September 2016

Change In Social Assistance Rates Proposed

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 12:58 PM

An NDP MP wants how social assistances rates are based changed.

Second reading of Paul Miller's private members bill passed in the legislature yesterday.

It calls for the development of an advisory board that would recommend Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program rates for each region of the province, based on the real cost of living in those areas.

In Queen's Park yesterday, Miller says recent increases to those payments are still keeping recipients well below the poverty line.

Forest Fire Season Remaining Quiet

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 12:56 PM

The forest fire situation in northwestern Ontario remain quiets heading into the final month of the season.

Just two fires are still active, including an island fire at Asheigama Lake, about 70-kilometres north of Fort Frances.

Cooler temperatures and recent rain have helped keep the hazard low across the region.

To date, the Ministry of Natural Resources has responded to over 200 fires in northwestern Ontario this season.


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Youth Court Cases Fall

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 12:53 PM

A drop in the number of youth heading to court.

Statistics Canada says nearly 33-thousand cases were tried in the country's youth courts last year, a 19 per cent drop over the year before.

It's the lowest number since data was first collected more than two decades ago.

The agency says the decline mirrors a drop seen in the number of youth being charged over the past decade.

Power Goes Out Sunday

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 12:51 PM

A reminder of the power outage on Sunday.

It effects the entire town of Fort Frances and Hydro One customers living between Couchiching and Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations from 8 am until 2 pm.

Hydro One is also reporting the power will go out to about 45 homes in the Frog Creek Road area near the Fort Frances airport.

The power there will also be out from 8 am until 11 am Sunday.

Both outages are necessary for Hydro One to install new equipment.

Fort Frances Gets Funding

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 12:48 PM

The town of Fort Frances is among recipients of funding from the provincial government.

It's money that comes through the Seniors Community Grant program, aimed at helping projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism, education and community engagement.

Details of funding for the local project were not released.

Local officials were not immediately available for  comment.

Local Sports Wrap for Friday, September 30

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 12:47 PM

The standings in the Fort Frances Women's Volleyball League have gotten a little tighter.

No Diggity split games to remain in first, but Let's Talk About Sets and How I Set Your Mother earned maximum points and now sit a point back in second.

One Hit Wonders managed just two points last night and are fourth with 10.

Kiss My Pass was the only other team to score maximum points to take over fifth spot.


At Falls High School, the Broncos girls volleyball team lost to Grand Rapids in three sets.

A couple of Broncos sports teams in action tonight.

Reliable And Affordable Electricity Still A Challenge For Some

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 12:43 PM

The Conference Board of Canada says access to affordable and reliable electricity remains a huge challenge to those living in the country's remote communities.

The Board says because they're not directly connected to the main grid, their reliance on locally generated electricity means hydro costs can be as much as nine times higher than the Canadian average.

It adds there are also health concerns with many communities still using diesel-powered generators to create that power.

Tourism Spending Up

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 07:48 AM

A good year for tourism in Canada.

Statistics Canada says tourism spending rose 1.1 per over the past three months.

It's the 13th consecutive quarterly increase.

Canadians who travelled this summer spent 1.1 per cent more than they did last year, while spending by international visitors was up 1 per cent.

Drive-Thru Breakfast A Success

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 07:40 AM

Voyageur Lions Club members are happy with Thursday's drive-thru breakfast at Tim Hortons.

A total of 170 bags were sold.

The money will help the Club provide funding to Kidsport, a high school bursary program, elementary school breakfast programs and the multi-use tennis courts.

The breakfast returned after a year absence.