Local News Archives for 2019-03

Northern Housing Issues Will Again Be Raised in Parliament.

While travelling in Thompson, Nelson House, Tadoule Lake, Brochet and Lac Brochet Member of Parliament Niki Ashton reports she got the message our region is again being ignored.  She says the federal budget focuses on initiatives like people being able to take more out of their RRSP’s to buy their first home while in our region many people don’t have RRSPs to begin with especially when looking for a first home.  She adds in our region there is a housing crisis with long waiting lists, people living in overcrowded mould contaminated housing while the budget does virtually nothing at all with the housing crisis.  Ashton says when she returns to Parliament next week her message will be clear that in 2019 there are simply no excuses for the housing crisis we face in many of the communities in our region adding it’s time for action.                                                                      

 

Its Time to Save by Registering Early for a Conference and Trade Show.

The Vision Quest Conference and Trade Show is being held at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg May 14th to 16th.  Vision Quest Conferences is a community based charitable organization formed through partnership with Manitoba’s five Indigenous Community Futures Development Corporations and this is Canada’s longest running Indigenous business, community and economic development conference.  This year it features two keynote speakers Jordin Tootoo the NHL’s first Inuk Player and author of All the Way and Lorne Cardinal an award winning film and TV actor and stage and screen director. Entertaining at the dinner will be comedic hypnotist and mentalist Scott Ward.

             

The gathering encourages best business practices, celebrates entrepreneurial success stories and inspires youth. For information on the conference visit their website www.vqconference.com noting delegates who register by April 8th will save 100 dollars off the 535 dollar registration fee.

 

A Puppet Show Will Promote Literacy.

Kids First North and the Wide Open Puppet Theatre are holding a literacy carnival Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 at Creighton Community Hall.  Kids First North Supervisor Shelly Vancoughnett says it’s a way to promote literacy for early years 0 to 6 with all family members invited with puppets and stations around the hall.  She explains people come about 4:30 if they haven’t already pre-registered and then the puppet show should be happening around 6 and then after the puppet show families can go and circle around to the various stations and they’ll be around literacy and different ways that children do literacy with different items like technology or reading books and also they’re going to have a station with Elder Margaret Head Steppan and she’s going to be doing a traditional story.

             

This event is supported by funding from a Saskatchewan Literacy grant.  They would prefer that you pre-register so they have enough supplies by calling 306-688-6620 or 688-6619 or with Smiling Hearts Daycare or the Pre-K class.

 

You Can Be Part of a Northern Forum.

The Northern Urban Reserves, Municipalities and Economic Development Forum is being held April 9th and the 10th at the City of Thompson Regional Community Centre. Christian Sinclair the Chief of Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Look North Steering Committee member says the forum will focus on building relationships and partnerships with Indigenous communities and municipalities here in the north. He explains it’s being held by the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and what they are doing is taking steps based on the economic impact study that was done in relation to First Nations and their contribution to the GDP of Manitoba at 9.3 billion from the 2016 census.  He says now that they have that information available they can now start creating economic strategies that will really allow for First Nations to create business plans and incorporate themselves into the economy.

To register or for more information call 204-677-1600 by March 31st.

An Indigenous Awareness Program is Available Next Month.

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce has invited Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce members to register for an Indigenous Awareness Training program.  It takes place in Regina on April 11th and Saskatoon on May 16th from 8:30 to 4:30 at a cost of 125 dollars for members which includes the Flin Flon Chamber. It is also open to non-members interested in the training for 175 dollars.

             

The Saskatchewan Chamber explains they are committed to the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report as well as the meaningful engagement of Indigenous People of Saskatchewan into the economy adding this training provides an overview of the history and culture of Indigenous People of Saskatchewan to allow for an inclusive and prosperous business community in the province.

             

To learn more or to register visit their website www.saskchamber.com, click on events calendar and then April 11th or May 16th.

 

Are Our Roads the Worst in Manitoba?

CAA Manitoba is once again asking you to help identify roads in dire need of attention with its 8th annual Worst Roads Campaign.  Their President Tim Scott says the most obvious ones that people vote on are pot holes or cracking of cement, heaving, sink holes but they also encourage the cyclists side of it or pedestrians walking on the sidewalks to also identify sidewalks as well so it’s commonly known as worst roads but it’s expanding basically into infrastructure that people are using walking, cycling or driving.

             

CAA has been working closely with municipalities and the province to ensure roads nominated each year are on government’s priority lists. Voting runs until midnight on April 16th and you can nominate your worst road online at www.caaworstroads.com or on the CAA app. 

Northern Representatives Have Been Appointed to the Communities Economic Development Fund.

Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen says northern economic development must be led by northerners.  Based on that five new members have been appointed to the Communities Economic Development Fund.  James Wilson of Opaskwayk Cree Nation has been named Chairperson.  He is Vice-President of corporate development for the Arctic Gateway Group. Members of the Board include Chuck Davidson of Winnipeg who is President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Becky Cianflone of Flin Flon who is Executive Director of Community Futures Greenstone, Doug Lauvstad of The Pas who is President and Chancellor of University College of the North and Colleen Smook the Mayor of the City of Thompson.

             

The Boards mandate includes collaborating with the Manitoba Government and engaging with northern municipalities, Indigenous Communities, businesses, training providers and other stakeholders to advance initiatives that grow local companies and industries, create jobs, attract talent and investment and increase economic development in northern Manitoba.

Local Artists Are Reminded the Deadline is Approaching to Enter the Northern Juried Art Show.

The Northern Juried Art Show is being held in Thompson May 6th to 12th.  One of the organizers Jan Hall says the show is open to Manitoba artists 18 and over living north of the 53rd parallel but also includes Creighton and Denare Beach in Saskatchewan.  She says artists can enter in several categories with forms in by April 7th including painting, water color, drawing and print making, sculpture, fiber arts, crafts and photography and then there is a category for youth under 18 that includes all of those but it is all lumped in one.

             

There is also a theme award depicting Northern Life.  Entry forms are available at the Norva Centre in Flin Flon or you can contact Jan Hall in Thompson by emailing spidermom1@shaw.ca or call her at 204-670-4515.

Your Input is Wanted as Creighton Plans for the Future.

