March 2018

Land Claim Settled

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 08:54 AM

A settlement has been reached between Mitaanjigamiing First Nation and seniors levels of government over an outstanding land claim dating back 140 years ago.

The community, northwest of Fort Frances, will see its land base expand by over 16-hundred hectares.

Mitaanjigaming will also receive around $23-million from the federal government and 1.8 million from Ontario.

Mauro Seeks Fifth Mandate

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 08:49 AM

Bill Mauro is seeking a fifth term as MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

He was acclaimed as the Liberal nominee at a meeting last night.

Mauro says it's exciting, noting the key issues for the riding haven't changed since last election.

Mauro will focus on health care, education and the economy, claiming that while he's faced challenges in those areas during his time as MPP, he's also made measurable progress.


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Queen's Park Priorities Set

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 07:54 AM

The provincial government is planning to focus attention on the care and services Ontarians now receive.

The Wynne government's priorities were outlined in a Speech from the Throne, read by Lieutenant Government Elizabeth Dowdeswell.

It's outlined promises to do more in the areas of health care, home care, mental health care and child care services.

There's also commitments for added investments to hospitals to ease overcrowding and an expansion of the drug program OHIP plus.

MPPs get down to actual debate in the Ontario Legislature today.

Phony Theatre Systems Seized

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 07:41 AM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has stopped a shipment of home theatre systems from crossing the border at Ranier.

Officials say the systems contained counterfeit markings.

The 480 units were found in a rail car during an inspection in February.

On the market, the counterfeit merchandise would have fetched over $1.3 million dollars.

Bridge Funding Awarded

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 07:24 AM

A bridge in the township of Chapple will get a major upgrade.

The municipality has received nearly $895-thousand from the province to replace Ahrens Bridge, located on Sturgeon Creak Road.

The approaches to the bridge will also be reconstructed.

Food Charter Nearly Complete

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 07:22 AM

A regional food charter is expected to be rolled out across the Kenora-Rainy River district sometime this spring.

It's an effort to raise awareness and education about food issues in the region.

It will also help promote local food projects.

Cloverbelt Community Food Co-op's Anita Marcotte says they're making one final push for input as they discuss a draft document with some of the same groups they spoke with over the past year in its development.

The Co-op also has a survey on its website it's asking people to complete.

NDP Release Some Platform Promises

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 07:19 AM

NDP leader Andrea Horwath is promising a universal dental care program in Ontario, if elected premier this June.

It's one of five key proposals that will make up her election platform.

Horwath says 4.5 million Ontarians now without dental coverage will benefit.

Other promises include providing drug coverage for all Ontarians and ending what she calls hallway medicine in hospitals and fixing seniors care.

She's also proposing to cut hydro bills by 30 per cent by bringing Hydro One back into public hands.

New Foundation Director Named

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 10:21 AM

Riverside Foundation for Health Care has a new director.

Allison Erin Cox will take on the position in the near future.

She comes to the Foundation with experience in events production and development.

She was also a former Recreation and Community Development Director with the township of Emo and a Community Engagement Coordinator with Project Sunset.

Local Sports Wrap For Monday, March 19

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 07:51 AM

Thunder Bay Kings AAA peewee team shut out the Dryden Paperkings 2-0 to claim the regional AAA championship in Thunder Bay, winning the series two games to one.

The Dryden team was supplemented by a number players from the Fort Frances Canadians AA team.

The Kings also won the midget title over the Kenora Thistles in two straight games, capped by a 2-1 win yesterday.

Five players from Fort Frances were among members of the Thistles.


Fort Frances Lakers earned a couple of points in their final home games of the regular season.

Fort Frances Man Seeks NDP Candidacy

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 07:41 AM

The Executive Director of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau is the first person to come forward to seek the NDP nomination in Kenora-Rainy River.

Matt Soprovich says this area needs a strong and powerful representative to enact change in Toronto.

Soprovich has lived in the riding for the better part of a decade and decided it was time to take a run at provincial politics.

He adds the job of a politician is straightforward; "show up, try hard, care and put the hours in".