Local News Archives for 2021-04

Reported COVID-19 Cases Have Topped 37 Thousand in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported 193 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 217. They also reported one death in the South East zone.  Of the new cases 66 are in Regina, 40 in Saskatoon, 20 in North East with numbers in the teens or single digits in other zones.  Of the total 37,085 reported cases 2525 are active and 34,102 people have recovered.  3901 variants of concern have been identified with the large numbers still in Regina with 2532, 378 in South East, 333 in South Central and 328 in Saskatoon with lower numbers in other zones including two in Far North East.

             

They also note in an effort to protect residents as quickly as possible the eligible age for booking vaccination appointment online or by telephone has been lowered to 52.  Fifty-five percent of residents age 50 plus have received their first dose.

Vaccine Eligibility is Being Reviewed in Manitoba.

Manitoba public health reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate down to 5.3 percent.  They also reported three additional deaths with one each in Prairie Mountain, Winnipeg and Southern health regions. Of the new cases 53 are in the Winnipeg region and 16 in Northern health with single digits in other regions.  The number of active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon District is 17.

             

The Medical Lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer says the age for vaccine eligibility has been changed so people aged 59 and older and First Nations aged 39 and older are now eligible to make an appointment to get the vaccine.  She wants to assure Manitobans that they are also looking closely right now to determine how they can best protect people at risk of COVID-19.  She notes they already know that certain areas of the province are seeing higher case counts and rates of transmission.

             

Reimer says she wants to see everyone in the province vaccinated and they are reviewing the use of pop-up clinics.

             

Of the total 35,539 reported cases 1439 are active and 33,146 individuals have recovered.  The total variants of concern cases reported is now 560.

 

Hudbay Reports Positive COVID-19 Cases in Flin Flon and Snow Lake.

In a statement to media Hudbay confirms there are a total of seven positive cases of COVID-19 at their Snow Lake and Flin Flon operations with most in Snow Lake.  They are also aware of a number of potential additional cases for which test results are pending.  They add all affected individuals are in self-isolation as are all known close contacts and contact tracing is being conducted by public health.

             

Hudbay adds it appears workplace transmission is likely to have occurred and is investigating how this happened and will take all remedial steps to prevent further transmission.  They are also providing rapid PCR testing to all those who work in Snow Lake.

             

Operations at their Stall mill remain temporarily suspended due to not having sufficient team members to operate the plant which is expected to start up this week.

 

Now is the Time to Register Younger Students for Creighton School.

Creighton Community School is now accepting Pre-K and Kindergarten registrations for the 2021-22 school year. Principal Patti Korchinski explains Pre-K parents and Kindergarten parents can pick up applications for the 2021-22 school year at the school or they can get them off of their website at www.creightonschool.com. She notes Pre-K students should be born in 2018 and Kindergarten students should be born in 2016 for the fall.

             

Parents registering children will need a copy of the child’s birth certificate and their address and phone number.  The deadline to register is May 7th.

 

Manitoba Wants to Hear Input on Education in the Province.

Education Minister Cliff Cullen has announced the creation of a number of task forces and advisory panels that will help shape the future of Manitoba’s education system.  He says they want to engage Manitobans in the process.  He announced they will be launching a Parent Engagement Task Force made up of government MLAs and parents as well as school and community leaders.  He explained this Task Force will lead 15 regional town halls to hear Manitobans on how to improve parental voice and engagement and be respectful of their time.  He adds this group will also hold workshops with Parental Advisory Councils and school leaders to explore parental involvement.

             

The province is also creating advisory groups that will provide a representative voice in helping advance priority actions and he will be holding a Minister’s listening tour of the province in the coming months to hear from teachers and school leaders across the province.

 

A Change in Public Health Orders is in Effect in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan public health announced a change to the public health order will come into effect immediately limiting household bubbles to immediate households only for all of the province.  Worship gathering sizes will allow no more than 30 people effective this Friday.

