Local News Archives for 2019-06

Their Past Accomplishments Have Prepared Them for the Future.

Diplomas were presented to 46 graduates of Hapnot Collegiate last night along with 63 bursaries, awards and scholarships.

             

The largest award the Hudbay W.A. Green Bursary for highest average for 35 hundred dollars a year for up to four years was presented to Suzanne Nelson who also received the Governor General Medal for highest academic standing.  The Sparling Trophy for the student who contributes the most to school life while still maintaining a good academic standing went to Andrew Richard who was also Valedictorian.

             

Richard thanked parents, teachers and fellow grads noting what they have accomplished together but they’ve done it they’ve graduated high school.

             

Guest speaker Father Paul Bringleson left the grads with three points honestly accept the person you are as you are, question absolutely everything from everyone all the time and remember people have the freedom to disagree with you and live your life for someone other than yourself as others have struggled to help you to where you are today.

 

Valedictorian Andrew Richard

 

Father Paul Bringleson

 

 

 

 

  • Missing from the Grad convocation was the mention of the Grade 12 Honour and Distinction awards. We are very sorry for this omission as our Grads worked hard and should have been recognized for their achievement. The Grade 12 average ranged from 98.3 to 79.8, following are students that achieved these honours.

Torin Abrahamson- Applied Math

Briah Atkinson-Chemistry, Biology,Pre-calculus math

Zander Brown- Essential Math

Eve Cooper- Physics, English

Hali Johnson

Anna Krassilowsky

Carson Lee

Jewel Lewis-Tremblay

Megan McIntosh- Essentials Math

Suzanne Nelson-Francais, Chemistry, Physics,Biology. Pre-calculus math

Andy Richard- Biology

Adeena Sajid- Chemistry, Physics, Pre-calculus math, English

Mason Tower-Applied math

Tyler Wiens

 

Distinction Only

 

Elizabeth MacDonald - English

Evan Hooper  - Essentials Math

Grants Are Available to Community Groups.

The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation is accepting applications for grants to support projects by local community groups that benefit Flin Flon.  The Corporation’s Laurence Gillespie says grants are available up to five thousand dollars.  He explains in the past they’ve funded all kinds of events and improvements or equipment for different organizations to help them perform their functions in the community so they’d like to reach a wider cross-section of community groups in town so to do that they’d love to hear from people who are interested in applying.  He adds they do hope to commit their funds in the next couple of weeks so time will be of the essence if people are interested.

             

Applications are available by visiting the FFNRC office above Pharmasave on Main Street, call them at 204-687-6972 or email ffnrc@mymts.net.

 

 

You Can Celebrate Canada Day at Denare Beach.

The Northern Village of Denare Beach invites you to join them for Canada Day celebrations Monday evening.  Recreation Director Mel Durette says they have a full evening planned starting at 5 o’clock with kids games with the Fire Department, a barbeque, canoe races, face painting, kids events, sandcastle competition, fear factor is back, human fooze ball, cupcakes and fireworks at 11:45.

             

The Sandcastle Concession will also be open until 10 pm.

 

Diplomas and Awards Highlighted a Celebration Last Night.

 

Five out of ten graduates from Many Faces Education Centre in Flin Flon received their diplomas along with awards last night.  Five were unable to attend.

             

The Governor General’s Award was presented to Camryn Stuckless who also received a Many Faces Alumni Bursary which also goes to Amber Joyner, Randi Lyn Rachuk and Katie Dollard.  The Flin Flon Motorcycle Association Bursary went to Valedictorian Tracy Parsons who also received the Tri Service Volunteers Bursary and the CUPE Local 8600 Bursary, the Flin Flon School Division Bursary to Jessie Stener as well as the Health Auxiliary Bursary, the Founder’s Bursary, the Women’s Resource Centre Bursary and the Art Wahlenberg Memorial Bursary, the IBEW Bursary to Randi Lyn Rachuk, the MLA Tom Lindsey Award to Arlie Regana as well as the UCN Scholarship and the USW Local 7106 Bursary to Graydon Forre.

             

Guest speaker Maureen Reagan praised the accomplishments of the students as they move into their future, those who supported them, those who inspired them and those they inspired.

 

Tracy Parsons Valedictorian

 

Maureen Reagan Guest Speaker

The Flin Flon School Board met Tuesday Night to Wrap Up Another School Year.

It was a light agenda as Superintendent Constance McCleese gave her final report thanking the teams that hosted student visits to Camp Whitney.  She also gave thanks to the many volunteers who contributed throughout the past year as well as all the staff, students, parents and the custodians.  Board Chair Leslie Fernandes also gave thanks to the Camp Whitney teams, stating it’s a wonderful opportunity for students to get out of the classroom.  She said a farewell and thanks to Superintendent McCleese for her time in the Division wishing her the best in retirement.

             

Some dates to take note of are elementary schools are closed today and the last day of school is tomorrow when report cards can be picked up at all schools.

 

An Open House and Fire Fighters Competition Take Place Tomorrow.

The Flin Flon Fire Department invites you to the Fire Hall tomorrow afternoon.  Fire Chief Chad Cooper says this year the open house will start at 3 pm where you’ll be able to tour the fire station, fire trucks and see all the tools the fire fighters use. He notes there’ll also be a new inflatable fire safety house set up in the fire hall to tour around and the kids will be able to look at all the fire safety messaging on the house.  He adds the Beat the Chief kid’s event will start at 4:30 so if you can register your child before 4:30 it would be greatly appreciated and then the actual fire fighters skills event will start around 5 pm.

             

All the events take place in front of the Fire Hall on First Avenue.

A Fun Afternoon is Planned For Canada Day in Creighton.

