Local News Archives for 2022-05

The Manitoba Metis Federation Continues to Invest in Manitoba.

At the opening of their Flin Flon sub office Saturday President David Chartrand reported the Manitoba Metis Federation is really active in the province. He stated they have invested in a lot of successful projects noting they’re building hotels, building apartment blocks, pharmacies, clinics and like Ronald McDonald House they’re asking if they come to the city it’s so expensive to stay at a hotel so they already bought the land by Notre Dame by the hospital so they’ll be building a 12 or 18 family facility there for when families come in they have a place to stay.  He said they started a fur company so he put a million dollars into a separate account and it’ll be buying fur starting this year and onward noting they believe in the industry of fur and particularly the cultural connection with their history.

             

Chartrand added one challenge is to provide services for their members not only in Manitoba but wherever they live in the country.  Chartrand was acclaimed as President for another four year term adding a promise he made when first elected in 1997 that he will never forget the north.

A Broadway Musical will Again Hit the Stage in Flin Flon Next Spring.

The announcement was made on the weekend by the Director of the Community Choir Crystal Kolt that they are going to be producing Mary Poppins with four performances in May 2023 and they’re super excited to have Ann Hodges back directing with them a wonderful magical adventure that only Mary Poppins can do for us.  She added she just sort of thought with everything we.re going through with COVID and all the issues that are happening in the community and the world generally it would be lovely to have a wonderful family production and it is one of the best scripts around in Broadway right now so they’re really excited to have the rights to produce this.

             

Kolt note auditions for Mary Poppins will open in October.

You Can Join a Virtual Walk to Support People with Dementia.

The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is asking Who Are You Walking For as they invite you to take part in this year’s IG Wealth Management Walk For Alzheimer’s.  Their Senior Manager of Regional Services Liz McLeod says it continues to help offer programs and services to meet the needs of over 23 thousand people living with dementia and their caregivers in Manitoba. She explains this is the 30th year that they’ve held a walk to raise funds for their programs and services and they’re partnered with IG Wealth Management, they’ve been their sponsor now for a number of years and they’re very happy to have them on board.  She says the last two years they walk has been virtual but this year they’re actually having an in person walk but only in Winnipeg and the reason for that is many of their walks in rural areas are partnered with Personal Care Homes and they have restrictions.

             

McLeod adds you can sign up as a virtual participant at www.alzheimer.mb.ca and have fun raising money for a fantastic cause.

 

Flooding that has washed out many roads and bridges in a section of western Manitoba has cut off one community from the outside world.

Bridges north and south of Mafeking have been severely damaged, which means none of the 130 residents can leave by road.

Robert Hanson, reeve of the Rural Municipality of Mountain, says the ambulance station has been closed because the ambulance is outside the community and cannot get back.

Hanson says anyone needing medical care will have to be taken out by medical helicopter.

Heavy rain late last week combined with melting snow, which has caused rivers to surge.

Hanson says he and others in Mafeking may be able to leave in three days, when a bridge to the north is expected to reopen.

A New Office Was Officially Opened on Main Street Saturday.

 A sub office of the Manitoba Metis Federation The Pas Region officially opened on Main Street in Flin Flon Saturday morning.   The Federation’s Vice President for the Pas Region Judy Mayer says they wanted to expand their services to other communities and Flin Flon was the first one that they picked for a number of reasons, number one it’s their second largest local, two it’s their most active, three it’s right on the Saskatchewan border so as they expand their boundaries they’re representing all the Red River Metis in Canada wherever they live and they do have a lot of citizens that live in Creighton.  She adds having the office here show their presence in Flin Flon and the Flin Flon local is very active as they participate in a lot of community events and they want to show the City of Flin Flon that they want to be a good partner with them in the community.

             

Mayor Cal Huntley, Chamber President Colleen Arnold and MLA Tom Lindsey stated they look forward to the Federation having a really active future in our community.

 

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Will Be Even Better This Year with Help From a Government Grant.

Manitoba Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke has announced the Trout Festival has been conditionally approved to receive a grant from the Building Sustainable Communities Program.  Recreation Manager Andrew Smith says the Committee will make good use of it.  He explains they got around 12 thousand dollars for the Trout Festival this year and it’s meant to ensure that this event can continue sustainably in terms of them purchasing stuff and make all of the events run a little bit smoother and it will ensure them that they can sustainably continue this event and once again grow it to what it was in past times.

