Local News Archives for 2021-06

Vaccination Numbers Continue to Go Up In Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reports 86 percent of people over the age of 80 are fully vaccinated and 81 percent of those over 40 have received their first dose.

             

They reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 45. They reported no new deaths.  Of the new cases Saskatoon had 11 with all other regions reporting cases in the low single digits.  Of the total 48,854 reported cases 435 are considered active, 47,851 people have recovered and 69 are in hospital with 14 in intensive care.  They note declining hospitalization numbers are a significant indicator that vaccination efforts are having an impact in the province.

Flin Flon RCMP Have Recovered a Firearm, Drugs and Cash During a Search.

As a result of an ongoing investigation Flin Flon RCMP with multiple RCMP units assisting executed a search warrant yesterday on a residence on Aspen Grove.  They seized a quantity of cocaine, a loaded revolver, cash and drug related paraphernalia. Two males aged 20 and 17 from Winnipeg were arrested.

             

They report the 17 year old was found to have multiple warrants out for his arrest and he was remanded into custody.  The 20 year old was released for court on July 15th in Flin Flon.  Both are facing multiple drug and weapons related offences.  The investigation continues.

New Cases are Up a Bit in Our Region and District.

 Manitoba public health reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 6.2 percent.  They also announced two new deaths with one each in Winnipeg and Interlake Eastern health regions. Of the new cases 29 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions with 20 in Northern health. There are eleven active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

The Vaccine Team’s Dr. Joss Reimer commented on fraud regarding the vaccine.  She advised Health Canada has been made aware of some people claiming to have access to vaccines for sale and they’re also aware of circumstances where people have been notified about next steps after the vaccine from people who are not authorized to provide that information. She asks you to be aware that the COVID vaccine is not for sale and if anyone tries to sell the vaccine this is illegal and should be reported.  She does note they have not seen this in Manitoba at this time.

             

To date about 1.4 million doses have been administered in the province.

 

Students Were Honored for Their Hard Work and Accomplishments Over the Past Year.

Diplomas were presented to 50 graduates of Hapnot Collegiate yesterday afternoon along with 50 bursaries, awards and scholarships.

             

The largest award the Hudbay W.A. Green Bursary for highest average for 35 hundred dollars a year for up to four years was presented to Arjun Sarkar who also received a Dorothy K. Ash Memorial Award.  The Governor General Bronze Medal was presented to Erin Mansell for highest academic standing who also received a Dorothy K Ash Memorial Award, the Teagan Quinn Memorial Award, the Ruth Betts Memorial Bursary, a Hapnot Grad Alumni Award, North Star Rebekah’s I.O.O.F Bursary, the Inner Wheel Citizenship Scholarship and the Betty Johnson Memorial Bursary.  The Sparling Trophy for the student who contributes most to school life while maintaining a good academic standing went to Ainsley McCracken who also received the Flin Flon School Division Bursary, a Raymond Daneliuk Memorial Trade Bursary and the Herb Simms Endowment Fund Bursary.

 

You Can Kick Off Summer With a Parade.

The Northland Ford July 1st Parade begins at 11 tomorrow morning honoring Every Child Matters.  Sales Consultant Nikki Corke explains it begins in front of CFAR with judging beginning at 10:30 and the parade will start at 11.  She says they will have everyone line up straight down Green Street this year and their theme is Fun in the Sun and you have until the end of today to get your registration form in as the more the merrier.  She explains the parade will be taking place down Green Street, up Third Avenue and then down Main Street and they look forward to seeing everyone out and kicking off summer with them.

  

Floats will be provided with balloons and posters to honor the loss of Indigenous children.         

Judging of the floats will take place with prizes awarded in both commercial and non-commercial categories. For more information and entry forms you can drop in or contact Northland Ford at 204-687-3940 or go the their website or Facebook page.

             

A COVID Case Was Found at the Flin Flon Liquor Store.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has been notified that an employee from the Flin Flon Liquor Mart has tested positive for COVID-19.  They are currently self-isolating.

             

The employee last worked Saturday June 26th between 11:15 am and 2:30 pm and on Friday the 25th between 11:15 am and 7:15 pm. The employee was not experiencing symptoms during their shift.

             

They advise that all employees are expected to adhere to all safety protocols, they have been diligent in implementing preventative measures and when notified of cases in their Liquor Marts they provide updated information on their COVID-19 tracking page.  If you have COVID-19 related symptoms self isolate immediately and contact Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 for advice on the need for testing.

 

Saskatchewan Has Enough Vaccine For Those Still Needing a Shot.

Saskatchewan health reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 46. They also reported two new deaths with one each in the North West and North Central zones.  Of the new cases 13 were in Regina and 12 in North West with single digits in other zones including one in Far North East.  Of the total 48,823 reported cases 464 are considered active and 47,791 people have recovered. There are 22 active cases in the Far North East zone.

             

Premier Scott Moe advises don’t wait to get vaccinated.  He explained the Public Health Agency of Canada recently released some figures showing that since vaccines have become available over 95 percent of new cases in Canada have been in unvaccinated people, about four percent of those cases were partially vaccinated and about half of one percent were from fully vaccinate people so vaccines are working.

             

Moe adds over 40 percent of eligible residents are now fully vaccinated so as vaccinations continue he is confident they can move to lifting all restrictions on July 11th.

 

COVID Related Numbers Continue to be Low in Manitoba.

Manitoba public health reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 6.3 percent.  They also reported no new deaths.  Of the new cases 29 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 15 in Northern health. Of the total 56,097 reported cases 1408 are active, 53,550 people have recovered and 171 are in hospital with 49 in intensive care along with 10 in care outside the province.  There are eight active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  There have been a total of 15,133 variants of concern cases reported in the province with 832 active.

The Class of 2021 Was Recognized for Their Accomplishments Over the Past Year.

Frontier Collegiate presented diplomas to 25 grads and several awards at their graduation ceremony.  The Governor General Award went to Dylan Johnston who also received the L. Krueger, MLA Tom Lindsey and Arctic Beverages Awards; Kerwin Wood the J.F. Orchard Award; Dakota Harper the R.J. Merill and Sakootchetaw Award; Alishia Caribou the Gary Wesner Award; Angela Murray the Sherwood and Arctic Beverage Awards; Drew Manoakeesick the Roger J. Carriere Award; Dustin Manoakeesick the Opasquiak Award; Caleb McNabb the NTC PM Award; McKayla Badger the Jennissen Award; Lori Garson the Cosmetology Award and Annika Scott the RCMP Award.   Citizenship Awards went to Dakota Harper and McKayla Badger and Appreciation Awards to Kerwin Wood, Natasha Boucher, Annika Scott, Chelsea Spence and Drake Harper.

Two Exploration Projects Are Underway on High Priority Targets.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced that earlier this month they began their multi-phased exploration program on several high priority targets. This 2.5 million dollar program will include over 75 hundred meters of drilling scheduled to begin in August. Drilling will focus on two priority targets which are Prospect discovered in 2020 at the Company’s Tower Property 126 kilometers south of Wabowden and the historical high grade Copperman copper zinc deposit south of Snow Lake both in the Flin Flon Snow Lake greenstone belt.  In addition the Company will complete over 22 hundred kilometers of airborne geophysical flying and geological and ground geophysical surveys.

             

Rockcliff President Don Christie comments exploration is an integral part of the operating strategy of a junior resource company and in their case a necessary complement to the extensive project development work they have carried out over the past 12 months on their portfolio of high grade deposits.

 

 

Case Numbers go Down as Vaccine Numbers Climb in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 43.  They reported no new deaths.  All zones reported new cases in the low single digits.  Of the total 48,771 reported cases 468 are considered active and 47,737 people have recovered with 76 in hospital and 13 in intensive care.

             

They note declining case numbers are a significant indicator that vaccination efforts are having an impact in the province.  In order to further reduce transmission now and through the remainder of 2021 residents are still encouraged to get their first and second doses of the vaccine.  Seventy percent of those 12 and over have already received their first dose.

Work Continues on Future Public Health Orders.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 6.2 percent.  He announced no new deaths.  Of the new cases 27 were in Winnipeg region and 20 in Interlake Eastern with single digits in other regions including eight in Northern health.  There are eight active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  Roussin pointed out he has received a lot of questions about opening Museums, Libraries, Art Galleries and other similar sites that weren’t included in current public health orders.  He says vaccine rates continue to climb, our numbers continue to trend in the right direction and so they fully expect to continue to be able to open things over the summer as outlined in their plan but they’re just not at that stage yet.

             

Of the total 56,036 reported cases 1454 are considered active, 53,443 people have recovered and 183 are in hospital with 50 in intensive care along with 11 in care outside the province.

Pride Week Gets Underway Friday.

Pride Week is being celebrated in Flin Flon for a fifth year.  The Committees Executive Director Jordana Oulette says they have five mostly virtual events planned.  She explains it all starts on Friday with their virtual flag raising which will be posted on their social media account so people can watch.  July 3rd is their biggest event the Drive In Drag Show which is happening at the Creighton Sportex with YXE Drag Collective coming up from Saskatoon to put that show on. July 4th the Chalk Ninjas decorating your driveway and street with rainbows and then the following weekend July 10th on CFAR is their Radio Takeover and Trivia Night staring at 7 pm and it ends off July 11th with a Virtual Pride Parade.

             

Complete details on the week including how to take part in the parade can be found on the Flin Flon Pride Facebook page.

