Local News Archives for 2022-06

Reported Cases of COVID-19 Continue to Drop in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 157 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the week of June 19th to 25th a decrease from 203 the previous week. Winnipeg reported the highest number of new cases at 72 followed by the Northern health region with 39 up from 37 the previous week. The volume of lab tests decreased to an average of 252 people tested per day compared to 340 in the previous week with a test positivity rate of 10.9 percent a decrease from 11.3 percent the previous week. There were 46 hospital admissions down from 58 including 5 ICU admissions down from 8 the previous week.


Saskatchewan health reported 208 new cases for the week of June 19th to 25th down from 231 the previous week.  5372 lab tests were performed lower than the 5635 the previous week with a test positivity rate of 3.8 percent lower than the previous week at 4 percent.  As of June 29th 119 people were in hospital down 38 with 5 in ICU the same as the previous week.  Far North east reported one new case the same as the previous week.            

Saskatchewan will now switch to monthly reports instead of weekly.

The Most Fit Firefighter Has Been Determined.


The Beat the Chief Competition was held at the Flin Flon Fire Hall yesterday afternoon.  Eight firefighters and the Fire Chief tested their skills and fitness by wearing full gear while carrying hose up and down stairs, running an obstacle course, driving a weight with a sledge hammer, using a fire hose to hit a target and dragging a 200 pound victim.  Les Taylor was the top finisher with 1 minute 28.80 seconds followed by Jordan Reykdal 1:37.61, Darren Romo 1:39.35, Kevin Kemp 1:45.29, Morgan White 2:06.38, Travis Pfoh 2:07.44, Jarett Kemp 2:11.75, Lovepreet Singh 2:27.08 and Chief Jason Kuras 2:34.41. Kuras had praise for the skills of the firefighters…..


“We have some of the best firefighters in all the north, in fact all of Manitoba.  This group is just dedicated, hard working and they’re always ready at the drop of a hat and I couldn’t be prouder of all the competition they like to bring to it and just the good natured enjoyment that they have for the department.”

You Can Enjoy Music, the Lake and Fireworks Tonight.

The Ross Lake Regatta and Fireworks get underway at 9 tonight.  Flin Flon Recreation Manager Andrew Smith invites you to take part.  He explains they have two bands coming, one from PBCN and the other from OCN and they’ll be right under the patio at Mike’s Ice and Burger.  He adds they will have the bleachers set up for people who aren’t interested in going on the water but obviously the main attraction is watching the bands perform from the water where they have 16 vessels to rent out to people free of charge and they have everything there including life jackets and they just want people to come to have fun noting if you bring your own kayak that’s definitely appreciated so let’s see how many boats they can fit in the area.


The Regatta runs from 9 to 11:30 followed by the fireworks.  A shuttle service will transport people from the Whitney Forum and Rotary Park to Mikes Ice and Burger and then follow the City summer bus route stops at Wright Avenue, Green and Queen Streets, Dominion Boulevard, Community Hall and back to the Whitney Forum.  Service will begin at 8 making a trip every half hour until the fireworks are finished.


Manitoba is stepping up surveillance to curb further spread of a fatal disease among deer, elk and moose.

Five cases of chronic wasting disease have been confirmed in mule deer in the province.

Hunters who kill white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose along the Saskatchewan border, south of Flin Flon, and along the Manitoba-U-S border, including Brandon and areas south of Winnipeg, must provide samples for testing.

While the disease is not known as a human health risk, meat from a sick animal should not be eaten. (Winnipeg Free Press)


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

Diplomas were presented to 46 graduates of Hapnot Collegiate last evening along with 57 bursaries, awards and scholarships.


The largest award the Hudbay W.A. Green Bursary for the highest average for 35 hundred dollars a year for up to four years was presented to Ethan Patterson who also received the Brothers brothers and French Immersion Scholarships. The Governor General Bronze Medal for highest academic standing went to Rene Thompson who also received the Harry Yee Memorial, Dorothy K. Ash Memorial, the RM and Ellen McIssac Memorial, the CADAC Northern Neighbors Foundation and the Herb Simms Endowment Fund Bursaries and the Sparling Trophy for the student who contributes most to school life while maintaining a good academic standing. The Earth Sciences Undergraduate Award from BGC Engineering went to Alyssa Leslie for pursuing a career in Geological Engineering or the Earth Science Field with two thousand dollars for year one and five thousand for year two. She also received a Dorothy K. Ash Memorial Award, Hudbay Women’s Network award and the Ruth Betts Memorial, Victor Hook Memorial and Joe Brain Memorial Bursaries


Eight Organizations Will Benefit From a Small Grants Program.

The Flin Flon Credit Union has announced the Spring 2022 recipients of its Community Enrichment Program small grants.  The Committee has awarded just under 13 thousand dollars in grants.  The Association for Community Living will receive 1952 dollars, Community Wellness Collective 15 hundred, Phantom Lake Soccer Club 15 hundred, Flin Flon Ski Club 2 thousand, NorVa Centre 12 hundred, Norman Community Services 1 thousand, Beaver City Tours 1685 and Northern Growing Abilities 21 hundred dollars.


Program Committee Chair Tina Oulette praised all individuals and organizations that applied for their continued work to enhance our community.


The Committee has access to five percent of the Credit Unions annual profits to fund the program.  Since its inception in 2020 it has provided over 26 thousand dollars in grants to local organizations with one more intake remaining for this year on October 1st.  Details on the program as well as the application form are available online at www.ffcu.ca.

A Bill to Support Northern Communities Fighting Climate Change Has Been Blocked.

As the Parliamentary session wound down last week northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton reported her bill that would have given Indigenous and northern communities the tools they need to take on the catastrophic impacts of climate change has been blocked by Liberal and Conservative Members of Parliament. She says the NDP bill aimed to modify the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s mandate.  She explains our region and northern and Indigenous communities need infrastructure in ways that render our region more resilient to climate change.  She notes we know that climate change is already having an impact on our region so they said we need to reform the Crown Corporation, get rid of the corporate profit that is provided by it and make this about infrastructure that our communities need.


Ashton adds the bill would have also increased transparency on the Bank’s spending and required First Nation, Inuit and Metis representation on its board.

The Trout Festival Parade Will Travel to Creighton This Year.

