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Merna Emara

Staff writer

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Rickford explains Ontario’s state of emergency order


Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, said in a media scrum held on Tuesday afternoon that the decision to declare a state of emergency and issue a stay-at-home order was difficult but a necessary one to make.

Under this order, all Ontarians are to stay at home expect for essential trips to the grocery store, the drug store and other approved activities.

Women’s Foundation announces grants to tackle gender-based violence


The Canadian Women's Foundation received $19.6 million to give as grants for women's and other organizations offering gender-based violence support. These grants were given from the federal government to help organizations deal with the surge in reported gender-based violence incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The spotlight is on business thanks to newly launched website

Naotkamegwanning First Nation has launched a new business development website, which aims to showcase its community's startups and enterprises to northwestern Ontario.

Denise Lysak, CEO of Naotkamegwanning Business Corporation, said the website is a tool to raise the profile of businesses in the community, and offer assistance to start-ups.