Local News Archives for 2021-05

The Vaccination Age Is Down Once Again in Saskatchewan.

Eligibility in the Saskatchewan age based immunization program has expanded to include those 29 years and older.  The province is also setting May 30th as the target date for the first step of its COVID-19 Re-opening Road Map because so many people are getting vaccinated and residents are following health orders.  On that date restaurants and bars will open to a maximum of six to a table, places of worship will have 30 percent capacity or a maximum of 150 people and gathering limits will rise to 10 in a household bubble, indoor gatherings to 30 and public outdoor gatherings to 150.

             

Saskatchewan public health reported 446 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend and no additional deaths.  Of the new cases 113 were in Saskatoon and 93 in Regina with lower numbers in other zones. As of Saturday 8258 variants of concern cases have been identified.

 

Manitoba has set Guidelines For Schools.

The Manitoba governments has announced kindergarten to grade 12 schools in Winnipeg and Brandon will move to remote learning effective Wednesday until May 30th.  Schools in the rest of the province will remain open with other measures during this period.  Schools with multiple cases will be moved to remote learning with existing guidance, school officials can require students or staff who are showing symptoms to stay home for ten days and will be encouraged to get tested, all extra-curricular activities, organized sports and off site activities are suspended except for physically distanced walks or runs in the community and no indoor singing or use of wind instruments will be allowed and all other health measures remain in effect.

             

Public health reported 1014 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend with 811 in Winnipeg region and lower numbers in other regions including 18 in Northern health.  The number of active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district is 11.

 

New Public Health Orders Are Coming to Lower Manitoba COVID-19 Numbers.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases have shown the need to reduce contacts outside our households.  He lists some of the new orders to be effective 12:01 Sunday morning.  Outdoor gatherings will be reduced to five people and this includes household members; the following businesses and activities will be required to close including gyms, VLTs, museums, galleries and libraries, indoor community, cultural and religious gatherings, personal services, indoor sports and recreation, dance theatres, music schools and day camps; restaurants, bars and patios will close to in person dining but will be able to provide take out and delivery services; outdoor sports and recreation will have a maximum of five people and organized team sports will not be permitted and retail stores and garden centers will be open at ten percent to a maximum of 100 people whichever is lower.

             

Roussin adds these will be in effect for three weeks until May 30th.

The Vaccine Age Will Continue to go Down in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan public health has announced the eligible age for the COVID-19 vaccine is dropping to 32 tomorrow and will go down every second day until May 20th.

             

They reported 295 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 221. They reported one new death in the South West zone. Of the new cases 98 are in Saskatoon, 68 in Regina, 33 in North West and 32 in South East with lower numbers in other zones. Of the total 42,695 reported cases 2239 are active, 39,954 people have recovered while 174 are in hospital with 38 in intensive care. 

             

7905 variants of concern cases have been reported with the Far North East now reporting six.

New Cases of COVID-19 in Winnipeg Are Still Pushing the Manitoba Numbers Up.

Manitoba public health reported 498 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 9.6 percent provincially and 11.3 percent in Winnipeg.  They also reported one additional death in the Southern health region.  Of the new cases 389 are in the Winnipeg region with much lower numbers in other regions including 17 in Northern health.

             

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal says 201 people are in hospital. He says rumors are circulating that there are more vaccinated people in ICU and hospitals due to COVID-19 but Manitoba’s data does not support this at all.  He explains case rates with severe outcomes are lower in those who are vaccinated and in contrast severe outcomes are increasing in unvaccinated individuals across all age groups but especially those in the ages of 50 to 69 and 70 to 79 and hospitalizations are rising in people under 40.

             

Atwal emphasized the need to get vaccinated and to follow recommended protocols.

             

It was also announced pop up clinic in Flin Flon May 13, 14,20 and 21 will now operate as walk in clinics with previously booked appointment still being honored.

 

 

Paid Sick Leave Has Been Introduced in Manitoba.

