Local News Archives for 2020-05

There was One New Case of COVID-19 in Manitoba and Five in Saskatchewan over the weekend.

Manitoba public health officials reported no new cases of COVID-19 Saturday and one Sunday.  The total number of confirmed cases is now 295, no individuals are in hospital or intensive care, there are 10 active cases, 278 individuals have recovered and deaths remain at 7.

             

Monday Manitoba enters phase two of the Restoring Safe Services plan.  Information including workplace guidance for businesses can be found at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.

 

             

Saskatchewan reported 4 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday with three in the Far North and one Sunday bringing their total to 646.  A resident in the North Region in their 70s who tested positive for COVID-19 has died bringing that total to 11.  The number of active cases is 53 the lowest since March 22nd ,two more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 582 and four people are in hospital with one in intensive care.

 

After Two Cases in the Last Report Manitoba is Back to Reporting No New Cases of COVID-19 While Saskatchewan Reports Two More Cases.

          

  Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported there are now new cases, total cases remain at 294, there are no cases in hospital or ICU, 273 individuals are reported as recovered and there are 14 active cases.

             

Roussin adds the rate of positive cases continues to be quite low so the province can continue with its reopening plans as Manitobans continue to take precautions adding they continue to look at the timing of phase three of the program.

 

             

Saskatchewan reports two new cases both in the south bringing their total to 641.  61 cases are considered active, two more people have recovered bringing that total to 570 and four people are in hospital with two in intensive care. Saskatchewan will be implementing their phase three re-open plan on June 8th with the most up to date version of the plan available at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.

             

Cranberry Portage RCMP are Searching For a Man Wanted in a Double Stabbing.(REPORTED ARRESTED JUNE 1)

At approximately 3:40 Saturday morning RCMP responded to a stabbing at a residence in Cranberry Portage.  A 26 year old man and a 40 year old woman had been stabbed and were taken to hospital.                    

             

RCMP are currently searching for 25 year old Aaron George Cook who is wanted in connection with this incident. He has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

             

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Cranberry Portage RCMP at 204-472-4040, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

 

Manitoba Has Launched an Online Tool to Help Match Employers and Students.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is encouraging the provinces businesses to hire students for the summer.  He announced a website www.studentjobsmb.ca that will make it easier to link students to jobs.  He explains with this tool employers from the private sector, not for profit organizations and government can post jobs and see a lot of top applicants.  He says this tool will expedite connections between employers and students and it will encourage student summer employment adding Student Jobs MB will also be the primary source that the province will use to connect students with government employment opportunities that they are offering.

             

Government job opportunities include the Student Temporary Employment Program, the Conservation Green Team and Urban/Hometown Green Team partners.

             

Student Jobs MB is simple and free to use and the technology is safe and secure and designed to protect user privacy.

An organization that offered accommodations for northern and rural Manitobans seeking medical care in Winnipeg will be shutting down.

A Port in the Storm states in a news release that it will close its doors July 31st after eight years due to lower occupancy rates at their building.

 

The statement adds that the operational model for A Port in the Storm became financially unsustainable, and they were unable to find a permanent space for their clients that was close to Winnipeg hospitals.

 

President and CEO Rob Elder says A Port in the Storm will work with all their clients who are staying with the organization for a longer term to ensure they have a place to stay before the closure.

 

Since it began operations in 2012, A Port in the Storm has housed more than a thousand people who were in Winnipeg for medical treatment.

 

Rockcliff Continues With Successful Drill Programs Near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced the completion of their phase one drill program at their Freebeth Property 40 kilometers south of Snow Lake.  President Alistair Ross reports the drill program was successful in locating and identifying the historical Last Hurrah Zone and they really found something in the Last Hurrah that was very exciting.  He says they’ve got over five percent copper there on 2.3 meters strike length and they’re at about four percent copper equivalent over something like five meters so the potential for this one to become the next deposit that they drill has certainly raised its importance level as far as their considerations go.

             

Ross adds the Last Hurrah Zone is located only 3.5 kilometers southeast of the past producing Spruce Point copper zinc mine.

 

Manitoba and Saskatchewan Have Both Seen Two New Cases of COVID-19.

Manitoba Public Health reported this afternoon two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Manitoba to 294.  No individuals are in hospital or intensive care, the number of deaths remains at seven, there are 14 active cases and 273 individuals have recovered.

             

Officials remind you on Monday Manitoba will enter into Phase Two of the Restoring Safe Services Plan.  Information including workplace guidance for businesses can be found at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.

 

             

Saskatchewan also reported two new cases of COVID-19 bringing the provincial total to 639.  61 cases are considered active, nine more people have recovered bringing that total to 568, four people are currently in hospital with three in intensive care and deaths remain at 10.

             

Saskatchewan’s provincial state of emergency has been extended for two weeks and public health orders remain in effect including limiting public and private gatherings to no more than ten people.

 

 

Students Needing Help Can Soon Go Back to School by Appointment.

With classes officially cancelled for the year in Manitoba Flin Flon School Division has plans to help students.  They announced classroom learning will remain suspended for the remainder of the school year with remote learning continuing.  However starting Monday schools will be open to staff and specific programs for the purpose of assessments, clinical supports and planning.  Students will be able to come into the school by appointment only with parents or students scheduling times for their child to come and meet with teachers or clinicians by calling or emailing the teacher or clinician.  As well teachers or clinicians may reach out to parents to have students attend for assessment or support.  Parents will have to screen students for illness prior to them being accepted at the school.

             

Remote learning will wind down with the last work packages sent home the week of June 8th with the last day for remote learning June 12th and work returned to the schools the week of June 15th to 19th.  Final report cards will be mailed out June 30th for Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools with High School report cards available through the Parent Portal or in the mail if you contact the school.

             

You can find the complete details on the Flin Flon School Division website.

Pelican Narrows RCMP have Laid Bootlegging Charges.

On May 21st the COVID-19 security Check Stop to the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation received information that a known bootlegger was expected to be transporting alcohol into the community. The RCMP were notified the vehicle would be stopped and searched by the Community Safety Officers and Peter Ballantyne Security.  A search was conducted of a truck stopped at the Check Stop and numerous bottles of whisky and one of vodka were found.

             

The RCMP report the leadership of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation has determined the illegal distribution of alcohol is a serious health risk in the community during the current Public Health Order and a priority for the security patrols to assist in reducing illegal alcohol in the community.  Two adult males and a female all from Pelican Narrows have been charged under the Saskatchewan Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act.

 

Manitoba is Moving Forward with the Next Phase of Opening Up The Province.

          

Premier Brain Pallister has announced phase two of the Restoring Manitoba Program will get underway June 1st.   Along with allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing he mentioned other openings.  Those include expanding capacity at child care centers, allowing limited access to educational facilities where physical distancing can be maintained for additional tutorial days such as one on one learning opportunities, assessment and specific programming opportunities for our educators, re-opening community centers, resuming organized team sports and recreational activities including theatre and dance, expanding religious or other organizations outdoor services and re-opening indoor services at restaurants.

            

  Pallister added each category has strict restrictions in order to keep Manitobans safe with details at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.

