Local News Archives for 2023-10

Flin Flon RCMP Looking For A Missing Woman

Yesterday, at 3:10 pm, Flin Flon RCMP received a report of a missing 53-year-old woman from an address located on Third Avenue in Flin Flon.

Patricia Cousins left this address a short time earlier and has yet to be located.

She’s described as being 5’3” in height, 140 lbs with brown hair, brown eyes and wears glasses. She was last seen wearing a purple winter jacket, black sweat pants and a black long-sleeved shirt.

RCMP are concerned for her wellbeing. Officers have made extensive patrols around the Flin Flon and Creighton area without success.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call the Flin Flon RCMP at 204-687-1422, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Freedom Outreach Fundraising Dinner Just A Few Days Away

Freedom Outreach and Teen Challenge are hosting their fall fundraising dinner  this Thursday at the Creighton Community Hall and Candi Legore says things are really starting to come together.

 

" We have a wonderful roast beef dinner with our dessert auction which most people know about and is a real fun game for everybody to participate in. It is a fundraiser event and the goal is to raise $15,000.00 at this event. We will have fireside chats with one of our pastors from Winnipeg and our CEO will also be sharing what is happening with our programs across the world. Al will also share what is happening here locally."

 

If you are looking for a ticket for this Thursday give Candi a call at 204-271-4403 and she will put you on a waiting list as most of the tickets have been spoken for.

You Are Invited To The Zoo For Halloween Fun Tonight

The City Of Flin Flon has teamed up with the PBCN Selects Hockey team and will give you and the kids a chance to come out and celebrate  Halloween  in a safe and fun atmosphere  tonight.

 

Rec Programmer Kelsey Anderson tells us they have fun things planned for people of all ages. " We are going to have stations outside for trick or treaters and we are going to have prizes for some cool costumes. We will also have the haunted house and  you may not want to take the toddlers, we are thinking 8 and up. We can also tone it down or amp it up for any adults who are looking to get spooked. We will also be collecting non- persihable food items for Ford's We Scare Hunger Event."

 

It starts at 4:30 today and is absolutely free and all kids who come out will get a free treat bag.

Thompson RCMP Searching For Missing Youth

This past Monday  at approximately 10:55 pm, Thompson RCMP received a report of a missing 14-year-old female from the community.

Vera Lynn Flett is 5'6, with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen earlier in the evening at her home on Wuskwatim Bay in Thompson.

RCMP and her family are concerned for her well-being as she is a youth in need of protection.

If you have information on her whereabouts please call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.
 

 

Flin Flon Lions Club Celebrating 70 Years

The Flin Flon Lions Club held their charter night and handed out some awards Thursday  night as they marked their 70th anniversary as a club in the community. District Governor Cheryl McKitrick was a special guest and had this message for the local chapter.

 

" The message this year from me as the District Governor is to become the change. In other words, the Lions have to change and we have to look at getting younger members and change our way of doing things and they will come. Ask in you communities and I want to congratulate the Flin Flon Lions , I have come up here several times through out the years for the Calvacade and to visit. This is a special club in our hearts and they treat us like royalty when we come,  and I want to congratulate them on 70 years of service to their community."

 

The Lions Club handed out these awards to conclude their evening.

Lions Club International Foundation- Melvin Jones Diamond Award- Past President, Joe Bradford

Lions Foundation Hope Medals- Doreen Gabler and Nancy Collacott

Lions Foundation Of Canada Dog Guides Life Memberships- Ken and Kristen Tetreault, Doreen Gabler and Nancy Collacott.

Judge Brian Stephenson Award From Lions Foundation Of Canada- Zone Chairman- Terry McLennen

MDSM Hall Of Fame Award- Roger Poirier, excepted by his wife Rena Poirier.

St Annes Fall Bazaar Is Tomorrow

St Annes Church is holding one of their biggest fundraisers this year with their Parish Fall Bazaar this Saturday at the Parish Hall between 1 and 4.

 

Bernadette Benson from the Parish office tells us there is going to be a lot going on. " We are looking forward to seeing everyone and hopefully the snow will hold off.We have multiple raffles including our Toonie Parade which is such a good draw for $5.00 you get 25 chances to win prizes. There are prizes for every member of the family. We have our candy booth, a bake table, perogies and there is a beautiful afghan being raffled off and a beautiful quilt made by Mrs Baumgartner."

 

Some of the other things going on include open faced buns, dainties and tea/coffee in the tea room for $6.00. There will also be a draw for a hope chest valued at over $500.00 with tickets available for $5.00 a piece.

Male Charged In Pelican Narrows

Saskatchewan RCMP’s Pelican Narrows RCMP and La Ronge Crime Reduction Team (CRT) were conducting proactive patrols in Pelican Narrows on Monday. Officers conducted a traffic stop and observed a loaded magazine in plain view in the vehicle. The three occupants of the vehicle were arrested.

 

During subsequent searches of one of the arrested individuals and the vehicle, officers located and seized a sawed-off firearm, approximately 21 grams of suspected methamphetamine, approximately three grams of suspected cocaine, a sum of cash and trafficking paraphernalia.

