD Summer Reading Camps for a variety of ages this summer.  Summer student Aliece Angell says they will have their camps throughout August but it will be highlighted by a special week long camp for 6 to 12 year olds.  She says from the 14th to the 18th they will have a Canada 150 theme and they’re going to have Province Day, a Hockey Day, RCMP Day, Quebec Day and a surprise craft and movie day.


For information on their camps and registration drop into the library and see the calendar of events on Facebook or their website www.flinflonpubliclibrary.ca.

Art Activities for Kids Continue Through August.


  The Norva Centre has been offering a variety of classes for kids through this month.  Centre Manager Mike Spencer says they continue through August with classes for all ages and skill levels starting next week with paper mache on Tuesday and Thursday.  He says the following week they’ve got three classes.  On the Monday they have Crazy Hat class, they’re going to make marionettes on Wednesday and Friday they’ve got needle felting.  He adds the week of the 13th to 19th they have an ongoing community project where they will be building a float for the Pride parade so everyone is invited to come out and help.  On the 22dn they have a kite building workshop, on the 24th a square foot canvas workshop to help people setting up for their square foot display in September and October and in the last week of August on the 27th they have water color painting and on the 31st acrylic painting.


You can find out more on their Facebook page, their website www.norvacentre.com, call 687-4237 or drop in at 177 Green Street.

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


Manitobas mobile breast screening clinic will be in Flin Flon August 11th to 23rd at the Primary Health Care Center.  Their Health Educator Larissa Sawchuk says this clinic is important to women because breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and in Manitoba about 900 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 200 women will die from this disease every year, so it’s important to get checked early and know if you’re at high risk.  She says screening is just a quick process where you’ll go into their mobile vehicle for an x-ray with a female technologist in a private room.


For information on the breast screening visit their website www.getcheckedmanitoba.ca.  Sawchuck says their appoint list is almost full so to check on appointments call 1-800-903-9290.


A Lithium Exploration Project Near Snow Lake Continues to Move Forward.

Far Zoro Property


Far Resources has identified new spodumene bearing pegmatite dykes at its Zoro Lithium Property near Snow Lake.  They have announced on the basis of the recent field visit to the Property, the area of dykes 5, 6 and 7 can be characterized as a dyke swarm adding the full dimensions of the swarm are obscured by overburden or swamp and the ultimate dimensions can only be determined by future drill programs.


The Zoro Lithium Property covers a number of known lithium pegmatite occurrences near Snow Lake.               

Far Resources President Keith Anderson says the presence of a spodumene bearing dyke swarm is exciting in terms of exploration potential and resource building and they are looking forward to further work to assess dykes 2, 3 and 4 for additional mineralized pegmatites adding the field work will lay the ground work for further drilling this winter.

The Community Again Responded to a Need.


The totals are in for a car wash fund raiser.  On July 12th Flin Flon Fire Department volunteer fire fighters donated their fire training time to host a car wash fund raiser for the victims of the Tweedsmuir Street apartment fire.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports the car wash donations totaled 2123 dollars and the City of Flin Flon donated the fire fighters training pay along with the use of their equipment and supplies bringing the total raised to 3271 dollars.


Cooper says he and the members of the fire department were deeply saddened seeing five residents of Flin Flon lose everything they had in the fire.  He adds he is very proud of how small communities come together to help out those in need.  He went onto thank everyone who came out to the car wash on behalf of members of the fire department as well as Flin Flon City Council for their continued support of the fire department and the fund raiser.


The fire on July 9th completely destroyed the apartment block on Tweedsmuir Street.

Take Safety Precautions While Working in Summer Heat.


With heat warnings in effect for our area Safe Work Manitoba reminds you high daytime temperatures can make it challenging to work outdoors or in buildings without air conditioning. They note you can increase comfort by wearing clothing that is light weight, light colored and loose fitting, use fans indoors, take rest breaks, drink cool beverages and focus on lighter activities whenever possible leaving physically demanding tasks for cooler periods. If someone suffers heat stress where the body is unable to control its internal temperature move them to a cool shaded area, loosen or remove heavy clothing, provide cool drinking water and call 911.


A Grant Will Again Assist Flin Flon Road Repairs.



The Manitoba government is investing 12 million dollars for municipal roads this year.  Out of that total the City of Flin Flon is receiving 100 thousand dollars. Municipal Administrator Mark Kolt says the government has been providing grants for a number of years and the money is used for road resurfacing and other road repairs within the City.


The Municipal Road Improvement Program was developed in partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities and provides 50-50 cost shared funding for municipal road projects including the cost of new road construction and road renewal projects to extend the useful life of a road.  A total of 188 projects were approved this year in 99 municipalities.


Two Historical Gold Mines May Be Redeveloped.


Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must decide whether an environmental assessment is required for the proposed Lynn Lake Gold Project. They are looking for comments from the public and indigenous groups on the project and its affect on the environment.