Canada Day will be celebrated Monday at the Creighton Ball Diamond.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk says it starts with opening ceremonies at one o’clock followed by other activities including the midway that will be parked between the Sportex and the Ball Diamond, they have stage entertainment, the Legion color party coming to start their ceremonies, they have family events and races, lots of games for the kids, face painting and balloons as well as free cupcakes and ice cream.

             

Senyk invites everyone to come out to Creighton Monday at 1 o’clock to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

Start off Canada Day With a Parade.

Entries are still being taken for the Trout Festival Canada Day parade July 1st sponsored by Northland Ford.  The parade begins at 11 o’clock with floats lining up on Centennial Crescent and Prince Charles Place. This year’s theme is The Water and The Wild with prizes awarded for commercial and non-commercial floats of 100, 75 and 50 dollars with judging before the parade starts.  Parade entry forms are available at Northland Ford, CFAR and the Friendship Centre and should be in by 4 o’clock Friday. People entering classic cars don’t have to fill out a registration form just show up at the start of the parade on Green Street.

             

The parade will follow its usual route down Green Street turning right at Northland Ford up to Third Avenue around to Main Street wrapping up at Fourth Avenue by the old Co-op building.

 

 

Graduates and Their Families Will Gather at the Whitney Forum Tomorrow Night.

Hapnot Collegiate’s graduating class of 2019 will be celebrating tomorrow.  Principal Brent Bedford says they have a busy evening planned at the Whitney Forum. He explains the first thing is the supper at the Whitney Forum at 4 o’clock and following that will be some of the student’s speeches and at 6:15 the more formal part of the evening when the actual graduation procedures will take place.

             

There are 46 graduates receiving their diplomas tomorrow.

             

The Grads will be holding their car parade through Flin Flon and Creighton starting this morning at 11.

The Second National HIV Testing Day will be Recognized in Flin Flon.

Flin Flon and communities across Canada will take part in National HIV Testing Day Thursday.  The goal of the day is to effectively target groups disproportionately affected by the virus.  HIV rates are rising in Canada according to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s HIV Surveillance Report that notes there has been a 17.1 percent increase in the number of new HIV infections between 2014 and 17.  The theme for this year’s testing day is Know Your Status and the event is about normalizing HIV testing.  The sooner you know your status the sooner you can be linked to care. 1 in 5 Canadians living with HIV are unaware they have HIV.  Last year’s event resulted in 835 Canadians being tested.

             

On Thursday at the Primary Health Care Centre HIV tests will be administered giving results in under a minute.  Pre and post test counseling will be provided and if follow up is required care providers will be available at the Northern Health Region.

 

Diplomas Will Be Handed Out Tomorrow.

Flin Flons Many Faces Education Centre will be holding their graduation tomorrow night.  The Centre’s Deleney Appleyard explains Many Faces Grad will be held at the Unwinder again this year because they had a fantastic experience there last year so they chose to hold there again this year.  She says cocktails will be at 5:30, dinner at 6 o’clock and then the ceremony at 7:30.

             

Ten graduates will be receiving their diplomas during the graduation tomorrow.

Pride Flags are Flying Over Flin Flon Schools.

For the first time Pride flags have been raised at Flin Flon schools to recognize Pride Month.  The flags were raised yesterday with the official ceremony taking place at Ruth Betts School.  The Executive Director of the local Pride Committee Jordanna Oulette said she is proud to see the rainbow flags in the community.  She explained she’s so happy to have the School Division on board to make sure that you all know that it’s okay to be who you are.  She said schools should be a safe space where we are all accepted free to be ourselves adding let that rainbow flag that’s going to fly be a reminder that you are accepted, you’re not alone and above all you are loved.

             

Mental Health Promotions Facilitator and honorary member of the Pride Committee CC Trubiak agreed noting this is a symbol of something really big in our community, we are all human, diversity is important to celebrate and it’s important that our children be educated in the value of equality and freedom of choice adding diversity is the one thing that we all have in common so let’s celebrate it.                                       

            

Pride flags will also be flown at Creighton and Cranberry Portage Schools.

 

 

 

Men Can Still Register for a Walk to Support Women.

The Womens Resource Centre is again holding a event called Walk A Mile in Her Shoes July 1st.  Executive Director Colleen Arnold says men take part to raise money through pledges as well as awareness.  She explains the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international men’s march to end violence against women so they’re asking men to get pumped and join the float at the Canada Day parade.  She says you can walk, you can ride, you can do a little bit of both and you can get pledges for your walk so you can just call the Women’s Resource Centre and there will again be a Red Shoe Trophy for the one with the most pledges.  

             

The Walk takes place during the Canada Day Parade on July 1st starting at 11 o’clock on Green Street in front of CFAR. For information or to have pledge forms sent to you call the Centre at 204-681-3105. They have men’s sizes 9 to 14 in red high heels.  Donations raised will support the Women’s Safe Haven.

 

Several Grads Were Recognized With Awards Saturday.

Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage celebrated their graduation Saturday with 27 grads and 23 awards presented.  The Governor General Medallion went to Tyronne Morriseau who also received the L. Krueger award, the R.J. Merrell award and was Valedictorian.  Other awards went to Kenesha Nasee, Trevathan Nasee, Audrey Linklater, Alexandria Nice, Scott Sinclair, Duvall Caribou-Cook, Rebecca Lehmann, Mackenzie Green, Nicholas Walker, Darius Gott, Quaid Flett, Gilbert Wood, Christy Highway, Randy Ducharme and Marcel Knight.  A complete  list of the awards they received can be found attached to this story at www.flinflononline.com.

 

Names of Impaired Driving Victims Will Be Added to the Manitoba Memorial Monument.

Families and friends who lost loved ones as a result of impaired driving crashes can have their names memorialized on MADD Canada’s Manitoba Monument for Victims of Impaired Driving this summer.  The Monument was created in 2016 by MADD Manitoba Chapters and Community Leaders.  The granite structure is etched with the names as a way to pay tribute to them and to give their families and friends a place to honor their loved ones.