The Northland Ford July 1st Trout Festival Canada Day Parade begins at 11 Friday morning honoring Community Pride. Manager Allison Cooper says it starts in front of CFAR on Green Street where the parade and classic cars line up and they’ll do their regular route down Green by Northland Ford and right uptown and then they’re going to continue on by the old Co-op and go right out to Creighton on the Creighton Freeway and they’ll end right on the corner there where you go down Main Street.


Cooper adds the classic cars will then be located at Creighton’s Pizza for the Show and Shine until 4 o’clock.  You can still enter the parade at Northland Ford, call them at 204-687-3940, on their Facebook page or drop in at the Creighton Recreation Office.

Food and Entertainment Will Be Available on Main Street Tomorrow Evening.

As part of the Trout Festival Celebration Flin Flon Recreation Director Andrew Smith invites you to Main Street tomorrow evening for a free barbeque and entertainment.  He explains the Community Barbeque is going to be put on by the Chamber of Commerce with some assistance from some local groups as well as City Council so show up and have a hot dog or hamburger.  He adds right after that they’ll be going into their buskers event where they’ll have six different performers putting on a 20 to 25 minute show and you go and listen to them and then you move on to the next hole in the wall where they have all of their performers.


Smith recommends you bring a lawn chair so you have a place to sit as you move from one entertainer to another.  The Barbeque begins at 5 at Pioneer Square while Buskers on Main runs from 6 to 9.

Saskatchewan RCMP Want You to Have a Safe Weekend.

With school out and Canada Day on Friday many Saskatchewan residents will be hitting the road, beach or waters this long weekend.  Saskatchewan RCMP note as your provincial police service they will be in all corners of the province working to help everyone have a safe weekend.


They advise if you’re travelling by vehicle buckle up and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, don’t speed and always drive appropriate to road and traffic conditions.  If you’re boating ensure everyone on board is wearing a personal flotation device and finally don’t operate or let someone else operate a road vehicle, off-road vehicle or watercraft while impaired and if you see a possible impaired driver call 9-1-1.

Diplomas and Bursaries were Presented to Many Faces Students.

Seven graduates from Many Faces Education Centre received their diplomas and shared 16 bursaries Friday night.


The Governor General Bronze Medal went to Tianna Francoeur who also received the Flin Flon Friendship Centre Bursary, the Flin Flon Lions Club Bursary and the Founder’s Bursary.  Linda Smith received the Flin Flon Fire Department and Ladies Health Auxiliary Bursaries, Matthew Lalliberty the Flin Flon Motorcycle Association Bursary and UCN Scholarship, Daphne Clarke Flin Flon School Division Bursary, Paige Bada the MLA Tom Lindsey and USW Local 7106 Bursaries and Dixie Caribou the Women’s Resource Centre Bursary.  Many Faces Alumni Bursaries were presented to Dixie Caribou, Linda Smith, Daphne Clarke and Paige Bada.

A Walk Can Be a Learning Experience for People Interested in Flin Flon History.

Local City Councillor and historian Ken Pawlachuk is presenting a Heritage Walking Tour of Flin Flon Wednesday and Thursday.  He says the tour is open to anyone interested and starts at Pioneer Square on Main Street.  He explains they do a tour of Pioneer Square where he explains the copper etching that’s on the wall there, they do a history tour of HBM&S mostly, they go over to the open pit where he does a talk there and then they go into the Whitney Forum where he gives a talk on the Forum, the people who played there, the history of it and how they got it built.


To take part in the walking tour meet Ken at Pioneer Square Wednesday or Thursday morning at 11 o’clock.  The tour takes about two hours.


Helga Bryant is Retiring From the Northern Health Region.

After a 47 year career in healthcare as a Registered Nurse including the last twelve as CEO of two northern Health Regions Helga Bryant is retiring as the Northern Health Region’s CEO next spring. Board Chair Cal Huntley says Helga built and nurtured great relationships with people and communities in the north and remains committed to the goal of ending Indigenous racism in health care that we will continue to work toward.  He added Bryant will continue to serve in her role until her retirement March 30th adding details on the search for the next CEO will commence shortly once a board committee has been struck.


Bryant noted it has been her honor to work with such an outstanding and committed team of health professionals throughout the NRHA and plans on dedicating all of her remaining months fulfilling their mission in support of their vision of Healthy People, Healthy North.

The Fire Department Responded to Two False Alarms, a Vehicle Collision and a Bush Fire Last Month.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs Report for May indicating five incidents during the month.  On May 8th they received an alarm from Walmart but found no smoke or fire.  On the 11th they responded to a report of a vehicle striking a pole on Channing Drive and assisted with scene security.  On the 22nd a call was received from Resources indicating a bush fire in the Channing area.  After extensive equipment hauling crews were able to reach the fire and extinguish it.  On the 27th they received a report of smoke in the Cliff Lake area but found only dust coming from the cement factory and on the 28th they were called to assist EMS. The Fire Department conducted wildfire and bush fire training during the month.


Also at the meeting Councillor Leslie Beck noted the condition of provincial docks at Bakers Narrows and Paradise Lodge noting with the work being done to attract tourists to our area the province should make sure these facilities are in good condition and Council had high praise for those responsible for and those attending the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Rotary Park Tuesday.


Graduates and Their Families Will Gather at the Whitney Forum Tuesday Evening.

Hapnot Collegiate’s graduating class of 2022 will be celebrating Tuesday.  Principal Steve Lytwyn says they have a busy evening planned at the Whitney Forum. He explains the doors will open at 4 pm and the grads can go do some photo opportunities any time between 4 and 5:30 and the actual ceremony starts at 5:30.  He says they’re going to begin with their undergraduate awards at 5:30 and they kind of anticipate about 5:45 the actual graduation ceremonies will begin and again time permitting they’re estimating at around 7:45 the Grand March will be down Main Street.


There are a potential 46 graduates receiving their diplomas Tuesday.  The grads will be holding their car parade through Flin Flon and Creighton Monday morning starting at 11 at Hapnot Collegiate.


A Funding Request and a Resignation Were Part of the Town Council Meeting Wednesday Night.

Creighton Town Council received a letter from the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers requesting support for their annual Crime Prevention Guide. Council passed a motion to accept their request.


The Bylaws, Resolutions, Policy and Fiscal Service Committee recommended they accept the letter of resignation from Brian Lin as the Regional Economic Development Manager for the Town of Creighton, the City of Flin Flon and the Village of Denare Beach effective July 14th.  This request was carried.


