City council report: Arts Council seeks support for speakers

The Flin Flon Arts Council is looking for help from the city for the next event of the arts council’s North Central Canada Centre of Arts and Environment (NCCCAE).

At the Nov. 20 Flin Flon city council meeting, Arts Council representatives Linda Eryou and Sheri Pearson spoke to councillors about the second event planned through the NCCCAE Inspiration Series.

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Eryou and Pearson made a formal request for $5,000 to assist with bringing a trio of guest speakers to Flin Flon for the event. The speakers were listed as publisher, arts advocate and former MP Dorothy Dobbie, Royal Winnipeg Ballet chair emeritus Jean Giguere and Banff Centre and national Culture Days board member Janice Price.

The event would encourage involvement of entrepreneurs and business in the arts, according to Eryou and Pearson.

The matter was referred to committee for further discussion by council.

Equipment

The City of Flin Flon has a new loader.

The loader, valued at around $300,000, was funded fully through the federal government’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP). As the new piece of equipment makes its way to Flin Flon, the airport’s previous loader, a 1990 John Deere model, will be transferred to the city’s public works department. The move will cost the department $30,000, the assessed value of the machine.

“One of the conditions of the account funding is the salvage value of the piece it’s replacing, so it had to be sold or transferred,” said Glenna Daschuk, chief administrative officer for the City.

Union agreement

Council members ratified a letter of understanding between the city and CUPE Local 228 during the meeting. Mayor Cal Huntley was authorized to sign the agreement, which dealt with a change in winter hours for some city employees.

Under previous agreements, work hours would change for some workers during winter from the rest of the year. Daschuk said under the agreement, hours for city workers would not change this winter.

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