 

No New Case of COVID-19 Have Again Been Reported in Manitoba While There are Two Additional Deaths in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 number this afternoon.  He reports there’s no new cases so the total number of cases remains at 292, there are no cases in hospital in hospital or ICU, 271 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 14 active cases.

             

With phase two of the province’s re-opening program beginning Monday Roussin reminds you it is vital that you continue to practice physical distancing and stay home when you are sick.

 

 

Saskatchewan reports two residents from the Far North who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.  One is an individual in their 80s while the other is in their 60s bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 10.  Three new cases have been reported bringing the provincial total to 637, 68 are reported active 10 more people have recovered bringing the total to 559 and there are four people in hospital with three in intensive care. Public Health notes with the warmer weather  it can be tempting to hold a big family gathering but Saskatchewan residents are advised the public health order limiting both public and private gatherings to no more than ten people remains in force.

Low Income Manitobans With Disabilities will Received Provincial Government Support.

Premier Brian Pallister has announced the province is extending 4.6 million dollars in direct and immediate financial support to low income Manitobans with disabilities during the pandemic.  He reported more than 23 thousand Manitobans need to rely on monthly benefits under the disability category of employment and income assistance and under the Disability Economic Support Program each of these Manitoban will receive a 200 dollar cheque in one time support in the mail in early June.  He added the payment will not be considered taxable income, it will not affect any other benefits that lower income Manitobans depend upon and this financial support will provide recipients with some of the additional help they need.

             

Pallister also announced support for the federal government’s proposed sick leave program noting a national program would ensure people can stay home from work whenever they are sick without fear of not being able to pay their bills and it will give the public confidence that the businesses and workplaces they visit are safe.

The War Amps are continuing their key tag campaign this year, but they advise Manitobans they might get their tags a little later than expected.

Program Director Rob Larman says it’s too soon to say when the key tags will arrive at their destinations due to things changing day-to-day with the COVID-19 updates from across the country.

However, Larman explains he’s confident that the War Amps will be able to return to their key tag service within the next couple of weeks, with the necessary measures in place to ensure physical distancing.

           

He says the War Amps continue to support amputees during this time as they continue to make available to amputees information on coping with amputation and financial assistance to amputees as well.  He notes right now what they’re trying to focus on during these challenging times is beefing up the amount of information they have available on their social platform so that people can reach out to them and they can continue to communicate with them and provide the much needed support as they deal with the difficulties associated with amputation.

             

The War Amps have returned over 1.5 million sets of keys to their owners since they started the key service over 70 years ago to support returning war amputee veterans.

 

The Spread of COVID-19 in Manitoba Continues to be at a Standstill While Another Death has Been Reported in Saskatchewan.

Public Health Officials reported this afternoon no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba.  The total number of cases remains at 292, no individuals are in hospital or intensive care, the number of deaths remains at seven, there are 16 active cases and 269 individuals have recovered.

             

Public Health reminds you as of May 22nd gathering size limits were increased to 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors with proper physical distancing while professional sports teams were allowed to return to their training facilities as long as precautions were taken and the public is not allowed in those facilities.

             

You can still provide input on plans for phase two reopening by going to www.manitoba.ca/covid19 and clicking on Restoring.

 

             

Saskatchewan reports an eighth death a resident in their 50s from the Far North Region while an additional death is currently under investigation.  They reported no new cases so the provincial total remains at 634, 77 cases are considered active, three more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 549 and five people are in hospital with three in intensive care.

 

 

Preparations Are Underway for Flin Flon Recreations Annual Summer in The Parks.

Assistant Supervisor Nevada Shirran says they are starting Summer in the Parks on June 9th with registration starting on June 1st at City Hall between 1 and 4 pm.  She explains this year they have 11 weeks and a few of their weeks are Wizard Week, Video Games, Canada Week, Artful Antics and even Disney Week but they’ll have a brochure with more information at City Hall. She says the prices this year are 90 dollars a week, 20 dollars drop in or 600 dollars for the whole summer.  She notes your child can register from ages 5 to 10 but 4 if they are going into kindergarten in the fall or turning 5 this year.

             

Shirran adds they only have 16 spots available each week due to the Corona virus and they are taking special measures with health and safety due to the virus.

 

 

The Red Ribbons Will Be Replaced.

Flin Flon School Board Chair Murray Skeavington has issued a public red ribbon apology letter.  It was addressed to students, staff, families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and Elder Margaret Head-Steppan.

            

  It explains in February all schools in the Division along with students participated in a joint project with the Women’s Resource Centre where they placed red ribbons on school yard fences to bring awareness to and honor missing and murdered women and girls.  He said the ties were to remain on the fence for 365 days and were to be returned to our Elder to be disposed of according to ceremonial protocols but regretfully the ties were removed from the fences when classes were suspended.  He wants to assure students, families, staff and Elder that this was not done with malice or any intention to disrespect the cultural protocols or families.

             

On behalf of the School Division he extended his sincerest apology noting we will use this as a teachable moment and ensured when school returns the red ribbon ties will be replaced on the fences following proper protocols.

New Hours are Coming Up at Flin Flon City Hall.

Beginning Monday June 1st City Hall will be opening under new temporary hours.  They will be open Monday to Friday from 1 to 4 pm until further notice.

             

They remind you social distancing practices must remain in place and they encourage everyone to continue paying your bills through online banking if possible.

No New Cases of COVID-19 Continue to be Reported in Manitoba With Two Reported in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He noted there are no new cases to report, the total number of cases remains at 292, 268 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 17 active cases.

             

Roussin adds the numbers continue to look favorable but as we continue to return to a new normal we must continue to practice physical distancing and stay home when ill.

 

 

             

Saskatchewan reports two new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 634 with one of the new cases in the Far North.  81 cases are considered active, eight more people have recovered bringing that total to 546, there are currently six people in hospital with four in intensive care.  Saskatchewan people returning to work can now be tested if they choose.

 

What Images Come to Mind When You Think About COVID-19 Quarantine?

Local photographer Noelle Drimmie and artist Karen Clark have received a grant from the Manitoba Arts Council.  Drimmie says they want to use it to create a COVID-19 quarantine inspired gallery of images.  She explains they’re essentially trying to create a time capsule of images of what quarantine and COVID-19 has been like for residents of the north so anything that sort of has a COVID-19 or quarantine theme in the image or even in the title just so when we look back on the images we sort of remember what life was like or what we were feeling or thinking during this time and it doesn’t have to be something made during quarantine, it could be just a piece of art you’ve done before but now has new meaning during quarantine.

             

You`re asked to submit a high resolution image of your work to noelledrimmie@gmail.com and if you need help also contact Noelle. Selected works will be printed in the Reminder as well as on large format posters in shops along Main Street, the Norva Centre and Johnny’s Social Club.

Saskatchewan Residents Must Renew Their Health Cards.

Renewal stickers for health cards are being mailed to all eligible Saskatchewan residents who currently have provincial health coverage.

 

As provincial health cards expire at the end of this calendar year, renewal packages will be sent to more than 685,000 households in the province from late this month to the end of June.  The stickers will validate health cards for a three-year period to December 31, 2023.