June is Stroke Month and the Heart and Stroke Foundation is Stressing the Importance of Knowing the Signs of a Stroke.

 A health promotion manager with the foundation Amanda Nash says approximately two thousand strokes occur in Manitoba with the northern region having the highest stroke rate in the province.

Additionally northern Manitoba has seen an increase in stroke rates for residents over the age of 40 in the last five years.

 

Nash says because of the prevalence of strokes in the region it’s important for residents to know the signs and act accordingly. She explains when someone is experiencing a stroke the great thing to remember is the acronym FAST and that stands for Face is it drooping, Arms can you raise them, Speech is it slurred or jumbled and Time it’s time to call 911 or your local emergency number as soon as possible. She notes one third of Manitobans don’t know any signs of a stroke, 27 percent can only name one and 27 percent can only name two of the three signs so we have a long way to go to recognize FAST, remembering that acronym can really help to beat stroke and make a difference.

 

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation there are an estimated 62 thousand strokes in Canada in a given year.

Reported Cases Approach 56 Thousand in Manitoba While New Cases Reach the Average in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 198 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the five day test positivity rate to 6.5 percent.  They also reported four deaths with three in Winnipeg region and one in Interlake Eastern.  Of the new cases 99 were in Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 34 in both Southern and Northern health.  Of the total 55,975 reported cases 1480 are active and 53,356 individuals have recovered with 181 in hospital and 52 in intensive care along with 12 in care outside the province. There are ten active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 48 new cases over the weekend bringing the seven day average of new cases to 48.  They also reported one death in the Regina zone.  All zones reported new cases in single digits including five in Far North East.  Of the total 48,754 reported cases 549 are considered active and 47,639 have recovered with 77 in hospital and ten in intensive care. There are 22 active cases reported in the Far North East zone.

The Average of New Cases Continues to go Down in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported 56 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 49.  They reported no new deaths.  Of the new cases 16 were in Saskatoon with single digits in other zones including two in Far North East.  Of the total 48,646 reported cases 609 are considered active and 47,472 people have recovered with 78 people in hospital and 12 in intensive care.  There are 15 active cases reported in the Far North East zone.

             

As of Thursday 12,057 variants of concern cases have been reported in the province.

Recoveries in Manitoba have topped 53 thousand.

Manitoba Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal announced 84 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 5.9 percent.  He also announced one new death in the Southern health region.  Of the new cases 53 are in Winnipeg with much lower numbers in other regions including eight in Northern health.  Of the total 55,777 reported cases 1635 are considered active and 53,007 people have recovered with 185 in hospital and 28 in intensive care as well as 12 in care outside the province. Atwal encourages people to continue to get vaccinated. He explains when people get vaccinated the community spread of the virus is reduced which means we’re generating fewer cases which means we’re generating fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths.  He adds when we get vaccinated we’re protecting those around us, we’re protecting those who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons and we also see weeks like this when restrictions are lifted and life gets to return to normal even just a little.

             

 There are 11 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

Production has Resumed at Lalor.

Hudbay Minerals has announced production has resumed at its Lalor Mine in Snow Lake.  That follows a fatal incident that occurred on June 19th.  Hoisting activities resumed on Wednesday and production has since returned to normal.

 

Work by a Flin Flon Artist is On Display in The Pas.

New art work is now on display at the Sam Waller Museum in The Pas.  Museum Director Sharain Jones explains this is a collection of art work by Eila Duncalfe who is based in Flin Flon and the show is called Genuine Raw Inspiration.   She explains she grew up in Winnipegosis on the farm and then with her father she really installed a love of nature and respect for nature so that really influences a lot of her art work.  She says there’s some still life so the still life are primarily flowers and then there’s landscapes and specific scenes like farmstead, bush planes and a couple of trains.

             

The museum is hoping to open its doors to the public soon and you can learn more about the display on the Museum’s Facebook page.

Creighton Town Council Has Allocated its Grant Money.

As part of this year’s Northern Municipal Revenue Sharing Grant the Town of Creighton has been allotted 1,241,639 dollars.   The breakdown is as follows, 629,222 dollars for Administration, 410,922 dollars for water and sewer, 191,486 dollars landfill and 770,250 dollars for transportation.

             

The Town has hired Lindsay Shirran for the office clerk term position effective June 21st and Eugene Westerhaug for the public works position also effective June 21st.

Vaccine Eligibility has Opened Up In Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 55.  They reported no deaths.  Of the new cases there were ten each in Saskatoon and North West with single digits in other zones including one in Far North East.  Of the total 48,590 reported cases 605 are considered active and 47,420 people have recovered with 76 in hospital and 14 are in intensive care.  There are 14 active cases in Far North East. Health Minister Paul Merriman says they are working to get people vaccinated as soon as possible.  He says they’re working with community leaders, they’re working with schools and they’re also looking at the millennials that are in the 20 to 40 range to make sure they’re aware that getting a vaccine now is much better than getting a vaccine in a few months.

             

All Saskatchewan residents who have received their first dose of vaccine are now eligible for their second dose after 28 days.

 

Manitoba has Announced a Reopening and Vaccination Program

Premier Brian Pallister has introduced a 30 million dollar Healthy Hire Manitoba Program.  He says this is a new wage support to help private sector employers to reopen and encourage employees to get vaccinated and return to work.  He explains under the new program local employers will be able to apply for up to 50 thousand dollars in financial support and this support will help cover the wages of new employees or re-hired employees who can attest that they’ve been vaccinated or if their intention is to be vaccinated fully.  Eligible employers which include all permanent Manitoba based businesses, not for profits or registered charities that are operating in the province will receive a 50 percent wage subsidy for a maximum of ten employees with a maximum of five thousand dollars per employee.

             

The program will cover employees hired on or after June 10th ending October 15th.

             

More information and eligibility criteria on the Healthy Hire Manitoba Program will be posted online next week at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/programs.

Vaccine Numbers Continue to be High in Manitoba.

Manitoba public health reported 104 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 6.4 percent.  They also reported two new deaths with one each in the Winnipeg and Southern health regions. Of the new cases 64 were in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 14 in Northern health.  Vaccine Implementation Task Force Member Johanu Botha says vaccine numbers are climbing.  He explained 1.2 million doses of vaccine have been given out to people to help protect them from COVID-19 adding they gave 100 thousand doses, the last of their 1.2 million, over a period of five days which is a new record for Manitoba.  Starting tomorrow all Manitobans are eligible to book second doses based on supply.

             

Of the 55,692 reported cases 1715 are active and 52,843 people have recovered with 200 in hospital and 52 in intensive care along with 12 in care outside the province.  There are 14 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

Graduation Plans Are Moving Forward at Hapnot Collegiate.

Hapnot Collegiates Class of 2021 will be celebrating their graduation on Tuesday. Principal Steve Lytwyn says because of public health restrictions the ceremony will be for students only.  He explains they’re expecting to start right at 1 pm for the grad ceremony with two ceremonies back to back with one the A to L last named students and the other group will be watching in a classroom on Facebook on a live stream and that will also be how all family members can watch it so in one way with adapting to the pandemic it’s great because family members across the world or across Canada and other communities can watch their family member graduate.

             

Lytwyn notes the A to Ls will start at one and M to Z at 2.

             

He adds they have 51 graduates on their expected list with some students still finishing up courses.

                                                                                                       

The Flin Flon School Board Held Their Final Meeting of the School Year Tuesday.

The Board sent congratulations to the grads from Flin Flon as well as Creighton and Cranberry. Unfortunately this will not be the event they’ve looked forward to but the Trustees note they will be cheering you on via livestream.  The Board extends sincere thanks to staff, students and parents for being flexible throughout the year as required and hopes the coming year will look more normal.  You can keep up to date by visiting the Division’s Facebook and website in August.

             

Board Chair Murray Skeavington commended staff and administrators for their efforts during these unprecedented times proving why we have the best Division in the province.  He also recognized staff who will either be retiring or leaving to teach elsewhere wishing them the best moving forward.

Vaccine Eligibility Continues to Expand in Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Effective 11:45 tomorrow morning Manitoba’s second dose eligibility will expand to include people who received their first dose on or before June 6th.

             

Manitoba public health reported 122 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 7.1 percent.  They also reported three new deaths with two in Winnipeg and one in Southern health.  Of the new cases 64 were in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 22 in Northern health.  Of the total 55,589 reported cases 1789 are active, 52,668 people have recovered and 209 are in hospital with 57 in intensive care along with 13 in care outside the province. There are 14 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.          

 

             

Meanwhile starting tomorrow all Saskatchewan residents who received their first dose of vaccine will be eligible to receive their second dose following a 28 day interval.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 32 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 61. They also reported one new death in the North West zone.  Of the new cases 10 were in Saskatoon with single digits in other zones except Far North East with zero.  Of the total 48,537 reported cases 607 are active, 47,365 people have recovered and 75 are in hospital with 12 in intensive care.  There are 14 active cases in Far North East.

Manitoba Begins its Reopening Plan Saturday.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced this week Manitobans surpassed the first key vaccination benchmarks set out in the Reopening Plan with over 71 percent of eligible Manitobans at least partially immunized and more than 27 percent having received both doses. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says effective 12:01AM Saturday Stage One can take place with outdoor gatherings on private property to double to ten persons, public outdoor gathering sizes increase to 25 persons, retail businesses open with a capacity of 25 percent or 250 with no restrictions on the number of household members permitted to shop together, personal services at 50 percent capacity by appointment only and restaurants and bars open at 25 percent capacity indoors and 50 percent outdoors.