Premier Brian Pallister has announced a new Manitoba Pandemic Sick Leave Program to provide direct financial assistance to help fill gaps between federal programming and current provincial employment standards for paid sick leave.  He explains the program will provide all private sector, non-profit and charitable employers with up to six hundred dollars per eligible employee for up to five days for COVID-19 related sick leave including testing, vaccinations, side effects, self-isolation due to COVID-19 symptoms and care for a loved one in any of these circumstance.

             

The eligibility period begins today and runs until September 25th.

The Mining Industry Has Committed to Climate Change Action.

The Mining Association of Canada has released a new Towards Sustainable Mining Climate Change Protocol.  It is designed to minimize the mining sector’s carbon footprint while enhancing climate change disclosure and strengthening the sector’s ability to adapt to climate change.

             

The Association’s President Pierre Gratton says their mined minerals are required inputs for green technology like electric vehicle batteries, wind turbines and solar panels and it is critical that these minerals and metals are responsibly sourced with the smallest green house gas footprint possible.  He adds the new protocol requires companies to make commitments, set targets and take action consistent with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and at higher levels of performance make commitments corresponding with the societal ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The University College of The North has announced they will be having a virtual commencement ceremony for 2021 grads.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on You Tube on Saturday, July 24th at 1p.m.

 

A virtual ceremony was also held last year and students have the option of submitting a photo or a message that will be displayed at the ceremony as an alternative to walking across the stage.

 

A press release from UCN adds a recording of the convocation will be available to watch for up to 12 months afterwards.

 

 

UCN says even if no photos or messages are submitted graduates’ names will still be displayed and their achievements will be recognized. 

 

 

 

 

The Saskatchewan Vaccine Program is Expanding.

Saskatchewan’s vaccine delivery effort will soon be administering second doses to the general population.  As of May 17th anyone who is 85 and older who received their first dose before February 15th can book for their second dose and it is anticipated that all Saskatchewan residents will be fully vaccinated with two doses by July 31st with second doses distributed to the age based and priority sequencing of the first doses.  Saskatchewan youth 12 years and older are being added to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccination program sequencing with the first dose complete by the end of June  with delivery anticipated to occur in school based programs, pharmacies and clinics.  Information on booking can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

             

Saskatchewan public health reported 156 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 216.  There were no new deaths to report.  Of the new cases 40 are in Regina, 31 in North Central and 22 in South East with numbers in the teens and single digits in other zones including one in Far North East.  As of Wednesday 7695 variants of concern have been identified with the Far North East holding at two.

New COVID Case Numbers Have Jumped in Manitoba.

Manitoba public health reported 357 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate provincially up to 9.1 percent and 10.4 percent in Winnipeg.  They also announced four additional deaths with two each in Winnipeg and Prairie Mountain regions. Of the new cases 263 are in the Winnipeg region with much lower numbers in other regions including 34 in Northern health.

             

They also note the number of active cases now in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district is reported to be 16.  Of the total 40,422 reported cases provincially 2732 are considered active and 36,724 individuals have recovered. 185 people are in hospital with 52 in intensive care. Variants of concern reported now total 3003 with 1025 active and 62 reported in the Northern health region.

A Manitoba 150 Mural is Coming to Flin Flon.

Manitoba 150 has announced seven Manitoba communities including Flin Flon will receive outdoor murals in celebration of Manitoba’s history, culture, people and beauty.  This is being done through Manitoba 150 presented by CWB National Leasing in partnership with Wall to Wall Mural and Culture Festivals Rural Mural Tour. 

             

Each community is to pick an artist from a list of five submitted by Synonym Art Consultation who will create a design that will then be printed and safely installed in a public space. A local selection committee has made their choice from the list and is waiting for confirmation from Synonym.

             

Virtual meetings are being held with each community and artist to begin the mural consultation process and over the next few weeks the artist will develop mural mockups that reflect the community’s needs, interests, values and histories and create a mural design.  The murals will be installed throughout the summer and local photographers will be hired to document the installation.

Alzheimer Society Manitoba is Holding a Virtual Fundraiser for Their Annual Walk for Alzheimer This Month.