The Town of Creighton is developing a 2019 to 2022 Strategic Plan and would like to know what you would like to see happen over the next four years.  They are holding a come and go public forum Friday afternoon which will entail a variety of information gathering booths that will provide you with lots of opportunity to share your thoughts concerning the town and the next four years.  Some areas that will be focused on include what do you love about your community and what do you want to see changed.

             

The public forum is a come and go event running from 2 to 6 Friday afternoon in Creighton Council Chambers at 300 First Street East.

 

The Plan is in Place in Arizona.

Hudbay has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations for the Rosemont project from the United States Forest Service.  Hudbay President and CEO Alan Hair says receiving the Plan is an important milestone that completes the permitting process at Rosemont.  He adds with the receipt of the Water Permit, an agreement to consolidate one hundred percent ownership and receipt of the Mine Plan of Operations Hudbay continues to move the project forward noting Rosemont is now a fully permitted, shovel ready copper project and they look forward to developing this world class asset.  Rosemont is located in Arizona and is expected to produce around 127 thousand tonnes of copper annually over the first ten years of operation.

Tuberculosis is Affecting Many Northern Communities.

 Member of Parliament Niki Ashton called on the government to take action in recognition of World Tuberculosis Day last Friday.  She says Manitoba that includes her northern riding has the second highest rate of TB in Canada adding First Nations People living on reserve have an eight to ten times higher TB notification role than other Canadians.  She says TB is a disease linked to poverty, it’s caused by crowding, poor ventilation and mould.  Ashton pointed out earlier this year she joined with her NDP colleagues in calling on the Prime Minister to address the mould crisis in homes on reserves adding they hoped that budget 2019 would make clear a Liberal commitment to ending this housing crisis but it ignored it.

             

Ashton called on the government to make the investment necessary to commit to eradicating TB once and for all.

Saskatchewan Ice Fishing Shelters Have to go This Month and Manitoba Soon After.

The Ministry of the Environment reminds you that ice fishing season is winding down.  That means all ice fishing shelters in areas north of Saskatchewan highway 16 must be removed by next Sunday, March 31st.  They note each spring a number of ice fishing shelters are abandoned on the ice and these can pose a danger to boaters and others enjoying the summer lakes as well as causing environmental hazards when pieces wash up on shore.  All litter must also be removed when the shelters are taken off the ice.

             

If shelters are not removed owners may be prosecuted and the structure and contents may be removed and confiscated.  They also warn anyone traveling on the ice should take extreme caution and watch for indicators of unsafe conditions such as slush, thermal cracks and pressure ridges.

            

 Ice shelters in Northern Manitoba must be removed by April 15th or when requested to do so by a Conservation Officer due to unsafe ice conditions.

 

 

Recreational Cannabis Will Soon Be Sold in Flin Flon.

Flin Flon is on the list of communities where retailers can now apply for an operating license.  Last year the province released a request for pre-qualification seeking potential retailers interested in operating cannabis stores in Manitoba. Pre-qualified applicants will now participate in a randomized draw for each location and selected applicants will proceed through the agreement and licensing process to operate in seven communities including Flin Flon.

             

The Manitoba government says they have been working with local governments to ensure they have fair say and are onboard with the proposed retail locations.  Late last year Flin Flon City Council designated the uptown commercial area as a zone for the permitted sale and distribution of recreational cannabis.

 

A Group of Students Will Be Learning History on Location During Spring Break.

The Hapnot Travel Club is spending their spring break in Europe.  Organizer Daniel Dillon says he has 37 travelers on the longest trip he has done so far with students.  He says they’ll be in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Austria and a few of the things they’ll be taking in will be the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, a tour in Dresden, also in Prague to see the Charles Bridge in the old town, in Poland they’ll be going to Auschwitz and Birkenau, in Budapest they’ll be going to see the Hungarian Parliament and in Vienna they’ll be going to see the Hofburg Palace and they’ll be doing some walking tours in all those places.

             

The students left last Wednesday and will be travelling for twelve days returning April 2nd.

 

You Still Have a Week to Get One of the Best Fishing Holes.

The Flin Flon Rotary Club is holding their fifth annual Flinty Fishing Derby at Bakers Narrows April 7th.  The committee’s Glen Smith says you have until midnight April 1st to get your early bird tickets. He explains it’s the same price as regular tickets except now you can be in the early bird draw and you can win the opportunity to be released ahead of everybody else so you get the first choice of the hole you like and it gives you a little more time to get prepared and get yourself set up so you’re paying the same but you get in a little ahead of time which make it a little bit more convenient for people.

             

Tickets are 100 dollars and 40 for a second hole at KleenAll in Flin Flon, Ruby’s Outdoors on the Creighton Freeway or online at www.flintyfishingderby.com with the derby offering over thirty prizes totaling around 90 thousand dollars with a grand prize of 25 thousand dollars along with combination prizes for those who enter this derby and the Bill Bannock Derby in The Pas April 6th.

The Government had a Chance to Put Canadians First.

Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says instead Canadians received a budget that maintains business as usual and continues massive giveaways to big corporations while people are struggling to make ends meet.  She says northerners and Canadians deserve a government that puts them first by creating good jobs, implementing a single payer universal public pharmacare, improving healthcare for everyone and making sure that post secondary education is not a debt sentence.  Ashton adds First Nations deserve more than a government that refuses to tackle the housing crisis on reserve, the lack of adequate water and sewer services or the continued underfunding of critical services.  She concludes people across the country deserve better.

             

You can give Ashton your feedback on the budget by completing the survey on her Facebook page or online at www.nikiashton.ndp.ca  and click on survey.

 

They May Be Out of School but They Can Keep Busy.

With spring break next week a lot of morning and afternoon classes are taking place for kids at the Norva Centre.  On Monday morning they have Tissue Paper Stained Glass for ages 5 and up and the afternoon Anime and Cartoons for ages 10 and up, Tuesday morning 3D Drawing for ages 6 to 9  and the afternoon for ages 10 and up, Wednesday morning Cardboard Sculpture for 8 and up and the afternoon Art For Pre-Schoolers for parents and tots, Thursday morning Clay Pendants for 6 and up and the afternoon Master Painter Abstract for 10 and up  and Friday morning Vegetable Printing for 5 to 9 and the afternoon Master Painter Represent for 10 and up.  All classes are 25 dollars except the two Master Painters which are 30.