             

Indoor faith services and organized community gatherings can resume at 25 percent capacity or 25 people and 25 for outdoor and 10 for indoor weddings and funerals. People who are fully vaccinated can travel outside of Manitoba without self isolating on their return.

             

Complete details can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

             

These are in effect until the next milestone which is August 2nd.

Grads Will Be Online With Their Families Tomorrow.

Flin Flons Many Faces Education Centre will be holding a different type of graduation again this year. Principal Marc Lucas explains they’re doing theirs online and they felt that was a good way to do it because then each grad can have their family and friends around them in their own home and they’ll see each other online. He says during the day tomorrow grads will come in and have pictures done individually in their gym for a bit of a backdrop noting each grad gets a Grad Pack too that will have some goodies and stuff in there for them so they’re going to try to make it as special as possible.

             

Lucas adds they will have 14 graduates this year.

New High Priority Drill Targets Have Been Found West of Flin Flon.

Foran Mining Corporation announced earlier this month the discovery of six new high priority targets on its extensive land package at its McIlvenna Bay Project 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.  They plan to start exploration drilling on these targets in July.  The regional program will be focused on realizing the camp-scale potential of its flagship McIlvenna Bay Deposit and is in addition to the ongoing infill and step out program at the Deposit.  They note success at these targets could extend the mine life and add significant value.

             

Executive Chair Dan Myerson notes the nature of VHMS deposits is that they are found in clusters and McIlvenna Bay is likely just one ore body in a camp of many potential deposits adding they are extremely excited to get drills turning on these highly prospective new targets and potentially add more to their multi deposit camp.  Expansion of exploration activities into the rest of Foran’s extensive ground holdings will continue in 2022.

New Case Numbers are Low in Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 62 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 7.6 percent.  They also reported four new deaths with two in the Winnipeg region and one each in Interlake and Southern health regions. Of the new cases 33 are in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 15 in Northern health.  Of the total 55,467 reported cases 1860 are active and 52,478 individuals have recovered with 210 people in hospital and 57 in intensive care along with 14 in care outside the province.  There are 17 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district, 11 in Thompson Mystery Lake and 114 in The Pas, OCN, Kelsey district.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reports 36 new cases bringing the seven day average on new cases to 67 which is the lowest since last October.  Of the new cases 11 are in Regina with single digits in other zones including three in Far North East. Of the total 48,505 reported cases 639 are considered active and 47,301 people have recovered with 79 in hospital and 12 in intensive care. There are 14 active cases in Far North East. Just over one million people have received the vaccine in the province.

 

The Northern Neighbors Foundation has Distributed 139 Thousand Dollars to 21 Local Area Projects.

Some of the larger grants include 21,177 dollars to the Town of Creighton Community Centre to replace chairs and install sneeze guards, 13 thousand to the Flin Flon Bombers for new broadcast equipment and cameras, the Rotary Club of Flin Flon 20 thousand to replace furnaces and duct work at Seniors Housing and the Cranberry Portage Arena 10 thousand to replace three hot water tanks.

             

Other grants supported expansion of the Creighton Skate Park., the Flin Flon Community garden, the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre commercial grade tables, chairs and storage carts, Norva Centre upgraded equipment, the Pineroot Mural Festival murals, the Pottery Club a new kiln, Inclusion Saskatchewan virtual workshops. Denare Beach Rec Board hockey nets, Norman Community Services a new fridge, washer and dryer, Creighton Community Day Care new appliances, Vocational Training Center two tower gardens, Adapted Life Skills class at Hapnot Collegiate a commercial treadmill, Freedom Outreach mattresses, Lords Bounty Food Bank roof repairs, Legion Seniors Housing cement sidewalk ramp and in Snow Lake Seniors Centre bathroom repairs and Resource Centre office sound proofing.

 

Young Creighton Students Can Focus on Reading This Summer.

A Saskatchewan Ministry of Education grant will fund summer literacy resources for eight school divisions including Creighton Community School.  The literacy kits are offered in place of in person summer literacy camps marking the second summer these kits will be provided to strengthen student’s skills in literacy over the summer months.  The kits contain books and activities to engage families in literacy building activities.  Frontier College is preparing just over one thousand of these kits which school divisions will distribute to students aged 5 to 12. School divisions will work with teachers and families to determine which students might benefit from additional support over the summer.

Saskatchewan Continues to Report Low Numbers.

Saskatchewan health reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 69 the lowest since last October.  They also reported two new deaths with one each in the North West and North Central zones.  Of the new cases 15 were in Regina and 10 in North Central with single digits in other zones including one in Far North East. Of the total 48,490 reported cases 711 are considered active and 47,214 people have recovered with 76 in hospital and 11 in intensive care, the lowest number of hospitalizations since last November.  There are 12 active cases in Far North East.

Details on Public Health Orders Will Come Later This Week.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported 74 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to eight percent. He also reported one additional death in the Winnipeg region. Of the new cases 50 are from Winnipeg region with lower cases in other regions including three in Northern health. Of the total 55,405 reported cases 2075 are considered active, 52,205 individuals have recovered and 231 are in hospital with 58 in intensive care along with 15 in care outside the province. There are 22 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

Roussin says case numbers are dropping and vaccine numbers are going up so they are reviewing public health orders with details on updated orders to come on Wednesday.

There Was a Fatal Accident at Lalor Mine in Snow Lake Over the Weekend.

Hudbay Minerals reports a fatality occurred at its Lalor Mine in Snow Lake Saturday Evening.  The incident occurred during underground mining operations when a worker from Brandon employed by a service provider was fatally injured from a fall while working at a height. No other personnel were injured and the scene has been secured. All underground mining operations at Lalor mine have been suspended while an investigation is completed.

             

Company President Peter Kukielski stated their hearts go out to the individual’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. He noted the safety and health of their work force remains their utmost priority adding they will continue to provide support to all those who were affected and they remain more committed than ever to their objectives of zero harm.

Diplomas and Scholarships Have Been Presented to the 2020-21 Graduating Class.

Twenty-Six Graduates received their Diplomas as Creighton Community School held their Graduation Ceremony Friday Evening.  47 scholarships and bursaries were presented at the ceremony.  The top awards were the Hudbay scholarship for two thousand dollars a year for four years to Victoria Watkins, the Fred and Pearl Schwaga Memorial Scholarships for two thousand dollars each to Sophie Lengyel and Daniel Nivon and the Raymond Daneliuk Memorial Trades Bursary for one thousand dollars to Austin McLean.  Creighton Community School Foundation Awards for one thousand dollars each went to Emma Benoit for Arts, Aboriginal to Hailey Bjarnason, Athletic to Madeline Claveau, Academic to Abbey Cowper, Hannah Richardson and Victoria Watkins, Trades and Technology to Shayna Mucha, Medical to Kiara Straille and Bev Mcrimmon Citizenship to Julia Suchoplas.

        

20/21 CCS Scholarship and Honour Recipients
Aidan Collard,
Honours

 

Legion Local Branch #73
Legion Ladies Auxiliary
Flin Flon Kinettes
Honours
Blake Alexander

 

Rotary Club-Harry Yee Scholarship
CCS Foundation Award-Arts
Honours
Emma Benoit

 

Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre-Art Wahlenberg Memorial
Northern Village of Denare Beach
CCS Foundation Award-Aboriginal
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #1405
Honours
Hailey Bjarnason

 

Flin Flon Motorcycle Club
Cupe Local 8600
Caleb Streitle

 

CCS Foundation Award-Athletic
Town of Creighton
Honours
Madeline Claveau

 

Town of Creighton
CCS Foundation Award-Academic
Honours
Abbey Cowper

 

Flin Flon Health Auxiliary
United Steelworkers Local 7106 Bob Imrie Memorial
Honours
Gracie Dariechuk

 

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Jesse HIghfield
Honours

 

Creighton Furniture
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #1405
Honours
Lillian Knutson

 

Knights of Columbus-
Fred and Pearl Schawga
Hudbay Womens Network
Honours
Sophie Lengyel

 

School Community Council Attendance Bursary
Mark Perkins Memorial Bursary
Raymond Daneliuk Memorial Trades Bursary
Honours
Austin McLean

 

Mark Perkins Memorial Bursary
CCS Foundation Award-Trades and Technology
Honours
Shayna Mucha

 

Fred and Pearl Schawga
Northern Village of Denare Beach
Honours
Daniel Nivon

 

Rotary Club-King George VI Bursary
CCS Foundation Award-Academic
Honours
Hannah Richardson

 

Boilermaker Local 451
BCG Engineering
Mark Perkins Memorial Bursary
Honours
Owen Slugoski

 

CADAC
School Community Council Attendance Bursary
CCS Foundation Award-Medica
Honours
Kiara Straille

 

CCS Staff Bursary
Flin Flon Pride Committee
CCS Foundation Award-Bev Mcrimmon Citizenship
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #1405
Honours
Julia Suchoplas

 

CUPE Local 228
North of 53 Consumers Co-op
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
Tristan Woods

 

CCS Foundation Award-Academic
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #1405
HUDBAY Scholarship
Honours
Victoria Watkins     

Callinex Continues to Report High Grade Drill Results Near Flin Flon.

Calllinex Mines had announced additional drill results from their ongoing 30 thousand meter drilling campaign.  It is to expand the high grade copper, gold, silver and zinc Rainbow deposit located in their Pine Bay Project 16 kilometers from Flin Flon.  As an example one drill hole intercepted 4.87 meters of 14.94 percent copper in a 90 meter step out from the deposit.         

