By David P. Ball
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Windspeaker.com

A First Nation is taking the Ontario government and gold explorers to court to prevent mining activity on 260 square kilometres of the Nation’s territory. On Tuesday, Ginoogaming First Nation went to the Ontario Superior Court seeking an injunction against mining activities until the Nation can argue its full legal […]

Police briefs Police are asking residents to be vigilant, as several scams have been circulating throughout the region. According to the OPP’ Mike Golding, the CRA scam has been a prevalent scam recently. The scammer calls, often with a legitimate looking caller ID, claiming that money is owed to the […]

STaff

The fire rating for the Rainy River District today is Extreme. The Ministry of Natural Resources urges residents to use extreme caution and follow all fire guidelines. One new fire was discovered in the northwest region by the late afternoon of June 16. Nipigon 11 is located near Shaggy Lake, […]

The Ontario government is providing $10 million to help support the identification, investigation, protection and commemoration of Indian Residential School burial sites across the province. The funding will also ensure that culturally appropriate, trauma-informed mental health supports are available for Indian Residential School survivors, their families and Indigenous communities. “Like […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Staff Writer
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

Medical officer pleased with vaccine rates, but urges those not vaccinated yet to get a shot Today, the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is opening up clinics for the second dose appointments for anyone who had a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least 28 days previously. Those who are vaccinated after […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Staff Writer
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

On Monday, the Northern Policy Institute (NPI) hosted the event Data and Ontario’s Northern Communities: A conversation with the Chief Statistician of Canada together with Statistics Canada. NPI performs research, collects and disseminates evidence, and identifies policy opportunities to support the growth of sustainable northern communities. The event was an […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Staff Writer
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

James Gibson, president of the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society (RRVAS), said he is optimistic about the Emo Fair’s future this summer. One of the attractions Gibson said he is hoping to have is the 4-H program. A representative from the program said it can only run if 4-H Ontario […]

By Jack Elliott
Rainy River correspondent

With current levels of COVID 19 Vaccinations increasing and community infection rates declining perhaps we can see the end of this pandemic. Ontario and NWO is entering Phase 1 or its reopening plan and if things go as planned hopefully Phase 2 and 3 are in sight… if we are […]

Press release

Indigenous youth across Northern Ontario are being invited to learn more about STEM concepts with the goal of inspiring a career in health care. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and Science North signed a collaboration agreement on April 20, 2021 to partner on the delivery of health, life and human sciences related programming […]

Staff

Five walk-in clinics have been added for the Rainy River District this week – two for Rainy River and three for Fort Frances. The Fort Frances clinics will be held Thursday, June 17, Friday June 18 and Saturday, June 19, at St. Frances School, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. […]

By Hayley Michaud
Special to the Times

Amazon Prime Video Flack: Season 2 – TV-14 – Comedy, Drama – June 11 The second season of this dramedy starring Canadian Anna Paquin as an American publicist at a cutthroat British PR firm hits Amazon Prime, if season one was any indication season 2 looks to be filled with […]

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

On Friday, about 224 people gathered in Rainy River First Nation to honour the 215 children found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. This is the second ceremony to be held in northwestern Ontario. The first was held in Couchiching three days following the discovery. […]