Local News Archives for 2019-11

A Death in Flin Flon Has Been Ruled Not Suspicious.

At 10:25 Wednesday morning the RCMP located the body of a deceased male in the wooded area behind McIsaac School.  They now report the autopsy has been completed and the death appears to be non-suspicious in nature.  They add no criminality is suspected at this time however they have to wait for the toxicology report to determine if any alcohol or drugs were possible factors.


They note the investigation is ongoing at this time.  It is being conducted by the Flin Flon RCMP and The Pas Forensic Identification Services.

Santa Was In Town Last Night.




The annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights was a success last night.  The nice weather and vehicles covered in lights attracted a lot of people to the parade down Main Street and Church Street.  As the parade was lining up CFAR Manager Dianne Russell on behalf of the sponsors said they were pleased with the parade.  She noted its Hudbay, CFAR, the Reminder and they got some support from the Main Street Committee and the Credit Union and they are really excited because they got some entries this year and its always really nice for the kids to have a few people driving down, they’ve got a nice collection of lit up vehicles and its sounds like some singers and some music coming out of some of the vehicles and Santa’s going to show up.  She added they are going to honor somebody, Twin Motors is getting the certificate for entering two vehicles including music.


The City Christmas tree lighting was held a couple of weeks ago in Pioneer Square and there’s another Christmas event coming up on Main Street which is Moonlight Madness Friday and Saturday December 13th and 14th.



A Documentary and Discussion Will Focus on Addictions Awareness.

The local Play It Safer Network invites you to a film and discussion Monday evening.  The Committee’s Tieryn Steele explains on the 2nd they’re celebrating National Substance Abuse Awareness Week by providing a free screening of The Flood documentary to the community.  She says this documentary kind of showcases harm reduction movements and organizations across Canada and brings light to the overdosing epidemic that’s going on right now.


 Steele adds it takes place in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre Monday starting at 6 pm with free beverages and snacks with the film followed by a question and answer period.


The Best of the Beatles Hits Johnnys Social Club.

The fourth Beatles Night is coming up at Johnny’s Social Club December 12th to 14th.  One of the performers Susan Lethbridge says it’ll be a full night of Beatles music.  She explains they’re doing half the show with songs they have done in previous shows and then half will be new song so they’re doing some really great ones including Help, Here Comes the Night, I’m Looking Through You, A Hard Day’s Night, She’s So Heavy adding it’s going to be a fabulous time so come on out and get your tickets, it’s going to be a great night.


Tickets are available at the Orange Toad on Main Street with as of yesterday only two left for the Saturday show and several for the Thursday and Friday shows.

They Came Bearing Gifts.

The Order of the Eastern Star Ladies from The Pas met in Flin Flon yesterday afternoon.  Member Joanne Waine says they arrived with fifty bags of Christmas gifts. She explains they’re used to be a chapter in Flin Flon which is now closed and their members that live here come to The Pas and they come up at Christmas time and give knitted toques and slippers and they put personal stuff in them like tooth brushes, tooth paste, soap, shampoo, toys and books for the kids and leave them at the Friendship Centre and the Women’s Shelter and they give them out for Christmas.


The gifts at the Friendship Centre were received by Hostel Manager Dora Parenteau.  Flin Flon’s Jen Fell knits hundreds of mitts some of which are included in these packages with others going to area schools.


A Committee is Moving Forward on a Community Alcohol Management Plan.

The Community Alcohol Management Plan or CAMP working group is a community driven committee focused on ways to address alcohol related harms in our area while acknowledging that new and innovative collaborative approaches and community engagement would be its driving force.  The group held a community wide survey last spring and summer to find out about the local knowledge, attitudes and behaviors in relation to alcohol and alcohol related harms in our community.  205 community members over the age of 18 responded to the survey along with an additional 201 students who completed a similar survey.  As a result the CAMP group has identified two over arching themes and are strategizing ways to address prevention of future alcohol related harms and response and reduction to already occurring harms.


The next steps for the CAMP working group include meetings where these areas will be discussed, ideas for response will be brainstormed and actions will be taken with the hope that local councils and community members will be supportive of these steps and ideally become active participants in change.


The Flin Flon School Board Heard About Steps Taken to Move Forward at Many Faces Education Centre.

On Tuesday night Many Faces Principal Mark Lucas was on hand to present events and what the school is about to the Board of Trustees.  Leading into the presentation Luca asked the Board and attending media to visit menti.com, enter a pass code and enter seven things that came to mind when they thought of Many Faces School.  The word splash they created was inspiring to see that they have a common perception and feeling about the school Lucas said.  The staff at the school are striving to break any negative stereotypes one may have and thus trying to create Many Faces as an alternative school.  Lucas said his staff are fantastic, meeting every morning supporting each other to think outside the box.  The school has more that seventy percent Indigenous students so they are working on offering some Indigenous studies.  They offer the opportunity to smudge in the school any time and often students are out of the classroom making connections in the community.  A hot lunch is offered daily and is open to the public.  Many Faces is creating relationships with the students for 21st century learning.


RCMP Are Investigating a Possible Suspicious Death in Flin Flon.

At 10:25 this morning Flin Flon RCMP received a report of an unresponsive male in a wooded area behind McIsaac School on Princess Boulevard.  Officers went to the area and located the body of a deceased male.


No other details have been released.  Flin Flon RCMP along with The Pas Forensic Identification Services continue to investigate.


Your Input is Needed on an Economic Development Transition Project.

The FDC Economic Development Commission in partnership with Community Futures Greenstone is undertaking the final phase of the Economic Development Transition Project. The project was initiated shortly after the announcement by Hudbay of their projected mine closure. They held workshops, met with 67 businesses and now move the action plan on to gather information from the communities of Flin Flon Creighton and Denare Beach.


Two public sessions for community input will be held on Monday with one from 2 to 4 pm and the other from 6 to 8 pm at Flin Flon City Hall.  Eight focus group sessions have also been arranged to meet with stakeholders from groups, organizations or agencies including Indigenous, education, youth, Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Task Force, tourism and mining services.  They note this is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and opinions regarding future economic and community development so everyone is encouraged to participate and let your voice be heard to form part of this strategy.


A list of meetings and times is available on the City of Flin Flon website and www.flinflononline.com.


A Fall Drill Program is Underway Near Flin Flon.

