Local News Archives for 2022-12

Operation Red Nose Will Be Available to Get People and Their Vehicles Home Safely New Years Eve.

The Rotary Clubs Committee Chair Ted Hewitt reports they could still use a few more volunteers but Operation Red Nose will go ahead tomorrow night…..

 

“We are still a little short on volunteers but we do intend to provide the service so some of the waits could be a little longer that normal but we hope to be able to get everybody who calls and needs a ride home with their vehicle and if there are some people out there who wish to volunteer we’re still willing to take them and that would help everybody out.”

 

To volunteer you can contact Ted at 204-687-7450 or Jane at 687-6488.  The service will run tomorrow night from 9 to 3 and to get a ride home you can call 204-687-7331.

A Lot of Children Received Gifts With Your Help.

The Christmas Gift Program run by the Flin Flon Friendship Center went well again this year.  The program allows parents to give their children a gift at Christmas when circumstances prevent them from doing so.  The Center’s Shelly Craig says the program this year went very well…….

 

“We had another successful year.  We has 133 families register for the program which is about a 15 percent increase over the previous year and we distributed 410 gifts.”

             

This was the 28th year for the Christmas Gift Program.

 

RCMP Calls for Service in Manitoba Were Down Ten Percent in November Over November Last Year.

RCMP report during November 2022 Manitoba North District reported decreases in all occurrences except crimes against property over November 2021. Common police activities decreased from 874 to 600 with all sub-categories reporting decreases notably persons missing were down from 212 to 79 followed by suspicious person or vehicle down from 90 to 39 and breach of the peace down from 352 to 277.

             

Crimes against person decreased minimally from 822 to 801.  Notable decreases were reported in sexual offences down from 61 to 40 and forcible confinement down from 15 to 12. The only increase was reported in robbery, extortion, harassment, threats which were up from 110 to 139.

             

Crimes against property increased overall from 1041 to 1157.  Theft over five thousand dollars reported the largest increase from 24 to 36 followed by theft under five thousand dollars up from 66 to 95.  The largest decrease was in arson down from 15 to 6 followed by fraud down from 16 to 12.  Drug enforcement decreased in all sub-categories and overall from 54 to 33 including possession down from 10 to 3 occurrences.

Support for Our Transit System Will Be Coming From the Provincial Government in Their Next Budget.

Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke has announced the Manitoba government in allocating over 34 million dollars over two years to help alleviate transit operating shortfalls related to reduced ridership caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to address affordable housing supply and density. Clarke stated the government is pleased to support municipal transit systems in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Flin Flon.  She adds their funding immediately leverages and enhances 20.7 million dollars in federal funding which flowed to the province earlier this year.  She explains as part of the federal agreement the Manitoba government is also committed to work with municipalities towards shared priorities of improving housing supply across Manitoba that can, together with transit, improve the ability of Manitobans to live affordably.

             

The minister noted up to 13.4 million dollars will be allocated in Budget 2023.

 

 

Small and medium-sized enterprises in construction and manufacturing can apply for funding to hire up to two new first-year apprentices over the next two years.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters Canadian district got the funding from the federal government as a way to address labour shortages in the skilled trades industry.

 

Executive Director Jodie Lucas explains how this benefits northern Manitobans in the industry.......

 

“Northern Manitoba businesses can receive five thousand dollars for every new first year apprentice that they hire and an additional five thousand dollars if that apprentice identifies as an equity deserving group.  Just to give you an idea of equity deserving groups break down its women, Indigenous people, newcomers, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and LGBTQ2+ so that small and medium sized enterprises can receive a maximum of twenty thousand dollars per fiscal year and also for the two year program.  On the apprentice side this program will reduce barriers to employment for new first year apprentices living and working in the north.”

 

Lucas says they have a goal of helping out over 800 small and medium sized enterprises over the next two years in order to reduce barriers. You can find more information online at https:/ubc-asp.ca.

 

Volunteers are Desperately Needed to Ensure People Have a Safe Ride Home New Years Eve.

Operation Red Nose was out getting people and their vehicles home safely last Friday night.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says it was a slow night….

 

“Over the past weekend Operation Red Nose only worked Friday and provided a total of six rides down substantially from previous years.  Volunteers were provided by the Rotary Club plus other community members.  The Victoria Inn provided lunch for the volunteers.”

             

Hewitt says they desperately need volunteers for New Years Eve this coming Saturday which is a busy night or the service cannot be provided.  A decision on whether to go ahead with New Years Eve will be made tomorrow morning based on the number of volunteers they hear from.  To find out more about volunteering call Ted at 204-687-7450 or Jane at 204-687-6488.

There are Some Christmas Items That Cannot Be Recycled.

It’s time to pack up your Christmas items.  The Flin Flon Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard reminds you there are some items they can’t take….

 

“A lot of things are recyclable but we definitely cannot recycle things like plastics bags, plastic wrap, Styrofoam, gift wrap and ribbon and bows and that sort of thing are not recyclable.”

