Local News Archives for 2021-10

The Larger Number of New Cases Continue to be in The South in Manitoba With No New Cases in Far North East Two Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.3 percent.  Of the new cases 43 are in Southern health, 37 in Winnipeg and 27 in Northern health with lower numbers in other regions.  There are 370 active cases in the Northern region.  Of the total 62,588 confirmed cases 954 are active, 60,399 people have recovered and 87 are in hospital with 20 in intensive care.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 302 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 312.  Of the total 75,842 reported cases 3135 are active, 71,895 people have recovered and 308 are in hospital.  Far North East Two reports no new cases with 43 cases in the District reported to be active.  The federal government is expected to send additional health care workers to Saskatchewan next week.

 

You Can Learn More About Recycling This Weekend.

Recycling Centre Administrator Deb Odegaard invites you to their open house Saturday afternoon.  She says people can come and see what they’re doing there, what they are collecting and they can also see what’s recyclable, what’s not recyclable and they have a couple of giveaways.  They have a small recycling bin they’re giving away and a lot of bags come in that can be re-used so they have those that people can take home and re-use if they want to.

             

The open house runs from 1:30 to 4 at the Recycling Centre at 9 Timber Lane.  For information on recycling you can call them at 204-687-6169.

 

Its National Teen Driver Safety Week.

During this week Manitoba Public Insurance is encouraging young drivers to evaluate their driving behaviours to ensure roadways in the province are safe to travel on.

 

 Media Relations Coordinator with the crown company Brian Smiley states teen drivers are involved in a decent chunk of collisions on the road. He says over the last decade 2011 to 2020 teen drivers have been involved in 10 percent of fatal collisions.  He notes last year alone we had 78 fatalities in our province so teens would have been involved in ten percent of that and he thinks we all agree that is all too high and we also have injury collisions were teen drivers represented seven percent of those collisions.

 

Smiley says it’s imperative for parents and guardians to have conversations with their children about safe driving practices.

New Cases Have Gone Up Again in Northern and Southern Regions in Manitoba and in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.2 percent.  Of the new cases 47 are in Southern health and 21 in Northern health where the total of active cases is 354 with lower numbers in other regions. Of the total 62,469 confirmed cases 926 are active, 60,308 people have recovered and 87 are in hospital with 20 in intensive care.

             

Saskatchewan health reports 355 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 313.  Of the total 75,540 reported cases 3104 are active, 71,636 people have recovered and 322 are in hospital. They also report over the next three days three ICU patients are being transferred out of Saskatchewan to Ontario.

 

The Flin Flon Fire Department Was Involved in Training and a Few Fire Calls Last Month.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs report for September.  On the 4th they were called to a home on Second Avenue where burning toast set off a smoke alarm.  On the 7th they assisted EMS with a call.  On the 9th they assisted the Creighton Fire Department at a structure fire.  On the 11th they quickly extinguished a small grass fire behind McIsaac School and on the 25th they responded to alarms at the Legion apartments on Green Street where all occupants had been evacuated and they found an alarm that had malfunctioned.

             

During the month they had boat and rescue training on Ross Lake, new recruit training and development, motor vehicle accident training and a demo on battery operated Jaws of Life.

One of Culture Days Signature Events is Coming Up On Saturday.

The Flin Flon Arts Councils Crystal Kolt invites you to be part of Dance Down Main Street Saturday afternoon.  She explains they’re going to dance once again on Pioneer Square at 12:30 to Kool and the Gangs Celebration and it seems to be a perfect way to celebrate where we hope we’re all going after COVID-19 so that’s going to be a great time for people to get together, wear your mask and it’s going to led by Logan Church who’s running the Northern Lights Dance Academy and she thinks it’s going to be a lovely time together.

              

Kolt adds you can start gathering at Pioneer Square at 12 noon Saturday, a dance tutorial will take place at 12:30 and the Dance Down Main Street begins at 12:45.

Active Cases Have Again Dropped a Bit In Manitoba as Has the Average in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 51 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.1 percent.  Of the new cases 23 are in Southern health and 17 in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 2 in Northern health where there are 401 active cases.  Of the total 62,383 confirmed cases 998 are active, 60,150 people have recovered and 87 are in hospital with 19 in intensive care.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 246 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 307.  Of the total 75,185 confirmed cases 3174 are active, 71,213 people have recovered and 323 are in hospital.  Far North East Two reports three new cases with 43 cases now active.

Vaccines Could Soon Be Available for Young People in Manitoba.

The Medical Lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer says Pfizer has requested Health Canada approval for their vaccine for children for ages 5 to 11. She explains this is a really important development for Manitobans because achieving higher vaccination rates in both adults and children is key to controlling the speed of the virus and ending the crisis phase of the pandemic in Manitoba and protecting the mental health of children by keeping schools open and ensuring that kids can participate in all their normal activities.

             

Reimer adds the vaccine works well even in children.  She says while still waiting for approval they are preparing to start the vaccines around the end of November.

