By Matteo Cimellaro
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada's National Observer

When Esther Leung-Kong arrived in Canada in the 1990s, she learned nothing about the histories of Indigenous peoples on these lands. It wasn’t until she was 18 that she met two grandmothers from the Blackfoot Nation who were survivors of residential schools. “When they shared with me their story, I […]

By Dave Baxter
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Winnipeg Sun

Researchers in southwestern Manitoba continue to work on an archeological project to learn more about how Indigenous farmers lived and worked before Europeans arrived on Canadian soil, and they are now inviting the public to come and join them as they continue that work. Officials with Brandon University (BU) said […]

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

With no cuts to services to be made and facing a massive deficit, the Township of Emo is looking at a significant increase in taxes in its proposed 2021-2022 budget. With inflation, costs to the municipality have gone up significantly. Fuel for vehicles is over 75 per cent more expensive, […]

Staff

A longtime volunteer and Fort Frances Times contributor has been recognized for her generosity, kindness, and talents. Times columnist and all-around giver Robin McCormick was named the Township of La Vallee’s Senior of the Year on Sunday, July 17. La Vallee councillor Elaine Hughes presented the award to McCormick and […]

Press release

The Township of Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls declared a state of emergency on the morning of July 18, 2022. An emergency was declared due to a super cell storm and possible tornado damages at Nestor Falls. Significant damages to property and downed trees were sustained during the early morning […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

A group of experimental lakes in Northwestern Ontario is helping researchers learn more about aquatic trends. The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), located about midway between Kenora and Dryden, has conducted many studies over the years, with various topics including acid rain, estrogen, microplastics, wastewater, and mercury. Research fellow Mike Rennie […]

Press release

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) advises that COVID-19 cases are increasing in communities across the region. The latest PCR testing data shows a total of 315 active cases in the region, with a percent positivity of 17.7%, up from 12.8% last week. Many of the active cases are in the jurisdiction […]

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is seeking volunteers to fill a wide variety of roles. Students welcome! To sign up, e-mail volunteers@canadianbass.com. Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers. Call Sheri at 274-4818 for more information or email s.monahan@rhcf.on.ca The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau is seeking new volunteers. Pick […]

By Fernando Arce
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
New Canadian Media

Canada’s urgent healthcare worker shortage may be due in part to the lack of accurate data about internationally educated healthcare professionals who have moved here. World Education Services, a nonprofit organization that provides credential evaluations for international students and immigrants planning to study or work in Canada and the U.S., […]

Staff

Fort Frances is seeing an uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases, including two outbreaks. Rainycrest Long-Term Care and La Verendrye Hospital are both in outbreak status. To mitigate the spread, Riverside has restricted visitors, and isolated those impacted. There are currently 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fort Frances. That number […]

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Fire and Rescue were dispatched to Caliper Lake Provincial Park after a report of a significant weather event. On Monday July 18, 2022, at 12:03 a.m. the OPP were dispatched to a […]

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested a person in relation to the counterfeit money that has been spent in the Kenora area. On Wednesday June 29, 2022, at 9:12 a.m. Police responded to a call of a person attempting to purchase […]