Alamos Gold is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning and reclamation of an open pit gold mine and new metal mill located near Lynn Lake, Manitoba.  The Lynn Lake Gold Project would involve the redevelopment of two historical gold mines, the Gordon and MacLellan sites and have an ore input capacity of eight thousand tonnes per day over an eleven year period. Components would include new mine infrastructure, open pits, an access road, a central ore milling and processing plant, ore stockpiles and mine rock storage areas, and a tailings management facility.  For information Google Lynn Lake Gold Project.



A Summer Program for Kids is Heading into its Second Month Next Week.


Flin Flon Parks and Recreation’s Summer in the Parks program is completing its first month.  Supervisor Tristan Barteski says it’s been a fun summer so far with highlights on Nature Week, Gigantic Games Week and Animal Week this week and next week is their Water Week so they’ll be doing a lot of water activities and now that the Aqua Center is opening they’ll be going there, they have plans to go out to Denare Beach and they will be at the splash pad and wading pool.  He adds after that they have the Super Heroes Week which will involve going up to the Fire and Police Departments to do tours, and then they have Outer Space Week and they end off with one of their favorites Holiday Week in which they’re introducing a new day St. Patrick’s Day and as always they’ll have their Halloween Day, Christmas day and their Birthday Celebration Day.


Summer in the Parks runs until August 25th on week day afternoons from 12 to 5 for children 5 to 9 years old.  For information or to register call the Recreation office at 204-681-7542 or 271-3206.


A Voyageur Canoe Race Ended in The Pas Monday.


  The 2017 Voyageurs Rendezvous Canoe Race was a Canada 150 Signature event that began in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on July 1st.  It ended in The Pas area 23 days later.  Event Coordinator Cathy Schwengler says quite a few of the organizers of this race were paddlers in the Centennial Canoe Pageant which was the world’s longest canoe race held in 1967 covering 6280 kilometers.  She says this one was kind of inspired by the 100th anniversary race, it was a Canada 150 experience for everybody and all of their paddlers were Indigenous.  She says these guys were not only competing in an athletic race but they were ambassadors from their communities spreading a positive message for Indigenous people and Indigenous youth across the country.


The canoe teams paddled 16 hundred kilometers and visited 21 communities receiving a warm welcome from residents of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation at the finish.

The search continues for missing northern trapper



Last Thursday Thompson RCMP and employees from Sustainable Development Manitoba conducted a land search of the area surrounding Paint Lake. With the snow melted and still no new information in relation to the December 2016 disappearance of 67 year old Campbell Hunter, searchers combed the landscape for any sign of the missing man. Two teams walked different locations and then a helicopter picked them up to take them to the start of their next search location.


The Office of the Fire Commissioner participated in the search with the use of a cadaver dog, a dog specially trained to assist searchers in looking for remains.


Thompson RCMP Sgt. Ben Sewell says “we did not find Mr. Hunter, but I still count this search as a success. We have cleared an area. We can move onto other areas now.


The investigation continues, and community groups, including people from Hunter’s home community of Nelson House, continue to work with police and conduct searches.


You Can Again Be Part of the Fight Against Cancer.


The Relay for Life is coming up September 9th.  The Committee’s Margot Gray says this year it will be held at Queen’s Park near Hapnot Collegiate with different hours.  She explains even though the premise when the Relay for Life started was to do it from 6 to 6 because cancer never sleeps so we won’t either, it was getting harder to get volunteers and teams not just for us but for a lot of communities, so a lot have gone to the noon to midnight so they decided to follow suit as well.  She says they will still have the evening time so they won’t lose out on the luminaries which is a big part of it and the memorial tribute up on the screen with the ambience of the evening and the luminaries will still be there because it’s a very big part of it.


The Relay for Life has participants collect pledges and walk over the 12 hours to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society.  The last relay two years ago raised over 90 thousand dollars. To participate as a team or individual go to their website www.relayforlife.ca and enter Flin Flon as your location.

A Group of Young Canadians Will Help us Explore Our Past and Future.


The Dream Catchers is a Canada 150 project produced by Confederation Center of the Arts.  The Friendship Centers Events Coordinator Jolene Gardiner invites you to their free show next Tuesday that is described as a musical that dares you to dream.  She says the show is a vibrant music and dance filled spectacle that explores the dreams of young Canadians.  She adds it consists of 26 of the most diverse and exciting young actors from across Canada so bring your chair or a blanket to sit on and come down and enjoy the show.


The Dream Catchers will be performed at Rotary Park next Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

New Displays on Local Area History Are at the Museum.



The Northern Gateway Museum in Denare Beach held their annual Discovery Day yesterday.  Their Board Chairperson Penny Morissette says they have some new displays this summer including one by Elaine Angelski who has assembled a pictorial display of Beaver City with a few photos of the original settlement down by the Main Beach.  She says one of their new artifacts is a mortar and pestle used by Tom Creighton when he was exploring this area and Steve Shtuka has added pictures of the Denare Beach Fire Department to their existing display.


Morissette adds they have had quite a few films and photos donated over the years so they are going to have a special showing this fall.  The date for that will be in the Denare Beach newsletter or on their website www.northerngatewaymuseum.com.  The Northern Gateway Museum is open daily from 11 to 7 until the end of August.


