By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

Last Friday, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford was sworn in as the Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. He says being able to focus on these two areas will help him in constituency work. “I take a great deal of pride in the fact that we had […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

Railroad Daze is set to make its triumphant return following a the two-year break every event seems to have gone through. The family fun festival will run from July 15-17 in Rainy River. Organizer Martin Kreger remembers when he attended as a child. He says he loved listening to live […]

Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers. Call Sheri at 274-4818 for more information or email s.monahan@rhcf. on.ca The LaVerendrye General Hospital Auxiliary is looking for people to take the positions of president, vice-president and special events co-ordinator. We are also looking for someone who will do publicity. The Auxiliary […]

By Jack Elliott
Special to the Times

It finally is gone. On Wednesday, June 22 the corpse of Rainy River’s biggest, long dead, Elm treesuccumbed to the chainsaw ministrations of Daryl’s Custom Landscapes Ltd. Over the last decades Dutch Elm Disease has steadily wiped out the towering American Elms lining many streets in our towns. During the […]

On June 28, 2022 the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in partnership with the Township of Chapple will be opening a new Community Policing Office, located within the Community Hall at 140 Main Street, Barwick, Ontario.  Community Policing Offices (CPO) are a connection between police […]

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

Last Friday Couchiching First Nation was the site of Treaty 3’s second annual 2SLGBTQ+ Powwow. The event was coordinated by the Treaty 3 Two-Spirit Youth Council. In 2021 Grand Council Treaty 3 added a two-spirit council to its governance structure under the leadership of Grand Chief Francis Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh was […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

Best for Kitty, a local organization dedicated to finding permanent homes for lost or abandoned felines, is looking for volunteers. A Facebook post on their page from June 21 says they desperately need volunteers to deliver cats and kittens on fairly short notice to places like Rainy River, Dryden, or […]

By Shari Narine
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Windspeaker.com

Pope Francis will be in Maskwacis for no more than one hour on July 25, but the repercussions are already being felt and will continue to be felt long after. “We’re trying to assess it right now,” said Ermineskin Chief Randy Ermineskin. As the pre-planning stage begins, memories and feelings […]

By Owen Fullerton
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
YGK News

Indigenous community members have spoken out strongly against plans for a “sacred fire” in the Kingston area being shared online by far right movements. With expectations of yet another freedom convoy rolling towards Ottawa, the Facebook page “Ron Clarke Freedom Advocate” advertised plans for the lighting of a sacred fire […]

PRess release

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 254 occurrences between Monday June 13, 2022 to Sunday June 19, 2022, including: E-Ticket, Vehicle – 28 Motor Vehicle Collision – 18 Community Services – 17 Alarm – 14 Police Assistance – […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

In the months leading up to the provincial election, Doug Ford promised $763 million for nursing retention incentives, in the form of $5,000, but local nurses are still waiting for their pay. Payments to individuals were to come in two instalments of $2,500 — one this spring and another in […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

Some local voices are joining a growing chorus of Canadian border town mayors, who are calling on the federal government to scrap the ArriveCAN app. After Ottawa announced the loosening of vaccination requirements and travel restrictions, many question the app’s purpose. “With all the restrictions begin lifted, you wonder if […]