             

Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in an impaired driving crash can have names memorialized on the monument by contacting Gillian Phillips MADD Canada’s Victim Services Manger at 1-866-461-4077 or email gphillips@madd.ca.  The deadline to submit names is August 5th with a ceremony of remembrance being held at the Memorial on August 25th located at the Glen Eden Funeral Home and Cemetery in Winnipeg.

 

The Peoples Party of Canada Has a Candidate.

Ken Klyne will be representing the Peoples Party of Canada in our riding of Churchill Keewatinook Aski in the next federal election.  Klyne is a former resident of the Snow Lake area and the current President of the Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association.  He says he decided to run because of his position with the Association adding the environmental movement wants to sterilize a lot of Manitoba for parks and a lot of that land is of high metal potential so one of his biggest goals is to promote the mining industry in Manitoba. He also notes financial help should be provided to develop Lithium deposits and he would conduct an experiment where he would work with First Nations and get them to form a junior mining company that will allow them to go after deposits that are sitting on their reserves giving them 100 percent control of their deposits.  Klyne also opposes the Liberal governments carbon taxes but supports creating practical solutions to ensure that we have clean air and First Nations have clean drinking water.

 

Delegates From Across the North Met in Flin Flon.

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities Northern District meeting was held in Flin Flon yesterday.  Delegates included Mayors and Councilors from Flin Flon, Thompson, Churchill, Gillam, Snow Lake and The Pas. They passed eight northern resolutions to lobby the provincial government on disbursement of the proceeds of crime, indexing municipal assistance grants, the business loans program, use of the Mining Community Reserve fund, distribution of VLT revenues and the Cannabis excise tax, incorporation of the Snopass with snowmobile registration and liability for firefighters.  These will go to the Association’s annual convention.

             

Flin Flon City Councilor Karen MacKinnon was elected to a fifth two year term as a Northern District Director.

             

Delegates heard a presentation on Shared Health the Manitoba Health System Transformation.  Discussions were held with health planners across the province for a year resulting in goals to enhance local capacity, build care closer to home, increase access to specialized care, provincial practice improvements and effective chronic condition management.  The biggest concern delegates asked them to consider is the distance that has to be travelled for care.

 

You Can Win With the Fastest Ducks.

The Freedom Outreach Program is again sponsoring the Trout Festival Duck Race.  The Program’s Kandie Lagore says the race starts at 4 on Saturday June 29th on the Wallace Avenue bridge with a lot of prizes.  She explains first place prize is 300 dollars, second is 150, third place is 100 dollars and all of those are the ducks that will be racing in the water and come to the finish line and they draw a duck before the race and that is the bonus ticket draw of 50 dollars and then that duck is thrown back in with the other ducks.

             

Tickets can be purchased for five dollars at the Gateway, Gas Bar, Baba’s Bulk Bin, Pharmasave, Alpine Inn, Northern Rainbows End, Eddies, Creighton Petrocan and Di’s Confectionary.  All proceeds go to support the Freedom Outreach Programs based at Denare Beach.

 

A Conservative Candidate Wants More Attention Paid to the North.

Little Black River First Nation Resident Cyara Bird will be running for the Conservative Party in our federal riding of Churchill Keewatinook Aski. Bird says she is fulfilling a lifelong dream.  She explains politicians are the voice when it comes to education, human rights, laws, etc. and she finally decided to take the effort and actually run after a really horrible experience she had with hate and racism and that’s when she knew that we needed someone to step up, we needed someone to be a strong voice who won’t tolerated bullying someone who will make actual change.  She say also our riding has a little more than 53 percent of all of Canada’s Indigenous population and to be a voice for them and everyone else is something that drove her to run.

             

Bird adds she feels the north is ignored and she wants to be the voice that gets us heard in the House of Commons while listening to the voices of people in the riding.

 

The Deadline is Approaching for You to Take Part in Fish and Chips.

The Flin Flon Trout Festival is presenting a fish fry and casino on Saturday June 29th .  President Laurie Sealey says the cost is 40 dollars and that gets you a ticket into the supper which also has the casino and then entry into the fish fry social later.  She says the meal is a delicious meal of Manitoba pan fried pickerel, baby creamer potatoes, Asian coleslaw with a lemon curd tart for dessert.  She adds the first sitting is 5:15 to 6:30 and the dinner will be served promptly at 5:15 so the doors will open at 4:45 and close at 5:30 and the second seating will be served promptly at 7:15 so the doors will open at 6:45 and close at 7:30.

              

There is reserved seating only with tickets available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street and the deadline for tickets is Monday.

 

The Fire Department is the Focus of a Photo Display.

Local photographer Daniel Dillon has a display this month at the Norva Centre with a presentation on Friday night.  He says the display is titled In The Line of Fire.  He explains he has been with the Fire Department for the past year imbedded as a documentary photographer and he’s been with them on fire scenes, practices and he’s been working with them to document their experiences either for their historical records or for fire investigations or social media and based on that year of work he has a compellation of images, there’s 20 of them and they’re all for sale and the money goes to the Manitoba Burn Care Camp for Kids.

Dillon invites you to attend his artists talk about the display tomorrow night at 7 at the Norva Centre at 177 Green Street.  He says there’ll also be wine and cheese, the Fire Department will be there and Fire Chief Chad Cooper will speak about the importance of the Burn Care Camp for Kids.

 
        

Four Groups Will Receive Funding Assistance.

