About the Author: Megan Walchuk

Articles by Megan

  • Times past and future
    The New Year is a time of reflection for many; a time to take stock of the past year, and look forward to the future. This year at the Times we have a lot to look forward to. Public events are bouncing back across the District. Municipalities and First Nations […]
  • Hoping for peace
    I married a gardener, which by default makes me one, too. And anyone who knows my husband, knows he doesn’t do anything in a small way – an interest that started as a little raised bed in his parents’ backyard has ballooned into a small acreage, which keeps our family […]
  • Ending the stigma helps us all
    I never met Chauncey Grover. But I feel like I knew him. His story is like too many others I know. Chauncey’s was one of the first stories I covered when I started working at the Times. It was January 2020, just after a significant blizzard. Volunteers were combing the […]
  • Trick Shot Sandy delights crowd
    District native and international pro golfer Sandy Kurceba brought his Trick Shot performance home to Fort Frances on Friday, in honour of his dad, Alex Kurceba, who was inducted into the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame. Alex was a member of the 1952 Allan Cup-winning Canadians team. Sandy’s trick […]
  • Muskie Girls Jr Volleyball and Boys Jr Basketball bring home the championship
    Staff Writer abradbury@fortfrances.com The Fort Frances High Muskie Girls Jr Volleyball team took the championship in a tightly contested five-set match against Dryden on April 4. The Boys Jr Basketball team has also struck gold. The Boys Sr Basketball and Girls Sr Volleyball both placed third for the season. The […]
  • Kiwanis Easter Egg-stravaganza making a return
    The Kiwanis Club of Fort Frances has hatched a plan to bring back the Easter Egg-stravaganza. Even the Easter Bunny himself is egg-cited to make his return to town for the popular family event. “It’s all been arranged. The Easter Bunny will be there for pictures and to meet all […]
  • Making time for everything
    A young family and nursing practice would be enough to keep someone busy. But not Ashley Cumming. She’s never been one to sit still for long, whether its in her academic, athletic, or professional life. The young mom of three has served the Rainy River District as a Registered Nurse […]
  • Finding home in family business
    Sarah Noonan never intended to take over the family business. It was never the plan. The successful athlete had followed her childhood dreams instead – she was an avid athlete, who went on to play soccer at the varsity level at University of Minnesota- Duluth. She then built a rewarding […]
  • Lest we forget
    With Remembrance Day upon us, we turn our thoughts to the immense sacrifice of our soldiers, many of whom gave their lives for our freedom. Although the number of Veterans gets smaller with each passing year, the legacy of peace and prosperity they created continues to grow, thanks to their […]
  • Picture This Mail Out Hitting Mailboxes
    Press release If you’ve checked your mail box lately, you may have noticed an envelope from Picture This. Riverside Foundation for Health Care and the Picture This cabinet committee launched the direct mailing campaign for Picture This in late September and it has been hitting residential and business mailboxes across […]
  • Muskie court sports wrapping up post-COVID fall season
    By Allan Bradbury Staff writer abradbury@fortfrances.com After not playing for a full year girls’ basketball and boys’ volleyball are wrapping up for the year. The teams were bubbled with Atikokan and Rainy River this year and there will not be any playoffs. In Volleyball the Junior Boys are coached by […]
  • Lake of the Woods Brewery sinks second year of Deep 6 series beer
    By Ken Kellar Staff writer kkellar@fortfrances.com Following a successful first outing, the team at Lake of the Woods Brewery are at it again, sinking thousands of bottles of beer beneath Lake of the Woods to provide beer drinkers with another one-of-a-kind experience. In 2020 the Kenora-based brewery came up with […]
  • Canadian football’s best ‘most outstanding’
    By Bob Dunn-Distant replay As a young football fan growing up in Winnipeg, I intensely disliked Jackie Parker. It seemed every time the Blue Bombers didn’t represent the West in the Grey Cup, he was largely responsible. Parker could do everything well and he usually did. Many years later, I […]
  • Happy Halloween!