             

You can learn more about what the Festival Committee has planned for June 25th to July 1st on their website www.flinflontroutfestival.com.

University College of the North is Working with Fishers in the North.

UCN reports they will continue to administer the Collaborative Stock Monitoring Program in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and Indigenous fishers in northern communities The Program is a unique training initiative and data collection partnership to achieve sustainable fisheries and economic development in northern Manitoba.

             

Coordinator Brian Kotak says the program supports the capacity building of Indigenous Commercial Fishers and provides a basis of fish stock monitoring knowledge.  It also empowers commercial fishers with more participation in fisheries management with the province of Manitoba and contributes local knowledge and fisheries data towards eco-certification of Manitoba’s harvest.

             

The program is funded through the Government of Canada’s Strategic Partnership Initiative under the Indigenous Inland Commercial Fisheries Initiative and the Province of Manitoba.

 

Rockcliff has Successfully Completed Another Drill Program Near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced the completion of its phase two drill program at the historical Last Hurrah Zone at its Freebeth Property in the Snow Lake mining camp.  The Last Hurrah Zone is defined as a near surface, steeply dipping, high grade volcanic massive sulphide lens that is open at depth, to the north and partially the south. They intersected shallow high grade mineralization with 7.2 percent copper equivalent across 1.7 meters, 4.3 percent across 3.0 meters and 3.8 percent across 4.2 meters.

             

Rockcliff  Interim President and CEO Ken Lapierre says their phase two drill program has now identified  continuity of VMS mineralization across the strike length of over 350 meters and to depths of up to 300 meters vertical.  He adds this Zone is part of their exploration efforts in the Snow Lake region to identify high priority targets near existing mining infrastructure.

This is National Nurses Week.

The Executive director of the Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba Joyce Kristjansson says this past year has been challenging for nurses in the province.

 

She speaks specifically about the challenges northern nurses face. She notes like all of the province but exacerbated more by remoteness of many communities in the north there is a huge nursing shortage and what that means is the nurses that are in place are giving everything they have.  She says she’s just so incredibly impressed by the dedication and the leadership of these nurses to fill the gaps and be creative to find ways to provide patient care within the limited resources that exist.

 

This year National Nurses Week runs from May 9th to May 15th and falls during the week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday which is May 12th.

 

New Case Numbers Continue to go Down in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 902 new cases of COVID-19 for the week of May 1st to 7th down from 1042 the previous week.  The total reported case in Manitoba now stands at 142,875.  Of the new cases 455 were in Winnipeg with 88 in the Northern health region up from 83 the previous week.  Hospital admissions during the week were 183 down two from the previous week of which 131 were admissions to ICU. The volume of lab tests decreased to an average 832 people tested per day compared to 840 in the previous week and the test positivity rate was 17.6 percent a decrease from 20.7 percent the previous week.

 

              Saskatchewan health reports 710 new cases for the week of May 1st to 7th down from 765 the previous week. Far Northeast had the lowest number of new cases at seven up from five the previous week.  As of May 11th 321 people were in hospital down 69 from the previous week with 16 in intensive care down four.  The Omicron BA.2 sub variant accounted for 94.8 percent of variants of concern which is higher than 83.4 percent the previous week.

A Local Organization Needs Your Help to Keep Active.

The Creighton Branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is in need of an executive in order to operate as a Branch.  The group’s Scott Rosenberger explains members need to step up and relieve their current executive and get some new and younger people involved for the club to keep their activities going.  He says the unfortunate part would be that with the  help of the Northern Neighbors Foundation they just put up a beautiful shooting structure out at the range and if they don’t have the executive to keep the club going they then will be losing the rifle range as well noting they have already lost the archery range due to the building being sold so it would be nice to keep what they have existing around for a while longer.

             

Anyone interested in the executive or volunteering can contact a current member of the Branch, call Scott at 204-271-1742 or go to their Facebook page Creighton Branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

 

Hudbay Has Seen Improved Results Over the Last Quarter.