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council approved requests for municipal funding assistance.  They approved 1175 dollars for the Flinty Boardwalk Committee for Boardwalk maintenance, 1000 dollars to the Fireworks Committee for the Canada Day fireworks display and security, 1000 dollars to the Flin Flon Friendship Centre for the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, and 800 dollars in kind for the Flin Flon Arts Council to cover the rent of the Community Hall for Culture Days.  A request from the Phantom Lake Soccer Club to partner with the City to develop a trailer style washroom at Foster Park was referred to Administration for more information.

             

Councilor Ken Pawlachuk reported he attended the graduation yesterday for the first LPN class at University College of the North here in Flin Flon with eight graduates honored.  He says another course will start in the fall with fourteen people attending.

             

Councilor Karen MacKinnon urged everyone to take part in the upcoming Trout Festival and Canada Day events with Mayor Cal Huntley emphasizing the opening ceremony and barbeque on Friday June 28th from 11:30 to 1:30 hosted by the City, Hudbay and the Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber Learned More About the Womens Resource Centre.

Centre Counselor Laurie Sealey and Youth Counselor Keely Patterson told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce the Women’s Resource Centre’s mission statement includes providing service that will protect and empower women and youth without discrimination including support, interim housing, referral information and counseling.  Patterson said to do this among other services she works with youth as youth are our future, operate a Safe Haven which is immediate housing for women and children in crisis and work with other community and government organizations to ensure needed services are available. Patterson explained as a community we can help by being informed and educate ourselves and others, realize that it’s real and it is a problem in our community, speak up to create awareness to get more people involved creating empowerment and reducing the stigma which enables women to seek help.

             

She added they also look to the community for support through the fund raising events they hold to keep the Centre operating.

 

A Community Celebration is Taking Place This Evening.

A Creighton Community Appreciation Barbeque is being held this evening.  Recreation Director Channa Senyk invites the community out to celebrate June as Recreation and Parks month.  She says they’ve got lots of fun for the kids including a bouncy house, face painting, Kids First North is joining them for some games for the kids, they have entertainment by Imrie Anna Jones and a free barbeque while supplies last.

             

The event is free and starts at 5:30 this evening at the Lions Spray Pool in Creighton.

Its Time to Fish for the Biggest Lake Trout.

The Flin Flon Trout Festival fishing derby gets underway Thursday when tickets go on sale and runs until June 30th.  Derby Coordinator Dave Osika says the derby is for Lake Trout and it goes from Trout Lake or Embury Lake all the way to the Cranberry Lakes and whatever in between only on the Manitoba side and what they’re going to do is people can go to either the Gas Bar, Gateway, United Rentals or Ruby’s to buy your ticket which will include the measuring tape that will have to be in the picture of the fish.

             

Osika adds the entry fee is 40 dollars and there will be five prizes starting at 15 hundred dollars down to 250 along with draws for other prizes.  For a list of all the rules and to submit your pictures go to their website www.flinflontroutfestival.com. The winners will be announced July 3rd on CFAR and they will be contacted by the committee.

 

You Can Celebrate with the Friendship Center at Rotary Park.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is being celebrated by the Flin Flon Friendship Center Friday.  The Center’s Program Events Coordinator Vanessa Campbell says they will have food and entertainment. She says their headliner Terri-Anne Strongarm will be performing and other performances will be done by local performers such as Silver Evening Star Singers, the Nemihitowok Hoop Troop, the Cranberry Portage Dancers, Ron Burwash a local Metis performer, the Northern Lights Women Singers and there’ll be a toonie parade, 50-50, the barbeque and raffle tickets will be sold there as well.

             

There will also be a community round dance, Teepee village and a Truth and Reconciliation display all at Rotary Park from 4 to 7 Friday.

 

Local Art is Will be Unveiled on Main Street Tomorrow.

The Main Street Revitalization Task Force is officially opening the Main ARTery tomorrow evening.  This project will display banners featuring work by local artists on Flin Flon’s Main Street as well as areas of Creighton and Denare Beach.  The Committee’s Treasure Daneliuk invites you to attend. She says they’re going to have a complimentary wine and cheese event at Mugsy’s Deli patio, sidewalk chalk art at Pioneer Square for all the kids in the area that want to come and help decorate, they’ll have a children’s art store front exhibit with students at McIsaac and Ruth Betts schools who have been creating art work with the theme The Water and The Wild for them to hang up for everyone to see and they’re going to have buskers out and about on Main Street showcasing the music and the talent we have in town.

             

You’re invited to come out and enjoy all the activities taking place tomorrow evening from 5 to 7 on Main Street.

They Are Prepared For the Future.

Eighteen graduates received their diplomas as Creighton Community School held their graduation ceremony Friday night.

             

Forty-three bursaries, scholarships and awards were presented.  The top award was the Hudbay scholarship for two thousand dollars a year for four years to Taleigh Claveau.  The Fred and Pearl Schwaga Memorial Scholarships for two thousand dollars each went to Taleigh Claveau and Delaney Liebaert.  Community School Foundation Awards for one thousand dollars each for Academics to Taleigh Claveau, Kiana Stevens and Christin Straile, Athletics and Aboriginal to Monique Grenier, Arts Cole Eplin, Citizenship Taylor Steuart, Medical Olivia Watkins and Trades and Technology Jesse Farkus.  Town of Creighton Bursaries for one thousand dollars each went to Christin Straile and Janessa Berezitsky.  A complete list can be found at www.flinflononline.com.

             

Speakers told the grads what they have learned in past years will serve them well in the future noting the grads theme The World is Ours.

 

You and Your Visitors Can Learn More About Our History Again This Summer.

The Flin Flon Station Museum is open for another season.  Board Chair Tom Heine invites you to come in and view the artifacts related to the history of our area at the museum which is a Manitoba Star Attraction.  He says the museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 am until 6 in the evening plus they are also open on the weekend from 1 to 4 and that’s manned by volunteers.  He notes they’ve done a fair bit of re-arranging and they’re still in the process of setting up some new displays but they’re moving forward and getting a really nice facility for everyone to enjoy.

