March 2017

Sunshine List Grows

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 13:30 PM

There are 123,572 people who work in the public sector, earning $100-thousand or more.

That according to the so-called Sunshine list released for 2016 as part of salary disclosure legislation in Ontario.

That is about $8-thousand more than in 2015.

In the Rainy River district, some public sectors reported fewer employees over the salary threshold.

The Rainy River District School Board lists 34 employees, a drop of 10 from 2015.

The Northwest Catholic District School Board added two to the list.

Inquest Considered

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:41 AM

A call for an inquest into the house fire deaths of nine residents in Pikangikum First Nation last March may not go unheeded.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation believes such a hearing would address fundamental issues that could be an underlying cause.

Ontario's Chief Coroner, Dr. Dirk Huyer says he's thinking about looking at all Ontario First Nation fire deaths over the last several years, but just hasn't decded exactly what approach he will take.

Huyer says he plans to discuss the issue with First Nation leaders and the Fire Marshal to get their views.

 

Sunshine List Revealed Today

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:39 AM

The annual sunshine list is released today.

That identifies all public employees who have earned at least $100-thousand a year.

Last year, 44 employees with the Rainy River District School Board and 11 with the Northwest Catholic District School Board were identified.

Riverside Health Care Facilities listed 24 while the town of Fort Frances had six at the salary threshold.

Fort Frances Denied Funding

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:34 AM

Fort Frances has been left off the list in the latest funding from the province's Connecting Links program.

It's to help municipalities offset the cost of improving municipal roads and bridges that provide links to the provincial highway network.

Yesterday, the province announced $25-million for 19 communities.

Fort Frances wanted nearly 2-million to fix-up the overpass on Mill Road, but was turned down.

Tory Seeks Hydro One Employees Back On List

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:20 AM

A Tory MPP is calling on the provincial government to make Hydro One employee salaries public again.

Energy Critic Todd Smith is tabling a private member's bill aimed at getting Hydro One employees back on the list of public sector workers earning over $100-thousand dollars a year.

Smith says all but five of the top salaries were removed from the list this year because of security legislation.

Smith says the head of Hydro One is now making about $4.5-million, a raise of more 600-per cent.

Councillors' Pay Down

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:13 AM

Fort Frances taxpayers are paying less to have town councillors in office.

A combined total of almost $114-thousand was paid out in salaries and per diems to Mayor Roy Avis and the six councillors in 2016.

That three thousand less than in 2015.

Avis earned just less than $32-thousand, a slight drop from 2015.

Councillors gross salaries range between $12-thousand and 15-thousand.

They were also compensated for travel expenses incurred while attending out-of-town meetings on behalf of the municipality.
 

Local Sports Wrap for Friday, March 31

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:09 AM

Fort Frances Lakers are down 2-0 in their semi-final series with the Dryden GM Ice Dogs after being steamrolled 7-1 in Dryden last night.

Brandon Zajicek was the Lakers lone goal scorer.

The series shifts to Fort Frances for game 3 tomorrow night at the Ice for Kids Arena.

Game 4 will be played Tuesday night.

 

Fort Frances Canadians concluded play at the all-Ontario AAA bantam championship in Thunder Bay with a 3-0 loss to the Cambridge Hawks.

Jacob Grinsell was recognized as player of the game for the Canadians.

More Kudos For Fort Frances

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:28 PM

Another shout out to Fort Frances from the Toronto man who first gave us a glimpse of his experiences at last week's all-Ontario boys high school hockey championship through an on-line video.

In a new Facebook post, Rob Levy gives credit to local residents for helping make the initial video go viral.

As of today, the original video has been seen by over 62-thousand people and shared another by 12-hundred times.

Levy's new post also includes a mention of 93.1 The Border who spoke with him early this week.

Here is the latest video courtesy Rob Levy Vlogs.

Business Support To Local Group

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 09:05 AM

A local restaurant is coming to the aid of the Bear Clan Patrol of Fort Frances.

Carl's Eatery will host a BBQ April 8 with 10 dollars of every ticket sold going to the Patrol to purchase equipment.

Owner Carl Scott says he had wanted to do a fundraiser for a local volunteer organization that wasn't government funded and didn't get a lot of recognition when it was suggested supporting the Bear Clan Patrol.

Scott admits he didn't know much about the group until meeting with Patrol Leader James Eastman.

Doctor Talks Resumes

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 08:57 AM

The Ontario government is looking to strike a new deal with the province's doctors.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins says talks have resumed again with the Ontario Medical Association.

Doctors have been working without an agreement for three years and rejected a tentative offer last summer.

Both sides have since put in place new negotiators

Hoskins says the two side came together Wednesday and the first order of business was agreeing to reach an agreement on binding abritration.