April 2018

Chamber Very Interested In Election

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 09:47 AM

Ontario's business community is watching the upcoming provincial election very closely.

President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Rocco Rossi was in Fort Frances Wednesday where he spoke to members of the Fort Frances Chamber.

Rossi says a recent survey of their members revealed very little confident in the economy, and are looking to government for measures to improve on that.

He says there's a lot of concerns with the increase in the minimum wage and other new labour laws which came into effect this year.

Continued Demands For Apology

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 09:33 AM

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is calling for the Pope to apologize for residential schools.

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler supports a motion that is being introduced in the House of Commons calling for Canadian Catholic bishops to request that the Pope apologize for the Catholic Church's role in the system.

Fiddler is encouraging bishops to accept this responsibility.

Health Care Workers Demand Fairness

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 07:55 AM

Health care workers across the Rainy River district are rallying.

They staged noon hour rallies Wednesday in front of hospitals in Fort Frances, Emo and Rainy River as a show of support for their union's negotiations with the Ontario Hospital Association for a new contract.

Vice-president of CUPE Local 4807 Corinne Webb says they're looking for respect and fairness in the talks.

CUPE, SEIU and Unifor have formed an alliance in the talks.

They are set to resume this weekend after seven months.

Ford Campaigns For Audit

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 07:52 AM

PC leader Doug Ford wants a closer look at the books.

Ford says if elected, one of his first things in office will be to have an independent audit of spending while the Liberals were in office.

Ford calls the Liberals spending "reckless."

He says the audit will go line-by-line at every government ministry and agency

Ford says the result of the audit would be made public when complete.

 

(Photo courtesy FordNation/Facebook)

Festival Results From Thursday

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 07:23 AM

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts wraps up today with the final performances in the piano competition.

Yesterday's competitions concluded with several double-winners.

They include Katelyn Bruyere, Jacob Erickson, Scott Jolicouer, Arianna Hyatt, Jackson Marchant and Alasha Perreault.

All the winners can be found on our website, 931theborder.ca, just click news.

CLASS P1109
Piano Solo, Examination Courses, Quick Study, ARCT (Diploma)
FIRST: Anna Schwartz (First Class Honours)

Summer Concerts Announced

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 07:08 AM

The line-up for the Rainy Lake Concert Series is now in place.

The first performance will be held May 17 as part of the Rainy Lake Square's grand opening with Entyrely Mac taking to the stage.

Other local performances this summer will include Kings of None on July 12 and Distance Legacy featuring Brittany Strachan on August 30.

They were selected as part of a recent public vote.

Other performances will include well-know children's entertainer Fred Penner, Cree and Dene pop singer Iskwe, and The Old Salts, a blues-folk band out of Toronto.

Higher Insurance Rates For Ontario

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 09:07 AM

A recent 2 per cent increase in automobile insurance rates can be partly blamed on fraud.

That according to Myles Kuharski, a branch manager with Gillons Insurance.

Kuharski says we all pay the price for fraud, no matter where is happens.

He also puts part of the increase on technological advances of vehicles.

Kuharski doesn't believe the government or the insurance industry have kept up with those changes.

MP Happy With Trip To Washington

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 08:53 AM

Thunder Bay Rainy River MP has returned from a one-week visit to Washington, D.C.

Rusnak says it included meetings with Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan who represents Koochiching County.

"We discussed NAFTA, some trade issues in terms of bringing cattle and grain across the border at Baudette.  We're going to follow up with him later this week."

The meetings also included talks about relationships between Indigenous groups in the U.S. and in Canada.

 

(File photo)

 

Festival Results From Tuesday

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 08:48 AM

The ivories continue to tinkle at the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts.

Jacob Erickson and Piper Lidkea among the winners yesterday, each winning in four separate classes.

Meantime, adjudicator Jane Duerksen, will be conducting a workshop this Friday at the Townshend Theatre, beginning at 11 a.m.

It's free and open to everyone.

 

Here are all the results from Tuesday

CLASS PK2559
Piano Solo, Examination Courses, French Composer, ARCT (Diploma)
FIRST: Anna Schwartz (First Class Honours)

Financial Outlined Downgraded

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 07:46 AM

Ontario financial outlook is getting a downgrade from Moody's Investors Services.

It's moved from "stable" to "negative."

Moody's cites concern with the Liberals spending plans and the challenge of being able to balance the books in the future.

Moody's also worries the financial requirements will be larger than expected, thus growing Ontarians debt much larger than forecast.