             

For more information and registration see their poster online at www.norvacentre.com, drop in at 177 Green Street or call 204-687-4237.

Planting Issues Were Dealt With by Flin Flon City Council.

At their meeting Tuesday night Council received a letter from grade nine Hapnot student Abby Agpalza.  She explained she is working on a school project that helps increase the bee population.  She asked if she could plant sunflower seeds in several locations in the city for her project in late April or early May. She suggested around the Flinty sub, the Flinty statue museum yard, the garden by the zoo and Rotary Park. The letter was referred to the city administration.

             

Still with plants Council approved the annual appointment of Mary Wright as Municipal Weed Inspector for Flin Flon to assist in the administration of the Noxious Weed Act on a contract basis.  This position is required under provincial legislation.

             

And Council received the Fire Chiefs report for February indicating ten incidents during the month.

Deserved Success is Not Always Easy to Come by.

The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the Toronto International Film Festival film Colette tonight.  The group’s Tom Heine says it’s a story about a well regarded author named Colette who moved to Paris with her boy friend and he convinced her to ghost write a semi-autographical novel about kind of a brazen country girl and it was a best seller.  He says Colette realizes that she’s not been getting full credit for her efforts and of course she is a little grumpy about the whole affair but in a real way she was a ground breaker for the women’s movement even though she never viewed herself as such.

             

Colette will be shown tonight at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Because this is a Toronto International Film Festival film admission will be ten dollars.

 

Local Artists Will be Featured Along Main Street.

The Main Street Revitalization Committee is planning an art gallery along Main Street.  At the Flin Flon City Council meeting Tuesday night Councilor Colleen McKee explained they are promoting our local artists in the community by hanging banners with digital photographs of there are work so it doesn’t exclude anyone so if you have a piece of pottery you can also enter. She said the deadline for submissions is April 19th and there’s going to be a committee put together to choose the pieces of work and this is part of the branding initiative Flin Flon The Water and The Wild so they’re asking artists to submit their work and they want to hang them on banners down Main Street in place of the old Trout Festival banners and other banners that have hung there previously.

             

Artists interested in having their work displayed can email flinflonmainstreetgallery@gmail.com to enter up to four pieces of their art at no cost with the deadline April 19th.  The banners will be hung there for two seasons and then will be replaced by a new set of banners.

 

Should a One Percent Drop in the PST be a Government Priority?

That question was highlighted by Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey in the Manitoba Legislature this week.  He says everything this government has done so far has negatively affected people and they will remember whenever the next election is called.  He pointed out people will know what this government has done, people will know that they lived up to one promise at the expense of every other promise they made and people will know that in order to cut that one percent they abandoned the people of this province, they don’t care about people and people will remember that and he’ll make sure when he’s knocking on doors he’ll tell people that they don’t care about you.

             

Lindsey adds this government has to start to focus on people ahead of money.

Its Important for the City to be Represented at Conferences.

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council approved the attendance of Councilor Colleen Arnold at the Northern Urban Reserves, Municipalities and Economic Development Forum in Thompson April 9th and 10th co-sponsored by Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and Look North.  The forum will focus on building respectful relationships and partnering between Indigenous Communities and Municipalities in northern Manitoba through networking and the sharing of data and information, success stories, best practices and lessons learned.  The Look North Indigenous Economy Report will also be launched at the forum and it will feature a presentation by Rural Development Institute that highlights the Indigenous contribution in northern Manitoba.  The forum will also be attended by the Regional Economic Development Officer and Community Futures Greenstone.

             

Councilor Colleen McKee noted it is important for members of Council to go out and make their presence felt at these types of events and then come back with the information they gathered to help improve our community.

             

 

Dialysis Screening has Expanded in Thompson.

Before coming to Flin Flon to tour the new Emergency Room at Flin Flon General Hospital Tuesday Premier Brian Pallister and Health Minister Cameron Friesen were in Thompson.  They announced the expansion of dialysis services in six communities including Thompson in the Northern Health Region. In Flin Flon Friesen explained dialysis in Thompson will expand to accommodate an additional six patients and that means more nursing jobs, it means more people can stay at home and that’s an important point.  He says there was previously people going to Winnipeg leaving their communities in order to receive this life giving service and there will be more people as a result of this investment able to get that care at home in this facility at Thompson Hospital.

             

Friesen says about 14 percent of Manitobans live with kidney disease and about one third will develop kidney failure in their lifetime.

You Can Hear a Guest Author Speak on Wellness, Resilience and Recovery.

Nationally renowned motivational speaker and bestselling author Allan Kehler of Saskatoon will be at the Creighton Community Hall tomorrow evening.  At this free event Kehler will speak on addiction, trauma and wellness as well as what he learned from persevering through his own addictions. He says he thinks at the end of the day everybody kind of finds their own way, there’s no one size fits all method for any kind of recovery or wellness yet.  He notes if there’s a couple of themes one is we are definitely born to fight and the other is that nobody wants to lead a life of pain as we want to be free from it but the problem is when we lack the tools we grab at straws and so you can just see desperation but you can see this common theme that people want to fight for a better life.

             

Kehler says he got rid of his victim mentality and asked for help from a lot of support groups.

             

The free presentation takes place tomorrow evening at six in the Creighton Community Hall with book signings, coffee, tea and dainties. Kehler says the presentation will be of interest to those wondering about their addictions, those supporting people with addictions and others who are interested.

Our New Emergency Department Will Open April 1st.

 

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister toured Flin Flon General Hospital’s new 27.1 million dollars emergency department yesterday.  He says their goal is to help people access better health care sooner adding people were tired of waiting or tired of being in an environment that wasn’t conducive to them getting the care sooner and now they’ll get that care and it’s also a better environment for people who work in the system too as it’s a lot more spacious, a lot more friendly and a lot more likely to introduce healing and recovery for the patients who use it.

             

Health Region CEO Helga Bryant had praise for the planning and commitment of staff, their patient advisory group and the community who raised 2.4 million dollars through the Northern Health Foundation.  Health Minister Cameron Friesen added it will put the hospital in a strong position to attract and retain health care providers. The new facility includes four stretcher bays, two treatment rooms, a procedure room, a trauma room, a family consult room, an isolation room, an intravenous therapy room, a more efficient waiting room and a decontamination unit.