 

For households where some or all family members have moved in the last three years and your address has not been updated with eHealth Saskatchewan, residents should visit www.eHealthSask.ca/renew for more information. 

 

If for any reason a renewal package hasn’t arrived by the end of July contact eHealth Saskatchewan.  

 

For more information on health benefits visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

 

 

New COVID-19 Case Numbers Continue to be Low in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Public Health Officials reported no new cases of COVID-19 on both Saturday and Sunday.  The total number of cases reported in the province remains at 292, 17 cases are considered active, 268 individuals have recovered, the number of deaths remains at seven and no individuals are in hospital or intensive care.  Information and online screening are available at www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

 

             

Saskatchewan reported three new confirmed cases on Saturday and two on Sunday bringing the provincial total to 632 with three of the new cases in the Far North bringing the regions total to 251.  Of the 632 cases 87 are considered active, 17 more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 538, five people are in hospital with three in intensive care and seven deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.  Information and online self assessment are available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

 

Fire Destroyed a Fuel Truck This Afternoon.

The Flin Flon Fire Department was called to a fire at the Co-op card lock in the Industrial Park off the Perimeter Highway at 12:12 this afternoon.  A bulk fuel truck started on fire with the cause not determined as yet.  There was damage to the fill station as well as extensive damage to the truck.  The driver was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

            

The Fire Department had the fire out within an hour.

 

 

Two New Cases of COVID-19 Have Been Reported in Manitoba and Five in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Public Health Officials advised today two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified bringing the total number of cases reported in the province to 292. There are now 18 active cases and 267 individuals have recovered, one individual is in hospital with none in intensive care and the number of deaths remains at 7.

             

Testing for COVID-19 is still not recommended for Manitobans who do not have symptoms associated with the virus.  For more information and to access the online screening tool visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

 

             

Saskatchewan reported five new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 627 with four of the new cases in the Far North.  Of the total cases 99 are considered active, 12 more people have recovered bringing that total to 521.  Five people are in hospital with three in intensive care and seven deaths have been reported so far. Re-open Saskatchewan phase three is to begin June 8th with details now available at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.

 

The Manitoba Government is Looking for Input on a Draft Reopening Plan.

           

Premier Brian Pallister reports the government is examining additional plans to gradually continue to safely restore services and open additional businesses while ensuring physical distancing measures remain in place.  He says to ensure students are equipped to transition to the new school year additional teaching days are being examined including starting schools on August 31st.  Pallister outlined other ideas being examined including expanding religious or other organization outdoor services, expanding child care centre capacity and day camps, re-opening community centres, resuming organized activities and team sports, re-opening indoor services at restaurants, re-opening swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs and gyms and expanding personal services.

             

No date has been set for the changes pending public input.  Details can be found and you can provide feedback at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 and click on restoring.

 

 

Tonnage Continues to Increase at a Property near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has filed a Technical Report and Updated Mineral Resource Estimate of the Rail Project in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone belt.  President Alistair Ross says the reason for targeting the Rail Deposit in their overall drill strategy was to identify a third possible mine alternative in addition to their Tower and Talbot deposits.  He reports he very impressed with the results they got with the indicated tonnes going up by about 40 percent and they’re about 1.2 million tonnes there now somewhere around the three and a half percent copper equivalent grade and the inferred tonnes which they had nothing in that category when they started are now at 730 thousand tonnes at a shade over four percent copper equivalent grade.

             

Ross adds with the deposit still open along strike to the south and at depth they look forward to exploring the potential for further growth of the existing Rail deposit this year.

 

No New Cases of COVID-19 Were Again Reported in Manitoba with New Openings Announced in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported there are no new cases, the total number of cases remains at 290, one individual is hospitalized and no one is in ICU and 582 tests were performed taking their total to 36,402 tests.

             

Roussin reminds you to remain cautious so they can continue to lift restrictions to get the economy moving and get back to a new normal as even with these low numbers the virus is still in Manitoba.

 

 

Saskatchewan reports two new confirmed cases bringing the total to 622, 106 cases are considered active and 15 more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 509. Work is underway on the next phase of the plan to re-open the provincial economy.  Phase two of the plan began this week with phase three to begin June 8th when restaurants and licensed establishments open to 50 percent capacity.  Gyms, fitness centers, childcare facilities, places of worship and personal service businesses not open in phase two will open with guidelines to follow.  The updated plan is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.

The CEO of the Northern Health Region, Helga Bryant, says northern Manitobans must remain vigilant in making sure we don't spread COVID-19 as the province continues to re-open for phase one.

Bryant says northern residents have done well to flatten the curve in the region, as we’ve only had three cases of COVID-19, adding that she feels encouraged by the region’s collective efforts.  She states we as northerners have once again come together to collectively support the fight if you want to call it that against COVID.  She says there certainly has been some fear and trepidation especially in the earlier times of COVID, there were communities and individuals who were really anxious about this but she thinks given our numbers, given the good efforts everybody has engaged in it really has helped us rise above that and say you know we’ve got this.

                                  

Bryant gave special thanks to First Nations communities and agencies like MKO and KTC and says the communities all have plans to make sure COVID-19 doesn’t reach them.

 

More Support Will Be Available for Community Projects in Manitoba.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced the expansion of the Building Sustainable Communities Program by 10 million dollars for community groups and municipalities increasing this year’s fund by 25 percent.  He says they are investing in 344 projects all round Winnipeg and across the province to help provide a much needed boost to community based organizations and municipalities and these projects range from playground upgrades to community building repairs to sports equipment to nature trails and many others.  He notes the government’s 10 million dollar investment will lever an additional 18 million for a total of 28 million dollars of investment for these projects through matching private and municipal contributions.

             

Specific projects will be announced in the coming days and weeks.  For more information on the program visit www.manitobago.ca.

As COVID-19 Numbers Remain Low Manitoba is Moving Forward in Lifting Some Restrictions as Another Death is Reported in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported there are no new cases so the total number of cases remains at 290, one individual is currently in hospital and no one is in ICU, 260 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 23 active cases.

             

Roussin also announced portions of the Phase Two reopening plan can now be implemented.  As of this Friday public health orders will be modified to increase the limit on gathering size to no more than 25 people for indoor premises and 50 for outdoor areas providing social distancing measures are in place.  Other changes such as expansion of the types of businesses that can reopen are being discussed and more details will be announced when those decisions are made.

 

             

Saskatchewan reports a seventh COVID-19 related death a resident of the North region in their 60s bringing the total number of deaths to seven.  The province has 21 new confirmed cases bringing the total to 620 with 16 of the new cases in the La Loche and Beauval regions.  120 cases are considered active and 24 more people have recovered bringing that total to 494.

 

Requests Dominated the Flin Flon City Council Meeting Last night.

Council received a request from the Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee for permission to use certain streets for the July 1st parade.  To meet COVID-19 guidelines it will be a parade of cars and trucks that will travel throughout numerous streets in order to allow people to watch while remaining closer to home and in small family groups. The theme would be Appreciation of Front Line Workers. It was referred to the social and recreation committee.