             

Heine adds the museum will have free admission on Canada Day, on the Saturday of the Blueberry Jam Gathering and on the Saturday of Culture Days. Arrangements for tours can be made by calling Tom at 204-687-4433 a few days in advance.

 

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

The University of Manitoba is again sponsoring a Kid-netic Energy Science and Engineering summer day camp in Flin Flon.  It will run July 29th to August 2nd at Ruth Betts Community School.  Jill Lautenschlager with Women in Science and Engineering at the University says they operate on daily themes and this year they have a chemistry day, a natural disaster day and then they’re changing it up a bit with one day that covers agriculture as well as material science and then they’re going to have two days of code makers

             

For information and online registration visit their website www.wisekidneticenergy.com.  If you have questions email wise@umanitoba.ca or call 1-204-474-9340.

 

The Focus Will be on Local Businesses.

The City of Flin Flon, Town of Creighton and Village of Denare Beach are working in partnership to establish a Business Retention and Expansion Program.  The Program is designed to stimulate economic development and growth by assisting existing businesses.

             

Co-Chair for the Regional Economic Development Commission Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler says through this program they are aiming to show existing local business their importance to our region by asking them about their needs, future plans and how they think the local business environment can be improved.

             

They are visited to gather information about the existing business climate, labor needs, strengths of the community and what focus economic development should have, resulting in collective action to improve the overall business climate in our region. Regional Economic Development Officer Eve O’Leary emphasizes confidentiality with only aggregated data to be reported.

             

Businesses are invited to take part by scheduling a one on one meeting taking place during the week of June 24th to 28th by calling Eve at 306-688-8253 or email eve.creighton@sasktel.net.

Concerns Were Raised in the House of Commons About Manitobas Lifeflight.

In question period this week Member of Parliament Niki Ashton noted the privatization of the Lifeflight ambulance service in Manitoba. She says this goes against the wishes of First Nations, Metis and northern communities and countless doctors and nurses. She adds this move could force crews to take risks for profit rather than solely concerned with the health of patients.  She notes First Nations have asked for the federal government to step in given that they’re very concerned so let’s make clear lives are at stake asking will the federal government step in to ensure the health and safety of northern Canadians.

             

Prime Minister Trudeau criticized Conservative governments for treating health care as a business adding his government continues to work with provinces to ensure access to health care is protected as a Canadian right for everyone.

The Northern Neighbors Foundation Presented 129 Thousand Dollars in Grants to 26 Projects Wednesday Night.

Foundation President Jane Robillard reported over 25 years they have presented over 995 thousand dollars to local people, charities and organizations.

             

Some of the larger grants Wednesday night included from the Smart and Caring Fund to the SPCA for renovations to their building, Creighton Community Hall for stainless steel tables, the Flin Flon Arts Council LED light system.  From the Joe Brain Foundation to the City of Flin Flon for Steventon Park upgrades for Pickle Ball and Bocce Ball and from the Moffat Family Foundation to Ecole McIsaac School for their breakfast program, the Friendship Center for hostel lounge upgrade and the Headstart Program, Ruth Betts Community School play structure, the Legion Housing parking lot, Rotary Court for heating and air quality improvements, Joseph H Kerr School in Snow Lake for a school/community weight room and the Lords Bounty Food Bank for a stove, shelving and tables. 

             

Robillard also reported they will be holding a 25th anniversary celebration on September 14th.

 

City Council Wants Several Issues Raised with the Manitoba Government.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council passed several resolutions for the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.  They ask them to lobby the provincial government to provide municipalities with a 25 percent share of net revenues generated through the collection of cannabis excise taxes by the government of Canada, to reinstate the development business loans program to support the growth of small businesses and local economies in northern Manitoba, to review the exiting per capita model of VLT distribution and dedicate a larger portion of VLT revenue to support provincial programs addressing social issues created through the use of VLTs and to make changes to the Mining Tax Act so it can support affected communities and related mining exploration activities. These resolutions will go the AMM’s district meeting next month.

             

Council also supported Snoman in its efforts to have the government implement the incorporation of the Snowpass with the registration of snowmobiles for the sustainability of the snowmobile trail system and snowmobile clubs.

Years of High School Will be Remembered in Creighton.

Students will receive their diplomas as Creighton Community School holds their graduation ceremony tomorrow night.  Principal Patty Korchinski says they’ll have supper over at the Sportex at 5 o’clock then they’ll have a grand march and they’ll go over to the gym at Creighton Community School for their ceremony at 7 pm adding they have 18 grads coming out of Creighton School this year.

             

The graduates will be holding their car parade through Creighton and Flin Flon this afternoon starting around 2 o’clock.

 

The Flin Flon School Board Heard Five Presentations From the Divisions Youth Mentors Tuesday Night.

Each mentor took to the podium and presented on the past years experiences.  Presenting were Brendan Bighetty, Kira Kittle, Danica Andrusiak, Phoenix Hanson and Mackenzie Murray.  All of the mentors stated how much they looked forward to each day working alongside the staff and students.  They all enjoyed learning new skills along the way through various training sessions including first aid and CPR.  They also enjoyed taking the children out of class with Christmas visits to the Personal Care Home and a variety of other extra-curricular events.  Most of the mentors stated they were a bit nervous at the start of the school year but as the year unfolded they all came out of their shell.  Working with the children brightened their day and bonds were formed on top of gaining useful life skills in their future endeavors.  During the presentations the mentors all became a bit emotional and most said they would like to pursue a career in education.

 

Violence Awareness Programs Continue to Receive Community Support.

At their 21st annual meeting last night the Women’s Resource Center’s Executive Director Colleen Arnold’s report noted another busy year of public education and awareness.  She noted the support for their 20th anniversary gala where it was great to see all the men stand and announce they were allies in helping them end violence against women and girls.