Spokesperson Liz McLeod explains this is the biggest fundraiser for the organization with the proceeds going towards research as well as programs and services.

 

She explains how it works is people are just encouraged to do any activity that they want to do throughout the month of May as many times as they would like to do it so whether that’s walking every day, going for a run once a week, walking your dog, whatever and doing it in kind of a thoughtful purposeful way to promote awareness of dementia, Alzheimer’s and other brain based disorders.

 

McLeod invites people interested in taking part to visit www.walkforalzheimer.ca  to register and learn more.

 

The Vaccine Age Continues the Downward Trend in Saskatchewan.

Beginning tomorrow eligibility in the Saskatchewan age based immunization program is expanding to include 35 and over.

             

Saskatchewan public health reported 196 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 224. They also reported two new deaths with one each in the Regina and Saskatoon zones. Of the new cases 44 were in Regina, 40 in Saskatoon, 31 in South East with numbers in the teens and single digits in other zones.  Of the 42,203 total reported cases 2250 are considered active, 39,452 people have recovered and 171 are in hospital with 39 in intensive care. As of Tuesday 7580 variants of concern have been identified with the larger numbers in Regina with 4026, Saskatoon 897 and South Central 560 with much lower numbers in other zones.

 

Health officials in Saskatchewan say residents who have had their first vaccine should be able to get their second dose in June.

 

Second Doses of COVID Vaccine Are Coming Up in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Vaccine Implementation Task Force Co-Lead Johanu Botha has announced people will soon be booking second dose appointments for the vaccine.  He explains they’re aiming to have the first group of people call or book online starting May 22nd to make appointments for their second shots. He adds the second doses will be going into arms no later than mid-June and if they have contact information for people they will be reaching out to you directly by text, email or phone to let you know when you can book your second dose.

             

Individuals who are immune compromised or have prioritized health conditions will be able to book first with more details being provided in the coming days. They are reviewing the recommendation of opening the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children as young as 12.

             

Public health has announced 271 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 8.8 percent.  They reported two additional deaths in the Winnipeg region. Of the new cases 182   are in the Winnipeg region and 37 in Prairie Mountain with lower numbers in other regions including 13 in Northern health.

You Can Vote in a By-election Tomorrow.

Flin Flon residents are going to the polls in a by-election May 12th to fill two vacancies on City Council.  An advance poll is being held tomorrow for those who may not be able to attend the voting place on Election Day.  All voting stations for the advance poll will be in City Hall Council Chambers and will be open tomorrow from 8 am to 8 pm.  COVID -19 protocols are in place and you are asked to wear a mask. Identification may be required before voting such as one piece of government issued photo identification such as a drivers license or passport or at least two other documents that provide proof of identity.  The four candidates are Leslie Beck, Bill Hanson, Carrie Hume and Tom Therien.

             

Election Day is May 12th and all polls will again be held in City Hall Council Chambers from 8 am to 8 pm.

 

Getting Your Vaccine is Extremely Important to Everyone Around You.

Mayor Cal Huntley advised vaccine clinics are coming up in Flin Flon starting May 13th and there are still appointments available so he encourages people to get the shot and take advantage of these clinics open to anyone 18 and older.  He notes you not only protect yourselves you protect others and it moves us closer to getting back to normal.

             

Council agreed to submit a request to Municipal Relations for a budget extension to June 30th.  This is due to staff shortages, delayed year end reporting and additional unknowns caused by the current health restrictions.  Mayor Huntley says they’ve gone through changes in personnel and need additional time to prepare the budget and present it to the public.  It is usually submitted by the middle of May.

             

Council received a letter from Linda Clark regarding the state of the fitness trail on the Creekside section from the McIsaac School bridge to the closed road bridge towards Kingsway.  She says it is a muddy mess and no action was taken on her request for new fill last summer.  She notes children at McIsaac School as well as many others in the community use the trail even more so in these COVID times.  She asked for plans and a timeline for this section of the fitness trail. The request was referred to Engineering Services.