The Recreation, Culture and Tourism Committee made a motion that Green Street be closed as well as a potion of Anderson Avenue and a portion of First Street East between June 27th and July 2nd to allow food trucks, vendors and the midway rides for the Trout Festival and Canada Day celebrations.  This motion was also carried.

Total Reported Cases of COVID-19 are Down in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 203 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the week of June 12th to 18th a decrease from 228 the previous week. The total number of reported cases now stands at 145,326. Winnipeg reported the highest number of new cases at 100 followed by the Northern health region with 37 up from 17 the previous week. The volume of lab tests decreased to an average of 340 people tested per day compared to 495 the previous week with a test positivity rate of 11.3 percent an increase from 9.6 percent the previous week. There were 58 hospital admissions down from 80 including eight to ICU down from 14 the previous week.


Saskatchewan health reported 231 new cases down from 392 the previous week.  5635 lab tests were performed lower that the 5880 the previous week with a test positivity rate of 4 percent which is down from 6.5 percent the previous week.  As of June 22nd 157 people were in hospital down 8 with 5 in ICU down one from the previous week.  Far Northeast reported one new case down from 8 the previous week.

A Re-Established Committee and Funding were Part of Tuesday's Flin Flon City Council Meeting.

Council agreed to reinstate the Community Economic Development Corporation with Councillors Colleen Arnold, Tim Babcock, and Karen MacKinnon and Chief Administrative Officer Nicole Hartman as members.  This will allow the city to use the 420 thousand dollars from the province for their planned mortgage rebate program for first time home buyers.


Council approved the Municipal Funding Application from the Flinty Boardwalk Committee in the amount of 1775 dollars to purchase stain to be applied to the Boardwalk by volunteers.  They also approved sharing the cost of the Flowers on Main Street Project with Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization and Hudbay Minerals in the amount of 48 hundred dollars shared three ways.


Council approved the Special Services Rebate for this year.  The resolution notes bearing in mind the reduced need for police, fire and recreation support services for properties without buildings or structures, application for a 2022 Special Offsetting Grant of 671 dollars will be considered by Council provided each land owner may only apply in respect of one vacant lot per primary residence and property taxes for previous years are paid.

Diplomas Will Be Handed Out Tomorrow.

Flin Flons Many Faces Education Centre will be holding their graduation tomorrow night.  Principal Jodi Pawlachuk explains their graduation ceremony is going to begin at 5:45 pm at Rockyview Lodge and then they’re going to have supper at 7 pm.  She adds they’ve got some members of the School Board, families of the graduates, the graduates and some staff, some Elders and Knowledge Keepers and a singing and drumming group will be joining them.


A potential seven graduates will receive their diplomas during the graduation tomorrow.


Hudbay Has Announced Completion of Mining Activities at Triple Seven Mine.

Hudbay has announced mining activities at the company’s Triple Seven mine in Flin Flon have concluded after the reserves were depleted following 18 years of steady production. Closure activities at the 777 mine have commenced and employees and equipment are transitioning to the company’s operations in Snow Lake.

Hudbay PresidentPeter Kukielski states though the closure of Triple Seven marks the end of a mining era in Flin Flon they will continue with exploration activities in the region

The Triple Seven mine commenced production in 2004 with an initial ten-year mine life, operated steadily and successfully expanded reserves by an additional eight years. After extensive drilling in and around the mine in recent years no new deposits were identified and the mine hoisted its last skip of ore late last week. The company’s hydrometallurgical zinc facility in Flin Flon will also be closed after more than 25 years of successful operations. The mine and the zinc plant are scheduled to be safely decommissioned by September 2022. The Flin Flon concentrator and tailings impoundment area will be shifted to care and maintenance, which could provide optionality should another mineral discovery occur in the Flin Flon area. Hudbay states they strive to achieve the highest closure practices and has considered stringent and detailed environmental plans to manage water and the remaining infrastructure and processing plants in Flin Flon.

A Commitment to the Community Was Part of the Flin Flon City Council Meeting Last night.

In commenting on the closing of Hudbay’s Triple Seven Mine Mayor Cal Huntley stated Hudbay is following the plan they had laid out for them. It’s not something we wanted to hear and jobs have been lost but some jobs are remaining and some people now working in Snow Lake will continue to live here. He said it’s not the end for Flin Flon as we’ll continue to look for further opportunities for people in our communities to find work and for more work to be out there to attract more people to the region.  He added the city will maintain the essential services and the quality of life for the people who are remaining in Flin Flon, the retirees who are here and others who come here.


Earlier in the meeting Councillor Karen MacKinnon presented years of service awards to Councillors on behalf of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities – 10 years to Councillors Tim Babcock and Ken Pawlachuk, 15 to Councillor Karen MacKinnon and 20 to Mayor Cal Huntley.


An Exploration Project Has Expanded Near Snow Lake.

Foremost Lithium Resource and Technology started exploration earlier this month that will lay the ground work for a diamond drill program on their Jean Lake Lithium Property in the Snow Lake District.  They report the first step of this process included the mobilizing of field crews to their 1002 hectare property where the beryl high grade spodumene bearing pegmatite dykes were uncovered in August 2021 with assays of 3.89 percent and 5.17 percent lithium hydroxide.  Field work is being staged from a base in Snow Lake with helicopter support from Gogal Air Services.


Foremost’s John Gravelle stated they are so encouraged at the potential of this property the company plans to run two teams operating separate drill rigs simultaneously.  He adds they are also very much looking forward to the results from Zoro’s Dyke One bulk sample as this crucial catalyst proving six percent battery grade lithium hydroxide will be an important milestone as they market to potential battery makers and important partners globally.


The Class of 2022 Was Recognized for their Accomplishments Over the Past Year.

Frontier Collegiate presented diplomas to 38 grads and 20 awards at their graduation ceremony Saturday. 


The Governor General Award went to Dillon Dysart who also received the Cosmetology Award, L. Krueger Award Drayden Castel-Ballantyne  who also received an Arctic Beverages Award with the other going to Nicole Mason  who also received the R.J. Merrell Award, Flin Flon Lions Club Bursary and a Frontier Collegiate Phys Ed Award with the other going to George Harper, Saskootchetaw Award to Holly Cook who also received the Jennissen Award as well as a Tom Lindsey Bursary with the other going to Dreden Bonner, Gary Wesner Award Starline Keno, Opasquiak and L.U.D. Citizenship Awards Harlan Jacobson, Power Mechanics Doyle Hutchinson, Carpentry Hailey Kematch-Genaille, Sustainability Nathaniel Parenteau who shared Extra-Curricular with Ashlyn Andrews, Senior Male Athlete of the Year Scott Linklater, J.F. Orchard Award Robert James and Adult Ed Albert Cook Colomb.