             

Odegaard reminds you the Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed on New Year’s Day.  If you need more information on recycling you can visit their website www.flinflonrecycling.org or call them at 204-687-6169.

 

With cases of flu, RSV, and COVID-19 expected to rise as people gather for the holidays the Northern Health Region says it's never too late to get vaccinated to protect from severe illness.

Medical officer of health Doctor William Libich says immunization rates for the north are lower than the provincial average and there has been a spike in children seeking care for respiratory illnesses in the region compared to previous years.......

 

“There’s been an increase in the number of pediatric patients visiting the northern clinics and emergency departments and that’s coming straight from our medical leads and our emergency department physicians.  We’re seeing a marked increase in influenza and other respiratory pathogens in children.  We don’t think things are worse in the north compared to the south and Winnipeg but we know that the southern rates are very high, much higher that we would normally expect this time of year.”

 

Libich says there’s still a lot of vaccine available for people who haven’t gotten the flu shot or COVID-19 booster and he encourages residents to visit protect mb DOT ca to find out where they can get vaccinated.

 

             

The Lieutenant Governor Says Manitoba is a Great Place to be at Christmas.

In her first Christmas message as Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Anita Neville has praise for the people of the province…..

 

“The holiday season has a unique way of bringing out the best in our province with communities large and small becoming seasonally aglow with the shared sense of charity and community spirit that makes our province such a wonderful place to live, work and play.  The festive spirit is warmly embraced by citizens of all ages who through word and deed remind us of how fortunate we are to be living in a truly welcoming, caring community. Our vibrant multiculturalism is reflected in seasonal festivities across the province enriched with new holiday traditions from around the world.  Our charitable nature is especially strong at this time of year ensuring that everyone can experience the true meaning of kindness and generosity.  As the King’s representative in Manitoba, I am pleased to extend vice-regal greetings to all citizens for a safe and happy holiday season.  May the warmth and wonder of this time be with you and yours during this festive time and throughout the new year.”

 

Manitoba Lieutenant Governor Anita Neville.

Saskatchewans Premier is Impressed with How People in the Province Support Each Other.

In his annual Christmas message Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the message of Christmas gives us hope for a brighter future…..

 “Over the last few years, I believe most of us have an increased appreciation for what is truly important in life. We make the most out of every opportunity we have to spend time with those that we love. For some of you, this will be your first Christmas in Saskatchewan. Whether you have arrived from Ukraine, Pakistan, Africa, or the Philippines, or somewhere else in the world, I want to welcome you to Saskatchewan.  We are grateful that you have chosen to make this province your home and we know that you will make Saskatchewan stronger. And we are so fortunate in Saskatchewan. We are blessed to have so much of what the world needs today. But even with all of the riches that we possess, the most precious gifts are those that can't be bought in a store or wrapped and placed under a tree. Our families, our friends and the freedom we have to enjoy life together in peace.”

Moe wishes everyone a Merry Christmas on behalf of this family and his colleagues in the Saskatchewan Legislature.

The Lieutenant Governor has Praise for Those in Saskatchewan Who Give Back to Their Communities.

          

In his annual Christmas message Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty noted during this most wonderful time of the year we focus on reaching out to family, friends and neighbors and caring for those in need….

“I extend my sincere gratitude to everyone who gives of their time and talents to enrich our communities. In Saskatchewan, we are rich when it comes to kind-hearted volunteers .I also want to thank everyone serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, police and fire services, first responders, health care professionals, educators and front-line workers for going beyond the call of duty. In addition, I am deeply grateful for the guidance I received from elders, knowledge keepers, survivors and their families in the creation of the Saskatchewan Residential School Memorial. On June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, the memorial was dedicated on the grounds of Government House in Regina. We hope that it will be a reflective place where everyone can come to learn and heal. “

Mirasty extended Christmas greetings on behalf of His Majesty King Charles the Third as well as his family and staff.

You Are Reminded to Pay Attention to Your Christmas Tree.

Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency encourages you to have a safe holiday season.  They note if you use a real tree make sure it’s fresh.  It should be green with needles that are hard to pull from the branches and do not break when bent between your fingers.  Real trees require up to four liters of water daily and the base of the trunk should be in water at all times as a dry tree can quickly ignite.

             

If you use an artificial tree ensure it is labeled as flame resistant.  This does not mean the tree won’t catch fire but it does indicate that the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.  Trim your tree with flame resistant or non-combustible decorations.  Trees should be placed away from high traffic areas, doorways, heating vents, fireplaces, space heaters, candles and other ignition sources.

You Can Still Recycle Over the Christmas Season.

Workers at the Flin Flon Recycling Centre and the Landfill will be taking some time off over the holiday season.  Administrator Deb Odegaard explains…..

 

“There’ll be someone working at the Recycling Centre every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  The Landfill will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and on New Year’s Day and also the landfill will be closing early on December 24th and New Year’s Eve.”