             

Saskatchewan public health reported 228 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 271.  Of the new cases Regina has 117, Saskatoon 44, North West 31 and Central East 22 with numbers in the teens and single digits in other zones. Of the total 36,892 reported cases 2555 are considered active and 33,880 people have recovered.  3813 variants of concern have been identified in the province with the larger numbers in Regina with 2505, 329 in South Central, 302 in Saskatoon and 111 in Central East with lower numbers in other zones.

 

A Variant of Concern Has Been Found in Northern Manitoba.

Manitoba public health reported 132 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to six percent.  They also reported two additional deaths in the Winnipeg region.  They reported the first case of a variant of concern in northern Manitoba without specifying where in the region.  The total number of variants of concern cases reported so far in the province is 479.

             

Of the new COVID cases 89 are in the Winnipeg region and 34 in Northern health with single digits in other regions. Of the total 35,459 reported cases 1438 are considered active and 33,070 individuals have recovered.

             

In partnership with the Chief and Council from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation provincial health officials have lifted the public health orders in place for that community.  All other general public health orders remain in effect for the community.

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

The 44th annual Northern Juried Art Show is being hosted by The Pas Arts Council with the entry deadline May 1st. One of the organizers James Dean says the show will be online this year but is still open to Manitoba artists living north of the 53rd parallel including Creighton and Denare Beach.  He says artists are limited to three entries in a variety of categories including oil painting in one category, another is acrylic painting and mixed media, number three is water color, four is drawing and print making, five is digital arts and photography, three dimensional art like jewelry and stained glass with category two stone, wood, clay, metal as we know we have some carvers in the north, fiber arts is number eight and they are pushing their youth ages 13 to 17 as they really want the youth to take hold of the arts in their category.

             

There is also a special theme depicting Manitoba Waterways.  Registration forms have been mailed to artists who have entered in the past.  If you need a registration form and more information on how to enter online visit their website www.thepasartscouncil.ca.  Winners will be announced May 27th.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities in Winnipeg is increasing its capacity, which will benefit families living in northern and rural communities.

The new house will go from 14 bedrooms to 40 and will have larger rooms for family comfort as well as increased family programming which will support the physical and emotional wellbeing of families while their child goes through medical treatment

 

Patricia Kandiurin, a mother from Churchill whose family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg when her youngest son was receiving treatment after he was born prematurely says she’s thrilled to hear the facility is increasing capacity.  She explains she’s really glad they’re expanding because the House was always full and when you have 14 families there it gets a little bit overwhelming sometimes but it’s so nice to have people there that you can talk to about what you’re going through and relate to them.  She adds it’s comforting and to have many more families like that it just makes the Ronald McDonald family bigger.

 

In 2019, 205 families were on the wait list for Ronald McDonald House with an average number of nights on the waitlist being four.

 

First Responders in Saskatchewan Will Soon Be Vaccinated.

Saskatchewan health reported 300 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 261. They also reported one death in the Regina zone.  Of the new cases 96 are in Regina, 72 in Saskatoon, South East and Central East 22 each with the remaining zones in the teens or single digits including Far North East with three.  Of the total 36,604 reported cases 2549 are considered active and 33,600 people have recovered.  Variants of concern total 3485 with the highest number in Regina with 2423, South East 348, South Central 309 and Saskatoon 181 with much lower number in other zones including one in Far North East.

             

Saskatchewan’s vaccine delivery plan will begin to target first responders including police officers, fire fighters and public health inspectors through mobile vaccination units once current priority populations are complete.

Manitoba Could Be Looking at Stronger Restrictions.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported 114 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate up to 6.2 percent.  He reported no additional deaths.  Of the new cases 62 are in the Winnipeg region, 36 in Northern health and single digits in other regions.  Roussin says public health orders must be followed to keep numbers down.  He explains they have seen the early stages of a wave, they’ve tried to message how important it is for people to follow the fundamentals to reduce the amount of contacts but what they’ve seen in their contact tracing is just increasing numbers of contacts of cases, increasing issues with gatherings especially in private residences, increasing issues with returned travelers who don’t isolate as per the order now resulting in many other households as contacts.

             

Roussin adds we know what to do and if we don’t act now we’ll be back to much stricter restrictions very soon including possibly outdoor mask use and reduced gathering numbers.  Confirmed cases now total 35,327 and 1370 are active with variants of concern case numbers not released today.