A Local Writers Work Again Hits the Stage in Winnipeg.


102.9 CFARs Raphael Saray returns to Winnipeg this week to produce a performance for a fifth year at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. He explains this is a play he has written called Waiting for Trudeau, a Canadian, social, cultural and political satire based on the Beckett play Waiting for Godot, the fifth play he has written for the Festival.  He says it’ll be at Rachel Brown Studios which is the dance conservatory building in Winnipeg which is one of the elite theatres that they’ve been working on and trying to get a spot there for quite some time.


The play will be performed tomorrow, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  For more on the performance and the Festival visit their website www.winnipegfringe.com.


You Can Again Shop For Home and Building Supplies.


  Following the need to move their building and the resulting reorganization the Habitat 53° Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is ready to open its ReStore for a sixth season.  Manager Kathy McCormick says it will open Wednesday at their new location on the Cliff Lake Road near the SPCA shelter.  She says their hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 5 and Saturdays from 11 to 3.


The ReStore accepts donations of building material, appliances, furniture and other gently used, unwanted and discontinued items which they sell at a reasonable price to raise money that is providing a family of low income with access to home ownership.


The Churchill Rail Line Needs Government Support.



Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says Omnitrax’s reaction to the rail line problems to Churchill is offensive.  She says it’s a private company that has benefited from public subsidies and instead of keeping the line maintained properly they have let it fall into disrepair.  Ashton says the federal government needs to take action. She says its time for the government to step in and take the Port back to work with Churchill and First Nations in our north to take it over and that is the only way forward.  She adds the province does need to be part of the solution in terms of support for maintenance at this current stage.  She says the province has to do much more than just increasing the milk subsidy as people are in a very difficult situation right now in Churchill and along the Bayline as well and its just simply not good enough to have the Premier of Manitoba shrug his responsibilities and say its somebody else’s problem.


Ashton says it was a Liberal government that privatized the rail line in the 90’s.

An Annual Fishing Tournament is Set for the Long Weekend.


The 28th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up August 5th and 6th on Big Athapap.  The Committee’s Mike Wesner says the prize structure hasn’t changed. He says once again this year they have first, second and third place as guaranteed prizes, first place is 3500 dollars, second 2500 and third place is 2000 guaranteed.  He adds fourth to tenth are based on a 100 boat entry but they usually average a little over 60 boats so tenth place usually ends up about 400 dollars.


The boat parade is on Friday night August 4th 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 Facebook.  You can register right up to the start of the tournament at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.

Plans are Falling Together For Flin Flons First Pride Event.



The Pride event is planned for August 18th and 19th.  Committee members Kirsten Fritsch and Jordana Oulette say the agenda has been set starting with a flag raising and speeches at City Hall on the Friday and then CUPE is helping them host a barbeque at Pioneer Square at 5:30 and it will be a barbeque by donation.  At 11 am Saturday they’re going to have the Pride parade which will be the same route as the Canada Day parade and from 2 to 6 its going to be a community fair at Queens Park next to Hapnot with local vendors, food trucks and all sorts of fun stuff and at 9 pm they are going to have a glow party at the Unwinder with glow paint, glow sticks so it’s going to be a good time.


Anyone wanting to be part of the events or enter a float in the parade can visit the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.

She is Walking the Distance it Takes to Get to Winnipeg.



Inspired by her daughter’s treatment for ovarian cancer Paulette Adolphe has started a special fund raising walk.  She says she is walking the kilometers it takes to walk to Winnipeg which Global maps tells her is 760 kilometers.  She is walking to Winnipeg so she can take part in the 2017 Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope which is set to happen September 10th so she is walking a minimum of 5 mile or 7 kilometers a night in and round Flin Flon to add up to the total kilometers which will get her to Winnipeg so she can participate in the walk with her daughter.


Earlier this week Adolphe was approaching the distance to the Easterville road turnoff at number six highway. She has pledge sheets with her or you can find them at VA Flin Flon and the Big Dipper on Main Street and she will turn all funds raised over to her daughter’s team Amanda’s Roses at the Winnipeg walk and they will go to supporting ovarian cancer programs at Cancer Care Manitoba.


Pickleball is Proving Popular in the Flin Flon Area.


At their meeting Tuesday night City Council approved funding of 500 dollars for the Flin Flon Creighton and Area Pickleball Club to revamp the Birchview bunk.  It will be turned into a multi use facility used for hockey in the winter and pickleball in the summer.  In making the request for funding the Club noted an increasing number of retired men and women have been playing pickleball using make shift courts at the Creighton tennis courts the past two summer adding once they have their own courts they will advertise to attract all ages including the schools.


Council also received the Fire Chiefs report for June indicating seven calls during the month.  Council had praise for the fire fighters for their response to the recent apartment fire on Tweedsmuir Street noting their efforts prevented any damage to the homes on both sides of the apartment building.


And Councilor Guy Rideout reported the curfew approved at their last meeting seems to be going over well with positive response from the public.