 

If you need more information on recycling you can visit their website www.flinflonrecycling.org or call 204-687-6169.

The Manitoba Government has Announced Support for Food Banks.

          

The government has announced to alleviate food insecurity and help those most in need they are providing three million dollars to Harvest Manitoba to support food banks dealing with increased food prices and high demand across the province.  Premier Heather Stefanson notes that Harvest Manitoba will utilize the money to support food banks in urban and rural communities in all regions of Manitoba through food purchasing, transportation and other costs taking into consideration community size and need.

             

In the northern region Food Matters will receive 225 thousand dollars for their service in northern Manitoba, Marymound Incorporated in Thompson will receive just over 47 thousand dollars and the Cranberry Portage Child and Family Resource Centre will receive 18 thousand dollars.

Those who are doing last-minute Christmas gift shopping may want to keep safety in mind when picking out a present.

Those who are doing last-minute Christmas gift shopping may want to keep safety in mind when picking out a present.

 

 

Doctor Phil Hooper with the Canadian Ophthalmological Society outlines some toys that can cause eye injuries to young children........

 

“Typically the injuries are from toys that have points or sharp edges to them, so those cause either cuts to the eye or the surface of the eye. Occasionally these items can be poked through the surface of the eye. A pencil is an example, falling on a pencil or fighting with pencils with you siblings can cause a problem.  And the others are projectile firing devices, toy rifles, air guns, those kinds of things.”

 

Hooper says eye injuries among children are one of the major causes of visual impairment.

 

A survey by the organization finds only 16 per cent of Canadians shop for toys with eye safety in mind.

At their Meeting Last Night Flin Flon City Council Heard Some New Ideas for the Community.

Council received a letter from Allan Roschuk Dormitory Administrator at Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage.  He suggested the possibility of implementing a Cranberry Portage shuttle service as well as looking into developing a housing program for their Frontier Collegiate staff and employees in Flin Flon. He notes this program would benefit the economy in Flin Flon and would give Flin Flon residents an opportunity for employment in a neighboring community while residing in Flin Flon. He will attend the next Council meeting to discuss the idea.

             

Council received a letter from Shylo Rogers regarding the Legion Senior Housing at 229 Green Street. She stated they have used all of the Green space available on their property.  The Legion Senior Housing Board suggested working with the city to develop a roofed patio at neighboring Jobin Park.  She added promoting community gatherings and allowing for a safe space for their seniors would be their main goal. The letter was referred to Engineering Services.

             

The City will partner with Tourism Manitoba to create tourism content at a cost of five thousand dollars. They will come up and do videos on attractions around our community with mention of attractions like Camp Whitney that the city can use in promotions letting tourists know what our community has to offer.

 

The Flin Flon Denare Beach Creighton Region Has Been Certified a Sled Friendly Community.

In a release the FDC Region explains the certification is awarded to safe and accommodating destinations for snowmobilers and helps to promote snowmobile tourism in northern Manitoba. The program makes participants aware of the unique needs of snowmobilers including factors like having warm-up and washroom facilities available, providing space for snowmobile staging and ensuring gas, lodging and food are accessible to snowmobilers.  The program also ensures community members are familiar with snowmobile operation legislation and the trails available in their area.

             

The FDC Region has invited snowmobilers to visit our friendly community and experience our beautiful northern landscape and enjoy one of the many trails maintained by our local Border Explorers Snowmobile Club.

The Lights Were On Around Homes in Denare Beach.

 

Residents of Denare Beach took part in the Village of Lights by putting up Christmas lights.  Recreation Director Mel Durette explains people sent in photos of their lights and displays to the Denare Beach Rec Board and people voted on their page for their favorite display…..

 

“First place was 2036 Spruce Street with 220 votes and she won a 100 dollar Canadian Dollar gift card.  Second place was 7 Mosher Drive with 61 votes and she won a 75 dollar Rockyview gift card and third place was 413-10th Avenue and they got a 50 dollar Rockyview card.”

 

This is the 14th year for the Village of Lights in Denare Beach.

Volunteers Are Desperately Needed to Guarantee a Safe Ride Home.

Operation Red Nose completed another weekend of getting people and their vehicles home safely in the Flin Flon area.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says the numbers were up…..

 

“Over the past weekend of Operation Red Nose we provided a total of 25 rides.  This was an increase over the previous two or three weeks.  Volunteers were provided by the Steelworkers and the Under 13 Kinsmen Bombers.  The Chicken Chef Restaurant and Creighton’s Pizza provided lunch for the volunteers and we thank them all.  Next weekend Operation Red Nose will only be available on Friday December 23rd. We really need at least another three volunteers for this date.  Contact Ted at 687-7450 or Jane at 687-6488 on how to volunteer.  Please call 687-7331 to obtain a ride after 9 pm.”

 

Hewitt adds they are also desperately in need of volunteers for New Year’s Eve as without sufficient volunteers it may be necessary to cancel the service on a usually busy night.  For information on volunteering call Ted at 687-7450 or Jane at 687-6488.