 

It Was A Successful Afternoon on the Ice.

The annual Frontier Collegiate Recreation and Junior Council Fishing Derby was held on Neso Lake on number ten highway Sunday afternoon.  The Collegiate’s Shannon Burrows reports first place of one thousand dollars went to Deven Stener of Flin Flon with a 43 and a half inch northern pike, second with 500 dollars to Ida Kozar of Big Island Lake with a 28 and a half inch northern pike and third a gas ice auger to Martin Oulette of Cranberry Portage with at 26 and a half inch northern pike with the 50-50 draw for 345 dollars going to Bev Spence.

             

Burrows said 121 tickets were sold with the money raised going to the May long weekend camping trip for students at the Collegiate.

 

Parents Can Learn More About Talking About Cannabis.

Drug Free Kids Canada has launched a new campaign called “Practice Kids” to educate parents and help them navigate the cannabis talk with their teens. The campaign provides many tools, including Facebook Live sessions which give parents an opportunity to learn and practice the cannabis conversation before they have it with their own teen. The first of five Facebook Live sessions is scheduled for this evening at 6 and will give parents across Canada the opportunity to have a live one-on-one “practice” conversation with a teenager about the safe use of cannabis. Research shows that one of the main reason kids stay away from drugs is to not disappoint their parents. This means that when parents have a conversation with their kids they often delay trying cannabis until later in life and in some cases, not at all.  Parents can participate in any one of the five Facebook Live sessions happening once a month from now until July. More information on the sessions, including dates, times and how to sign up, as well as many other cannabis related resources, are available on www.practicekids.ca.

 

Students Expressed Their Concerns for the Future of Our Community.

A group of student from Many Faces Education Center joined Global Action For Youth on Friday. Teacher Daniel Dillon noted instead of a protest they walked to City Hall for a discussion with Mayor Cal Huntley.

             

In response to several questions Mayor Huntley explained Council is well aware of climate change and it’s in the background of many decisions they make but things have to be done with consideration for city taxpayers.  To other questions he noted the city doesn’t have a bylaw against idling vehicles, the Recycling Center recycles plastic with Council taking another look at the plastic bag ban issue, on forest fires there are discussions on a fire guard around the community and the city has an emergency plan, regarding the cleanup of Ross Lake the water going in and out is fine but to clean up the lake would require dredging the lake bottom but there plans for the area, there are still answers needed on the effect of Hudbay’s future plans, ideas are being developed for Main Street and students with ideas or an interest in volunteering can contact the city.

             

MLA Tom Lindsey sent a note congratulating the students on their interest in climate change and their future, noting students will be invited to a Climate Solutions Workshop coming up soon and Mayor Huntley asked them to take part in the Strategic Plan Survey looking at the future of the community for the next four years.

 

Hudbay Has Expanded Its Holdings in Arizona.

Hudbay has reached an agreement with United Copper and Moly to purchase their 7.95 percent interest in the Rosemont Project in Arizona and to terminate all of UCM’s remaining earn-in and off-take rights for upfront cash consideration of 45 million dollars plus three annual installments of 10 million per year starting on July 1st, 2022.  Hudbay has agreed to release UCM from any and all obligations in relation to the Rosemont Project including project loans representing its proportionate share to joint venture expenditures incurred beyond its initial earn-in investment.  UCM is jointly owned by Korea Resources Corporation and LG International Corporation.

             

Hudbay intends to evaluate a variety of options including the addition of a new committed joint venture partner for the development of Rosemont.  They expect to carry out this process in parallel with advancing the initial development of the Project with the objective to ultimately hold an approximate 70 percent interest in the project and maintain operatorship.

An Information Session on Your Role in Caregiving is Coming Up Tomorrow.

The Primary Health Care Center is hosting a telehealth session tomorrow evening presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.  Their Program Director Norma Kirkby says this session will deal with the stress and guilt of caregiving for someone with a chronic illness.  She explains the presenter Ruth Thomson will talk about how to assess ones situation to look at ways you can reduce your stress by being practical and having realistic expectations of yourself and by using community supports in order that you are not doing all the care on your own.  Kirkby added she will be encouraging people to forgive themselves for times that they don’t measure up to what they hoped they could do.

             

The session will be held at the Primary Health Care Centre from 6:30 to 8 tomorrow evening.  To register online go to www.alzheimer.mb.ca, email alzmb@alzheimer.mb.ca or call 1-800-378-6699.

Students Presented the History of Their Favorite Topics.

The fifth annual Flin Flon School Division Heritage Fair was held at McIsaac School yesterday.  One of the organizers Susanne Westhaver says they had one hundred students from both Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools exhibit projects.  She says they had sixty-six entries this year and the top three in random order are Ava Williams and Sara Mansell with the One Room School House, Addie Neill with her project on My Great Grandfather Love and Hardship in the Second World War and Cassidy Alexander and Nikki Keramydas with the History of Auto Recycling.

             

The top sixteen students with their eleven projects will be taking part in the Red River Heritage Fair being held in Winnipeg on May 2nd.  Students from both schools also took part in a series of mini courses throughout the day.

 

A Northern Camp Continues to Support Children.

At their meeting Wednesday night Flin Flon Lions Club Vice-President Andy Wasylciw presented Simon House Bible Camp with a cheque for five thousand dollars for Camp upgrades.  Camp Director Darrell Janzen told the Club they get 350 to 400 campers per summer at their Camp in Grass River Provincial Park with more than half from Flin Flon and the rest from numerous communities across the north.  He explained they are a Bible Camp so some people kind of assume they are a club for Christian kids but they get about 89 percent of their kids coming from homes that have nothing to do with going to church and they come and have some great experiences learning things like team building, working with some of their peers and one of the things he’s seen is they have kids that come from all kinds of backgrounds, all kinds of abilities, all kinds of whatever and they’re able to work together to accomplish what they need to do.

             

Janzen added they keep their fees low but have the Sunshine Fund for those who cannot afford camp.  He noted they have a lot of water activities, archery, climbing, drama, games and time for kids to sit and talk with their Camp workers.  He says they need a new climbing wall, another cabin and ongoing maintenance.

