August 2017

Street Party In Downtown Fort Frances Tonight

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 13:00 PM

The first of a couple of street parties in downtown Fort Frances goes tonight.

The Orville Councillor Band will take to a portable stage at 6 p.m. being set up on Scott Street in absence of the one at the Rainy Lake Square being ready.

Rainy River Future Development Corporation consultant Tannis Drysdale says the concert is free, but concert-goers are recommended to bring a lawn chair.

The street will begin to be blocked at 4 p.m.  and re-opened after the performance at around 8 p.m.

It's one of five acts that were booked for the Rainy Lake Square.

Former Liberal Candidate Not Running Again

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:54 PM

The provincial Liberals are likely looking for a candidate to run in the Kenora-Rainy River riding in the next provincial election.

Anthony Leek, who represented the party in the last two elections, announced this week on his Facebook page that he won't be a candidate in next spring's vote.

The former Emo councillor, who's now living in Kenora, has been focusing much of his attention recently on the construction of a new race track in that city.

Health Unit Promotes Overdose Prevention Program

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:44 PM

It's International Overdose Awareness Day.

The Northwestern Health Unit is using the day to promote its Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.

Spokesperson Gillian Lunny says it make Naloxone available to people who are at risk of an overdose.

Lunny says individuals are trained how to use it which only takes about 30 minutes.

She says it's potentially life-saving medication that can help one overcome an overdose.


Local Sports Wrap for Thursday, August 31

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:05 PM

The Rainy River District Fastball League final is all evened up.

Barwick Blue Knights forced a third and deciding game last night by defeating the Fort Frances Braves 4-1.

Game 3 will go next Wednesday night in Couchiching First Nation.

International Falls Broncos girls volleyball team won their home opener, beating Northwoods in four sets, 25-21, 15-25, 25-16 and 25-22.

Bianca Carlson led the way with 12 digs and 20 set assists.

Jena Sullivan recorded 6 digs, 7 kills and  8 ace blocks.

Teah Goulet had 17 digs.


Students Encouraged To Say 'I'm Here'

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:01 PM

The Rainy River District School Board is taking action early this school year to address persistant student absenteism.

It introduced the "I'm Here" campaign.

Board spokesperson Heather Latter says it came out of a meeting of regional educational leaders when they discussed the issue in the spring.

The most recent stats show 21 per cent of students across northwestern Ontario missed at least 10 per cent of the days there were expected to be in class in 2014.

Man Charged In Pikangikum Death

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:45 AM

A 34-year-old man from Pikangikum has been arrested in connection with a death of a man in that community last week.

Kurri Turtle has been charged with assault

34-year-old Bronson Lee Strang died at the community's nursing station after being found unconsious near a school.

Federal Funding For Museum Upgrade

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:43 AM

The town of Fort Frances has secured some federal dollars for its museum.

It's received just over $69-thousand to replace the museum's roof and install a fully accessible washroom and a ramp system to accommodate visitors with mobility challenges.

Provincial funding of $77-thousand through the Ontario Trillium Foundation was announced in February.

New Program Encourages Women In Politics

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:34 AM

More women are going to be encouraged to get into politics as part of a new national project. 

The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise is launching its Women's Leadership project, which will look at how to remove barriers keeping women from running for office. 

It's being supported with an investment of over $368,000 from the federal government, announced in Thunder Bay on Thursday morning.

Executive Director Rosalind Lockyer says they'll be working together with the regional group Women In Politics on the three-year project. 

County Looking At Bonding For Sewer Project

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 09:52 AM

Koochiching County will go ahead with the method of bonding $3.6 million needed toward the total cost of the Island View Sewer project.

The money offsets the assessment and debt serving charges to residents that won't begin to be recouped by the County until 2019.

Consultant Mike Busbany says because of it, he's recommending the county not pay any principal in the first year of the borrowing.

While agreeing to bonding, County commissioners still want to look further at the pay-back details.