President Peter Kukielski reported in their first quarter of 2022 Hudbay has net earnings of 63.8 million dollars compared to a net loss of 10.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. He explains they maintained steady operations during the first quarter despite being faced with a number of external challenges including COVID related absenteeism, extreme weather conditions and inflationary cost pressures.  He says this was testament to their effective risk management systems and focus on operating efficiencies and as a result they have reaffirmed their full year production and cost guidance for 2022.

             

Kukielski added they have seen strong performance from the New Britannia mill in Manitoba, they are on track to mine the significantly higher grades in Peru later this year and they look forward to continuing to advance their world class project pipeline including the release of a robust Preliminary Economic Assessment on their Copper World project in Arizona in the second quarter.

Administration Teams Highlighted Recent School Board Meetings.

At their meeting earlier this week the Flin Flon School Division Board of Trustees Chairperson Leslie Fernandes reported that over the past few weeks the Board met with the Admin teams from each school.  This was a great way for Board members to see the schools in action and learn all the ways students are benefitting.  The Board appreciated the Admin teams for taking the time to highlight all the progress being made and showing the Board that students are put first.  From videos to project displays the Board was able to see students having fun while learning. 

             

Fernandes went on to say that one of the purposes of a School Board is to set forth the educational goals of the Division and meeting with the Admin teams allowed the Board to see student’s success in learning and follow up with the best steps in achieving those outcomes.

Deschambault Lake RCMP are asking for assistance in locating man who escaped police custody.

LOCATED MAY 12

Keith McCallum escaped at approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 4 when he fled on foot when being escorted to a parked police vehicle. He was in court to address numerous charges including theft of motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, break and enter, and failure to comply. 

As a result McCallum has been charged with one count of escaping lawful custody. A warrant has been issued for his arrest and Deschambault Lake RCMP are actively working to find and arrest him. 

Keith is described as approximately 5’8” tall and 140 lbs. He has black chin-length hair often pulled back in a ponytail and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the community of Pelican Narrows. 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Keith McCallum is asked to call Deschambault Lake RCMP at 306-632-2392, 911 in an emergency, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Hudbay Continues to Move Forward in Manitoba.

Hudbay released their first quarter 2022 results yesterday.  President Peter Kukielski reported the Triple Seven Mine in Flin Flon is within a month of closure and as development requirements wind down personnel and equipment are being redeployed at Lalor in Snow Lake as part of the Lalor ramp up strategy.  He outlined what’s happening in the Snow Lake area noting they are advancing their Snow Lake gold strategy with plans underway to achieve 53 hundred tonnes per day at Lalor by the end of the year.  He said they are also implementing their recovery improvement program at the Stall Mill this year to increase copper and gold recoveries as part of their Snow Lake gold strategy.  He added they will continue regional drilling in the Snow Lake area to explore for base metals and gold upside and they will continue to compile results from ongoing infill drilling programs at Lalor and 1901.

             

Kukielski also reported Hudbay is continuing to explore the concept to potentially reprocess the Flin Flon tailings in the future but it is too soon to set a time line on the results of that project.

 

Cheques Will Be In the Mail For Co-op Members This Summer.

General Manager Randy Dumenko told the 77th annual meeting of the North of 53 Co-op 2021 was another successful year.  Sales in the food division were just under 26.6 million dollars and the petroleum division were 8.4 million dollars for total sales of just under 35 million.  He noted as a result of this with their local savings, Federated Co-op patronage and loyalty programs they were left with savings after tax of just under 1.6 million dollars so the Board has elected to do a allocation of just over 719 thousand dollars to the membership and will pay out some of that this summer.

             

Board President Dave Kendall reported this year there were openings for three positions for a three year term.  Dave Kendall and Linda Clark were re-elected by acclamation along with new member Nevada Ross.  Other members on the Board are James Johnson, Del Ward, Dennis Whitbread and Kelsey Horrocks.

 

High Water Has Closed a Portion of the Boardwalk in Flin Flon

The City of Flin Flon has announced that with the

extremely high and rushing water they have place barriers

along the Boardwalk and will be shutting down the Ross Lake

portion as the bridge there is completely surrounded by water.

People are asked to stay away and warn your children of the danger until the water subsides.

The Flin Flon Community Choir is Preparing to Announce their Next Broadway Production.