             

Programs and events over the past year included support groups, Walk a Mile in Her shoes, Domestic Violence Prevention Month, Take Back the Night, Candle Vigil, Jail and Bail, Memorial March and Red Dress Project, International Women’s Day, Cabaret Monologues, their Interim Housing Program, public education programs and counseling services.

             

President Doreen Roman thanked the Board, Staff and the community for their support to end violence against women and girls.  Chad Cooper, Mark Lucas and Sheena Reed were all returned to the Board for one year terms.

A Committee is Looking Into a Plastic Bag Ban in Flin Flon.

At their meeting last night City Council received letters from students at Ruth Betts Community School some of whom also attended the meeting.  Their main concern was plastic bags and how they destroy birds, fish and animals while littering our community and surrounding areas.  They called on Council to bring in a local ban on plastic bags.  Mayor Cal Huntley advised the students it is already a committee priority and they will consult with the business community on how to bring in a ban.  He added it is always good to get youth views on issues.

             

Mayor Huntley mentioned the company granted a license to sell cannabis in Flin Flon has been looking at rental properties in the Main Street area.                                       

             

 Council also passed their financial plan on final reading setting the special services levy, mill rate and business assessment for this year as presented at a recent public meeting.

             

They received the Fire Chiefs report for May indicating four incidents during the month including grass fires and false alarms.

 

A Colorful Event is Coming Up Tomorrow.

A Color Fun Run is being held in Creekside Park tomorrow afternoon. The Committee’s Christa McIntyre says it’s a fun event to get everyone active.  She explains the Color Fun Run is taking place at Creekside Park and people are encouraged to come out a little before 2 o’clock race start so they can get registered.  She notes it’s a free event and its open community wide but she notes during the run individuals can either walk or run and color will be thrown on them so please wear appropriate clothing.

             

The Color Fun Run is being put on by the Community In Motion Committee and Flin Flon Parks and Recreation.

An Exploration Company Continues to Expand Its Land Position Near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced the acquisition of two additional properties adding to its already extensive property portfolio in the Snow Lake region.  The SLS five property is just over 25 hectares and ties into the Company’s existing SLS 1 property.  The Danlee Copper Property covers 80 hectares and is surrounded by the Company’s SLS 1 Property and hosts copper and zinc stringers as well as massive sulphide of Volcanic Massive Sulphide or VMS origin.

             

Rockcliff President Alistair Ross says this acquisition is part of their long term strategy of organic growth as they transition into an integrated development and exploration company with their fully permitted processing facility.  He adds Rockcliff now controls just over 32 hundred square kilometers of contiguous favorable geology under a thin cover of limestone with significant VMS discovery potential and they look forward to continuing their significant exploration initiative.

 

 

Hapnot Students Will Share Some Special Projects.

A group of grade nine students at Hapnot Collegiate is taking part in 20 Time Projects and want to share their ideas with you.  Teacher Libby Stoker Lavalle says at the 20 Time Showcase Thursday students will share highlights from their learning following a semester long independent project.  Each project focuses on addressing a problem or doing or creating something useful and the student’s solutions and creations are as unique as each of them.  She gives some project examples including an interactive poster about different forms of blindness by a student whose uncle is blind, a flower planting campaign by a student concerned about declining bee populations and an illustrated book designed to teach young readers about the negative consequences of puppy mills.

             

Anyone interested can attend the 20 Time Showcase Thursday evening starting at 6 at Hapnot Collegiate.

 

You Can Nominate a Local Business for a Provincial Award.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is accepting nominations for their annual Manitoba Business Awards.  Their President Chuck Davidson says they have six Chamber awards and two Lieutenant Governor Awards.  He explains the opportunity is really to showcase what some of the outstanding businesses in Manitoba are at the different levels and something they’ve done on an annual basis and this is their 36th annual.  He adds what they typically encourage is if there are businesses out there who you think are doing an outstanding job whether they’re a small, medium or large business they’d like to see them nominated for these awards and they present them at a gala they do in late October.

             

You can find nomination forms at their website www.jointhechamber.ca or www.mbchamber.mb.ca.

The deadline for nominations is June 30th.

 

 

Youth in Our Area Have Job Opportunities This Summer.

The Manitoba Government has provided more than 5.5 million dollars to support nearly 800 community organizations, municipalities and provincial parks that are delivering Green Team projects this summer.  Green Team grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and municipal governments to hire youth to work on community projects that improve neighborhoods, promote community involvement and help develop young leaders between May and August.

             

In our area the City of Flin Flon received a grant to hire for grounds maintenance and public works, Community Futures Greenstone for their Biz Kidz project and general office work and Frontier School Division for recreation and grounds maintenance as well as the community garden.

             

Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton notes projects are incredibly diverse providing non-profit organizations with 100 percent of wage costs and municipalities with 50 percent of wage costs.

 

You Can Learn More About a Local Red Cross Team.

The Red Cross is hosting a barbeque at Pioneer Square on Wednesday.  Their Emergency Management Director Jessie Horodecki says they’ll provide free food and free information on how to join the local Personal Disaster Assistance Team.  She explains they help out whenever there is a personal disaster so whether your house burns down or it floods or a tornado sucks it away or any kind of natural disaster like that their Personal Disaster Team will come in, they’ll meet with you, they’ll fill out a needs assessment form and then be able to provide up to 72 houses of help so that would be lodging, food, clothing whatever it is that you need.

             

The free barbeque takes place Wednesday from 5 to 7 at Pioneer Square.

 

Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew says a New Democrat Government Would Fight Climate Change While Protecting Mining Jobs in the North.