             

Council referred to the finance committee an application from Jason and Kenda Kozar on behalf of the class of 2020 parents for Municipal Funding to cover the cost of 52 banners with the grads pictures to be hung on the light posts along Main Street to remind residents of the accomplishments of our graduates this year.

             

And Mayor Cal Huntley expressed condolences on behalf of Flin Flon and region on the death of Captain Jennifer Casey in the Snowbird’s jet crash on the weekend noting the close connection between the Snowbirds and our community following their air shows here in 2016 and 18.

 

Keep Safety in Mind While Boating.

The May long weekend kicked off Safe Boating Week.   Arctic Radio News spoke to Lifesaving Society Manitoba on how we can enjoy our time on the water without putting ourselves and others at risk.

 

Doctor Christopher Love says a number of boating-related injuries and fatalities happen due to alcohol and substance use whether its prescription drugs, alcohol, cannabis, any other substance you can think of, being under the influence of intoxicants it’s irresponsible its illegal and again it causes deaths every year.  He says in Canada the numbers fluctuate year to year adding they’re usually about a third of all our drowning deaths related to boating but in Manitoba we punch above our weight when it comes to that because 58 percent of boating related drowning deaths involved alcohol or other intoxicants.

 

Due to the pandemic, Transport Manitoba has released guidelines for boaters to ensure physical distancing practices.

 

Those include taking only people in your immediate household with you on a boat and

keeping  two metres apart from other boats and people while preparing to leave shore.

 

There Were no New Cases of COVID-19 reported in Manitoba and Some Travel Restrictions are Lifted in Saskatchewan.

After going since last Wednesday with no new cases and one reported Monday Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported no new cases, the total number of cases remains at 290, one individual is hospitalized and there are no patients in ICU, 257 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 26 active cases.

             

 With the one new low risk case reported Monday in a retail outlet in Winnipeg Roussin again reminds you we must be sure we are not out in public if we are ill and we must also continue social distancing.

             

Saskatchewan reported seven new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 599 with four of the cases in Beauval and three in La Loche, 123 cases are considered active and fifteen more people have recovered bringing that total to 470.  As the risk of transmission has regionalized in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District the public health order has been amended to only have travel restrictions applied to the northwest region.  You can find the list of communities still affected in the public health order at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

 

Fire Damaged a Home in Flin Flon Over the Weekend.

The Flin Flon Fire Department was called to 57 Callinan Street Saturday at 6:55 pm.  The fire is believed to have started from the exterior of the building spreading to the home.  Everyone got out safe.  There was substantial damage to the exterior.

 

Small and Medium Sized Businesses Can Benefit From a Relief Fund.

The Canadian Government has announced a new Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to be delivered by regional development agencies.  It is designed to help more businesses and organizations including the tourism industry that are key to the regions and local economies working with just over 304 million dollars for the western region.  Locally Community Futures Greenstone Manager Becky Cianflone explains the triple RF funding is intended for businesses that weren’t able to access CEBA or BCAP programs so some of those businesses that have fallen through the cracks in some of the other federal support programs that exist and there will be an online application portal available and you’ll be able to find a link to that on their website www.cfmanitoba.ca/greenstone.

             

Cianflone adds the application portal should be available sometime this week.  If you need more information you can call Greenstone at 204-687-6967.

 

COVID-19 Affected Parts of Hudbays Operations and Prices.

In their first quarter 2020 report Hudbay noted a net loss of 76.1 million dollars compared to a loss of 1.5 million in the first quarter of last year.  This reflects lower realized metal prices, lower Constancia grades in Peru in line with the mine plan and the high cost of sales in Peru as a result of the temporary suspension of Constancia due to COVID-19.  President Peter Kukielski explained operations continued in Manitoba without any impact to production and the ability to ship concentrate and zinc metal noting Lalor achieved record mine production with an eight percent increase over the fourth quarter averaging 4,632 tonnes per day in the first quarter and exceeding targeted levels.  Similarly he added the Stall Mill achieved superb results in this quarter with a 19 percent increase from the last quarter averaging over four thousand tonnes per day which is yet another record for Stall.

             

Kukielski praised the Manitoba team on the continued strong operating performance, production and cost control in an environment of increased constraints from COVID-19 related protocols.

Northern Manitoba Will See Expanded Broadband and Cell Phone Service.

The Manitoba government is looking to jumpstart broadband availability in rural and northern communities.  Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton says this is the first time Manitoba has sought to use a broad based province wide request for proposals for companies to leverage the provinces under used fibre-optic network.  He explains it will support the implementation of technology that will keep pace with our growing data needs, it will make life safer for rural Manitobans by improving cellular service along long stretches of transportation corridors and in communities that are currently without cellular service and best of all it will be done by making use of a resource that’s already in place.

             

Through Manitoba Hydro the province owns thousands of kilometers of fibre-optic cable in a network created to communicate with northern hydro electric facilities and transmit data much of which has never been used.

 

One New Case of COVID-19 Was Reported In Manitoba with no new cases in Saskatchewan.

After going since Wednesday with no new cases Manitoba Public Health reported one new case today.  That bring the total number of reported cases to 290, one individual is in hospital with one in intensive care, there are 26 active cases with 257 individuals reported as recovered with the number of deaths remaining at seven.  As of Saturday 487 additional laboratory tests were performed bringing the total number of tests since early February to just over 35 thousand.  Anyone with symptoms can use the online screening tool at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 to determine whether they meet the criteria to be tested.

 

              Saskatchewan reported no new cases today keeping the provincial total at 592.  131 cases are considered active, eleven more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 455.  Five people are in hospital with three in intensive care, and six deaths related to COVID -19 have been reported to date.  If you are experiencing symptoms you can take the online assessment at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19

 

There Were Low Numbers of COVID-19 Cases Reported in Manitoba and Saskatchewan Over the Weekend.

After reporting no new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday Manitoba Public Health again reported no new cases Sunday and Saturday.  The total number of cases reported in Manitoba continues to be 289, two individuals are in hospital with one in intensive care, there are 25 active cases and 257 individuals are reported as recovered and the number of deaths remains at seven. 

             

In Saskatchewan there was one confirmed case reported on Saturday and one Sunday.  Of the 592 reported cases 142 are considered active, eleven more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 444, five people are in hospital with three in intensive care.  The new case Sunday is in the Far North Region bringing its total to 219 cases.

             

Even with these low numbers in both provinces public health reminds you to continue physical distancing practices.

 

COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Hold Steady in Manitoba.

 

 Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon. He reports there are no new cases so the total number of cases remains at 289, three individuals are hospitalized with one in intensive care, 254 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 28 active cases.

             

Roussin reminds you do not go out if you are ill even with mild symptoms, stay home and seek health care if required.  The testing centres across the north will be closed on Monday reopening on Tuesday.

 

 

Saskatchewan reported eight new confirmed cases bringing the total to 590.  All of the new cases are in the Far North with 5 in La Loche and 3 in Beauval bringing the region to 218.  176 cases are considered active and ten more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 408.  Nine people are in hospital with three in intensive care.