             

President Max Porterfield stated they are thrilled with the exceptionally high grade copper intersections adding as they continue to expand the footprint of the Rainbow they have gained a stronger understanding of the potential size and continuity of the deposit.  He says two drill rigs will continue to operate through the summer months as they focus on the vertical and lateral expansion of the Rainbow. He adds the mineralization intersected in the Rainbow to date is indicative of the high grade deposits that the Flin Flon district is famous for hosting.

 

Manitoba Recoveries Top 52 Thousand While Saskatchewan Prepares to Reopen.

Manitoba public health reported 233 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the five day test positivity rate to eight percent.  They also reported nine new deaths with seven in Winnipeg region and two in Southern health. Of the new cases 103 were in Winnipeg and 56 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 41 in Northern health.  Of the total 55,331 reported cases 2166 are active and 52,041 people have recovered with 233 in hospital and 57 in intensive care along with 17 in care outside the province.  There are 25 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 115 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 69.  Of the new cases 39 were in Saskatoon and 12 in Regina with lower numbers in other zones including six in Far North East.  Of the total 48,461 reported cases 743 are considered active and 47,135 people have recovered with 79 in hospital and 12 in intensive care.  There are 15 active cases in Far North East.

              With 70 percent of adult residents receiving their first dose of vaccine and 69 percent over 12 receiving their second dose Step Three of Saskatchewan’s Reopening Roadmap will occur on July 11th when all public health orders will be lifted.  Step Two began today.  Details on the Steps can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid 19.

A Saskatoon Man Has Drowned in Amisk Lake.

Just after seven o’clock Wednesday night Creighton RCMP received a report that three canoes had capsized on the south side of Amisk Lake with six males reported to be in the water.  They were crossing Amisk Lake when a storm moved through the area with large waves causing all three canoes to capsize.  The occupants stayed with the canoes and floated until they reached cell range and called 911 using a cell phone stored in a water proof container.

             

Creighton and Flin Flon RCMP, Ministry of Environment Conservation Officers and member of the public located the group around 8:30 using coordinates from the 911 call.  One of the males was unconscious when located and was transported to hospital and pronounced deceased.  He was 48 years old and from Saskatoon.  The other five were transported to hospital in Flin Flon for assessment.

 

COVID Recoveries Top 47 Thousand in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan health reported 98 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 78. They also reported one death in the North West zone.  Of the new cases 25 were in Regina, 19 in North Central and 12 in Saskatoon with single digits in other zones with none in Far North East.  Of the total 48,327 reported cases 763 are considered active, 47,002 people have recovered and 81 are in hospital with ten in intensive care.  There are 15 active cases in Far North East.

             

As of Thursday 11,904 variants of concern cases have been identified in the province.    

 

Use Caution When Celebrating Fathers Day.

Manitoba Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal announced 183 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 8.3 percent.  He also announced four new deaths with three in Winnipeg region and one in Prairie Mountain health. Of the new cases 87 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 38 in Northern health.

             

Atwal advises you to follow public health orders on Father’s Day.  He states now is the time to show your father how much he means to you by not putting him and those he loves at risk.  He explains under the current health orders gathering indoors is prohibited but you’re able to gather outdoors. On private property you can have five visitors from no more than two other households in addition to those who reside there and on public outdoor spaces you can have up to five people in total.  He adds while the orders allow you to gather he strongly encourages you to limit your contacts.

             

Of the total 55,098 reported cases 2436 are considered active and 51,547 people have recovered. There are 23 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

Smudging Will Be Part of a Celebration Around Flin Flon Monday.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is being celebrated in Flin Flon Monday.  The Friendship Center’s Program Events Coordinator Tieryn Steele it will be a virtual event.  She explains because of COVD restrictions they can’t have a big gathering but they’re going to do a virtual event in partner with Hudbay to have a community holistic wellness day called Smudging the Community.  She says there’s going to be a pipe ceremony at 7 AM with Elder Margaret and then they’re going to go around the community to the east, south, west, north and then central and smudge at each place and then once they get to Rotary Park there’ll be some traditional singing and a drum group that are going to play and they’re going to record it as well and go online on Facebook.

             

You can view the events Monday on the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Center Facebook page.

The Manitoba School Boards Association is decrying the provincial government's Bill 64 also known as The Education Modernization Act.

The bill has been delayed to the fall session of legislature by the opposition NDP.  It would eliminate locally elected school boards aside from the French school division and would replace them with school councils that would call on parent involvement and have officials appointed by the government.

 

When asked about how the bill would impact the four school divisions in the north President Alan Campbell had this to say. When you consider some of the socio-economic challenges that exist in northern Manitoba and the fact that the local school board is there to understand firsthand what some of those challenges are and then to be able to directly allocate resources to try to ensure that the needs of every student and every family are being met by the local public school the idea that a board that’s based in Flin Flon and a board that’s based in The Pas and a board that’s based in Thompson and  the Frontier School Division board with representatives from the communities throughout the Division are now somehow going to be replaced with a group of people that have been appointed by the government should be extremely concerning.

 

Campbell called the legislation anti-democratic as that it removes the local community voice in education. 

 

The Test Positivity Rate is Down in Manitoba While Intensive Care Numbers Drop In Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 176 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 8.8 percent.  They also reported one additional death in the Winnipeg health region.  Of the new cases 90 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 34 in Northern health.  Of the total 54,915 reported cases 2532 are active, 52,271 individuals have recovered and 246 are in hospital with 60 in intensive care as well as 20 in care outside the province.  There are 18 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district compared to 111 reported in The Pas, OCN, Kelsey district and 13 in Thompson, Mystery Lake district.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 94 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 75.  They reported no new deaths. Of the new cases 25 were in Saskatoon and 11 in Central West with single digits in other zones including one in Far North East. Of the total 48,220 reported cases 752 are considered active, 46,907 people have recovered and 87 are in hospital with nine in intensive care.  There are 19 active cases reported in the Far North East zone.

The Flin Flon Fire Department Has Had a Positive Impact on Northern Communities.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from Indigenous and Northern Relations regarding the Northern Lights Fire Training which just completed its second year in Flin Flon.  The letter notes INS has received wonderful feedback from their attendees and they want to recognize the knowledge and professionalism of all those from the local fire department involved in this training in particular Fire Chief Jason Kuras for all the time and effort he has contributed to this project.  They note the firefighting skills their fire fighters have been taught by Jason and other members of the fire department is deeply appreciated and will have a significant impact on northern and remote communities.

             

As well the Fire Chiefs report for May indicated three alarms including a brush fire behind Aspen Grove apartments, a grass fire on Roche Boulevard and a grass and tree fire caused by a downed power line on the Cliff Lake road which were all quickly contained.  There was also a false alarm at the General Hospital, a kitchen fire on Hemlock Drive caused by an unattended stove and assistance to EMS.

Vaccines and Following Public Health Orders are Still Important in the North.

Doctor Michael Isaac with the Northern Health Region spoke to Arctic Radio to give an update on the current COVID-19 situation in the north. He explains we continue to see cases across northern Manitoba and like the province we see our test positivity rate come down overall but community to community that hasn’t necessarily been the case so we continue to see cases right across the Region and the messaging really is staying consistent. They really need people to follow the public health orders, follow the fundamentals, the social distancing, the mask wearing because we’re not quite out of the woods yet and the biggest thing will be getting two doses of vaccine, that’s what’s going to get us back to normal life when we can lift some of these restrictions.

 

Isaac says the COVID-19 vaccination campaign has been going well in the region as vaccine uptake is a bit higher when compared to the rest of the province.

 

He states having both doses of the vaccine is imperative considering the prevalence of Delta variant cases which has appeared in all Manitoba health regions.

               

Vaccine Eligibility Continues to Expand in Saskatchewan.

As of 8 tomorrow morning second dose vaccinations in Saskatchewan will open to residents 45 and over or anyone who received their first dose on or before May 1st.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 74 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 72.  They also reported two deaths with one each in the North West and Central East zones.  Of the new cases 29 were in Regina and 16 in Saskatoon with single digits in other zones including two in Far North East.  Of the total 48,125 reported cases 726 are considered active, 46,837 people have recovered and 92 are in hospital with 12 in intensive care.  There are 21 active cases reported in the Far North East zone.

More Vaccines will Be Available Starting Next Week.

Manitoba public health reported 143 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 9.7 percent.  They also reported seven new deaths with four in Winnipeg and three in Southern health region.  Of the new cases 80 are in the Winnipeg region and 29 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 18 in Northern health.  Of the total 54,739 reported cases 2799 are considered active, 50,829 individuals have recovered and 251 are in hospital with 61 in intensive care along with 22 in care outside the province. There are 20 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

Public health also announced people who received their first dose of vaccine on or before May 14th can book a second dose appointment and as of 11:45 tomorrow morning that will expand to May 18th.  They expect two large shipments of Moderna vaccine next week which will allow them to administer more than 20 thousand doses per day.

 

A Long Time City Councillor Will Be Honored With a Special Day.