A New Ballet Experience is Coming to Flin Flon Next Week.

The Flin Flon Arts Council is presenting the ballet Coppelia A Comedy with Love March 23rd.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it’s a performance everyone should see. She says they are super excited about having a co-production with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen which is one of the top Canadian ballet companies along with the Hong Kong Ballet as well so we’re so fortunate.  She adds they’re touring across Canada and it took them a year to be able to come to Flin Flon and it’s going to be a full ballet with the sets and the costumes and the music so it’s the first time in Flin Flon to be able to have that.

             

Coppelia will be performed Saturday March 23rd at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

 

Learning Strategies Were Highlighted at the Flin Flon School Board Meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent Constance McLeese updated the most recent Professional Development meeting held on March 6th where Assistant Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne led the leadership academy on special education.  McLeese also updated the Learning Sprint School Improvement Pilot which is currently taking place at Ruth Betts and the Division hopes to have it implemented at Hapnot next year.  The Reading Apprenticeship Team will be in Winnipeg from March 18th to 20th to work on reading strategies.

             

In her report Board Chair Amy Sapergia-Green congratulated Beatrice Walker for her nomination for President of the Manitoba Teachers Society noting this is the first time a person from Flin Flon has been nominated.

You Can Enjoy the Music of Disney Sunday.

The Creighton Community School choir is holding a musical fundraiser Sunday evening.  Music Director Vanessa Unrau says the choir kids are putting together a show with some newer Disney tunes and some classic favorites in the Karaoke style and it’s going to be a family fun show. She adds they’re fundraising for their music program and right now their focus is on purchasing instruments for their last incoming class to bring them up to their six to twelve full capacity program.

             

The show takes place Sunday evening at six at Johnny’s Social Club on Green Street with tickets available at the door for 15 dollars for adults and students and children between one and five for five dollars.

 

A Group of Children Will Demonstrate What They Have Learned About Theatre.

The Flin Flon Arts Council offered a theatre program for children 8 to 14 years old over the past three months.  Organizer Susan Gunn says Monday night the children will demonstrate what they have learned with the Doctor Seuss story Fox in Socks. She explains it’s been a really neat group of kids they have, it was a smaller group this year but they’re all very enthusiastic so they’re very excited to present this.  She adds everybody has worked very hard on this not just on the stage but the same things they touch upon in all their classes so the kids have been showcasing the things they have learned about costuming, prop and set building and everybody has taken a turn at directing, mime and impromptu and the kids always seem to love absurdism so that’s kind of where the Dr. Seuss came out of.

             

Gunn says the children have invited friends and members of the family to attend the performance Monday at 7:30 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre. She notes the program will run again next year through the Arts Council and with some financial support they have received from the Rotary Club.

 

 

 

The North Has a Lot to Offer Snowmobilers.

A Northern Manitoba Snowmobile Tourism Strategy was developed at a well attended summit in Snow Lake in November. Laura Finlay with Community Futures North Central Development told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday it is designed to aggressively pursue the goal of making the north a premier snowmobiling destination.  She explained snowmobiling is huge and a lot of people up here have taken it for granted as they’ve got these trails that they can go on these lakes but for people coming from Winnipeg or even further south what we have is a dream come true and it’s amazing and we can really grow our economy with businesses and not just the tourism business but the economy in general because snowmobiling is a huge industry in Manitoba, Canada and the United States.

             

Travel Manitoba’s Al McLauchlan says they have set priorities that include having tourism infrastructure such as trails in place connecting the north, attractions and events for snowmobilers, tourism and hospitality services available and move forward with marketing and promotion assisted by Tourism Manitoba.  He adds the next step is to hire a Northern Coordinator by this summer and set up committees to develop their priorities.

The 23rd Century Hits the Screen Friday.

The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the film Logan’s Run Friday night.  The group’s Colin Davis says it’ll be a fun evening.  He explains Logan’s Run is a great cult favorite from the 1970s starring Michael York and yes it is dated and people get a smile from the cheesy special effects but it’s a cult favorite because it’s a great story and a lot of fun.

             

Logan’s Run will be shown Friday night starting later than their usual time with the doors opening at 7:30 and the movie at 8 in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre and admission is free.

Your Children Can Help Name Future Police Dogs.

The RCMP are inviting young people across the country to help name thirteen German Shepherd puppies born at the Police Dog Service Training Center.  Inspector Bill Long says the rules are simple.  He points out names must being with the letter M, they must have no more than nine letters, they must be one or two syllables, contestants must live in Canada and be 14 years old or younger, only one entry per child will be eligible and entries must be received by March 26th.

             

The thirteen children whose puppy names are selected will each receive a laminated 8 by 10 inch photo of the puppy they named, a plush dog called Justice and an official RCMP baseball cap.  For information on how to enter by mail or online go to your favorite search engine and type in Name the Puppy Contest 2019.

Flin Flon RCMP Responded to a Vehicle Pedestrian Accident.

At 9:45 last night the Flin Flon RCMP received a report of a vehicle pedestrian collision on highway ten approximately a kilometer south of the city. The investigation has determined that a pickup truck driven by a 59 year old man from Schist Lake was travelling south when it struck a 35 year old man from Sherridon who was lying on the highway.  The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and immediately flagged down another motorist for assistance in contacting 911.

             

The pedestrian was transported to hospital in critical condition and later flown to Winnipeg and has been upgraded to stable condition.  Flin Flon RCMP and an RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist continue to investigate.

 

Students Will Share Their Knowledge of History.

The 5th annual Flin Flon School Division Heritage Fair is taking place Thursday at McIsaac School. One of the organizers Susanne Westhaver says students from Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools develop projects on something that interests them about Manitoba history. She explains they have about100 students from both Ruth Betts Community School and McIsaac School with 66 projects that are registered so the kids get a day to celebrate Manitoba heritage noting they worked very hard on their projects.  She says the day is split into four sessions in one of which they will be presenting a project to the judges and the other three they will be having the opportunity to do different mini courses in areas of interest to them.

            

 Westhaver adds public viewing on Thursday will be from 4 to 5:15 and the awards will be presented at 5:15.

             

The top 10 to 14 local projects go on to the Red River Heritage Fair held in Winnipeg on May 2nd.