 

More Agencies Will Be Enforcing Public Health Orders.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced the designation of additional provincial government officials to enforce public health emergency orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including health and safety officers under Workplace Health and Safety, inspectors under the Liquor Gaming and Cannabis Control Act, Manitoba Agriculture inspectors and Provincial Park Patrol Officers among others.  He noted this is in addition to other agencies including the RCMP, Winnipeg Brandon and other Municipal Police Services, Community Safety Officers, First Nations Safety Officers and Bylaw Enforcement Officers.

             

Pallister added the over three thousand provincial and municipal officials will operate in their regular roles and provide education and warnings to Manitobans and businesses in their sectors as required with tickets issued as a last resort.

 

Reports and Motions Were Part of Wednesdays Creighton Town Council Meeting.

Creighton Town Council met earlier this week via conference call to discuss the latest town business.  Creighton RCMP Sergeant Sean McPhee started off with the community police report for April.  It was a bit different from last year due to COVID-19 and the blockades and new faces in town.  With this being National Road Safety Week there will be more Checkstop enforcement and with more people outdoors there will be no tolerance for public intoxication. 

             

Council mentioned a recommendation to apply for Northern Capital Grant Funding to assist with the purchase of a 2019 Ford half ton truck for the estimated price of 40 thousand dollar with the motion carried. Council also heard a recommendation to authorize the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to sign the La Ronge Regional Fire/Rescue Services Mutual Aid Area Organization which is an agreement to allow the Creighton Fire Department to provide service beyond the Creighton boundary with the motion carried.

             

And Bike Safety Week is underway in Saskatchewan and Creighton Pizza is on board once again with ice cream coupons.

 

This is Bike Safety Week.

The theme this year is Ready to Ride.  Along with physical distancing you are reminded to always wear a helmet, never wear headphones while cycling, ride single file on the right hand side of the road, use arm signals when turning, look both ways before crossing streets, obey all traffic lights and signals, scan the road for obstacles, remember drivers have blind spots, keep your bike in good working order, be visible and always ride with caution.

            

For more information on bike safety visit www.sgi.sk.ca/bicycleriders.

 

May 12 to 18 is Canada Road Safety Week, and this year's focus is on fatal crashes caused by alcohol consumption.

MPI spokesperson Brian Smiley says in the first four months of 2020, alcohol was involved in nearly one-third of the 16 fatal crashes on Manitoba’s public roadways.

 

He adds that people not using seatbelts and drivers who speed also contribute to the fatalities.

 

Smiley explains that while traffic volume and collision counts have seen a decrease so far, likely due to the pandemic, the number of fatalities has remained about the same as last year. He notes the death counts for the first couple of months, March and April aren’t significantly different from a year ago, roughly four deaths per average from those months, roughly the same as the year before which is a bit surprising but again that tells us that people are continuing to travel too quickly, the severity of the crashes remains the same so traffic counts are down but unfortunately the fatalities are roughly the same as last year’s period.

 

Smiley goes on to say that while a number of MPI’s initiatives for lowering road fatalities have been suspended due to COVID-19, law enforcement is continuing to monitor the roads for those who may be driving under the influence.

 

COVID-19 Numbers are Holding in Manitoba.

Public Health Officials reported today no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified.  In addition one case that had been considered probable has been ruled as negative so the total number of cases is now 289.  Four individuals are in hospital with one in intensive care, there are 30 active cases and 252 individuals have recovered.

             

Public Health notes while some gradual lifting of restriction has begun significant work to limit the spread of COVID-19 must continue.  They advise you to remain within or close to your home communities, limit travel to essential trips only and travel is not permitted from southern Manitoba to areas north of the 53rd parallel which is anywhere north of the north end of Lake Winnipeg.

 

Saskatchewan reported five new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 582 with four of the new cases in the La Loche area.  178 cases are considered active with 13 more people considered recovered bringing the provincial total to 398.  Ten people are in hospital with three in intensive care.

              COVID-19 testing will soon be available to any Saskatchewan resident working outside the home particularly those returning to work as part of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.

 

An Advisory Board Will Assist the Manitoba Government in Recovering Economically From COVID-19.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced the establishment of the new Premier’s Economic Opportunities Advisory Board.  He says this group will draw on their experiences, strengths, their skills to focus on unleashing private sector capital and investments to recover jobs and growth, to foster entrepreneurship and small business start ups and technology growth, to establish and maintain collaboration networks and market intelligence among businesses, government and communities that support trade and investment in job creation and to identify opportunities to transform government policies, programs, regulations and services to better support a faster recovery throughout our economy.

             

The 18 member Board is made up of leaders in sectors including business, technology, financial services and training and will have a mandate of 18 months.

 

Plans Have Been Developed for the End of This and the Next School Year.

The Flin Flon School Board met for a virtual meeting Tuesday.  Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne reported the Division will continue to help out families with their nutritional needs during school closures.  If you require additional help contact your child’s school.  The proposed calendar for the 20-21 school year has been submitted to the Department of Education although there may be changes due to COVID-19.  The proposed calendar can be viewed on the Division’s website.

             

June 8th the last work packages for K to 8 will be available.  June 17th is the latest date to have the completed work returned. For high school students the last day of classes will be on June12th.  The following week will be for collecting and marking submitted work.

             

Secretary Treasurer Heather Fleming reported the Public Schools Finance Board has approved the Hapnot and McIsaac roof projects to proceed as planned for this year.  As well Flin Flon Bomber Reid Robertson has received the RBC and SJHL Community Ambassador Award.  Robertson directed his donation to Ruth Betts toward a new playground structure.

 

As We Head Towards a Long Weekend You Are Reminded to Stay Safe With No New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports there are no new cases, the total number of cases remains at 290, four individuals are currently hospitalized with one in intensive care, 251 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 32 active cases.

             

Roussin reminds you if you are considering going camping or to the cabin for the long weekend be sure you take everything you need with you to avoid stops along the way, limit your close contacts and if you’re ill stay home. If you are ill you no longer have to contact HealthLinks.  Go to www.manitoba.ca/covid19, take the self assessment and you can get tested.

 

Saskatchewan reported four new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 577 with all new cases in the La Loche area.  186 cases are considered active, eleven more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 385 and ten people are in hospital.  The state of emergency in Saskatchewan has been extended for a period of two weeks.

Movies Outdoors are Back Starting Tomorrow.

The Big Island Drive In Theatre is opening tomorrow night with COVID-19 precautions to keep people safe.  The Theatre’s Dawn Hlady says they now offer debit and credit card transactions at the box office and there are changes at the concession.  She explains because they only have a maximum of ten people in the concession at a time you can now order concession food through your mobile device at your car, so you’ll place it on an online platform that will be linked to their website at www.bigislanddrivein.com and that will allow them to deliver food to your car so you can stay safe and it’s a win win because you don’t have to stand in those long lineups that happen in the concession and you don’t miss a minute of the movie.

            

Hlady adds you are asked when parking to leave one car space between vehicles.

             

More information can be found online at www.bigislandrivein.com.