 

Production Grade Lithium has Been Confirmed Near Snow Lake.

Foremost Lithium Resource and Technology Limited reports the first phase is complete from its Zoro Lithium property bulk sampling and metallurgical program near Snow Lake.  It was conducted to determine whether Dyke 1 pegmatite can produce a six percent battery grade Lithium concentrate.  Test work confirms spodumene bearing pegmatite from Zoro Dyke 1 is amenable for production.

             

President and CEO Jason Barnard states he is extremely pleased with the positive results.  He says this project has been their company’s focus for some months so they recognize the significance of favorable results.  He adds their goal for this project is to be able to market their lithium while still in the ground directly to battery suppliers and vehicle manufacturers adding they are well on the way to reaching their objective.

             

In June after receipt of a bulk sample permit from the Manitoba government a field crew collected 489 kilograms of spodumene mineralized pegmatite using sledgehammers and chisels from trenches exposing Dyke 1 with 26 pails shipped to SGS Lakefield for test work.

University College of the North Has a New Department to Focus on Reconciliation Efforts.

UCN has established the Department of Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation to be lead by Association Vice-President Dr. Ramona Neckoway.  When fully implemented it will lead UCN’s efforts in reconciliation creating opportunities to increase access to Indigenous language training and revitalization, pursuing research in Indigenous languages and culture and helping to ensure that UCN continues to be a leader in reconciliation in post-secondary education.

             

Dr. Neckoway’s background is in research into Indigenous languages and she stated as an Indigenous scholar from northern Manitoba I embark on this new role with great humility and I look forward to creating diverse and multifaceted opportunities.

             

The new department will be officially in place as of January 3rd.

Northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton Has Called Out the Liberals for Threatening Indigenous and Northern Ways of Life.

Ashton says the last minute changes the Liberals made to their handgun bill now threaten Indigenous and Northern ways of life…..

 

“Indigenous leaders at the AFN unanimously oppose the Liberals' amendment to Bill C-21. This amendment is a threat to Indigenous and Northern ways of life. It is a slap in the face for communities that depend on hunting and trapping to live, people who are facing some of the highest costs of living right now.


Bill C-21 was meant to be important legislation to deal with handgun violence, but the Liberals have chosen to play cheap political games.


Will the Liberals withdraw the amendment, stick to the main bill and stand up for Northern and Indigenous peoples, who are struggling right now?"                                             

 

Ashton adds the NDP supports the goal of getting military style assault weapons off the street and a freeze on handguns but will not support amendments to the Bill that do not respect treaty rights and the rights of Indigenous people.  Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal replied they will always respect hunters, sport shooters and Indigenous people in their traditions adding the government has been extremely clear they are not targeting hunting rifles or shotguns.

 

Christmas and Winter Activities Were Part of the School Board Meeting.

It was the final public meeting for the Flin Flon School Division Trustees earlier this week.  Some highlights of the Shared School Information include grade seven students at Ruth Betts decorating homemade gingerbread houses made by the New Horizons Seniors group.  The school has also begun loaning out snowshoes for weekends.  The purchase of the snowshoes was possible through a grant from the Northern Neighbors Foundation.

             

The McIsaac K to 3 winter concert will look more traditional this year.  The students and staff are looking forward to celebrating the season this coming Tuesday evening.  Doors will be opened at 6.  At Hapnot Grade 11 and 12 students attended an assembly sponsored by MPI.  The Friends for Life session focused on safe driving and supporting friends to make healthy choices.  December giveaways are taking place for students at Many Faces.  A variety of prizes are available for those who enter as the students and staff continue working towards being proud of their school and its environment.

             

The Board of Trustees wishes all a happy and safe holiday and the very best in the new year.

Hudbay Has Announced Climate Change Initiatives.

In 2021 Hudbay initiated a road map to further identify and manage risks associated with climate change and opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with global decarbonization goals.

             

President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Kukielski says their greenhouse gas reduction targets were developed following a thorough review of their existing emissions and evaluation of reduction opportunities that are achievable without compromising the long term economics of their operations and projects.  He notes they are proud to be able to align with global goals of a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 and a commitment to net zero by 2050.  He adds they are producing metals the world needs to transition to a low carbon future and will continue to do so while contributing to sustainable development everywhere they operate.

             

Hudbay also plans to assess acquisitions and new projects against corporate emission targets, continue to be transparent with greenhouse gas performance data disclosure and evaluating new technologies as they become commercially available and economically viable.

Numerous Firearms Charges Have Been Laid by Creighton RCMP.

Last Friday night Creighton RCMP received a report of a break in in Denare Beach where a firearm safe with six firearms was stolen.  On Saturday they received a report of a person with a firearm in Denare Beach but did not locate the person.  As a result of further investigation they executed a search warrant locating and seizing five rifles, two handguns, a number of magazines with ammunition and a quantity of psilocybin and illegal cannabis.  It was determined some of the firearms were reported as stolen in the Friday break in while others were stolen in previous break ins in the area.