 

Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage is Looking for Your Support During Their Annual Fishing Derby.

The 10th annual FCI Recreation and Junior Council Fishing Derby is being held Sunday afternoon on Neso Lake.  One of the organizers Shannon Burrows says they have a good line up of prizes.  She says to enter the derby is 25 dollars per hole with a maximum of two holes and first prize this year is one thousand dollars, second prize is 500 dollars and third prize is a gas powered ice auger.

             

Burrows adds they are raising funds for their May long weekend camping trip for their students at the Collegiate. The derby runs from 1 to 3 Sunday afternoon on Neso Lake on number ten highway just before the Sherridon turnoff with food and beverage available on site.

 

More Than One Million Dollars is Available for Youth Programs.

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is accepting applications for 2019 grants.  More than 1.15 million dollars is available for charities, school programs and groups that serve the needs of young people.  The grants help fund literacy and language programs, youth outreach services, gender and sexual diversity programs, arts and recreation projects, special education programs, childhood health programs, anti-bullying initiatives, mentoring programs and many more.

             

Applications are available until April 5th with information at the Foundations website canadapost.ca/community.

             

Funds for the grants come from fund raising by Canada Post employees, sale of a dedicated Foundation stamp and voluntary payroll contributions by employees.

 

The Manitoba Budget Does Not Benefit the North.

That’s according to Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey who says he sees nothing in the budget for the north.  He says health care funding has been cut not just in the north but when they cut 120 million dollars out of the budget it’s going to have a negative effect on the north.  He noted we haven’t seen anything for a jobs strategy, we haven’t seen them talking anything about stimulating the mining economy and the northern economy so he doesn’t see where there’s really any good news in this budget for us in the north.

             

 Lindsey adds the one percent drop in the PST is nice but what are we giving up.  He says it will result in a loss in services such as spending on roads and health care with problems attracting doctors to the north and reduced services at Winnipeg emergency rooms where northerners are sent for treatment as well as a change in the education tax credit on our property taxes.

 

Far Resources has Obtained Marketing Assistance.

Far Resources continues to move forward with its Lithium Project near Snow Lake.  They have announced they will be assisted by technology and consulting firm BattMatt Technologies to create an advanced strategy for marketing their lithium resources, identifying new technology driven trends in battery materials and identifying potential partners and resource acquisition for battery metals and related technologies. 

Their President Toby Mayo says all forecasts point towards a huge surge in demand for batteries and their raw materials and this agreement will bring unique insight into how to tap that growth.

            

Far Resources had recently announced it completed the fifth diamond drill campaign at their Zoro Lithium Project with Mayo reporting at least a third of the property is now known to host mineralized dykes and the property to the west and south of Dyke One remains entirely unexplored.

 

A Special Collection of Local Area Art is on Display at the Norva Centre.

The Northern Nine Collection is a display at Norva by nine northern artists. One of the artists Karen Clark says it’s the result of a mentorship with Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft with the group committing to a creative art exhibition this year.  She says it continues to develop with curator and writer Amy Karlinsky working with them on writing about their art work and its development.  She explains at this point they’re just putting up at Norva works of theirs that they expect to include in the blue Show which is the name of the exhibit and then works that are maybes that might be included after they as a group have worked with Amy to put together their best ideas and their connected thoughts about their work.

             

Clark adds the exhibit will continue to be displayed this month at Norva with the official opening for the final works and related documentation in April.

 

RCMP Have Seized Alcohol From Two Vehicles Near Deschambault Lake.

Around 7:15 Tuesday night the Deschambault Lake RCMP located a vehicle occupied by two women on highway 911 just south of Deschambault Lake village.  Members found seventeen 66 ounce bottles of whiskey, two 40 ounce bottles of vodka, a 26 ounce bottle of Sour Puss and a four pack of Smirnoff Ice hidden in the vehicle.  The alcohol was suspected for resale in the community.

             

A short time later a second vehicle was stopped and they found two women passengers were carrying four 66 ounce bottles of whiskey and a 26 ounce bottle of vodka.  The four were charged with unlawful keeping under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act and are to appear in court April 3rd.  The RCMP note the estimated street value of the alcohol if re-sold in Deschambault Lake would have been well over 3 thousand dollars adding the seizure of illegal alcohol could not have been made possible without the co-operation of citizens that are concerned with the welfare of their community.

 

Your Input is Still Needed as the City Plans For The Future.

The City of Flin Flon is developing a 2019 to 2022 Strategic Plan and would like to know what you would like to see happen over the next four years.  They are holding their second come and go public forum Monday afternoon which will entail a variety of information gathering booths that will provide you with lots of opportunities to share your thoughts concerning the city and the next four years.  Some areas that will be focused on include what do you love about your community and what do you want to see changed.

             

The public forum is a come and go event running from 3 to 7 Monday afternoon at Flin Flon City Hall.

             

Another planning session is set for Thursday evening at 6:30 at City Hall to receive input through discussions on similar topics from Not For Profits and Service Groups in the community. Those attending are asked to RSVP by noon Tuesday with names of two people from your group who will be attending by email to eve.creighton@sasktel.net.

Goals Have Been Set for Flin Flon City Council Committees.

Late last year Mayor Cal Huntley reduced the number of committees for City Council to three with the idea of being more efficient in achieving their goals.  At Tuesday night’s meeting he reported they have now set the priority goals for 2019 to 2022 for the committees.  The priority for the Engineering Committee is public safety with the second high speed internet which Council has been lobbying for.  For the Finance Committee the priority is Flin Flon Community Seniors Housing which has been a long time goal to help keep seniors in our community as they continue to lobby the provincial government and the second is personnel through workplace satisfaction and customer service.  And for Social and Community Services the priority is the Aqua Centre facility with Mayor Huntley thanking the Community Committee for their ongoing work at fund raising for an upgrade to the facility and the second priority is accessibility needs in the community.

 

 

An Investigation Has Been Completed into an Accident Near Cranberry Portage.

The Independent Investigation Unit has concluded its investigation into injuries sustained by a 19 year old woman following brief contact with an RCMP officer on a highway near Cranberry Portage.  It has concluded that no charges should be laid against the officer.

