January 2018

Increased Visibility Planned By Area Paramedics

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 09:36 AM

Expect to see members of the Rainy River District Paramedic Services even more often.

They've come together to form the Rainy River Association of Professional Paramedics.

Co-chair Malcolm Daley says it's an effort to promote their profession through community involvement and raise awareness about their profession.

This includes regular public service announcements to be heard on 93.1 The Border

The group's also in the process of developing a new logo and setting up social media sites.

New School Year Proposed To Start After Labour Day

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 07:44 AM

For the first time in years, the new school year in northwestern Ontario could begin after Labour Day.

Area school boards have come out with their draft calendar for the 2018/2019 school year.

It shows the first day of school starting on September 5.

The last day of classes would be June 29.

For the past several years, the area's school boards have started school prior to the Labour Day holiday.

School boards are accepting feedback on the proposed calendar until Friday.


Fedeli Not Running For PC Leadership

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 07:37 AM

The interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario says he will not be running for the party's top job.

Vic Fedeli says he wants to focus his time exclusively as being the interim leader.

In a release, he says the party is in much worse shape than anyone knew and it's going to be a massive undertaking to fix it.

Local Sports Wrap For Tuesday, January 30

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 07:27 AM

Simon Palm's goal early in the third stood as the winner as the International Falls  Broncos boys hockey team edged the Fort Frances Muskies 2-1 in a game played at the Ice for Kids Arena last night.

Trevor Becvar also replied for the Broncos while Jake Barker scored the Muskies lone goal.


Kamryn Sandelovich recorded her 8th shutout of the season as the Muskies girls hockey team blanked the Dryden Eagles 3-nothing in a NorWOSSA match-up in Dryden.

Taylor Crosswell scored twice while Annalise Hayes added the other .

Let's Talk About Mental Health

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 07:19 AM

It's a day to strike up a conversation about mental health.

Bell Let's Talk Day is donating 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every social media interaction you make today.

Winnipeg's Andi Sharma is one many people who is helping Bell get the message out as part of a newly formed Friends of Bell Let's Talk.

She says it's important to be a part of the conversation.

"By being part of the conversation that's where we can really see systemic change take shape and gain traction in the work.

PSB Concern With Police Services Act Proposal

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 10:12 AM

The Fort Frances Polices Services Board is voicing its concern with a proposal contained in a re-write of the Police Services Act.

It's calls for one police services board in each OPP detachment area.

The Board has written to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to consider having multiple boards for geographical reasons.

In the Rainy River district, the OPP's detachment area stretches from the town of Rainy River to Atikokan.

Right Relations Circle To Help Promote Reconciliation

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 07:42 AM

The Rainy River District Rights Relations Circle is looking to do some education as a response to the controversy surrounding Senator Lynn Beyak.

While joining with other groups who have spoke out against the Senator, the Circle aims to organize public events as a way of promoting reconciliation in the district.

Member Shawn Loney says feels Beyak's comments will actually help the district come together, noting those who support her are in the minority.

Loney says one of the first events will be a local screening of Ryan McMahon's documentary 'Colonization Road.'

Rafferty Cancels Run For Office

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 07:18 AM

John Rafferty will not be running in the provincial election in June representing the Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding for the NDP.

In a news release, the riding association says he's begun treatment for a recently diagnosed serious medical condition.

Rafferty was MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River from 2008 until 2015 when he loss a bid for a third term to Liberal Don Rusnak.


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College Ending Three Programs

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 07:11 AM

Confederation College is eliminating three programs

The Power Engineering Technician, Civil Engineering Technology and Child and Youth Care programs are all being suspended at the end of this school year.

Declining and consistently low enrolment over the years as well as low retention rates are cited for the demise of two programs.

Insufficient work placement opportunities for students and a significant change in regional employment opportunities are to blame for the Power Engineering course.

More Study On Tolls Suggested MnDoT

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 09:10 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation suggests more study is needed before the state considers expanding tolls for its highways.

The department has released a report on the feasibility done at the request of the legislature.

While presenting an analysis of estimated costs, revenue, policies and other legal issues, MnDOT concludes more detailed study would be needed before any decision is taken.

There are currently electronic tolls on some highways in the Minneapolis area.