             

A youth was arrested for breaching a deferred custody order and remanded to court on January 9th.

             

Ethan Merasty of Denare Beach has been charged with 36 criminal code offences mostly related to firearms and two drug related charges and will make an appearance in La Ronge Provincial Court today. A 41 year old Denare Beach man faces unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of property obtained by crime less than five thousand dollars and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon and will appear in court in Creighton on February 14th.

             

Creighton RCMP continue to investigate the origin of some of the seized firearms and the circumstances of the theft.  Anyone with information should call them at 306-688-8888 or contact Saskatchewan Crimestoppers.

Governments of Canada and Manitoba and Four First Nations Are Zeroing in on a New Indigenous Protected Area.

A feasibility assessment of the Seal River Watershed will be informed by traditional and scientific knowledge.  The Watershed in northern Manitoba is reported to be one of the richest carbon sinks in the world and one of the world’s largest remaining ecologically intact watersheds spanning over 50 thousand square kilometers.  The Seal River flows into Hudson Bay unhindered by dams or industrial development. The Watershed includes portions of ancestral territory of four First Nations.  Together they have created the Seal River Watershed Alliance to work to support a shared vision of protecting the nations’ respective ancestral lands.  Within Seal River region there are at least 22 known species at risk including wolverines, polar bears, grizzly bears, barren ground caribou, orcas and olive sided flycatchers.  Large numbers of harbor seals can be found 200 kilometers inland from the mouth of the Seal giving the river its name. Traditional knowledge coupled with science will be used as the foundation for the feasibility assessment.

The Chamber Has Officially Wrapped Up Another Year.

The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce held their annual general meeting yesterday afternoon for the year ending September 30th. Dianne Russell will continue as Acting President, Heather Richardson agreed to be Vice-President, Dave Kendall Treasurer, Becky Cianflone Secretary and Directors Tom Therien, Laurence Gillespie, Crystal Kolt and Deb Odegaard.

  Some of the highlights of the year included their annual Radio Auction, their Love Local and Social Media shop local contests, Gifts Galore Christmas radio and newspaper shop local promotion, meetings with the Northern Chambers group, a PATH Planning Session, being part of the Trout Festival including the community barbeque and being a part of a pre-election info session.  Ongoing activities include the Main Street Task Force project to create culturally appropriate themes and designs for vacant lots on Main Street, Regional Wayfinding participation with the FDC Regional Economic Development Commission, Northern Communities Race Relations meetings, and monthly meetings with the Manitoba Chamber and connections with the Saskatchewan Chamber. Their Main Street Committee continues to work on further developing the Main ARTery, Trout Festival events and Christmas events.

 

Homes are Being Lit Up In Creighton.

Creighton Recreation Director Lindsay Shirran reminds residents they have partnered with 102.9 CFAR to bring the Town of Creighton Deck the House Holiday Lights Contest.  Residents are asked to send a photo of your holiday display to creightonrecreation@sasktel.net.  Entries are coming in with the deadline to enter Friday at noon then online voting will be held next week December 19th to 22nd on the 102.9 CFAR Facebook page.  The winner will be announced on December 23rd.

             

Meanwhile in his Christmas message to the community Mayor Bruce Fidler reflected back on a successful year with praise for their great office staff and Council who work together to keep everything running smoothly and work together for the betterment of Creighton.  He noted the Town staff from the Public Works guys taking care of snow removal and sewer and water operations to the Office staff looking after the financial and general running of Creighton, to the Recreation Director and summer students running different programs and the general appearance of our community.

Operation Red Nose Continues But They Need More Volunteers and Riders.

Operation Red Nose completed its third weekend of getting people and their vehicles home safely in the Flin Flon Area.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt says it’s been a little slow…..

 

“We provided a total of 20 rides.  Volunteers were provided by Hudbay staff and the Flin Flon Ski Club.  The Co-op and Domino’s provided lunch for the volunteers.  Next weekend the Steelworkers and the under 13 Kinsmen Bombers will provide our volunteers.  Please call 687-7331 to obtain a ride after 9.  At present we desperately need volunteers for Friday the 23rd and New Years Eve.  Without sufficient volunteers for these two dates it may be necessary to cancel the service.  Contact Ted at 687-7450 or Jane at 687-6488 on how to volunteer.”

             

Operation Red Nose continues to provide service this coming Friday and Saturday nights as well as December 23rd and 31st.

Its Time to Light up Your Home in Denare Beach.

Residents of Denare Beach are again taking part in the Village of Lights by putting up Christmas lights.  Recreation Director Mel Durette explains they’ve changed the format this year…..

 

“Instead of me always driving round and picking it out we thought we’d do people’s choice.  People can send in a photo to our Denare Beach page denarebeachrecboard@sasktel.net and then we will put it on our page and people can vote.  The voting will start December 16th to 18th and we’ll announce the winner on the 19th.”