A Proposal Has Been Put Forward to Make Our Large Northern Manitoba Constituency Even Larger.

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Manitoba has introduced proposed changes to Manitoba’s federal electoral boundaries developed through an independent and non-partisan process.


They report a decrease in population between 2011 and 2021 in Churchill Keewatinook Aski bringing it to15.24 percent below the provincial average when the Commission aims for plus or minus five percent.  To bring it closer to parity at minus seven percent they propose adding several communities from the Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa electoral district including six First Nations communities, two rural municipalities and one municipality as well as two First Nations from the riding of Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman.


They note the size of the new district poses a challenge but improving technology will allow for better communications including videoconferencing also noting unlike some communities already in the riding the added communities are accessible by road.


Diplomas and Scholarships Have Been Presented to the 2021-22 Graduating Class.

Eighteen graduates received their diplomas as Creighton Community School held their graduation ceremonies Friday evening.  Forty scholarships and bursaries were presented.


The top awards were the Hudbay Scholarship for two thousand dollars a year for four years to Anna Brooks, the Fred and Pearl Schwaga Memorial Bursaries for two thousand dollars each Dhara Trubiak and Frayne Vliegenthart, North of 53 Consumers Co-op for one thousand dollars Noah Deminick, Town of Creighton bursaries at one thousand dollars each Ariel Tanchak and Kevin Bowman.


Creighton Community School Foundation Awards for one thousand dollars each went to Aboriginal Myles Patterson, Academics Anna Brooks, Dhara Trubiak and Naomi Dickens, Arts Kevin Bowman, Athletic Brendan Haley, Bev McCrimmon Citizenship Myles Patterson, Medical Naomi Dickens and Trades and Technology Jackson Kolenosky.

Bursary Recipient
School Community Council Top
Attendance Bursary
Noah Deminick
Flin Flon Aboriginal
Friendship Centre
Anna Brooks
Rotary Club - Harry Yee
Rotary Club-King George VI
Dhara Trubiak
Noah Deminick
Saskatchewan Wildlife
Federation Bursary
Naomi Dickens
Northern Village of Denare
Beach Bursary
Dhara Trubiak
Frayne Vliegenhart
Creighton Community School
Staff Bursary
Brenden Haley
Catholic Women's League
Ariel Tanchak
Boilermaker Local #451
Kevin Bowman
CADAC Bursary (Sponsored
by Kendall & Pandya)
Dhara Trubiak
Flin Flon Health Auxiliary
Naomi Dickens
Hudbay Womens
Network Gender
Diversity Bursary
Naomi Dickens

International Association of
Machinists & Aerospace
Workers Local #1848
Myles Patterson
Kinette Club Bursary Kevin Bowman
Legion (Local Branch #73)
Myles Patterson
Legion Ladies Auxiliary Bursary Myles Patterson
Mark Perkins Memorial
Brenden Haley
Hailey Sharko
North Star Rebekah Lodge
#31 of the Independent
Order of Oddfellows Bursary
Hailey Sharko
Flin Flon Lions Club Bursary Brenden Haley
Creighton Furniture Bursary Brenden Haley
Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers #1405 Bursary
Jackson Kolenosky
Knights of Columbus Bursary Ariel Tanchuk
United Steelworkers Local
7106 Bob Imrie Memorial
Kevin Bowman
North of 53 Consumers Coop
Noah Deminick
Town of Creighton Bursary Kevin Bowman
Ariel Tanchuk

CCS Foundation Awards –
Aboriginal, Academic, Arts,
Athletic, Bev McCrimmon
Citizenship, Medical, Trades
& Technology
Myles Patterson
Anna Brooks
Dhara Trubiak
Naomi Dickens
Kevin Bowman
Brenden Haley
Myles Patterson
Naomi Dickens
Jackson Kolenosky
Fred & Pearl Shwaga Memorial
Dhara Trubiak
Frayne Vliegenhart
HUDBAY Scholarship Anna Brooks

Information on a Variety of Job Opportunities Will Be Available in Flin Flon Thursday.

The Northern Manitoba Sector Council is hosting a Job Fair Thursday afternoon and evening in the Flin Flon Community Hall.  The Sectors Lori Simon says it’s for people looking for employment, careers, skills training or self-employment….



“Really what we want is for people to have a good understanding of what is available for employment in northern Manitoba and other places if they’re not able to get employment in northern Manitoba but our first priority is keeping people in the north and it’s also to help folks that are looking at career changes possibly or they’re just graduating from high school to get a good idea of what employment opportunities are available even if young folks have made their decision and they’re ready to go off to school in the fall it would be a really good opportunity for them to come and talk to employers about what they’re taking and how their skills might fit into different employment opportunities.”



The Job Fair will be open in the RH Channing Auditorium Thursday from one to five and six to 9.

A New Office on Main Street Will Support People Struggling with Addictions.

Freedom Outreach Adult and Teen Challenge held a public meeting last night to outline plans for a Community Outreach Office on Main Street in Flin Flon.  The group’s Al Lagore says it will be a first point of contact for people and families who are struggling with addictions connecting them with services available in the community….


“For those struggling with addictions we’re going to be providing contacts to programs that they can go to and we can actually do the application right at the Centre to help people to go through those programs both short term and long term programs.  For those families to be able to help them with knowing how to cope with those that are struggling with addictions within their families so there’ll be small group meetings where they can come and there’ll be small group meetings for those who are struggling as well themselves.”


Lagore added they hope to have the office running by the end of the year and will be doing a lot of fund raising and accepting donations with tax receipts available. It will also be a great place to volunteer with training available.

You Can Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day Tuesday.

The Flin Flon Friendship Centre invites you to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day at Rotary Park from 1 to 8 Tuesday. The event includes a variety of entertainment with singers and dancers that starts at one with an opening prayer and dignitary greetings and wraps up with a closing Round Dance at 8. The feature group is a four brothers band Constant Reminder from Northeast Saskatchewan that has recorded several albums whose music is able to get people of all ages on their feet. The event will also include arts and crafts, vendors, a free barbeque and cake, raffles and a penny parade.