At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley officially established Colleen McKee Day.  He stated whereas Colleen McKee served her community as Councillor for the years 2006 to 2020 and whereas she loved her community and was a key figure in organizing and volunteering in various events in the Flin Flon region and whereas after a short battle with cancer she died on November 11,2020 as Deputy Mayor and whereas Colleen will always be remembered for her love and dedication to her community now in honor of Colleen’s birthday and her love of Canada Day, I Cal Huntley Mayor of the City of Flin Flon by virtue of the powers conferred in my office do hereby proclaim July 1,2021 Colleen McKee Day in Flin Flon.

             

Huntley added if the Canada Day parade goes ahead as planned the City float will acknowledge Colleen McKee Day.

The Animals are Waiting For Your Visit.

The Joe Brain Petting Zoo has opened for their 24th season.  Recreation Programmer Kelcey Andersen says they have a great variety of animals again this year.  She says they have four baby sheep, a mama sheep, two cows again this year along with quite a bit of chickens and a rooster, they’re going to be doing their egg wars again this year and they’re super excited about that and as well they have some bunnies, they’re happy to get a turtle soon and pigs.

             

Andersen adds the Zoo located on Green Street is open daily from 11 to 7.  To allow physical distancing only one group of five will be allowed in the yard at one time for a 15 minute time period.

 

Saskatchewan is Moving Forward With Their Reopening Plan.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has announced this Sunday they will move to Step Two of the province’s Reopening Plan.  He says capacity limits on retail and personal services, table capacity limits in restaurants will be removed, event facilities such as theatres, casinos, museums and recreational facilities will be able to increase their capacity to 150 people and private indoor gatherings included in that are household gatherings which can now increase to 15 people while public indoor gatherings and private outdoor gatherings will be able to increase to 150 people which is a significant increase from where they have been.

             

Moe says they are very close to reaching the threshold for moving into Step Three to start on July 1st as they only need one percent of Saskatchewan people to get their first shot for that to happen so now is the time to get that done.

New Cases Reported Have Dropped in the Winnipeg Region While Saskatchewans Average Remains Low.

Manitoba public health reported 115 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.6 percent. They also reported two new deaths with one each in the Winnipeg and Southern health regions.  Of the new cases 55 are in Winnipeg and 28 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 23 in Northern health. There are 18 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  Of the total 54,596 reported cases 2972 are active, 50,520 individuals have recovered and 266 are in hospital with 63 in intensive care along with 24 in care outside the province.

 

Saskatchewan health reported 47 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 70 which is the lowest average since November 1st.  They also reported four new deaths with one each in the North Central, North East, Saskatoon and South East zones.  Of the new cases 14 were in Regina and 12 in Saskatoon with single digits in other zones including one in Far North East.  Of the total 48,042 reported cases 722 are considered active, 46,761 people have recovered and 97 are in hospital with 15 in intensive care.  There are 21 active cases reported in Far North East.

Diplomas Will Be Presented to Creighton School Grads.

Creighton Community School will be recognizing the Graduation Class of 2021 Friday.  Principal Patty Korchinski explains the grad this year will be a virtual grad so it will only be the graduates in the gym and they will be receiving their scholarships, diplomas and any other presentations that they have earned.  Afterwards they will give some time for parents to come in as it will be live streamed and roughly about six o’clock they will have the grand march down Main Street and then towards the park heading out towards Denare Beach.  She adds there’ll be a grad car parade on the 17th and that will go through Flin Flon and Creighton as well.

             

Creighton Community School has 26 grads this year.

You Can Still Provide Input on Manitoba Fishing Regulations.

The province has launched online public engagement to seek input for changes to Manitoba’s Angling regulations.  Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy outlines proposed changes to the regulation and management of recreational angling.  Proposed changes in the strategy include modernizing angling licenses, changing angling seasons, possession limits and size restrictions to ensure protection of fish populations, implementing a future ban on the harvest and use of aquatic live bait including bait fish and leaches to reduce the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species, instituting minor changes to ice fishing regulations including contact information displayed on permanent ice fishing shelters and removal dates and updating enforcement of fisheries offences.

              Implementation of Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy is proposed to take effect on April 1st, 2023

  To learn more visit engagemb.ca/angling.  The online public engagement closes June 30th.

 

The Manitoba Government Wants You to Better Understand Their Education Strategy.

Education Minister Cliff Cullen has released a Fact versus Fiction web page to clarify a number of misconceptions regarding the Better Education Starts Today strategy and Bill 64 the education modernization act. He stated among other items there will be no major disruptions for teachers, students and everyday life in the classroom, the new Provincial Education Authority cannot close rural or northern schools without community consultation, parent advisory councils will include school community members as formal partners in education including a paid parent engagement officer position at the school level and principals will continue to be hired through a competitive process and will be required to be certified teachers.

             

The Fact versus Fiction web page can be found at bettereductionmb.ca/factvsfiction.

Saskatchewan New Case Numbers Continue to be Low.

Saskatchewan health reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 76 the lowest average since November 4th.  They reported one new death in the Saskatoon zone. Of the new cases Saskatoon had 30, Regina 21and North West 10 with single digits in other zones with one in Far North East.  Of the total 47,996 reported cases 774 are considered active, 46,666 people have recovered and 95 are in hospital with 19 in intensive care. There are 21 active cases in Far North East. As of Sunday 11,726 variants of concern cases have been identified with 79 found in Far North East.  They also note more than 903 thousand doses of vaccine have been administered in the province.

 

More Manitoban Can Get their Second Shot.

Manitoba has expanded eligibility for people wanting their second shot of COVID-19 vaccine to include anyone who received a first dose on or before May 10th.

             

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 124 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.7 percent.  He also announced two additional deaths with one each in the Winnipeg and Southern health regions. Of the new cases 80 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 14 in Northern health.  Roussin noted case numbers are headed in the right direction and vaccine numbers are increasing but hospital and ICU numbers remain high. He says we’re not seeing really any Manitobans that are vaccinated and protected being admitted to ICU so that’s that benefit of the vaccine and that’s why we want to continue increasing those first and second doses, that’s what’s going to lead up to that Manitoba summer we’re all expecting.

             

Of the total 54,481reported cases 3111 are active, 50,268 individuals have recovered and 271are in hospital with 60 in intensive care with 26 in care in other provinces.

Our Communities are Interested in Your Retirement Plans.

Regional Economic Development Officer Brian Lin is asking residents of the Flin Flon region to share your views on retirement living and housing needs.  He says it follows up on an earlier survey by the City of Flin Flon on the interest in housing particularly for retirement needs.  He explains from the kind of conversations he has had over the past few weeks with different stakeholders he understands there is a need for housing so this survey is trying to be able to engage and quantify so that we can build an investment profile to be able to pitch to potential development interests.

             

You can fill out the survey online at www.tinyurl.com/ffregion or find a printed form at the municipal offices in Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach. The submission is due by Friday, June 25th and if you need more information you can contact Brian Lin the Creighton Town Office at 306-688-8253.

You Can Sign Up Now to Celebrate Canada Day as Part of a Parade.

Preparations are underway for the Northland Ford Canada Day Parade being held on Thursday, July 1st.  General Manager Allison Cooper says it will give people a chance to kick off summer with floats and vehicles under the theme Fun in the Sun what summer means to you.  She explains it could be camping, it could be boating, it could be beach fun.  She noted there will be prizes for first, second and third, most creative, most unique but the biggest thing is they just want you to come in the parade.  She adds they want a presence so you don’t have to over think it, it can be just a truck with stuff in the back but just your presence in the community is all they’re looking for.

             

Letters are going out to local businesses but if you don’t receive one you can pick up a form at Northland Ford, call 204-687-3940, email allison@northlandford.mb.ca or find a form on their website or Facebook page.  Classic cars will line up to lead the parade and there will be a Show and Shine at Northland Ford following the parade.

Recoveries in Manitoba are Approaching 50 Thousand While Saskatchewan is Approaching a Vaccine Target.

Manitoba public health reported 485 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.8 percent. They also reported 12 new deaths with seven in Winnipeg region, four in Southern and one in Northern region. Of the new cases 265 are in Winnipeg region and 95 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 47 in Northern health.  Of the total 54,357 reported cases 3305 are active, 49,952 individuals have recovered and 271 are in hospital with 58 in intensive care along with 26 in care in other provinces.  16 active cases are reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 171 new cases over the weekend bringing the seven day average of new cases to 78.  They reported one death in the North West zone. Of the new cases there were 14 each in Saskatoon and South Central zones and 11 in Regina with lower numbers in other zones including zero in Far North East. Of the total 47,941 reported cases 809 are considered active, 46,577 people have recovered and 95 are in hospital with 20 in intensive care.  There are 33 active cases in Far North East.

              Just one percent more of Saskatchewan residents need to get their first COVID-19 vaccine shot in the coming weeks for the province to begin Step Three in the final phase of its Reopeing Roadmap on July 11th.

Saskatchewan has Set a Goal for the Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine.

Saskatchewan health has announced by June 24th every eligible resident age 12 and older will be able to receive their second vaccine shot depending on the length of time that has passed since their first shot.

             

They reported 81 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 78.  They also announced one new death in the Saskatoon zone.  Of the new cases 17 were in Saskatoon, 14 in Regina and 13 in North West with single digits in other zones including four in Far North East.  Of the total 47,764 reported cases 899 are considered active, 46,311 people have recovered and 104 are in hospital with 17 in intensive care.

             

There are 42 active cases in Far North East.  Variants of concern identified in the province total 11,504 with 74 in Far North East.

 

Vaccine Numbers in Manitoba Have Topped One Million.