The NDP Has Called on the Pallister Government to Ensure the Churchill Rail Line is Repaired Before Winter.


Flin Flon MLA and NDP Labor Critic Tom Lindsey says Premier Brian Pallister must stop wasting time and start working immediately with the federal government, Churchill and surrounding communities to take over the rail line to Churchill and repair it before winter makes construction impossible.


Lindsey says Omnitrax is refusing to fix the line and has made it clear it wants to pull out of Manitoba adding the Premier should stand with the people of northern Manitoba.  He explains Omnitrax has said there is a very narrow window left this summer for repairs to be completed if the line is to carry trains through the winter.  He adds if the Premier and the federal government continue to pass the buck, Churchill and other northern communities will face economic disaster and residents will face personal hardships as supplies become increasingly expensive and difficult to get.


Financial Donations Will Support People Affected by Forest Fires.


The Canadian Red Cross is on the ground in British Columbia working to help families displaced by the forest fires.  Jason Small from the Red Cross says they are working with government to support people who have been forced to leave their homes.  He says a major part of that is they’re working with the government of BC which has generously provided a 100 million dollar fund and through that fund they are providing electronic fund transfers to each household for people who have been forced to leave their home.  He says they’re also working to provide whatever assistance people who have been displaced require, shelter, food, blankets, cots and hygiene kits.


Small adds the best way to help out is by making a financial contribution online at www.redcross.ca or call 1-800-418-1111.


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 invites everyone to see what’s happening at the Museum.  She says they will have refreshments and they have some new displays with a couple of new items plus one of their curators is working on a display of the original tent town and they’ve got some photos that have been blown up of the original people what were coming out there to visit Denare Beach, the early cabin owners she guesses you could say.


Discovery Day runs from 2 to 4 this Sunday afternoon.  The Museum at Denare Beach is open daily from 11 to 7 until the end of August.

Main Street and Business Entrances Could Soon be Smoke Free.


  Flin Flon City Council has proposed a bylaw banning smoking in business areas. The proposed bylaw states smoking is prohibited in the following public places within the City of Flin Flon: on the street, sidewalk or road allowance located on or adjoining Flin Flon’s Main Street and within 15 feet of the front doorway of any commercial establishment which employs more than two employees at any one time.


Council has submitted the proposal to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce for input before presenting it at a Council meeting for approval.


At last nights meeting Mayor Cal Huntley said the idea of the bylaw is part of the community Clean and Green Campaign keeping smoking litter off the streets as well as the health effects of smoking and the effects of second hand smoke on people passing by.



A Summer Literacy Camp is Underway for Creighton School Students.


The Saskatchewan government has invested 500 thousand dollars to support school divisions in delivering 20 summer literacy camps across the province.  Creighton School Division received funding and their camp is underway for students entering grades one to six with full registration running at Creighton School in the morning and Denare Beach in the afternoon until July 27th.


Since 2010 the government has supported the summer literacy camps which help Saskatchewan children and families improve their literacy skills and be better prepared to return to school in the fall. Students participate in a variety of activities including individual and group reading, allowing students to take books home, inviting community members, parents and Elders to visit, lead activities and read to the students.

A Local Writers Book is Off to a Good Start.


After an official book launch in Flin Flon on June 21st local author Harry Hobbs held a second launch.  He says the launch of his new book Circle of Roots at McNally Robinson at Grant Park in Winnipeg last Monday went well.  He says he had about 16 people out and what was a nice thing was there were a lot ex Flin Flonners who came out to see the launch.  He adds he thinks the book was very well received and he had a lot of questions at the end which was very nice and it was nice that people were interested in the book and how it actually came together.


Hobbs told us before the launch Circle of Roots is about a person who is ashamed of her past and is sort of hiding from her family and the background she’s had and the circumstances of her life change and she has to face up to all she’s been running away from.  Circle of Roots is available at the Flin Flon Public Library, Northern Rainbows End and online from McNally Robinson.


The Salvation Army is One of the Organizations Responding to the Fire Situation in British Columbia.



The Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Salvation Army in Canada Perron Goodyear says with the current wildfire situation in BC monetary donations are the best way for people to help.  He says the best way to do that is either by calling 1-800-sal-army or they can make a donation on their website www.salvationarmy.ca/bcfire and those donations will go directly to assist with their effort throughout the province of BC.  He explains they encourage folks to make monetary donations for a number of reasons including they can get items that they specifically need for those who have been impacted right away and get it there very quickly and whenever possible they try to purchase their supplies as close to the impacted area as possible to help stimulate the local economy which often takes a hit during these types of situations as well.


The Salvation Army currently has teams in the region to assist with meals as well as emotional and spiritual support.

Fire Crews are Prepared for Fire Season in Manitoba.



With the ongoing forest fire crisis in British Columbia the Manager of Wildfire Programs at Manitoba Sustainable Development Gary Friesen says in Manitoba so far we’re below average for this date as we’ve got a total of 95 fires to date and the average is about 316 and right now the south is getting a fairly wide area of rain but the north had pockets of showers but has been drying out and temperatures are warm and we’ve had a lot of lightening.  He says they’ve got resources and crews stationed all through the forest area just in anticipation of any new fires that start.