Callinex Mines has started its fall drilling campaign at its Pine Bay Project 16 kilometers from Flin Flon.  The campaign will complete up to 3 thousand meters of drilling at the Project drill testing four of ten newly identified target areas that they report have the potential to host a high grade zinc, copper, gold and silver rich volcanic massive sulphide deposit.  They add new drill target areas are supported by recently completed induced polarization and magnetic survey results, reinterpretation of deep penetrating electromagnetic data, physical rock property testing and compilation of recent and historic drilling.


Callinex President and CEO Max Porterfield states with the impending closure of Hudbay’s Triple Seven Mine the City of Flin Flon is in need of a discovery to carry on its storied production history and he believes the new exploration approach they are taking puts Callinex in a strong position to make that discovery.


A Christmas Film You Should See is Coming Up Tomorrow.

The Central Canada Film Group is presenting the film Yolki tomorrow night. The group’s Colin Davis says this is a Russian Christmas comedy that you’ll talk about for a long time and Russia’s most watched film in 2010.  He explains Vanya is a young girl in a Russian orphanage who has told everyone that her father is President of Russia. When told to prove it the other children she lives with tell her to have her father say something pointed right at her during his annual New Year’s speech.  Davis adds her only friend at the orphanage tells her that everybody knows everybody else through six degrees of separation which poses the question can they get a message to someone to give to someone else down the chain that will eventually get to the President.


The film will be shown tomorrow night in the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre starting at 7:30 with free admission.


A Weekend Event Highlighted Christmas Decorations.

Creighton Community School hosted the Festival of Trees Saturday under the theme Merry and Bright.  Along with craft sales, pancake breakfast, the Silver Bells Tea and other events those attending were asked to bid and vote on items designed and donated by various individuals, businesses and organizations.


The People’s Choice for centerpieces went to Memories by Anonymous, People’s Choice for wreaths to Winter Frost by the Women’s Resource Centre and People’s Choice for trees to Bathbomb Tannenbaun by Chicken Chef.  Voted Best in Show was North Pole Shenanigans by Northern Growing Abilities.


The Festival will benefit student support initiatives and the purchase of additional chairs for special events.

They Came to Stand Against Violence.

A group of supporters joined the Women’s Resource Centre for Take Back the Night in Pioneer Square last evening.  The Centre’s Brodie Hooper told them Take Back the Night is an event to protest the fears that women have walking the streets at night safely.  She said we stand here together because we believe.  We believe that violence against women is not inevitable, we believe in a safe community for everyone regardless of their age, religion, race, sexual orientation or gender, we believe in the right to a world free of sexual violence, we believe that by standing together we will affect change.  Tonight she said we have chosen hope over fear, we are saying that accepting violence against women is not an option and we will not allow it to continue.


Hooper added every woman and girl deserves a life free of violence.  The group left Pioneer Square and marched down Main Street, Angel Avenue, Hapnot Street and back to Pioneer Square.


Your Response to the Bells Will Support Christmas Hampers.

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign began over the weekend in Flin Flon.  Organizer Sherry Trudeau says the kettles raise money to support their programs.  She explains one hundred percent of their kettle donations is allocated to family services with about two thirds of that money used for Christmas hampers, the rest is used throughout the year funding other family services such as clothing, vouchers, soup days, etc. She adds their kettle campaign runs through to December 24th and if you’d like to volunteer please call the Salvation Army at 204-687-7812.


The kettles will be out at various locations every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until December 21st and then on Monday and Tuesday the 23rd and 24th.




An Alert Test Will be Heard on Your Radio, Television and Wireless Device Tomorrow.

Tomorrow afternoon provincial emergency management organizations will be issuing public test messages through Alert Ready, Canada’s emergency alerting system.  Each province will issue one test message to be distributed over television, radio and to compatible wireless devices at 1:55 pm local time tomorrow following an alert tone.


The Alert Ready System has enabled government authorities to deliver emergency alerts to Canadians during threat to life situations over television and radio since 2015 and to compatible wireless devices since April this year.  It is important to note that not all Canadians will receive the test alert on their wireless device depending on device compatibility, connection to an LTE network, cell tower coverage, device software and settings.  For information visit their website www.alertready.ca.


Its a Service Designed With Your Safety in Mind.

Operation Red Nose gets underway Friday hosted by the Rotary Club of Flin Flon.  Creighton Mayor Bruce Fidler (left) has been named this year’s Honorary Chairperson.  He thanked the Club for the privilege and he encourages you to use this service to get you and your vehicle home safely this holiday season. He said he is very thrilled about it and he would like to see members of all the communities in the area take advantage of this so that we don’t have any incidents over the holidays and to have a safe way home is number one, get home to your family and friends and enjoy the rest of the holidays.


Operation Red Nose starts this Friday and Saturday night and continues on those nights until December 20th and 21st as well as New Years Eve.  You can call them those nights at 204-687-7331.


Applications Are Being Taken For Christmas Hampers.

The Salvation Army in Flin Flon is accepting applications for Christmas Hampers starting tomorrow.  Organizer Sherry Trudeau says they will be accepted at the Salvation Army church and anyone in need can apply.  She explains anyone on EI or income assistance or anyone with a low income may apply and the hamper applications are being taken November 26th, 27th and 28th at the Salvation Army church on 3 Hemlock Drive.  She notes those applying must have an ID for all members of their family and financial information such as an income statement and list of expenses.


Trudeau adds they cover Flon Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Cranberry Portage and Sherridon. Last year they handed out 105 hampers. If you need more information you can call the Salvation Army at 204-687-7812.

There is a Fun Way to Learn More About Addictions.

This is National Addictions Awareness Week and the local committee has several events planned.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre says they held events over the weekend and they continue this week.  She say on Tuesday they’re going to have a Board Game Café at Ruth Betts School in the evening, on Wednesday at the Salvation Army in the evening it’s going to be a family game night, Friday at the Denareplex at 6 pm it’s going to be a youth drop in movie and then in Flin Flon on Friday in the evening there’ll be cultural teachings at the Youth Centre and to round up the week next Saturday is going to be celebrating sobriety and this is going to happen in the evening at the Eagle Rose Holistic Healing and Teaching Lodge where there’s going to be a potluck supper and a family round dance.