Funding is Available to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

An organizing group is looking into holding a North American EV Rally in 2022.  The group’s Volker Beckmann from Thompson says Manitoba has one of the lowest electricity rates in North America and an abundant supply of clean sustainable energy yet Manitoba’s EV infrastructure is seriously lacking in the north. He explains even if they wanted an electric car in Flin Flon or Thompson for example from Tesla he could order one and they deliver it to your door but you wouldn’t be able to drive to Winnipeg because the distances in between are too far so we need somebody to take a look at that and there’s different ways that could be done in terms of getting EV infrastructure into the north and that’s missing right now unfortunately noting Manitoba is the furthest behind in EV development compared to the rest of the provinces in our country.

             

Beckmann says we need the province or Manitoba Hydro to support the installation of level three charging stations in each community to allow residents and visitors to reach all parts of the province and allow for events like an EV rally.  He adds there is funding available to communities for installations until June 22nd with information at www.nrcan.gc.ca.

 

A Drill Program West of Flin Flon Continues to Show Impressive Results.

Foran Mining Executive Chairman Dan Myerson reports outstanding drill results continue to amass from their largest drill program to date at McIlvenna Bay 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon on the Hanson Lake Road.  He says they continue to define a high grade copper and gold trend that includes 22 meters of continuous mineralization with 2.95 meters grading 6.88 percent copper equivalent of the Massive Sulphide lens and 18.05 meters grading 2.71 percent copper equivalent from the underlying Copper Stockwork Zone.  Myerson adds these holes continue to deliver beyond their expectations.

             

The winter drill program has been underway since mid-January. The infill segment of the 30 thousand meter program has focused on increasing Foran’s knowledge of the deeper parts of the deposit to convert the current inferred resources to the indicated category with all five holes drilled to date returning high grade results.

A COVID-19 Outbreak in The Pas Has Been Declared Over and Total Reported Cases in Saskatchewan Topped 36 Thousand.

Manitoba public health reported 247 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the five day test positivity rate to 5.9 percent.  They also reported one additional death in the Winnipeg region.  Of the new cases 136 are in Winnipeg and 60 in Northern health with lower numbers in other regions. The number of active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridan district is reported to be 14. An outbreak has been declared over at St. Anthony’s General Hospital ACIU unit in The Pas. Of the total 35,213 reported cases 1312 cases are active and 32,952 individuals have recovered.  As of Saturday the total number of variants of concern was 412.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 557 new cases on the weekend bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 249.  They also reported one additional death in the Central East zone.  Of the new cases 120 are in Regina and 78 in Saskatoon with lower numbers in other zones including two in Far North East.  Of the total 36,305 reported cases 2504 are considered active and 33,345 people have recovered. As of Saturday 3271 variants of concern have been detected with larger numbers in Regina with 2271, 310 in South East, 286 in South Central and 171 in Saskatoon with lower number in other zones including one in Far North East.

 

A Record Was Set For Daily Vaccine Doses in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported 358 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 242. They also reported six additional deaths with four in Regina and one each in Saskatoon and South East zone.  Of the new cases 108 are in Regina, 64 in Saskatoon, 63 in South East and 30 in North West with lower numbers in other zones. As of Thursday 3086 variants of concern have been identified with the largest numbers in Regina with 2189, South East 283, South Central 266 with much lower numbers in other zones.  Of the total 35,748 reported COVID cases 2337 are considered active and 32,959 people have recovered.

             

An additional 11,634 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given which is the highest number of daily doses administered to date. A total of 256,280 vaccines have now been administered in Saskatchewan.

The Number of COVID-19 Case in Manitoba is Going up.

Manitoba public health reported 176 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 5.5 percent.  They also reported three additional deaths with two in the Winnipeg region and a man in his 20s in Northern health.  Of the new cases 84 are in Northern health and 77 in Winnipeg with single digits in other regions.  They announced 37 new cases of variants of concern with 31 in the Winnipeg region, three from Prairie Mountain, two in Interlake Eastern and one in Southern health bringing total cases to 376.

