December 2017

Park Staffing Comes Before Council

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 11:39 AM
Fort Frances town council is looking at whether to staff the office at Point Park during the summer.
It's a response to a letter from the town's police services board regarding incidents of vandalism and drug and alcohol use at the park.
A report to council from Operation and Facilities Manager Travis Rob recommends against the move.
He say it would require hiring two additional student labourers, upgrading the building and increasing the park's operating budget by almost 30 thousand dollars.

Minnesota Senator Continues Fundraiser For Food Shelves

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 11:36 AM
Food shelves in northern Minnesota to again benefit from the help of Minnesota Senate Democrat leader Tom Bakk.
He's hosting his annual Stock the Shelves event tonight in St. Paul.
He started the event eleven years ago when agencies in the area he represents were having trouble keeping their shelves stocked during the holiday season.
It has since raised over a million dollars.
The Falls Hunger Coalition and the Salvation Army in International Falls are among those to benefit.

Local Sports Wrap For Monday, December 11

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 07:13 AM
Fort Frances Muskies boys hockey team ended a tournament in Brandon, losing 3-1 to Vincent Massey in the A-side consolation semi-finals.
The team had finished first in their pool with wins over St. Paul's Crusaders and Virden before a lost to Sturgeon Heights in the playoff round.
International Falls Broncos boys hockey team split weekend games, losing 5-2 to Hibbing on Friday then beating Proctor 5-2 on Saturday.
Jaxon Germain had a pair of goals in the win over Proctor.

Last Batch Of Census Results Released

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 12:26 PM

Some closer details of our living habits in the Rainy River district.

According to the 2016 Census, 81 per cent of us drive a vehicle to get and from work every day.

Another 500 people tag along as a passengers.

780 walk to work while 85 use a bicycle.

58 per cent of us also travel 15 minutes or less to work.

And most start their work day at around 8 or 9 o'clock.


Rainy River District Ready To Stuff A Cruiser

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 12:24 PM

Area residents across most of the Rainy River district are being asked to help stock the shelves of area food banks.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the annual Stuff-a-Cruiser campaign.

Deb Emes of the United Native Friendship Centre says demand on local food banks is increasing.

OPP, Treaty 3, CN Police, Rainy River Ambulance and for the first time Canada Border Services Agency are helping out.

Union Gas And Enbridge Looking To Amalgamate

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 12:16 PM

The Ontario Energy Board is reviewing plans to amalgamate two natural gas companies.

Enbridge and Union Gas a proposing to become a single entity.

Calgary-based Enbridge merged with Spectra Energy last year, which is the parent company of Union Gas.

The two companies says the amalgamation will result in more efficiencies and for the consumer, it will mean lower costs.

If the OEB approves the deal, it wouldn't take effect until 2019.

Public feedback on the amalgamation of Union Gas and Enbridge is currently being sought.

Nault Says Government Will Fight For Lumber Producers

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 12:15 PM

More bad news for Canada's lumber industry.

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that Canadian softwood hurts the American Lumber Industry.

Commission has voted 4-0 in favour of the American Lumber industry in it's complaint over Canadian Softwood exports.

That means new duties will kick in.

Kenora M.P. Bob Nault says the Trudeau government is committed to protecting our lumber industry and isn't taking the announcement lying down.

The anti-dumping tariffs were announced back in November and will average about 20 percent. 

Campbell Raises Concerns About Home Care In The Riding

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 12:13 PM

Concern is being raised about the state of home care in northwestern Ontario. 

This week, Kenora-Rainy River M.P.P. Sarah Campbell rose in Queen's Park to talk about the number of complaints her office has had to deal with. 

"The concerns are almost always the same: Patients leave hospital because the beds are needed and are assured that services will be available in their homes, only to be discharged and to find out that nobody shows up or that care is, at best, sporadic. 

Hydro One Simplifies Its Bills

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 07:07 AM

You'll soon notice some changes to your Hydro One electricity bill.

The provincial utility has been consulting rate payers to find ways of simplifying the bills and making them easier to understand.

Energy Minister Glen Thibeault says the bills give consumers the basic information they need.

Thibeault says one of the items taken off the bill was the debt retirement charge which hasn't been collected for nearly two years.


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Tbaytel Kicks Off 12 Days Of Christmas

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 07:02 AM

Tbaytel is spreading some Christmas cheer.

The company has launched its '12 Days of Christmas' campaign.

Spokesperson Kayla Lopez says they kicked it off in Fort Frances last Friday.

"We are hiding 12 reindeer for the 12 days of Christmas," says Lopez. " In your new market square, we hid one of the reindeer. Inside there was a card along with the reindeer saying please open me and inside there was something for the person who found it."