They will also have the presentation of the Healthy Youth Role Model Award, displays around Flin Flon and Creighton and a radio contest here on CFAR. For information call 687-1770.


A Program to Help You Have a Safe Holiday Season Gets Underway Next Friday.

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon has launched Operation Red Nose for another season.  Chair Ted Hewitt says the idea is to get people and their vehicles home safely when they’re out celebrating the Christmas season.  He says although the service is free they accept donations which benefit the community.  He explains it was around 13 thousand last year and that comes out of donations from the riders their clients, donations from local businesses and also they receive a donation out of the Manitoba Safety Council and that’s usually around 5 grand so it all comes to about 13 thousand and they donate to local children’s activities and organized sports.


Some examples he mentioned are the Soccer Club, Ski Club, Minor Hockey, Swim programs, Camp Whitney and Friendship Center children’s events.  Operation Red Nose starts next Friday and Saturday and runs every Friday and Saturday up to and  including December 20th and 21st as well as New Years Eve.


You Can Shop and Enjoy the Christmas Spirit This Weekend.

Creighton Community School presents the Festival of Trees tomorrow under the theme Merry and Bright.  The Committee’s Tiffany Ealey says it kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 and at the same time there’s Santa photos, there’s a Silver Bells tea from 1 to 3 and during that time there’s family photos going on.  She adds throughout the day there’s a craft sale, bake sale, penny parade, silent auction, raffles and a concession.  She notes people also have a chance to vote on their favorite tree, wreath and centre piece and of course award the fan favorite best in show.


The Festival of Trees runs from 9 to 4 tomorrow in the Creighton Community School gym and will benefit student support initiatives and allow for the purchase of additional chairs for special events.  It’s also a drop off point for winter clothing for Koats for Kids and non-perishable food items for the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank.


You Can Nominate a Teacher For a Special Award.

All Manitobans are invited to nominate a deserving educator for a Manitoba Excellence in Education Award.  The province is now accepting nominations for outstanding achievement by educators in five categories including teaching excellence, outstanding new teacher, outstanding team collaboration, outstanding school leader and Premier’s award for excellence in education.


Nominations can be made by parents, students, school trustees, fellow teachers and school division administrators by the December 2nd deadline.  All nominees must be educators who hold a valid permanent Manitoba teaching certificate at the time of nominations.  They must also work directly with kindergarten to grade twelve students in a school setting on a daily basis. More information and nomination forms are available by visiting the Manitoba government website at www.gov.mb.ca, go to the education department and under news click on Manitoba Excellence in Education Awards.


You Can Learn More About a Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Flin Flon School Division is again planning their Kindervention program that prepares four year olds for school.  Administrative Assistant Kathryn Church says the Division is holding Kindervention registration with an information session for all interested parents.  She says one will be held at Ruth Betts Community School on Monday November 25th at 1 pm and the other at Ecole McIsaac School on Monday at 6:30 pm.  She notes you can attend either session and this is for children who were born in 2015.


If you are unable to attend either information session and have questions you can contact the school in your catchment area to register your child.  The registration deadline is December 6th.

A Provincial Award has Come to Our Region.

The Economic Development Association of Manitoba has announced the winners of their annual Economic Development Awards.  The Rising Star Award was presented to the Regional Economic Development Officer for Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach Eve O’Leary. She was one of three people from across the province nominated for the Rising Star Award which is presented to an individual whose accomplishments have made a significant contribution in the field of economic development and have demonstrated exceptional best practices.


O’Leary arrived in Flin Flon to become Regional Economic Development Officer in February of last year and has been instrumental in developing strategic plans for Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach and in `moving forward with economic development planning for our region.


There is Little For the North in The Throne Speech.

The Manitoba Government presented their Throne Speech Tuesday opening a new session of the Legislature.  Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says he didn’t see a lot for this region other than tourism and the proposed Manitoba Mineral Development Fund which raises concerns.  He explains he’s all in favor of creating another fund for use particularly in northern Manitoba just for economic development but it shouldn’t replace the existing Community Reserve Fund that was there specifically to help mining communities when the mine shut up.  He says this fund is going to be used for all kinds of different things so it may not ever go to help a mining community that’s in trouble.


Lindsey adds it’s not what they say in the Throne Speech but what they do after that really affects us.

Rezoning and the Fire Chiefs Report Highlighted the Flin Flon City Council Meeting Last Night.

Council passed on first reading a bylaw to rezone the portion of Main Street from the former Co-op building down to Super K from Residential single family dwelling to Central Commercial Zone.  Mayor Cal Huntley noted this does not change things for residential buildings already in that area but opens up opportunities for business properties to be developed in the area should the opportunity arise.


Council accepted the Fire Chiefs report for October indicating five incidents during the month.  Fire Chief Jason Kuras reported there were two structure fires, a shed on Bellevue and garage on Terrace with damage at each estimated to be five thousand dollars, a hydro pole fire on Dadson Row, a false alarm and a smoke alarm set off by cooking.  Fire fighters received training in working with energized electrical lines, air bag operations and vehicle stabilization and vehicle extrication scenarios.


Mayor and Council representatives will be attending the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual meeting next week in Brandon.  Mayor Huntley noted they meet with other Councils in the province but also get to meet with government ministers to discuss issues they want brought to the provinces attention.


You Can Be Part of a Team That Gets People Home Safely.

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is looking for volunteers to help with Operation Red Nose through the Christmas season. It’s a program to get partiers and their vehicles home safely.  Chairperson Ted Hewitt says they need volunteers to get clients home. He explains they have a group of three one of which drives the clients vehicle, the second person is called the navigator who rides with the driver of the clients vehicle and they have a third person in a second vehicle who picks them up after the drop off and most evenings they need anywhere from three to five teams of three.


Operation Red Nose will run on Friday and Saturday nights starting November 29th running through December including December 20th and 21st and New Year’s Eve.  To volunteer you can go online to www.operationrednose.com, print and fill out a form and take it to the local RCMP office with two pieces of identification.  You can call Ted at 204-687-7450 for more information.

You Are Invited to Support Women in a Walk Monday Afternoon.