             

Medical Lead for the Manitoba Vaccine Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer says guidance has been updated for those eligible for the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine available at Pharmacies. She explained this vaccine is for people aged 55 to 64 who have a serious health or medical condition that puts them at higher risk for severe outcomes related to COVID-19.  She adds the vaccine can also be used for people who are 65 and older and they’ve asked the providers to prioritize those who may face challenges or barriers to going to a Super site or pop-up clinic.

             

Of the total 34,969 reported cases 1180 are considered active and 32,840 individuals have recovered.

The Budget Doesn't Always Reflect Actual Spending.

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says he is still reviewing the details in the Manitoba budget but he sees nothing specifically for the north.  He notes there is a difference in announcements in the budget and actual spending.  He explains when you look at the money they budget every year then you look at the money they actually spent its two entirely different figures.  He says they under spend several budgets so when they announce the funding it sounds really good but then at the end of the year when we look at what actually got spent there’s so many areas, post secondary education, health and on and on that get under spent so while they make the big announcements about big numbers that’s not what really happens and then we see the results, we see our health care in worse shape than it ever has been in the north.                   

             

Lindsey adds when it comes to the budget he was really looking for something more from the government.

It Was a Busy Month for both the Fire Department and Ambulance Service.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs report for March.  It indicated six calls to assist EMS with patients.  There were also two clean up events as a result of extensive damage to the second floor rooms and office rooms of the Fire Hall that occurred when the roof drains leaked water from the roof through to the main floor.

             

On March 9th they were called to a trailer fire on Tamarack Drive where they found a fire had completely engulfed a home. They cleared homes in the area and extinguished the fire.  They were later called back when a small flame was seen on the roof in the attic space.  They put it out and searched for any other possible fire spread.

             

They were called to two motor vehicle accidents.  On March 22nd there was a two vehicle collision on Green Street where they did traffic control until RCMP and EMS arrived and on the 26th a vehicle had left the road and rolled down an embankment just south of Channing.  They found both occupants on the side of the road with minor injuries.

             

The total fire loss for the month was estimated at 220 thousand dollars.

The Age for a Vaccine in Saskatchewan is Dropping.

Saskatchewan health reported 205 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 226.  They also reported two additional deaths with one each in the South East and Saskatoon zones. Of the new cases 91 are in Regina, 32 in Saskatoon, 23 in South East and 21 in South Central with single digits in other zones including four in Far North East.  There are now 2948 variants of concern identified in the province with the larger numbers in Regina with 2107, Saskatoon 189, South Central 260 and South East 246 with lower numbers in other zones including four in Far North East.  Of the total 35,376 reported COVID cases 2141 are considered active and 32,788 people have recovered.

             

Effective 8 tomorrow morning Saskatchewan’s vaccine booking system eligibility will be expanded to individuals 55 years and older and you can book at appointments by calling 1-833-saskvax or online www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine.

Public Health Orders in Manitoba Have Been Extended to the End of the Month.

Manitoba public health officials advise minor amendments have been made to current public health orders. The changes allow liquor cart sales on golf courses and increasing the maximum attendance at self-help meetings to 25 effective tomorrow.  Due to increasing test positivity rates and the risk posed by variants of concern in Manitoba at this time, public health orders are being extended to April 30th.

             

Public health announced 137 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the total reported cases to 34,793.  They also announced three additional deaths in the Winnipeg region.  Of the new cases 60 are in the Winnipeg region, 55 in Northern health and 18 in Prairie Mountain with lower numbers in other regions. The total number of cases of variants of concern is now 339 with 40 new cases reported with 35 in Winnipeg region, two each from Interlake Eastern and Prairie Mountain and one from Southern health region.

A Hudbay Project in Nevada is Showing a Promising Future.

Hudbay Minerals has announced the results of its preliminary economic assessment of its Mason copper project in Nevada United States.  They report the Mason project is a large greenfield copper deposit and is one of the largest undeveloped copper porphyry deposits in North America.  Mason’s measured and indicated resource estimates are approximately twice the size of Hudbay’s Constancia Peru and Rosemont Arizona deposits. The 2021 Mason preliminary economic assessment contemplates a 27 year mine life with average annual copper production of approximately 140 thousand tonnes over the first ten years of full production. The Mason deposit is planned to be a traditional open pit shovel/truck operation with a copper sulphide mineral processing plant.