 

Hudbay Has Expanded its Operations in the Snow Lake Area.

Hudbay officially opened its New Britannia Mill in Snow Lake yesterday afternoon. In 2008 Hudbay’s exploration and geology team found the gold zone in the Lalor deposit and 13 years later the gold ore is being processed at the New Britannia mill.

             

 The New Britannia expansion includes the refurbishing of the gold plant and adding a new copper flotation facility ensuring increased production at the Snow Lake operations. Hudbay anticipates annual gold production from the Lalor and Snow Lake operations will increase to over 180 thousand ounces during the first six full years of operation and they expect 17 years of operation at New Britannia.

             

The Director of human resources, external and Indigenous affairs Richard Trudeau stated Hudbay’s story began here in Manitoba and nearly a century later their commitment to Manitoba continues as today marks the start of an exciting new chapter for our company, the Town of Snow Lake and the Province.

             

Manitoba Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler added congratulations to Hudbay on the opening of the New Britannia mill which he notes will process ore on site and help keep more jobs in Northern Manitoba.

Local Residents Are Concerned About Our Uptown Area.

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from a 45 year resident of this area.  She stated we must do something to assist our local businesses, the safety and wellbeing of all our residents as well as something about the aesthetics of our communities. She stated the vagrant homeless people loitering on Main Street are disturbing and the amount of garbage is unhealthy.

             

She recommended having some of the city crew members perform regular clean up on our streets, sidewalks and parks, amend or implement no loitering and no panhandling bylaws, have more of an RCMP presence on Main Street to prohibit hanging around business entrances, explore choices and meet with the groups involved to see what can be done.  She added this issue needs to be placed on the agenda of all upcoming Mayor and Council, Northern Health Region, RCMP and Chamber of Commerce Executive meetings to discuss solutions for the betterment of Flin Flon and its residents.

             

Council members noted they are open to solutions but it’s not just a local issue communities across the country are trying to find solutions to similar problems and they have brought it up in discussions with the provincial government. They emphasize if you see something happening contact the RCMP.

Active Cases in Manitoba Have Topped One Thousand While Total Cases in Saskatchewan Approach 75 Thousand.

Manitoba public health reported 102 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.3 percent.  Of the new cases 34 were in Northern health where there are 407 active cases and 32 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions. Of the total 62,332 confirmed cases 1007 are active, 60,091 people have recovered and 92 are in hospital with 14 in intensive care.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 2232 new cases from October 13th to 19th bringing the seven day average of new cases to 319.  There were 3186 recoveries over the same period.  There are 335 people in hospital with 83 in intensive care. 75 percent of the people in hospital are not fully vaccinated. Total reported cases now stand at 74,940.  Far Northeast Two reports six new cases with a total of 43 cases active.

Exploration Continues to Provide Good Results West of Flin Flon.

Foran Mining Corporation has announced an updated mineral resource estimate for its McIlvenna Bay Deposit 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon. The estimate outlines significant changes to the resource compared to the previous resource estimate published in 2019 with over 25 thousand meters of infill and expansion drilling in 36 holes completed since the prior estimate.  Indicated resources increased by 70 percent to 39.1 million tonnes from 23 million tonnes.  Indicated resources now grade 1.2 percent copper, 2.16 percent zinc, 0.41 grams per tonne gold and 14 grams per tonne silver.  Mineralization begins 25 meters below surface and extends down plunge approximately two kilometers where it remains open in all directions.

             

CEO and Executive Chair Dan Myerson says they are now integrating the data from this resource estimate into their coming feasibility study and are planning for an aggressive and exciting exploration program next year.

Foster Families Are Needed in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan government has once again proclaimed October as Foster Families Month.  It celebrates the many contributions of foster families across the province and encourages individuals and families interested in giving back to look into becoming an approved foster home.  Social Services Minister Lori Carr says foster families provide a safe and stable home to children and youth when their families are in crisis.

             

There are nearly 500 foster families currently in the province. The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association manages recruitment, training and support for foster families and there are currently a number of recruitment drives across the province to encourage people to learn more about becoming a foster parent.  Anyone interested in learning more about what is required is encouraged to call the Association at 1-800-667-7002 or visit www.saskfosterfamilies.ca.

New Case Numbers Have Slowed Down in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health announced 51 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.3 percent.  Of the new cases 26 are in Southern health and 11 in Prairie Mountain with lower number in other regions including two in the Northern region where there are 377 active cases.  Of the total 62,230 confirmed cases 976 are active, 60,023 people have recovered and 90 are in hospital with 16 in intensive care.

             

Saskatchewan health announced 279 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 319.  Of the total 74,673 confirmed cases 3670 are active, 70,218 people have recovered and 335 are in hospital.  Far North East Two reports three new cases with 49 cases listed as active.

 

The Third Dose Campaign in Manitoba is Expanding into First Nations.

