May 2018

Canada Retaliates Against American Penalties With Tariffs On US Steel, Aluminium

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 13:21 PM

The Prime Minister has announced Canada will be imposing tariffs on US steel, aluminium, and other products.

This is in retaliation for US President Donald Trump's tariffs on the same Canadian products announced earlier this morning.

Justin Trudeau said the federal government will impose dollar for dollar tariffs for every dollar levied against Canadians by the US.

The Americans will charge a 25 percent levy on steel and 10 percent on aluminium.

Other products will include: yogurt, coffee and prepared meals among others.

Deal Reached With CP Train Conductors' Union

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:32 PM

CP Rail's conductors and engineers have a new contract ending a very short half a day strike.

It came yesterday afternoon on the first day pickets had been set up.

Teamster Canada Rail Conference Union official John Strapac says it's a relief to get a deal.

"No one really wants to be on the picket line. We are all looking for a fair and equal contract and we are happy it came this quickly we thought we would be out on the picket line longer. Once we take a look at it hopefully it's got everything we are looking for."

Board Employees Charged

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:13 AM

OPP have charged two northwestern Ontario school board officials with fraud and breach of trust.

Police says the charges against 57-year-old Mary Alexa McKinnon and 55-year-old Rodney McKinnon stem from a complaint received back in February from officials with the Superior North Catholic District School Board.

Alexa McKinnon was the board's director of education.

Rodney McKinnon was its manager of plant and facilities.

Both will make a court appearance in a Schreiber in July.

43-year Work Career Comes To An End

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:00 AM

A longtime employee with Community Living Fort Frances and District Association is calling it a career.

Laureen Vandetti works her last day with the Association today.

It started as a summer student in 1975 at what was then known as ARC Industries and continued after attending Fanshawe College in London, ON.

Liberal Candidate Hopeful

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 08:53 AM

The Liberal candidate for the Kenora-Rainy River riding is feeling good about her chances of winning on June 7.

Karen Kejick was campaigning in the Fort Frances area this week.

Despite a third-place showing in most polls for Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals, Kejick says she is seeing support for the Liberals and her candidacy.

"I've had a lot of positive feedback, and the support continues to grow."

Kejick did not open a campaign office in Fort Frances.

She says the lateness of her nomination was a factor in that decision.


New Data For Public Library

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 07:49 AM

Officials with the Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre are calling 2017 a banner year.

Membership, on-line usage and attendance to programs all increased over the year before.

Speaking at Monday's town council meeting, board chair Andrew Hallikas says they're finding many people are seeing the library as a community gathering space.

Overall, the Library saw more than 95-thousand visits in 2017.

That number is actually down from the year before, but it's felt that because not all visits were captured.

Overpass Work Starts Next Month

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 07:40 AM

Work on the overpass in the east end of Fort Frances will begin next month.

Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob says the contractor, Makkinga Construction out of Thunder Bay, is prepared to start June 11.

"The road will be down to one lane set up with temporary traffic control prior to that. That will probably be happening in the next couple of weeks."

The project is costing about $2.5 million.

The town received a provincial grant earlier this year to cover a large portion of those costs.

Muskies Boys Soccer Off To OFSAA

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 07:15 AM

The Fort Frances Muskies boy's soccer team have won their eighth straight NorWOSSA title following a 2-1 win over Kenora's Beaver Brae Broncos.

That earns them a trip to the all-Ontario championships next week in Windsor.

The Muskies girls were edged 2-1 in their final by Dryden.

They had advanced to the final with a 1-0 shutout of Kenora's Beaver Brae Broncos.

Muskies Track And Field Team Claim Junior Crown

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 07:07 AM

The Fort Frances Muskies track and field team has claimed their first ever NWOSSAA junior title in Thunder Bay.

On the junior girl's side, Tori Toreseva won the 300-metre run.

Alecea Yerxa won a bronze medal in the 15-hundred metre run.

It was a Muskies sweep in the high jump with Grace Petsnick taking gold, Kamyrn Sandelovich the silver and Katrina Slomke the bronze.

Petsnick also won silver in the long jump.

Jill Calder was second in the shot put and third in discuss.