 

As a result of continued investigation, 23-year-old Jaden Custer from Pelican Narrows is charged with multiple offenses.

 

Jaden Custer is scheduled to appear in Prince Albert Provincial Court on November 2, 2023

 

The other occupants of the vehicle were released without charge. Pelican Narrows RCMP and La Ronge CRT continue to investigate.

Chamber Holds Meeting At The Hub

Among the highlights was the Northern Communities Race Relations with RBC has approved the application for missing funds and will send the money to the current  account which is exciting news.

 

They had some great guest speakers including Stephanie Van Hollander and Susan Bater from the Entrepreneurs With Disabilities program . They touched on the business builders programs offered in conjunction with CF offices in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

 

Becky Cianflone from Greenstone  also spoke  about some of the services that they offer and the events that they have coming up including Infusion, Master  Your Disaster and Build A Better Non Profit.

 

The Main Street Committee is also applying for a grant to put on the Christmas Parade again and the group has agreed to set the third Tuesday of each month for future meetings.

 

November the 21st is the proposed date for their AGM.

A By Election, New Strategic Plan And Several Motions Were On The FFSD Trustees Agenda

AT THEIR MEETING EARLIER THIS WEEK THE FFSD TRUSTEES AGREED TO PASS SEVERAL

MOTIONS. FIRST THE AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE 2022/23 SCHOOL YEAR

BE APPROVED AS PRESENTED, AND ONCE APPROVED BY THE BOARD AND SIGNED BY THE

AUDITORS BE FORWARDED TO THE EDUCATION FUNDING BRANCH BY THE DEADLINE OCTOBER

31st. THE BOARD AGREED TO RENEW THE CONTRACT WITH KIDDIE KORNER DAYCARE FOR

FIVE YEARS AND RENEW THE CONTRACT WITH THE GUIDANCE NURSERY FOR FIVE YEARS.

THE BOARD WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE COMMUNITY OF THE UPCOMING BY-ELECTION FOR

THE SCHOOL TRUSTEE POSITION WHICH WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER 8th. THE CANDIDATES

ARE PATRICIA SATTELBERGER AND KATIE KAWERSKI. MOBILE VOTING STATIONS WILL BE

AT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS MANOR FROM 10AM-10:30,THE PERSONAL CARE HOME FROM 11AM

-11:30 AND AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL FROM 1PM-2. THE DIVISION OFFICE AT NINE

TERRACE AVE WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTING BALLOTS FROM 8AM-8PM PLEASE BRING I.D.

THE BOARD ALSO VOTED TO ACCEPT THEIR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN WHICH HAS BEEN IN THE

WORKS FOR QUITE SOME TIME. THE PLAN WILL BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC SOON BUT

NOT BEFORE IT HAS BEEN SHARED AMONG ALL DIVISION STAFF.

Flin Flon RCMP Respond To Fatal Vehicle Pedestrian Collision

This past Saturday , just after 11:00pm, officers from Flin Flon RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle-pedestrian collision on Lake Trout Bay in Cranberry Portage.

 

Officers attended the collision and located the victim, a 57-year-old male, underneath a vehicle. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

The driver of the vehicle, and its passengers, remained on scene and cooperated with police.

 

The investigation has determined the male had been lying on the road, in a poorly illuminated area, prior to the collision.

 

Flin Flon RCMP, with assistance from an RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, continue to investigate

Arts Council Preparing for 42nd Annual Christmas Show

The Flin Flon Arts Council wants to put you and your family in the Christmas spirit with their 42nd annual Christmas Arts And Crafts sale on Saturday November the 4th.

 

Crystal Kolt says there will be a little something for everybody.

 

" It is one of those things that we are chalked full of artisans that sell their products with everything you could imagine.  We will have knitting to jewelry to wood carving and pottery. The Uptown Emporium will be there and we also have the seniors who will be making lunch and photos with Santa. It is a one stop shop of fun and great things to buy."

 

This happens at the Flin Flon Community Hall from 10 to 4 and there are still some spots available if you would like to be part of the show. Contact the Flin Flon Arts Council office and they will arrange for you to have a table.

You Can Check Out A Movie With Special Effects This Weekend

If you are looking for a special look at how special effects were done with classic movies you may be interested in making your way to the Hapnot Theatre on Friday.

 

The Program Convener Colin Davis has more:  " So this Friday at the Hapnot Theatre we are very happy to present Darby O'Gill and the Little People. This is a fun film in it's own right , but before viewing the film we are going to be taking a special look at how they came up with their special effects. If you are interested in special effects and how they are made, you won't want to miss this movie from 1959 long before cgi. They used a technology that is largely forgotten today but it was innovative and it will be interesting to see how it was done."

 

Doors will open up at 7 with the movie starting at 7:30. Snacks and drinks will be available and the show is free.

Tickets Available For Jack And The Giant Beanstock

Tickets are now available for the Ham Sandwich’s  fall production of Jack and the Giant Beanstock.

Director Leslie Fernandez says this is going to be a show that the whole family can enjoy.