Manitoba is expanding its recommendation for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines to include First Nations people living on reserve.  This includes an estimated 72 hundred people and should be given at least six months after the last vaccine.  The Public Health Lead for the First Nations Pandemic Coordination Team Dr. Marcia Anderson says the vaccine program has gone well so far on First Nations. She explains almost 200 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been provided to over 105 thousand First Nations people which gives them coverage with at least one dose for over 93 percent on reserve with 82.6 percent being fully vaccinated and off reserve there continues to be significant improvements in coverage noting currently just over 70 percent have at least one dose and 64.5 percent who are fully vaccinated.

             

All Manitobans can now make an appointment for their seasonal flu vaccine and can receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the same time if they choose.  You can find sites where shots are available at www.protectmb.ca or www.manitoba.ca/vaccine.

 

You Should Still Make Sure You Have a Safe Ride Home.

Operation Red Nose has announced its safe ride service will not be taking place this holiday season. They state since deploying the annual large scale service depends on the public health situation and other things the organization has no choice but to push the very appreciated service to next year. Their National Executive Director Anne-Marie Audet says the safety of their volunteers and clients is their priority.

             

In all circumstances Operation Red Nose and Safety Services Manitoba invite you to plan for a safe way to get home by calling a friend, a relative, a cab or designating a sober driver.                                    

             

Operation Red Nose is a non-profit organization that promotes responsible behavior to help prevent impaired driving.  They provide a volunteer chauffer service with donations received from passengers distributed to help fund local youth and amateur sports initiatives.  In Flin Flon Operation Red Nose has been operated by the local Rotary Club through December.

 

Will the Sequel be Written to the Flinty Story The Sunless City.

The Snow and Bloodlust Collective led by playwright Raphael Saray will perform a live online play Friday night.  Saray says it’s in the spirit of an old timey radio play.  He explains they’ve got a very talented crew of local performers noting it’s a play he has written about in their little world that they set up and the Sunless City is the biggest novel in the history of literature and J. E. Preston Muddock has to struggle through writing sequels and that struggle is illustrated through a theatrical presentation.

             

Tune in for the performance Friday night at 7 on the Flin Flon Arts Council Facebook page.

 

The Town of The Pas is Assisting in the Purchase of Vacant Land.

The Pas Mayor Herb Jaques has announced they have approved the purchase of 66 acres of highway frontage vacant land located on the west side of The Pas at the town’s entrance.

The purchase was done in cooperation with The RM of Kelsey, The Kelsey Planning District, and the Community Development Corporation.

Mayor Jaques explains it’s technically in the RM of Kelsey but they’re working on it together.  He says if you travel at all you go into any sort of community and as you approach that community you see all those developments, big box stores or warehouses but the Town of The Pas just doesn’t have that type of vacant land but now with 66 acres of land that they’ve acquired as a group and with the efforts of the CDC they hope to be able to find somebody who will help to start to develop that land.

Jaques added that just about any business could be built on this vacant land and he hopes to see a business that creates stable employment opportunities. The land is located at the corner of highway 283 and Stockcar Road.

New Cases Have Dropped Below 100 in Manitoba While Saskatchewan is Up a Bit.

Manitoba public health reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.2 percent.  Of the new cases there were 30 in Southern health and 17 each in the Winnipeg and Northern health regions with lower numbers in other regions. In the Northern region Norway House and the Cree Nation district report 153 active cases and Pukatawagan Mathias Colomb Cree Nation district report 128. Of the total 61,987 reported cases in the province 963 are active, 59,794 people have recovered and 92 are in hospital with 16 in intensive care.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 312 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 380.  Of the total 73,662 reported cases 4364 are active, 68,525 people have recovered and 39 are in hospital. Far North East Two reported nine new cases bringing their active cases to 67.

 

Lions Members Were Honored By Their Club.

The Flin Flon Lions Club held their annual Charter and Awards Night Wednesday with all attending required to be fully vaccinated.  District Governor Chris Miles from the MacGregor Lions Club spoke on his theme following up on how COVID affected club activities in the community Restart Your Passion For Service which tags on to the International President’s theme Service From The Heart.  He explained for him service is most often where you find it.  Most often it may not look like service, it might look more like potential drudgery but when you can see that your work has created a good thing, a smile, a laugh in your community and a real sense of well being with yourself that’s when you realize that there’s power in service and that you’ve got enough power in yourself to just do it.

             

Key and Diamond Centennial Membership Awards for sponsoring new members were presented to John and Debbie Kuzub, Hope Medals from the Lions Foundation of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario to Neal Dimick, Jan Nikkel and Lisa Tower and Judge Brian Stevenson Awards from the Lions Foundation of Canada to Ken Tetreault and Doreen Gabler with another to be received by Kristina Tetreault.

 

A Contribution to Economic Development Will Continue.

Creighton Town Council recently received a letter from Hudbay regarding financial contributions to the ongoing work of the FDC Regional Economic Development Commission. These contributions support the work of the Regional Economic Development Office.  In appreciation of the work Hudbay has done over the years with the Town’s team and the Commission Hudbay is pleased to be providing an additional contribution of 25 thousand dollars on January 1st, 2022.