The Choir is presenting The Big Reveal Saturday night.  Choir Director Crystal Kolt says they have been unable to present their Broadway Musical which they have done every second year due to COVID and are now prepared to make an announcement at The Big Reveal Saturday night.  She explains they have connected with New York and they know the musical they have the rights to be able to present and they are going to reveal what it is this Saturday.  She says this is going to be a cabaret style event and they’re going to be having musical theatre songs presented throughout the evening as well as having wine available so this is going to be a lovely evening and everybody should come out and see what the next big musical is going to be for 2023.

             

Tickets for The Big Reveal taking place Saturday night at 7:30 in Johnny's Social Club are available online at www.flinflonartscouncil.ca or at the Uptown Emporium on Main Street.

 

A Hudbay Employee has Received a National Award.

Hudbay President Peter Kukielski has congratulated their Executive Director of Metallurgy Technical Services Matthew Taylor on receiving the 2022 Mineral Processor of the Year Award from the Canadian Mineral Processors at an award ceremony last week.  The honor is awarded in recognition of outstanding results achieved in tackling significant mineral processing challenges and related to Taylor’s work on the Snow Lake and New Britannia processing strategy. 

             

Kukielski says Matthew has been a valued member of the Hudbay team for over three years whose contributions have not only been recognized internally but also by his peers in the mining community.  He noted Matthew has been instrumental in the implementation of the innovative flotation circuit at the New Britannia mill in Snow Lake and led the design of their processing facilities at their Copper World project in Arizona.

Twelve projects will receive 1.6 million dollars in funding through the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund which is managed by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

 In the first quarter of this year the Fund’s review committee approved funding in support of exploration activities, drill programs, business renovation and start up costs, equipment and training investment, renewable energy projects and community consultations.

             

Among the projects in rounded off figures 157 thousand to Snow Lake Lithium, 275 thousand to Wolfden Resources/ with exploration on the Rice Island project 5 kilometers from Snow Lake Mining infrastructure and Nickel Island 10 kilometers west of Garden Hill, 300 thousand to Willeson Metals exploring 72 kilometers southeast of Lynn Lake and 25 thousand to the Northern Manitoba Sector Council.

             

The Manitoba government established the Fund in 2019 with an initial investment of 20 million dollars and each year six percent of tax revenue collected from the Mining Tax is allocated to the Fund.

Your Input Can Help the Tourism Industry.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is asking people in the province to share your opinions and insights on the recovery and future of the tourism and hospitality sectors. They note this industry was hit particularly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Their Marketing and Communication Rep Karen Viveiros says they feel there’s a recovery that needs to happen.  She explains the survey itself is really driven by their need for information to find out not just from the hospitality industry but also from Manitobans in general what are their experiences, what are they looking for in terms of attractions, what is encouraging them to get out and see our province and what will be the biggest drivers and motivators to really help boost tourism.

             

The survey is open until 11:59 pm on Wednesday and you can take part by going to their website www.jointhechamber.com.

 

Widespread Gold Mineralization Continues to be Found in Northern Saskatchewan.

SKRR Exploration has received results from the ten hole 1867 meter drill program recently completed on the Olson Property located within the Trans Hudson Corridor 20 kilometers northwest of Deschambault Lake Saskatchewan.  Nine out of ten holes completed during the recent program intersected significant gold mineralization.  One new discovery at Michaels Lake showed 50.35 meters at 0.56 grams per tonne gold.

             

The President and CEO of Eagle Plains Resources Tim Termuende recently commented they continue to be encouraged by results to date at the Olson Project.  He reported the presence of consistent high grade gold mineralization identified at the Olson Zone and low grade bulk tonnage gold mineralization discovered at the Point, Ackbar and Michael Lake Zones confirms the overall potential of the Olson Project and the widespread presence of gold mineralization on the property.

The Moose Hide Campaign is hosting their annual awareness day as a Virtual Event Thursday to stand against violence towards women and children

National Youth Ambassador Sage Lacerte says the Moose Hide Campaign started eleven years ago as a way to encourage more men and boys to be more aware about violence against Indigenous women and girls.

 

It has since evolved into a national movement that invites all Canadians to help end violence against all women and children.

 

Lacerte shares what the upcoming Moose Hide Campaign Day will entail. She explains this is an opportunity that they provide all Canadians to hold a one day fast so no food and no water for one day from sun up to sun down and fasting is a traditional practice, around the world many people and cultures practice fasting.  She says they use it in part as a way to set your intentions and commitments to yourself.  She notes they have a key note from the Honorable Murray Sinclair, they have workshops throughout the day and then a fast breaking ceremony and keynote address from their co-founders.