 Manitoba Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal reported 222 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.6 percent.  He also reported two additional deaths in the Winnipeg region. Of the new cases 126 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 27 in Northern health. Of the total 53,872 reported cases 3490 are considered active, 49,293people have recovered and 276 are in hospital with 63 intensive care and 30 in care outside the province.  Atwal says statistics show things are gradually improving so it’s going to take some time as cases are one thing to drop down but hospital ICU numbers will take some time to drop down as well.  He adds for the next couple weeks we still need to be cautious about having too many interactions.  He notes we have a reopening strategy but that’s based on limited interactions between individuals.

             

A total of 1,003,678 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba and eligibility for second doses has been expanded to include individuals who have received their first dose on or before May 6th.

 

You Can Fish in Manitoba Without a License This Weekend.

Summer Family Fishing Weekend takes place in Manitoba Saturday and Sunday.  On these days anglers may fish without a license throughout the province and keep to a conservation license limit of fish.

             

You are reminded all other angling regulations still apply over the weekend including regulations for individual waters.  A federal angling license is still required to fish in national parks. For more information on all provincial fishing regulations refer to the 2021 Manitoba Anglers Guide at www.manitobafisheries.com.

            

 Families are also encouraged to explore one of the provinces provincial parks this weekend.  From today through Sunday provincial park permits are not required for visitors unless they plan to stay the night.

             

You are also reminded to continue to follow the latest public health guidlines while enjoying the outdoors.

Threats to the Local High School Resulted in Charges.

At approximately 5:20 Wednesday afternoon Flin Flon RCMP were notified of a threat to shoot up Hapnot Collegiate.  The school is in remote learning with minimal staff and students attending.  Three teenage boys were arrested and charged with uttering threats with all released from custody. The RCMP report one of them had access to firearms at home and those were voluntarily turned over to police until the conclusion of the investigation.

             

Flin Flon RCMP Sergeant Mark Svaren noted the RCMP take all threats of this nature seriously and officers will make arrests and lay charges adding threatening to shoot up a school is not a joke.

 

This is National Water Safety Week.

It’s time to enjoy all that summer has to offer so the Canadian Red Cross is reminding you about water safety this week.  Their Swimming and Water Safety Representative Lynn Kolba explains how to choose the right flotation device.  She says you have to be really careful about whether or not its Transport Canada approved so a life jacket that is Transport Canada approved will have that stamp in the inside flap or on the back of the PFD or life jacket so you really have to take time to read through that verbage to be sure you’re wearing the correct size and the correct weight so it’s going to support you in the water.

             

Kolba also says you should have a plan to keep an eye on children around water.  Many water related fatalities occur with young children and the drownings are preventable if the dangers are understood. Visit www.redcross.ca to learn more about water safety.

New COVID Case Numbers are Up in the Northern Region of Manitoba While the Saskatchewan Average Continues to Drop.

Manitoba public health reported 247 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 11.1 percent.  They also reported six new deaths with three in the Winnipeg region, two in Southern health and one in Interlake Eastern health region.  Of the new cases 142 were in Winnipeg and 41 in Northern health with lower numbers in other regions. Of the total 53,650 reported cases36 hundred are considered active, 48,963 people have recovered and 286 are in hospital with 64 in intensive care along with 30 in care in other provinces. There are 21 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

            

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 77 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 79. They also reported one death in the Central East zone. Of the new cases 18 were in Saskatoon, 12 in South Central and 10 in North Central with single digits in other zones including one in Far North East.  Of the total 47,668 reported cases 902 are considered active, 46,213 people have recovered and 101 are in hospital with 19 in intensive care.  There are 38 active cases reported in Far North East.

 

Manitoba Has a Reopening Plan.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Doctor Brent Roussin has announced what is called a Great Summer Reopening Path. He says the plan is centered on holiday milestones based on first and second doses of the COVID vaccine targets.  Over 70 percent of all Manitobans aged 12 and over have received their first dose and over 25 percent have received their second dose by Canada Day, 75 percent or greater have received their first dose and over 50 percent have received their second dose by August long weekend and 80 percent or greater have received their first dose and over 75 percent have received their second dose by Labor Day.

Meeting vaccine targets by Canada Day means businesses, services and facilities can open at 25 percent capacity or greater levels, by the August long weekend means businesses, services and facilities can open at 50 percent capacity or greater levels and by Labor Day means businesses, services and facilities can open with limited restrictions. Roussin notes the key reopening safely is getting vaccinated and reducing COVID-19 spread in communities and hospitals.

 

Remember Your Consent Form When Going for Your Second Shot.

The Medical Lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer says updated information is needed when you go for your second vaccine dose.  She explains they know that you filled it out the first time around but your health or medical condition may have changed since then and they want to know how you responded if you had any side effects for example from your first dose.  She adds for some of you the type of vaccine that you’re getting for your second dose may be different from your first so for all these reasons plan to have your consent form ready.   

             

Eligibility for the second dose has been expanded to include individuals who received their first dose on or before May 4th. The form can be found on their website www.manitoba.ca/covid19.  She also reported the vaccine super site in The Pas opened yesterday.

 

Plans and a Book Were Part of the Flin Flon School Board Meeting Tuesday Night.

Schools in Flin Flon continue to work on planning for next year although it remains unknown exactly what that will look like.  The Division is hoping for fewer restrictions and awaits guidance from Manitoba Education.  Plans for graduation are underway with a couple of options currently on the table.

             

Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne thanked the Winnipeg School Division for the 75 copies of the book “Answering the Calls: A Childs View of the 94 Calls to Action”.  The book is the result of many hours of hard work by students in grades four, five and six in English and the Alternative Winnipeg School Division.  The book which is the first of its kind assists all ages to further understand the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action through plain language.

 

Active Cases are Down Slightly in Manitoba and Continue to Drop in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 250 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 11.5 percent. They also reported two new deaths in the Winnipeg region.  Of the new cases 136 are in Winnipeg and 48 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 18 in Northern health.  Of the total 53,403 reported cases 3786 are active, 48,536 individuals have recovered and 293 are in hospital with 67 in intensive care along with 30 in care outside the province.  There are 18 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  A total of 12,907 variants of concern cases have been identified with 2380 active.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 57 new cases this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 87.  They also reported one death in the Central West zone.  Of the new cases 21 were in Saskatoon and 12 in Regina with single digits in other zones including four in Far North East.  Of the total 47,574 reported cases 46,084 people have recovered and 938 cases are considered active which is the first time since last November they have reported fewer than one thousand active cases. 109 people are in hospital with 20 in intensive care including one from Manitoba. As of Tuesday 11,463 variants of concern have been identified.

You Can Be a Little Freer Outdoors in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reports case numbers continue to drop and our vaccine numbers continue to increase so they are in a position to slowly ease some of the restrictions regarding outdoor gatherings effective 12:01 AM Saturday for two weeks.  He says they will include those provisions for outdoor gatherings with up to five people in public and on private property so for private residences outside you can have up to five visitors but they should be from no more than two households and this is in addition to those who already reside at that household and for public spaces you can meet up to a total of five individuals and these are the only changes that will be occurring at this time and the other restrictions will remain in place.

             

Roussin adds we must continue to ease pressure on the health care system by following health orders and getting vaccinated.  He said they will continue to consider lifting other restrictions.

A Vaccine Lottery is Planned to Encourage Manitobans to Get Immunized.

The Manitoba government is launching a new province wide lottery that will award nearly two million dollars in cash and scholarships this summer to encourage people to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.  The President of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Manny Atwal says all Manitobans aged 12 and up who have received at least one dose of vaccine on or before August 2nd will be eligible for the first draw and all aged 12 and up who have received two doses on or before September 6th will be eligible for the second draw.  He explains for those who are 18 plus each lottery will award three prizes of 100 thousand dollars each in the Winnipeg Health Authority and a single 100 thousand dollar prize in each other Regional Health Authority.  He adds in addition each lottery will include 10 draws for 25 thousand dollar scholarships for young people aged 12 to 17.  There will be a process to drop out of the lottery and that will be available very soon.

             

Once immunized people will be entered into the lottery.  More details will be provided in the coming weeks at protectmb.ca/lottery.

High Grade Results Continue to be Reported in a Drill Project West of Flin Flon.

Foran Mining Corporation reports its latest infill drill hole has delivered one of the widest intercepts of continuous high grade copper mineralization to date during its ongoing 30 thousand meter drill program.  They note this continues to define a band of copper rich mineralization in both the Massive Suphide lens and the underlying Copper Stockwork Zone at the McIlvenna Bay Deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.  The hole encountered 40 meters of mineralization over 45 meters including 29 meters of continuous mineralization grading 2.05 percent copper equivalent.

             

Executive Chair of Foran Dan Myerson says it provides them with additional optimism in their ability to expand the indicated category resource and therefore further increase the mine life at McIlvenna Bay.  He adds these strong results bode well for future mining costs and ultimate economics as they optimize the throughput of their envisioned mill within the Hanson Lake District and prove out the value of McIlvenna Bay and this multi-generational camp.

 

You Will Be Able to Prove You Have Been Fully Vaccinated.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced the launch of new secure immunization cards for fully vaccinated people.  He explained with the card you’ll be permitted to travel within Canada without having to self-isolate upon your return to Manitoba. You will be exempt from the self-isolating requirements if you’re deemed a close contact by public health.  In other words if you get a call from public health notifying you’ve been in close contact with someone whose had COVID because you have this card and because it’s evident that you’ve been vaccinated twice you won’t have to self-isolate as a result and with that card you’ll be able to visit family and friends in a personal care home as well.

