May 2016

Union/School Board Resume Talks

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 07:20 AM

Contract talks are expected to resume today between the Rainy River District School Board and the union representing its high school teachers.

Negotiators with both sides are expected to sit down with a Ministry of Labour mediator.

An issue around teacher qualifications to the school board's redundancy list is being identified as one of the outstanding issues.

The school board says it wants the right to select the best qualified when needing a teacher from that list while the union wants the selection based on seniority.

First Nations Students Doing Well

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 07:17 AM

The Northwest Catholic District School Board is reporting good progress in the achievement levels among its First Nation and Metis students.

One half of the findings relate to the math, writing and reading tests of Grades 7's and 8's.

The Board says its meeting or exceeding targets set in Grade 7 reading as well as Grade 8 writing and math.

St. Francis School in Fort Frances among schools doing exceptionally well.

Campfire Burn Lifted

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 07:16 AM

Campfires are now being allowed in northwestern Ontario.

The Ministry of Natural Resources has lifted a restricted fire zone that had been in place for the past two weeks.

A number of forest fires are still active, but listed as being held or under control.

While campfires are permitted, there is still no burning of brush or grass during the daytime.

Hospitals In Need Of Repairs

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 07:15 AM

NDP claim hospitals across the province are in need of a combined $3.2 billion to upgrade their facilities.

But the documents obtained don't show which hospitals are in need.

At Queen's Park, leader Andrea Horwath says health care has become the government's silent crisis.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins notes the province has set aside $12-billion over the next decade for improvements


LGBTQ Discussion

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 07:12 AM

A discussion tonight about the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender and Queer community in the Rainy River district.

The Fort Frances Public Library is joining with members of the local Diversity Committee for an open community chat.

Head Librarian and committee member Alicia Subniak-Kilgour says the focus is around services and supports in place.

Members of the advocacy group EGALE will also be on hand.

Subniak-Kilgour says the topic is the first of a series of Community chats they hope to have in the future.

The public is welcome to attend.

Local Sports Wrap For Tuesday, May 31

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 07:08 AM

The Mud Dogs have sole possesion of first place in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League.

They edged the Her-icanes 12-11 for their 6th straight win while handing the Her-icanes their first loss of the season.

Couchiching moved into a tie for second with the Her-icanes after beating the Angels 28-20.

Elsewhere, Nancy Indian slugged a homer in Big Grassy's 20-4 win over Emo.

Big Island dumped Manitou 17-12.

Northwest Bay won its first of the season, beating Dawson 11-2.

A game between Sabaskong and Red Gut was postponed.


Many Tragically Hip Fans Left Disappointed After Ticket Pre-Sale

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 03:50 AM

There were some happy and unhappy Tragically Hip fans yesterday.

They were hoping to snatch up some pre-sale tickets,  but fans say the tickets sold out in minutes, and to make them even more upset, tickets began showing up on other websites, like stubhub and kijiji, selling for upwards of a $1000 each.

Ontario Offers An Apology

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016 12:01 PM

Premier Kathleen Wynne is officially apologizing on behalf of the Ontario government for its role in the residential school system.

Wynne says the brutalities committed for generations at residential schools have caused harm for generations to Indigenous cultures, communities and families.
At the same time, Wynne is also pledging a wide-ranging plan including 26 initiatives to address some of the issues contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report.

Mercury Clean-Up Possible

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016 13:01 PM

A new report has been released on the mercury contamination in the English-Wabigoon River system near Grassy Narrows First Nation.

The study suggests it's feasible to clean up some of the contamination thanks to new technology, but will cost tens of million of dollars.

At Queen's Park, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell called on the province to act on the report.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she hasn't seen the report yet, but is interested in the science behind the proposal.