 

The Moose Hide Campaign Day will be held virtually Thursday and for more Information visit www.moosehidecampaign.ca.

 

Rockcliff Completed a Successful Drill Program Near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has completed its phase two drill program where multiple high grade volcanic massive sulphide lenses were identified at its Copperman Property in the Snow Lake Mining Camp.  Their Interim President and CEO Ken Lapierre says their first two drill programs at Copperman have now identified at least three separate copper-zinc rich lenses associated in and around the historical Copperman VMS Deposit. He notes the lenses have been intersected near surface, over strike lengths of up to 200 meters and to depths of approximately 300 meters and all lenses remain open in all directions.  He adds they look forward in advancing the Copperman Deposit with additional surface work including drilling planned this year. 

             

Lapierre states Rockcliff remains committed to advancing their extensive portfolio of grass roots to Preliminary Economic Assessment level properties that are favorably located in the world class Snow Lake Mining Camp.

 

The Deadline is Quickly Approaching to Apply for the RCAF Foundation Student Scholarships.

The Royal Canadian Air Force Foundation is offering fifty one thousand dollar scholarships to Canadian youth 25 years of age or younger. Foundation CEO Jeremy Diamond explains they are targeting and interested in hearing from students that are in college or university either entering into a program come this September or are already involved in the fields of aerospace or aviation, so those who want to be anywhere from astronauts to commercial pilots to joining the Royal Canadian Air Force and everything in between and they are excited to hear about people’s stories and also their career aspirations in these fields.

             

Diamond adds they are still looking for applicants so to apply go to www.rcaffoundation.ca with the deadline for applications Monday. They request a short essay or video on why you are planning a career in aviation or aerospace.

 

New Case Numbers are Down in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 1042 new cases of COVID-19 for the week of April 24th to 30th down from 1436 the previous week.  The total reported cases in the province now stands at 141,973.  Hospital admissions during the week were 185 down three from the previous week of which 12 were admissions to ICU.  Of the new cases 584 were in Winnipeg with the lowest number in the Northern region at 83 down from 111 the previous week.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 766 new cases for the week of April 24th to 30th down from 829 the previous week.  Far North East reported the lowest number in the province at five down from 31 the previous week.  As of May 4th 390 people were in hospital down 19 with 20 in ICU unchanged from the previous week.  83.4 percent of the variants of concern cases were the Omicron BA.2 sub lineage up from the previous week.

You Can Still Support a Fundraiser for Ukraine.

The NorVa Centre is holding its final fund raiser event to support Ukraine tomorrow night.  Their Fund Raising Chair Cindy McLean invites you to register for a paint night fund raiser for Ukraine at seven tomorrow night. She explains if anyone in the community is looking for something fun to do with Mom or thinking of a Mother’s Day gift Rosimiere Anjos will be leading in a sunflower painting on a clay flower pot.  She notes snacks and refreshments will be served with wine available to be purchased and the cost is only 30 dollars and all the proceeds are going to be added to the community fund raiser for Ukraine so come out for a really fun evening adding they’ve only got a few spots left so they’d love to see you.

             

To register for the paint night call the NorVa Centre at 204-687-4237.

Callinex Continues to Move Forward With Exploration East of Flin Flon.

Callinex mines has started its 2022 drilling campaign at its Pine Bay Project 16 kilometers east of Flin Flon.  They note the fully funded 20 thousand meter drilling campaign will focus on two drill rigs.  One will continue stepping out and infill drilling at the Red, Orange and Yellow zones of the Rainbow Deposit at optimal 100 meter spacings between drill intersections within the first 900 meters of surface in anticipation of a maiden resource estimate on the deposit.  A second rig will test geophysical targets identified at the base of the interpreted growth fault that hosts Rainbow and five other deposits and along the trend that also hosts the Sourdough deposit and past producing Centennial Mine.

             

Additionally a current resource estimate will be completed on the nearby Pine Bay Deposit however no additional drilling will be required.

 

RCMP Calls For Service in Northern Manitoba were up 14 Percent in March from March Last Year.