             

Manitobans can apply for a digital or physical card two weeks after receiving a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine using a new online portal immunizationcard.manitoba.ca or phone 1-800-392-1207.

Flin Flon Students Will Spend More Time in Remote Learning.

In a letter to parents Flin Flon School Division Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne advised after consultation with Manitoba Public Health and Manitoba Education schools will remain in remote learning up to and including this Friday June 11th. Classes are expected to resume for all schools on Monday the 14th.  She adds they understand that remote learning is very challenging for many students and families but they want to ensure they can come back safely for the remainder of the school year.

             

Ballantyne notes upon our return it is their hope they can continue the rest of the school year with in person learning.  She asks you to ensure you are following all Public Health Orders that are currently in place including not gathering with people outside of your households.

             

Creighton students return to classes today.

 

New Cases Have Made a Bit of a Jump in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 234 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 12 percent.  They also reported two additional deaths with one each in Winnipeg and Interlake Eastern regions. Of the new cases 144 are in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 21 in Northern health.  Of the total 53,153 reported cases 3836 are active, 48,328 individuals have recovered and 300 are in hospital with 68 in intensive care and 36 in care outside the province. There are 16 active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 90 new cases this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 97.  They also reported two new deaths with one each in North West and North Central zones. Of the new cases 16 were in Regina, 15 each in North Central and North West and 14 in Saskatoon with lower numbers in other zones including four in Far North East.  Of the total 47,517 reported cases 1053 are considered active, 45,913 people have recovered and 104 are in hospital with 18 in intensive care including one from Manitoba.  There are 35 active cases in the Far North East.

Flin Flon Army Cadets Have a New Commanding Officer.

Cadets from 2-3-2-8 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp wrapped up a year of virtual training last evening with a virtual change in Command.  Captain Daryl Wilkinson turned over command of the unit after ten years to Captain Laurel Mymko witnessed by Area Commander Major Rosin. Wilkinson and Mymko both thanked the Cadets, parents, staff and all who have in the past and continue to support the Cadet program.

             

In a recorded message from Ottawa Commodore Josee Kurtz Commander of Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers acknowledged all involved for their commitment noting the importance of the Cadet program.  She explained the tenets of the Cadet program are the foundation that brings value to any and all walks of life. She noted being a leader in your community may look different for all of you but the best part of being a Cadet is essentially you get to choose your own path and your own adventure.  She added there’s no clear definition of what it means to be a good citizen but you have clearly demonstrated a commitment and resilience and to her that is the spirit of citizenship.

             

Awards and promotions earned by Cadets over the past year were presented along with a 50th Anniversary Army Cadet League of Canada Award to Alan Mymko for his 20 years of dedication to the Corp.

 

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Fishing Derby Kicks Off Thursday.

Committee Chair Dianne Russell says it’s a Walleye derby again this year with fishing in Trout Lake, Kississing, Cranberry Lakes, Athapap and all in between.  She explains all you have to do is go to either the Gateway, Gas Bar or Rubi’s Outdoors and pick up a 30 dollar entry package, 10 dollars for youth, then you go fishing from June 10th to 29th, enter online at the Flin Flon Trout Festival website and it’s as easy as that.  She adds they’re busy gathering cash and prizes and hoping to have a really good time with this social distancing safe event for the Trout Festival.

             

A current Manitoba fishing license is required to claim prizes.  Photos must be submitted by midnight June 29 and more information on entering can be found on their website www.flinflontroutfestival.com.

 

Active Cases in Saskatchewan Have Hit a Low.

Saskatchewan health reported 68 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 97.  They also reported three new deaths with two in North West and one in North Central zone.  Of the new cases 15 were in Saskatoon, 12 in North West and 13 in Central East with single digits in other zones including two in Far North East.  Of the 47,427 reported cases 45,736 people have recovered and 1142 cases are active which is the lowest number since last November. There are 36 active cases reported in Far North East. A total of 102 people are in hospital with 19 in intensive care.  Variants of concern indentified now total 11,253 with 66 reported in Far North East.

Vaccines are an Important Part of Getting to a Post COVID Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 168 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 11.9 percent.  He also announced two new deaths both from Winnipeg health region.  Of the new cases 111 were in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 16 in Northern health.  They report 15 active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  Roussin emphasized the importance of vaccination.  He says everyone over age 12 is eligible for vaccine and if you received your first vaccine before May 1 then you’re now eligible to book for your second vaccine so he encourages all Manitobans to do so.  He notes it’s up to us to take these steps to protect ourselves, our families, our loved ones and all Manitobans and by taking this action and changing our behaviors we’ve been able to start to see the downward trend in numbers and start looking forward to what this can be like in the future here in a vaccinated Manitoba.

             

Of the total 52,919 reported cases 3962 cases are active, 47,880 individuals have recovered and 308 are in hospital with 66 in intensive care as well as 36 in other provinces.

A Lot of People Recently Received Tickets.

The Manitoba government reported a total of 150 warnings and 161 COVID-19 related tickets were issued for the last week in May.  One hundred and forty-four 1296 dollars tickets went to individuals in relation to gatherings in private residences or outdoors, nine 298 dollar tickets to individuals for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places, one 5150 dollar ticket to an individual for the Federal Quarantine Act, one 5000 dollar ticket to a business and six warrants to repeat offenders with a maximum penalty of 100 thousand dollars.  Officials note this is the highest number of tickets issued in one week since enforcement efforts began in April 2020.  Enforcement officials also continue to investigate several recent large gatherings and rallies and additional charges are expected.

             

Since enforcement efforts began a total of 450 warnings and 1681 tickets have been issued resulting in over 2.3 million dollars in fines to businesses and individuals.

 

More Roads in the North Need Attention.

The results for CAA Manitobas Worst Roads Campaign have been released.

While a number of the worst roads submitted were from the province’s capital including the winner Taylor Drive a number of provincial highways made their way into the top ten including Provincial Roads 307, 250 and 450.

 

The Community Relations Manager with CAA Heather Mack says a few roads in the north were nominated including in Thompson and Flin Flon. She says her take away from this was they’d like more votes from the north next year so they’re going to take that back to see what they ca do to help promote that because they want to hear about roads across Manitoba and to be perfectly honest the photos that she saw submitted from the north of the province would probably scare the heck out of some Winnipeggers noting the states of the roads are much different  and they like to see more about that and more government attention to it.

 

There were nearly three thousand votes submitted to this year’s campaign with 421 roads receiving nominations across 55 Manitoba municipalities.

Identified Variants of Concern Cases top 12 Thousand in Manitoba While Vaccines Administered in Saskatchewan top 800 Thousand.

Manitoba public health reported 490 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the five day test positivity rate to 12 percent.  They also reported four new deaths with three in the Winnipeg region and one in Prairie Mountain.  Of the new cases 302 were in Winnipeg and 86 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 27 in Northern health.  18 active cases were reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage Sherridon district. Of the total 52,751 reported cases 4069 are considered active, 47,609 people have recovered and 309 are in hospital with 62 in intensive care along with 37 sent out of province.  Variants of concern cases identified total 12,004 with 2560 active.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan reported 172 new cases over the weekend bringing the seven day average of new cases to 103.  They also reported three new deaths with two in North West and one in Saskatoon zone.  Of the new cases 42 were in Saskatoon, 30 in North West and 24 in Regina with lower numbers in other zones including two in Far North East.  There are 34 active cases reported in Far North East. Of the total 47,359 reported cases 1196 are considered active, 45,617 individuals have recovered and 101 are in hospital with 19 in intensive care.  800,772 vaccines have been administered in the province.

 

 

New Cases in Saskatchewan are Back to Double Digits.

Saskatchewan health reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 129.  They reported no new deaths.  Of the new cases 20 are in Saskatoon, 13 in Far North East and 12 in Regina with lower numbers in other zones. There are 45 active cases reported in Far North East. Of the total 47,186 reported cases 1292 are considered active, 45,351 people have recovered and 101 are in hospital with 21 in intensive care.

             

67 percent of Saskatchewan adults have now received their first dose of vaccine.  People 65 and older or who received their first dose by March 22nd are now eligible to received their second dose.

 

Active Cases are Up a Bit in Our District.

Manitoba Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal announced 326 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 11.4 percent. He also announced four additional deaths with two in Winnipeg region and one each in Eastern and Southern health regions.  Of the new cases

203 were in the Winnipeg region, 38 in Southern health and 30 each in the Northern and Interlake Eastern health regions. There are 19 active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district. Atwal says they are looking at public health orders but it’s too soon to announce changes as our day to day case numbers are getting better but our health care system is still struggling.  He says there are still too many people in hospital and there are too many people in ICUs both in Manitoba and out of the province struggling for their lives.

             

Atwal says people have to follow the current public health orders, stay home as much as possible and get fully vaccinated to get our numbers down.

First Nations Need Help in a Search for Mass Graves.

Northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton has called on the Prime Minister to assist the community of Pimicikamak Cree Nation to fund a forensic search of the grounds of the former Cross Lake Residential School. She explains the Pimicikamak Cree Nation has been leading the way in making the call as early as Monday of this week to the Prime Minister seeking support, funding, financial support to ensure that a proper extensive search of the residential school brutally imposed on them for decades happens and they have made clear that this must include identification and repatriation.

             

Chief David Monias says it’s important to their community stating we want the truth, you cannot keep it a secret any more, our communities want to bring our children home put them to rest, proper ceremonies must be done.
             