 

" Ham Sandwich is presenting Jack And The Giant Beanstock, a classic story with a couple of twists with some great characters. This is a great show to bring the kids to, target audience would be 5,6 and 7 year olds. This show is definately family friendly and tickets are on sale as of today. You can get them at the Uptown Emporium or you can get them online by going to the Flin Flon Arts Council website. There is a link on there for Show Pass so you can chhose your seats and buy your tickets right from your phone."

 

The shows will take place November the 24th and 25th at the Flin Flon Community Hall at 7:30 both nights. There will be lots of new faces with 14 people making their Ham Sandwich debuts. You can get more details off the Ham sandwich facebook page or the Flin Flon Arts Council.

Ruth Betts Is Hosting A Clothing Drive

Ruth Betts Community school is going to be hosting a winter clothing drive at the school’s gym on Thursday November the 23rd between 10:30 and 6pm.

 

Bailey Streitle  the Parent Child Programmer lets us know what items they are looking for:  " For this clothing drive that is happening for November the 23rd, we are looking for winter clothes. So, gently used no holes clean winter clothing. Anything that is nice and warm from ski pants, jackets, boots, touques, scarves and mitts, to help our families get ready for the cold weather  ahead."

 

If you have items you would like to drop off you can stop by Ruth Betts  school or call the office at 204-687-9737. You can also e-mail fawn at fbrown@ffsd.mb.ca or Bailey at bstreitle@ffsd.mb.ca.

Thompson RCMP Respond To Firearm Incident

On October 16,  at approximately 10:00 pm, Thompson RCMP responded to a report that a male was in possession of a firearm and ammunition, at a business on Selkirk Avenue, in Thompson.

 

Employees at a bus company, advised that two males were attempting to board the bus with some bags, when they were advised the bags had to be searched.

 

During the search employees found a loaded magazine and called the police. The males fled the scene with the bags, and it was reported that they were also in possession of a handgun.

 

Officers immediately attended and began making patrols. The investigation led them to a business on Thompson Drive North. Officers did not locate the suspects, but did find bags belonging to the males.

 

The bags were searched and officers located approximately 100 grams of suspected cocaine and bear spray.

Officers continued to investigate and on October 18, 2023, at approximately 8:15 am, Traffic Services conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Highway 6 in the RM of Woodlands. There were three occupants in the vehicle and it was determined that two were the suspects in the firearm incident from October 16.

 

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a large sum of cash, and a small quantity of drugs.

 

A 24-year-old male from Winnipeg is facing charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was released from custody with an upcoming court date.

 

Jesse Pierre, 23, of Winnipeg has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was remanded into custody.

 

Shaquil Omer, 20, of Winnipeg has been charged with a multiple of offenses.

 

 

He was remanded into custody.

Halloween Alley Is Back In Denare Beach

The village of Denare Beach will once again be hosting Halloween Alley to give the kids a chance to do all their trick or treating in one place and allow you to donate if you won’t be home that night. Rec Director Mel Durette explains how this event will work.

 

" It is kind of a walk through, it is all the locals who won't be home or don't want to hand out candy. It is an opportunity to get candy from everybody and then you walk through. It is kind of a haunted house but more of a walk through to pick up candy from everybody who has donated."

 

This will take place on Halloween between 4 and 8 at the Denareplex and if you would like to drop off candy or make a cash donation you can stop by the Village office. They will also give you a sign to hang up in your window saying you gave to Halloween Alley.

 

A big thanks to the Lions Club for their donation.

Ground Has Been Broken On New Aqua Centre

There was a ground breaking ceremony for the new Aqua Centre project on Saturday with the Mayor, members of council and the community who all  turned out for the historic occasion.

 

Flin Flon Rec Director Cait Bailey commented on how everybody in the community is going to get the chance to enjoy this new facility for many years. 

 

" We are really excited, like you said it is definately a community based project and there is so much of the community pushing this forward  outside of the city . All of the construction companies, the engineers and all the teams that are working on this . It is definately  going to be an accessible facility which is exciting and it will be new and ready to welcome anybody and everybody who wants to come visit us."

 

Blasting will begin this week followed by piling,  then it will sit over the winter and they will start the concrete and the rest of the construction in the Spring. Bailey also mentioned that the fundraising will continue and sponsorship packages will be available soon.

 

The Aqua Centre will also have their own page on facebook where updates will be posted frequently.You can also contact Cait Bailey directly at cbailey@flinflon.ca.

The Zoo Is Getting Ready For A Scary Good Time

The PBCN Selects Hockey team and the City Of Flin Flon invite you and the kids to come out to the Joe Brain Petting Zoo for Boo At The Zoo Halloween night.

 

One of the organizers Gatlin Church tells us this is going to be a great way to enjoy Halloween. " So Halloween night the City Of Flin Flon  and the PBCN Selects have teamed up and we have a grave yard of events going on. We will be giving out treat bags to the kids and the barn itself is going to be one heck of a show. It is going to be a very scary haunted house and if you like to be scared it is a great place to be." 

 

This is free to attend and will take place between 4:30 and 7 and the evening will include a chance to win some great prizes and Northland Ford will be on hand to collect non- perishable food items for the food bank.

We Scare Hunger Continues At Northland Ford

Northland Ford's We Scare Hunger campaign continues for the rest of October

as they continue to collect non-perishable food items for the Lord's Bounty Food Bank.  Promotions Director Mike Slipp explains how you can get involved.

