January 2018

Financial Warnings About Bitcoin

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 07:44 AM

A warning from a local financial advisor about Bitcoin, the crypto-currency that has taken the world by storm. 

One unit is currently worth in the range of $10,000 (U.S.), but it can fluctuate wildly from day-to-day.  

Nicole Slongo tells us in addition to being a very volatile way to spend your savings, the Canada Revenue Agency is also ready to take a bite.

That's because the taxman has ruled Bitcoin is not a currency, but an investment and will be taxed that way.

ELA Launches Student Essay Contest

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 07:40 AM

The Experimental Lakes area near Vermilion Bay wants to get Canadian high school students involved in its research.

The ELA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and wants to know from students what it should be researching next and how they should do it.

Spokesperson Pauline Gerrard says they want to hear from the next generation what they are concerned about.

Students are encouraged to submit either a video or essay by February 16.

Local Sports Wrap For Monday, January 29

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 07:27 AM

Fort Frances Canadians AA Atom team won their home tournament, defeating International Falls in yesterday's final, 5-2.

Landen Hanson and Hunter McLean each scored twice while Dakota Cooper had the other.

The Canadians had opened with two straight losses before rattling for wins over Kenora and the Westfort Rangers to reach the final.


Fort Frances Lakers came away with a split in game over the weekend.

They lost 7-3 at home Friday to the Thunder Bay North Star but then earned a 2-1 shoot out win in Thief River Falls over the league leading Norskies.

New Crown Attorney Hired

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 08:03 AM

A new Crown Attorney has been hired for the Fort Frances Court House.

The Attorney Generals Office tells CFOB-News Jason Clouston will start the position March 1.

He's currently a Crown Attorney in Manitoba.

Clouston fills a post vacated by Colleen Hepburn last September, just five months after being hired.

Deal Accepted By CN Police

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 08:00 AM

CN Police now have a new contract.

Members of the Canadian National Railways Police Association have ratified a six-year agreement that is retroactive to January 1 of this year.

CN has approximately 65 officers working across Canada, including those here in Fort Frances and Thunder Bay.

Military Training Taking Place In Fort Frances

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 07:57 AM

More than just curling to take place at the Fort Frances Curling Club tomorrow.

Members of the 116th Independent Field Battery out of Kenora will be using the area around the club to conduct winter training.

Major Jon Baker believes its the first time they conducted such training in Fort Frances.

"In the past we've done this training in the boreal forest in the vicinity of our Armoury in Kenora. This year we're making a conserted effort to move our training events around our catchment area."

Still Tickets Available For Alzheimer Fundraiser

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 07:21 AM

Tickets are still available for next week's Forget Me Not Tickets in Fort Frances, in support of the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River.

The Society says right now no tickets are available at Northwoods Gallery and Gifts, the only location where tickets can be bought in Fort Frances.

More will be made there next week.

In the meantime, you can still purchase or reserve tickets by calling the Society's Kenora office, toll free, 1-800-682-0245.


Local Sports Wrap for Friday, January 26

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 07:18 AM

Thunder Bay's Al Hackner and Sudbury's Robbie Gordon remain perfect at 4-0 at the Northern Ontario Curling Association Senior Men's playdown in Sault. Ste. Marie.

The two rinks will meet each other tonight.


A perfect night for a couple of teams in the Fort Frances Women's Volleyball League.

Take A Hit and the Volley Llamas each scored straight set wins over Kiss My Pass and the Bumping Uglies

How It Set You Mother also won twice, beating Duck and Dive 2 games to one and earning a straight set win over Safe Sets.

Next Town Hall Meeting In Thunder Bay

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 07:13 AM

Premier Kathleen Wynne will be in northwestern Ontario next week.

She's holding her next town hall meeting in Thunder Bay on Wednesday.

The event if free and open to the public, but a release asks people to RSVP if they plan to attend.

It says that doesn't guarantee a seat, but gives organizers a sense of how many will go.

This will be Wynne's fourth pre-election town hall meeting since last fall.

Union To Continue Fight Over Door-to-Door Mail Delivery

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 07:08 AM

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is disappointed by the Trudeau government and claims the prime minister has broken a campaign promise to restore door-to-door mail delivery.

CUPW national president Mike Palecek says it appears the government is backing down.

"We are however pleased that we have been able to save door-to-door-delivery for four million addresses across the country.  We're glad to see this program has been cancelled.  It never should have been brought in to begin with," says Palecek.