             

The Commission is an Interprovincial-Municipal body which envelopes the City of Flin Flon, the Town of Creighton and the Village of Denare Beach making it the first and only Interprovincial-Municipal Economic Development in Canada.  Hudbay plans on providing the same level of communication and co-operation toward regional development moving forward as Flin Flon operations are being transitioned to Snow Lake by the end of 2022.

             

Mayor Bruce Fidler has accepted an invitation to attend the opening ceremonies for the New Britannia Gold Mill in Snow Lake which will take place on site Tuesday.

 

Reported COVID Cases in Manitoba are Approaching 62 Thousand While New Cases in Saskatchewan Drop Below 300.

Manitoba public health reported 107 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.8 percent.  Of the new cases 45 are in the Northern health region bringing the total of active cases to 355 with the larger numbers in the Norway House and Cree Nation district with 149 and Pukatawagan Mathias Colomb Cree Nation district with 118.  Of the total 61,900 reported cases in the province 962 are active and 59,712 people have recovered with 93 in hospital and 17 in intensive care.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 293 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 418.  Of the total 73,350 reported cases 4294 are active, 68,287 people have recovered and 335 are in hospital.  Far North East Two reports six new cases bringing their total of active cases to 59.

Zoom Has Helped a Local Group Boost Their Membership.

Next week is Toastmasters Week in Manitoba. Harry Hobbs reports Flin Flon Toastmasters will be holding an open house on Zoom on Monday night.  He explains right now Zoom in our community is for Toastmasters a very good benefit because the people who live in Cranberry Portage, Sherridon, Snow Lake might be interested in Toastmasters but wouldn’t want to drive all that way in and out, especially when we get more inclement weather and now meeting on Zoom gives them the opportunity to be a Toastmaster sitting in the comfort of their own living room.  He adds actually their club is growing that way as they have members that live in Winnipeg and one as far away as North Dakota who are members of their club.

             

The Zoom meeting will include a featured speaker talking about the benefits and problems with social media.  To take part in the Zoom meeting Monday night at 7 contact Harry at harrychobbs@gmail.com.

Activities Are Keeping Students Busy in Flin Flon School Division.

The Flin Flon School Board met this past Tuesday evening where Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne reported there is a lot happening.

             

At Many Faces the Tower Garden is underway growing a variety of produce and herbs. 

             

At Ruth Betts the daily breakfast and lunch program continue.  Teachers are finding creative ways to keep social distance while providing the best learning environment whether its gym class, music, band or extra-curricular programs. The Terry Fox Walk raised over five hundred and sixty dollars for the Terry Fox Foundation through guess the number of candies in the jar, bubble gum and popcorn sales.  The Family Room has re-opened following guidelines set by Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Schools COVID-19 Education Plan.

             

Over at Ecole McIsaac School students are immersed in math, science, art, health, English language arts, social studies, wellness, cultural programming and a variety of extra-curricular activities.

             

Parents and caregivers are asked to keep up to date with everything happening in the Division on your child’s school or the Division’s Facebook page and websites.

Two Regions Report the Higher Numbers of New Cases in Manitoba While Saskatchewan Reported Cases Topped 73 Thousand.

Manitoba public health reported 79 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.8 percent.  Of the new cases 25 were in Southern health and 24 in the Northern region with lower numbers in other regions. Of the total 61,796 reported cases 923 are active, 59,649 people have recovered and 94 are in hospital with 15 in intensive care.  Just over two million, 25 thousand doses of vaccine have been administered in the province.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 327 new cases bringing their seven day average of new cases to 465.  Of the total 73,057 reported cases 4423 are active, 67,870 people have recovered and 337 are in hospital. Far North East Two which includes Creighton, Flin Flon Saskatchewan, Denare Beach, Pelican Narrows, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and Sandy Bay reported four new cases bringing active cases to 57.

You Can Purchase Work by Local Artists This Weekend.(POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 28TH)

The Square Foot Art Exhibition and Auction wraps up on Sunday with an auction at the NorVa Centre.  The Centre’s Fund Raising Chair Cindy McLean says a silent auction is underway but the live auction is on Sunday.  She explains for those who don’t know the Square Foot Auction is NorVa’s annual fund raiser featuring local artists who explore their creativity within the parameters of a 12 by 12 canvas so check out their Facebook page where each individual piece is highlighted or come down to NorVa to view and place a bid on one or more pieces of amazing art work.  She adds you can also place and follow your bids by calling NorVa at 687-4237 between the hours of 10 and 5 as well as on the day of the auction.  She notes as per Manitoba COVID rules if you do decide to come into NorVa they do require masks and proof of vaccination.

             

The live auction gets underway at 2 Sunday afternoon with auctioneer Raphael Saray at NorVa at 177 Green Street and it will also be live streamed on the NorVa Facebook page.

