February 2017

Camp Seeks More Campers

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 07:47 AM

Camp Quality is spreading the awareness of its activities.

It provide a camp experience to kids who are on treatment for cancer, or in remission.

Spokesperson Samantha Stovel says they would like to see more campers from outside the city of Thunder Bay taking advantage of the serivce.

Stovel says parents can breath easy with their kids at the camp since the children will be in good hands.


(Photo courtesy of Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario/Facebook)

Truck Strikes Power Pole

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 07:39 AM

An oversized load striking a power pole is being blamed for an outage in Fort Frances Sunday morning.

The mishap on Third Street West resulted in the loss of a feeder which provides electricity to residents in parts of the west end of town.

A total of 574 customers with the Fort Frances Power Corporation were impacted.

Crews made temporary repairs to get them back on the grid with plans to replace the poll later this week.

Local Sports Wrap for Tuesday, February 28

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 07:24 AM

Fort Frances Muskies boys hockey team is again off to the NorWOSSA final.

The Muskies beat Sioux Lookout's Queen Elizabeth Warriors, 5-2, in Sioux Lookout, to sweep the best of the three semi-final series

Byron Stewart, James Gushulak, Cam Gushulak, Eric Pitkanen and Jon Busch provided the scoring.

They will face Kenora's Thomas Aquinas Saints who dumped the Dryden Eagles 6-1 to win that series in two-games.

With the Muskies hosting the all-Ontario championship, both teams will advance to the OFSSA tournament.

Library Board Seeks Meeting With Council

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 07:10 AM

The Fort Frances Public Library Board is looking to convince town council not to reduce the amount of money earmarked for the library.

Councillors are expected to discuss the cost-saving measure at their next budget meeting.

Library Board chair Andrew Hallikas says he understands the need to reduce costs, but taking $26-thousand out of their budget will have a detrimental effect on programming.

He adds the Library budget accounts for a very small percentage of the town's budget as a whole.

More Seniors Seeking Creditor Protection

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 11:01 AM

The face of bankruptcy appears to be changing in northwestern Ontario.

Grant Thornton's Frank Fabiano says while the number hasn't changed much in the last few years, he's starting to see more seniors seeking help with their financial hardships.

Fabiano says being on a fixed income and with rising costs, seniors are turning to lines of credit, overdrafts and credit cards to pay their bills, but their income level makes it difficult for them to make those re-payments.

First Indigenous Court Opens March 6th

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 08:21 AM

The first Indigenous Peoples' Court in Northwestern Ontario will start sitting March 6th.

The court based out of Thunder Bay is being welcomed by various First Nation groups including the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Center. 

The courtroom will be based out of the consolidated courthouses' Aboriginal Conference Settlement Suite.

It's meant to help in the healing process for those residents who are in conflict with the law. (File photo)

The Real Cost Of Electricity

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 07:40 AM

With so much debate around hydro costs, a company is giving you a breakdown of exactly what you do pay.

EnPowered has come up with an on-line tool to better explain the numbers.

Owner Tomas Van Stee says it aims to shows the real cost of electricity.

He says electricity in Ontario is actually very cheap at 2 cents per kilowatt hour, but its the global adjustment cost that makes up a bulk of one's bill.

In Fort Frances, the tool shows about 70 per cent of an average residential bill goes to government for such things as the global adjustment costs.

Union Gas Seeks Rate Hike

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 07:24 AM

Union Gas is seeking a rate increase.

The company says it will make a formal request to the Ontario Energy Board in March with the new rate taking effect in April.

Details are not finalized, but it could mean an increase on customer bills of between $3 to $5 a month.

Union Gas says the change reflects the cost it pays for natural gas which is passed onto consumers without any mark-up.

Paint It Black...And Gold

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 07:22 AM

Organizers of the upcoming provincial boys high school hockey championship in Fort Frances want to paint the District Black and Gold.

It's a contest encouraging residents and businesses to decorate their places in the Muskies colours or in any other hockey theme as a way for showing your support for both the championship and the hometown team.

Committee co-chair Mike Allison says cash prizes will be award to the best looking.

You must register and decorate your place by March 16.

Call Brenda Kellar at Causeway Insurance to register.

Northern Ontario MP Seeks NDP Leadership

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 07:18 AM

The MP for Timmins-James Bay, Charlie Angus, has announced he's running for the leadership of the federal NDP.

Angus has been outspoken about the alarming number of suicides among young people on northern reserves, and in his criticism of how Indigenous people have been treated by the federal government.

Angus says our politics need more compassion and less division.