Friesen urges anyone seeing a wildfire to report it immediately by calling 1-800-782-0076 or 9 1 1.

A Free Workshop and Readings by Canadas Parliamentary Laureate are Coming up at the Library.



The Flin Flon Public Library continues to host their Ore Sample Writers Series Thursday.  Administrator Courtney Campbell says its starts with a free workshop from 5:45 to 6:45 on Generating Material with George Elliott Clarke.  She explains he was the 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto from 2012 to 15 and is the 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2016 t0 17.  She adds he is an artist who writes songs, drama, fiction, screen plays, essays and poetry and he’s a professor at the University of Toronto but has also taught at Duke, McGill, UBC and Harvard.  She notes he has eight honorary doctorates and lots of awards and recognitions for his work and has published many works over the years.


People attending the workshop should bring a pen and paper or a keyboard.  Following the workshop a reading by Clarke will take place at 7.  The workshop and readings are free and everyone is encouraged to attend.

An Idea For a Colorful Run is Coming to Denare Beach.



Denare Beach Recreation is holding a Rainbow Run on August 12th. Recreation Director Crystal Banting explains this is their first annual Rainbow Run and they’re hoping it only gets bigger and better every year.  She says it’s a two kilometer fun run through the streets of Denare Beach where you’re going to end up covered in colored powder like in a color run that cities have.  She adds they do have online registration at www.denarebeach.net and it’s just going to be a fun time to come out and you don’t have to be physically fit or a runner you just need to come out and have some fun.


The cost to register is 25 dollars and the deadline is this Friday.  For information you can call the Rec Office at 306-362-2050. The Run begins at 11 am on Saturday, August 12th at the Denareplex.

Our Member of Parliament is Taking a Bit of a Break From Her Leadership Campaign.



Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament and NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton recently took part in a leadership debate in Saskatoon. Ashton says she feels it went really well and it was really great to do a debate in their home region on the prairies and really great to talk about issues that matter to us.  She says a lot of the issues reflected the challenges that we face in our region and the opportunities.


Ashton adds she’ll be spending some time at home in Thompson before heading out to the next debate in British Columbia.


Children Will Be Learning About Science and Engineering Later This Month.


The University of Manitoba is again sponsoring a Kid-netic Energy Science and Engineering summer day camp in Flin Flon July 31st to August 4th at McIsaac School.  Jill Lautenschlager with Women in Science and Engineering at the University says they operate on daily themes.  She says this year they are going to have Space Discovery Day on Monday, Medical Science on Tuesday, Mining on Wednesday, Sustainability on Thursday and they finish with Genetics.


The camp is attended by children in grades 4 to 6 or who are ages 9 to 12 by the end of this year.


More information on the camps can be found on their website www.wisekidneticenergy.ca.

A Camp For Younger Children is Underway.


The Flin Flon Friendship Center’s Camp Moochikun is running again this summer.  Camp Director Jolene Gardiner says they provide a variety of activities for children 5 to 9 years old.  She says their camp is a free summer camp for the kids and they take them out on tours of the fire department and the police station and its just an all around fun camp for the kids for the summer.


Gardiner adds the camp is open for 25 children and they have 19 now so anyone interested in registering their child can drop in to the Friendship Center on Church Street.  The camp runs Monday to Friday from 9 to 4.

Community Futures Greenstone is wrapping up their Biz Kidz Day Camp in Flin Flon Tomorrow.


The camp is teaching kids about entrepreneurship and wraps up tomorrow with a mini market.  Manager Becky Cianflone says the 15 nine to thirteen old kids involved have prepared for the market.  She says they have been working on developing products throughout the week as well as their sales pitches for their products and their marketing and business plan.  She explains at the mini market on Friday they are going to have their products available for sale, you’ll get to meet the kids and talk to them about their products and about how they liked the camp, adding they’re also going to be doing a hot dog barbeque lunch so it’ll be a hot dog and drink for two dollars so you can come out and support the Biz Kidz.


The mini market runs from 11 to 1 tomorrow at Pioneer Square on Main Street.


Local Artists Can Share Ideas With Others.



  The Norva Center is hosting their annual artists retreat next week  The group’s Karen Clark says they invited local artists as well as others to share ideas and experience the beauty of the north. She says they have 28 artists coming from both locally and regionally from Saskatchewan and Manitoba and they’re coming to the Denareplex in Denare Beach to work on their art.  She explains it’s a non-instructional retreat and that means people come and work on whatever it is they’ve been working on in the company of like minded people and a lot of sharing occurs and they’ve found it’s a great model for learning about new things.


Clark adds there will be a public display and sale of some to the work done during the week and other works by the artists on Saturday, July 22nd from 2 to 5 at the Denareplex.

You Can Celebrate Parks Day This Weekend.



