February 2018

Rainycrest Admissions Freeze "Heartbreaking": Campbell

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 02:31 AM

An admissions freeze at a Fort Frances area long-term care home is raising alarm bells with the NDP. 

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says the order to stop admitting new patients at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home is concerning to families across the region. 

The order came from provincial health officials, who only say that the home hasn't been complying with all regulations. 

Campbell says it's heartbreaking, claiming Rainycrest residents have faced issues like improper infection control. (File Photo)

BREAKING: Brown Enters Leadership Race

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 16:37 PM

Don't rule out Patrick Brown just yet.

Brown has officially registered to get his his old job back as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

His name is listed in the Elections Ontario website as a candidate.

However, that's not sitting well with two of the current candidates, with Caroline Mulroney and Doug Ford calling the move a distraction the party doesn't need. (File Photo)

Sarah Campbell A Mom Again

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 09:10 AM

A new session of the Ontario Legislature begins next week, but don't expect Kenora-Rainy River M.P.P. Sarah Campbell to be in attendance.

Campbell has announced on Facebook that she has just had her second child.

Blythe Campbell-Jonassen weighs in at a healthy 9 pounds 10 ounces.

Earlier this year Campbell announced she would not be running in the next provincial election for the NDP to spend more time with her young family.

No Admissions At Rainycrest

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 06:52 AM

One less option for long term care in the Fort Frances area, at least in the short term.

Riverside Health Care says it is not taking any admission right now at the Rainycrest Long Term Care facility.

In a news release, Riverside says it has temporarily ceased admissions on the direction of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Rainycrest has been told that it has to address some areas of non-compliance.

No details have been given as to what those areas are, or when the long term care home will be able to resume admissions again. 

Local Sports Wrap for Thursday, February 15

Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018 08:03 AM

Jaedin Ness scored twice while goaltender Ismael Ralsten made 29 saves and picked up an assist as the Fort Frances Lakers doubled up the Minnesota Iron Rangers 6-3 last night at Hoyt Lakes.

Julian Uhryniuk, Jack Bernie, Nick Lucas and Adam Withers also scored for the Lakers who ended a five game winless streak.


All four Atikokan Voyageurs court teams will play for NorWOSSA A division championships today in Kenora.

Reconciliation Top Of Mind During Minister's Visit

Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018 07:40 AM

Ontario's Minister of Indigenous and Reconciliation has wrapped up a fact-finding mission in northwestern Ontario.

David Zimmer met with aboriginal leaders from several area First Nations last week.

Zimmer says he wanted to hear first hand their concerns.

Zimmer says he is taking the messaging back to Premier Kathleen Wynne and his colleagues at Queen's Park in a bid to move their agenda forward in a good way.

He notes the talks were an important step in the road to reconciliation.

School To Start After Labour Day This September

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 11:48 AM

The new school year will start after Labour Day.

Trustees with the Rainy River District School Board approved a new school calendar at their meeting last week.

Trustees with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board did the same last night.

This after a survey conducted by school boards in the Kenora and Rainy River districts found 59 per cent support of starting the school year after Labour Day.

It's been before Labour Day for the past several years.

New Gold Begins Payback To Royal Gold

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 11:43 AM

Royal Gold is beginning to benefit from its financial arrangement with New Gold.

It's says it's receiving the first deliveries of gold and silver from the Rainy River mine as part of that agreement signed in 2015.

Royal Gold provided New Gold with $175-million to aid in the mine's construction in return for a percentage of the gold and silver produced.

New Gold is expected to deliver 21,500 ounces of gold and 185-thousand ounces of silver to Royal Gold this year as part of the deal.

Hydro One Sees Drop In Earnings

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:30 AM

Weather is being blamed for a drop in earnings for Hydro One.

The utility says net income for last yeaer totalled $658-million, an almost 9 per cent decrease over 2016.

Hydro One says milder weather for much of 2017 was a factor.

It also attributes the drop to higher consulting costs related to its acquistion of Avista.

First Nation Led Health Programs Announced

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 09:43 AM

Minister of Health Eric Hoskins is outlining a number of new funding initiatives that he feels will better the lives of Ontario's Indigenous population.

Hoskins addressed First Nation leaders at a Health Transformation Summit in Toronto. 

He told them that Ontario is funding 16 new or expanded primary care team clinics across the province that will serve over 70,000 Indigenous people. 

15 of those teams are going to be directly led by First Nations organizations.