Saskatchewan Has Developed a Three Step Plan to Move Forward in Lifting Public Health Measures.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has announced a three step plan to gradually lift public health restrictions as the province reaches significant vaccination levels.  He outlines step one which could be in place in the last week of May if three weeks have passed since 70 percent of people over 40 have received their first vaccine and vaccines are open to all adults.  Household bubbles can expand to ten people, public indoor gatherings can be up to 30 people and public outdoor gatherings up to 150 people, restaurants can have six at a table with physical distancing between tables, places of worship can have 150 people or 30 percent of capacity whichever is less with physical distancing and the current province wide masking mandate will continue to be in place.

             

He says steps two in lifting restrictions could occur in the third week of June and step three in the second week of July.  More details on each step can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

             

Saskatchewan public health reported 189 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 226.  Of the new cases 81 are in Saskatoon, 27 in North West and 24 in Regina with single digits in other zones.

Active Cases of COVID-19 are Moving Up in the District Including Flin Flon

Manitoba public health reported 290 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 8.5 percent.  They also reported one death in the Winnipeg region.  Of the new cases 212 are in the Winnipeg region, 31 in Prairie Mountain and 29 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including seven in Northern health.  They report 13 active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  Of the total 39,814 reported cases 2693 are considered active and 36,142 individuals have recovered.  182 people are in hospital with 47 in intensive care. The total reported variants of concern cases are at 2705 with 993 active and a total of 58 reported cases in the Northern health region.

Callinex Continues a Successful Drill Program Near Flin Flon.

Callinex mines reports it has more than doubled the vertical extension of the Rainbow Deposit by extending the high grade copper, gold, silver and zinc deposit 257 meters closer to surface.  The Rainbow is located at their Pine Bay Project 16 kilometers from Flin Flon.

             

President and CEO Max Porterfield says the Rainbow Deposit has the potential to be accessible by a ramp which in turn would translate to a more attractive development plan. 

             

The Company has now defined the vertical extent to the 405 meter level from the 662 meter level that had been drilled prior to the 2021 drilling campaign.  The previous step out hole intersected 5.7 meters of 4.72 percent copper equivalent with 3.57 percent copper, 0.54 grams per tonne silver, 21.41 grams per tonne gold and 1.56 percent zinc.  Currently two rigs continue to operate to expand the Rainbow closer to surface and at depth.  In addition the Company has commenced two deep penetrating geophysical surveys along the trend that hosts the Rainbow and Sourdough deposits as well as the past producing Centennial Mine.

The Deadline is Approaching to Apply for Indigenous Community Project Grants.

Until May 14th the Saskatchewan government is accepting grant applications for the spring intake of Indigenous community projects that support economic, social and cultural projects led by Saskatchewan Indigenous organizations.  The program is administered by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations and will provide 300 thousand dollars to eligible projects in 2021-22

             

First Nations, Metis and Northern Affairs Minister Don McMorris says in the coming year this grant program will continue to support the priorities of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth. He adds through their First Nations and Metis Community Partnership Project Program they want to continue funding Indigenous led projects that will lead to healing, reconciliation and long term partnerships.

             

More information can be found by clicking on the link attached to this story at www.flinflononline.com or by emailing fnmr@gov.sk.ca or calling 306-798-0183.

 

 

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 https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/first-nations-citizens/saskatchewan-first-nations-metis-and-northern-initiatives/first-nations-and-metis-community-engagement-projects

 

 

The Vaccine Age in Saskatchewan Has Dropped Again.

           

Beginning tomorrow eligibility in the provincial age based immunization program will expand to include ages 37 and over.

            

Saskatchewan public health reported 207 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 230.  They also reported three new deaths with one each in Regina, North Central and Saskatoon zones.  Of the new cases 64 were in Regina, 31 in North Central and 29 in Saskatoon with numbers in the teens and single digits in other zones.  Of the total 41,806 reported cases 2397 are considered active and 38,911 people have recovered.  As of Sunday 7296 variants of concern have been identified with Regina at 3878, Saskatoon 835, South East 750 and South Central 553 with lower numbers in other zones including Far North East holding at three.

