It is with deep sadness that the family of Peter John Smits, age 93, announces his sudden and peaceful death in his home at Meadowside Manor in Stratton, Ontario on March 17, 2021. John was born in Sheho, Saskatchewan on October 22, 1927. His family settled in Fort Frances during […]

On Thursday evening, March 18, 2021, following a very lengthy illness, Laurie quietly slipped away with the Lord Jesus to his “forever home.” He was surrounded by family and in the comfort and care of his beloved caregivers at his home in Rainy River Health Centre’s long-term care wing. Laurie […]

I realized the other day that hope seemed in short supply in my cupboard of reserves. I was checking my inventory and recording the levels of patience, tolerance, kindness, empathy, and I noticed that hope was all but depleted. That’s never a good thing, but … it got me thinking. […]

Tournament fishing is an emotional activity in that the highs can be so high and the lows can be so low. Before I go any further, I know, it’s only fishing, there are certainly more important issues in life but hear me out. After winning the last event a couple […]

It is with great sadness that the family of William “Willie” Wilson announces his passing on Tuesday March 9, 2021 at the LaVerendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, ON. Willie was born on February 27, 1941 in Manitou Rapids to Leonard and Agnes Wilson. He grew up in Manitou Rapids. […]

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of RONALD WAYNE BRIDGEMAN of Fort Frances, Ontario on Thursday March 18th, 2021. Ron was born on May 5th, 1950, in Hamiota, Manitoba to Tom and Jean Bridgeman. He was raised on a farm in Oak River, Manitoba where […]

The Income Tax Clinic has returned to the Volunteer Bureau. The clinic is open Mondays noon-4 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Have your documents ready. Maximum income to qualify for the clinic is $25,000 for single people, or $35,000 for combined households. The Volunteer Bureau […]

Ontario residents will be waiting in line over their computers for the next several months. And area residents will probably be waiting in line even longer. On Monday just before nine in the morning I went online to discover how long people over 80 would wait to register for an […]

An open letter from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy. Dear Minister Bethlenfalvy, Thank you for your continued leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation evolves, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is receiving concerns from the business community and communicating them to all […]

Dear editor, Two weeks. That’s what we were told over a year ago. Two weeks to flatten the curve and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed. At the time, so much was unknown about this virus from China, that Canadians heeded the advice of Government/Health officials and put our […]

Dear editor, I fully sympathize with the postal worker whose spectacles fog up whilst wearing a mask. As I have have spent almost a lifetime wearing a mask in the operating room I had the same problem when spectacles became necessary. I thought it would be useful to share my […]

“Hey Rick, what’s that on the back of your truck?” was the first question I asked our retired Mountie-wanna-be as I pulled up to the Debating Table at the Bakery in Rainy River. Rick is a re-known collector of treasures i.e. JUNK and has a 48ft van, and several sheds, […]