The Womens Resource Center invites everyone to be part of Take Back The Night.  The Center’s Laurie Sealy asks you to join them at an event to protest the fear that women have in walking the streets at night.  She explains it’s just designed to bring visibility and exposure to the impact of sexual violence in women’s lives.  She says statistics show that it is an increasing problem and over 80 percent of sex crime victims are women, adding one in four American women will be sexually assaulted during their life time, that being 25 percent which makes sexual assault the most common and serious crime. Sealy adds on average every six days a woman is killed by her intimate partner.  As survivors she says we are demanding lives free from sexual violence, murder, living in poverty and the violence that is directed towards women and children noting this event is for anyone with a chance to come together in unity to take back the night.


The walk begins at 5:15 Monday afternoon at Pioneer Square when they will march down Main Street, Angel Avenue and Hapnot Street back to Pioneer Square.


Past and New Vendors Will Be at a Craft Sale Saturday.

The Cranberry Portage Child and Family Resource Center is holding their annual Cranberry Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday.  The Center’s Debbie McLauchlan says they have 49 vendors with 113 tables including children’s books, Christmas stuff, quilts, bath and body items, beaded art and pins, bannock, tea, paintings, Northern Natural Wreaths and Crafts, Bert’s Syrup and Boreal Products, perogies, Custom Knives, scrapbooking supplies, jams, jellies, moccasins, mukluks, blankets, baking, baby items, wood signs and home décor, bath salts, Pink Zebra, leggings, honey, mitts, rugs, pottery and a variety of gift wear.


The sale is open Saturday from 9:30 to 3 in the Frontier Collegiate and Cranberry Portage Elementary School gymnasiums with food venues available at both along with the Legion.

New Paramedics Will Benefit Our Health Region.

Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen has announced more frontline full time paramedics are working in communities across Manitoba.  These new paramedics will be providing emergency response services to communities such as Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Russell and Swan River and provide cover to shifts in the Southern Health Region.  He did not indicate how many have been hired to date but noted the majority of positions have now been filled with work underway to have remaining positions in place by mid-January. In June Friesen had announced 13 new paramedics would be hired and strategically placed throughout the Northern Health Region. Paramedics fall under the jurisdiction of Shared Health and not the Health Region.


Friesen says when people are experiencing a health emergency they need to know skilled paramedics are available to provide care as quickly as possible.  He adds this investment ensures more consistent reliable care to communities across northern, western and southern Manitoba when it’s needed most.

Music Memories of Christmas Come to the Stage Next Week.

The Flin Flon Community Choir and Flin Flon Arts Council will present the Dean Martin Christmas Special November 30th.  Choir Director Crystal Kolt says it will be special.  She says they’re going to be featuring some of those same great songs from those golden years with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra but there’s going to be a lot of other really fun material with some of the classics but some new surprises and it’s all based on a much loved drummer in town by the name of Dean Martin so they are singing the songs that he particularly loves and its going to be something new and a really great adventure and a great Christmas celebration for everybody.


The Dean Martin Christmas Special will take place Saturday, November 30th at 7:30 in the Flin Flon Community Hall. Tickets at 25 dollars for adults and 10 for youth are available at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.

They Marched to Support Birth.


Supporters of the We Want Birth Committee gathered in Pioneer Square Saturday afternoon to mark the one year anniversary of the temporary close of obstetrics at Flin Flon General Hospital. They were joined by Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey who has raised the issue in the legislature in the past and says it’s important to keep drawing attention to the need for these services to return.  He says it’s very important for women in this town to be able to give birth in this town, it’s also important for neighboring communities to be able to have their women come here and give birth and it’s important to this town to keep growing our health care facilities instead of shutting things down.


The group then marched down Main Street up to the hospital and back to Pioneer Square.  You can learn more about the We Want Birth Committee on their Facebook page We Want Birth or you can email wewantbirth@gmail.com.

Seniors are Invited to Celebrate the Christmas Season Sunday.

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon is holding their annual Seniors Christmas Party Sunday afternoon.  Chairperson Dean Grove says Tim Spencer has been working on some entertainment so the Community Choir will be there, there’s some other performers scheduled to be there, they have the Junior Bombers coming out again so they’ll be helping the seniors and doing some serving and of course the Rotary Club has an agenda packed with an appearance by our special friend and they’ll be giving out some gifts and trying to spread some Christmas cheer through the event.


All seniors and their spouses are invited to attend the party from 1 to 3 Sunday afternoon in the Flin Flon Community Hall. If you need a ride you can call Bill Pauley at 204-687-6581 or 680-9688 and if there’s no answer  leave a message and Bill will call you back.


Is the Ketogenic Diet Right For You?

As part of Diabetes Month the Northern Health Region is presenting information on the Ketogenic Diet Thursday.  Diabetes Educator Oribim Kingson explains it will be a 45 minute discussion on the facts and current research for and against the diet and her aim is if she does her job correctly that people who are currently on the diet or who are considering going on the diet have enough information to decide if this is something for them or if they want to try other options.  She adds her goal is also to make sure that those who are currently on the diet are doing it safely because there are some tests you have to do.  She thinks it’s going to be very informative for people who want it for weight loss or diabetes management.


The discussion will be take place at 12 noon Thursday at the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Centre.  You can register by calling the Centre at 204-687-1350 or you can just drop in. Snacks will be provided.


The Christmas Lights Came on on Main Street.


The Christmas season arrived on Main Street Wednesday evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square.  Mayor Cal Huntley welcomed everyone to this special event and said his usual message won’t change this year and that is Christmas is a season for family and for remembering and for all kinds of good memories but it’s also a time to make sure that its safe because Christmas is a time of joy and sometimes there’s a little bit of added joy to it and we should do that responsibly.


A good sized crowd gathered in Pioneer Square for the lighting enjoying carols with members of the Community Choir, a visit from Santa and hot chocolate.  Christmas continues on Main Street with the Santa Claus Parade of Lights on November 28th and Moonlight Madness December 13th and 14th.

A Craft Sale Will Help You Shop For Christmas.

The Creighton Community Centre is holding a craft and home business sale starting this afternoon and running through Saturday.  One of the organizers Dianna Boulet says they have around 50 tables this year with a full house of products from home baking to jams, sewing, knitting, soaps, art, herbal medicines, natural products, children’s books, woodworking, Scentsy, dog treats so come on down and warm up with a bowl of homemade soup.


Boulet adds they’ll also be a drop off point for gently used winter wear you’d like to donate.  The sale runs today from 4 to 8 and tomorrow from 11 to 4 in the Creighton Community Hall.