             

Hudbay continues to compile and interpret historical data relating to its land package near Mason and once this is done they expect to complete a geophysical survey to refine exploration targets in preparation for a potential drilling campaign later this year.

Flin Flon Voters Will Be Going to the Polls Next Month to Elect Two City Councillors.

Four Candidates have filed papers to run for two vacant seats on Flin Flon City Council.  They include Leslie Beck, Bill Hanson, Carrie Hume and Tom Therien.  The winners will serve on Council until November of 2022.

            

 Voting will take place on Wednesday May 12th from 8 in the morning until 8 in the evening with all polls at Flin Flon City Hall Council Chambers. Advance voting will be held at the same location on Thursday May 6th from 8 to 8.  COVID-19 protocols will be in place at all polls similar to those in place in last fall’s by-election. Those who require mail in ballots may apply to the Senior Election Official no later than three days before Election Day to vote by mail.

            

The vacancies were created by the death of Councillor Colleen McKee and the departure from the city by Councillor Barry Kreller.

 

Public Health Orders in Saskatchewan Have Been Extended.

Saskatchewan health reported 189 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 226.  They also reported two additional deaths with one each in the North Central and Regina zones. The Chief Public Health Officer is extending the provincial public health orders announced March 9th to remain in effect until April 26th and will be reviewed at that time.

             

Of the new cases 74 are in Regina, 43 in Saskatoon, 23 in South East with lower numbers in other zones including one in Far North East.  They also reported 2830 variants of concern have now been identified in the province with 1986 in Regina, 178 in Saskatoon, 245 in South Central and 232 in South East with lower numbers in other zones including four in Far North East.

             

Of the total 35,171 reported cases 2138 are considered active and 32,588 people have recovered.

You Can Provide Your Input on the Manitoba Immunization program.

Two telephone town halls focused on the provinces COVID-19 immunization campaign will be held next week.  Participants will include Health Minister Heather Stefanson, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin and Dr. Joss Reimer and Johanu Botha from the Vaccine Implementation Task Force.  The session for rural and northern Manitoba will take place Tuesday, April 13th at 6:30 pm.  Registration is open until noon on the day of the event. To participate you can register at engagemb.ca.

             

Meanwhile Manitoba public health reported 107 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 4.8 percent.  They also reported one additional death in Winnipeg region.

             

Of the new cases 51 are in Winnipeg and 49 in Northern health with single digits in other regions. They also announced 22 new variants of concern cases with 21 in the Winnipeg region and one from Prairie Mountain health bringing the total to 299. Of the total 34,656 reported COVID cases 1294 are active and 32,419 individuals have recovered.

The Bombers, Bylaws and Hens Were Part of the Flin Flon City Council Meeting Last Night.

Council passed on final reading a bylaw to approve and ratify an agreement between the City and the Flin Flon Bomber Hockey Club.  The bylaw given first reading at their last meeting related to just over 27 thousand dollars owed to the City as a result of the playoffs being cut short two seasons ago and no season this year.  The agreement specifies the amount will remain on the books but should the Club’s annual profits exceed 100 thousand dollars payment will be due on the outstanding balance.                                                                              

             

Council referred a letter to Engineering Services requesting a bylaw change to allow fowl animals in the city referring to a learning experience for children and the ability to raise hens and sell eggs locally.

             

Mayor Cal Huntley officially declared the week of July 2nd to 11th as Flin Flon Pride Week.       

Councilor Ken Pawlachuk says about a third of the properties in our city don’t have house numbers which is a problem in an emergency, about a third have no front steps and there are properties that are desperately in need of upgrading so it’s time to enforce city bylaws and take a stand against this. Mayor Cal Huntley suggested people should report properties in violation and encouraged Councilor Pawlachuk to develop any ideas he has on how to make it work.

Trivia Night Comes to Your Home Friday Night.