 

 

Funding Has Been Increased for Summer Jobs for Manitoba Young People.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced funding for the province’s Green Team program.  He stated the government is going to provide up to ten million dollars in Green Team funding which is nearly double the amount that was invested last year and that will support community organizations, municipalities and provincial parks in delivering Green Team projects this year and creating green jobs.  He added these investments are going to help our youth to gain critical work experience, they’re going to help support our employers during the response and recovery phases of the COVID-19 pandemic and they’re going to help build our economy as well.

             

The Green Team funding is expected to support over two thousand jobs.  To receive funding organizations must comply with physical distancing requirements and practices for the pandemic as directed by the chief provincial public health officer.  For more information go to the government website at www.manitoba.ca.

 

A New Case of Covid-19 Was Reported in Manitoba This Afternoon.

Public Health Officials advise one new case of COVID-19 has been identified in Manitoba.  The total number of lab confirmed positive and probable case in the province is 290.  Four individuals are currently in hospital with one in intensive care, there are 32 active cases and 251 individuals have recovered, the number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at seven.

             

The additional case is related to the workplace cluster in the Prairie Mountain Health Region bringing the total cases to 11.  They note this is not unexpected as public health officials continue to investigate and trace contacts.

 

             

Saskatchewan reported five new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 573.  All of the new cases are in the Far North with three in the Beauval area and two in LaLoche bringing that region to 203.  Of the provincial total 193 are considered active, eleven more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 374 and 11 people are in hospital with three in intensive care.

 

Social Distancing Will Be Part of Fishing Season This Year.

The 2020-21 fishing season officially kicks off Saturday across the northern division of Manitoba.  You are reminded that when outside it is still important to practice social distancing according to COVID-19 public health guidelines.

             

The Manitoba government has launched its new online service for the sale of outdoor licenses and permits including angling licenses.  All anglers are required to obtain an angling license to fish in Manitoba unless exempt.  They are now available 24 hours a day seven days a week and can be purchased and printed at home by going to www.manitobalicensing.ca. They can also be purchased at some sporting goods and hardware stores, fishing centers and lodges.

             

Anglers can also become familiar with Manitoba fishing regulations by referring to the 2020 Manitoba Anglers’ Guide at www.manitobafisheries.com and the province will again be operating watercraft inspection stations to help watercraft users be compliant with aquatic invasive species requirements.

 

Rockcliff Has Intersected Near Surface High Grade Zinc-Copper Mineralization Near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has completed its phase four drill program at their Bur Property located in the Snow Lake Region.  President Alistair Ross says it has shown great promise in extending the known mineralization of the historical Bur Zinc-Copper Deposit.  He explains it’s actually pretty exciting as they’ve got some results of over 12 percent zinc equivalent over three and a quarter meters or so and another 15 percent over nearly two meters among other things.  He adds he thinks the other exciting thing about the results is they are very interested in copper at Rockcliff and there are results of two percent and over of just straight copper.

             

Rockcliff is presently earning a one hundred percent interest in the Bur Property from Hudbay.

Reported Manitoba COVID-19 Numbers Went Up By Two This Afternoon.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported there are two new cases so the total number of cases is now 289, four individuals are hospitalized with one in intensive care, 247 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 35 active cases.

             

Roussin reported over the weekend two additional cases were added to the workplace cluster in the Prairie Mountain Health Region bringing the total to ten cases.  He also noted their daily briefings will be reduced to three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

Saskatchewan reported only four new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 568 with all of the new cases in the Far North at La Loche bringing the Far North to 197 cases.  Of the total 199 are considered active, 14 more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 363 and 11 people are in hospital with three in intensive care.

Spring Clean Up Will Become Easier Next Week.

            

Flin Flon City Council has approved a spring cleanup and normal hours coming to the landfill.

             

The landfill will be open Wednesday this week and then effective this Saturday landfill hours of operation will return to normal which is Monday to Saturday from 10 to 5:45 and Sunday noon to 4.  Tipping fees will be waived starting Saturday until June 8th.  Spring cleanup will be held between May 19th and June 5th with collection on the same day as regular garbage collection.

             

 There are a few things to remember about cleanup. Metal debris must be placed in a separate pile near your regular garbage collection area, freezers or fridges must be tagged regarding Freon removal and city crews will not pick up recyclables, garages, decks or other large structures.

There Has Been Praise for Support Workers in Northern Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty has released a statement for residents of Northern Saskatchewan in light of the current outbreaks of COVID-19 in northern communities.  He states he and his wife Donna extend their sincere condolences to the families who recently lost elders to the virus noting they appreciate the role that elders have within our families and communities and their passing is heartbreaking.  He acknowledges and thanks all of the front line healthcare workers, police officers, EMTs and all the people behind the scenes who are working to support these service providers.  He also thanks community leaders for their leadership during this difficult time and the volunteers who have stepped forward to help.

               

Mirasty adds all of these people are doing the best they can and to make their job a little easier we all need to do our part by staying home and keeping our families and communities safe.

One More Case of COVID-19 Has Been Reported in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported there is one new case so the total number of cases is 284, five individuals are hospitalized with none in intensive care, 247 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 30 active cases.

             

Roussin adds the new case is attributed to the cluster in the Prairie Mountain Health Region bringing the total there to 8 cases.  Affected staff and their close contacts are self isolating and public health officials are continuing with detailed contact tracing.

 

Saskatchewan reports 13 new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 544.  12 of the new cases are in the La Loche area bringing the Far North total to 179.  203 of the total cases are considered active, six more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 335

             

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has ended its outbreak declaration at the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital made after an inpatient tested positive April 30th as no further cases have been discovered.

 

Manitoba Has Lifted a Limit on Prescriptions.

Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen announced the government will be effective Monday removing the one month limit on prescription renewal.  He says Manitobans who have prescriptions will be able to fill them as per their prescriber’s directions including up to a 3 month supply as long as the drug is not affected by a shortage at the time of the fill.

             

In March the government moved to restrict prescription fills to one month in response to global shortages.  The minister also announced a time limited COVID-19 drug shortage working group responsible for ongoing surveillance and monitoring of drug availability in the province.

 

 

A Camp For Children of All Ages Will Not Open This Summer.

Simon House Bible Camp Executive Director Darrell Janzen made the announcement on their website. He states it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that he announces that due to COVID-19 and the restrictions that the Manitoba Government has put in place the camp has suspended all programs for the summer of 2020.

             

Janzen says he will be in touch with those who have paid to refund their money.

             

You can view Janzen’s complete message as well as messages from camp staff to parents and campers on their website www.simonhouse.ca as well as their online store.

             

Janzen adds he will send out information on bringing a piece of the camp into homes virtually and they will come back in the summer of 2021 stronger than ever.

Hudbay Has Arranged Funding for Snow Lake Gold Growth.

          

Hudbay Minerals has entered into a gold forward sale and prepay arrangement with a syndicate of its existing lenders.  The Company will receive an upfront payment of 115 million dollars US in exchange for delivering a total of just under 80 thousand gold ounces in 2022 and 2023 base on gold forward curve prices averaging approximately 1682 dollars US per ounce.

             

President Peter Kukielski says they are pleased to bolster their liquidity and prefund the entire budget for the New Britannia gold mill refurbishment which is a low risk high return investment with a short payback that is expected to more than double their gold production in Snow Lake to over 150 thousand ounces per year by 2022.