They both called in the federal government to bring in international experts in this work naming the International Commission of Missing Persons to work with First Nations to make sure the work that’s done is done at the highest level with all the respect and expertise it requires with the full recognition that we are talking about possible crime scenes.

Mining is Being Celebrated in Saskatchewan This Week.

The Saskatchewan government has proclaimed this week mining week.  The theme is Saskatchewan’s Critical Minerals Essential to Global Supply Chains which provides an opportunity to showcase the province’s world class supply chains.  Despite the economic challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic Saskatchewan’s mining sales particularly in potash remain strong.  In 2020 they generated six billion dollars.  The provincial mining sector accounts for more than 11 percent of Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product and supports more than 12 thousand jobs across the province.  Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan sets goals to reach nine billion dollars in potash sales and two billion in uranium sales by 2030.

             

Saskatchewan was recently recognized by the Mining Journal Intelligence World Risk Report as the number one global jurisdiction for mining investment opportunity.

 

Manitobans Not Vaccinated Are Being Encouraged to Get That First Shot.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says about 70 percent of eligible Manitobans have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine but the challenge is the other 30 percent.  He announced the next phase of their campaign which includes ProtectMB incentive grants.  He explains they’re going to offer up to 20 thousand dollars in financial support per organization, group or business to work with them in low uptake communities.  Funding for programming could include many different things such as outreach staffing, contacting, supporting clients to get vaccinated, communications material and it could even include community level incentives like meals.  He advises interested applicants are encouraged to register now for an information session at ProtectMB.ca.

             

They will also expand their advertising campaign, create a Campaign Advisory Committee and expand vaccine access.

Reported COVID-19 Cases in Manitoba are Approaching 52 Thousand and are just over 47 thousand in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 355 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 11.5 percent.  They also reported five new deaths with three in the Winnipeg region and one each in Southern and Northern health regions.  Of the new cases 220 were in Winnipeg region and 56 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 23 in Northern health.  There are 14 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  Of the total 51,935 reported cases in the province 4179 are considered active, 46,689 individuals have recovered and 297 are in hospital with 68 in intensive care.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 131 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 133. They also reported two new deaths both in the North West zone.  Of the new cases 34 were in Saskatoon,  21 in Regina and 11 in Far North East with lower numbers in other zones. There are 32 active cases in Far North East.  Of the total 47,097 cases reported in the province 1314 are considered active, 45,240 people have recovered and 100 people are in hospital with 23 in intensive care.

 

Main Street Will Continue to be in Bloom This Summer

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council agreed to cost share the Flowers on Main Street Project with Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation and Hudbay Minerals in the amount of 45 hundred dollars shared three ways.  In a letter to Council FFNRC Executive Director Laurence Gillespie noted they hope to repeat the project in pretty much the same form as in previous years with some 60 flower baskets hung on Main Street, out front of City Hall and at the Station Museum.

             

Council received a request for a Slow Down Children Playing sign on First Avenue.  The request noted their street is long and many cars and trucks tend to go fast down the long stretch. This resulted in advice from Council to parents to take responsibility for the way their kids drive noting many complaints are received about speeding in our community with many referring to young drivers in vehicles and on All Terrain Vehicles.  They urge all drivers to slow down as there are children out in many areas.

             

And Council appointed the Royal Bank as their banker and awarded their dust control contract to NSC Minerals who use an environmentally safe product to control dust.

 

Shopping is Available Across Denare Beach Saturday.

Denare Beach is holding their annual community yard sale Saturday.  Recreation Director Mel Durette says there’ll be a lot for sale.  She explains it is their annual community wide yard sale on Saturday and most of the sales are starting at nine o’clock.  She will have on the Denare Beach Rec page all of the addresses where all of the sales are.

             

Durette adds they have nineteen yard sales taking place this year.

             

If you need more information you can call the Denare Beach Recreation office at 306-362-2050.

Eligibility for Second Doses has Expanded in Saskatchewan.

63 percent of Saskatchewan residents aged 12 and older have now received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.  People aged 65 and older or who received their first dose by March 22nd are now eligible to receive their second dose.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 131.  They also reported one new death in the North West zone. Of the new cases 46 are in Saskatoon and 22 in Regina with lower numbers in other zones with none reported in Far North East. Of the 46,964 reported cases 1285 are considered active, 45,138 people have recovered and 103 are in hospital with 22 in intensive care. As of Tuesday 10,812 variants of concern have been identified with 46 reported in the Far North East.

First and Second Doses of Vaccine Continue to be Encouraged in Manitoba.

Manitoba public health reported 264 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 11.5 percent.  They also reported six new deaths with three each in the Southern and Winnipeg health regions.  Of the new cases 198 were in Winnipeg and 28 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 21 in Northern health region. There are 14 active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

Medical Lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer says vaccines continue to arrive in the province. She stated to those who still have to make their first dose appointment it is not too late.  She encourages as well everyone who is eligible for a second dose to book as soon as you are eligible adding the success of the vaccine campaign hinges on all of us.

             

Eligibility for second doses of vaccine has been expanded to include individuals who received their first dose on or before April 20th.  Additionally all Indigenous and individuals with specific health conditions are also eligible to book their second dose as long as they meet the minimum time interval between doses. 

Lives Lost at a Residential School Were Remembered at the Flin Flon City Council Meeting Last Night.

Mayor Cal Huntley opened the meeting by stating our community mourns the 215 children whose remains were recently found outside a residential school in Kamloops.  He continued there are no words that can capture the horror and grief that this situation has brought to light.  My Council and my community stand with you in your time of mourning, sympathetic to your grief but knowing we can never understand the pain and suffering that you have experienced and continue experiencing. We are with you and we need to resolve this.

             

In discussion Councillors suggested people should make themselves aware of Indigenous issues and the effect of what occurred at residential schools on their lives.

 

The Victims of Residential Schools Were Remembered in Flin Flon Monday.

A display of shoes was set up in Pioneer Square Monday afternoon.  One of the organizers Cass Porteus stated the hope is this will bring awareness of the 215 Indigenous bodies found on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops British Columbia, residential schools and the Every Child Matters movement. She says she just thinks there should be more news coverage and it should be more of a thing like everybody needs to know what has happened in the past and what is continuing to happen to Indigenous lives everywhere so she really wanted to have the memorial for the poor 215 souls that were found so we can return them home and so that everyone has the awareness of what’s going on.

             

 Porteus adds the history of residential schools is not talked about more, not studied enough, not investigated enough adding the dark history of Canada, stuff happening in our back yard is pushed to the back burner.

New COVID Cases in Saskatchewan are Down to Double Digits.

Saskatchewan health reported 86 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 134.  They also reported one death in the Central East Zone. Of the new cases 26 were in Saskatoon, 13 each in South Central and North Central and single digits in other zones with one in Far North East. 

             

Premier Scott Moe says they are looking at vaccine numbers as they work towards re-opening the province safely.  He explains there are just over a million people in Saskatchewan who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, in fact it’s one million 33 thousand to be exact so that means just over 720 thousand people would need to be vaccinated for them to reach that final target.  He notes that’s a very significant level of vaccine and it will provide the province with a very significant level of protection.

Of the total 46,834 reported cases 1272 are considered active, 45,022 people have recovered and 108 are in hospital with 23 in intensive care.  Variants of concern identified total 10,774 with 46 reported in Far North East.

New Case Numbers Are Down in Manitoba.

Manitoba public health reported 226 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 12 percent.  They also reported three new deaths all in the Winnipeg region.  Of the new cases 168 were in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 13 in Northern health.  Of the total 51,316 reported cases 4333 are active, 45,927 individuals have recovered and 305 people are in hospital with 72 in intensive care.  The Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district reports 16 active cases.  Variants of concern reported total 11,204 with 2594 of them active.

A Mining Project West of Flin Flon Has Received Major Funding.

Foran Mining has announced it has entered in a letter agreement pursuant to which Fairfax Holdings Limited will make a strategic 100 million dollar investment in Foran.  This is in exchange for the issuance by Foran of common shares, non-voting common shares and warrants.  The net proceeds of the financing will be used to rapidly advance the development of the McIlvenna Bay project and centralized mill for the Hanson Lake district 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon as well as further exploration in the Hanson Lake district, enable further investment in key technological and operational research and equipment and general corporate purposes.

             

Foran believes the investment by Fairfax represents a significant endorsement of their business model, the quality of the McIlvenna Bay deposit and its wider Hanson Lake District and its vision to build the world’s first carbon neutral mine.

Niki Ashton is Calling For More Support for First Nations Communities.

During Question Period last week Northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton called out the Liberal Government for rejecting half of the nursing requests from First Nations communities. She noted this week the Auditor General made clear what’s obvious to First Nations in our region and the country, the government consistently fails them. She explained First Nations began the pandemic with nowhere near enough personal protective equipment and struggled to catch up.  When communities cried out repeatedly for more nurses more than half of their requests were rejected.  Whether its water, housing or this pandemic we’re getting monthly condemnations from the Auditor General and monthly commitments from the government to do better.  She asked where’s the political will from the Liberals to act on the repeated neglect and deliver for First Nations.

 

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Indigenous Services Department Pam Damoff responded the ministry is continuing to review its practices to improve the delivery of its supports during the pandemic.

 

She goes on to say Indigenous Services Canada is working with communities and organizations across the country to receive real-time feedback and look to better their processes  even beyond COVID-19.

 

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