Flin Flon Recreation is offering a Zoom Trivia Night Friday.  Recreation Programmer Kelcey Andersen says one will be for kids and the second for all ages and how it will work is half an hour before the start time, so that’s 6:30 for the younger ones, 7:30 for older ones she’ll be posting a Zoom link up on Facebook.  So if you go to that link click in and you’ll join a Zoom meeting with her and the other participants and then you’ll need a different screen as they’re going to be using an awesome program called Kahoots so the quiz will be run through there and she’ll be able to talk you through it at that point as well.

             

The link will be found on the City of Flin Flon Facebook page. If you need more information you can email Kelcey at kandersen@flinflon.ca.

Reported COVID-19 Cases are Approaching 35 Thousand in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported 217 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 226.  They also reported three additional deaths with two in Regina and one in the North Central zone.  Of the new cases 97 are in Regina, 36 in South East, 30 in Saskatoon, 17 in Central East with lower numbers in other zones.  Of the 34,980 reported cases 2195 are considered active, 32,342 people have recovered and 202 are in hospital with 44 in intensive care.

             

As of Monday 2677 variants of concern have been identified in the province with 1898 in Regina, 232 in South Central, 214 in South East and 163 in Saskatoon with lower numbers in other zones including four in Far North East.

             

One out of every ten Saskatchewan residents in their 50s, one third of residents in their 60s and more than two thirds of resident in their 70s have now received their first dose of vaccine.

Travel Restrictions Are Important to the North.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 62 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 5.3 percent.  He also reported two additional deaths with both in the Winnipeg region. Of the new cases 33 are in Winnipeg and 23 in Northern health with single digits in other regions.  He reported five new cases of variants of concern all from the Winnipeg health region bringing the total in the province to 275.

             

Roussin reminded residents of the importance of restrictions on travelling to the north.  He explained we want to avoid non-essential travel period but people who are travelling especially to areas where we know transmission is at increased risk, have crowding issues, access to health care issues in those areas so we want to be extra careful so he has the northern travel restrictions and also the advice to get tested prior to travelling to the north.  He adds it’s important to try and keep numbers down especially as we’re seeing an increasing proportion of our cases being related to variants of concern that we need to keep those variants out of our northern communities.

             

Of the total 34,549 reported COVID cases 1255 are considered active and 32,352 individuals have recovered.

You Have Easy Access to Local Arts and Crafts.

The Flin Flon Arts Council introduced their Uptown Emporium to members of the community last week. The Council’s Crystal Kolt explains they held a very successful annual Arts and Crafts Sale online before Christmas and that led to the Emporium with online as well as in person shopping for local and regional arts and crafts.  She says it did show them that there were a lot of people during COVID that were still making products and there were a lot of people still looking for something unique and it’s been part of the Flin Flon Arts Council’s five year plan for  a few years already to be able to have a presence on Main Street and to really have all the specialty products that are made in our communities.

             

Kolt adds there are always new vendors coming into the Uptown Emporium.

             

You can shop in person at 78 Main Street from 10 to 5 Tuesday to Saturday, online at www.uptownemporium54.com or phone 204-687-4913 with curbside pick up and delivery as well.

Pop Up Clinics Have Been Postponed in Manitoba Including Flin Flon and The Pas.

Delays in two deliveries of Moderna vaccine to Manitoba from the federal government will affect upcoming appointments at pop-up clinics. A delivery of 28,300 doses expected the week of March 22nd did not arrive until April 3rd.  In addition 28,400 doses expected this week will not arrive until next week.

             

All 24 pop-up clinics scheduled from April 12 to 15 throughout the province will need to be rescheduled due to this supply disruption with approximately 7200 people affected. This includes Flin Flon on April 13, 14 and 15th and The Pas April 14th.  The province will be reaching out to affected people by phone, email and text to advise them of this change.  Individuals may choose to book at appointment at a super site or wait for another pop-up to be re-scheduled.  These pop-up clinics will be re-scheduled based on vaccine deliveries.

Manitobans have the opportunity to highlight the worst roads in the province thanks to CAA's Worst Roads campaign.

In a press release the company states the campaign highlights the need for all levels of government to invest in the quality of our roads.