You Can Help Students Support Our Community.

Students at Many Faces Education Centre are working towards creating community change.  Teacher Daniel Dillon says that starts with you filling out a survey.  He explains the students are working on a project where they are taking on their own personal interest project and it’s for them first to get community feedback to find out which project would go forward so that it would be having community engagement so that when they’ve completed their project they would know that people in the community could be involved in it so for example a hydroponic garden and have accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables is that something the community would like to have accessibility to.  He adds there are a variety of options in the survey so they’re just trying to connect the kids with the community so the work they are doing in school is truly authentic to giving back into our community.


You can find the survey link attached to this story at www.flinflononline.com with data collection ending next Friday.



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It was Another Successful Year For a Summer Event.

The Blueberry Jam Music Gathering held their annual general meeting Tuesday night.


Chair Edgar Wright reported they had a very successful Gathering with a lot of support from the community, the city, businesses, sponsors and a lot of volunteers and hopes that continues into 2020 on the weekend of August 7th to 9th.  Treasurer Lynn Brown reported they had income of just over 52 thousand dollars and expenses of just under 41 thousand leaving a surplus of just over 11 thousand dollars. 


Production Chair Mark Kolt reported they had 76 acts up from 56 the first year resulting in a third stage at Johnny’s Social Club in addition to the one at the Tourist Park and the Rotary Wheel.


The executive agreed to stay on for next year’s event with Chair Edgar Wright, Vice-Chair Linda Eryou, Secretary Ellie Spencer and Treasurer Lynn Brown.  Several others agreed to stay in their committee chair positions with some other committee positions still vacant.


As well the Manitoba government announced Tuesday the Blueberry Jam Music Gathering will receive 15 thousand dollars from the Building Sustainable Communities Program to spotlight northern talent.


Hudbay is Moving Forward with Exploration in the Snow Lake Area.

In their third quarter 2019 financial report Hudbay indicates ore mined at their Manitoba operations increased by four percent compared to the same quarter last year.  The increase is due to high production value at both Triple Seven in Flin Flon and Lalor in Snow Lake partially offset by the closure of Reed Mine in August 2018.  Interim President Peter Kukielski says exploration continues in the Snow Lake area.  He explains they will have an updated reserve and resource statement from Snow Lake late in the first quarter which will incorporate the results from the infill drilling to update Lalor inferred resources and the exploration drilling at the Lalor in mine targets such as lens 17.  He says the update reserve and resource statement will also include results from the ongoing work to upgrade WIM, Pen 2 and New Britannia zones to a reserve specification. Throughout 2020 he notes they will advance drilling and feasibility work on the 1901 deposit and they will continue to explore their large land package to provide potential additional feed to their Stall and New Britannia mills.


Kukielski adds the new Britannia mill refurbishment in Snow Lake is running on schedule for completion late in 2021.


The School Board Heard About Positives at One of Our Schools.

At their regular meeting Tuesday the Flin Flon School Board received a presentation from Ruth Betts School administrators Mike McLellan and Craig Bancroft. The presentation was to share the positive feedback from staff and students on why they like the school.  The teachers liked the work environment and the community feeling and the students liked things such as the new playground additions, the breakfast program, reading program and the teachers themselves.  The presentation also touched on the electives program, the life skills program, the integrated arts program and many other activities offered at Ruth Betts.  The school also has a new fundraising partnership with the Rd Apple which helps out with the snack program as well as milk for the popular breakfast program.  McLellan noted almost all the students participate daily in the hot or continental breakfast offered, thanking the Co-op for the generous fruit donations.


Laughter and Deep Thought Are Part of a Special Presentation Tomorrow.

The Women’s Resource Centre invites you to their presentation of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer tomorrow evening.  The Centre’s Brodie Hooper explains it’s a series of monologues written, published and edited by a lady by the name of Eve Ensler so the series of monologues will include women and men’s stories with regards to violence against women.  She says it’ll be a very intriguing night of monologues with some heavy ones in there for sure that aren’t as nice but there’s also some monologues that are a little bit on the lighter side.


The presentation which is not advised for younger audiences takes place tomorrow evening from 6:30 to 8 at the Hapnot Collegiate Theatre.  Tickets are only two dollars at Creighton Petro, Super K, the Gas Bar, Gateway, Northern Rainbows End, the Orange Toad and the Women’s Resource Centre and those that are left will be available at the door tomorrow evening.  A silver collection will also be accepted.

Its Time to Prepare for the Ski Season.

The Flin Flon Ski Club is holding their annual open house Sunday.  The Club’s Dave Price says it’s a chance for people to learn more about what’s available for skiers.  He says you’ll find a lot of their existing members who would be very happy to talk to people about all their programs and facilities and the wonderful 28 kilometers of trails and learn about the programs for young kids like Jack Rabbits. He notes they’ve also got the ski and play group for the very young, babes in arms and moms who want to come and ski and leave the kids safely at the Chalet and all about their moonlight tours and their rentals of skis where they’ll rent you some to see if you like it or not.


Price adds Fresh Air Experience will be in from Prince Albert with their latest gear and you’ll be able to purchase your membership at ten percent off.  The open house runs from 11 to 4 Sunday at the Ski Chalet.  You can learn more about the Club and their trails at their website www.flinflonskiclub.com.

Hudbay Reports Reduced Profits.

Hudbay has release its third quarter 2019 financial results.  They report a net loss in the quarter of 274.8 million dollars compared to a net profit of 22.8 million in the third quarter of 2018.  Interim President and CEO Peter Kukielski says the loss reflects an after tax impairment loss of 242.1 million on Hudbay’s carrying value of the Rosemont copper project in Arizona following the US District Court decision vacating and remanding Rosemont’s permits which Hudbay intends to appeal.


He commented on their operations in Peru and Manitoba noting in the third quarter Hudbay continued to deliver solid operating results with record quality mill throughput at Constancia and strong cost performance in both Peru and Manitoba.  He says they produced over 36 thousand tonnes of copper in the quarter which is a 20 percent increase compared to last quarter due to high grades and recoveries at Constancia along with record quarter throughput at the Constancia mill.


Hudbay’s Board of Directors continues its search for a permanent Chief Executive officer.


We’ll have more on Manitoba operations on tomorrow’s news.

You Can be Part of an Anniversary March.