    All the good little boils and ghouls were out and about on Halloween night, making the most of the chilly fall weather. Scores of trick-or-treaters descended upon the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre for the Trunk-or-Treat festivities that took place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Individuals, businesses and […]
  • Lest We Forget
    Rod Davis of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29, helps raise the poppy flag at the civic centre Friday, Oct. 29. The legion has launched its annual poppy campaign leading up to Remembrance Day on Nov. 11. Poppies are available at various locations around town, with all funds providing financial […]
  • All’s fair in law and war
    Councillor Doug Judson is claiming victory after Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, where council voted to accept the Integrity Commissioner’s report, but declined the recommended sanction of an admission of lapse of judgement and a public apology. But the 5-1 decision may not have been made freely. Although […]
  • Cancer never sleeps
    October is a month of fleeting change, as we shift gears into winter. But not everything in October should be swept away with the falling leaves. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It often comes as a flurry of fundraisers, events and pink ribbons. But come November, breast cancer doesn’t […]
  • Driven by Community
    It takes a community to affect change. It’s an ideology that Peggy Loyie was born into, and has guided her throughout her career. Loyie has been the Program Manager of Rainy River District Victim Service for nearly 13 years. Before that, she was a long-time employee of the United Native […]
  • Low wild food supplies bringing bears to town
    Whether you call her Mrs Apples or a safety risk, a mother bear with her three cubs has caught the attention of East end Fort Frances. The family unit has been spotted regularly over the past few weeks, and her movements tracked over social media. She’s also caught the attention […]
  • Another weekend closer to fair weekend
    The drivers roared back into action Saturday night, refreshed after a week off. Even though some drivers choose to spend their off week racing at the Dinner Jacket Classic at Lake of the Woods Speedway in Kenora, it is always exciting to get back to racing at your home track. […]
  • Skeet champion visits hometown, sport gains resurgence
    Brad McRae, a renowned skeet shooting champion, made a visit to Fort Frances where he shot at the Sportsmen Club range. McRae left town in the early 1990s, and it was not until 1998 that he started shooting recreationally with friends in Ottawa. “After I graduated from university, one of […]
  • Putter’s Paradise opens in Rainy River
    At 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 7, the Pros and the Duffers were lining up for tee times at Kreger’s Putter Paradise in Rainy River. Earlier in the day, staff was was still busy putting the final touches on the mini putt operation on 4th Street. But the Pro Shop […]
  • Summer time is hay time
    We are having a hot dry summer such as we have had before. Since agriculture is a mainstay of our district we will all feel the effects of poor hay crops from the lack of rain. Years ago we did not know about Humidex or UV Index or percentage chances […]
  • RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE -TOTAL FIRE BAN
    The Chief Fire Official has declared a Restricted Fire Zone—Total Fire Ban covering all areas of the Town of Fort Frances. It went into effect June 29, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. This Fire Ban applies to all open-air fires including all fire pits, cook stoves, and campfires that use solid […]
  • Travel restrictions imposed due to forest fire activity in the Fort Frances District
    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Fort Frances District, is advising the public that due to extreme forest fire activity from the Fort Frances 47 fire, an Implementation Order is now in effect until further notice that restricts access and use of certain roads and Crown lands.  All travel, […]
  • Ontario is extending free child care to essential workers, from grocery store clerks to hospital workers
    TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing eligible health care and other frontline workers with free emergency child care for school-aged children, starting Monday, April 19, 2021. The announcement was made following the province’s decision to move elementary and secondary students across the province to remote learning following the April […]
  • Police Briefs
    The Rainy River District OPP have named a new Detachment Commander. Inspector Shaun Crabbe will take over from retiring Detachment Commander, Inspector Nathan Schmidt, later this year. Insp. Crabbe is transferring from the James Bay OPP Detachment, where he has served as Detachment Commander since 2019. He had previously served […]
  • First Nations open to twinning Trans-Canada
    Four First Nations near the Manitoba-Ontario border say they are prepared to give “conditional consent” for the first phase of the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway between Kenora and the border. “We can get so much done when we agree to work together,” Niisaachewan Chief Lorraine Cobiness said at a […]
  • Ontario reports record high 4,736 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 more deaths
    Ontario reports record high 4,736 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 more deaths TORONTO – Ontario is reporting a record-high 4,736 new cases of COVID-19 today and 29 more deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 1,188 new cases in Toronto, 983 in Peel Region, […]
  • St. Michael’s zoning waiting for council approval
    Fort Frances council held a public meeting on Monday to allow members of the public to make comments in favour of or in opposition to changing the zoning of the former St. Michael’s school from Institutional (I) to Residential (R2). The change of the zoning is the first step to […]
  • Today Pharmasave administers 100 AstraZeneca vaccines in Fort Frances
