Press release

Riverside Health Care in conjunction with the Northwestern Public Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 Outbreak at Rainy River Long Term Care Home affecting both residents and staff. To further enhance our team’s ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, additional precautions are being taken including, but not limited […]

Ontario is reporting 1,730 people in hospital with COVID-19 today and 219 in intensive care. That’s up from 1,455 people in hospital on Monday, with no change in the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs. The province recorded 13 new deaths from COVID-19 today, and one more that the government […]

By Laura Osman

OTTAWA – Federal ministers defended the government’s use of the Emergencies Act Monday as they announced an independent public inquiry to investigate the use of the act to end blockades at Canadian border crossings and in Ottawa earlier this year. The Liberal government declared an emergency under the act for […]

By Ken Moritsugu

BEIJING (AP) – Workers put up fencing and police restricted who could leave a locked-down area in Beijing on Tuesday as authorities in the Chinese capital stepped up efforts to prevent a major COVID-19 outbreak like the one that has all but shut down the city of Shanghai. People lined […]

By Noushin Ziafati

The Ontario government’s decision to extend its remaining mask mandate in high-risk settings until at least June 11 was met with mixed reactions over the weekend, with some saying the move doesn’t go far enough to blunt the effects of COVID-19. The rule requiring masks in health-care settings, long-term care […]


Ontario is reporting 1,362 people in hospital with COVID-19 today, a decrease from 1,684 the previous day. The province has previously said not all hospitals report their data on weekends. The province is also reporting 212 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, unchanged from Saturday. The province recorded three new deaths […]

Toronto Ontario is reporting 1,626 people in hospital with COVID-19 today, a slight decrease from 1,662 the previous day. The province is also reporting 207 COVID-19 patients in intensive care. That’s compared to 203 patients in ICU on Wednesday. The province recorded 19 new deaths from the virus. There are […]

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter and Noushin Ziafati

TORONTO – As Ontario hospitals grapple with staffing pressures from the latest wave of COVID-19 cases, the provincial Opposition voiced concerns Wednesday that surgeries could again be cancelled, though health-care officials stressed that the current situation is manageable. The New Democrats asked what further steps the province would take to […]


TORONTO – Canada’s largest school board is asking staff and students to wear masks amid a resurgence of COVID-19 in Ontario, while another board in the province looks to reinstate a mask mandate. The Toronto District School Board says that although it takes its direction from the provincial government, which […]

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

After two years without in-person Easter services many churches across the Rainy River District are happy to be hosting congregants in their seats for services this Holy Week. Though Mother Nature may also have something to say about that. Many churches in Fort Frances and surrounding areas have been able […]

By Allison Jones and Paola Loriggio

TORONTO – Ontario won’t be reinstating its mask mandate despite a sixth wave that won’t peak for several more weeks, the province’s top doctor said Monday as he announced expanded eligibility for COVID-19 PCR testing and antiviral treatments. Public health indicators have been worsening recently, including the percentage of tests […]