Canada’s Parks Day is being celebrated this weekend with free entry into provincial parks. Visitors to provincial parks will not require park vehicle permits from tomorrow through Sunday although nightly camping fees still apply.  Special events are being held to celebrate Canada’s Parks Day Saturday afternoon at Bakers Narrows Provincial Park.  A water bomber and Smokey Bear will be at the Flin Flon airport from 12 to 3.  There will also be a bike parade and barbeque at the picnic area from 1 to 4 with hot dogs, cake, ice cream and prizes.

Exploration Continues to be Funded in the Snow Lake Area.



Rockcliff Copper Corporation is offering up to 20 million units of the Company at a price of 6 cents per unit for gross proceeds of up to 1.2 million dollars. Each unit comprises one common share and one common share purchase warrant and each warrant entitles the holder to purchase one common share at a price of 12 cents for a period of two years from the closing date of the offering.


The net proceeds from the offering will be used to fund exploration of the Company’s Snow Lake Project in Manitoba and for general working capital purposes. Rockcliff notes the Snow Lake Project includes the highest grade, unmined base metal copper and zinc deposits in the prolific Snow Lake mining camp and Manitoba’s first and highest grade former lode gold mine, the Laguna gold mine.  Exploration activities will include geological, airborne and surface geophysical, and diamond drilling programs.


Five Local Area Artists are Part of a Provincial Show.


The 15th annual Manitoba Arts Network’s Rural and Northern Art Show officially opened in Winnipeg Friday.  It features selected works submitted to the Regional Juried Art Shows held across Manitoba each year and is attended by over three thousand people. This years show features 51 artists including Flin Flon artists Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Karen Clark, Matthew Enns, Lorna Heuchert and Cheryl Tremblay winners at the Northern Juried Art Show held in Flin Flon in May.


The Network states the show provides an opportunity for artists in the north and rural regions of the province 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 at the Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Center at 611 Main Street in Winnipeg and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 2 to 6 pm and runs until July29th with a public reception and awards presentation this Saturday at 3 o’clock.


Kids in Snow Lake Can Learn About Business Ideas Later This Month.


Community Futures Greenstone is holding a Biz Kidz Camp for 9 to 13 year olds from July 31st to August 3rd in Snow Lake.  Manager Becky Cianflone explains it’s a summer day camp program where they’re going to be teaching kids about entrepreneurship and they’ll actually get to go through a process where they develop, create and manufacture their own product to sell at the end of the week at mini markets.


The registration deadline is July 24th by calling the Greenstone office at 204-687-6967 or emailing admin@cfgreenstone.com.  The cost is 60 dollars with 20 dollars going for product materials.  The Biz Kidz camp in Flin Flon is taking place this week.

There Are Art Activities For Kids All Summer.


The Norva Center is offering a variety of classes for kids all summer.  Center Manager Mike Spencer says tomorrow they are going to be doing some clay building, on Friday they are going to be doing hemp jewelry, then the following week they are taking a break as Norva will be closed because they will all be at the retreat at Denare Beach.  He says the next week on Monday the 24th they’re going to be doing wire art, on Wednesday the 26th they will be doing print making and on Friday the 28th they will be doing drawing.


Spencer adds classes are still being planned for August.  You can find out more on Facebook, their website www.norvacentre.com, call them at 204-687-4237 or drop in at 177 Green Street.

She Caught a One Thousand Dollar Fish.

Paulette Adolphe with the committee's Dave Osika


   The Flin Flon Trout Festival held their fishing derby at Phantom Lake yesterday.  They had 33 entries on a free fishing weekend in Saskatchewan.


The top prize of 1000 dollars went to Paulette Adolphe with a 39 and three quarter inch fish, second and third prizes of 750 and 500 dollars went to Damien Dominey with 39 and 38 inch fish, fourth a helicopter ride with Wings Over Kississing valued at 250 dollars to Tanner Buettner with a 37 and a half inch fish and fifth 100 dollars to Dawn Straff with a 37 inch fish.


Other prizes included oldest fisherman Verg Horrocks, youngest Liam Ferris, smallest fish Chelsey Post and hidden length Noah Deminick.


Dawn Straff, Tanner Buettner,Damien Dominey, Dave Osika

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 next week.  102.9 CFAR Manager Dianne Russell says this is a fun fund raising event.  She says the money this year is being raised again by two service clubs Rotary and the Kinsmen and they donate their time along with CFAR and they raise money every year and this year it is going to the Flin Flon Creighton Slow Pitch League and Minor Ball.  She adds it will start on the 18th of July and runs all the way to Sunday the 23rd and it’s at the Phantom Lake driving range at the golf course and the finals will be on the ninth hole on the 23rd in the afternoon.


More information on the event can be found online at www.flinflononline.com.  Some organizations supported in the past from funds raised at this event include the Creighton Spray Pool, SPCA Shelter, Kinpark, Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Resource Center, Flin Flon Ski Club and last year the Phantom Lake Golf Course.

The Cause of a Weekend Apartment Fire is Not Suspicious.



The Flin Flon Fire Department was called to a two story four apartment building at 110 Tweedsmuir Street Saturday night.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper reports upon arrival they found smoke and flames coming from the rear roof area.  They did a quick search of the building and because of the danger of the roof collapsing moved outside and went on the defensive.  Only one of the five occupants of the building was home at the time and escaped safely.