    Pharmasave in Fort Frances will be administering 100 new doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines today. Last week, Pharmasave administered 200 doses of vaccines. After these vaccinations are given today, there will be about 300 residents in Fort Frances who received their AstraZeneca vaccines after Pharmasave administered the 200 doses on […]
  • Easter duet video goes viral online
    An Easter version of Hallelujah recorded and filmed in Fort Frances is now getting shared internationally, receiving 11.5 million views and more than 600,000 shares on Facebook in a matter of days. The stars of the viral video are Callahan, 19, and Cassandra, 10, Armstrong. In under five minutes, the […]
  • Camps face second season with the possibility of no tourists
    While many residents in northwestern Ontario look forward to the summer, anxious to get on their boats and fish, all tourist camp owners have their fingers crossed, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s occupancy numbers. Although vaccinations continue to rapidly roll out in the United States, where most […]
  • Emo Devlin Barwick Minor Hockey Association Award winners announced
    It was an odd year for minor sports, but one thing remains the same – awarding excellence. The coaching staff at the Emo Devlin Barwick Minor Hockey Association have submitted their choices for the annual awards. The choices were difficult, but the results are in. The Tony Bliss, Doug Wilson, […]
  • Risk of COVID-19 exposure in Dryden
    Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has identified that there was a low level risk of COVID-19 exposure in many business locations throughout Dryden between March 9 and March 24, 2021. All individuals who had high risk exposure to COVID-19 have been notified and given specific instructions. Anyone who has shopped in […]
  • A new conversation
    Fort Frances taxpayers are grumbling over the recently announced two per cent tax increase, and for good reason. Despite council’s proclamation that largely just homeowners will be impacted, and that the increase is modest, it’s a blow to every resident. Renters pay taxes – increased costs to landlords are passed […]
  • Feeling the Bern
    Many of us have been spending the past week chuckling over Bernie mitten memes. It depicts Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in a chair at the inauguration ceremony, with windblown hair, blue mask and some toasty looking, up-cycled, eco-friendly sweater mittens. The image has been photoshopped just about everywhere – the […]
  • New year, same needs
    Another year is drawing to a close, but as COVID cases surge locally, and a community mourns the first life lost to COVID in our region, this New Year’s doesn’t feel like the fresh start many were holding out for. There are glimmers of hope: Canada has two approved vaccines. […]
  • The community forum
    A community newspaper serves many functions – a cheerleader, a watchdog, a documentarian, just to list a few. One of its most important roles is community forum. It’s a place we can share ideas, and begin conversations. That’s what we were hoping to accomplish with our Colonization Road coverage in […]
  • Tree of Christmas Giving returns to Rainycrest
    Sometimes the smallest gestures carry the biggest meaning. That was the thought as the staff at Rainycrest long-term care home set up their Tree of Christmas Giving. It’s laden with ornaments – each one representing a resident in the home, in need of Christmas cheer. Local residents can pick out […]
  • Protecting their legacy
    With Remembrance Day here, we often think of what we owe our veterans. Generations before us fought and died to give us a free and peaceful society, with democratic elections and the freedom to disagree. They paid the ultimate price for our freedom. But they didn’t pay the full cost. […]
  • Contribution an “honest mistake” says lawyer
    An article alleging that Sen Lynn Beyak broke U.S. election law is false, according to Beyak’s lawyer, Don Bayne. A Vice article published last week alleged that Senator Beyak, a resident of Dryden, Ont, made a $300 campaign donation to U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign, using an erroneous address, of […]
  • Small steps for big chagne
    Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. Because sometimes, they grow into something bigger than we could have imagined. This Sunday morning, a small group of volunteers gathered well before dawn, to begin a 35 km walk from Manitou Rapids to Fort Frances. The suffering caused by both breast cancer […]
  • Taking school online
    Although it hasn’t enjoyed the fanfare and photo-ops of a traditional school year, remote learning has quietly begun at kitchen tables across the region this week. As with all new systems, there will be bumps and growing pains. An entirely new schooling system created in a matter of months is […]
  • Cold days need warm hearts
    The first frosty nights of the season hit the region earlier this week. For many, it may have prompted a quick harvest of the garden. Others may have flipped their furnace on, or dug a heavier coat out of storage. It was a gentle nudge that seasons are changing, and […]
  • Listen to the teacher
    The back to school season is usually a time to reorganize; to shake off the late nights and lazy days and get life back to normal. We’re craving a return to normalcy now more than ever, but many families are feeling nervous about the return to school. Teachers clearly feel […]
  • Naming names
    In today’s media climate, where we’re so conditioned to expect to know every detail of a story, our readers are sometimes curious why we choose to omit the names of the accused in police reports. There’s certainly a time to report every detail: when there’s a danger to the public. Perhaps […]
  • Food for thought
    With summer here, social media posts showing perfectly risen bread have given way blossoming gardens, busy bees and fresh produce. Whether it’s COVID-inspired worries, or an over abundance of time at home, our food supply is in sharp focus. But the search for homegrown food has spread beyond our backyards. […]
  • What’s in a name?