             

They report in the early morning of last July 22nd an officer noted a vehicle had been idling for some time at a junction in the road.  When he pulled alongside, the vehicle took off north on Highway 10 and he found it a short distance later in a water filled ditch.  The woman was found unconscious and was taken to Flin Flon hospital and later to Winnipeg.

             

At the conclusion of the IIU investigation the civilian director determined there was no evidence the officer contributed in any way to the woman driving into the ditch or the injuries she sustained.

            

The woman still faces outstanding charges related to this incident.

Its Festival Time in Snow Lake.

The annual Snow Lake Winter Festival runs tomorrow through Sunday.  One of the organizers Kim Stephen says as this is their 30th they have two new events the Pet Promenade and the CUPE relay race for teams of two people 16 and under and two over 17.  She says they have their usual events with the Bubble Man coming for entertainment Saturday at 6 o’clock and they’re having their supper with the doors open at 4:30 and supper is chicken and meatballs with all the fixings to go with it.  They also have the bannock baking contest that they’ve opened up to the whole community so they can come and enter and bring it in for 3 o’clock, the footless walking derby, the ice worm contest, Freezie hung, pancake breakfast and scavenger hunt.

             

The supper is on Saturday night and the pancake breakfast Sunday morning. Stephen adds they need people in the community and from outside to come and support them so they can continue to run the Festival. For information on events call 204-358-9743.

 

Youth Protection is the Theme of an Upcoming Presentation.

The Flin Flon and Area Against Sexual Exploitation Committee is holding a presentation on Protecting Youth From Sexual Exploitation Tuesday afternoon.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre says it is ideal for parents, foster parents, guardians, professionals and anyone interested.  She explains during the presentation they’re going to cover such topics as what is consent and consent laws, sexual exploitation and what we can do to protect youth, grooming and love bombing, they’re also going to go over internet safety including talking about sexting, photos and online exploitation and how to stop the spread of sexual photos or videos, as well as a lot of great resources that they’re going to be sharing and they’re also going to share information on what local youth have told them about what sexual exploitation looks like in our community.

             

The presentation takes place Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Eagle Rose Healing Lodge at 104 Tweedsmuir Street.

 

A Hudbay Mine in Arizona Has Moved a Step Forward.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will issue a permit authorizing construction of a $2 billion copper mine in southern Arizona by a Canadian Company.

The Tohono O'odham, Pascua Yaqui and Hopi tribes oppose the project over concerns it would damage ancestral homelands.

An attorney for the tribes has requested further consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before construction starts.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the Army Corps said Monday it will approve the Rosemont Mine southeast of Tucson.

Hudbay Minerals Inc. of Toronto is expected to build the mine and employ more than 400 people.

Construction has been delayed by a Clean Water Act permit from the EPA that would allow dredging and filling on the property.  The agency says it is dropping further review.

Foran is Looking to a Positive Future.

In a message to shareholders Foran Mining Corporation President and CEO Patrick Soares says they are looking at many options at the McIlvenna Bay Project 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon in a difficult metals market.  He explains the very fact that they’ve got significant amounts of copper in the project is important because they believe that copper is going to be the outstanding metal in our 21st century because the push for electric vehicles is on and it means more lines of copper around every electric motor, it means upgrading all electric grids around the world, everyone of those demands copper and there are just not enough copper mines coming into production.

             

Soares adds the McIlvenna Bay deposit is zinc and copper and is really what the world needs in the future.

Suggestions on the Future of the Zinc Plant Came up at the Flin Flon City Council Meeting.

Council heard from resident Skip Martin on Hudbay plans to close the zinc plant in three years.  He says he feels Council is accepting this as a done deal instead of looking at other options to keep it operating.  He said now is the time to question Hudbay’s decision while the expertise is still here.  Among Martin’s suggestion were all zinc mined in Manitoba be refined here, another company or employees operate the plant with Lalor supplying ore, zinc concentrate be imported through the Port of Churchill and suggesting the City form a task force to look at any ideas people may have.

             

Mayor Cal Huntley replied they have already put together a Regional Economic Development Committee from our three communities, they have been putting pressure on the provincial government to give incentives for junior mining companies to get back to exploring, they are looking at outside businesses to come in and diversify our economy and some may come to fruition as early as next year and have been meeting with Hudbay to discuss options such as McIlvenna Bay, their new discovery near Snow Lake and purchased concentrate as to keep operating you need feed. He invited anyone with other ideas to come in and share them.

The New Rail Line Owners Have Elected their Officers.

Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership represents First Nations and Communities in Northern Manitoba.  It has a share in ownership of Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership which in turn owns Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill having acquired those businesses from OmniTrax at the end of last August.

             

The Missinippi Rail General Partner Board held their inaugural meeting last week and elected their officers.  Co-Chairs and Co-Presidents are Churchill Mayor Mike Spence and Onekanew Sinclair of Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Vice-President Councilor Shirley Castel from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, Secretary Chief Glenn Hudson of Peguis First Nation and Treasurer Flin Flon Mayor Cal Huntley.

             

 Sinclair says they have shown that an entire region can unite to accept the economic opportunity and challenge to turn the Hudson Bay Rail Line and the Port of Churchill into a corridor of prosperity for Northern Canada.

 

Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton Has Called on the Prime Minister to Move Forward on Indigenous Land Rights.

Ashton noted First Nations Leaders from Manitoba were in Ottawa last week calling on the government to advance Treaty Land Entitlements.  She says they tried to meet with the new Minister of Indigenous Affairs adding when he was appointed he said he had lots to learn and yet he couldn’t bother to walk two blocks to meet with leaders who want to help him understand his historic obligations.  She says this is failing the test so will the Prime Minister direct his Minister to do his home work and will this government stop disrespecting First Nations rights to the land.

             

Avoiding land entitlement the Prime Minister replied he is proud of the work the Minister is doing and noted it was this government who partnered with Indigenous communities to restore rail service to Churchill by giving them ownership to make sure they are empowered in the future of northern Manitoba.

 

Local Actors Hit the Stage This Weekend.

The Ham Sandwich Theatre Group is presenting their spring production Friday and Saturday nights. Director Tom Heine says they will be performing the play 1984.  He explains George Orwell gave us a warning about what a totalitarian state could evolved into with a good example being Russia under Stalin when he devised his fear ridden totalitarian state.  He says we’ve gone in another direction and we’ve embraced capitalism but again there’s a lot of what capitalism involves that was basically given in Orwell’s book and we are living in that world right now and this should be a continued warning for us.