             

On March 30th Hudbay announced its annual reserve and resource update which included a 35 percent increase in Snow Lake gold reserves to 2.2 million ounces and extended the mine life to 18 years.

 

Manitoba is Investing Additional Money in Infrastructure.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced yesterday the government is increasing its investment in the provincial ReStart Program.  He explains their Manitoba ReStart Program is going to see an additional 500 million dollar investment over the next two years in shovel worthy infrastructure projects to help stimulate our economy.  He points out some of these projects will include the categories of water and sewer projects through the Municipal Water Services Board, road and highway resurfacing and repairs, bridge repairs, municipal infrastructure priorities and cost sharing projects with other levels of government.

             

Pallister noted specific projects will start to be delivered in coming weeks adding it expands on the already planned infrastructure investment of three billion dollars over the next two years.

There Was No Increase in COVID-19 Cases Reported in Manitoba Today.

         

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon. He reported there are no new cases but there’s been one probable case that has now been ruled as negative so the total number is now 283, five individuals are currently hospitalized with none in intensive care, 243 individuals are tested as recovered and there are 33 active cases.

             

Roussin commented on the cluster of cases found in the Prairie Mountain Health Region noting the current case count is still seven adding the precautions the workplace took in breaking employees into small groups as they worked limited the spread.

 

 

Saskatchewan reported today 19 new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 531. 15 of the new cases are in the Far North with 12 of those in the La Loche area.  196 of the total cases are considered active and 17 more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 329.

 

The Fire Report and Bylaws Were Part of Tuesdays Flin Flon City Council Meeting.

Council received the Fire Chiefs Report for April indicating four incidents.  They included assisting EMS on two occasions, a structure fire at 179 Centre Street with all damage contained to the home at a total loss and assisting the Creighton Fire Department at a fire that destroyed a duplex at 458 Elander Avenue.

             

Council passed on final reading a bylaw to adopt provisions of the Manitoba Emergency Measures Act and adopt the updated City of Flin Flon Emergency Plan with minor changes.

             

Council will request a meeting with the Northern Health Region to gather more information on the closure of the operating rooms at Flin Flon General Hospital.

             

Council received a letter from the local Everyone Deserves a Home Community Committee expressing their concerns about our homeless, houseless community members and access to public washrooms. They suggested the use of the Whitney Forum public washrooms as it would be able to accommodate physical distancing space and a waiting area. Council stated given the facilities are closed right now, given that the people couldn’t be managed and you couldn’t manage the hours properly that is not a facility that could be used for that circumstance.

The Manitoba Government has Announced Support for Student Scholarships and Bursaries.

Premier Brian Pallister has announced an increase in the matching program for scholarships and bursaries for this year only.  He explained they are going to be matching all funds raised by universities and colleges for that bursary initiative dollar for dollar.  He said their program previously was one dollar of grant support for each two dollars raised outside.  He noted they realize that this year it is a challenge for post secondary institutions anytime to raise money for scholarships and bursaries and with the economy in the present state it’s in they expect these challenges will not be less.

             

Pallister adds this commits the government to 15 million dollars for this program which is a fifty percent increase in what they had budgeted earlier.

 

 

Reported Cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba Went Up Slightly Today.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports two new cases bringing the total number of cases to 284, five individuals are hospitalized with none in intensive care, 242 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 35 active cases.

             

Public Health officials have now increased the number of cases associated with a workplace cluster in the Prairie Mountain Health Region to seven.  They state there is no cause for concern and this type of increase is not unexpected as contact tracing expands and additional testing is conducted adding this workplace is not related to health care or food supply and does not involve significant interaction with the general public.

A New Outbreak of COVID-19 Has Been Reported in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has one confirmed COVID-19 case of a staff member at the Meadow Lake Hospital 205 kilometers northwest of Prince Albert.  This case was linked to community transmission and to date no patients have presented with symptoms of COVID-19. The staff member and close contacts are in self-isolation and additional contact tracing is underway.

             

Saskatchewan reported 25 new confirmed cases today bringing the provincial total to 512.  24 of the new cases are in the Far North with 22 being in La Loche.  Of the total reported cases 194 are considered active, two more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 312. There are currently 13 people in hospital with four in intensive care.

 

Concerns Were Discussed About Yard Sales and Summer Programs.

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a report on parks and recreation summer programs.  In light of COVID-19 they discussed concerns about opening up the parks and splash pads for activities especially in controlling how many kids will be attracted to the parks once they open.  They will request more information from the Director of Recreation on how programs will be run, how to ensure it can be done following provincial guidelines and can the programs be shut down if concerns are raised about safety.                        

Councilor Colleen McKee expressed concern for our more vulnerable citizens if parks are opened too soon asking if the city can put in place stricter guidelines than the province if needed. Mayor Cal Huntley said they have the ability to pass bylaws and if they want to go beyond those guidelines Council will discuss that but he feels the provincial guidelines are going well and we have to ensure everyone continues to follow them.

             

Council passed a resolution that yard and garage sales be prohibited in Flin Flon until further notice.  The resolution noted yard and garage sales tend to be hands on affairs involving mostly cash transactions and both can cause a threat of COVID-19.  Councilor Colleen McKee opposed the resolution.

 

 

 

The Manitoba Government is Offering Support to Our Seniors.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister paid tribute to senior citizens and their contribution to our province.  He announced a program to show their appreciation for our seniors.  He explained this is a 45 million dollar program which will offer direct support for all Manitoba seniors to help lessen their financial burdens caused by COVID-19.  He noted as part of the Manitoba Protection Plan the Seniors Economic Resources Credit will deliver a 200 dollar one time refundable tax credit to Manitoba Seniors facing additional costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

             

Pallister adds the Department of Finance will be mailing a payment cheque this month as a credit advance to each senior 65 or older who filed a 2018 income tax form prior to April 1st this year.  If you changed your address or need more information go online to www.manitoba.ca/seniorseconomicrecoverycredit.

Another COVID-19 Related Death Was Reported in Manitoba Today.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports there’s one new case so the total number of cases is now 282, they are reporting an additional death who is a man in his 70s from the Southern Health Region which brings the total number of COVID related deaths in Manitoba to seven, four individuals are hospitalized with none of those in intensive care, 238 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 37 active cases.

             

Public Health officials report they have been made aware of a small cluster of five cases at a workplace in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.  Officials are working with the company to test other workers who may have been exposed and to implement sanitization protocols at the worksite.  Roussin points out this is not a health related facility and there is no threat to the public.

 

Saskatchewan reported 20 new confirmed cases today bringing the provincial total to 487.  18 of the new cases are in La Loche and area bringing the Far North total to 128.  Of the provincial total 171 are considered active.  13 people are in hospital with four in intensive care.

 

The Manitoba Legislature Will be Sitting Tomorrow.

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey outlines the advantages of being in the Legislature to get the attention that people here deserve because when they’re in question period and things like that there’s press there paying attention adding a lot of times they’re not paying attention other than that so they can get some of the concerns they have about the OR and other issues that are going on and he wants to be there to do that and be able to represent the people of the north the way it was intended to be.  He adds he looks forward to going back there and trying to get some of those answers in a more public way that just writing letters.