 

" It is going fantastik  our scare hunger campaign , where people from Flin Flon and area are so generous and we have collected quite a bit of food already. The schools are working hard at collecting for the food bank but we need a lot more. You can bring your donations of non- persihable food items down to Northland Ford and if you can't make it down we will come and pick it up. Next Friday October the 27th the Bombers will be playing Melville and we will be set up out front and out back. We have also hooked up with the PBCN Selects for Boo At The Zoo which is going to be happening at the zoo Halloween night and we will be there too."

 

Last year they collected enough food to supply the food bank for 5 months and are hoping to get even more this year. If you need more information you can contact Mike at Northland Ford at 204-687-3940.

Shovels Ready To Hit The Ground

Shovels will officially hit the ground for the new Aqua  Centre with a groundbreaking ceremony which will take place this Saturday. Cait Bailey the Flin Flon Rec Director invites you to a very big day for the community.

 

" This Saturday at noon  the fundraising committee and all the members that can be there,  including the mayor, council, some administration and hopefully some community members and stakeholders will be out. We are going to have some speeches, a barbecue, a group photo and get the official ground turning on a go so we can kick off this exciting project."

 

The ceremony will start at noon at the previous and new Aqua Centre location at 101 Oak ave. The event will go rain or shine and they are hoping as many people from the community will come out as possible.

City Council Passed A Lot Of Resolutions On Tuesday

 

The City Of Flin Flon will once again be purchasing a wreath for the 2023 Remembrance Day Service at the Flin Flon Community Hall at a cost of $70.00. The City also made a by-law amendment for structures and building projections into yards replacing the existing front  fence height from 3 to 4 feet every where in the community.

 

Mayor Fontaine commented that with the change in government in our province he does not anticipate many changes in working with the NDP, and feels the 10 million dollars which was promised by the Conservatives towards the new pool will go ahead.

 

Councillor’s Alison Dallas and Heather Richardson attended a Arts Council Conference in ST. Johns Newfoundland and said it went very well and will have a report prepared for the next meeting.

 

The Flin Flon Fire Chief report was provided from August with three incidents including two commercial fire alarms which were false alarms and one structure fire in the community. Training was also  provided for wildfire training with large pump equipment.

Community Futures Greenstone Getting Ready To Celebrate Small Business Week

 

Community Futures Greenstone will be holding two events to celebrate Small Business Week and Becky Cianflone the General Manager lets us know what  is coming up.  

 

" We are celebrating Small Business Week as usual and this year we have two great events and options for people to join in. On Tuesday the 24th we will be hosting a Resource Road Map workshop and we will have some different people in to talk about all the resources and support that is available for you to start a small busines. On Thursday we are actually going to have a live watch party and we are going to talk about a really important topic that is employee retention. So how you can retain those top performing  employees into the future."

 

You can attend these events in person or virtually and there are limited spots so you will be chosen on a first come first serve basis. Register by calling 204-687-6967 or admin@cfgreenstone.com.

Northern Health Region AGM Is Coming Up

The Northern Health Region will be holding their AGM next Wednesday October the 25th from noon to 1pm and the new C.E.0 Raj Sewda gives us an outline on what will be covered during the meeting.

 

"  This the the fourth year we will be holding it virtually, so it will be a wonderful opportunity for eveybody to participate and enjoy it from the comfort of your homes. This is a chance to be introduced to our board of directors , the magnificant team who is making the difference here in the North. You will also have access to our  new  vision mission values and strategic directions. We will also have a few other  important highlights from last year and this is like a report card of  the institution that we present to the public at the year end."

 

The link to attend this year’s meeting as well as the agenda will be posted on their website prior to October the 24th. The region’s annual report for 2022-23 is available for review now  on their site at northernhealthregion.com.

Culture Days Has Wrapped Up

For the past  three weeks, various groups around the community have hosted Culture Day activities and Crystal Kolt says Flin Flon can hold their heads high once again.

 

" Absolutely, Culture Days was just chalked full of three weeks of activities, workshops, speaking engagements and we had Tomson Highway come up which was wonderful. We had some extra perks because of our sponsorship with Calm Air where we ended up having a raffle and a scavenger hunt. We also had support from Hudbay and the province and all the people and business's in the community who gave their support."

 

There were a total 0f 50 events that took place  this year which wrapped up this past weekend with events at the schools, the art auction at the Norva Centre, Dave Koop sharing his Northwest Territories adventure at Johnny’s and Tomson Highway performing at the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

Crystal would like to thank all the groups and individuals who hosted the events, all the volunteers, the people that came out and attended the events, the sponsors and the National and Provincial headquarters who helped them put on the events.

Reading Giants Is Back

Read To Me Reading Giants has returned to the Flin Flon Public Library which will give parents and their children a chance to read together and enjoy some fun activities.

 

Lawrence Gillespie the Read To Me Co-ordinator tells us who this program is designed for. " Well it  is a group for pre-schoolers and their parents and is designed to really encourage reading , particularly the at home reading experience with parents and care givers reading to the children. To kick it off we have a great selection of books including some of the hottest kids books including authors like Julia Donaldson, Arnold Lobo and the Francis books. We meet three times a week downstairs at the library from 9 to 11 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and we have activities, a play room and we even have snacks."