The We Want Birth Committee invites you to join them Saturday for a one year anniversary march.  Committee Co-Chair Kirsten Fritch explains this march is to bring awareness to the temporary closure of obstetrics in our community that’s now been in place for one year.  She says women and families in our community have been uprooted and put under undue financial and emotional strain because of the closure adding their committee has heard from expectant and new mothers that there are gaps in their care as a result of the closure so they want politicians and decision makers to understand that this closure has come with serious implications for our community and for the surrounding area.


The march begins at Pioneer Square at 2 Saturday afternoon, goes down Main Street up to the hospital, down Church Street and back to Pioneer Square.  If you’re unable to join the march you can meet them on Church Street in front of the hospital. You can get more information on the Committee on their Facebook page We Want Birth or you can email wewantbirth@gmail.com.


A Local Foundation is Asking For Your Support This Weekend.

The Northern Neighbors Foundation encourages residents of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage and area to make a gift Saturday. That’s the day for Endow Manitoba’s 24 Hour Giving Challenge and their President Jane Robillard says this is a great opportunity to support the Foundation as every five dollars becomes seven. She explains it’s a 24 hour challenge so within that 24 hour period any money that’s donated is matched by one dollar from the government and one dollar from the Winnipeg Foundation but it’s only within that 24 hour period.  She says it goes into their community foundation fund, it stays there and all the interest comes back to them and those are the grants they give out each year.


You can donate securely online at www.endowmanitoba.ca or write a cheque payable to the Winnipeg Foundation dated for Saturday and drop it or a cash donation off at Northern Rainbows End. You can call Jane at 204-687-6488 for more information.


Your Supper Can Support a Special Program.

The Freedom Outreach Program based in Denare Beach invites you to a fundraising evening of art, food and entertainment.  The program’s Kandie Lagore says they will be offering a great roast beef with salad bar dinner Friday November 22nd at 6 in the Creighton Community Hall. She explains there’s going to be an art auction along with this dinner and they’ve had multiple items donated with everything from wood carvings to paintings to photographs and soaps, they have large items and small items so there’s something for everybody so it’s going to be a real fun evening and then they also have some music going to be played throughout the evening with some local musicians.


Lagore adds they’ll also be featuring a fun dessert auction.  Tickets are 25 dollars for adults and 15 for kids 12 and under and are available at Pharmasave, Northern Rainbows End and the Gateway with all proceeds supporting the ministry of Freedom Outreach.



Its Time to Talk to Our Veterans.

Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 in Flin Flon held their annual Remembrance Banquet Saturday night.  Guest speaker RCMP Sergeant Mark Svaren talked about an issue that has been left far too long in order to start a conversation about operational service injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression or adjustment disorders and its effect on those in the RCMP and Military service that continues once they leave in some cases leading to suicide.  He explained it comes out in different people differently but the cause is the same and it’s from us not dealing with things, not talking with their friends, not talking with our family, not talking with our colleagues, not making it okay to get help when we need it, not making it okay to just maintain your mental health noting too often its seen as a weakness as opposed to a disease or disorder and that’s something we need to change.


Svaren added this can change just by changing our attitude, talking about it, removing the stigma and having needed services.


The Legion presented long term service awards to members with five to fifty-five years of service.

Businesses are Providing Input on Local Economic Development.

The FDC Economic Development Commission in partnership with Community Futures Greenstone is undertaking an Economic Development Transition Project.  It was initiated shortly after the announcement by Hudbay of their projected mine closure.  Following workshops 67 businesses were interviewed with some of the results showing 46 percent expect sales to increase next year, 29 percent plan to expand in the next three years and 43 percent rate the local business climate as good.  When asked about the impact of the Hudbay announcement 52 percent indicated it will impact their business, 43 percent anticipate a reduction in the workforce and 27 percent don’t know or will not be able to stay in business. Businesses identified the top three advantages of the Region to do business as people are friendly and supportive, tourism and quality of life with recreational opportunities and affordability and challenges included local government not seen as business friendly, age of infrastructure and lack of services and amenities. This data will help communities understand the challenges, issues and opportunities as the region works to address potential impact of the Hudbay Mine closure.


The next phase will be to gather additional community input through a comprehensive community consultation process.


Two Flin Flonners Have Been Nominated for Special Awards.

The Economic Developers Association of Manitoba has announced the nominees for the annual Economic Development Awards.  Flin Flonners have been nominated in two of the four categories.


Eve O’Leary from the FDC Development Commission is one of three people nominated for the Rising Star Award. This award will be presented to an individual in the field of economic development whose accomplishments have made a significant contribution in the field of economic development and demonstrates exceptional best practices.


Community Future Greenstone General Manager Becky Cianflone is one of four people nominated for the EDAM Award of Distinction.  This is awarded to an individual whose accomplishments have made a significant contribution in the field of economic development and demonstrates exceptional best practices such as providing leadership, mentorship and motivation to fellow community development practitioners.


The winners will be announced at a gala on Thursday in Beausejour.

Area Residents Will Pause to Remember Monday Morning.

Remembrance Day will get underway in Flin Flon Monday morning with the annual parade and service.  Parade Marshall for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 Morley Naylor encourages everyone to join the groups taking part including the RCMP, the Legion color party, Legion members, former armed forces personnel, army cadets, Rangers, Path Finders, Guides, Brownies and Sparks.  He says they really want to stress that anybody can attend the parade, they’re very interested in letting other people see what they do and march in the parade themselves.  He stresses you don’t have to know anything about drill or how to march or anything else, as they’ll handle that, the important this is that the citizens of Flin Flon have the opportunity to participate in their parade and the theme this year is March to Honor Our Veterans.


Naylor adds those taking part can meet at the Legion by 9:45, the parade forms up at 10:10 goes south on Hapnot Street to Fourth Avenue, down Hill Street past the Cenotaph arriving at the Community Hall for the service that starts at 10:45 and will also be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR.


The City of Flin Flon Invites You to Celebrate the Start of the Christmas Season.

Flin Flons Christmas tree will be officially lit up for the holiday season Wednesday.  City Councillor Karen MacKinnon invites you to attend this celebration at Pioneer Square Wednesday evening at 6. She says the Mayor will light the tree and there’ll be Christmas carols, hot chocolate, music provided by Wade Lowe plus the community choir, just an all around opportunity for people to come out and get pictures with Santa and the beautiful Christmas tree there and everyone is welcome.