A Grant Will Help Move an Exploration Project Forward Near Snow Lake.

Far Resources has been approved for a 300 thousand dollar grant from the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund.  The funds will support the 2021 exploration program and advance its Zoro lithium and Jean Lake lithium gold exploration option properties in the Snow Lake Area.

             

The ongoing field exploration program was most recently initiated in August and resulted in the discovery of new lithium bearing pegmatites on the Jean Lake Project which adjoins Far’s Zoro Lithium Property on the southwest and is adjacent to the Snow Lake Resources Project which includes the Sherritt Gordon and Grass River pegmatites and the Thompson Brothers lithium bearing pegmatite. Ongoing exploration will include focused prospecting, trench mucking, outcrop stripping, surface geochemical surveys and drone assisted geophysical surveys.

             

President and CEO John Gammack says with the assistance of the Mineral Development Fund and the Government of Manitoba Far Resources will contribute to the growth and prosperity of Snow Lake and nearby communities.

People Not Fully Vaccinated Still Dominate Admissions to Saskatchewan Hospitals.

Saskatchewan health reported 3410 new cases of COVID-19 from October 6th to 12th bringing the seven day average of new cases to 487.  Of the total 72,730 reported cases 4450 are active, 67,527 people have recovered and 348 are in hospital with 80 in intensive care. 261 or 75 percent of the people in hospital are not fully vaccinated. The total of vaccines administered in the province is now just over 1.6 million with 74 percent of those 12 and over fully vaccinated.

Far North East Two reported two new cases today bringing their total of active cases to 52. 

 

COVID Case Numbers Have Jumped in Parts of Northern Manitoba.

Manitoba public health reported 479 new cases of COVID -19 have been identified since Friday bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.9 percent.  Of those cases 161 were in Southern health and 106 in the Northern health region where there are 293 active cases with lower numbers in other regions.  Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal says the increased cases in the north are in isolated areas.  He explains they do have one larger outbreak and one smaller outbreak in the Northern Health Region and obviously there’s a lot of communities up there and a lot of land as well.  He points out they do have a couple of First Nations communities that are experiencing an outbreak which is really skewing test numbers because these are isolated localized communities so that’s where things like case numbers and test positivity can look very skewed and we need to interpret those numbers depending on the population they’re looking at and the geographic area of the setting.            

Of the total 61,721 identified cases in the province 928 are now active.

Charges Have Been Laid Following a Vehicle Stop.

At approximately 5:20 last Thursday afternoon an RCMP officer on patrol observed a man driving in Flin Flon. The officer recognized driver and was aware that he currently had an outstanding warrant of arrest for failing to appear in court. 

The officer conducted a traffic stop and the man was placed under arrest.

During the arrest he was searched and found to be in possession of a knife, a quantity of crack cocaine and Canadian currency. 

Subsequently the vehicle was searched and officers located and seized a large quantity of Canadian currency, approximately 21 grams of cocaine and other drug paraphernalia. 

A 57 year old man from Schist Lake has been charged with several offences including Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose and Failing to Comply. He was also issued several fines under the Highway Traffic Act. He was remanded into custody. 

Flin Flon RCMP continue to investigate.

Culture Days Teaches You About the Forest This Weekend.

As part of Culture Days Lyn Brown is presenting Forest to Fork Sunday.  She says it’s about experiencing the beauty of life from taste and that’s kind of a model she’s had over the past years around particularly the Boreal forest and in Flin Flon we have the rock and the water as well and we have this amazingly beautiful geography that we live in but there’s pieces in that geography that we’re not always aware of and that’s the actual ingredients that we can utilize from the Boreal forest so Forest to Fork is an opportunity for participants to taste things like Evening Primrose seeds and they’ll also be making a particular ingredient from the forest, they’ll be taking Fir needles and sea salt and they’ll be creating their own forest seasoning and so it’s a hands on workshop, it’s a taste workshop and it’s a great workshop about food and beauty.

             

The presentation takes place Sunday from 1 to 2 at the Flin Flon Community Hall.  Because space is limited you’re asked to reserve a spot on the Arts Council website www.flinflonartscouncil.ca.

 

UCNs Automotive Technician Program Has Received a Boost.

Early this summer Alexander’s Auto Ranch in Flin Flon donated seven modern engines to the University College of the North Automotive Technician Program.  The seven donated GM 2.2 litre Ecotec Engines are valued at over 18 hundred dollars and will help create a hands on learning environment for the students.

             

UCN Automotive Technician Instructor Riley Wlasichuk says with this donation students get to experience every aspect of hands on engine training adding in the past either the engines available were not modern or multiple students needed to share an engine and may not have gotten the full experience.

             

Part owner of Alexander’s Auto Ranch Rod Alexander noted it’s going to a good cause to help people get a trade adding if you don’t have a trade it’s hard to get a job.

             

This is the second donation this year to the program.  In early June Great North GM in The Pas donated two vehicles for hands on training.