 

There are plenty of spots still available so if you are interested in signing up you can contact the Library or Lawrence at 204-271-2890 and  it is free to attend.

Pas RCMP Respond To An Assault

 

On October 10, 2023, at approximately 12:40 pm, RCMP responded to a fight in a field near Smith Avenue, in The Pas. It was reported that several males, one in possession of a knife, were assaulting a youth by kicking and punching him.

 

Officers responded within minutes but when they arrived the suspects had fled. The victim, a 14-year-old male youth was located and taken to hospital with minor injuries.

 

Four male suspects were involved and RCMP have identified three of them.

 

Three male youths, two aged 13 and one 12, were arrested and are facing a charge of Assault. They were released from custody on conditions and are scheduled to appear in court on January 9, 2024.

 

RCMP continue to investigate and anticipate further charges.

 

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to contact The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Norva Centre Is Hosting A Fun Event For Halloween

The Norva Centre is planning a fun family event for Halloween later this week which will give you the chance to decorate a pumpkin any way you like with lots of cool designs available.

 

Megan Dupas says this was a big hit last year. " It is a lot of fun and it was a big hit last year and this year we are doing it on Thursday October the 19th from 6:30 to about 9. Pretty much anyone ages 15 and up can attend and I have a bunch of pumpkins on hand and I am going to have them prepped and ready to paint. Come on Thursday with an idea of what you want to paint and there will be stencils and inspiration pics on hand. You can do what ever you like, go freestyle and paint the pumpkin how ever you want."

 

It is $30.00 to register and you can sign up by sending an e-mail and e-transfer to norvacentre@gmail.com.

New Mural Has Gone Up On Aurora And Pine

There was a special gathering on Thursday afternoon at Aurora and Pine on Flin Flon’s Main street to unveil a special mural on their outside wall.

 

The Pineroot Mural Festival unveiled their fourth mural in our community and was painted by Mike Spencer who is the Technical and Artistic Director of the organization and is very happy with how the painting turned out.

 

" Well it's a been a long time coming this mural, it is something I have been working on and off on  throughout the winter and there has been some setbacks that have happened here and there. It has been a rewarding experience to see it up and completed. As for the inspiration for it,  there is a lot of reference material I took from our landscape, there is some culinary references thinking about this is a restauant that we are putting this on. Beyond that I wanted something vibrant and colorful."

 

The other murals which are displayed around the community include the Pumphouse, the walkway on Main,  Arctic Beverages and the Raven on the perimeter highway. Pineroot Mural would like to thank McMunn and Yates and the City Of Flin Flon for their donations and will be unveiling another mural in The Pas very soon.

Requests, Referrals, And Water Security Were Part Of The Creighton Town Council

AT THEIR MEETING EARLIER THIS WEEK THE TOWN COUNCIL OF CREIGHTON REPORTED RECEIVING A REQUEST FROM ADULT AND TEEN

CHALLENGE TO ATTEND THE FALL FUNDRAISING DINNER ON NOVEMBER 2ND. THIS WAS REFERRED TO THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES

COMMITTEE FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. A REQUEST FROM THE CLASS OF 2024 DIPLOMA IN PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM AT UCN FOR A

DONATION TO SUPPORT A RAFFLE TO OFFSET GRADUATION EXPENSES NEXT MAY WAS ALSO REFERRED TO GENERAL GOVERNMENT FOR

FURTHER DISCUSSION. HAPNOT COLLEGIATE ALSO REQUESTED A DONATION FOR THE VOLLEYBALL PROVINCIALS TAKING PLACE IN FLIN

FLON THIS NOVEMBER. THIS WAS ALSO REFERRED FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. COUNCIL ALSO ACKNOWLEDGED RECEIPT OF THE WATER

SECURITY WATER WORKS COMPLIANCE INSPECTION REPORT FOR OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR. COUNCIL HEARD THE INSPECTOR WAS VERY

IMPRESSED WITH THE GREAT JOB AND EVERYTHING LOOKS REALLY GOOD.

DC

Norva Centre Getting Ready For Auction This Weekend

The Norva Centre has had an  exhibit  on display for the past few weeks for Culture Days and it  is called the Square Foot Exhibit featuring great artwork  from artists in the area with work on 12 by 12 canvases.

 

Megan Dupas the General Manager lets us know how you can take a piece of this artwork home for your very own.  "  We are going to pick a handful of the pieces and enter them in the super exciting auction this Sunday from 2 to 4 at Norva Centre. Raphael Saray is our auctioneer , so you will get a chance to see each of the pieces and bid on them. It is really exciting and we are inviting the public to come down and you could win yourself some fantastik original art work."

 

You can also make bids through a silent auction happening right now at the Norva Centre  with silent bidding forms that go with each piece. You could end up winning something through the silent auction. The silent auction will close Saturday at 4.

Culture Days Hits The Schools

This will be a great weekend for kids to get out and enjoy Culture Day activities with lots of events happening with the schools.