Wednesday evening’s tree lighting kicks of the Christmas season but there’s also the annual Santa parade coming up on November 28th and Moonlight Madness December 13th and 14th.


An Investigation Into an Injury to a Suspect Following a Police Pursuit Near Flin Flon Has Concluded.

The Independent Investigation Unit has concluded its investigation into an incident in which a man sustained injuries after stealing a vehicle with a child inside. On July 31, 2018, a woman stopped at a Creighton convenience store leaving her truck idling with her three-year-old daughter inside. The woman observed her truck backing out of the parking lot and called Creighton RCMP who notified the Flin Flon detachment. This resulted in a pursuit on number ten highway, the deployment of a spike belt, a collision and the use of a police dog.
The child was uninjured. The suspect was taken to Flin Flon hospital suffering from a dog bite where it was determined he also had broken ribs which is defined as a serious injury under IIU regulations so the agency was mandated to investigate.
Civilian director Zane Tessler reported the pursuit and use of the spike belt and police dog were all appropriate in the circumstances and the collision resulting in the broken rib was the sole responsibility of the suspect.  They determined no charges should be laid against any officer as a result of the incident. 

Its Time to Fill Shoe Boxes With Gifts.

Operation Christmas Child is underway again in the Flin Flon Area in cooperation with the Alliance Church in The Pas.  The Dollar Store with More and the local Alliance Church have shoe boxes you can pick up fill with toys and other items to be delivered to children in countries where there is war, natural disasters and famine.  Other items can include school supplies and hygiene items except no liquids and on a general scale nothing war related like knives or toy soldiers and if you’re doing for an older child you could put in something like sewing equipment or tools.


Boxes can be picked up at the Dollar Store With More on Main Street or the Alliance Church on Green Street and returned there for shipping by November 18th.

Your Christmas Decorating Can Support a School Fund Raiser.

Creighton Community School is hosting their fourth annual Festival of Trees Saturday November 23rd under the theme Merry and Bright.  The Committee’s Tiffany Ealey says they are now looking for people to get involved in the Festival.  She explains they are looking for businesses, groups, families or individuals interested in making a tree, wreath or centerpiece to support Creighton Community School.  She says these will be on display during the event and then they sell them through silent auction with funds raised going to student support initiatives and the purchase of additional chairs for special events.  She adds anyone interested in creating an item can call Tiffany at 306-688-2209.


Entry forms have to be in by next Wednesday.  The Festival of Trees also includes a large craft sale, pancake breakfast, photos with Santa and an afternoon tea.

If You Are 15 to 25 the Manitoba Government Wants Your Advice.

The provincial Government is now accepting applications for a special Youth Advisory Council that will allow young Manitobans the opportunity to offer their insight and perspective on the issue of climate change.

The Council will work closely with the Expert Advisory Committee which makes recommendations directly to the Minister of Conservation and Climate.  They will select up to nine youth members to serve a one year term starting this month.  Applicants must be between 15 and 25 years of age on November 10th, represent the diversity of Manitoba, be knowledgeable about issues related to the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, demonstrate a proven interest in environmental issues and community engagement and be able to engage in respectful open discussion and be tolerant of conflicting viewpoints.


For information and to fill out an application form visit their website www.manitoba.ca/climateandgreenplan/yac.html. The deadline is Sunday.



The Chamber of Commerce is an Important Part of Our Communities.

Karen MacKinnon completed her two year term as President of the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce at their annual meeting Monday.  She says Chamber members are committed to our communities, when there is a need you are there, you are our friends and neighbors and supporters of all community events and fundraising.  She says the passion and commitment you bring to our businesses and communities continues and will continue to provide our communities the quality of life we have in our region adding as she finishes her two year tenure as President she wants to thank each and every one of you for all that you do.


MacKinnon noted the Chamber has had another busy, successful year promoting and improving trade and commerce and the economic, civic and social welfare of the district.


A Special Prayer Service is Being Held Friday.

The Salvation Army with Major Barbara Bain is hosting the Fellowship of the Least Coin Friday night.  Fellowship of the Least Coin has been active since 1956 around the world and nine Christian churches in the Flin Flon area are currently sharing this program.  This year’s message is We Lift Our Voices.


Last year a total of 136,557 dollars was raised worldwide and donated to seven different countries.  These countries supported 34 projects with one in Canada that supported igniting hope in Indigenous youth.


All people are invited to attend and support a global ecumenical movement of prayer for justice, peace and reconciliation.  The celebration takes place Friday night at 7 at the Salvation Army.


Domestic Violence Prevention, a Dog Park and Recycling Pickup were Part of Last Nights Flin FLon City Council Meeting.

At the request of the Women’s Safe Haven Mayor Cal Huntley officially declared November as Domestic Violence Prevention Month referring to the immediate and long term consequences of Domestic Violence.  Councillor Colleen Arnold referred to a news release from the Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters drawing attention to the recent death in Winnipeg of three year old Hunter Straight-Smith who died from injuries allegedly inflicted by the moms ex-boyfriend only to cause pain to his mother in retaliation for her standing up to her ex-boyfriend noting the need to raise awareness that this is Domestic Violence at its worst.


Council received a request from three citizens to re-open the issue of developing a dog park.  They suggested the best location would be the track on Boam Street which can be developed for walking as well as other activities.  The letter was referred Social, Community and Recreation Services as was a suggestion that the city consider a weekly recycling pick up service similar to Denare Beach where the 60 dollar yearly fee is charged to utility bills.

And Ross Street hill should be open to traffic Friday.

The IIU is Investigating Injuries Related to an RCMP Call For Service in Flin Flon.

On November 1st RCMP notified the Independent Investigation Unit of an incident that took place on October 21. Officers responded to a call for assistance at a residence in Flin Flon.  Officers came into contact with a 15-year-old female, determined it was necessary to arrest her, and were required to use force. She was subsequently transported to Flin Flon Hospital where she was assessed and released back into police custody.  
Although the female did not sustain any serious injuries, on review of the circumstances of the use of force and the arrest, the IIU civilian director has determined it is in the public interest for the agency to investigate.
Witnesses or other individuals who have information or video footage that may assist this investigation are asked to contact the IIU toll free at 1-844-667-6060.

A Regional Organization Continues to Support Business Ideas.