The opposition leader says his party’s climate change plan will help protect and create more jobs in the mining industry while still being eco-friendly.  He says he’ll bolster mining jobs in the north and one of the ways they want to do this is by using the Mining Community Reserve Find to help create jobs in communities like Thompson and Flin Flon and other northern communities to keep people working.  He says one of the criticisms of the Pallister government is they’ve got more than ten million dollars in this Fund that they’re not using to help mining communities and they want to put that money to work to help people to continue to have good jobs and along the way they’ll help improve the environment.

             

Kinew adds that Manitoba’s mining industry is vital to the provincial economy and can be done in a more environmentally friendly way than in other parts of the world.  He notes the NDP will work on meeting the Paris Accord emission targets by reducing reliance on oil and gas subsidies.

You Can Fish WIthout a Licence in Manitoba This Weekend.

 Manitoba is offering free access to provincial parks this weekend.  Visitors will not require park vehicle permits from today through Sunday but nightly camping fees and fees in national parks still apply.  This is also Family Fishing Weekend, meaning anglers will be able to fish without a licence province wide tomorrow and Sunday.  Conservation limits will apply and a federal licence will still be required to fish in national parks.

A Parking Lot Full of Bargains is Available Tomorrow.

Flin Flon’s Inner Wheel Club is putting the final touches on its annual Car Boot Sale for tomorrow.  It helps the Club fund the many projects they support that we listed last week including the purchase of two chairs for the hospital that convert into full sized beds.  The Club’s Agnes Mills says they have 15 people selling from their cars, trucks or tables and you’re going to find a lot of treasures that somebody needs and you’ll also find lunch as they’re going to have hamburgers, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, smokies, Rotary fries and drinks.

             

The sale runs from 10 to 1 tomorrow at the Victoria Inn parking lot which Mills notes has been donated to the Club for the past 20 years.  You can still book a spot for 15 dollars by calling Agnes at 204-687-8204, at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street or just show up at the sale and pay there.

Our Member of Parliament Has Questioned the Liberal Governments Commitment to Employment Insurance Equality.

MP Niki Ashton has demanded that the government fix EI and make it accessible to unemployed working women in Canada. She says despite the Liberals so called feminist cred they’ve done nothing for women who have to access EI.  She notes only one third of unemployed women can access employment insurance and when they finish their maternity leave women have to work hundreds of hours to become eligible again adding a growing number of women are stuck with precarious employment and can’t access EI.  Ashton adds women in Canada are paying the price of an EI system that discriminates against them asking why have the Liberals failed to deliver for working women and what will they do to fix this injustice.

             

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos pointed out gender equality is a key feature in their economic growth noting their new parental sharing benefit gives five extra weeks for parents who share their EI benefits.

 

Flin Flon Young Musicians Will be in Concert Tuesday.

Music Director Susan Fulford will present a celebration of our talented young musicians in concert Tuesday night. Fulford says they will feature piano, flute and vocals.  She explains this year’s concert is titled This Is Me and really evolves through the music which is a bold celebration of our uniqueness, flaws, scars and all.  She says it features the high school vocal group Kaleidoscope, senior pianists and vocalists as well as Mikylo Odut on flute and one of his first vocal performances as a counter tenor not to be missed.  She adds the talent in this group will amaze you, you will be entertained.

             

The concert takes place Tuesday night at 7:30 in the Lutheran Church on Second Avenue.  Admission is a donation.

 

Your Evening Out Can Support the Womens Safe Haven.

The Women’s Resource Centre is holding a Bud, Spud and Steak Night June 22nd.  Their Executive Director Colleen Arnold says they’ll have other events along with your bud, spud and steak.  She says they’re going to have several meat raffles, they also going to have a perfume draw and a 50-50 raffle so they’re asking you to come out and support their fun raising event in support of the Women’s Safe Haven so take the night off from cooking for a good cause, bring all your friends and have some fun.

             

Bud, Spud and Steak Night takes place on Saturday June 22nd at the Unwinder at the Victoria Inn from 4 to 7.  Tickets for the event are 20 dollars and are available at the Women’s Resource Centre at 60 Hapnot Street.

 

Additional Paramedics are Being Hired in Our Health Region.

Twenty-five new full-time rural paramedic positions in the northern and southern health regions will be filled later this year.  Health Minister Cameron Friesen says this is part of the Manitoba government’s efforts to strengthen the emergency medical services system and provide a more consistent level of care throughout the province.  He explains 13 of those positions will be posted and strategically spread out in the Northern Regional Health Authority and 12 will be placed in the Southern Health Region.

             

CEO of the Northern Health Region Helga Bryant says the announcement of these additional paramedic positions in the Region will provide EMS resources required to ensure our residents receive accessible health care.

The Province Recently Released a Manitoba-First Nations Mineral Development Protocol.

The Protocol will serve as a template for agreements with First Nations.  It will define how Crown-Indigenous consultations will occur during all phases of mineral development, create certainty in order to advance projects in a timely way and ensure First Nations can be actively involved in all phases of development projects within their traditional territories. They also confirmed 500 thousand dollars in funding to support First Nations in the development and implementation of protocol agreements and will enable the establishment of shared mineral management boards.  Manitoba will also continue to engage with the federal government and First Nations to facilitate trilateral discussions with respect to resource revenue sharing and to advise the government on priority issues concerning mining and mineral exploration in Manitoba the province will establish a Liaison Committee on Mining and Exploration.

Women are Invited to a Three Day Gathering at Camp Whitney.

A Soul Sisters Summer Camp is taking place at Camp Whitney later this month.  Organizer Katie Kozak explains the Camp is June 28th to 30th and there will be someone coming in from North Battleford Kjelti Anderson to do plant gathering and plant medicine workshops as well as Yoga and meditation.  She adds they have a website www.borealgatherings.com so all the information on the workshops and camping are on there as well as contact information.