 

CFAR morning man Raphael Saray will be hosting a fun theatre event and talks about what they will be teaching the kids. " We are putting on Culture Days Superstars for grades 5 through 8. I have a theatre background from the University Of Manitoba and my lovely wife Susan has accreditation from the University of Winnipeg and we are also involved in the local theatre scene. We will be teaching acting and performing to the youngsters as a part of Culture Days. They have lots of other events including juggling and clowning as they are having a Superstars Day on Friday at the Flin Flon Community Hall."

 

This is open to kids in grades 5 through 8 and there will also be a sing along with Courtney Lycan and Craig Bancroft at Ruth Betts school for grades K to 2 and a scavenger hunt with Kristy Janvier at the Rotary Wheel for grades 3 and 4.

 

You can find a list of all the events on the Flin Flon Arts Council facebook page.

Home Routes Music Series Is Back

The Home Routes Music  Series is back for a full season 6 concert lineup starting on October the 24th.

 

One of the organizers Tim Spencer is looking forward to their first full season since Covid. " We have been doing Homes Routes concerts  here for 15 years in Flin Flon. Of course like every thing else they were interrupted by Covid so it's been kind of like a blank in our lives since then.  They are coming back and we had two or three shows last winter but it wasn't really a full season. This year we have 6 full shows starting in October and going right through to May. We are really looking forward to these great musicians coming into Flin Flon to play for us."

 

The first show will feature Winnipegers Daniel Peloquin- Hopfner and James Culleton who are part of the band Red Moon Road who played a great show at Johnny’s a few years back. The show will take place at Elly and Tim Spencer’s home at 19 Hemlock Drive.

 

Doors open at 7, the music at 7:30 and you can get tickets at the Uptown Emporium for $25.00.

Flin Flon Getting Ready To Welcome Tomson Highway

Culture Days continues with an opportunity to see a true Canadian talent, Tomson Highway who is a novelist, playright, children’s author and artist.

 

He will be performing this Saturday at the Flin Flon Community Hall and Crystal Kolt says prepare to be blown away.  " First of all, Tomson Highway is considered one of the top 100 Canadiens to actually have the opportunity to enjoy in terms of performance and speaking engagements. We are just so honored and excited that he is going to be here. He is really excited to be back in the North and that is just a little snapshot about the amazing Tomson Highway."

 

He will be performing with local musician Kim Jones and the Flin Flon Community Choir will be the opening act. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10..00 for youth  and can be picked up at the Uptown Emporium or online. 

Snacks For Students Wraps Up

102.9 CFAR has wrapped up another successful Snacks For Students campaign and are very pleased on how this program has raised awareness and proceeds to make sure all elementary school kids have access to healthy snacks.

 

CFAR Manager Dianne Russell talks about how important this program is.

 

" We are really dedicated to it , we find having kids eating well at school makes a difference at how they perform at school and the schools try to handle this out of their budgets and find it difficult. It is really nice to be able to contribute with our local business's and community residents to this program of feeding our students."

 

This was the fourth annual and CFAR wants to thank all the business’s and citizens who donated to the program.

Flin Flon Kinette Club Wants To Put You In The Halloween Spirit

The Flin Flon Kinette Club will be holding a fundraiser to get you in the mood for the  Halloween season with an evening of  spirits coming up this weekend.

 

Kerri Wood was in the CFAR studio last week to talk about this unique event.

 

" This Friday is an Evening Of Spirits for the Flin Flon Kinettes, we have a psychic medium coming in from Dryden Ontario who is a fellow Kinette. She does a platform reading and we will have a hall full of people and the spirits will come through to her. She will have readings from loved ones from beyond and it is going to be a wonderful evening."

 

The name of the medium is Sam Black who has over 30 years of psychic and intuitive insight. The event will take place this Friday at the Creighton Community Hall with doors opening at 6:15 and the show at 7.

 

Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased online at eventbrite. The link is on the Kinette facebook page.

Adult And Teen Challenge Are Having A Fundraiser

 

Freedom Outreach  will be holding a fundraising  dinner on  November the 2nd  at the Creighton Community Hall to raise funds and awareness on the different programs they are running in Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

 

Candy Legore gives us the rundown on what should be a very interesting night.

 

" So November 2nd  at 6pm will be our dinner, we are going to be having an update from our director here about what is happening in town. Our C.E.O will also be here from Winnipeg will be here to share what Teen and Adult Challenge is doing right across Canada. There are many centre so we want to make sure that people catch the full vision of what we are about and what we are doing."

 

The night will include a Roast Beef supper, student and staff testimonials, music and a fun dessert auction. Tickets are $50.00 and are available at Northern Rainbow’s End and Baba’s Bulk Bin. You can also book tables of eight by calling 204-271-4403.

Update On Laronge Hit And Run

La Ronge RCMP have an update on a hit and run that happened a couple of days ago.

 

Further investigation determined the suspect vehicle, which had been reported as stolen to La Ronge RCMP on September 29, struck another vehicle after the collision involving the pedestrian. One of the occupants of the vehicle reported non-life-threatening injuries to police.

 

On September 30th  the pedestrian was declared deceased in hospital. He has been identified as a 56-year-old male from La Ronge.