 

This is the 14th year for the Village of Lights in Denare Beach.

 

RCMP Calls for Service Were Down Four Percent in October Over October Last Year.

RCMP report during October 2022 Manitoba North District reported both increases and decreases in crime statistics over October 2021. Common police activities decreased 18 percent from 933 to 765 occurrences with specific decreases noted in persons reported missing down from 239 to 124 and suspicious person or vehicle down from 78 to 55.

             

Crimes against person decreased 10 percent from 966 to 874 with notable decreases in sexual offences down from 62 to 51 and assaults down from 754 to 657.  Overall crimes against property increased by 9 percent from 1229 to 1339 but arsons increased from 8 to 15 and break and enters increased from 61 to 88 while frauds were down from 21 to 12.  The drug enforcement group increased overall by 7 percent from 45 to 48 occurrences with trafficking up from 32 to 37 and possession also up from 8 to 9.

 

Be Aware of Winter Driving Conditions as You Plan to Travel.

As people prepare for Christmas travel Saskatchewan RCMP remind drivers to use their winter driving skills. Remove all snow from your vehicle including from your headlights, taillights and roof.  Slow down on snowy or slippery roads, remember some roads may be more slippery than they appear and beware of black ice.  Using cruise control on icy or snowy roads can be dangerous as if you skid your vehicle will accelerate and rapidly spin its wheels as it tries to maintain a constant speed.   Before travelling check the weather forecast for both your current location and your destination.  If travel can be delayed during storm warnings do so.  And be prepared for anything.  Consider stocking your vehicle for the winter with extra warm clothes, matches, non-perishable snacks, a snow shovel, traction mats, booster cables and a tow rope or chain.

 

There is a Program to Make Sure Children Get a Gift.

The 28th annual Christmas Gift Program is underway at the Flin Flon Friendship Centre. The Centre’s Shelly Craig says it’s designed to enable parents or guardians to give their children up to 17 years old a gift at Christmas when circumstances prevent them from doing so.  She explains you can register by dropping in to the Friendship Centre or call them at 204-687-3900 and then pick up a gift between December 19th and 23rd…..

 

“Once the person is registered then our Program Events Coordinator will contact the person and schedule an appointment.  The individual will come here, the parent or the guardian, and they’ll go downstairs where we organize or coordinate the program and they’ll be able to select a gift, wrap the gift and take in home for the tree.”

 

You will be asked for your children’s health card when you pick up a gift. You can also donate a gift or make a cash donation at the Friendship Centre with tax receipts available for those wanting them. 

 

Exploration is Moving Forward West of Flin Flon.

Foran Mining Corporation has announced details of its expanded 2023 exploration program at its McIlvenna Bay project 65 kilometers west of Flin Flon.

             

Executive Chairman and CEO Dan Myerson commented 2022 has been a truly transformation year for the Company.  He says following the announcement of our initial phase feasibility study, Foran made a significant near mine discovery in the Tesla Zone and also announced the proposed strategic investment by Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan.  However he adds our greatest success has been the growth of our most important commodity people as we continue to bolster our talented team and culture.  He says we look to carry this strong momentum into 2023 as we further de-risk McIlvenna Bay with credit facility discussions progressing very positively and expanded exploration activities underway to potentially unlock the untapped value of our properties towards building Canada’s next great mining district.  He noted in 2023 Foran is targeting 35 thousand meters in near mine and regional exploration in addition to completing geophysics and compilation work with a total direct spend of 18 million dollars.

Information of Future Forestry Plans is Coming to Your Community.

Canadian Kraft Paper and Nisokapawino Forestry Management Corporation are holding public information meetings in northern communities over the next few weeks.  Area Planner Mike Paddock says they’ll discuss their future plans for the two years starting June 1st 2023…..

 

“We’ll be presenting the draft operating plan, the Forest Management Operating Plan, on behalf of Canadian Kraft Paper and Nisokapawino Forest Management Corporation.  We’ll be talking about proposed timber harvesting, forest renewal, road construction and road decommissioning activities and we’ll be there to inform people, answer their questions and gather feedback to be incorporated into the final version that would be submitted to the province at the end of February.”

 

Meetings in this area will be held in Cranberry Portage Monday at 7 pm in the Legion Hall, in Flin Flon Tuesday at 7 pm in the Cambrian Room at the Victoria Inn and in The Pas next Thursday at 7 pm in the basement of the Wescanna Inn.For information on their meetings visit their website www.niso.ca and click on community or call 204-623-8682.

You Can Celebrate the Christmas Season at the Festival of Trees.

Northern Growing Abilities is holding the Festival of Trees tomorrow and Saturday.  The organization’s Amber Beaton says they are open from 6 to 9 tomorrow evening and 10 to 4 Saturday in the Creighton Community Hall….