COVID Related Numbers Continue to go Down in Manitoba and But Are Up in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 228 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the week of June 5th to 11th a decrease from 337 the previous week.  The total number of reported cases now stands at 145,123.  Of the new cases the largest number was in Winnipeg at 132 with the lowest number 17 in the Northern health region down from 26 the previous week. The volume of lab tests decreased to an average of 495 people per day compared to 624 the previous week with a test positivity rate of 9.6 percent a decrease from 10.8 percent the previous week.  There were 80 hospital admissions down from 100 including 14 ICU admissions up from 7 the previous week.


Saskatchewan health reports 394 new cases for the week of June 5th to 11th up from 285 the previous week.  5880 lab tests were performed nearly identical to the previous week with a test positivity rate of 6.5 percent which is up from 4.6 percent the previous week.  As of June 15th 165 people were in hospital down 22 with six in ICU down four from the previous week.  Far North East reported eight new cases down one from the previous week.


Appreciation Barbeques are Being Held for Hudbay Employees Next Week.

With the final blast at the Triple Seven Mine last Sunday Hudbay continues to prepare for the closure of its final mine in Flin Flon.  The date for bringing the final tonne of ore to surface is close but continues to fluctuate.


In a bulletin to all Hudbay Manitoba Employees Director of Human Resources, External and Indigenous Affairs Richard Trudeau invited all employees and retirees the three appreciation barbeques next week.  The Flin Flon Mill will be on Wednesday from 11 to 2 south of the main gate, zinc plant Thursday 11 to 2 south of the Main gate and Triple Seven Mine Friday from 11 to 2 at the Mine site.


The bulletin adds their service departments such as Health and Safety, Human Resources, Exploration, IT Finance, Environment and Supply Chain are welcome to attend a luncheon of their choice.

The Northern Neighbors Foundation has Distributed 148 Thousand Dollars to 19 Local Area Projects.

The larger grants included Rotary Seniors Housing 18 thousand for roof repairs, Northern Growing Alliance 18 thousand for wheelchair accessible washrooms, Royal Canadian Legion 17 thousand for two chair lifts, Friendship Centre 10 thousand for new blinds for Granny’s Place and Freedom Outreach 10 thousand to build a shop and storage garage.


Other grants included Legion Seniors Housing reinsulating their attic and condensation repairs, Denare Beach New Horizons heat recovery system, Lord’s Bounty Food Bank roof repairs, Simon House Bible Camp commercial stove, Vocational Training Centre hook ups for washer and dryer, Ruth Betts School 40 pairs of snow shoes, Creighton Community Day Care tower garden, Snow Lake Family Resource Centre electrical upgrades, Cranberry Portage Hike, Ski, Snowshoe Trail Association signage and equipment, Royalty for a Day clothes racks hanger and jewelry display, Denare Beach Recreation nets for the ceiling in the Denareplex, Town of Creighton solo spinners for parks, Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum ground leveling and the Flin Flon Public Library for delivering reading material to those unable to come to the Library.

Track and Field was the Focus of a Presentation to the School Board.

With the school year drawing to a close the Flin Flon School Board met this past Tuesday for the final time until fall.  There was a presentation from Hapnot student track and field representatives Shanti Church and Gianna Watt thanking the Board for allowing them to attend the track provincials recently in Winnipeg.  The Board helped support the team, by covering the cost of buses and hotel rooms which was greatly appreciated.  With COVID restrictions many student athletes missed out on these kinds of events the past years so this was an amazing first for many athletes.  The students mentioned the marshals on the track were impressed with Hapnot’s respect and sportsmanship and a lot of memories were made.  The Board in turn said they are extremely proud and happy the team got to attend the meet.  Forty athletes made the trip to Winnipeg.


Operators of Off Road Vehicles Must Obey Laws and Safety Rules.

Manitoba RCMP want to remind operators of the laws for Off Road Vehicles to ensure a safe ride.  According to the Off Road Vehicles Act anyone under the age of 14 must have direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian who is a minimum of 18 years of age. Youth over 14 can ride without parental supervision but cannot cross a roadway until they obtain a valid driver’s license. ORVs are not to be operated on roadways, shoulders, medians of divided highways or sidewalks. They are permitted to be in the ditch but remember to be on the lookout for hazards such as culverts, driveway approaches and road signs.


In 2021 RCMP in Manitoba responded to eight fatal collisions involving off road vehicles and 58 collisions where serious injuries occurred.  Contributing factors in these collisions included speed, no helmet and impaired driving.


The Manitoba Government is Dedicating 10 Million Dollars to the Mining Industry.

The renewed agreement with the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce which administers the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund is an increase in funding of 66 percent over three years to support mining and mineral development initiatives.


In 2019 the government established the MMDF to provide funding for mining and mineral development related projects throughout the province. Through the fund communities and businesses including Indigenous groups, municipalities and the not for profit sector are eligible to apply for funding.  Financial assistance from the fund could include onetime grants for activities that help advance new mining opportunities and provide support to Indigenous communities for collaborative resource development. To date MMDF has allocated more than 5.4 million dollars to 41 projects.


For more information on the Fund, eligible criteria and to apply visit www.mmdf.ca.


A Call Has Been Made for the Federal and Provincial Governments to Step Up For York Factory.

Northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton and Thompson MLA- elect Eric Redhead report the First Nation’s provincially run ferry is being held back for further maintenance.  They note this is extending the isolation period for the community that relies entirely on the ferry at this time of year to bring in food and supplies.


Ashton states its clear Indigenous Services Canada must step up and work with York Factory to cover the significant costs being incurred and support the community in accessing the supplies it needs.  Both Ashton and Redhead made it clear there’s a need for immediate action and indicated the current situation also underscores the need for a permanent solution for York Factory such as all weather road access.


Creighton RCMP Are Asking for Assistance in Locating a Missing 16-year-old Boy. LOCATED.


On June 11 Creighton RCMP received a report of a missing 16-year-old boy, Evan Michel-McDermott.

He was last seen on Spruce Street in Denare Beach the morning of June 11. Evan has connections to Denare Beach, Creighton, Flin Flon and Pelican Narrows, though his current location is unknown. He is approximately 5’6” and 145 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

If you have information on Evan’s whereabouts, contact Creighton RCMP at 306-688-8888. Information can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Years of High school Will Be Remembered in Creighton.