 

New Manitoba Cases Are Up in Some Parts of the North While Saskatchewan Reported Cases Top 71 Thousand.

Manitoba public health reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.4 percent.  Of the new cases 43 were in Southern health and 33 in Northern health with lower numbers in other regions. There are 238 active cases in the Northern region with 90 of them in the Pukatawagan Mathias Colomb Cree Nation district where provincial health officials are working with the community and 70 in the Norway House district.  Of the total 61,385 reported cases in the province 927 are active, 59,241 people have recovered and 90 are in hospital with 14 in intensive care.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 577 new cases this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 461.  Of the 71,034 reported cases 4692 are active, 65,601 people have recovered and 343 are in hospital.  Far North East Two reports seven new cases bringing the number of active cases in the zone to 65.

 

You Can Help Build Your Community.

A part of their Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference Wednesday night Community Futures Greenstone hosted a virtual presentation by Doug Griffiths the author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community.  He noted ways to kill a community and ways to avoid letting that happen.  He advised don’t drive away businesses that will compete with what you have as competition helps make us stronger and better and you get price, quality, selection and service adding co-operatively compete by working together to build the community.  Regarding youth he said get them involved adding the key is not to keep them here but give them reasons to come back with the experience they have gained elsewhere.  He also explained people need to shop locally but local businesses have to give people a reason to want to shop locally and that includes setting up your business so it attracts customers.  In the community don’t be afraid to try something new and learn not from other peoples mistakes but from their successes and don’t keep waiting for someone else to do it you have the responsibility to make your community better. Griffiths agreed to meet virtually with our Regional Development Committee to discuss the Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach region,

             

You can learn a lot more by searching the book 13 Ways to Kill Your Community.

Saskatchewan is Activating its Emergency Operations Centre to Lead its Response to Record Levels of COVID-19.

Premier Scott Moe says this is being done to better coordinate the pandemic response between government ministries and staff, ensure the right resources are in the right place at the right time and provide administrative support so health care workers can focus their efforts on providing the best possible care to patients.  He notes that includes is there any ability internally to increase the ICU capacity beyond the current 130 where they are, is there a need and there quite likely may be, to make the request of the federal government and what that request would look like and that work continues and is ongoing on a daily basis but also realistic with respect to what the federal government can provide and also he wants to be very realistic as to what they can actually source internally in the province.

             

 Moe adds responsibility for public health recommendations and orders will continue to be managed by the Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Shahab.

 

New Cases Are Pretty Well Divided in Regions of Manitoba While Reported Cases Top 70 Thousand in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 132 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day tests positivity rate to 3.4 percent.  Of the new cases 37 were in the Northern region where 212 cases are active, 33 in Southern health, 28 in Winnipeg, 24 in Prairie Mountain and 10 in Interlake Eastern.  Of the total 61,257 confirmed cases 868 are active, 59,172 people have recovered and 85 are in hospital with 15 in intensive care.  In partnership with the Chief and Council of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation provincial health officials continue to see a trend of concerning case numbers and are working with the community and other partners to address the situation. There are 73 active cases in the Pukatawagan Mathias Colomb Cree Nation district.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 648 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 446.  Of the total 70,457 reported cases 4564 are active, 65,156 people have recovered and 348 are in hospital.  Far North East Two that includes Creighton, Flin Flon Saskatchewan, Denare Beach, Pelican Narrows, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and Sandy Bay reports seven new cases giving them 67 active cases.

 

The Flin Flon Fire Department Saw More Wildfires.

This is Fire Prevention Week.  Fire Chief Jason Kuras says so far this year they are seeing an increase in the amount of wildfires over last year.  He explains this is indicative of just the fact that we had a very very dry summer, they’ve been very well maintained but in the municipality of Flin Flon they have definitely seen an increase in them.  He adds they’ve started to decrease those numbers a little bit based on the weather and how it’s been more cooler now and they’re hoping they won’t have to deal with a whole lot more wildfires in the area.  He adds all of their other numbers are about the same as they had last year with a slight increase in the amount of structure fires this year versus last year.

             

The theme for Fire Prevention Week this year is Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.

A Regional Organization Continues to Support Business Ideas.

Community Futures Greenstone includes Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage, Snow Lake and Sherridon.  They have an eleven member Board made up of representatives from those communities with the mission to invest in the future of our region by fostering economic growth, innovation and diversification.

              Manger Becky Cianflone reported to their annual meeting last night everyone has been impacted by COVID-19 but arguably the small business sector has been hardest hit.  She noted because their organization is small and well connected they were able to reach out to clients and quickly respond to their needs.  She said they became the administrator for the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund which provided loan dollars with a forgivable portion designed to support those businesses who could not access other supports.  She added the pandemic has demonstrated just how crucial small businesses are and the far reaching impact when they are unable to operate.  She stated Christmas season is just around the corner so let’s keep all of these hard learned lessons in mind before we log in to a multi-billion dollar e-commerce site because a thriving local economy is the best gift you can give your community.