 

As a result of continued investigation, 21-year-old James Misponas from the La Ronge District is charged with:

 

- one count, operation of a vehicle with blood alcohol concentration equal to or exceeding 80 mg causing death.

- one count, dangerous operation of a vehicle  causing death

- two counts, operation of a vehicle while impaired causing bodily harm,

- two counts, dangerous operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm, - two counts, failure to stop of the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.

- two counts, failure to stop of the scene of an accident causing death- one count, possession of stolen property over $5,000.

- one count, possession of stolen property under $5,000 .

He appeared in La Ronge Provincial Court on October 2nd

 

Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitilization AGM Highlights

The Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation held their AGM on Wednesday night at Council Chambers.

 

The meeting was chaired by Mark Colt who prepared a report which included their mandate, year in review, plans for the future and the filling of board positions.  Among the highlights included their Flowers On Main street which have been very well received by the community, a $2,500.00 donation for the Wilds Thing Market and the creation of a Community Mobilization Committee.

 

Lawrence Gillespie who is the Executive Director says they had a good year.

 

" I think we have had a pretty good year, we are coming out of the pandemic and we are also coming out of some political uncertainty on what we wou;d be doing over the long term. I think we have made a pretty good transition in terms of we were able to get a lot of things done. We had the flowers on Main street and we have had pretty good success with our small grants program. I think we are in a pretty good position based on what we have done over the last year. We have a big challenge ahead as we want to set up a Community Mobilization Committee that will help bring social workers and helpers from all kinds of agencies to help focus on some challenging situations. We want to get back into community events in a much bigger way than we have and continue to work with the beautification of Main street."

 

They are in need of some more volunteers and people to fill some board positions, so if you think you might be interested contact the FFNRC at 204-687-6972.

 

 

Lindsay Re-Elected And Outlines His Plan Moving Forward

The NDP will be taking over the legislature after winning a majority government in Tuesday’s provincial election. Once again Tom Lindsay  won the Flin Flon riding and  will be representing our area for the next four years. Lindsay stopped by 102.9 CFAR and talked about his first order of business now that the NDP are in power.

 

" Well first off I have to go down and get sworn in and make sure I am there when we pick Cabinet Posts, try and make sure I get one of those posts to represent the North. Going forward it will make sure our voice is heard as the same in the past. We need to make sure that we get the things we need like bringing back birthing services like we promised."

 

Lindsay also mentioned that they will have to address some border health issues that are happening right now and expects to get to work in November with some new bills which are expected to come forward in the first sitting.

 

If you would like to get a hold of Tom you can contact him at his office on Flin Flon’s Main Street at 204-687-3246.

Flin Flon Represented At AMM Conference In Brandon

Flin Flon Mayor George Fontaine and Councillor Mike Slip recently attended an  Association Of Manitoba Municipalities meeting in Brandon . Councillor Slip was a guest on the CFAR City Beat Program and mentioned they were able to get some useful information to pass on to our community.

 

"We learned a lot as we were able to meet with the mayors of Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach and lots of places. Mayor Fontaine was able to go on a tour with the mayor of Brandon and got a chance to see what Brandon is doing to solve some of the issue they are facing with their downtown core. Mayor Fontaine was really taken on what he saw with what Brandon is doing to help with that situation and connected the people running the program. The City will connect with them and hope to bring the program to Flin Flon."

 

Slipp went on to say that they will be looking for the new provincial government to invest in core infrastructure, human infrastructure to help recruit health professionals  as well as public safety for policing and community safety plans.

 

The city will be sending some representatives to Brandon for the next AMM in November which will include all 137 municipalities in Manitoba.

Deschambault Lake RCMP Locate Deceased Male

On October 1, 2023 at approximately 11:15 p.m., Deschambault Lake RCMP received a report of an injured person on a street in Deschambault Lake.

 

Officers immediately responded and located a deceased male youth. He has been identified as a 17-year-old from Deschambault Lake. His family has been notified and victim services made available to them.

 

As a result of initial investigation, Deschambault Lake RCMP attended a residence in the community. A female youth was arrested in relation to the death of the 17-year-old male. An adult male was also arrested on warrants from Deschambault Lake for charges including assault with a weapon.

 

The adult male was suffering from injuries from a separate assault, which is now under investigation by the Deschambault Lake RCMP, and was taken to hospital with injuries described as serious in nature.

 

Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes took carriage of the investigation into the 17-year-old’s death.

 

As a result, the female youth, who can’t be identified as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with one count of second degree murder.

 

She is scheduled to appear in court in Deschambault Lake on October 4, 2023.

 

Major Crimes continues to investigate and additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information about this homicide, or the assault that took place, should contact their local police service of jurisdiction immediately.

 

Information can also be submitted anonymously by contacting Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

 

Flin Flon Looking To Build Emergency Residential Centre

City Council held a brief meeting in council chambers last night and announced a zoning bylaw amendment.

 

The city made an amendment for a emergency residential centre downtown  for the purpose of having temporary lodging for people who are homeless or in need of immediate housing with on site supervision when the shelter is occupied.