    Letters to the editor have been a venue of civil discourse for hundreds of years. They’re the precursor of internet chat rooms and comments sections, and an important part of the service newspapers provide. The policies we have in place for our Letters section exist to create transparency and accountability. […]
  • Welcome back
    Passionate. Flexible. Self-motivated. Focussed. These are just a few of the adjectives that describe the entrepreneurs in our District. But the one that seems the most accurate and timely right now is “risk-taking.” Risk is the operative word for entrepreneurs, whether they run a franchise, or a mom and pop. […]
  • A matter of record
    Shocking images of police violence, protests and counter-protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, at the hands of Minneapolis police, have left many Canadians shaken and appalled. We can soothe our nerves by calling it an American made problem. That Canada knows better. But statistics say otherwise. Although force […]
  • Them or us
    Today at noon, a Pride flag was raised at Fort Frances town hall, joining thousands of others flying across the globe. June is internationally recognized as Pride Month – a peaceful rally for the equality and acceptance of all people, regardless of who they love and how they express their […]
  • Back to basics
    Last week, our region was left reeling. After weeks of relative calm, and community pride in keeping our case load of COVID-19 low, four new cases emerged. And not just typical cases – it’s now clear there are people out there who don’t know they’re sick. People who may well […]
  • Intolerance should be history
    History textbooks are filled with civil rights demonstrations. Women rallying for the vote. Blacks marching in the streets. Rosa Parks refusing to surrender her seat. We admire these acts of defiance, because we know they were right. But defiance in pursuit of human rights isn’t all ancient history – at […]
  • Editorial
    The province has laid out its roadmap to recovery. It’s a map that rural residents might appreciate – if you make it over the big hill and slow down enough, you’ll be there in no time. But if you start heading up another hill, you took a wrong turn, and […]
  • Earth Day is every day
    Earth Day 2020 is here today – the event’s 50th anniversary. Historically, environmental protection is a fair-weather cause; it emerges as a political priority in times of financial security, only to be shuffled to the back burner with the next recession. However, the current global crisis of COVID-19 may be […]
  • Working together
    We’re all in this together. It’s become a mantra of sorts, since COVID-19 made its way into our lives. On billboards, e-mail sign-offs, pep-talks over Facebook. It’s an acknowledgement that we’re all weary, stressed and tired. That none of us knows how this story will end. That we all feel […]
  • Essentially ineffective
    Businesses of the Rainy River District can pat themselves on the back for staying a step ahead of the provincial government in the fight against COVID-19. On Monday evening, the province released a list of essential services which would be allowed to remain open for the next two weeks. The […]
  • To the hordes of hoarders
    Stress and uncertainty can bring out the best and the worst in our society. Anyone out trying to buy toilet paper or disinfectant wipes this past week knows that first hand. We’ll never know if our local hoarders feel waves of pride or pangs of guilt as they gaze at […]
  • A little respect goes a long way
    Tomorrow is the United Nations World Day of Social Justice. It’s a day when we draw attention to the plight of those who face oppression, and struggle to secure human rights, due to their race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, ability or socioeconomic status. It’s a day that we’re reminded […]
  • How important is size?
    Job action by Ontario’s teachers is entering its third month, with an ever-increasing impact on classrooms. Few debate topics to come out of negotiations are as polarizing as class size. The Province has proposed increasing average class size for secondary students from 22.5 to 25 and increasing Grades 4-8 classes […]