             

Between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 they provided 15 loans, offered 83 business advisory services, had 85 business training participants and in a typical month provided services to six business clients.

Manitoba Hits a High in Vaccines While Saskatchewan Hits a High in Hospital Admissions.

Manitoba public health reported 95 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.6 percent.  Of the new cases 29 are in Southern health and 24 in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 14 in Northern health where active cases total 211.  Of the total 61,126 reported cases in the province 858 are active, 59,054 people have recovered and 92 are in hospital with 17 in intensive care.  They also report a new level in the vaccine campaign with more than two million doses of the vaccine administered.  The province is offering a third dose for all health care workers who have direct contact with patients or anyone who received only the viral vector vaccines such as Oxford-AstraZennaca.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 478 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 439.  Of the total 69,809 reported cases 4313 are active, 64,763 people have recovered and 356 are in hospital with 76 in intensive care which are the highest numbers since the pandemic began.  Far North East Two reported 16 new cases bringing active cases to 60.

Flin Flon City Council Covered the Basics at a Short Meeting Last Night.

Council authorized Mayor Cal Huntley, Chief Administrative Officer Nicole Hartman and Councillor Colleen Arnold to attend the Association of Manitoba Municipalities Convention in Winnipeg November 21st to 23rd.

             

Council agreed to take out a full page ad in the Travel Manitoba Winter Explorer Guide at a cost of one thousand dollars.

             

Mayor Cal Huntley reported the weather is co-operating so street paving is moving forward as planned on streets where base preparation has been completed.

             

Councillor Ken Pawlachuk reported the Blueberry Jam Committee has met and set up their executive and have people on board and are going ahead with planning the Music Gathering for next summer. 

 

 

The Fire Department is Reminding You to Listen to Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

This is Fire Prevention Week and Flin Flon Fire Chief Jason Kuras explains this year’s theme is Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.  He says this means people should understand smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives and there are different sounds they make.  He explains if you hear a fire alarm go off the best case of action is to just leave the building immediately, make sure all your loved ones are out and then assess the situation, call the Fire Department if need be and stay safe.  He adds if it starts to chirp it generally means the detector is either no good any more as they have a finite length of time they last for or it’s time to replace the batteries so everybody needs to know the sounds of fire safety.

             

Also in case of fire be sure you have and practice a family escape plan.

Reported Cases Have Topped 61 Thousand in Manitoba While COVID and Flu Shots are Available at One Visit in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 102 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.8 percent.  Of the new cases 27 were in Winnipeg, 24 each in Prairie Mountain and Southern health and 17 in Northern health where there are 197 active cases.  Of the total 61,038 reported cases 845 are active, 58,980 people have recovered and 94 are in hospital with 18 in intensive care.

             

Saskatchewan residents are able to begin booking appointments to receive this year’s flu vaccine and if needed can book at the same time for the COVID vaccine.  You can book online at www.4flu.ca or call 1-833-787-5829.  Saskatchewan health reported 242new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 427.  Of the total 69,331 reported cases 4385are active, 64,220people have recovered and 340 are in hospital. Far North East Two reported no new cases with their number of active cases at 57.

 

 

You Can Get More Than One Vaccine.

Medical Lead with the Vaccination Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer says Manitoba is now allowing the COVID-19 vaccine to be given at the same time as other vaccines.  She explains this is what they already do with many other vaccines. She says if you think back to childhood immunizations or your child’s immunization schedule it’s likely that they got more than one needle in the same visit so this will make it easier for people who want to get one or more vaccines noting for example if you get a seasonal flu shot and you need a COVID vaccine you’ll be able to do that in the same visit.

             

Previously individuals had to wait 14 or 28 days in between doses of different vaccines depending on which was received first. Reimer noted this change is consistent with updated guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

Tech Manitoba has been providing free digital literacy training to underserved communities.

A non profit focused on making digital literacy more accessible to underserved communities recently provided free training to residents in Lynn Lake and Mathias Colomb First Nation.

 

A program director with Tech Manitoba Paula Canas says in the next decade 750 thousand Indigenous youth will move through the education system and into the start of their careers.

 

However according to a survey commissioned by RBC Indigenous youth are less confident in their digital literacy skills despite frequently using digital devices.

 

In order to thrive in the workplace Canas explains digital skills are a must for career development. She says we are living in a different world right now as in order to do anything you have to do it online and you have to know where to go and how to do it.  She adds that’s one piece and the other piece is it’s important to be connected with your family, with your loved ones and be ready to have those tools to go to the workforce and have the skills to either further a career or be immersed in the workforce.

 

Canas hopes to continue to provide the free training closer to home in order to bridge the digital gap.

Higher Case Numbers Continue in the Southern Region of Manitoba While Saskatchewans Total tops 69 thousand.