RCMP report during March 2022 over March 2021 Manitoba North District reported increases in all categories except for drug enforcement.  Overall common police act ivies increased from 875 to 944 with the largest increase in wellbeing checks up from 117 to 147. Assistance to the general public was up from 85 to 99 and persons reported missing increased from 151 to 172.

             

Crimes against persons increased from 881 to 992 including assaults up from 646 to 770 while sexual offences decreased from 63 to 38.  There was an increase in crimes against property from 859 to 1249 with arsons increasing from 4 to 10, theft over 5 thousand dollars increased from 14 to 31 while possession of stolen goods decreased from 12 to 4.  And drug enforcement decreased from 66 to 53 with possession decreasing from 15 to 9.

The Government of Saskatchewan has Declared This Week as Missing Persons Week in Saskatchewan.

Justice Minister Gordon Wyant explains the week is commemorated to raise awareness about missing persons, discuss prevention strategies, and promote services and supports available to families of missing persons. It is the ninth year the week has been proclaimed in Saskatchewan. 

This year's theme is "Caring for Families One Day at a Time."

According to the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police website there are 133 long-term missing persons in the province. Long-term missing persons include men, women and children who have been missing for at least six months.

Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell says individuals go missing for a number of reasons, sometimes by accident, sometimes due to an underlying mental health condition and unfortunately sometimes due to violence. She advises if you believe someone you know may be missing contact your local police service as all missing persons cases remain open until that person is found.

The City of Flin Flon Financial Plan was Presented at a Public Meeting Last Night.

The total budget is just over 14.2 million dollars up from just over 11.4 million last year.  The mill rate for residential property decreased to 39.73 down from 50.25 and commercial decreased to 48.34 from 58.13 last year.  This is due to the Special Services Levy of 894 dollars for property and 395 dollars for business that removed police and fire services, recreation support services and snow removal and dust control from taxes.  The mill rate includes 22.80 mills for local schools. Hudbay contributes just over 6.4 million through a grant in lieu of taxes which is shared with the School Division.

             

An example notes residential property pays taxes on 45 percent of assessed value so a property assessed at 100 thousand dollars at 16.83 mills will pay 771 dollars in general taxes and 894 dollars for the special services levy for a total of 1651 dollars not including the school portion.

             

The City plans to spend just over seven million dollars on capital expenditures including government grants, other revenue sources and city reserves with larger spending of four million dollars to begin new construction for the Aqua Centre and one million on critical capital utility updates.                                            

                                                             

 

The Deadline Has Been Extended to Apply for a Community Grant.

The Flin Flon Credit Union is still accepting applications for their Community Enrichment Small Grant Program.  General Manager Kory Eastman explains the Community Enrichment Program is looking for projects either individual or organizations that have a community improvement or economic improvement element to it.  He says it’s pretty wide based and it’s a relatively new program they’ve only had for the past two years so this will be the third year for it. He adds there’s 16 thousand dollars available with the maximum up to 25 hundred dollars per project so it’s something they’re hoping will be a catalyst to some certain ideas or projects that people may have and they’ve extended the deadline to May 20th to get their application in.

             

The application is online on their website www.ffcu.ca , click on In Our Community and then on Community Programs on the left hand side.

Saskatchewan Has Joined Other Jurisdictions Throughout North America in Proclaiming This Week Safety and Health Week.

The goal of Safety and Health Week is to focus on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. Labor Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan notes it’s important that we continue to work together to ensure everyone goes home safely at the end of each workday.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Occupational Health Act, 1972.  The bill was introduced in response to existing concerns for workplace health and safety and the implications for the economic and social development of the province The Act contained three important rights protecting workers that still exist today, The right to know what hazards are present in the workplace, the right to participate in keeping your workplace healthy and safe and the right to refuse unusually dangerous work for yourself and co-workers.

Visit the Safety and Health Week website for more information about the history and goals of the week, and to find tools and resources for the workplace.

The Flin Flon Credit Union held their 81st Annual General Meeting virtually on April 20th due to continuing caution with COVID-19.