             

Registration for the Camp is 395 dollars with the deadline to register June 21st.

There is a Change in Policing for the Saskatchewan Side of Flin Flon.

Effective immediately Flin Flon Saskatchewan is now overseen by the Creighton RCMP Detachment. If you have an emergency in that area call 9-1-1 from your home and Saskatchewan cell phone carrier.  If you have a Manitoba cell phone carrier you will have to call Creighton RCMP at their office at 306-688-8888. All criminal record and vulnerable sector checks will be done at the Creighton RCMP Detachment and you’re asked to call them at 306-688-8888 to find out their procedures to have this completed. As well any traffic accidents in Flin Flon Saskatchewan will be reported to the Creighton Detachment.

             

Also note that Flin Flon, Westwood Lodge, Big Island, Schist Lake and Bakers Narrows including the provincial park will now be overseen by the Flin Flon RCMP and you can call 9-1-1 or 204-687-1422 for any emergency or to contact an officer after hours.

A Cup of Coffee Today Could Transform the Lives of Canadian Youth.

Tim Hortons in Creighton joins Tim Hortons restaurants across the country in celebrating Camp Day today.  One hundred percent of proceeds from every brewed coffee at participating restaurants will be donated to Tim Hortons Foundation Camps. These camps support youth between the ages of 12 to 16 from low income homes through a multi-year camp based program where youth learn skills like leadership, resilience and responsibility to empower them to believe in their own potential and change their stories for the better.

             

Foundation Camps President Dave Newnham notes over the past 45 years they have helped give 275 thousand youth a chance to change their future and it’s the generosity of Tim Hortons restaurant owners, guests and supporters year round but most importantly on Camp Day that allows them to continue to provide kids with lifelong benefits.

 

The Animals Are Waiting for Your Visit.

The Joe Brain Childrens Petting Zoo was open over the weekend to start their 22nd season.  Recreation Programmer Cait Bailey says they’re open for the rest of the summer now until the end of August so you can come down and see all their new baby animals.  She says they have all different things again this year including sheep, lambs, cows and they have a special visitor a little pig that’s going to come in a couple of times throughout the summer.

             

Bailey adds they are planning a Hay Day again this summer.  The Zoo located on Green Street is open daily from 11 to 7.

 

A Man Involved in Many Flin Flon Area Mines is Retiring.

Callinex Mines has announced that Mike Muzylowski has retired from his position as Chair and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. They note he achieved an illustrious career that spanned five decades where he was involved in the discovery of sixteen producing mines and in 2011 his contributions to the mining industry were recognized with an induction into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

               

A release states Muzylowski was particularly instrumental in the development of the Flin Flon mining district through his previous roles with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, Granges Exploration, Callinan Mines and Callinex Mines adding most notably he led the discovery of the Trout Lake Mine in the Flin Flon mining district which operated from 1982 to 2012 along with a role in the discovery of twelve volcanic massive sulphide mines in the district since the 1950s.

 

A Critical Milestone Has Been Reached West of Flin Flon.

Foran Mining Corporation has announced an increased mineral resource estimate for their McIlvenna Bay Deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon. Indicated resources increased by 65 percent from 2013 estimates to 22.95 million tonnes with additional inferred resources of 11.15 million tonnes.

             

President and CEO Patrick Soares comments in the past 18 months Foran shareholders entrusted their management team with over 14 million dollars of new funds to unlock the value of the McIlvenna deposit and they have reached their first critical milestone by issuing an updated mineral resource estimate which improves their confidence in the grade and tonnage at the deposit including considerable amounts of copper and zinc along with gold, silver and lead.  He adds the contained metal within the deposit has significantly increased since their last resource update and they are now pulling this information into the delivery of another key milestone which is a feasibility study scheduled for release before the end of the year.

There Will be More Opportunities for Women Interested in Business.

Community Futures Greenstone and Community Futures Parkland have been awarded funding and will work towards increasing access for women entrepreneurs.  Greenstone Executive Director Becky Cianflone says they have been awarded 1.2 million dollars over five years to deliver entrepreneurial support and services for women in their regions.  She explains there’s going to be a number of elements to it including training, networking, they’re also going to be looking at creating a co-working or maker space for women in the communities of Flin Flon and Dauphin.  She adds some more details will be coming as the project rolls out but they’re really excited about what they can offer to women who want to run their own business.

             

A release states while this project has a specific focus on women entrepreneurs and will be designed to be women centered it is important to note that what is good for women in business is beneficial for everyone in business.

 

A Flin Flon Student Will Spend a Year in Italy.

Nevada Sherran is taking part in the Rotary Student Exchange program.  She says she is going to Sassari Italy which is a new destination for the Rotary program.  She explains ever since she was younger she has been interested in Italy so when she had the chance to live there it was her first choice and she got it.  She says she has to help out with every Rotary program that happens as a volunteer and she has to go to high school and then any extracurriculars that she would like to do.

             

Shirran will be going to Italy in the last week of August until the middle of next July.  A student from the Dutch part of Belgium will be coming to Flin Flon for that same time period.

 

Our Member of Parliament Says We Need Comprehensive Support for the Impacts of Climate Change.

In a members statement last week Niki Ashton stated climate change is a reality in our north and First Nations and northern communities are feeling it.  She explained this past week the federal government made an announcement in her home community committing 28 million dollars to rebuild an airport in Thompson which is sinking because of melting permafrost.  She said this in a important investment but it’s not enough as it doesn’t change the reality of the 18 communities in our North who are facing a crisis of isolation as a result of climate change.  She noted these 18 communities depend on ice roads as their lifelines and these are disappearing.

             

Ashton asked when the federal government is going to act urgently for communities desperate to deal with the reality of climate change adding First Nations can’t afford to wait any longer.

 

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