Community Futures Greenstone includes Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage, Snow Lake and Sherridon.  They have an eleven member Board made up of representatives from those communities with the mission to invest in the future of our region by fostering economic growth, innovation and diversification.


Manager Becky Cianflone reported to their annual meeting last night during their 2018-19 year they experienced great success in working with their communities, partners, volunteers and clients.  She notes in January 2018 the Board identified three strategic goal areas including promotion of Greenstone by continuing to develop partnerships as much as possible, building entrepreneurial capacity for more entrepreneurs in our region and effective loan management.


During April 1st 2018 to March 31st 2019 they activated 10 loans totaling just under 450 thousand dollars, assisted 72 clients, offered 108 business advisory services, had 449 business training participants and in a typical month provided services to 8 to 9 business clients,


Tom Therien continues a Board Chair, Cathy Fidierchuk Vice-Chair and Cal Huntley Secretary Treasurer.


The Chamber is Prepared For Another Year.

The  Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce held their annual general meeting yesterday accepting a revised slate of officers.  No one stepped forward to be President so that position remains open.  Two former Presidents Dianne Russell and Korey Eastman agreed to serve as co-Vice-Presidents sharing the Presidents job until that position is filled. Past President is Karen MacKinnon, Secretary Becky Cianflone, Treasurer Dave Kendall and there are six Directors. The Chamber will also review the number of meetings they hold with possibly more committee meetings.


Some of the highlights reported from the past year include helping to host the Manitoba Chamber’s Economic Development tour Oct 9th and 10th, their major fund raiser again was their radio auction raising 7 thousand dollars, the Flin Flon map placemat project, hosting an all candidates provincial election forum, taking part in the 2018 Infusion Conference, the Trout Festival community barbeque with the City and Huday and outreach gatherings with the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.  Membership was reported to be down slightly to 86 members.


A Food Drive Was a Great Success.

Through October Ford Canada and Northland Ford held a We Scare Hunger campaign to collect non-perishable food items for the Lords Bounty Food Bank.  Manager Allison Cooper says it was a very successful event. She says they delivered three F-150s, fully boxed them with their six and a half foot box and one Explorer to the Food Bank yesterday afternoon, the most they’ve ever got and Allison Dallas up there told them it will feed our community for about four to five months.


Cooper added the students at Ruth Betts, McIsaac and Creighton Schools were amazing and played a major role in the success of this year’s food drive

A Reconciliation Flag Was Raised at Northlands College.


A special ceremony was held at Northland College in Air Ronge on Friday in the raising of a reconciliation flag. The Board along with President and CEO Guy Penney noted with approximately 96 percent of their student body being of Indigenous ancestry this event reflected their commitment to reconciliation and the students which they serve. They added this is evidenced through incorporating tradition cultural events in their programs and through their recent creation of a cultural space to provide their students an opportunity to engage in traditional and cultural activities and ceremonies at each of their three campuses located in Creighton, Buffalo Narrows and La Ronge.


Penney says the flag raising ceremony symbolizes their commitment and respect to the importance of reconciliation going forward and also their commitment to the calls to action.

A Group of Students Will Be On the Job Wednesday.

Flin Flon School Division will be taking part in Take Our Kids To Work Day Wednesday.  Hapnot Collegiate Essential Skills Director Linda Lowe says all of the grade nine students will be involved by spending the day at the workplace of a parent, relative or friend.  She explains this is a great opportunity for students to see first hand what their parents do on the job and get a taste of the workforce within our community and for the parents it’s an opportunity to prepare children for the future by demonstrating their experience and skills needed on a daily basis for their job and participating in a shared experience with their child.  Lowe adds the students will be experiencing many different careers such as teaching, health, administration, trades and banking just to name a few.


Take Our Kids to Work Day is a national program in its 25th year supported by the Learning Partnership, SAFE Work Manitoba, Flin Flon School Division and local employers.


Your Picture Could Travel the Country.

U-Haul Company Canada Limited has announced that the Tire Shop has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Flin Flon community.  They are at 2 Kilometers South 10 Highway and will offer U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, moving supplies and in store pick up for boxes.  You can conduct transactions on your smart phones by setting up an account at www.uhaul.com or call them at 204-687-4944.


You can also can become U-Haul Famous by taking your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck.  Upload you photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous or go to www.uhaulfamous.com to submit photos and get more information.


Events Are Taking Place to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence.

This is National Domestic Violence Prevention Month.  The Women’s Resource Center’s Colleen Arnold says they have displays with information, buttons and purple and white ribbons around town.  She explains violence against women and children exists in everyday life and all societies and it takes many forms in our communities.  She says the display of purple ribbons within our communities sends a strong message that there is no place for domestic violence in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools and the goal of Domestic Violence Prevention Month is to raise awareness to inform the public of the consequences of domestic violence and the importance of standing up against it.


Arnold reminds you they will be holding their annual Take Back The Night event on November 25th at 5:15 in Pioneer Square on Main Street.


Remember to Fall Back.

Standard time returns to Manitoba this weekend.  Early Sunday morning clocks will need to be turned back one hour to end a summer of daylight saving time which returns again on Sunday March 8th, 2020.


A bill proposing an amendment to the Official Time Act presented by MLA Cliff Graydon to permanently end daylight saving time didn’t make it through the Legislature.  Graydon noted health and safety risks associated with the loss of one hour switching to daylight time in the spring due to a loss of sleep leading to increased traffic accidents and heart attacks.

The Deadline is Approaching for a Manitoba 150 Grant.

Next year marks Manitoba’s 150th anniversary as a province. The Manitoba 150 committee is encouraging communities province-wide to start planning their celebrations.  Funding is available to communities, non-profit organizations and First Nations to help pay for a portion of these events through the Celebrate 150 fund.

Co-chair of Manitoba 150, Monique LaCoste, shared how the funds can be used. She explains they’re looking for one time event based initiatives which are picnics, festivals or maybe you’ve always wanted to have a food festival or something a little different for your community so in the name of Manitoba 150 they’re inviting people to think a little differently and come up with great opportunities to engage their community.

Application forms are available at manitoba150.com.  The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, November 12th.  Information is also available on the website on Honour 150 which will honour 150 Manitobans who have made outstanding contributions to their communities, the Build 150 program and the Learn 150 program.



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