 

“They’re going to find the penny parade and a big bake sale. Then we’ve got the silent auction where businesses and individuals have donated trees and centre pieces that people can bid on.  We’ll have the concession and door prizes and then all proceeds will be to benefit programming at Northern Growing Abilities.”

 

Northern Growing Abilities is fundraising in order to continue their Drop-in and Activity Programs for cognitively diverse adults as well as Youth Engagement Programs for cognitively diverse children and expanding the services they provide.

They Held Candles to Remember.

People joined the Women’s Resource Centre at the Flin Flon Friendship Centre last evening for the annual Candle Light Vigil.  Counselor Hope Liebaert told them this is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women……

 

“We take this day to remember the women we have lost due to acts of violence.  On this day in 1989 a gunman entered a mechanical engineering classroom at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.  After separating the women from the men he shot at all of the women in the room while yelling you are all feminists.  He continued shooting in the school specifically targeting women.  In just under 20 minutes he took the lives of 14 talented, ambitious and courageous young women as well as injuring 13 others. This event shook the lives of the victim’s friends and families as well as the province of Quebec and the rest of Canada.”

 

They then named and recognized each of the 14 women who lost their lives in the Montreal Massacre pausing for a moment of silence in their memory.

Santa Was in Flin Flon Last Evening.

The annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights took place last evening.  In spite of the cold people lined up as vehicles covered in Christmas lights travelled up Church Street and down Main Street. As the parade lined up Greg Kritzer from the hosts for the parade the Flin Flon The Pas U15 Hockey team noted people are in the Christmas spirit…..

 

“I’m super excited, we’ve got a great turnout, more floats than I expected, everybody seems to be powering through the cold weather and ready to enjoy some lights and festivities.”

             

Before the parade people took part in the Family Christmas on Main Street hosted by the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Main Street Committee.

 

People are Taking Advantage of a Safe Ride Home.

Operation Red Nose had a second weekend of getting people and their vehicles home safely.  The Rotary Club’s Committee Chair Ted Hewitt reports this past weekend and the previous Saturday went well….

 

“We provided a total of 19 rides.  Volunteers were provided by the Skating Club, Hapnot staff and the Kinsmen and Kinettes.  Next weekend Hudbay staff and the Ski Club will provide our volunteers.  Please call 687-7331 to obtain a ride after 9 pm. At present we are desperately in need of volunteers for Friday December 23rd and New Years Eve.  Contact Ted at 687-7450 or Jane at 687-6488 on how to volunteer.  Operation Red Nose even though it is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Flin Flon could not be a success without volunteers throughout the community and area businesses.”

 

Operation Red Nose will again be available Friday and Saturday nights this coming weekend and December 16th and 17th as well as the 23rd and 31st.

Legislation Has Been Introduced to Modernize Saskatchewan Liquor Laws.

The Saskatchewan government has introduced legislation to amend the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act in order to continue to modernize liquor regulations.

 

Among the changes are providing municipalities and park authorities with the discretion to designate outdoor public places such as parks for consumption of beverage alcohol by individuals of legal drinking age; simplifying the recorking provisions for permittees; allowing homemade beer, wine and cider to be served at family events that are permitted with a special occasion permit including products manufactured at a U-Brew/U-Vin facility; and removing the requirement that applicants publish their intentions to obtain a liquor permit in local newspapers. 

The changes are being made following discussions with stakeholders. The Bill amending the legislation is expected to pass this spring.

The City of Flin Flon Is Looking for a New Chief Administrative Officer.

Mayor George Fontaine released a statement this morning regarding the position at City Hall of Chief Administrative Officer.  He stated as Mayor and on behalf of Council we wish to inform the public that as of today our relationship with our past CAO has been severed. He adds we are seeking a new direction and ask for your patience as we move forward from here.  Current Treasurer Lyn Brown has been appointed interim CAO.

Due to privacy legislation no further details are available at this time.

You Are Invited to Support the End of Violence Against Women.

 Counselor Hope Liebaert invites you to join the Women’s Resource Centre at their annual candle light vigil at the Friendship Centre tomorrow evening….

 

“December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day was established in response to the tragedy of the Montreal massacre.  We will come together to speak and honor the women that died in the Montreal massacre as well as commemorate the 14 young lives taken.  December 6th is a day to reflect and recognize the violence we see in our society and as a whole.  It is time to stop, listen and reflect on what it means to really end violence against women.”

             

The Candle Light Vigil gets underway at 5:15 tomorrow evening at the Flin Flon Friendship Center.

Flin Flon is Well Known for Its Culture Days Celebration.

The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt reports the Flin Flon area is again being recognized for its success with Culture Days…..

 

“We were number one for rural and towns in the country and so we’re super proud of that and very excited.  Also proud and happy that The Pas ranked there as number three so that’s a pretty strong representation from northern Manitoba across the country.  This year we had approximately 50 events and that is a lot less than we had in 2019 but double what we had last year so it’s sort of a little bit of a sample of how things have changed and how things are building up again.”

