Local News Archives for 2021-06

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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