April 2017

Funding Increase For Child Care

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:40 AM

More space for children in day cares across Ontario.

The provincial government says it will provide $200-million in funding that helps create 24-thousand new space over the next year.

Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris 13-thousand of those spots will subsidized.

Naidoo-Harris says they're also planning to develop a new child care strategy that will help identify additional measures to reduce costs in the future.

New Deal For Some CN Workers

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:34 AM

CN has a new contract with its signals and communications employees.

The five year deal with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers includes wage increases in each year and benefit improvements.

It impacts about 700 employees working across Canada and is retroactive to January

Expanding Baseball In Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:22 AM

The charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays is helping to spread the game of baseball to northwestern Ontario.

Cat Lake and the Kenora Chiefs Advisory are among thirteen organizations across the Canada receiving grants from the Jays Care Foundation.

Each will receive up to $150-thousand to help build, improve or upgrade diamonds for children and youth to play baseball.

IncreasedFunding For Support Program

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:19 AM

More help for low-income earners to deal with their electricity costs.

Persons and families eligible for the Ontario Electricity Support Program will get an additional $180 to $300 a year in credits beginning Monday.

That doubles the amount of monthly credits now received on the hydro bills.

More than 153-thousand households are taking advantage of the program.

PM Seeks Fix For Phoenix System

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:16 AM

The Prime Minister is creating a ministerial working group to address issues with the system in place to pay federal employees.

The Phoenix system was implemented last February but has resulted in thousands of employees getting under paid or receiving no cheques at all.

Justin Trudeau calls it completely unacceptable.

He's put Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, in charge of a six-member group to come with a resolution.

New Chamber President Named

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:13 AM

The International Falls Chamber of Commerce has a new president.

Tricia Heibel started her new role yesterday.

A native of the Falls, Heibel has worked in number of business-related organizations and brings more than 20 years experience in supporting businesses to the position.

Award Winners Named

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:10 AM

The International Falls Chamber of Commerce has announced its awards winners for this year.

Jackie Glowack has been named Citizen of the Year, recognizing her volunteerism with a number of organizations

Friends Garbage Services was selected for the Distinguished Customer Service Award.

Trustar Federal Credit Union is winner of the Cornerstone Award for decision and service to the community.

The awards will be officially presented at the Chamber's Gala and Awards Dinner on May 11th.

Draft Rule Curve Report Expected Soon

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:08 AM

A draft report on the rules governing water levels on Rainy and Namakan Lakes is expected to be released soon.

Members of the International Rainy and Namakan Lakes Rule Curves Study Board are heading to Washington to present their findings to the International Joint Commission.

Pam Tomesiv of the Koochiching County Soil and Water Conservation District, a member of that committee, says two recommendations are being made.

While providing no details, Tomesiv calls one a really viable option and the other a back-up one.

Thanks Given By Hockey Tournament Organizers

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 07:40 AM

Organizers of last month's all-Ontario high school boys hockey championship in Fort Frances are giving thanks

Committee chair Bob Miller presented town council this week with a framed photo the Muskies team for thier support of the tournament.

Miller also used the occassion to thank the municipality of Emo and Couchiching First Nation for use of their arenas during the event.

He also gave his appreciation to the fans, the business community and sponsors.

Mayor Roy Avis should council's appreciation in thanking Miller and his committee for its works.