Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

Chelsea Blackjack is just one member in a growing list of people who have lost a loved one to drug overdose. She knows all too well the growing frustration across the community, as lives are lost and families broken due to the opioid crisis, and she has decided to take […]

By Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

I walk down only one flight of stairs to get to my workplace. Hunched over my computer and sitting cross-legged in my desk chair, I cruise through Fort Frances with a click of my mouse. Welcome to the life of a remote worker. From the Google maps street-view, the Fort […]

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

There’s a new home for musical theatre lovers in the district, with distinct hopes that performers too old for high school shows will be able to put on an annual spectacle. Trevor Barker is the musical director and founder of Row I Theatre in Fort Frances, a new theatre company […]

By Robin McCormick
Devlin Correspondent

United Church Minister Reverend Frances Flook will tell you that her favourite Bible scripture is 1 Corinthians 13: “Love is patient and love is kind.” She has been a beloved part of the communities of Emo and Devlin for 25 years but is about to embark on a new adventure. […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

Carina Mack facilitates equine-assisted learning at Freedom Center Life Skills just outside Emo. This summer, she’s received two groups of kids aged 7-12 from the United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC). The groups visit once a week, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings respectively for about an hour. There, kids get to […]

By Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) reports that COVID-19 activity has been increasing across the region. The public is strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors and follow isolation measures when symptomatic or testing positive. Although case numbers may not have increased drastically, the numbers only include individuals who have been PCR tested. […]

Staff

It’s no secret that rural communities in northern Ontario are struggling to find healthcare workers. Thunder Bay–Rainy River MP Marcus Powlowski says he is planning on making recommendations to the federal government to “immediately address the doctor shortages plaguing rural northwestern Ontario and other parts of the country.” Powlowski, who […]

Staff

The Tbaytel for Good Community Fund provides financial support to schools, community groups, not-for-profit organizations, and charities whose activities match Tbaytel’s own priorities. As a part of the fund, Tbaytel announced Monday that it will again award three $10,000 grants this year. “We’re so excited to see what amazing ideas […]

Staff

An estimated total of $150.2 million in provincial funding is going toward bringing high-speed Internet to the Rainy River District and surrounding area. As part of the Ontario government’s recently-announced eight signed agreements, Greg Rickford, Kenora–Rainy River MPP announced signed agreements with two internet service providers Friday. A press release […]

Dawson Beef Club

Dawson Beef Club 2022 – Meeting #1 Press Report Dawson Beef Club had their first meeting on June 6, 2022, at 7:00 pm. The meeting was called to order and then we recited the 4-H pledge. We did an ice breaker activity called Skittles and reviewed requirements with the members. […]

Press release

From hurled racial slurs to an oxygen tank projectile, pandemic tensions are subjecting hospital staff throughout northern Ontario high rates of workplace violence say the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Unifor. Jointly the two unions represent several thousand front-line staff working in northern hospitals – including Kenora’s Lake […]

By Maggie Macintosh
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Winnipeg Free Press

Many post-secondary institutes have eased COVID-19 protocols, but Manitoba’s largest university will require visitors to continue wearing high-quality and well-fitted masks inside campus buildings in the fall. The University of Manitoba announced this month its mask mandate will remain intact when students and academics begin the 2022-23 academic year with […]