Students will receive their diplomas as Creighton Community School holds their graduation ceremony Friday.  Administrative Assistant Mandy Patterson says they start with a couple of events on Thursday.  She explains the graduates have their Cap and Gown March around the exterior of the school beginning at 10 am and also on Thursday they’ll have their Car Parade that begins at 2:30 and that will be around Creighton led by the RCMP and then on Friday their ceremony will begin at 4:30 in the school gymnasium.  She adds immediately after the ceremony the Grads will leave from the school main office doors and do their march around the community ending at the green space across from the car wash so hopefully they’ll have a lot of parents, guardians and community members come out and watch all the events they have planned for them.


Creighton Community School has eighteen graduates this year.

Foran Mining has Discovered a new Ore Body Near their McIlvenna Bay Deposit.

Foran Mining has released partial assay results from drilling at the near mine Tesla target on its McIlvenna Bay Project 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.  They report drilling has encountered 200 meters of continuous massive and disseminated sulphides.  Assay results received to date highlight significant copper, zinc, gold mineralization with geophysical modeling suggesting the zone could reach to 300 meters from Foran’s McIlvenna Bay deposit with an additional drill rig ordered to expand the 2022 drilling program.


Executive chairman and CEO Dan Myerson states while it’s still early days this new discovery is a potential game changer and could drive future value from economies of scale under a centralized milling scenario with the planned and existing infrastructure at McIlvenna Bay.


They also plan drill testing of established targets at Bigstone and Marconi on their Bigstone Property 25 kilometers west of McIvenna Bay and drilling at the Flinty Prospect 7 kilometers southeast of McIlvenna Bay.


Flin Flons Womens Safe Haven Resource Service Continues to support Women and Children in Our Communities.

At their 24th annual meeting Executive Director Laurie Sealey reported since taking her position last August the Centre has acquired a full staff and are able to help more clients in everyday activities to housing in their safe home.  She explained within the past year they are seeing the world opening up more and this will help with their fund raising efforts and they will also be able to hold their events without restrictions.  She noted they host Take Back the Night, Candle Light Vigil, REDress, International Women’s Week and their annual Christmas Craft Sale among others.  Sealey thanked the staff, Board Members, their funders and the community for their support.


They elected two Board members to two year terms Doreen Roman and Kristina Lewis and three to one year terms Sheri Pearson, Amanda Fleury and Kristy Janvier.

You Can Learn More About a New Office on Main Street to Support People Struggling With Addictions.

Freedom Outreach Adult and Teen Challenge invites all who are interested to a public meeting Thursday night.  The group’s Kandi Lagore says it’s to discuss the new Community Outreach Office planned for Main Street in Flin Flon alongside their new Thrift Store.  She explains they’re going to be answering questions and giving information about what services they will be providing.  She notes we all know that addiction affects our communities and so they as Adult and Teen Challenge are committed to putting hope within reach of every addict and any family or friend of somebody struggling with addiction and so if your heart is to see change in our community they would like to have you out to their meeting.


The meeting is being held Thursday night at seven in the Creighton Community Hall.

Tickets are Now Available for the Flin Flon Trout Festival Fish Fry.

The Flin Flon Arts Council brings you the Trout Festival Fish Fry at 8 pm on June 25th.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it will be a great night of entertainment. She explains they’re going to be having the regular party at the Flin Flon Community Hall and they’re going to be having three bands performing including The Mix, Usual Suspects and a new band Cheap Wine and Cigarettes so it’s going to be just one big party that everybody’s welcome to attend.


Tickets are available at 20 dollars at Twix in Denare Beach, Di’s Confectionary in Creighton and the Gateway and Uptown Emporium in Flin Flon.  For more information on all Trout Festival events visit their website www.flinflontroutfestival.com.


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 which includes four walleye or sauger, four northern pike, two smallmouth bass, one lake trout, one channel fish and two stocked trout.


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 2022 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 vehicle permits are not required to visit provincial parks however regular fees still apply for provincial camp grounds. Updated details on provincial parks are available at www.manitobaparks.com.


Covid Related Numbers are Still Going Down in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 337 laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases for the week of May 29th to June 4th a decrease from 416 the previous week.  The total number of reported cases now stands at 144,895.  Of the new cases 183 were in Winnipeg with the lowest number 26 in the Northern health region down from 38 the previous week.  The volume of lab tests increased to an average of 624 people tested per day compared to 621 the previous week with a test positivity rate of 10.8 percent down from 13 percent the previous week.  There were 100 hospital admissions down from 120 including seven ICU admissions down from nine the previous week.            


Saskatchewan health reports 285 new cases down from 364 the previous week.  Far North East reported nine confirmed cases up from two the previous week.  5888 lab tests were performed with a weekly test positivity rate of 4.6 percent a decrease from 5.3 percent the previous week.  As of June 8th 187 people were in hospital down 45 with ten in ICU up four from the previous week.

Lunches are Going to be Available Four Days a Week in Flin Flon.

The Lords Bounty Food Bank’s Allison Dallas Funk reports they have joined other organizations in preparing free lunches.  She explains the Food Bank has partnered with the Salvation Army so on Mondays and Fridays you can access a bag lunch between 11:30 and 12:30 at the Food Bank location or down by Aspen Grove adjacent to McIsaac School.  She adds starting in the summer months they will be doing lunch programs paired with Flin Flon Rotary at Rotary Park on Mondays 11:30 to 12:30 and also down below the hill at McIsaac area and the Friendship Centre is stepping up this summer as well and doing a great program there handing out lunches Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Funk adds since the lifting of COVID restriction the last five months the number of Food Bank clients has increased by 40 percent.  She notes last month they had 398 people access the Food Bank with 47 percent identified as children and 75 percent identified as Indigenous.


Hudbay has Announced Plans to Move Forward at Copper World.

Hudbay has announced the results of the PEA or preliminary economic assessment at their Copper World Complex in Arizona.  It includes the recently discovered Copper World deposits along with the Rosemont deposit.


Company President Peter Kukielski says the PEA represents the next leg of copper growth at Hudbay.  He explains they have been successfully executing an alternative Arizona Strategy since 2019 to deliver this attractive project which is significantly de-risked and has the potential to nearly double their annual copper production while maintaining Hudbay’s first quarter cash cost positioning.  He notes phase one represents an attractive stand alone operation on their private land and phase two provides significant long term growth potential in this prolific district. He adds through applying their core competencies of exploration, mine planning and project development the Copper World Complex is expected to be the next major copper operation in the United States delivering copper needed to meet domestic electrification and decarbonization supply chain needs.

A Location and Design Have Been Determined for the New Aqua Centre.