Manitoba public health reported 324 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified since Friday bringing the five day test positivity rate to 3.7 percent.  122 of the cases were reported in Southern health, 87 in Winnipeg and 48 in Northern health with lower numbers in the other two regions. Of the total 60,943 confirmed cases 814 are active, 58,916 people have recovered and 98 are in hospital with 18 in intensive care. 186 cases are reported as active in the Northern region.

             

Saskatchewan reported 445 new cases today bringing the seven day average of new cases to 456.  Of the total 69,089 reported cases 4653 are active, 63,738 people have recovered and 325 are in hospital.  The Far North East Two district reported five new cases with a total of 63 cases active.

 

You Can Learn About Creating a Strong Community.

Community Futures Greenstone is holding their annual Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference virtually Wednesday night.  General Manager Becky Cianflone says their keynote speaker is Doug Griffiths and Doug has a background in both municipal and provincial politics in Alberta, he is known for his ability to work with communities to empower community development and he is going to be giving a talk titled 13 Ways to Kill Your Community. She adds immediately after that they’ll be having the Community Futures Greenstone annual general meeting so that will be the opportunity for them to report on loans that they’ve done in the community and some of the regional relief and recovery that has happened with their organization for the 2020-2021 year.

             

If you are interested in joining this virtual event contact Cindy at admin@cfgreenstone.com or call 204-687-6967.

New Lithium Discoveries Continue Near Snow Lake.

Far Resources reported preliminary results of its recently completed field visit to the optioned Jean Lake Property.  The newly acquired 1002 hectare property adjoins Far’s Zoro lithium project within the Snow Lake pegmatite field.

             

Following up on historical reports from the 1940s the company’s prospecting program located two new spodumene bearing pegmatites.  One of these may be the Beryl pegmatite mentioned in Manitoba mineral assessment files and the second is a totally new discovery. Both display abundant course grained spodumene crystals up to 40 centimeters in length and are open to expansion in all directions. The company has initiated work to allow for better definition of the size and grade of the occurrences noting the area is well located to permit year round access for accelerated exploration if warranted.

             

The Company has completed five drill programs on the adjoining Zoro property leading to the discovery of at least 12 lithium bearing pegmatite dykes.

Cases Continue to go up in Manitoba Including the North But are Low in This District of Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 349 new cases of COVID19 have been identified since Tuesday holding the five day test positivity rate at three percent.  122 of the cases were in Southern health, 88 in Winnipeg and 63 in Northern health which has 141 active cases with lower numbers in other regions.  Of the total 60,628 reported cases 712 are active, 58,705 people have recovered and 92 are in hospital with 19 in intensive care.

            

Saskatchewan health reported 471 new cases today bringing the seven day average of new cases to 479. Far North East Two reported only one new case with 80 cases in the district active.  Of the total 67,810 reported cases 4770 are active, 62,340 people have recovered and 313 are in hospital.

 

Updated Manitoba Public Health Orders Come Into Effect Tuesday.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has announced Manitoba is moving to restricted or orange Tuesday to reduce the impact of a fourth wave of COVID-19 on our hospitals.  He lists some updated restrictions including limiting households to guests from one other household for private indoor gatherings when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property and that includes people who live at that location and for outdoor gatherings on private property they’ve limited households to ten guests outdoors when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property and again even if that unvaccinated person resides at that location.

             

In addition outdoor public gatherings will be capped at 50 people with indoor public gatherings capped at 25.  Schools will remain on yellow to keep students in classes.

 

Your Bids Will Support the New Pool.

The City of Flin Flon is holding a community auction tomorrow.  Recreation Director Andrew Smith says the auction will be at the Channing City garage with a lot of items to bid on.  He explains they‘re starting at 10 am so people will be able to go for a walk to see everything they have.  He says some of the bigger ticket items they have are a pontoon boat, a passenger bus, a couple of small lawnmowers, snowmobiles and some leaf blowers adding the community did come out for them and really helped them out a lot and once again all the funds are going towards the pool fund.

 

              The auction itself will run for 11 to 1 and there will also be a food vendor and kid’s fun zone.  Pictures and descriptions of the items are being posted on the City of Flin Flon Facebook page.  If you need more information you can call Andrew at 204-681-7502.

 

Activities and Programs are Well Underway in Flin Flon Schools.

At their regular meeting this pat Tuesday the Flin Flon School Board reported parents of children ages 12 to 18 will be or have already received a voluntary declaration of vaccine status.  This supports the work of the Division administration in the event there is a positive case within a class or cohort. There is also plenty of news from within the schools. Some highlights from Ruth Betts were the junior high students participating in Student Vote which is a national program equipped to educate students in the democratic process.  At Ecole McIsaac students and teachers were very busy with a variety of programs including essential skills, engaged learners, cultural programming, kick start band clinics, resource and recovery learning, wellness and lots of extra-curricular activities.  At Many Faces night school is off and running.  Classes are held Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with no provincial exams this year.  More are welcome to attend.  Call 687-6354 to register for grade 12 math in Semester one and Grade 12 English in semester two.

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