Cooper says the apartment was built in the 1940’s and has had several additions, a tar roof and wood chip insulation which made it a difficult fire to fight.  After three hours of continuous water with no affect he says equipment was called in to demolish the building to get access to the fire.


The fire fighters were able to prevent any damage to homes on both sides of the apartment building.  They are still looking into the cause of the fire but it is not considered suspicious.

Fire Destroyed an Apartment Building in Flin Flon Saturday Night.


Fire broke out in the attic of an apartment building in the one hundred block of Tweedsmuir Street in Flin Flon around 9:30 Saturday night.  The fire quickly spread through the building reducing it to a pile of rubble.  There were four apartments in the two story building.  Everyone got out safely.  The fire fighters were able to prevent any damage to the homes on either side of the apartment building.


Our Member of Parliament Continues Her Leadership Campaign.


Churchill Keewatinook Aski MP Niki Ashton visited northern communities over the Canada Day weekend.  She says her second campaign for the NDP leadership is different this time and being from the north is helping her.  She explains we know about our own challenges here in the north in terms of job losses and potential job losses. She adds there’s other parts of the country that are hurting in the same way both in terms of the resource sector or other parts of our economy and people want to see real leadership and they’re not seeing that from Justin Trudeau and his government and are really responding to that is being put forward and she’s proud to come from a part of the country here in the north where we say it like it is and we fight back and that’s a message that’s clearly resonating in the leadership race.


The next major stop in Ashton’s campaign will be in Saskatoon on Tuesday where she will take part in the next leadership debate.

Its a Good Weekend to Try Fishing in Saskatchewan.


Saskatchewan’s annual summer free fishing weekend is tomorrow and Sunday.  Since 1989 one weekend is designated each summer when residents and visitors may fish in any of Saskatchewan’s public waters open to sport fishing without purchasing a fishing licence.


Anyone planning to take advantage of the free fishing weekend is reminded that all other fishing regulations, including possession limits and reduced limits on some lakes and rivers remain in effect.  Free fishing weekend does not apply in national parks and anyone taking fish out of the province must purchase a licence.


More information about fishing in Saskatchewan can be found in the 2017 Anglers Guide available where angling licences are sold or online at www.saskatchewan.ca/fishing.

Your Kids Can Have Summer Fun at Denare Beach.


Denare Beach Recreation is offering fun at their Day Camps that started this week running until August 11th.  The Camp’s Kaylee Banting says they have a variety of activities for ages 4 to 11 with a theme every week.  She explains this week is Under the Sea and they have some crafts and activities relating to the theme and then next week they have their Camping theme and then the week after that is Outer Space and Science and the Superheroes, the Olympics and then the Pirates theme to end the day camps.


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


Your Kids Can Keep Active All Summer.


Summer in the Parks is underway sponsored by Flin Flon Parks and Recreation, Arts Council and School Division running until August 25th. Supervisor Tristan Barteski says they’re offering a variety of programs for five to nine year olds with some past and new ideas this year.  He says he’s bringing back Outer Space Week which has been something that Summer in the Parks hasn’t done in quite a few years.  He also introduced the new Gigantic Games Week in which they’re going to be doing giant snake and ladders, giant checkers, just different giant board games to get the kids engaged.  Barteski adds they also have some of the fan favorites like the Super Hero Week, Water Week, Animal Week, lots of trips planned out for Bakers Narrows, Denare Beach and they’ll be going to the Recycling Center this year.


Summer in the Parks runs Monday to Friday from 12 to 5 based at the Petting Zoo on Green Street.  For information and to register you can call Tristan at 204-681-7542 or 271-3206.


You Can Fish for Prizes on Phantom Lake Sunday.


   The Flin Flon Trout Festival fishing derby returns this Sunday.  The Committee’s Dave Osika says the one day derby will be held on Phantom Lake from 11 to 4 with a 25 dollar entry fee.  Registration goes from 9 am to 11 and they do all registrations right at the Phantom Lake beach.  He says the first prize is a thousand dollars, second prize is 750, third is 500, fourth is a gift certificate for a helicopter ride with Wings Over Kississing valued at 250 dollars and fifth is 100 dollars.


Osika adds since there is not a lot of room at the Phantom Lake boat launch you’ll launch your boat, return your vehicle to the beach area parking lot and they will shuttle you back to your boat. It is a free family fishing weekend in Saskatchewan so no licence is required to take part in the fishing derby.

The Library is A Fun Place Again This Summer.


The Flin Flon Public Library is offering summer camps again this summer.  Summer student Aliece Angell says they’ll keep kids busy with reading and having fun.  She says they’ll be having many camps such as Harry Potter Day, Minion Day and Music Day. There’ll also be a week long camp from August 14th to 18th centered around Canada 150. She adds the camps will all take place from 1 to 3:30 except for the week long camp which will be from 11:30 to 3 and there’ll be lots of games and crafts.


For information on their camps and registration drop into the library and see the calendar of events on Facebook or their website www.flinflonpubliclibrary.ca.