 

The Government and Community Relations Manager with CAA Manitoba Heather Mack says people can nominate a road for a number of reasons.  She explains you can really choose any type of issue so it could be if you are a cyclist you have a huge challenge and it could be a pothole, it could be something missing from infrastructure like a curb that’s collapsed, it could be something that’s unsafe so it’s up to you to decide how you define the worst road but they want to hear about all of them.

 

Mack says nominations for the worst road run until April 18th at www.caaworstroads.com with the results of the campaign likely released sometime in May.

A COVID Outbreak Was Declared at the Hospital in The Pas Over the Weekend While Cases Again Jumped in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported a total of 316 new cases of COVID-19 Friday to Monday bringing the five day test positivity rate to 5.1 percent.  They also reported three additional deaths with two in Winnipeg and one in Prairie Mountain region.  An outbreak was declared Saturday at St. Anthony’s Hospital Psychiatric Unit in The Pas.  Of the new cases 150 were in Winnipeg, 113 in Northern health and 38 in Prairie Mountain with lower numbers in other regions.  Nine active cases are reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  Of the total 34,487 reported cases in the province 1280 are considered active.  The total of screened or sequenced cases relative to the variants of concern is 270.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 974 new cases Friday to Monday bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 218.  They also reported five additional deaths with two each in Regina and Saskatoon and one in South East zone. Of the new cases 461 were in Regina, 158 in Saskatoon, 91 in South East, 77 in South Central with lower numbers in other zones including 16 in Far North East. Of the total 34,763 reported cases 2202 are considered active. As of Sunday 2453 variants of concern have been identified by screening with the largest numbers in Regina with 1758, South Central 204, South East 195 and Saskatoon with 151with the Far North East reporting four.

A Small Number of New Variant Cases Were Detected in Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 59 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.9 percent.  They also reported two additional deaths with one each in the Northern and Southern health regions.  Of the new cases 32 are in the Winnipeg region and 16 in Northern health with single digits in other regions. With seven cases removed due to a data correction the total number of reported cases is 34,174 with 1179 cases active, 32,058 individuals have recovered and 148 are in hospital with 30 in intensive care. They also reported three new screened or sequenced cases of variants of concern have been detected all in the Winnipeg health region bringing the total number of variant cases to 270.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 199 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 206.  Of the new cases 115 are in Regina, 28 in South East and 14 in Saskatoon with lower numbers in other zones including three in Far North East.  Of the total 33,789 reported cases 1949 are considered active, 31,404 people have recovered and 193 are in hospital with 34 in intensive care.  As of Thursday a total of 1682 variants of concern have been identified by screening with the largest number in Regina with 1348, south central with 129, South east with 109 and Saskatoon with 53.  The province is expanding vaccine eligibility to people 58 and older as of tomorrow.

Nordic Minerals Has Expanded Its Mineral Holdings Near Flin Flon.

The President of Nordic Minerals has announced the acquisition of a new 48 hectare mineral claim at Douglas Lake.  The claim adjoins Nordic’s 449 hectare mineral claim located in very close proximity to Hudbay Minerals Triple Seven Mine at Flin Flon.  They report previous exploration on the mineral claims has resulted in the Saskatchewan Mineral Deposit Index recognizing two mineralization occurrences with a drill hole showing copper and zinc and a trench showing copper, gold and silver.

             

Nordic has recently received drilling permits and intends to undertake a drilling program at its Douglas Lake Saskatchewan property this summer.

 

The Library Wall Can Be Your Canvas.

The Flin Flon Arts Council is looking for artists for the Pine Root Mural Festival.  The Council’s Danielle Yungworth says they are looking for a mural for the Flin Flon Public Library wall facing the Post Office.  She explains if somebody wants to submit just a design, if somebody wants to apply as a solo artists to come paint, if they want to apply as a group of five or three they are completely open so all the information is on the Arts Council Facebook page, on the Pine Root Mural Festival Facebook page and the Public Library Facebook page.

             

The application form can be found on the Arts Council website www.flinflonartscouncil.ca along with other information.  The deadline is 4 pm April 16th.  This is the Festival’s second project following the raven painting along the Perimeter Highway last year.

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