November 2017

Apology Offered To LGBTQ2 Canadians

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 06:41 AM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made an apology on behalf of the federal government for the treatment of LGBTQ2 Canadians.

Trudeau says the role of a government is to protect its citizens and in these cases, they failed by humiliating them and making people into criminals because of their sexual preference and purging the civil service from the 1960's to the 1990's.

No Regrets From Local Bachelor Canada Contestant

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 09:58 AM

No regrets from a northwestern Ontario woman who was recently eliminated from the reality show The Bachelor Canada.

Jessie Baker, who is originally from Emo, was among the final six before failing to receive a rose in last week's episode from Chris Leroux.

Baker says she's not disappointing not winning Leroux's heart.

"I learned as I went on I wasn't necessarily there to meet my sole mate. I think I knew that Chris wasn't the person for me but I was there to do what I do in my everyday job - counsel the other girls and support them."

Local Sports Wrap for Wednesday, November 29

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 07:01 AM

Another offensive explosion by the Fort Frances Muskies girls hockey team.

The team peppered 108 shots en route to a 15-1 win over the visiting Beaver Brae Broncos from Kenora.

Annalise Hayes led the attack with 4 goals and two assists.

Siobhan Mackintosh, Kelsey Langtry and Taylor Croswell each scored twice.

Jessica Steele, Alex Gartzke, Jenna Clendenning, Avery Cates and Jillian Calder added singles.

Clendenning also chipped in three assists for a four point night.

The win was also the Muskies third straight in NorWOSSA league action.


Request For Parking Spots On Hold

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:07 PM

Fort Frances town council is going to take a closer look at its by-law that allows businesses or organizations to request and pay an annual fee for a parking spot in the downtown area.

This after two requests for spots reached council's table last night.

H & R Block is seeking a spot for a loading zone.

Service Canada is asking for one to be designated a handicap spot.

Mayor Roy Avis is concerned with the number of requests that have come forward.

Washroom Use Debated

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:23 AM

The town of Fort Frances will go ahead with the construction of a barrier free washroom at the Fort Frances Museum.

The cost will be almost $52-thousand.

It was proposed the washroom be made available 24-hours a day with drop down gates in place restricting public access to the rest of the building.

Councillor Paul Ryan says they could be asking for trouble with that idea.

"We have a lot of problems with the washrooms at Point Park. It's an ongoing vandalism affair. I think this washroom should only be open during business hours or day light hours."

Long-Time Volunteer Named Citizen Of The Year

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:04 AM

A long-time volunteer has been selected citizen of the year by the town of Fort Frances.

93-year-old Evelyn Metke remains active with a number of organizations including the Knox United Church, Rainycrest and LaVerendrye Hospital Auxiliaries.

She was also a founding member of the Friends of the Library and provides rides to other seniors to their appointments.

Metke was presented with the award at Monday night's council meeting.

"Im  just overwhelmed," says Metke. "But I think when you get to be 93 it's great to do all these things and I can still drive.

Making Hospitals Energy Efficient

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:59 AM

The Wynne government has announced funding for 180 energy efficient projects at close to 100 hospitals across the province.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Chris Ballard insists there will be more than $60 million in savings realized from the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program. 

He says the program will help hospitals to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and eventually redirect the savings back into patient care.

The province is spending $64 million on the program this year. 

Metis Participate In Council Election

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 09:11 AM

Metis across the Rainy River district are going to the polls today.

Sunset Country Metis are holding an election for a women's representative to the local council.

Sarah Marusyk and Judy Klyne are running.

Five other positions were filled by acclamation, including president held by Brady Hupet.

Voting is taking place at the Sunset Country Metis Hall on Armit Ave. in Fort Frances from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

Kenora Lawsuit Files Suit Against Law Society

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 08:50 AM

A Kenora lawyer has filed a seven million dollars lawsuit against the Law Society Of Upper Canada.

Doug Keshen launched the lawsuit for malicious prosecution.

It stems from the Law Society's investigation into the way Keshen handled Residential School Survivor claims after receiving a number of complaints.

Earlier this year, the Society ruled the allegations to be unfounded, and instead, acknowleged there were problems with it's hearing process.

A Day To Give Back

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 07:45 AM

This is Giving Tuesday.

Local residents are asked to put aside some money to support a charity or volunteer your time with a community organization.

Executive Director of the GIV3 Foundation Woodrow Rosenbaum says the initiative started in the U.S. about five years ago, to counter the the holiday shopping sprees of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

He says they helped organize it in Canada in 2013 and it has grown with about 6-million taking part last year.