April 2018

Municipal Election Rules To Known

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 11:13 AM

As we prepare for a provincial election in June, area municipalities will begin accepting nominations for this fall's municipal election tomorrow.

Candidates can officially register until the end of July.

Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro says the change in the nomination period was done to accommodate municipalities who wanted to use ranked balloting, giving them more time to prepare..

Candidates running for council in municipalities with over 4000 electors must also submit 25 endorsement signatures upon filing.

Another Event For The Square

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 11:01 AM

A new location for Relay for Life in Fort Frances.

The Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser will be held at the Rainy Lake Square June 23.

It was held at the Fort Frances Curling Club last year, but a wedding on the same day led organizers to eye use of the Square.

Chair Monica Sus says the sidewalk will serve as the walking track and there will be no need to close the street while the event takes place.

Sus says in the event of rain, the organizers will go indoors, using the nearby Fort Frances Family Centre and maybe some of the local restaurants in the area.

Local Business Gets An Upgrade

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 10:46 AM

A long-time downtown business in Fort Frances is getting a face-lift.

Work is underway to improve the front of McTaggarts.

President John McTaggart says it was time.

"And there's a number of businesses downtown that have upgraded their stores. The town and senior levels of goverment have invested a lot of money in downtown Fort Frances and we just wanted to clean up our building and make it alot more presentable.

McTaggart says the improvement will come with a new sign.

The work should take about six weeks to complete.

Voyageurs Earn Weekend Split

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 08:54 AM

Rainy River Voyageurs men's baseball team dropped a pair of games against Itasca yesterday, to split a four-game weekend series.

Yesterday, the Voyageurs lost 1-0 and 18-10.

Saturday, the Voyageurs swept the doubleheader by scores of 5-4 and 6-4.

Early Processing Facility Issues For New Gold

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 08:00 AM

Some early hiccups for New Gold at its Rainy River mine.

The company says they encountered mechanical issues at the processing facility that led to a lower than expected gold recoveries over the past three month.

The mine was still able to process 1.6 million tons of ore at an average grade of 1.1 grams per ton, leading to just 39-thousand ounces of gold.

President Hannes Portmann says they anticipate that will improve in the months ahead.

NDP Still Working On Nomination Process In New Riding

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 07:43 AM

The NDP in the new riding of Kiiwetinoong say they may not have a candidate in place until after the election writ is dropped.

President of the riding association Susan Barclay says they hope to announce a date for a nomination meeting in the next couple of days.

There are a couple of people interested in running, but still need to be approved by the party.

Both the Liberals and the Conservatives in the new northern riding already have confirmed their candidates.

Police Chief Retiring

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 07:42 AM

Thunder Bay's Police Chief is calling it a career, but he's doing it on his terms.

J.P Leveque is retiring after 31 years on the force, the last seven as Police Chief.

His retirement comes in the wake of First Nations leaders calling for him to step down after a scathing reporting into how police investigated the death of Stacie Debungee, a Rainy River First Nation man who was found dead in 2015.

UNFC To Benefit

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 07:38 AM

More child care spaces in Ontario, including a few more in the Fort Frances area.

The province says it will provided more than $78-million to assist in the opening up 31-hundred spaces.

The Minister for Early Years Education Indira Naidoo-Harris says it's about expanding access to child care.

Some of the funding will go to the United Native Friendship Centre to open up 49 spaces through its program.