Students Are Concerned About Smoking on Main Street and A Curfew is in Effect.



At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from the grade six Hershmiller Ruth Betts Community School Tobacco Tackle Team.  They have been learning about health and environmental issues due to tobacco and ask why are we allowing tobacco use near entrances of buildings?  They would like to know if it is possible to make Main Street a smoke free area and if that’s not possible pass a bylaw requiring smokers to be five meters away from a building entrance and/or have a weekly cigarette butt clean up or more receptacles to deposit butts.  The letter signed by the teacher and 14 students who cleaned up cigarette butts around the hospital entrance was referred to the Committee of the Whole Council and will be reviewed with the Chamber of Commerce.


Council also passed on final reading a curfew bylaw presented at their last meeting.  It will be in effect for children 15 and under at 10:30 Sunday to Thursday nights and 11:59 Fridays and Saturdays until 6 a.m. It will go into effect immediately.  Council received only positive comments since the bylaw was proposed.


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 16 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’re 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.


Several Students Were Recognized With Awards.


  Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage celebrated their graduation last week with 35 graduates and 26 awards presented. The Governor General Medallion for highest marks was presented to Katelyn Saultier, the L. Krueger award to Desiree Patterson, the J.F. Orchard award to Leon Spence, United Steelworkers to Sam Pruden who also received the Gary Wesner award and Adult Ed Honors.  The R.J Merrill award went to Alanna Disbrowe who also received the Friends of Frontier, FCI School Committee, Extra Curricular, Duke of Edinburgh awards, the RCMP Bursary and shared the Arctic Beverages award with Wally Wood who also received the Carpentry award.  The Sherwood award went to Corbin Linklater, the Sakootchetaw award to Gina Cook as well as the Jennisen award and she and Byron Ducharme were Senior Athletes of the Year. Other awards included Adult Ed Achievement Chasity Reber, LUD Citizenship Denis Gagne, Roger J. Carrier award Alexi Tssessaze, Opasquiak Shane Thomas, NTC Power Mechanics Robert Brightnose, and the Tom Lindsey award to Destiny Bear.

It Was An Amazing Weekend.

 Co-Chairs Brenda Russell and Colleen McKee with Flinty


  The word amazing could be heard everywhere in describing the Canada 150 Homecoming weekend as it wrapped up Sunday afternoon with 24 hundred people registered.


Flin Flon Mayor Cal Huntley said having everyone come home was just amazing. Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler invited all who came home to come back again.  Denare Beach Mayor Carl Lentowicz joined others in praising the committee for an incredible weekend.  MLA Tom Lindsey said Flin Flon still rocks and will for a long time with committees like we have here and the people wanting to come home.  Member of Parliament Niki Ashton added you are celebrating the vibrant community you are and will continue to be.  Hudbay’s Richard Trudeau said they are celebrating the 90th anniversary of its founding as a Company and they still want to be part of northern Manitoba for a long time to come.  Committee co-chairs Brenda Russell and Colleen McKee congratulated everyone on the committee and in the community and those who came home making it the weekend it was with McKee adding we are all Flin Flon and you are awesome.


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 raises awareness on violence against women and girls as well as money.  She says they had 16 men who persisted through the rain and the winner of the trophy was the union IAM with Rene Beauchamp and Mr.Pelly who raised 37 hundred dollars.  She adds they made just over 8 thousand dollars and they had many local businesses who sponsored prizes for the men.


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

The Most Fit Firefighter Has Been Determined.

 Aaron Simon & Fire Chief Chad Cooper


The Beat the Chief Competition returned to the Flin Flon Fire Hall Friday afternoon.  Eight firefighters tested their skills, fitness and cardio vascular endurance through a variety of tests.  Finishing in the top three were Aaron Simon 1 minute 31.27 seconds, Jarrett Kemp 1:31.47 and Greg Pruden 1:32.94.


Fire Chief Chad Cooper says the competition shows the quality of our firefighters and how they take their fitness seriously.  He says everything is driven around their personal fitness level and to be able to provide the best service to their task on a fire scene they need to be at the peak of physical fitness and today was an excellent showing of how fittheir guys are and how serious they are in how they take their fitness level.


The top three finishers will have their names engraved on the trophy at the fire hall.


It Was a Great Day For a Parade.


The annual Trout Festival Canada Day and Homecoming parade sponsored by Northland Ford attracted 35 floats Saturday under their theme Home is Where the Heart Is.


Prizes for the best  non-commercial float went to the Flin Flon Alliance Church with Flinty’s sub, second to the Flin Flon Community Band performing on their float and third to the Women’s Resource Center with the Wizard of Oz There’s No Place Like Home. In commercial floats first went to the Hooter for their 60’s theme Raised on Rock, second the Big Island Drive In and third to the Flin Flon Credit Union.


There were 23 classic cars in the parade with the top prize sponsored by Northland Ford going to Dennis Durand with his ’67 Beaumont.


The parade was followed by Canada Day Celebrations in Creighton and in Denare Beach in the evening.



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