Please contact 911 for emergencies or call 1-888-310-1122 to make a report of a non-emergent nature. With lack of seatbelt use attributed to 55 people dying on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) patrolled roads last year, the OPP is giving seatbelt skeptics a few scenarios to consider that could save their […]

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

Since yesterday, some residents within the North Western Health Unit’s catchment area received texts and emails that their appointments got cancelled. Despite appointment cancelling concerns, the NWHU is still administering COVID-19 vaccines to those who had their appointments booked. Lee Pitt, IT manager at the NWHU, said yesterday afternoon they […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

Emo council unanimously agreed to proceed with steps to initiate a name change for Colonization Street. The resolution was brought up during the March 24 regular council meeting. The decision to address the need to change the name was decided in late January of this year. Coun. Lincoln Dunn said […]

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and Green Shield Canada (GSC) are partnering in a cost-free dental program for those in the NWHU catchment area. The program will offer access to dental care through several dental clinics and mobile dental buses throughout the region, all at no cost to eligible patients. […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) held a virtual conference to review wait times for long-term care in northwestern Ontario, hospital overcrowding and patient offloading […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

Variants of concern are now a risk in the region as there has been a confirmed case of the UK variant in a high school student in Dryden. Dr. Kit Young Hoon, medical officer of health at the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU), said they are only aware of one case […]

By Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The organizers of the Emo Walleye Classic have worked hard to hold the ever popular event. Although it will take place virtually, it WILL take place. The event will be held April 10-11. It will take place virtually and is scheduled from 8a.m to 4 p.m Because the USA/Canada border […]

Things we seem to forget. Recycling used aluminum cans is just one. It has a huge positive impact on our environment. Not only does it improve the appearance of our communities by eliminating the clutter of discarded cans, it recycles a valuable resource. Producing aluminum from raw bauxite is very […]

Tuesday morning, March 30, 2021 the Gymnasium at the Rainy River High School was bustling with activity as staff from the NWHU and local volunteers hustled to get things set up for the first mass Covid 19 vaccination clinic for residents 75 and over. A grid of chairs was appropriately […]

By Ken Kellar
Local Journalism Initiative reporter
kkellar@fortfrances.com

This is the third in a series with Ryan McMahon and Wendell Collier about their CBC Gem series “Stories from the Land,” an adaptation of McMahon’s podcast which premiered on the digital streaming platform Friday, March 19. Once you’ve set your mind on producing a documentary series, and the logistics […]

Spring has arrived, muskrats are on the move. This muskrat was seen walking across the Nordic Ski Club parking lot on Feb. 2. Muskrats spend most of their lives in water where their waterproof fur, paddle-like hind feet and flattened, furless tail acting as a rudder, are important assets. They […]

In the March 17 edition of the Fort Frances Times, in the article “Emo Food Bank opens its doors”, the chairperson of the Emo Food Bank and Thrift Store should have been identified as Charlene McTavish. The Times apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.