At a well attended public meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley reported escalating costs related to materials and construction led to a change in the scope of the Aqua Centre project as well as a move from the planned location of the former Willowvale Curling Rink Site back to the location of the previous Aqua Centre. 


Recreation Manager Andrew Smith explained the building will include a competition length lap pool and leisure pool, change rooms, a reception area and activities room. Total cost is 10.9 million dollars with an allowance of another 20 percent or 2.2 million to allow for possible increased costs. 6.7 million is coming from federal and provincial grants, 4.2 million from the City including 1.6 million from levies from 2021 to 24, 412 thousand in other grants and 2 million in fund raising over two years.  They already raised 500 thousand and have an intensive fund raising plan and sponsorship opportunities while continuing to work with the province. The 20 percent contingency would come from one million in general reserves, 650 thousand in other grants and 548 thousand in fund raising.


Geotechnical work will be conducted this summer with construction beginning next year with completion expected in May of 2024.


Pride Week is Coming up in Flin Flon in Mid July.

 At the City Council meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley officially proclaimed July 15th to 24th as Flin Flon Pride Week and commended its thoughtful observation to all citizens in our community.


Council received an application from the Flinty Project under the Municipal Funding Program.  They requested 1775 dollars to purchase stain to be applied to the Boardwalk by volunteers. They noted the Boardwalk was last stained in 2017 and should be done every few years for maintenance reasons and to keep it looking good.


Council also received a request to support the annual Flowers on Main Street project handled by the Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation.  60 flower baskets will be hung on Main Street, out in front of City Hall and at the Station Museum.  The cost will be around 48 hundred dollars shared one third each by Neighborhood Revitalization, the City and Hudbay.

A Tourism Rebate Incentive Program Supported Manitoba Hospitality and Tourism Industries.

Over a ten day period in May more than 10 thousand 6 hundred Manitobans took advantage of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Tourism Rebate Incentive Program.  They spent 2.33 million dollars on staycations earning one million dollars in rebates.


Chambers President Chuck Davidson reports when combined with the two TRIP phases they delivered in 2021 close to 33 thousand Manitobans took advantage of the program resulting in a significant economic impact estimated  at more than 20 million dollars for Manitoba’s beleaguered tourism and hospitality industries which is a return on investment of more than six to one.


TRIP phase three enabled Manitobans to stay in a hotel/motel between May 6th to 16th and apply for a 100 dollar rebate or 50 percent off general admission to any of the provinces 31 Star Attractions.

The Flin Flon Trout Festival Fishing Derby is Following Invasive Species Guidelines.

The fishing derby includes Manitoba and Saskatchewan lakes between the 54th and 55th parallels.  Fisheries departments in both provinces remind you to take the necessary steps to ensure aquatic invasive species are not introduced to the waters in our provinces.  These plants, fish and invertebrates can damage aquatic habitat and fisheries, as well as power generation and water infrastructure. Once established these species can be impossible to eliminate and cost millions of dollars to manage each year.


As part of the AIS program roadside inspections and decontamination of watercraft are conducted as well as monitoring water bodies in the province. Boat owners must stop at ministry inspection stations and are required to remove the drain plugs from their watercraft during transportation. Bait and fish should not be moved from one water body to another.


More information about aquatic invasive species can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/invasive-species or www.manitoba.ca/stopais.

A New Investment Program will Increase Indigenous Economic Opportunities.

The Saskatchewan Indigenous Investment Finance Corporation is taking applications from First Nations and Metis Communities and organizations interested in investing in the province’s natural resources and value added agriculture sectors.  They will offer up to 75 million dollars in loan guarantees to eligible applicants which will support Indigenous equity ownership of major projects in mining, energy, oil and gas, forestry and value added agriculture.


Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison explains Saskatchewan’s Indigenous led companies employ thousands of people, generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and benefit Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across the province.  He adds the SIIFC will build on this and support increased Indigenous participation in some of Saskatchewan’s key economic sectors.


More information and applications can be found on their new website www.siifc.ca

Hudbay has released its Integrated Annual Sustainability Report.

Hudbay believes global demand for the metals it mines continues to rise alongside the need for green technology that will play an essential role in meeting the challenge of climate change. President Peter Kukielski explains throughout 2021 they continued to successfully navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining continuous operations at all sites.  He notes they look at 2021 as a year of execution and achievement after making significant investments in exploration, development and productivity improvements.


Hudbay states they have set targets for 2022 to further the path of continuous improvements.  In health and safety they aim to match or improve on their three year total of recordable injury frequency average of 1.4. As mines develop in Peru and Arizona the Company is adopting emissions targets intended to achieve 50 percent green house gas reduction by 2030 and its intention to be net zero by 2050.


Training is Available if You Are Interested in Being a Paramedic.

University College of the North is offering a Primary Care Paramedic Certificate Program.  Instructor Dan Jones explains what students can expect as they learn to become a vital link in the chain of the health care team.  He says you’ll run classroom time from September to April then from there you’ll go on and do your practicum which is usually spread out between The Pas and Flin Flon, you get to do 16 shifts.  He notes it’s a really great learning experience, you get hands on, you get to do everything they just taught you over the last eight months and you get to do it for real.


You can learn more by going to www.ucn.ca and click on view your learning options.

Flin Flon RCMP are Investigating a Kidnapping.

Early this morning the RCMP responded to a report of a kidnapping at a residence in Flin Flon They report around 2:50 this morning a 57 year old woman was at her residence when a known female came to her home, gained entry and threatened her, grabbed a knife and demanded money.  The suspect forced the woman to drive to a bank and withdraw money then drove to a residence where the victim was able to get away and call police who were able to locate and arrest the suspect.


A 37 year old woman from Flin Flon has been charged with robbery, kidnapping, break and entering, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and mischief.  Flin Flon RCMP continue to investigate.

Many Flin Flon Area Artists Were Successful at a Northern Art Show.

The Flin Flon Arts Council and NorVa Centre are hosting 125 entries from across the north at the 46th Northern Juried Art Show at the Flin Flon Community Hall. The Best in Show award went to local artist Doug Dmitriw with More Horsemen.  Other winners from the Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach Cranberry Portage  area include Tom Dubreuill first and Laura Bryson third in Painting, in Watercolour first went to Ann Marin with second to Megan Dupas and third Lois Fisher, Drawing and Print Making first Rosimiere dos Anjos and second Matthew Enns, Creative Fibre Art second Patricia Evans and third Keely Patterson, Three Dimensional first Alistair Calligari and third Kari Lentowicz and in Category Two first Randy Beever, in Photography first Noelle Drimmie and third George Fontaine, Youth 9 to 12 second Zoe Winterton and Youth 13 to 17 first Louisa Bone second Gretchen Wendlandt and third Cheylynn Stevens. Other winners were from The Pas, Thompson and Churchill.