             

The Saskatchewan government is sending 100 ventilators to India to assist them in dealing with the highest active COVID-19 numbers in the world.

 

There Will No Garage Sales in Manitoba For Now.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported 250 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to eight percent.  He also reported one death in the Winnipeg region.  Of the new cases 184 are in the Winnipeg region and 20 in Interlake Eastern with numbers in the teens in other regions including 15 in Northern health.  Roussin says he knows people are tired of hearing about the fundamentals and public health orders but if we look to February or March this year we can see that these measures work as we kept our case numbers down , we reduced the strain on the health care system but once again we see these numbers climbing because we’re increasing the amount of contacts we have and the best way to reduce that is to stay home as much as possible.

             

Roussin says that includes not holding or attending garage sales which are not allowed under public health orders until after the long weekend when the orders will be reviewed.

             

Of the total 39.524 reported cases 2593 are active and 35,952 individuals have recovered. 

 

You Can Provide Input on Manitoba Education.

The Manitoba government is setting up a Provincial Curriculum Advisory Panel that will provide input on the development of a framework for curriculum to advance education as part of the Better Education Starts Today strategy.  Education Minister Cliff Cullen says  now is the time to ensure we have a wide variety of voices heard on where we can improve literacy, numeracy and creativity, instill best practices in instruction and assessment and create a curriculum that reflects the diversity of Manitoba’s communities.

             

The panel will be up to 15 members from a broad representation of individuals and organizations including students, parents, educators, school and system leaders, Indigenous partners and community stakeholders to draw on a wide range of perspectives and skills.  Interested individuals can submit applications by  Friday and will serve a term from May to next June.  The Panel terms of reference and expression of interest application can be found at www.bettereducationmb.ca.

The medical officer of health for the Northern Health Region Dr. Michael Isaac spoke to Arctic Radio about COVID 19 vaccine hesitancy.

Isaac says he wants to reassure people that the benefits of vaccines still outweigh the risks despite reports of blood clots from AstraZeneca vaccines and encourages everyone to get the first vaccine available to them

He notes there haven’t been any serious side effects from vaccinations given in Northern Manitoba explaining what people should do if they do experience negative side effects. He says if you have very serious symptoms an emergency room visit may be needed as it relates to symptoms of a clot noting some things to watch out for up to 20 days after you’ve had the AstraZeneca vaccine would be really sudden onset of severe and persistent headache with blurred vision, chest pain, shortness of breath, leg swelling so chat with your health care provider or emergency department as needed.  He emphasizes those are very very rare complications.  He says some people and this is common will be feeling some fever, chills, fatigue for a day or two after the vaccine but it typically goes away very quickly and you’re back to normal after that.

Isaac adds there hasn’t been a lot of vaccine hesitancy from northern Manitobans noting they have taken this vaccine campaign to heart.

 

New COVID Cases Continue to be Low in Northern Manitoba While Variants Continue to go Up in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 545 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the five day test positivity rate to 7.7 percent.  They also reported four additional deaths with two each in Northern health and Southern health regions.  Of the new cases 397 were in Winnipeg and 80 in Prairie Mountain with lower rates in other regions including 26 in Northern Health.  Ten active cases are being reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  Of the total 35,274 reported cases 2540 are active and 35,756 individuals have recovered.  As of Saturday 2344 variants of concern have been reported with 978 active and a total of 56 reported in Northern health region.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan public health reported 500 new cases over the weekend bringing the seven day average of new cases to 236.  They also reported four additional deaths with two in Regina and one each in Saskatoon and Central East zones. Of the new cases 330 are in Regina and 89 in Saskatoon with lower numbers in other zones including one in Far North East.  Of the 41,599 reported cases 2437 are considered active and 38,667 people have recovered.  As of Saturday a total of 7160 variants of concern cases have been reported with the largest numbers in Regina at 3837, Saskatoon at 819, South East at 738 and South Central 542 with lower numbers in other zones including three in Far North East.

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