 

The city also had a second reading about a development plan amendment for commercial land in downtown Flin Flon which would be the old staffhouse area.

 

Mayor Fontaine and Councillor Slipp attended a city’s caucus meeting in Brandon and were taken for a tour of the Brandon area downtown and got to see first hand how that city is dealing with homelessness and get some information on the social services that are dealing with the problem.

 

They will pass on the information they obtained to the safety committee.

 

Mayor Fontaine also commented on the the recent amalgamation of the RCMP in Flin Flon,  Snow Lake and Cranberry and said he was not in favour of this situation running long term and hoping this is only a temporary measure. Councillor Eagle went on to comment that she would like to see some funding from the Provincial and Federal Government to hire some Community Safety Officers to take some of the load off the RCMP.

 

Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitilization AGM Tonight

Flin Flon Neighborhood Revitilization will be hosting their AGM tonight at the City Council Chambers starting at 7pm. The Executive Director Lawrence Gillespie talks about tonight’s agenda.

 

" It is open to anybody who lives, works or volunteers in Flin Flon or who has a substantial connection to the community. We hold these once a year to review what we did from the last year and set our agenda for the up coming year. We will also elect some people to the board as each year we need some new people to step up. It is a great chance for people if they are interested in what we do to come out and get their two cents in,  and possibly commit to being part of our board and we would love to have them"

 

The meeting is open to everyone and they are involved in a lot of community events including Flowers on  Main Street, World Bubble Day, Dinosaur Races and the Flin Flon Flower Power Festival, that they will need assistance with.

 

If you need more information you can call 204-687-6972.

There Is A New Party In Power In Manitoba

The NDP  not only won last night's election but will have a majority government for the next 4 years and Wab Kinew becomes the new premier.

 

Kinew making history as the first ever First Nations Premier in the province's history.

 

It was a clean sweep for the NDP across the North with Incumbent Tom Lindsay winning the Flin Flon Constituency convincingly over Charlotte Laroque of the PC'S.

 

Lindsay says he is honored and really looking forward to representing Flin Flon and area for the next 4 years.

 

" Well certainly it has always been a honor to represent people in the Flin Flon constituency, the challenge for me now will to make sure our voice is heard in government. It was heard loud and clear when we were in opposition , so I need to make sure they hear us in government now. I want to thank everyone who supported me and I hope to earn not just their support but the support and trust for people who didn't vote for me. They realize that I am here for the best things of this constituency."

 

Once again in the Pas, NDP  incumbent Amanda Lathlin defeated the PC candidate Al McGlauchlan and Alvina Rundle the Liberal represenitive.

 

In Thompson, New Democrat  Eric Redhead defeated Linda Markus of the PC'S and Roy Jemison of the Liberals.

Swan River RCMP Respond To Vehicle Roll Over

On September 30, 2023, at 5:00 pm, Swan River RCMP, along with the local fire department and EMS, responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 83, located approximately 19 kilometres south of Swan River.

 

Officers attended the scene and discovered that an SUV, with five occupants, was travelling northbound when it entered the ditch and rolled into a field. 

The five occupants, two females (42, 26) and three males (37, 36, 25), who were not wearing seatbelts, were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased on scene.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the collision.

“This is an absolute tragedy, another collision with multiple fatalities on our roads”, said S/Sgt. Joe Duncan, Detachment Commander of the Swan River RCMP Detachment. “Our thoughts are with those communities and everyone who has lost a loved one.”

Swan River RCMP, along with an RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist, continue to investigate.

City Of Flin Flon Hosting Open House

Over the summer the City Of Flin Flon asked you to describe your vision and core values for Flin Flon to help conduct a survey. The City now wants to discuss the surveys with a couple of Open Houses coming up next week.

 

Lynn Brown the C.E.0 from the City says your input is very important.

 

" One of the exciting things is we are doing this and we are thinking at least 50 years ahead and what would you like Flin Flon to look like. What sort of business's would you like to see here, what would you like Main Street to look like? During this open house our consultants will be meeting with people from the community, the surrounding areas, anyone who wants to come in and talk about Flin Flon and how we should move forward."

 

The open houses are Tuesday October the 10th from 4 to 6pm at City Hall Council Chambers and Wednesday October the 11th from 11 to 1pm at the Flin Flon Public Library basement.

 

Everybody is welcome.

We Scare Hunger Is Back For October

Northland Ford has started it’s We Scare Hunger Campaign and will be collecting non perishable food items for the Lord’s Bounty Food Bank for all of October.

 

Mike Slip from Northland Ford is urging everybody to get involved.

 

" It is our 8th annual We Scare Hunger campaign and we collect non perishible food items at the dealership and donate them to the food bank. In the past we have been able to donate enough food for 6 to 8 months and a few years ago we had enough for a year. Not only can you bring in non perishible fod items to Northlan Ford,  but we are also going to be at the Creighton Kodiak football games on October the 5th and 12th and at the Bomber game on October the 27th, which is parents night."

 

If you can’t drop off non perishable  food items at the dealership you can give them a call and they will come and pick them up, and all the schools in Flin Flon and Creighton will also be collecting food for the cause with the class who collects the most food winning a pizza party.

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