The show is open in the Flin Flon Community Hall today from noon to 8 and tomorrow 10 to 4 with no admission charged.


One Thousand Manitobans Can Receive a Special Award.

Manitoba Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon has announced the design of the Queen Elizabeth the Second Platinum Jubilee Medal for Manitoba.  The commemorative medal celebrates the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.                                                             


The medal is struck in copper and plated with nickel featuring the crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with her Canadian style and title on the front. The back of the medal includes the Manitoba Shield of Arms with the Queen’s Royal Cypher and dates of the reign at the top separated by a pair of Prairie Crocuses which is the provincial flower and the phrase VIVAT REGINA long live the Queen at the base.


One thousand medals will be presented through the Platinum Jubilee year. The province has enlisted a group of trusted partners to select worthy recipients. These trusted partners include members of the legislative assembly, Indigenous leadership organizations, the Lieutenant-Governor, the Premier and leader of the Opposition. You can learn more about the medal at www.manitoba.ca/queensjubilee.

COVID Related Numbers are Continuing to Drop in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reports 416 laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases for the week of May 22nd to 28th a decrease from 537 the previous week. The total number of reported cases now stands at 144,556.  Of the new cases 226 were in Winnipeg with 38 reported in the Northern health region down from 50 the previous week.  The volume of lab tests decreased to an average of 621 people per day compared to 704 the previous week with a test positivity rate of 13 percent down from 15.4 percent.  There were 120 hospital admissions down from 122 including 9 ICU admissions down from 21 the previous week.


Saskatchewan health reported 364 new cases for the week of May 22nd to 28th down from 376 the previous week.  Far North East reported three new cases down from seven the previous week.  5667 lab tests were performed with a test positivity rate of 5.3 percent down from 5.5 percent.  As of June 1st 232 were in hospital down 26 with six in intensive care down four from the previous week.


You Can Join the Discussion on the New Aqua Centre.

The City of Flin Flon is holding an Aqua Centre public consultation Tuesday evening.  Recreation Manager Andrew Smith invites you out to learn more about updated plans.  He explains they’ve been doing a lot of work within the last year in terms of design and site location, all that stuff, and they have narrowed it down to a design and a site location and they’re really excited to show the community what’s going on and what their next steps are here.


The public consultation is taking place Tuesday evening at 6 in City Hall Council Chambers.


RCMP Calls for Service in Northern Manitoba Were Up One Percent in April from April Last Year.

RCMP report during April 2022 over April 2021 Manitoba North District reported increases in most categories except for drug enforcement.  Overall common police activities had very minimal decrease from 938 to 921 with the largest single decrease in breach of the peace down from 487 to 402 with the largest increase in persons reported missing up from 153 to 241.


Crimes against persons increased from 803 to 939 with an increase in assaults from 606 to 760.  Crimes against property increased from 859 to 1135 with arson increasing from 8 to 22, mischief increased from 684 to 904 while break and enters decreased from63 to 57.  And drug enforcement decreased from 58 to 34 with possession decreasing the most from 11 to 5 while trafficking decreased from 38 to 24.


The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed this week as Saskatchewan Tourism Week.

The week will be a time to champion Saskatchewan's tourism industry. There is optimism as total visitor expenditures and tourism-related employment numbers have seen increases.  In 2020, Saskatchewan had 1.50 billion dollars in visitor spending and there were 50,000 people employed in tourism-related jobs that year. Tourism expenditures grew to 1.74 billion dollars in 2021, with 57,200 people employed in the tourism industry. Another encouraging statistic included hotel occupancy rates that rose from 32 per cent in 2020 to 41 per cent in 2021.


Tourism Saskatchewan will also launch the #ExploreSask Challenge to encourage residents to support local, plan road trips and staycations in the province.  With the grand prize of a Grey Cup Festival Prize Package and monthly vacation prize draws the challenge will run throughout the Saskatchewan Roughrider football season until October 15. Earn draw ballots by checking in at 40 locations across the province this summer. Sign up today for the #ExploreSask Challenge mobile passport at tourismsaskatchewan.com.  

Shopping is Available Across Denare Beach Sunday.

Denare Beach is holding their annual community wide yard sale Sunday.  Recreation Director Mel Durette says there’ll be a lot for sale noting they’ve got 16 registered so far.  She adds she’ll make a post that will be posted on Facebook and when you come into Denare she’ll have a poster up to let you see all of them and the New Horizons will have a barbeque at 2001 Spruce Street from 10 to 2 and most of the garage sales are from 9 to 2.


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

Foran Mining is Moving Forward With Exploration West of Flin Flon.

Foran Mining has received its initial Approval to Operate Permit for its advanced exploration decline program at its McIlvenna Bay project 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.


The Permit allows the Company to operate pollutant control facilities for water and waste rock.  Water pumped out of the decline will be placed in a lined containment pond on site and the waste rock will be placed in the now completed lined waste rock pad.  As part of the advanced exploration decline program the company has completed the box cut, initial underground excavation, jet grouting of the sandstone layer from surface, rock pad lining, roadways, construction of the containment pond, the ore and waste pad and the establishment of mine services infrastructure for ventilation, air and water to support decline development.


Approximately 850 meters of ramp development is required to access the deposit where a single 100 meter cross cut will be developed into the hanging wall to facilitate bulk sample collection. The company expects to mine a 44 hundred tonne bulk sample that will be used to confirm metallurgical test work and further optimize processing design.


This is Mining Week in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Government has proclaimed this week as Mining Week with the theme Saskatchewan’s Critical Minerals: Essential to Global Security and Supply Chains.  Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre reports last year mining companies operating in the province spent 214 million dollars on exploration activities and that spending is expected to increase to 263 million this year with expanded operations in potash, uranium, base metals, rare earth elements and other critical minerals. 


Saskatchewan has 23 of Canada’s 31 minerals considered critical for the sustainable economic success of Canada and its allies.  It is already a producer of three potash, uranium and helium and has near term production potential for several others including lithium, copper and zinc. As well rare earth elements mined in the Northwest Territories are now being transported to Saskatoon for processing and positive exploration results continue to be released from diamond and gold projects located in northern Saskatchewan.


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