             

The Legislature will be holding one sitting day a week throughout May with a potential virtual sitting day.

 

Rockcliff Has Found Significant Nickel at the Tower Property.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced a new high grade nickel discovery on its Tower Property about 126 kilometers south of Wabowden.  President Alistair Ross says this is major for them as this new discovery termed the TGR Nickel-PGE Prospect has returned significant assay results.  He reports when they drilled to their south anomaly they were fully hoping they might find the extension of their Tower south copper deposit however the rock formation was clearly the Thompson nickel belt as its ultramafic and their discovery hole hit around two and a half percent nickel, just over three grams of palladium and just over a gram of platinum.

             

Ross adds they will be busy at Tower once spring break up is complete as they continue exploration and the advancement of their high grade deposit through a Preliminary Economic Assessment in preparation for making a construction decision as soon as it is feasible.

They Showed Their Appreciation.

Emergency Services and First Responders drove past Flin Flon General Hospital this afternoon with lights and sirens.  Flin Flon, Creighton and Cranberry Portage RCMP. Flin Flon and Creighton Fire Departments and Flin Flon and Area EMS  showed their appreciation of medical personnel and staff at the Hospital for their ongoing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Far North in Saskatchewan Has Shown Another Jump in COVID-19 Cases.

Saskatchewan reports 34 new confirmed COVID-19 cases bringing the provincial total to 467.  29 of the new cases are in the Far North, La Loche and surrounding area bringing its reported total to 110 cases.  Of the total cases 154 are considered active, 2 more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 307.  There are currently 11 people in hospital four in intensive care.

             

The Saskatchewan Health Authority reminds all Saskatchewan residents that if you feel unwell and think you require any medical care, don’t wait. Accessing medical care in the midst of COVID-19 is safe whether you visit your local walk-in clinic, family physician or emergency department.  For urgent and emergeny medical concerns such as chest pain, signs of stroke, broken bones, shortness of breath or thoughts of self-harm, go to a hospital emergency department or call 911.

COVID-19 Numbers are Holding in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon. He notes there are no new cases to report, the total number of cases remains at 281, the total number of COVID related deaths remains at six, five individuals are hospitalized none of which are in intensive care, 238 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 37 active cases.

             

Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring.  They will continue to review the lifting of restrictions to determine whether to expand or reduce the restrictions in place.

Hospital Staff Will Be Recognized for Their Work This Afternoon.

 

            

Constable Darek Eberts is organizing an event for this afternoon for Emergency Services and First Responders to acknowledge hospital staff.  He explains Flin Flon, Creighton and Cranberry Portage RCMP, Flin Flon and Creighton Fire Departments and Flin Flon and Area EMS are joining together to show appreciation to medical personnel and staff of the Flin Flon General Hospital.  He says they as First Responders felt that it was important to show their support and recognize the hospital’s ongoing efforts during this COVID-19 pandemic.

             

Eberts reports they will gather at 4:30 this afternoon in front of the emergency entrance with lights and sirens, exit their vehicles and give a cheer to thank the emergency department and hospital staff while keeping to the physical distancing rules.

 

Manitoba Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Davidson spoke with Arctic Radio about the reopening of some businesses in the province.

Davidson says that just because small businesses are allowed to reopen doesn’t mean that they are required to do so.  He explains this is basically allowing small business to open but some of the things that they’re concerned with re-opening is that obviously it’s done in a safe manner and there’s going to be new precautionary measures that are put in place by the Public Health Officer with regards to the number of people in the establishment, making sure that you’re continuing to follow the key health protocols by having protective equipment in your facility, making sure you have hand sanitizer and all those different things

.Davidson believes that Manitobans have done a good job taking this pandemic seriously and he wants to remind business owners not to cut corners, take necessary precautions, and follow the rules so that we can reopen more businesses as we move forward and reduce the chances of a second wave of the virus that would bring us back to square one.

COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Climb in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab reported 12 new confirmed cases in the province Saturday and four yesterday bringing the provincial total to 433.  81 cases have been reported in the Far North region. 122 of the total cases are considered active, 8 more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 305.  There are currently 14 people in hospital with three in intensive care.

             

Dr Shahab says 19 of the new cases announced Friday came from in and around La Loche where the virus is spreading through community transmission after initially coming in from someone who had travelled from northern Alberta.  Several of these tests are still pending and are not yet included in the total figures reported yesterday.

 

Two New Cases of COVID-19 Were Reported in Manitoba over the Weekend.

Manitoba Public Health officials reported one new case of COVID-19 on Saturday and one today. That brings the total number of lab confirmed positive and probable cases in the province to 281.  Five individuals are in hospital with none in intensive care, there are 38 active cases and 237 individuals have recovered with the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remaining at six.

              Restoring Services Together, Manitoba’s pandemic and economic roadmap for recovery is available at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.  Public Health Officials note while some gradual lifting of restrictions has begun, significant work to limit the spread of COVID-19 must continue.  They advise you to remain within or close to your home communities including limiting travel even within Manitoba and neighboring communities to essential trips only.

 

Four New Cases of COVID-19 Have Been Reported in Manitoba, 26 in Saskatachewan.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported there are four news cases bringing the total number of cases to 279, the total number of COVID-19 deaths remains at six, five individuals are hospitalized with no patients in intensive care, 235 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 38 active cases.

             

Roussin noted this is not the time to hold or attend garage sales as public health orders are still in place.

             

The province is also launching an education campaign on being COVID careful in cottage country including portable signs and education stops on key highway routes, material that can be displayed in car and cottage windows as well as a social media campaign.

 

Saskatchewan reports 26 new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 415 with nineteen of the new cases in the far north, La Loche and surrounding area bringing the far north total to 77.  112 cases are considered active with 297 recovered.

Foran Mining is Moving Forward with Their Mine Study West of Flin Flon.

Foran Mining has filed a technical report for a Pre-Feasibility Study for McIlvenna Bay 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.  The study demonstrates that McIlvenna Bay is poised to be the centre of operations for a new mining camp.

             

A few highlights from the report indicate an underground mine with nine year life employing a combination of longitudinal longhole retreat and sub-level transverse stoping methods to mine at a nominal rate of 36 hundred tonnes per day, a low carbon footprint mining project powered by existing hydroelectric power and haulage of ore to surface using battery electric vehicles with efficient ore haulage from deeper levels using vertical ore conveying technology, further expansion of the resource at McIlvenna Bay and continuation of exploration of identified and new satellite deposits.

             

The report will be available at the company’s website www.foranmining.com.

 

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced further measures and supports to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Northern Saskatchewan.

The announcement includes further travel restrictions for the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District including restricting all non-critical travel into and out of the district as well as restricting all non-critical travel between northern communities.

The Government is providing immediate funding of $370,000 targeted to combating COVID-19 in the province’s Far North region and new supports for northern outfitters and businesses operating in provincial parks.  Amendments to the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment program will ensure these small businesses are eligible for grants up to $5,000.

For more information on the current COVID-19 situation in the province, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

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