             

Heine adds 1984 is an adult level play and will be performed Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall. Tickets are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street at 20 dollars for adults and 10 for students.

 

Training for Non Profit Board Members is Available This Weekend.

The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is hosting three Community Board Training Workshops for local community groups Friday and Saturday. The Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie explains these are for people who are involved in community organizations like sitting on Boards of groups and may be interested in knowing what they need to do to be a good Board member.  He says they’ve got one session on the Roles and Responsibilities of a Non-profit Board, their second session is on Managing Meetings and the third session is on Strategic planning for Non-profit Boards and these are all being taught by Tracy Douglass who is a specialist in this field and they are bringing her up from the Volunteer Manitoba office in Winnipeg.

             

The workshops are open to everyone running Friday from 7 to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 in City Council Chambers.  Pre-registration is recommended at 204-687-6972 at 20 dollars per session or 50 dollars for all three.

 

It Was a Fun Festival Weekend.

The annual Bust the Winter Blues Festival resulted in a busy weekend.  The Kinettes Trivia Night Friday was won by the Unlike Jon Smith We Know Something team made up of Leslie and Eric Fernandes, Mark Wendlandt, Jennifer Joa, Jon Davis and Cheryl Feszczyn with 40 out of 60 points receiving 300 dollars.

             

Saturday started off with a pancake breakfast with the Rotary Club, a full hall Craft Sale, a hot dog and marshmallow roast, games and horse sleigh rides at the Rotary Wheel, fireworks and a packed hall for the Family Dance Saturday night.  The afternoon Border Explorer’s Poker Derby was won by Sinclair James receiving 750 dollars, followed by Nicole Bychkowsky 500, Joe Laroffe 250, Ann and Bob Penner 250 and lowest hand Rick Toffan 75 dollars.

             

The Festival wrapped up with Snow Drag Races, Spades and Cribbage on Sunday.

 

   

The Housing Crisis Continues on First Nations.

Member of Parliament for Churchill Keewatinook Aski Niki Ashton again raised the housing crisis on First Nations in our region during Question Period.  She noted the mould in 85 percent of homes but said it doesn’t end there.  She says many homes don’t have access to clean water and sewer like Garden Hill First Nation where many people do not have clean running water because their houses are not hooked up but they’ve been unable to get funding because they’re not on a boil water advisory list because they don’t even have the water to boil.  She adds the housing crisis is making people sick and whenever she goes in our north what she hears when it comes to housing and sewer and water is there are longer and longer waiting list and the problems are getting worse.

             

Ashton says the government has been in power for three years and many more before that and it’s time to end the talk and act to end the housing crisis as soon as the upcoming budget.

 

More Attention Needs to be Paid to the North.

While in Flin Flon and Creighton recently Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili noted the north is not getting the return it deserves on its resources.  He says the amount of wealth that comes out of the north and the operative term there is out of is enormous and it’s a great contributor to the economies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and yet in northern Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba you have such high levels of poverty, such a shortage of resources in health care and education and other key areas and you wind up with the reality of health troubles and that to him is something a responsible government would be working to correct.

             

Meili adds in spite of the north’s contribution to the economy it sees little return from the government.

You Can Shop at St. Anns Church Hall Tomorrow.

As part of the Bust the Winter Blues Festival a craft sale is being held tomorrow.  Organizer Rikki Petersen says they have a full house this year with everything from Scentsy, Avon, Young Living, they have a lady coming to town with her jams and she calls herself Wild Things Jams and Jellies, leggings, kid’s books, Juice Plus, homemade jewelry, homemade link comforters, homemade soap, homemade kids clothing, they have Saskapaca coming back, all sorts of crafts, homemade essential oils, all sorts of things coming to the show this year.

             

The sale runs from 10 to 4 tomorrow at St. Ann’s Church Hall on Centre Street.

 

An Annual Family Ski Event is Coming Up On Sunday.

The Flin Flon Ski Club is holding their 44th annual Val and Ivor Hedman Centaloppet Sunday afternoon.  The Club’s Dave Price says it’s a community event for all ages. He explains this is a big family event that happens once a year and this is the 44th annual and they sometimes get as many as a hundred skiers or more out there.  He says it’s a 3.4 kilometer very easy ski with no challenging hills or anything like that noting there’s no entry fee, tons of prizes and everybody is welcome for this fun event.

             

Price adds they’ve had skiers taking part ranging in age from six to those in their 70’s and every skier has a chance to win the Centaloppet Cup.  Registration takes place at the Ski Chalet between 1 and 1:30 with the event starting at 2.

 

The Library Will Be Open Tomorrow.

The Flin Flon Public Library is launching Saturday hours tomorrow.  Administrator Courtney Campbell explains the idea is that they can get some of those people who don’t have time during the week to come to the Library.  She says they can bring their kids or come themselves and just spend a couple of hours not rushing after work to try and get there and so they’re changing their hours a little bit and they’re going to be closed on Mondays to accommodate this and they’re going to be open Friday until 6 and then they’re open Saturday from 1 to 5 pm.

             

Campbell adds the Saturday opening which runs through March and April is a community driven trial run with the results used to plan future hours at the Library.

 

There are Several Events to Help You Celebrate Womens Week.

The Women’s Resource Center invites you to celebrate Women’s Week next week. They have four free events planned during the week starting on Sunday with a Norva Arts Experience.  You’re invited to drop in to the Norva Centre from 2 to 4 Sunday to try out print making origami and crocheting and learn about art opportunities in our community. Registration is required at 204-687-4237.  Also on Sunday evening at 7 they have the Cabaret Monologues at Johnny’s Social Club that we told you about earlier this week with monologues from playwrights across Canada.

             

On Thursday from 5 to 7 at the Eagle Rose Healing Lodge at 104 Tweedsmuir you can take part in a Traditional Round Dance that brings all groups of people together.  And on Friday at 7:30 you can enjoy a line up of local performers at a Musical Evening at 183 Murton Boulevard. 

             

All events are free and refreshments and snacks will be served.  For information call the Women’s Resource Center at 204-681-3105.

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