Wednesday, January 28, 2015

District

Sex ed. debate raging here in district

Parents and grandparents in Rainy River District voiced their concerns last week about the new sex ed. curriculum the Liberal government is set to introduce in September.

College continuing to meet needs

The local Confederation College campus is striving to continue to meet the needs in the community by offering an array of programing and developing partnerships with employers while following its strategic plan.
“We have a very busy campus here,” college president Jim Madder noted during a luncheon here last week to update members of the community on the work it is doing.

Talent show taking to stage

Small town, big talent!
That’s what has been said about the calibre of local performers, which will be showcased tomorrow night at the “Fort Frances Has Talent” show hosted by the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts in conjunction with its 75 anniversary this year.

French Immersion being resurrected

Students entering SK or Grade 1 this fall will have the option to register for the French Immersion program that’s set to be revived at St. Michael’s School for the 2015-16 school year.

‘V-Day’ monologues to be presented here

Fort Frances will join the “V-Day” campaign this year—a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
“It’s very new [here] but that’s what makes it challenging and fun at the same time,” said Peggy Loyie of the Rainy River District Victim Services Program, who is co-ordinating the campaign locally.

Be mindful of ‘pocket dials’

The OPP would like to remind the public to be careful about accidentally dialing 9-1-1.
“Pocket dials” usually occur when a cellphone accidentally dials 9-1-1 as a result of being stored in locations such as a pocket, handbag, or backpack.
It is important to remember that 9-1-1 lines are for emergencies only and often are a person’s lifeline for urgent assistance.

‘Snoasis 3’ in works

The “Friends of the Fort Frances Museum” has begun planning another fun day for families to cap off March Break.
“Snoasis 3: We Are Family” is set to take place Saturday, March 21 from noon-2 p.m. at the Lions Park here.
About 200 people attended the family fun day last March, so it was only natural the volunteers would host it again.

New dental program concerns health unit

The Northwestern Health Unit is concerned about the eligibility criteria for a new integrated provincial dental program.
The government’s proposed “Healthy Smiles Ontario 2” (HSO 2) will replace two current programs and greatly reduce the number of those eligible for the service.

Campbell to focus on mill, hydro rates

Local MPP Sarah Campbell plans to keep busy this year, with plenty of issues to focus on in 2015.
Among those are the mill in Fort Frances and hydro rates.
“I definitely want to see a restart to the Fort Frances mill,” Campbell stressed.
“That’s is something I’m going to remain very active on,” she vowed.

Concussion training coming to board

Staff, coaches, and volunteers throughout the Rainy River District School Board will be receiving concussion training in compliance with Ministry of Education regulations.
“Throughout the summer, we worked on an online student concussion training,” Director of Education Heather Campbell said at last Tuesday’s school board meeting.

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