General Manager Kory Eastman summarized the financial results for 2021 as total assets increased to just over 71.7 million dollars up 4.42 percent. The wealth management area also increased to over 17.3 million dollars in assets
under management as the Credit Union partnered with a new investment group Journey Wealth in2021 to provide further digital options for investments and a larger product lineup. Net income increased 55 percent from 2020 to end the year at just under 238 thousand dollars. Although the Board was unable to allocate any
funds towards patronage in 2021 both the President and GM provided positive expectations that the Credit Union has put in place a new plan to prioritize payout of previously allocated surplus shares and to return to a financial position to again disburse additional profits to members.
The Board of Directors saw a change as Tiffany Mohr’s appointment to replace Lorna Quinn was ratified by the general membership and Darren Grant and Don Scott were returned through acclamation. The other Board members still serving out their terms include Tina Oulette, Dawn Hlady and Ian Lee.

Copies of the summary financial statements are available for download from the Credit Union website.

 

Traditional Knowledge Has Been Compiled at UCN.

The library at the University College of the North Thompson campus has completed its digital archive which preserves audio and video recordings that reflect Northern Manitoba’s Indigenous culture, heritage, and language.

 

The online archive titled Elder’s Traditional Knowledge was completed at the Wellington and Madeleine Spence Memorial Library over a 16-week period in partnership with the Keewatin Tribal Council and through federal grant funding.

 

Campus librarian Monica Mun elaborates on the material that’s a part of the archive.  She explains a lot of the materials have been sourced from a class in early 2000s as part of UCN instructor Dr. Peter Geller’s course that interviews Elders.  She says all the different interviews were made by students and a large majority of their tapes were from that class and it also included conference materials and oral history materials to local Indigenous Elders.

 

UCN hopes this archive will grow and be an excellent resource for all students, researchers, and community members.

 

Visit guides.ucn.ca/etk/home to access the archive.

 

University College of the North is operating a near-net-zero energy greenhouse on The Pas campus.

The construction of the greenhouse began in 2020 in partnership with the Composites Innovations Centre with the primary purpose of strengthening food sovereignty, community health and student learning opportunities within northern communities.

 

The near-net-zero facility uses Biofibre blocks as the main heat reservoir. The blocks absorb light energy and heat the building with minimal energy input. The Biofibre blocks are built based on a Canadian design and are made from Canadian sourced hemp. The blocks are designed to capitalize on heat retention and allows year-round production.

 

The greenhouse helps to study exploration of growing produce north of the 53rd parallel. If successful, this type of greenhouse building will be tested further north. Project participants hope to address food sovereignty in northern Manitoba communities.

 

They Gathered to Remember Thursday Night.

 

              The United Steelworkers Local 7106 held a ceremony at their monument to mark the National Day of Mourning.  Health and Safety Rep Shaleen Lycan explained it’s a time to remember workers who have died or been injured on the job. She explained…..

 

              “USW along with other workers across Canada have and continue to fight for safe and adequate working conditions.  This is rarely an easy job but it can be rewarding when issues are brought to light and corrected before someone gets hurt. Thank you to all the hard working individuals who have found the courage to speak up when a safety or health concern is found in the workplace.  It is workers like you that help keep others safe.  Speaking up when you identify an unsafe condition is so important.  I urge all of you to stand up, speak up and bring up safety concerns to your employer.  Everybody had a right to refuse unsafe work and I believe there’s a safe solution for everything, but problems must first be identified and communicated.  Whether you’re an employer, supervisor, contractor or worker you have a role to play in keeping the workplace safe.”

             

              Wreaths were laid by various union and community representatives.

 

Four Fire Calls to Homes Were Highlighted in the Fire Chiefs Report.

At their meeting last week Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs report for March indicating five incidents.  On March 8th they were called to alarms sounding in a building on Waldron Avenue. Crews searched and found no signs of smoke or flames and reset the alarm system.  On the 10th a homeowner on Willow Crescent reported their chimney was on fire.  Crews found a small amount of embers coming out of the chimney so the stove was cut off and the fire snuffed out.  On the 19th a homeowner smelled smoke on Hillcrest where crews found an electrical fire in the bedroom which they quickly extinguished.  On the 26th they were called to a structure fire on Bellevue Avenue.  They found a fire in the basement which they quickly extinguished. And on the 31st they were called to a vehicle that had rolled into the ditch on highway ten.  They rapidly evacuated the driver and assisted EMS.  Total fire loss for the month of March is estimated at ten thousand dollars.

 

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