             

Across the country a record 3.8 million people or ten percent of the population participated in this year’s Culture Days with over three thousand events in over 300 communities from September 23rd to October 16th.

 

Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development is encouraging all snowmobilers to sled safely this season.

Recreational snowmobilers are reminded that a Snopass permit is required to ride on trails managed by Snoman. A Snopass costs 150 dollars for an annual permit or 75 dollars for a seven-day permit and can be purchased through Manitoba Public Insurance. More information is available at https://snoman.mb.ca/snopass.

Manitobans are reminded there are actions that can result in provincial fines including operating a snowmobile without a Snoman permit 486 dollars, operating an unregistered off-road vehicle or failure to wear a helmet 174 dollars and public consumption of alcohol 672 dollars.

Impaired operation of a snowmobile carries with it the same consequences as driving a vehicle while impaired. Penalties can include significant fines, impoundment of the snowmobile and a conviction resulting in a criminal record.

Conservation officers and the RCMP will be conducting snowmobile patrols to help ensure public safety.

A Program to Help You Have a Safe Holiday Season is Underway in Flin Flon.

The Rotary Club of Flin Flon has launched Operation Red Nose for another season.  Chair Ted Hewitt explains how they get people and their vehicles home safely….

 

“We pick them up at a party or at the local bar and we get them home.  We put two people in the vehicle with them, a driver and a navigator, and we drop them off at their home with their vehicle and then we have a third person who picks up the driver and navigator. The service is free but donations are very welcome and those go to children’s activities and youth sports.”

 

Hewitt noted their first night was last Saturday with the Skate Club as volunteers and they received their highest donation from a rider ever at 140 dollars. Some organizations supported in the past include minor hockey, the skateboard park, soccer fields, Camp Whitney and swim programs.

             

The service continues tonight and Saturday,the 9th and 10th, 16th and 17th and 23rd and 31st.You can call them at 204-687-7331 after 9 those nights.

             

The Committee announced earlier that Kory Eastman has been selected as the Honorary Chairperson for Operation Red Nose for this year. 

The Christmas Lights Came on on Main Street.

The Christmas season arrived on Main Street last evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square. Mayor George Fontaine welcomed everyone to this special event….

 

“On behalf of the City of Flin Flon, it’s got a whole batch of new Councillors, we’re proud to be here to represent them and we’re happy that we’re having another tree lighting and we’re back out in the open post Covid where people can look at each other’s faces and enjoy the beautiful tree that for the last few years has been up there and welcome people to start enjoying the season, it’s time.  It’s time to enjoy the most beautiful community in the north.”

 

A good sized crowd braved the cold and gathered in Pioneer Square for the lighting enjoying a visit from Santa, hot chocolate and treat bags.

False Alarms and Vehicle Accidents Dominated the Fire Chiefs Report.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received the Fire Chiefs report for October indicating seven alarms during the month.  They were called to a home on Centre Street on the 7th where expired batteries set off the smoke detectors.  On the 13th they were called to the Hudbay mine site where a rumble and smoke were noticed but it was a scheduled blast that went off successfully.

             

On the 3rd they were called to a vehicle in the ditch on south highway ten where they assisted the ambulance with patients, on the 20th they were called to Timber Lane where a patient had slipped with his motorcycle and was stabilized until EMS arrived and on the 25th on highway ten south they were called to a rolled vehicle near the airport where they assisted EMS and set up traffic control.

             

There were two home fires with heat and smoke from a stove on Hillcrest causing an alarm on the 2nd and on the 30th a small fire in a basement on Second Avenue was quickly extinguished.

             

During the month fire crews trained on vehicle extraction in cold weather and off road winter rescue operations.

Gift Shopping is Coming to Denare Beach.

Denare Beach will be holding its Jingle Bells Craft Sale and Home Business Show Saturday.  Organizer Crystal Banting says they have a lot available…..

 

“We have a full house with over 20 vendors.  We have fire starters, macramé, baking, knitting, Epicure, lots of gift ideas and there’ll also be a hot lunch that is put on by our Youth Drop In Group and all the proceeds will go to that program.”

 

The sale runs from 10 to 5 Saturday at the Denareplex in Denare Beach.

 

A Screen Legend Will Be Remembered Tomorrow Night.

The Central Canada Film Group’s Colin Davis invites you to watch To Sir With Love tomorrow night at the Hapnot Theatre…..

 

“Sidney Poitier was a screen legend.  People remember him from such landmark films in the 1960s as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and In The Heat of the Night and for his famous quote “They call me Mr. Tibbs.” We lost Sidney Poitier last January, passing away at the age of 94.  We would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone to come out this Friday to the Hapnot Theatre for our very special presentation of the Sidney Poitier classic To Sir With Love.”

 

Davis adds doors open at the Hapnot Theatre at 7 tomorrow night and the feature starts at 7:30. He notes there is a special presentation for early birds you won’t want to miss, snacks will be available at the door and as always admission is free.

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